Michael Feinstein decks the halls at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency
2008 has been an extraordinary year for singer and "Ambassador of the American Songbook" Michael Feinstein. His 24th album, The Sinatra Project, debuted in September and he kicked-off the release with a sold-out engagement at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in Manhattan.
Judge Judith Sheindlin officiated his marriage to long-time partner Terrance Flannery in October. Liza Minnelli, Michele Lee, Henry Winkler, Stefanie Powers and Marilyn and Alan Bergman were among the notables in attendance.
The Grammy-nominated Feinstein will perform The Sinatra Holiday Project at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in Manhattan through Dec. 30. And he recently took time to answer some of EDGE's most pressing holiday questions.
People have a love for "White Christmas" that is fascinating to me in the sense that nobody ever gets tired of that song... the song communicates a certain longing that people want to experience in music.
"The Christmas Song" is more sophisticated... because it's more cerebral. Berlin wrote "White Christmas" with more home-spun allusions, "The Christmas Song" feels a little more calculated in its construction, while "White Christmas" is a little more organic.
I've never heard Grace Jones' "Little Drummer Boy," but I did a gig once in Switzerland for a billionaire and Grace Jones and I were the artists who performed.
[I met her in the elevator.] She was with this boy toy and we were on the elevator together and she leaned over, kissed him and said "Come here, you gorgeous hunk, you."
I thought, "Do you want to be alone? I don't feel like I should be here."
She was very nice, though.
"The Secret of Christmas," written by Sammy Kahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. It's a glorious song. Bing Crosby sang it in the movie, Say One for Me and it also starred Debbie Reynolds.
I loved the retro references and musicianship and scholarship of what they put into the music. The created a fresh genre out of something classic.
We met up for dinner in London about a year ago and discussed the idea of doing something together, which is how they recorded a song with me for my Sinatra recording. We will be doing a concert together at Ravinia this summer.
One of the organizations that I have been very aware of and helped before is the Minority AIDS Foundation [in Los Angeles].
Proposition 8 exit polls showed that 80 percent of the African-American community voted for the measure. Perhaps there is a greater prejudice against Gay marriage within the minority community than in the larger community, and that pains me greatly. I really wish to help my gay brothers and sisters of color.
Michael Feinstein will perform "The Sinatra Holiday Project" at Feinstein's at Loews Regency (540 Park Ave. at 61st Streets) through Dec. 30.
Shows are Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. For this engagement only, there will be shows at 8 and 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. PLEASE NOTE: there will be no 10 p.m. show on Christmas day (Thursday, Dec. 25). Performances have $95.00 general admission seats, $125.00 regular seats and $250.00 up-front seats, all with a $40.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. Call (212) 339-4905 or visit www.feinsteinsatloewsregency.com or www.TicketWeb.com for tickets and club information.