Performance Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

Leading Men of Broadway ... A Musical Salute

Zankel Hall
There’s electricity in the air when a leading man steps up to the footlights and sings a Broadway favorite. Michael Feinstein hosts this concert with two great leading men, Kevin Earley and Richard White, singing Broadway’s best.


  • Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director

  • with Special Guests:
  • Kevin Earley
  • Richard White

  • Phil Reno, Piano

Event Duration

The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Michael Feinstein

    Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

    More than simply a performer, Mr. Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America's popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. He also serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board-an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage.

    In April 2013, Mr. Feinstein released Change of Heart: The Songs of André Previn (Concord) in collaboration with the legendary composer-conductor-pianist. The album featured Previn's repertoire from his catalogue of pop songs that have most commonly been featured in motion pictures.

    Mr. Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra Project, his Concord Records CD celebrating the music of "Ol' Blue Eyes." The Sinatra Project, Volume II: The Good Life was released in 2011. His Emmy-nominated TV special, Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy-taped live at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana-aired across the country. His PBS series Michael Feinstein's American Songbook  was the recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award; the first two seasons are now available on DVD. For his nationally syndicated public radio program Song Travels, Mr. Feinstein interviews and performs alongside such music luminaries as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Moby, Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce, and others.

    Mr. Feinstein's book, The Gershwins and Me (Simon & Schuster) includes a CD of Gershwin standards performed with pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Recently, Mr. Feinstein released The Power of Two (a collaboration with Glee and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson) and Cheek to Cheek (with Broadway legend Barbara Cook).

    Mr. Feinstein serves as artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts-a $170 million, three-theater venue in Carmel, Indiana. The theater is home to an annual international Great American Songbook festival, diverse live programming, and a museum for Mr. Feinstein's rare memorabilia and manuscripts. In 2010, he also became director of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz and Popular Song Series. In 2013, he replaced the late Marvin Hamlisch as the lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops.

    The roots of all this work began in Columbus, Ohio, where Mr. Feinstein started playing piano by ear when he was five. After graduating from high school, he worked in local piano bars for two years, moving to Los Angeles when he was 20. The widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin in July 1977. Mr. Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.

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  • Kevin Earley

    Kevin Earley's Broadway credits include Ernest Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities and Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as the Broadway and national touring companies of Les Misérables. His performance in the title role of Death Takes a Holiday (Roundabout Theatre Company) earned him a Drama Desk nomination. He has also been recognized with Joseph Jefferson and LA Drama Critics Circle awards, and four Ovation Award nominations.

    Mr. Earley can be heard on the original cast recordings of Death Takes a Holiday and A Tale of Two Cities. He also has a debut CD entitled Earley Standards that features classics from such composers as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and George and Ira Gershwin.

    In Los Angeles, Mr. Earley appeared in the world premiere productions of Can-Can (revival) at the Pasadena Playhouse, Sleeping Beauty Wakes at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Center Theatre Group), and It Came from Beyond at the Write Act Theater. He also appeared in the highly publicized production of The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre (now Dolby Theatre), playing Ramases opposite Val Kilmer's Moses.

    Mr. Earley has been a featured soloist with the California Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, as part of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man, and as a knight in Camelot.

    Mr. Earley is a devoted member of Musical Theatre Guild, an organization dedicated to preserving and presenting seldom-seen musicals. He earned his BFA at Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, where he met his wife Julie Ann Emery. The two can now be seen on their hit web series Then We Got Help.

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  • Richard White

    Richard White is familiar to audiences the world over as the voice of the villain Gaston in the critically acclaimed animated feature film Beauty and the Beast. He made his Broadway debut as Joey in the revival of The Most Happy Fella and most recently played Sir Danvers Carew in the revival of Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll and Hyde. He has also appeared in the New York revivals of Brigadoon as Tommy Albright and South Pacific as Lieutenant Joseph Cable.

    Mr. White has toured nationally with Robert Goulet in Camelot and in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning Urinetown. He created the title role in the Maury Yeston / Arthur Kopit Phantom at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. He also originated the role of Ace Gruber in the musical Sayonara, and starred in Phil Hall's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Dr. Jekyll and as the masked man himself in Zorro.

    Mr. White has been seen in regional theaters across the country in such roles as Bill Starbuck in 110 in the Shade; Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music; Billy Bigelow in Carousel; Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, John Dickinson, and Edward Rutledge in 1776; Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate; Paul Berthalet in Carnival!; Curley McLain in Oklahoma!; and Count Danilo Danilovitsch in The Merry Widow. He is now looking forward to the New York debut of the new David Friedman / Peter Kellogg musical Chasing Nicolette.

    After seeing his performance as Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Beverly Sills asked Mr. White to join her at the New York City Opera, where he was a favorite leading man in productions of The New Moon, The Desert Song, Brigadoon, The Merry Widow, and South Pacific. Television audiences saw his performance as Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat and Robert Mission in The New Moon telecast on PBS' Great Performances.

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"The Hungry Years"
Michael Feinstein
Duckhole Records

Produced for Carnegie Hall by Michael A. Kerker / ASCAP.
This performance is part of Standard Time with Michael Feinstein.