Mark Nadler (and others) at The Beach Cafe - Will's New York Nite Life
Mark Nadler (and others) at The Beach Cafe
Mark Nadler (and many others)
The Beach Cafe
1326 2nd Ave, at East 70th St.
Opening night, Thursday July 27
The opening of a new performance space in Manhattan is always big news, but there are many reasons to be excited that the Beach Cafe, on the corner of Second Avenue and 70th Street, is now announcing a full schedule of “cabaret-style” performances. First, the Cafe is perfectly located: apart from the highly upscale Cafe Carlyle (and Bemelman’s), there’s no comparable space on the Upper East Side, and is situated just a few feet away from the new Second Avenue subway station. Second, the cafe is not expensive: rather, they are offering talent on the level of the Old Algonquin at prices more comparable to the old Danny’s Skylight Room, and are promising that the cover will never be more than $20. Most importantly, the room is being booked by veteran entertainer Mark Nadler, who will also also be the opening headliner on Thursday, July 27. What’s more, the first three big shows (Mr. Nadler, July 27th to 29th; Jeff Harnar, August 3rd to 5th; T. Oliver Reid, August 10th to 12th) will all be focused on the incomparable words and music of Cole Porter, thus showing the Cafe’s commitment to the absolute top drawer of what is not for nothing called The Great American Songbook. That’s at least five reasons to check out the Beach Cafe, and I can’t of a single one not to.
Author: Will Friedwald
Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR, and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.
SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)