Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for February 16-22, Featuring Joanna Gleason, Tovah Feldshuh, and More!

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: Melissa van der Schyff in "The Summer In Winter;" The Songs of Yandura & Melocik; Midnight at 9:30 Featuring Joanna Gleason, Aaron David Gleason, and More; Tovah Feldshuh: Aging Is Optional; and The Skivvies.

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Melissa van der Schyff in "The Summer In Winter"

Where: Birdland NYC (315 W 44th Street)

When: February 16th at 7:00 PM

Tickets: $25 at http://www.birdlandjazz.com/event/743851-melissa-van-der-schyff-in-new-york/

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Melissa van der Schyff will perform "The Summer in Winter," an intimate concert of lush jazz standards, a few country classics and some engaging originals. The one-night-only event will take place on Monday, February 16 at 7pm.

Acclaimed Canadian jazz pianist Sharon Minemoto and virtuoso mandolin player Joe Brent will be featured in this unique evening. Special guest performers will include Tony Award Nominee Dan Jenkins (Big River, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, Big) and actress, choreographer and ASL Master Alexandria Wailes (Big River, Mother Courage opposite Meryl Streep, Sleeping Beauty Wakes -Ovation Nomination).

Melissa van der Schyff is a singer, actor and songwriter best known for originating the role of Blanche Barrow in the Broadway musical Bonnie & Clyde for which she garnered both Drama Desk and OuterCritics Circle nominations. She made her Broadway debut as Mary Jane Wilkes in the 2003 Tony Nominated Deaf West/Roundabout revival of Big River, for which she, along with her cast mates, received TheTony Honor for Excellence in Theatre. Other notable theatre credits include Lina Lamont in Singin' in The Rain (JeffAward Nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago); Blanche in Bonnie & Clyde (LaJolla Playhouse & Asolo Theatre, San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress); Catherine in Pippin (Deaf West/Center Theatre Group); Virginia/Clara in An Italian Straw Hat (South Coast Rep.); Yelenka in Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse); Mary Janein Big River (Deaf West, Mark Taper Forum & National Tour); Ginny in Post Office by Michael J. Friedman (Kirk Douglas Theatre, L.A.); Kayla in Ballad (Ovation Nomination, LosAngeles). TV and film include: The Good Wife, National Lampoons Lemmings (Sketch writer and series regular), A Lot Like Love with Ashton Kutcher. Voice Over includes: The Muppets, Grand Theft Auto 5, RubberChickenCards.com,Nickelodeon's Wallykazam! and The Thing About Babies.

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The Songs of Yandura & Melocik

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: February 16th at 9:30 PM

Tickets: $35-80 at http://54below.com/artist/the-songs-of-yandura-melocik/

An immensely talented and utterly charming songwriting duo Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik are due for a moment in the spotlight. Their 54 Below debut will offer a first look at their three newest musicals: The Last Queen of Canaan, about a young girl's search for agency amidst the landscape of racial and social inequality in the 1930s; Feral, a reaction to the numbing dissatisfaction that results from our never-ending quest to become smarter, stronger, healthier, wealthier, better in all conceivable ways; and Wringer, a story about connection, told through the lens of a 10-year-old boy who forges a powerful bond with a pigeon. Presented together, these pieces offer a perfect sampling of the Yandura & Melocik brand: universal themes explored in unexpected contexts, lush and lyrical compositions that show impressive musical range (from pop to folk to gospel), and the excavation of shadows to expose a message of hopefulness and light. After just one evening with Jacob and Rebekah, you will fall in love with them and their work (and it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world follows suit!).

The Songs of Yandura & Melocik will be performed by James Snyder (If/Then), Greg Hildreth (Cinderella, Peter and the Starcatcher), Jenni Barber (Wicked, The Nance), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Margo Seibert (Rocky), Betsy Morgan (Found, Les Miserables), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Hairspray), Eric William Morris (The Last Goodbye), Charity Angel Dawson (Side Show), Marja Harmon (The Book of Mormon), Dan Domenech (Rock of Ages), Kristolyn Lloyd (Heathers, Witness Uganda), Aaron Ramey (The Bridges of Madison County), and Jon-Michael Reese (The Book of Mormon), with Matt Gallagher on piano, Jake Schwartz on guitar, Clint DeGanon on drums, and Aiden Moore on bass. The concert will feature music direction and arrangements by Matt Gallagher and is produced by Erica Rotstein.

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Midnight at 9:30 featuring Joanna Gleason, Aaron David Gleason, & More

Where: 54 Below 254 W 54th Street

When: February 18th at 9:30 PM

Tickets: $25-60 at http://54below.com/artist/midnight-at-930-featuring-joanna-gleason-aaron-david-gleason-more/

Nothing says cool like songs about Midnight, performed by artists who are known for their shadows as much as their light. This concert will feature songs of every genre, from Broadway to pop, all about that midnight muse. Expect a blitzkrieg of character actors, gorgeous voices, and Broadway stars. ... No, the show is not at Midnight. It's at 9:30pm on February 18th, in our favorite haunt: 54 Below.

Featuring performances from Joanna Gleason, Chris Sullivan, Lucas Papaelias, Brittain Ashford, Or Matias, Aaron David Gleason, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Andromeda Turre, Daniel Ballen, and David Ballen.

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Tovah Feldshuh: Aging Is Optional

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: February 19-21 at 7:00 PM

Tickets: $60-110 at http://54below.com/artist/tovah-feldshuh/

Acclaimed Broadway, film and television star Tovah Feldshuh debuts her world premiere show Aging Is Optional at 54 Below.

On the New York stage, besides earning 4 Tony nominations for Best Actress, Ms. Feldshuh won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress in Golda's Balcony. On the West Coast she received the San Diego's Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance in a Touring Show for Golda's Balcony as well and two Drama Logue awards for her Juliet and her first one woman show: Tovah: A Rush Hour Revue!

Most recently, Tovah stopped the show as the trapeze-swinging Berthe in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Pippin. Last season, she played Lady Politic in the acclaimed revival of Ben Jonson's Volpone at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. As Jason Zinoman of The New York Times raved, "No one earns more laughs than the marvelous Tovah Feldshuh."

Directed by Jeff Harnar. Musical direction by James Bassi.

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The Skivvies

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: February 20th at 11:30 PM

Tickets: $45-80 at http://54below.com/artist/the-skivvies/

This "musically thrilling" undie-rock, comedy-pop duo don't just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments. Award-winning singer-actors Lauren Molina (Marry Me a Little, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up) became YouTube sensations as The Skivvies, with living room videos that displayed their powerful harmonies as well as their powerful abs. Those clips led to live shows that The Wall Street Journal called "smart, sophisticated...ingenious," and Out Magazine, "The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque...and unusual explosion of satire and sultry." They also have a single and music video directed by Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of Running With Scissors. They will be joined by special guest stars who will strip down and rock out. Expect a hilarious evening of genre-hopping pop perfection.

With special guests: Randy Harrison, Lesli Margherita, Kirsten Wyatt, Erik Altemus, Max Crumm, Tori Scott, and Robyn Anderson (lead singer Postmodern Jukebox).

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