Singer and actress Lainie Kazan (a former Tony nominee as a featured actress in the musical My Favorite Year) will open May 23 at Feinstein's at the Regency. Kazan plays Feinstein's through May 27.
"I've put together a show of all standards," Kazan told Playbill On-Line. "There will be one or two songs by new composers, but mostly we'll be doing music from my CDs, 'In the Groove' and 'Body and Soul.' " Kazan said she also hoped to do "a few real gems from my first album with MGM that were arranged by my husband, who is no longer with us."
Kazan's set will feature songs by Harold Arlen, Jimmy McHugh and others.
Speaking from Los Angeles, Kazan said she will be accompanied by her trio, pianist Bob Kaye, drummer Eddie Caccavale and bassist Lew Scott.
Also scheduled at Feinstein's at the Regency this summer are:
• Rosemary Clooney, May 30 – June 10
• Eric Comstock, June 12, 19 and 26
• Marc Salem, June 27 – Sept. 2 Feinstein's is named for the club's co-owner, Grammy-nominated pop vocalist, songwriter and music archivist Michael Feinstein. Feinstein's partner in the club is Jonathan Tisch, president and chief executive officer of Lowes Hotels.
The Regency is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For tickets, club information, schedule and cover charge for each performer call (212) 339-4095.
-- By Murdoch McBride