Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for May 9-15, Featuring Joe Iconis, Beth Malone, and More!

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras 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: Benjamin Eakeley: Broadway Swinger; Joe Iconis and Family with Betty Buckley; Cutting Edge Composers: 7th Edition; Lance Horne and Drew Brody with Beth Malone; and Amy Jo Jackson: I Want to Be Your Man.

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Benjamin Eakeley: Broadway Swinger

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: May 9th at 7:00 PM

Tickets: $45-85 http://54below.com/artist/benjamin-eakeley-broadway-swinger/

Broadway Swinger celebrates the classic songs that hit the American stage in the 1960s, a decade that started out buttoned-up but soon tossed aside all inhibitions. Broadway musicals paralleled America's shifting attitudes toward love and sex as Oliver! (1963) gave way to Sweet Charity (1966) and toHair (1968). Benjamin Eakeley and his groovy band perform iconic songs from this fabulous era in a swingin' show that explores life, love and everything in between.

Benjamin Eakeley has appeared on Broadway in the revivals of Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and he is currently in the Tony nominated revival of She Loves Me at Studio 54. In 2014 Time Out New York named him one of "The 10 Hottest Chorus Boys Opening in Broadway Musicals This Spring," and he was later photographed in the December issue of Vanity Fair alongside Emma Stone and Alan Cumming. He played Pennsatucky's doctor in Season One of Orange Is The New Black and has appeared in seven films, including The Good Shepherd and the upcoming The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable. He has also been a national finalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers. Broadway Swinger marks his solo cabaret debut in New York.

The band will be music directed by James Olmstead and will include piano, bass, drums and sax.

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Joe Iconis and Family

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: May 9th at 9:30 PM

Tickets: $40-75 at http://54below.com/artist/joe-iconis-family/

Musical theater writer and rabble rouser Joe Iconis brings his unique mash-up of showtune cabaret and rock and roll jamboree back to Feinstein's/54 Below. Join Joe and his merry band of musical theater punks as they roar their way through a set of Joe's incendiary songs. Expect classic tunes, new numbers, and works-in-progress. Spill a drink, make a friend, and spend an evening with a tribe of artists determined to bring along their traditional musical theater Family Values as they blaze into the future.

Iconis has penned the musicals Be More Chill (Two River Theater, cast recording by Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records), the Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits, ReWrite, and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, as well as the theatrical concert Things to Ruin (cast recording now available on Ghostlight Records). His songs were featured on Season 2 of NBC's Smash, and he is currently working on a commission for La Jolla Playhouse and several other new musicals. For more information, visit: http://mrjoeiconis.com

With Special Guests:
May 9 - Betty Buckley

Starring:
Liz Lark Brown, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Seth Eliser, Badia Farha, Alexandra Ferrara, Molly Hager, Dennis Michael Keefe, Rachel Lee, Lauren Marcus, Eric William Morris, Jeremy Morse, Krysta Rodriguez (April 17 and May 9 only), Rob Rokicki, Mike Rosengarten, Lance Rubin, George Salazar, Brooke Shapiro, Jared Weiss, and Jason SweetTooth Williams.

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Cutting Edge Composers: 7th Edition

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: May 10th at 9:30 PM

Tickets: $25-60 at http://54below.com/artist/cutting-edge-composers/

Cutting-Edge Composers is a concert series that strives to create greater exposure for up-and-coming songwriters by providing them with venues, publicity, Broadway performers, and musicians to best showcase their material. Cutting-Edge Composers is directed and produced by Laura Pietropinto, co-produced by Allie Glickman, and features musical direction byJulie McBride and Benjamin Rauhala. Cutting-Edge Composers is thrilled to be presenting their 7th concert at Feinstein's/54 Below! Cutting-Edge Composers has an exclusive weekly video spotlight on BroadwayWorld.com, where you can find many of our talented composers and performers. Check out more at: http://cuttingedgecomposers.com/

Featured Composers Include:
Jill Abramovitz and Brad Alexander, Aron Accurso, Eli Bolin and Mike Pettry, Eric Dietz, Michael Finke, Wesley King, Justin Levine, Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell, Kelly McIntyre, Alexander Sage Oyen, Zoe Sarnak, Jeff Thomson and Jeremy Desmon, and Zack Zadek.

Featuring Performances By:
Robert Ariza (Spring Awakening), Kerry Butler (Disaster), Meghann Fahy (Next to Normal), Eric Michael Gillett (Kiss Me, Kate), Dan Gleason (Wicked), Jillian Gottlieb (Unlock'd), Ari Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked, Dogfight), Arielle Jacobs (Wicked, In the Heights), Jess LeProtto (On The Town, Newsies), Allison Posner (Volleygirls), Daniel Quadrino (Wicked, Newsies), Ryann Redmond (If/Then, Bring It On), Conor Ryan (John & Jen), Allie Trimm (13, Bye Bye Birdie), Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!, The Crucible), Josh Young (Amazing Grace, Jesus Christ Superstar), and Hannah Zazzaro.

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Lance Horne and Drew Brody with Beth Malone

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: May 11th at 9:30 PM

Tickets: $30-65 at http://54below.com/artist/lance-horne-and-drew-brody-with-beth-malone/

There's something special about hearing a song in a composer's own voice, as it was originally written. Join two of musical theater's most exciting young composers, Lance Horne and Drew Brody, in an intimate, one night only concert where they will perform their own songs, discussing the stories behind the songs and the differences in their writing processes-Lance with his Juilliard training and Drew with his rock/folk background. Horne and Brody will also each debut a song never performed before, giving a sneak peek into shows they are currently working on, and will also perform a brand new song written together just for this show. Fun Home's Beth Malone will be a guest, performing a song from each of the composers.

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Amy Jo Jackson: I Want to Be Your Man

Where: 54 Below (254 W 54th Street)

When: May 12th at 9:30 PM & May 14th at 11:30 PM

Tickets: $25-60 at http://54below.com/artist/amy-jo-jackson/

Amy Jo Jackson - actress, singer, and notable Tall Person - returns to Feinstein's/54 Below with an all-new act of all-male material. After years of regularly playing men, boys, and Germans, she figured she'd do a whole show full of her favorite material written by and for the sterner sex. This Amazonian chanteuse always brings the party, so get ready for a no-holds-barred night of rowdy kickassery.

In addition to her previous solo shows, Amy Jo has recently appeared at Feinstein's/54 Below as the hostess of the 54 Concert Lab and Mrs. Peacock in the 30th Anniversary reading of Clue. She has primarily made her artistic living playing mother figures and guys.*

* Seriously. As far as her Shakespearian credits go, she's played almost twice as many men as she has women.

Music Direction by Brian Nash
Produced by Colin Waitt

This show is also a benefit in support of the education of girls worldwide. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards sponsoring a young scholar through the organization She's the First. She's the First provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries, fostering first-generation graduates and cultivating the next generation of global leaders.

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