Holiday Treats Abound!
Mummenschanz: Act fast if you want to catch this talented European group. They are at the Skirball Theatre, NYU only through Nov. 30. The audience interaction brings peals of laughter from the audience, which is filled with children. Bring the little ones, but this will delight children of all ages. Info: mummenschanz.com/en
Side Show: This revival has been restaged by Oscar winning director Bill Condon. It is the story of famed Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Emily Padgett and Erin Davie do impressive justice to the beautiful score, especially the show stopping, “I will never Leave You.” The cast of human oddities notwithstanding, this is a crowd pleaser. St. James Theatre, 44th and Broadway. Info: sideshowbroadway.com
Lennon Through a Glass Onion: Who doesn’t love the music of John Lennon? To see it performed as John R. Waters and his brilliant accompanist and harmonic partner present the ever familiar tunes, evokes poignant memories. Union Square Theatre. Info: lennononstage.com
The historic Birdland Jazz Club, (named after Charlie “Yardbird” Parker) again showed its penchant for booking top jazz talent. Brilliant pianist Renee Rosnes performs a tribute to the music of Joe Henderson, with an all-star-band featuring Grammy winning trumpeter Randy Brecker. Birdland, with its convenient Times Square location and excellent, moderately priced food and top jazz makes this a great destination. Info: birdlandjazz.com
Cabaret/Blues: BB Kings Blues Club, another New York tradition, showcases the best blues artists, has good food, and a slamming gospel brunch on Sundays. It also has a Times Square location. On Dec. 1 at 8pm, the great Mary Bridget Davies who rocked Broadway with her Tony nominated portrayal of Janis Joplin will be center stage. Info: bbkingblues.com