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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Singers: Open Mics in New York City

One of the things that has been instrumental (pun intended!) in the growth of my career as a musical theater actor is the ability to perform for an audience whenever I get the whim. What makes this possible? Every day of the week there are one (or more) events where singers can bring sheet music and perform songs for a friendly crowd looking for entertainment. Opens mics are a great way to try out new material and build up confidence. And you’ll meet other singers and industry folks like composers, lyricists, directors and producers.

UPDATED 1/15/2017 - Here is a list of just a few open mics in NYC (some nights have open mics at multiple venues):

Daily Piano Bars
Brandy's Piano Bar
Don't Tell Mama
The Duplex
Marie's Crisis
Uncle Charlie's

Mark Janas’ – The Salon
Open Mic at the Met (2nd Sunday of the month)
Rise Bar

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party/Birdland
Opera Open Mic - Shanghai Mong
West End Lounge

Parkside Lounge

Parnells' Piano Sessions

Broadway Sessions (at the Laurie Beechman) - weekly variety show and open mic once a month

Songs at the New World (last Friday of month)
Metropolitan Room: Piano Bar at the Underground

You can see a comprehensive list of cabaret open mics/piano bars in NYC at the Cabaret Hotline Online.

For those outside of NYC: For a list of open mics in your area, trying doing a Google search with one or more of these keywords: open mic, salon, showcase, cabaret, piano bar. You can also see a large list of open mics at

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has done national tours of plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. To learn more, check out


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K. L. Hallam said...

Im sorry forgot to click email follow up- Again:

I'd like to know how to be included on your list for

New Open Mic~Singers Collective at Zinc Bar from 6:30-8pm ~ Every Thursday evening~ come sing Jazz Standards or bring your sheet music.
~Hosts Lucy Galliher and Karen Lee Hallam.
Singers sign up when they get here as early as 6:15
$5 cover donation to pay musicians.

Erin Cronican said...

You've just done it! :) Folks will now be able to learn about your open mic via the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

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