Part of: Standard Time with Michael Feinstein
Produced for Carnegie Hall by Michael A. Kerker / ASCAP and Scott Coulter.
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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Elizabeth Stanley recently starred in the world premiere of the new musical Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody, and Glen Ballard, directed by Diane Paulus at the American Repertory Theater in Boston. Last season, she appeared Off-Broadway in Signature Theatre’s production of F*cking A (directed by Jo Bonney) and Of Thee I Sing (MasterVoices). She starred as Francesca in the first national tour of Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County (directed by Bartlett Sher) and prior to that as the man-crazed anthropologist Claire De Loone in the Broadway revival of On the Town (Drama Desk nomination). Other roles originated on Broadway include Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Allison in Cry-Baby, and April in the Tony Award–winning revival of Company. She also starred as Kira in the first national tour of Xanadu.
Off-Broadway, Ms. Stanley has been seen as Gussie in the New York City Center Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along (PS Classics cast album) and The Nurse in Hello Again (Transport Group). Her television credits include the upcoming N0S482, FBI, The Get Down, The Affair, Black Box, Made in Jersey, Fringe, Chappelle’s Show, and Company on PBS’s Great Performances series. Regionally, she has performed at the Sundance Film Festival, Sacramento’s Broadway at Music Circus, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Barrington Stage Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The O’Neill, La Jolla Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre Company, and Cincinnati Playhouse. Ms. Stanley is a volunteer teaching artist with Artists Striving To End Poverty. She is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Tony Yazbeck was most recently seen as Zach in the New York City Center production of A Chorus Line and on the PBS Great Performances special “The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood.” Prior to that, he starred in the Susan Stroman / Harold Prince–helmed Japan and Broadway productions of Prince of Broadway, for which he received the Chita Rivera Award as well as nominations for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards; the 25th anniversary concert of Crazy for You at Lincoln Center; and the Broadway production of Finding Neverland. For the 2014 Broadway revival of On the Town, Mr. Yazbeck won the Astaire Award and was nominated for Tony, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle awards. His other Broadway credits include Chicago, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone (Outer Critics Circle nomination), A Chorus Line, Oklahoma!, Never Gonna Dance, and Gypsy with Tyne Daly when he was only 11 years old. For New York City Center Encores!, he has appeared in Little Me, On the Town, Gypsy, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Pardon My English. He also was seen in Kiss Me, Kate at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Mr. Yazbeck’s television and film credits include Billions, Smash, and the documentary Every Little Step. In concert, he has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap, and most recently at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Yazbeck also stars in his own song and dance show. His debut album, The Floor Above Me, was released by PS Classics.