Photo Credit: Helane Blumfield


To say that the cabaret career of singer/songwriter Meg Flather is “flying high” would be an understatement. After being awarded a 2016 MAC Award for “Best Original Song,” she followed that up in 2017 by receiving MAC and Bistro Awards for “Female Vocalist of the Year,” and a nomination from for “Best Female Vocalist.” In October 2018, Meg made her debut in the Mabel Mercer Foundation Annual Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center, and a few months later earned 2018 New York Cabaret Award nominations from for “Best Vocalist” and “Best Show” for her critically acclaimed show Back When We Were Beautiful.

In 2019, Meg continued to be a creative force of nature. She debuted her new solo piece, Outbound Plane, of which wrote: “Meg Flather is everything that she, herself, needs to shine brightly in a world rife with the dingy and dank. Meg Flather is everything.” Last year, Meg also produced a series of group shows called Meg Flather Songs/A Cabaret Sisterhood, a revue of her original compositions performed by 27 different women singers. During that prolifically creative year, one critic referred to Meg as performing with “. . . knife-edged professionalism . . . a terrific mix of intelligence with high-energy wackiness . . .”

With her new one-night only show, COCKEYED OPTIMIST, on February 21 at 9:30 pm, Meg Flather introduces herself to The Beach Café (1326 Second Avenue, corner of 70th Street, NYC), revisiting material from her critically acclaimed shows and a few added surprises. COCKEYED OPTIMIST features an eclectic mix of songs written by songwriting giants of Musical Theater and Pop, including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Richard Maltby & David Shire, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Paul Simon, Harry Chapin, Joan Armatrading, and a few of Meg’s original songs. Directed by Lennie Watts with Musical Direction by Tracy Stark—both multiple-award winners—COCKEYED OPTIMIST shares Meg’s journey through her overlapping environments of cabaret performance and home shopping television, while also looking for love and navigating loss in this dramatically changing world. For reservations go to the Cabaret Schedule page at

“…Meg Flather, as lovely of voice as she is of person, reaches a new level of interpretive depth and freedom.” –

“Meg Flather is a quietly fierce singer. Her voice is large and expressive, and she used it to reveal herself to her audience…” –Cabaret Scenes

“Every word emerges directly from the heart; slow, emphatic, and filled with grace. The club warms as if embraced.” – 

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