Cafe Carlyle Winter and Spring 2020

October 25, 2019



Featuring the highly anticipated return of audience favorites Hamilton Leithauser, Isaac Mizrahi, Jon Batiste, Joan Osborne, Betty Buckley, Michael McDonald, Mario Cantone, Bernie Williams, John Pizzarelli and Steve Tyrell; and debuts by Stephanie J. Block, Wayne Brady, Belinda Carlisle and Fran Drescher


The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is pleased to announce Café Carlyle’s winter & spring 2020 seasons, which feature the return of audience favorites Hamilton Leithauser, Isaac Mizrahi, Jon Batiste, Joan Osborne, Betty Buckley, Michael McDonald, Mario Cantone, Bernie Williams, John Pizzarelli and Steve Tyrell; and debuts by Stephanie J. Block, Wayne Brady, Belinda Carlisle and Fran Drescher.


Acclaimed singer-songwriter Hamilton Leithauser returns to Café Carlyle for his third annual winter residency, January 14 – 18. The native New Yorker is currently putting the finishing touches on his second solo LP slated for release in 2020. His most recent release saw him collaborate with Angel Olsen on “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger).” Pitchfork declared the song “a gorgeously surreal version of early-1960s baroque-pop”. Leithauser’s 2016 collaboration with Rostam, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, #1 New Artist Album, and was named one of the year’s best by PitchforkEsquire, NPR, and more. A.V. Club recently raved: “It occurred to me after 2016’s I Had A Dream That You Were Mine that the best years of Hamilton Leithauser’s career may still be ahead of him.” 


Isaac Mizrahi returns to Café Carlyle with his all-new show, Isaac Mizrahi: Movie Stars and Supermodels, for a three-week residency, January 21 – February 8. His previous residencies in the room were sellouts, receiving widespread critical acclaim. Accompanied by his band of jazz musicians led by Ben Waltzer, Mizrahi will perform a range of tunes by the likes of John Denver, Bill Withers, Cy Coleman and Stephen Sondheim. He'll dish on model fittings, intimate dinners and exclusive parties with Hollywood's elite, while sharing his hilarious musings on everything of the moment from politics to dieting to his latest Instagram obsessions. The New York Times noted, "he qualifies as a founding father of a genre that fuses performance art, music and stand-up comedy."


Tony Award-winner Stephanie J. Block makes her Café Carlyle debut, February 11 15. She has established herself as one of Broadway’s most versatile leading ladies. Stephanie J. Block most recently starred in The Cher Show for which she won the 2019 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and received a Drama League Award nomination. Previously, Ms. Block starred in the Broadway revival of Falsettos (Tony Award nomination), Little Miss Sunshine (Drama Desk nomination), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony Award nomination), Anything Goes, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, 9 to 5: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination), Wicked, The Pirate Queen, and The Boy from Oz. She also starred in the first national touring company of Wicked as Elphaba (Helen Hayes Award; Carbonell Award).


Revered jazz performer Jon Batiste returns to Café Carlyle, February 18 - 21. Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Jon Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma has made him a triple threat and the newly “crowned prince of jazz.”Jon delicately balances a demanding schedule on screen and on stage -- which includes his role as Bandleader and Musical Director with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Jon


Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Joan Osborne returns to Café Carlyle, February 25 – March 7. Joan Osborne is a multi-platinum recording artist whose career was jumpstarted with the great success of her major label debut album, Relish. The album produced the massive MTV and international smash single, “One of Us.” The New York Times praised her Café Carlyle debut featuring the songs of Bob Dylan, stating that “at every point in the evening, you had a sense of Ms. Osborne as an artist who knew exactly what she was doing,” and describing her as a “fiercely intelligent, no-nonsense singer-songwriter.”


Legendary, multi-award winning actress/singer Betty Buckley returns to Café Carlyle, March 10 21. Her career spans theater, film, television and concert halls around the world. She’s received a sea of accolades including a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS. She’s a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, and the 2017 recipient of the Julie Harris Award from The Actor’s Fund for Artistic Achievement. Betty Buckley just completed a national tour of the new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! produced by Scott Rudin.


A critically acclaimed singer-songwriter with one of the world’s most distinctive voices, Michael McDonald returns to Café CarlyleMarch 24-April 4. With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music. Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-’70s McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.”


Celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian Mario Cantone returns to Café Carlyle, April 7-11. He gained critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show Laugh Whore, from its appearance at the Cort Theatre on Broadway to the Showtime special. The previous theatre season saw Cantone starring in the Tony-winning Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Both hit shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello. An accomplished stage actor, Cantone has appeared on Broadway in the role of “Buzz” in Terrence McNally's award-winning dramatic comedy, Love! Valor! Compassion! and “Stephano” in Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Public Theater.


Multiple Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated actor, singer, dancer, improviser, songwriter and television personality Wayne Brady makes his Café Carlyle debut, April 14-18. In December 2019, Brady was named the winner of season two of “The Masked Singer,” arguably the biggest performance competition show in the world. His musical artistry won over the judges and audiences across the country. On the heels of his win, Brady dropped a brand-new original single, entitled “Flirtin’ w/ Forever,” which quickly climbed the streaming charts, as well as an accompanying music video. A full EP of new music is forthcoming.


Bernie Williams, Latin Grammy-nominated jazz musician and former New York Yankees World Series Champ, makes his Café Carlyle debut, Bernie Williams & FriendsMarch 6-10. Bernie Williams, the New York Yankees center fielder for 16 years, is best known for his long and storied career in pinstripes – a career that includes four World Series championships, five appearances on the American League All-Star Team, four Gold Glove Awards and the 1996 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award. Since he’s hung up his cleats, he’s had time to devote to his other great passion in life – jazz guitar. Now that he’s out of the game, he’s getting back to his musical roots. His Café debut will include an eclectic mix of Latin rhythms, smooth jazz, blues and standards.


John Pizzarelli returns to Café Carlyle with an all-new show, Hal and SteveMay 5 16. The New York Times has described John Pizzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey as “the supreme nightclub act of our time.” Jazz Weekly recently raved about his Johnny Mercer program: “A gig like this oozes with style, class and fun, with Pizzarelli being one of the best ambassadors for the Great American Songbook. One of his best.” Earlier this year, The John Pizzarelli Trio released For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole.


Grammy Award-winner and two-time Emmy nominee Steve Tyrell returns to Café Carlyle, May 19-30. The performances follow this month’s sold out 15th anniversary shows in Café Carlyle’s revered holiday slot, running tonight through New Year’s Eve. His spring 2020 performances will feature favorites from the Great American Songbook including songs he has performed in major motion pictures.


Iconic singer-songwriter Belinda Carlisle makes her Café Carlyle debut, June 1 – 13. Belinda Carlisle is one of those rare talents who continues to remain relevant after nearly four decades in the business. Amidst changing tastes, the gifted and glamorous singer-songwriter has indelibly touched the hearts of pop fans around the world with her unique blend of gutsy vocals, emotively charged melodies and picturesque lyrics. With a multi-dimensional, internationally acclaimed recording catalog and countless tours showcasing her chameleonic musical prowess, the woman who began her career as co-founder and lead vocalist of groundbreaking all-female new wave/rock band The Go-Go’s has amassed worldwide sales in excess of 15 million records.


Acclaimed actress, comedian, writer and activist Fran Drescher makes her Café Carlyle debut, June 16 – 20. The Queens native has received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal as the lovable Miss Fine on the CBS hit series The Nanny, a show she also created, wrote, directed and executive produced. Fran’s next sitcom was based off of her real life relationship with her gay ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson -- a show she also produced, created, and starred in called Happily Divorced. Currently, she is starring in NBC’s new sitcom Indebted where she plays a baby boomer gone broke who has to move in with her adult son and his young family.


Additional performers will be announced shortly.


Café Carlyle’s Winter & Spring 2020 Seasons


Hamilton Leithauser

January 14 – 18


Isaac Mizrahi

January 21 – February 8


Stephanie J. Block

February 11 – 15


Jon Batiste 

February 18 - February 21


Joan Osborne

February 25 – March 7


Betty Buckley

March 10 – 21


Michael McDonald

March 24 - April 4


Mario Cantone 

April 7 - 11 


Wayne Brady  

April 14 - 18  


Bernie Williams 

April 21 - 25


John Pizzarelli

May 5 – 16


Steve Tyrell 

May 19 - 30 


Belinda Carlisle 

June 1 - 13


Fran Drescher

June 16 – 20 


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About Café Carlyle at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

Originally opened in 1955, Café Carlyle is New York City’s bastion of classic cabaret entertainment, a place where audiences experience exceptional performers at close range in an exceedingly elegant setting. Since composer Richard Rodgers moved in as The Carlyle’s first tenant, music has been an essential part of The Carlyle experience. No place is that more evident than in the Café Carlyle.

Café Carlyle is known for talents including Woody Allen, who regularly appears on Monday evenings to play with the Eddy Davis New Orleans jazz band. For three decades, Café Carlyle was synonymous with the legendary Bobby Short, who thrilled sell-out crowds for 36 years. His spirit lives on through the music at Café Carlyle.

Continuing the tradition of the 1930s supper club, Café Carlyle features original murals created by French artist Marcel Vertès, the Oscar-winning art director of the 1952 Moulin Rouge.

American Airlines in-flight magazine, American Way, recently included Café Carlyle within their 2018 Platinum List as one of the Top 3 Music Venues in the World.

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