Michael Feinstein, ambassador of the Great American Songbook, has built a dazzling career
throughout the last three decades. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy
nominations to his Emmy-nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series, and concerts
that span the globe, his work as an educator and archivist define him as one of the most
important musical forces of our time.
In 2007, Mr. Feinstein founded the Great American Songbook Foundation, dedicated to
celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes,
and the annual Songbook Academy for high school students. He also serves on the Library of
Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, which ensures the future of America's
sound recording heritage.
The most recent album from his multi-platinum recording career is A Michael Feinstein
Christmas on Concord Records, featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Alan
Broadbent. In 2009, Mr. Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy nomination for The Sinatra
His Emmy Award-nominated TV special Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy--taped
live at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana--aired nationally in 2011. The PBS series
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook was broadcast for three seasons and is
available on DVD. His most recent primetime PBS-TV special, New Year's Eve at The
Rainbow Room--written and directed by Desperate Housewives creator Marc
Cherry--aired in 2014. For his nationally syndicated public radio program Song
Travels, Mr. Feinstein interviews and performs alongside music luminaries.
Mr. Feinstein was named principal conductor of the Pasadena POPS in 2012. Two years later,
he launched an additional pops series at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West
Palm Beach, Florida. He is also artistic director of the Palladium at the Center for the
Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, and director of the Jazz and Popular Song series at
Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Feinstein's at the Nikko, Mr. Feinstein's nightclub at San Francisco's Nikko Hotel, has
presented the top music talents since 2013. He debuted at Feinstein's / 54 Below, his new
club in New York City, in late 2015.
After graduating from high school, Michael Feinstein moved to Los Angeles, where the widow
of legendary pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin. 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became Gershwin's assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished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.
For additional information, visit michaelfeinstein.com.
Tony-nominee Melissa Errico has established herself as a Broadway star, film and
television actress, and recording and concert artist. She has starred in the Broadway
musicals Anna Karenina, My Fair Lady, High Society,
Dracula, White Christmas, and Amour, as well as the first
national tour of Les Misérables. At the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, she has
starred in The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Camelot. Her
solo recordings include Blue Like That, Lullabies & Wildflowers,
Legrand Affair, and What About Today? Melissa Errico Live at 54 Below.
Television appearances include the series Central Park West by Darren Star, as
well as recurring roles on Steven Soderbergh's The Knick and Showtime's
Billions. Ms. Errico has collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on the revival of
Sunday in the Park with George at the Kennedy Center, followed by John Doyle's
production of Passion, for which she was nominated for a sixth Drama Desk Award.
Most recently, she appeared as Leona in the 2016 Encores! production of Do I
Hear a Waltz? at City Center. This season, she reprised the role of Sharon in a hit
Off-Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Ms.
Errico has served on the National Endowment for the Arts and has published essays for
various magazines as well as The New York Times. She is married to tennis player
and sports commentator Patrick McEnroe; they have three young daughters and a Yorkie named
Jay Armstrong Johnson
Jay Armstrong Johnson most recently played the titular role of Candide at New York City
Opera under the direction of Hal Prince. He can currently be seen on the hit ABC series
Quantico. On Broadway, he starred in the critically acclaimed revival of On
the Town under the direction of John Rando. His other Broadway credits include the
original Broadway casts of Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, and
Hair (revival). Off-Broadway, he's been seen in Wild Animals You Should
Know (MCC) and Working (Drama Desk Award; Prospect Theater Company). Other
New York credits include co-starring alongside Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel, and Audra
McDonald in Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, which
was also filmed for PBS; and The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!,
directed by Casey Nicholaw). Other credits include A Chorus Line (first national
tour); The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe, directed by Alex Timbers); Pool
Boy and On the Town (Barrington Stage Company); Pirates! (or, Gilbert
& Sullivan Plunder'd), 42nd Street, and Hello, Dolly! (MUNY);
Hands on a Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse); and Hairspray (Weston Playhouse
Theatre Company). His concert appearances include Jay Armstrong Johnson: Live at
Feinstein's / 54 Below and 35mm: A Musical Exhibition. Film and television
credits include Sex and the City 2 and Law & Order: SVU. For more
information, visit jayarmstrongjohnson.org.