Part of: Standard Time with Michael Feinstein
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. Past graduates of the program have gone on to record acclaimed albums and appear on television programs such as NBC’s America’s Got Talent. 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 Project.
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.
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Christine Ebersole recently concluded her starring role as Elizabeth Arden in the Broadway musical War Paint, for which she received a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. She earned virtually every Off-Broadway award and her second Tony for her dual “role of a lifetime” in Grey Gardens. Other Broadway credits include 42nd Street (Tony Award), Steel Magnolias, On the Twentieth Century, Camelot, Oklahoma!, Dinner at Eight (Tony nomination), The Best Man, and Blithe Spirit. Additionally, Ms. Ebersole made her operatic debut with the LA Opera in Candide. She has appeared in many feature films, including The Wolf of Wall Street, Amadeus, Tootsie, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, Dead Again, Folks!, Ghost Dad, True Crime, My Girl 2, and The Big Wedding, which features an original composition she wrote and performed for the end credits. Her extensive television credits include Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes, Search Party, Sullivan & Son, Royal Pains, Madam Secretary, American Horror Story, Ugly Betty, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Boston Legal, and Will and Grace. Ms. Ebersole appeared as Tessie Tura in Gypsy, starring Bette Midler, and was a series regular on the 1981–1982 season of Saturday Night Live. She also has performed in numerous concert halls, including the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall, as well as her critically acclaimed cabaret acts at Café Carlyle and venues across the country. Her recordings include In Your Dreams, Sunday in New York, Christine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward, and Strings Attached. For additional information, visit christineebersole.com.
Erich Bergen currently stars as Blake Moran on the hit CBS television drama Madam Secretary, broadcast all over the world with past seasons available for streaming on Netflix. This past summer, he made his Broadway debut opposite Katharine McPhee in Waitress. Mr. Bergen is also known for his critically acclaimed performance as Bob Gaudio in the Clint Eastwood–directed musical film Jersey Boys, reprising his performance from the stage production in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and on the First National Tour. Other screen credits include Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, Person of Interest, and the 2018 film Humor Me. As a singer and musician, Mr. Bergen can be seen performing in concert all around the world. His music is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and all other digital music/streaming outlets. For more information, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @erichbergen.
Alex Getlin is thrilled to be making her Carnegie Hall debut. At age 17, she made her professional debut at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in a solo cabaret show, You’re Gonna Hear from Me. The New York Times has called her “a confident, engaging young Broadway-style singer with a big voice,” and Broadway World has hailed her as “a new and rare talent on the entertainment scene.” A native New Yorker, Ms. Getlin has spent this year performing around the country in concert tributes to Leonard Bernstein, including appearances at Severance Hall in Cleveland, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Southern California, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In 2017, she made her Off-Broadway debut in Anything Can Happen in the Theatre: The Songs of Maury Yeston, and performed with the Pasadena POPS in a program titled Broadway: The Golden Age with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, conducted by Michael Feinstein. In 2016, after graduating from Northwestern University, Ms. Getlin was a featured soloist in Scott Siegel’s Broadway Rising Stars at Town Hall.