"I have compassion for both sides -- people coming into the future and starting to get it. It's not about good and bad people. It's just about continuing to tell the truth and the truth will do the work."
He's been called the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, but Michael Feinstein--an internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist, archivist and historian--now has a new title: Television Pioneer.
With a goal of raising $20 million to establish the Heart and Stem Cell Center, a crowd of more than 500 guests gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA for the 9th annual Board of Governors Gala.
This week I talked with multifaceted entertainer Michael Feinstein, who will be headlining the London Festival of Cabaret, where he will be performing his acclaimed show "Michael Feinstein & Friends," joined by special guests Elaine Paige and Julian Ovenden.
With The Young and the Restless now in its 40th season, how does one capture the painful distance between the witty and the witless that has come to dominate our celebrity-driven culture? Let me turn to a delicious quote from 1975's Chicago.
If hot music means more to you than heated politics, the place to be this past Tuesday wasn't Charlotte, North Carolina but New York City where Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye were -- as the title of their tandem show has it -- "Swingin' the Night Away."
When singer Michael Feinstein lost his cousin to gastric cancer in 2010, he wanted to draw on his celebrity to bring attention to the disease, which is relatively rare and therefore doesn't garner the attention of more common forms of cancer.
When Michael Feinstein started recording 25 years ago, people told him that he would never have a successful career singing songs that were perceived as old. Today, the man is a five-time Grammy Award nominee.
If Michael Feinstein's American Songbook accomplishes anything -- it indisputably does -- it's that his commitment to the task of perpetuating the music is at least equal to his devotion to performing.
At one point, Hyde Pierce and Feinstein said they'd be doing a number originally done by Bing and Frank, "And if you don't know who Bing and Frank are, you're probably in the wrong show." This is true.