Feinstein’s/54 Beneath is celebrating this yr’s vacation season with concert events by two of its prime performers, Paulo Szot and Michael Feinstein.
This weekend Szot is singing songs he has carried out on Broadway—in South Pacific, and extra not too long ago, Chicago—in addition to vacation tunes.
Feinstein, who has a artistic partnership with the membership, subsequent month will current a brand new, two-part program, “Get Happy,” celebrating subsequent yr’s centennial of the start of Judy Garland, who was born on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minn.
Each Feinstein packages will function big-screen movie clips; never-before-seen photographs; and audio recordings. The packages had been executive-produced by Liza Minnelli, the older of Garland’s daughters and a longtime good friend of Feinstein.
The primary of Feinstein’s two Garland reveals can be carried out from December 15 by means of 19 and discover her adolescence and profession from vaudeville by means of the MGM years. The second present, carried out from December 22 by means of December 26, will discover Garland’s later years, together with live performance and TV performances and post-MGM movies.
In a latest interview, Feinstein—a former trustee of Garland’s property who can also be pleasant with Garland’s two different kids, Joey and Lorna Luft—stated he had been “very concerned with numerous issues concerning her legacy. I wished to create a celebration of her that may be a mixture of just a little little bit of historical past and large leisure, to place her legacy in perspective,” including that many individuals who knew her steadily spoke of “her vitality and humor.”
“So this can be a private love letter that shares what I’ve discovered about her. I hope it’s going to enhance the viewers’s appreciation for her, and reveal some new issues about her,” he stated.
Feinstein will go on tour with the Garland present subsequent yr, performing it with orchestras and at performing arts facilities; this program will mix the 2 he’ll current at Feinstein’s/54 Beneath.
Beside performing on the New York membership this week, Szot shortly will seem in a manufacturing of Chicago in his native Brazil.
He stated not too long ago that he needed to relearn his function, Billy Flynn, in his native Portuguese, and that he was “very excited to current it to my household, my mother, my pals over there.”