PRESENTS FIVE-TIME GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AND TONY AWARD WINNING BROADWAY LEGEND BARBARA COOK

TOGETHER ON STAGE FOR TWO SHOWS IN A SPECIAL NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post, will conclude its star-studded Fall 2009 season with club’s founder MICHAEL FEINSTEIN and Tony Award winning Broadway legend BARBARA COOK in a special New Years Eve celebration.  The two acclaimed vocalists, along with Feinstein’s longtime Musical Director John Oddo leading the all-star quintet, will join together for a show of jazz standards and Broadway favorites to bring in the New Year.  Both shows take place at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

MICHAEL FEINSTEIN – the multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy nominated entertainer dubbed of “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” – is considered one of the premiere interpreters of American Popular Song.  His 150 plus shows a year have included Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and major concert halls, as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.  More than a mere performer, he is nationally recognized for his commitment to the American popular song, both celebrating its art and preserving its legacy for the next generation.

The Sinatra Project, his latest CD from Concord Records which celebrates the musical sensibilities of “Old Blue Eyes,” earned Michael his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009. Feinstein is currently preparing a PBS-TV series, “Michael Feinstein’s American Popular Song” – to start airing in 2010 – in which Michael discovers treasures of the Great American Songbook around the world. He is designing a new piano for Steinway called “The First Ladies,” inspired by the White House piano. Feinstein will also serve as the Artistic director of the Carmel Performing Arts Center, a $160 million three-theatre performing arts center in Carmel, Indiana which will host an annual international Great American Songbook festival, along with diverse live programming and a museum to house his rare memorabilia and manuscripts. 

His previous CD from Concord Records is Hopeless Romantics, a songbook of Harry Warren classics recorded with legendary jazz pianist George Shearing. In 2004, Michael completed a national tour with songwriting icon Jimmy Webb based on their CD, Only One Life – The Songs of Jimmy Webb. The disc was named one of “10 Best CDs of the Year” by USA Today.  Recently he hosted and produced The Great American Songbook, a PBS Special and DVD set from Warner Brothers that traces the history of popular music in our country and debuted at the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Michael has written the score for two new stage musicals: The Day They Saved Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Gold Room, and he is working with MGM to develop The Thomas Crown Affair into a musical for Broadway.  Feinstein’s just released The Power Of Two, a new CD with Broadway leading man Cheyenne Jackson, based on their show together at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, which was called “passionate, impeccably harmonized and groundbreaking” by The New York Times.

BARBARA COOK – considered “Broadway’s favorite ingénue” during the heyday of the Broadway musical – then launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another. Her silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years.

Whether on the stages of major international venues throughout the world or in the intimate setting of a New York nightclub Barbara Cook’s popularity continues to thrive – as evidenced  the celebration of her 80th birthday in the Fall of 2007 with three sold out concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, her solo concert debut at the Metropolitan Opera (which made her the first female pop singer to be presented by the Met in the company’s long history), and a succession of six triumphant returns to Carnegie Hall where she made a legendary solo concert debut in 1975.  Miss Cook’s ever-growing mantle of honors including the Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, as well as her citation as a Living New York Landmark, her induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame and Musical America’s 2007 Vocalist of the Year award.

A leading star during the Broadway musical’s "golden age" of the 50’s and 60’s, her many Broadway credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (Tony Award) and Amalia in Bock and Harnick’s She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award).

FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present MICHAEL FEINSTEIN and BARBARA COOK for two performances on Thursday, December 31 at 7:15 PM and 9:00 PM.  The 7:15PM show has a $200.00 cover charge with $250.00 premium seats both with a $40.00 food and beverage minimum. The 9:00 PM show has $250.00 general admission seats with $395.00 regular seats and $500.00 up-front seats, all with a $100.00 food and beverage minimum.  Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.

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