BWW Picks for Best Cabaret Shows in NYC This Week, 6/19 to 6/25
Published every Monday, BroadwayWorld Cabaret writers will pick their top recommendations for shows throughout NYC during the upcoming week.
Delight in an evening of Broadway's finest talent as they lift their voices to benefit Immigration Equality, the nation's leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. This dazzling night of music and philanthropy is hosted by the heartwarming Larry Owens and graceful Natalie Walker, featuring Bobby Conte Thornton (A BRONX TALE), Laurel Harris (WICKED, BEAUTIFUL: THE Carole King MUSICAL), Blaine Krauss (NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812), and many, many more. Monday, June 19 at 7:30 PM, The Cutting Room. - Jamara Wakefield
Joseph Macchia presents FREE TO BE ME: A KICK-OFF TO PRIDE to benefit the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and The LGBT Center in New York. The evening is hosted by the daring, lovable, and hilarious Doris Dear and will feature a cabaret of dynamic male performers who will sing songs they love but were told they could never sing because they are, well, men. This week they are joyfully reclaiming these ballads and celebrating the diversity of Pride Month. Monday, June 19 at 7:00 PM, Metropolitan Room. - Jamara Wakefield
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: DIETZ AND SCHWARTZ AND FRIENDS, presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation and hosted by the incomparable KT Sullivan, is an embarrassment of riches. With classic songs such as "Dancing in the Dark" and "You and the Music," paired with some of the cabaret community's major names (Sidney Myer, Frank Dain, Karen Oberlin, and Mark Nadler, just to name a few), this program has managed to take the stage in one of the world's grandest venues and made it feel small. Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 PM, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. - Ashley Steves
Award-winning impersonations duo Tommy Femia and Rick Skye are together once more in Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli LIVE! Expect to hear vibrant renditions from the expansive Garland and Minnelli musical canon as Femia and Skye (with special guest Karen Mason) close out the long-running show is the final show and your Pride week festivities with a bang. Saturday, June 24 at 8:00 PM, Don't Tell Mama. - Jamara Wakefield
While it's true New York is not exactly short on star power, how often do you get some of the city and scene's most illustrious ladies together on stage on an ordinary Sunday? Now tack on a handful of MAC nominations, to boot. For the first time, all five of this past year's nominated female vocalists---Celia Berk, Sally Darling, Meg Flather, Josephine Sanges, and Lisa Viggiano---will join forces at Don't Tell Mama in an afternoon of song, stories, and camaraderie benefiting Trinity Church LGBTQ Youth Programs. Sunday, June 25 at 4:15 PM, Don't Tell Mama. - Ashley Steves
Ashley Steves is BroadwayWorld's Cabaret Editor and an arts and entertainment writer based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @NoThisIsAshley.
Jamara Wakefield is a performing arts and culture writer based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @JamaraNYC.