The six-part series was taped before live audiences at NJPAC's Victoria Theater December 1-2 and featured performances by Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate; Ragtime); violinist and composer Joshua Bell; Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots); Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer; Broadway performer Rachel York (Victor/ Victoria); Tony nominee Andrea McArdle (Annie); and award-winning Broadway dancer Jared Grimes (After Midnight), among many others.
Broadcast dates and additional details for the series, which launches January 25 on NJTV at 8 PM ET, follow:
Episode 1: January 25 at 8 PM on NJTV Michael Feinstein welcomes Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ana Gasteyer, and Songbook Youth Ambassador Lucas DeBard to NJPAC for stimulating conversation and performances. Highlights include renditions of “There's No Business Like Show Business,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “Hello, Dolly!”
Episode 2: February 1 at 8 PM on NJTV Michael Feinstein is joined by José James, Lillias White, and Songbook Youth Ambassador Nick Ziobro at NJPAC for lively conversation and renditions of “God Bless The Child,” “I Wanna Be Loved,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and “For Once in My Life.”
Episode 3: February 8 at 8 PM on NJTV (Salute to Love Songs) Michael Feinstein hosts an all-star salute to the world's greatest love songs. Marilyn Maye, Maureen McGovern, Joshua Bell, Valerie Simpson, Nellie McKay, Tom Wopat, Jessie Mueller, Rebecca Luker, and more perform some of the most beloved songs.
Episode 4: February 15 at 8 PM on NJTV Michael Feinstein shares the stage with Joshua Bell, Billy Porter, Larisa Martìnez, and Songbook Youth Ambassador Brighton Thomas for spirited conversation and renditions of “Somewhere,” “Edelweiss,” “New York, New York,” and “My Romance.”
Episode 5: February 22 at 8 PM on NJTV Michael Feinstein entertains and converses with Andrea McArdle, Jared Grimes, Rachel York, and Songbook Youth Ambassador Julia Goodwin. Highlights include renditions of “Tomorrow,” “Being Alive,” “Without a Song,” and ”I Get a Kick Out of You.”
Episode 6: March 1 at 8 PM on NJTV (Salute to Broadway Composers) Michael Feinstein hosts an all-star salute to great Broadway composers Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, and Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. Billy Porter and others perform.
The series will also air on THIRTEEN and WLIW21.
Celebrated singing actor Brian Stokes Mitchell will also be performing his critically acclaimed cabaret act as part of Playbill Travel's star-studded Broadway on the High Seas 8 cruise in the Caribbean in February; click here for more information.