Award-winning singer Baby Jane Dexter, one of the grande dames of the New York cabaret scene, returns to the Manhattan stage in March and April with an encore of her concert show, Body & Soul, at the Metropolitan Room.
Dexter, who was ill for several years, returned to the concert microphone in 2015 with the solo show It’s Personal!, which helped earn her the 2015 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that stretched back to the 1970s (winning a total of seven MAC Awards in the process). Dexter returned with a new show, Body & Soul, during the 2016 holidays, performing a set that included “(Getting Some) Fun Out of Life,” Randy Newman’s “Guilty,” “I’m a Fool to Want You,” “I Won’t Cry Anymore,” and “I Can’t Give you Anything But Love.” The new concert includes songs by Eubie Blake, Johnny Green, Randy Newman, Frank Sinatra, the Gershwins, Johnny Mercer, Bessie Smith, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Dorothy Fields.
Dexter is scheduled to return to the club’s stage March 4, March 18, and April 7, all at 7 PM. Music director Ross Patterson will accompany her for the first two concerts, with Ian Herman at the keyboard on April 7.
Here is a clip of Dexter performing “Everybody Hurts” in 2009:
The Metropolitan Room is at 34 West 22nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. There is a $25 music charge and a $25 food and drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 206-0440 or go to metropolitanroom.com.