By PK Greenfield
The intoxicating world of cabaret is still alive and kicking in NYC.
Tucked away on 22nd Street in the non-descript hood between Chelsea and the Flat Iron district is a little slice of old New York and a brilliant gem for live performances. The Metropolitan Room continues the tradition of cabaret with singers, comedians, musicians, drag shows and all that jazz.
A slender hallway lined with photos of sage performers and the new lineup, leads the way to a heavy curtain and the main stage. The space is comfortable with colorful mood lighting, a prominent purple wall, community tables and plush banquettes all topped with crystal candleholders. More importantly than the décor, the stage is visible from every seat and the acoustics are outstanding.
The intimate room is nostalgic in the sense that it continues the tradition of the art form before TV, Social Media and Smartphone Apps. It’s a platform for up-and-coming artists as well as seasoned professionals to show off their material in front of a live audience. While The Metropolitan Room is very popular with jazz musicians, it’s also home to all entertainers.
They offer an array of signature cocktails, international coffee drinks and more spirits than a cemetery. I recommend the Cosmo-Pear-Itan (above) made with Absolut Pear Vodka, pear nectar, Triple Sec and lime juice. The concoction is tart and sweet with just the right amount of kick.
The Metropolitan Room also offers a great selection of bites. I recommend the Caprese, On the Key of C. A large white platter was delivered to our table with sliced Beefsteak tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and black olives drizzled with olive oil and balsamic reduction. The dish is plentiful and perfect for sharing. Delicious. It’s also wise to try the Beef Meat Balls with a tangy tomato sauce.
“Sing Out, Louise, Liza, Babs, Gaga…”
During this visit we were fortunate to catch the eye-opening, jaw-dropping, performance by operatically trained and gifted performer, Dorothy Bishop in “The Dozen Divas Show.”
There is only one woman on stage but more than 12 different personas from Lady Gaga to Liza to Shirley Bassey were conjured up and each told a dishy story or belted out a signature tune.
With the grand piano substituting as a wig stand and a coat rack full of costumes, this diva transformed herself into the glamorous dynamos with a blink of the eye.
I particularly enjoyed her duet with Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland via Skype. This live and video vignette had the room bursting in laughter as the duo kept messing up the lyrics and technology.
She also performs a hilarious ditty as Kristin Chenoweth thru her nasal cavity along with a tiny puppet attached to her chest.
Lady Gaga appeared in the spirit and voice of Julie Andrews dressed as a nun from The Sound of Music but singing a rendition of her pop hit “Number”. It’s also noteworthy that Cher closed the show while the room exploded with applause.
Along with Dorothy Bishop’s “The Dozen Diva Show,” here are several of the upcoming performances: The Flatiron Follies, Eddie Sarfaty, Shawn Moninger, The Grammy’s Party, Baby Jane Dexter, Andy Engel’s Comedy Night…
Read more about “The Dozen Divas Show” here: http://www.dorothybishop.com
The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd Street
New York, NY