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Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for July 28- August 3, 2014

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia, Margo Seibert: Busy Being Free, Metropolitan Room's 7th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge, The Songs Of Nell Benjamin And/Or Laurence O'Keefe, and A Conversation with Music with Stephen Schwartz & Jim Brochu.

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Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for July 28- August 3, 2014Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia

Where: Birdland NYC (315 West 44th St)

When: July 28, 7:00 PM

Tickets: $25 at http://www.birdlandjazz.com

Lindsay Mendez and Marco Paguia met in 2010, and discovered a mutual love and passion for jazz. Lindsay and Marco draw from an eclectic mix of music, reimagining songs from popular music in the familiar setting of a jazz piano trio and vocalist. Their vast catalogue is comprised of the singers and songwriters that inspire them, including Alexi Murdoch,Alicia Keys, The Beatles, Feist, Fiona Apple, Gladys Knight,Janis Joplin, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Lenny Kravitz, Macy Gray, Martin Sexton, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, The Police,Stevie Wonder, and U2.

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Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for July 28- August 3, 2014Margo Seibert: Busy Being Free

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: July 28, 9:30 PM

Tickets: $25-$50 at https://54below.secure.force.com

In Busy Being Free at 54 Below, joined by songwriter Jahn Sood, musical director Chris Fenwick and an excellent ensemble of musicians including Jeremy Yaddaw, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Ben Golder-Novick, Margo will share the music that inspires her, tickles her, and speaks to this moment of finding herself in New York. "She will love them when she sees them. / They will lose her if they follow / And she only means to please them / And her heart is full and hollow / Like a cactus tree / While she's so busy being free."

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Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for July 28- August 3, 2014Metropolitan Room's 7th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge

Where: Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd St.)

When: July 28, 10:00 PM

Tickets: $20-$115 at http://metropolitanroom.com

Open to solo singers and vocal duos of all ages, backgrounds and styles who have not played a major engagement at the Metropolitan Room, which is defined as a 4-show prime-time run of the same show in a fixed period. This year's guest judges, who join the permanent jury after the contest's three weeks of trials include Bill Boggs, Carole J. Bufford, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Lauren Fox,Will Friedwald, Peter Haas, Kevin Scott Hall, David Kenney, Lina Koutrakos, Sharon McNight, Marieann Meringolo,Marissa Mulder, David Noh, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Ross, Stephen Sorokoff, KT Sullivan, Tom Toce, Amy Beth Williams, and Robert Windeler.

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Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for July 28- August 3, 2014The Songs Of Nell Benjamin And/Or Laurence O'Keefe

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: July 29 at 9:30 PM

Tickets: $40- $70 at https://54below.secure.force.com

The writers behind LEGALLY BLONDE • BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL • PIRATES! • BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE • SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL • CAM JANSEN • THE EXPLORERS CLUB • MEAN GIRLS • HEATHERS. Sung by a cast of Broadway stars, including Tom Kitt, Duncan Sheik, Matt Sklar, and the cast of Heathers, Broadway's most musical couple perform the songs they've created together and behind each others' backs.

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Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for July 28- August 3, 2014A Conversation with Music with Stephen Schwartz & Jim Brochu

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: August 3 at 7:00 PM

Tickets: $30 - $55 at https://54below.secure.force.com

This summer, two of Broadway's legendary composers sit down with Drama Desk Award-winner Jim Brochu (Zero Hour, Character Man, The Big Voice: God or Merman) to discuss their life's work. Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, The Apple Tree) & Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) are collectively the backbone of the Broadway showtune. One by one, Brochu will explore their creative lives and inspirations, histories and even their futures. Interspersed throughout the conversation, we'll welcome some of Broadway & cabaret's most esteemed voices who will present some of each composer's most treasured compositions. Performers on August 3 include Darius de Haas (Rent, Carousel, original cast of Children of Eden), Michael McCorry Rose (Wicked) & Kelli Rabke (Les Miz, original cast of Children of Eden). The chat's where it's at this August with Brochu & friends at 54 Below!

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