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A Close Facsimile

Tribute acts are usually hokey, forgettable affairs. Here, some sophisticated exceptions to the rule.

  1. 1. Leslie Kritzer

    January 3 at Joe’s Pub

    The Drama Desk nominee uses her powerhouse voice to reproduce Patti LuPone’s smash eighties-era string of shows at Les Mouches.

  2. 2. David Berger and the Sultans of Swing

    Tuesdays through January 16 at Birdland

    If you only hit one Ellington tribute this year, let this be it: critics’ favorite Berger and his sixteen-piece band have been toasting the big-band master for decades—long before the nineties neo-swing boom.

  3. 3. Steve Cuiffo

    January 3 at Joe’s Pub

    Cuiffo does a masterful, eerily accurate Lenny Bruce, giving contemporary audiences a sense of his anarchic presence.


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