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Entries in Michael Feinstein (4)

Saturday
Aug262017

Adam's Call: Michael Feinstein's "Showstoppers" at Feinstein's/54 Below: Hits all the right notes and then some

Michael Feinstein performing at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffTwo weeks ago I got to attend Michael Feinstein's Showstoppers at Feinstein's/54 Below. What an exquisite evening of talent, music, and stories this was. Michael hit all the right notes and then some! Michael was on fire and I think he almost caused the smoke alarm to go off, he was so smoking hot! 

From the minute the orchestra started, I knew I was in for a special night as they started playing all the big numbers I love from Gypsy to Rent. While not every song from that intro was actually sung, Michael did take the audience on a musical journey of Broadway's showstoppers. But what truly made this concert so special was Michael's interpretation of showstopper. Most people consider a showstopper those big, upbeat numbers that bring the house, but Michael reminded us, that a showstopper can be a quieter, softer moment, and Michael shared that intimacy with us.

Michael Feinstein performing at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Walter McBrideMichael Feinstein performing at Feinstein's/54 Below, Photo Credit: Walter McBrideFrom his vocal quality to the way he connects to the audience, Michael defines showman. He has the talent, appeal, and variety one needs to be entertained. Whether it's a big band number or a gentler, quieter piano only song, Michael reels you in making you want more. And it's not just his singing that gets you. The stories he tells are so captivating. He has worked with everyone!

I could go on and on about how terrific Michael's show is, but I will leave the rest for you to experience! Michael Feinstein's Showstoppers plays Feinstein's/54 Below through September 3! Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Michael about this show, watch it here!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Thursday
Dec242015

Adam's Call: The Hope of Christmas: Ann Hampton Callaway & William Schermerhorn: Originally Fresh

There are hundreds of Christmas albums for one to purchase this time of year, more or less, featuring the same handful of songs, just sung differently by each artist. Well, this year, we are in luck, there is a BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM out featuring an array of originally fresh songs called The Hope of Christmas, with lyrics by William Schermerhorn, sung by the award winning Ann Hamtpon Callaway, featuring the music of Ann Hampton Callaway herself, Michael Feinstein, Wesley Whatley, Stephen Fox, Matthew Sklar, Milton Delugg, and Mary Ehlinger.

The Hope of Christmas is the perfect gift because it's an album you can listen to over and over again! These songs are going to be the new classics you sing with your friends and family. William has written some terrific lyrics about hope, love, loss, and the spirit of the season paired with some of the greatest composers of today and yesterday! Ann's voice seamlessly welds the music and lyrics together, bringing you a finished product that will put you in the most festive mood!

William SchermerhornAnn Hampton CallawayThe jazz-infused songs effortlessly spread a sense of calmness and peace throughout your home and allow you to just relax and reflect on the sounds of the season. A few of my favorite songs, are the title song itself, "The Hope of Christmas" (music by Ann Hampton Callaway), a terrific song about bringing peace and love to the world, not only at Christmas time, but throughout the year. I also love "On Union Street" (music by Wesley Whatley), a fun song about the joys of the start of the Christmas season and meeting up with famiy and friends. It's a great song to open the album because, from the get-go, it gets you excited about all the fun, food, and good times Christmas can bring. I also adore "My Gift of Thanks" (music by Michael Feinstein), a terrific song about being grateful. Knowning a bit about Michael, it's no wonder he would write the music to such a beautiful song as this fits right in with his own beliefs. Then there is "Christmas Isn't Christmas At All," a faster paced bluesy song about missing someone you love during this festive time.

Ann Hampton Callaway and Seth RudetskyI am so glad The Hope of Christmas is available. It's so refreshing to listen to a Christmas album filled with ORIGINAL songs. Not that I don't love the classics we've grown up with and come to love, but it's definitely time and there is room for something new! So, celebrate this new holiday season with The Hope of Christmas, a NEW ORIGINAL Christmas album! Click here to purchase on Amazon.com and Click here to purchase on iTunes!

If you missed my original interview with Ann and William, click here to read it!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Thursday
Jul122012

Will and Anthony Nunziata: Make Someone Happy at Feinstein's is The Start of Something Big

I first saw Will and Anthony Nunziata perform last year at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in NYC and I was instantly hooked on them, their sound, and their show (click here for that review). Well, almost a year to the day later, I revisited Will and Anthony at their new show at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, "Make Someone Happy," which is celebrating the release of their debut CD of the same name.

A year can do a lot for a performer, and in the case of Will and Anthony, this past year has proven to be a great one! Their show is much tighter, their banter more fluent, and their voices are stronger! It's evident the past year on the road has made them more confident as well. It was a true joy to see!

One thing I love about Will and Anthony's show is the fact that for as much as they perform together, they each get equal time singing alone, allowing both of them to shine brightly! Tuesday night's show was no exception.

Opening their show with "Everybody Says Don't," Will and Anthony started off the show with a bang and it just went up from there! They then went into "This Could Be The Start of Something Big/A Lot of Livin' To Do." I was thrilled they did this mash-up (as I love these two songs) and found it an interesting choice because I feel these two songs really define where they are at in their career. Last year was their introduction and now a year later, I see two performers who really have grown along with their exposure. From their CD release at Barnes and Noble to touring the US to an appearance on "Rachel Ray" to being interviewed on NBC Nightly News at the beginning of this week, Will and Anthony are really getting out into the world. (I feel fortunate to have still been able to interview them, click here for our most recent interview). For Will and Anthony, this is the start of something big which will lead them to have a lot of living to do.

Next they sang the title song "Make Someone Happy." It was great to see them interact with the audience more easily during this song. They also triumphed together on "Lullaby of Broadway/Brotherhood of Man," "Funiculi Funicula," "Smile/That Smile," and "The Prayer." My favorite thing about "The Prayer" is the story they tell before they go into this song. It's very touching and personal and always brings a tear to my eye. I would love to actually tell the story, but since it's their story, I think it would be better if you went yourself to hear it.

While Will and Anthony are great together, they are also fantastic separately! It was a pleasure to see them hit all the right notes during their solos. Will flourished on "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Pure Imagination" (one of my personal favorite songs), while Anthony radiated on "Teach Me Tonight" and "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)/What Kind of Fool Am I?"

It's great to see two young, talented guys preserving the music from the Great American Songbook and early Broadway. This genre fits their vocals perfectly! This year has been a big one for Will and Anthony. Their growth is evident from the moment they hit the stage! This really is the start of something for Will and Anthony and I am excited to see what's next for them and hope to continue to be able to be part of their exposure! I think they deserve all the success they've gotten thus far and will continue to get!

Will and Anthony Nunziata's "Make Someone Happy" plays at Feinstein's at Loews Regency through Saturday, July 14! Click here for tickets!

Wednesday
Mar142012

Linda Eder: Songbirds

When Linda Eder takes the stage, a hush comes over the audience as they eagerly await to first note to radiate out of Linda's angelic voice. Tonight, at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in NYC, was no exception. Linda Eder is once again bringing her latest show, "Songbirds," to one of the few cabaret rooms left in the city. Singing selections from Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Dolly Parton, Judy Garland, and many others, Linda is dedicating the evening to the female singers who inspired her.

From the opening number, "At Last" to closing the night out just like Dolly with "I Will Always Love You," Linda sparkles for the full hour plus show! When Linda Eder sings, there is not one disturbance in the audience because people give her respect she deserves because that is what she gives back to the audience. In between songs, Linda gets personal with the audience, telling funny and heartfelt stories about the songs she is performing.

Photo Credit: Stephen SorokoffPhoto Credit: Stephen SorokoffLinda Eder knows how to control her voice perfectly, from a quiet whisper to her signature belt, Linda is one of those rare singers who always hits all the right notes. No genre is off-limits for Linda and I love that this show consisted of multiple genres from country to jazz to showtunes to pop. I think it's also great that Linda pays tribute to singers both past and present. I give her much credit for tackling Adele's "Someone Like You" and "Rolling In the Deep," for which she triumphed on because Linda has the vocal power to match Adele's. The audience agreed as big cheers and applause came directly after Linda finsihed the songs. I was so happy that Linda included some of the songs that she's known for including "Someone Like You" and "Man of La Mancha." Her version of "I Will Always Love You," blew the audience away. If Dolly's looking for someone new to record "I Will Always Love You," Linda is the woman for the job!

What makes Linda's shows so great, besides her voice, is her humbleness and honesty in the way she performs the songs she sings and in the way she interacts with the audience. Linda is a talent to be reconed with! She is a success because of her dedication to her craft!

If you are looking to be dazzled and delighted, then I highly suggest going to see Linda Eder's "Songbirds" at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in NYC (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street). "Songbirds" plays through March 17. Click here for tickets!