It may be February and snowing outside, but the cabaret scene in NYC couldn't be hotter. If you enjoy seeing your favorite theater actors up close and personal, check out these five exceptional concerts and cabarets playing the week of February 3.
5. Who Needs Liza, Carol, Babs, or Judy When We’ve Got Tori Scott?
Tori Scott, named by Time Out NY
as one of the best cabaret artists of 2013, returns to Joe’s Pub on February 6 for another evening of hilarity and mayhem. Billed as “a Garland for the Grindr era,” Scott has a big voice to match her big personality, and both are prominently on display in I’ll Regret This Tomorrow
. To give you a better idea of what you’re in store for, check out Scott’s sidesplitting evolution of a lesbian relationship in four songs
4. Get Ready for the Most Star-Studded Music Education Class
If you love good music, this is the event for you this week. Libra Theatre Company’s annual Songs You Should Know
, a concert celebrating new and rarely performed songs from some of today’s most talented writers, takes the stage at 54 below on February 4, and the line-up is outrageous. Really. The rest of the space is just going to be the big names now. Hosted by Lauren Marucus, Songs You Should Know
showcases music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Joey Contreras, Amanda Green, Joe Iconis, Katie Thompson and more. Performers include the always fantastic Max Crumm, Lilli Cooper, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, Jennifer Bissell and many more.
3. The Gang is All Back Together at Taboo
Photo by Joan Marcus
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the short-lived, big-budget musical Taboo
, 54 Below is reuniting the original cast for a two-night celebration. The reunion concerts
, which benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, boasts original cast members Sarah Uriarte Berry (Nicola), Jeffrey Carlson (Marilyn), Liz McCartney (Big Sue) and Cary Shields (Marcus), as well as U.K. stars Matthew Rowland (Boy George) and Samuel Buttery (Leigh Bowery). Between the wild crowd and rowdy cast, this is sure to be a party to remember.
2. Annaleigh Ashford Sparkles at 54 Below
Tony nominee and all around funny girl Annaleigh Ashford premieres her new show Lost in the Stars
at 54 Below February 3 and February 15. It sounds like the kind of Studio 54 party that only Ashford could pull of in 2014; disco tunes, Sondheim and Kurt Weill mixed together with a whole lot of laughs and heart.
1. Daphne Rubin-Vega Has the Best Act Below 14th Street
Two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega presents a brand-new solo show at the Cutting Room in New York City on February 3 (fine, it’s not below 14th street, but come on!). The one-night-only show is called Frequently Unanswered Questions
and features original songs, crowd favorites and a kick-ass band. Not that it even matters what the show is about, because when original Rent
star Daphne Rubin-Vega is on stage, you just go!