A ‘Grease’ Star, a ‘Chorus Line’ Vet, and More Make Up August’s Must-See NYC Cabaret Acts


Here’s a look at the best cabaret performances coming up in New York for the month of August.

Monday, 8/3
Laura Osnes
7:00 p.m., $40

Remember when she won the “You’re the One That I Want” television contest to play Sandy in the last Grease revival? Turns out she’s the one many want, not least the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. They want her to play as many classic R&H roles as possible, unless they have Kelli O’Hara in them. Here she shows off the broad range of her musical stage prowess. She’s part of the steadfast Birdland on Broadway series.

Thursday, 8/6; Sunday, 8/9
Donna McKechnie
54 Below
7:00 p.m., $50–$95

Don’t look now, but it’s been 40 years since she first danced and sang about the music, the mirror, and the chance to dance for us in A Chorus Line — and now McKechnie is back to recall the era. In particular, she’s reminiscing about her first aspiring years in NYC and how by sheer coincidence she lived down the street from the room where she’s now appearing. Yes, she may be looking back, but because she’s always been right in the moment, she’s as vitally immediate now as she was then.

Friday, 8/14
Ethan Lipton

Joe’s Pub
7:00 p.m., $20

This relaxed fellow is one of those entertainers who make everything old seem new again. He writes his own songs, and the minute you hear them you think you’ve known them all your short or long life. He’s backed by Eben Levy on guitar, Vito Dieterle on saxophone, and Ian Riggs on bass. By the time they’ve finished, the word “mellow” has been nicely redefined.

Tuesday, 8/18–Friday, 8/21
KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar

Laurie Beechman Theatre
7:00 p.m., $30

The first celebration these two cabaret crown jewels did of the Stephen Sondheim catalog was so successful that they’ve figured: Why not add to it? Hence “Another Hundred People: KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim, Act Two.” They don’t include 100 songs, but get close to it by way of several astute medleys. Sometimes they sing together, sometimes separately, but always with Jon Weber at the piano and under Sondra Lee’s smart staging.