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Michael Feinstein’s genius is not only exemplified by his voice, his piano, his wit, his encyclopedic knowledge of show business, and his remarkable ability to entertain an audience.  He also has an astute talent for choosing the type of guest artist to have in his shows who will create a special magic when paired with his musical personality. Melissa Manchester the Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, actress was on stage with him last night and the combination of these two icons unleashed a chemistry that produced a spectacular event that had a celebrity filled Feinstein’s/54 Below enthralled from start to finish.  Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Clive Davis, Brenda Vaccaro, and Michael Riedel among others were in the club for this exciting opening night.

If you attend this show be prepared to bank in your music memory Michael singing “The Way We Were” and his unique version of New York, New York.  You will also forever recall the thrill of hearing Melissa sing two songs that she performed at the 1979 Academy Awards, “I’ll Never Say Goodbye” and “Through The Eyes of Love”.

(See Complete Photos on this show at Broadwayworld.com)

Michael Feinstein & Melissa Manchester

Known to music lovers everywhere as “the ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael celebrates the songs that defined American popular music for much of the 20th Century.

From multi-platinum recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his 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.

Having been born and raised in the Bronx, this native New Yorker will share the stories and spirit of her New York. Together, Michael and Melissa will celebrate this glorious city in the way only they can. Best known for her work as writer and recording artist, Melissa’s hits include, “Don’t Cry Out Loud”, “Come in From the Rain”, “Whenever I Call You Friend”, “Through The Eyes of Love”, and “Midnight Blue.” This will be a dynamic show full of surprises and musical delights, all while paying homage to the tradition established by past generations of great New York entertainers.

Melissa Manchester joins Michael Aug. 15-20

Jackie Evancho joins Michael Aug. 21, 22, 23

Michael Feinstein
Melissa Manchester & Michael Feinstein
Melissa Manchester & Clive Davis
Melissa Manchester & Eda Sorokoff
Michael Riedel & Stephen Sorokoff
Jamie deRoy & Michael Feinstein
Brenda Vaccaro, Stephen Sorokoff, Jamie deRoy
Al Roker, Brenda Vaccaro, Deborah Roberts

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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 Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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