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Lainie Kazan Brings Her Life To Feinstein’s/54 Below

Lainie Kazan Brings Her Life To Feinstein’s/54 Below

Tony-nominee Lainie Kazan returned to Feinstein’s/54 Below, where her show had been well reviewed and celebrated earlier this year. 

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

She was set to do a night of songs reflecting on her life, her loves, her Broadway shows, TV series, and movies.

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

However, Lainie woke up with laryngitis that morning, so singing was precarious.

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

Being the star that she is, she turned this problem into a night that was fascinating and one to be remembered.

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

She dished on her career, which covered her memorable and roles in My Favorite Year and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Nanny, the mob and the years she spent running Playboy Club nightclubs across the country.

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

Since she couldn’t sing the songs, for the first time, she shared the good, the bad and the ugly stories of her life. 

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

She still sang a couple of tunes such as a wonderful rendition of “Peel Me a Grape”and a couple of others, as to not completely give the audience what they thought they came for.

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

Instead of a show where she could barely sing, which I have attended a couple of times. Ms. Kazan, got real, revealing a side of her, I have never saw before and found myself truly enjoying a wonderful New York moment.

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

The show was done almost like an interview with her assistant Scott Khouri. It was personal, hilarious and informative.

Lainie Kazan, Scott Khouri Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

Her musical director/ Pianist Russ Kassoff, Bassist Lew Scott and Drummer  Tony Tedesco were also given about 15 minutes to shine.

Renee Taylor, Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

As a surprise guest, her co-star and friend Renee Taylor joined her for an even funnier and special night that only could be had at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

Lainie’s show was not to be missed and yet if you were not there, it was a moment in time not to be gotten again.

Lainie Kazan Photo’s by Jeffrey Lyle Segal

Ms. Kazan proved a true artist can make it work even in the worst of times.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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