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My View: Michael Feinstein Brings Showstoppers To Feinstein’s/54 Below

My View: Michael Feinstein Brings Showstoppers To Feinstein’s/54 Below

One music legend came to hear another last night.  Clive Davis was in Michael Feinstein’s opening night audience as the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook brought the showstopping songs of Broadway to his second home…Feinstein’s/54 Below. 

Michael shared the great backstories of each song…how a now-famous Broadway song was nearly cut at the last minute and how one was added right before opening night.

Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world with recordings that have earned him five Grammy® Award nominations, Emmy® nominated PBS-TV specials, acclaimed NPR series, and concerts spanning the globe. His work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.

Last night Nick Ziobro was Michael’s special guest as he will be on Aug 10.  Julia Goodwin joins Michael on Aug 9 & 11, Erich Bergen on Aug 12, John Loyd Young Aug. 23-27 and Betty Buckley Aug 29-Sept 3.


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Feinstein’s/54 Below

Clive Davis & Michael Feinstein

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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