Each 57-minute episode promises to focus on a different era of American music. The series will follow Feinstein as he "rummages though cluttered basements and dusty attics, sifts through piles in cluttered storage lockers, and unearths obscure items in flea markets," all in the name of the great American song. In addition to archival footage that will pepper the series, Feinstein will take audiences with him as he performs across the country.
The series will continue with airings on Airing Oct. 13 ("Best Band in the Land") and Oct. 20 ("A New Step Every Day").
"Putting On the Tailfins" will explore the music of the 1950's and 1960's, including singers such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney. "Best Band in the Land" will showcase the music of World War II, including big bands, USO shows and the role music played in boosting morale among troops and the folks at home. "A New Step Every Day" will present the jazz-fueled days of the 1920's and 1930's and introduce viewers to collectors and musicians who keep this vital era alive today.
Amber Edwards of Hudson West Productions directed and produced "Michael Feinstein's American Songbook."
Feinstein recently appeared on Broadway with Dame Edna in All About Me at the Henry Miller's Theatre. His Broadway outings also include Michael Feinstein in Concert: Piano and Voice at the Lyceum Theatre in 1990, Michael Feinstein in Concert: Isn't It Romantic at the Booth in 1988, and Michael Feinstein in Concert, also at the Lyceum in 1988. A five-time Grammy nominee, Feinstein is often credited with reinvigorating interest in the American popular song. The crooner has performed in concert halls around the world and on Broadway and now co-owns his own nightclub, Feinstein's at Loews Regency. His numerous solo recordings include "The Sinatra Project," "Michael and George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin," "Big City Rhythms" "Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway," "Michael Feinstein with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra," "Only One Life: The Songs of Jimmy Webb" and "Hopeless Romantics." Feinstein most recently released a duets album with Broadway's Cheyenne Jackson, entitled "The Power of Two," based on their sold-out show at Feinstein's at the Regency in 2009.
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