Tony Award winner Elaine Stritch helped the cabaret veteran kick off the Short celebration June 5. Feinstein's line-up of other special guests follows.
June 8: Marti Stevens
June 12: Wynton Marsalis
June 14: Jane White
June 15: Barbara Carroll
June 16: Charles Cochran
Feinstein's engagement also features an all-star band led by musical director John Oddo.
In a previous statement Feinstein said, "It is an exciting challenge to create a show that will properly pay tribute to Bobby because his dazzling career simply cannot possibly be encapsulated in a single program. My hope is to capture the essence, glamour and spirit of his music as well as present a cross section of his vast repertoire coupled with special guests who will share their own personal reflections of Bobby. Bobby's favorite songwriter was Cole Porter, so expect a generous helping of him in addition to other signature songs."
Liza Minnelli, an Oscar winner for her performance in Cabaret, was last on Broadway in a tribute to her late father entitled Minnelli on Minnelli; she also returned to New York City's Beacon Theatre with her acclaimed concert Liza's Back! In addition to her Tonys for Flora, the Red Menace and The Act, Minnelli was awarded a special Tony in 1974 for "adding lustre to the Broadway season." Her film credits include "The Sterile Cuckoo," "Arthur," "New York, New York" and "Stepping Out." The singer is also a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress. Her album "Liza's Back!" is available on the J Records label, and "The Best of Liza Minnelli" was released on the Columbia/Legacy label. Showtime aired "Liza with a 'Z'," and Minnelli also received the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 10th Annual Tony Awards Bash in Los Angeles. A four-time Grammy nominee, Michael Feinstein is often credited with reinvigorating 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 the Regency. His numerous solo recordings include "Michael and George: Feinstein Sings Gershwin," "Big City Rhythms" "Romance On Film, Romance On Broadway," "Michael Feinstein with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra" and "Only One Life: The Songs of Jimmy Webb." Feinstein's most recent recording is titled "Hopeless Romantics."
Bobby Short, who was one of the cabaret world's most revered performers, became a vaudeville entertainer at the age of 12. The singer specialized in the works of Cole Porter and Noel Coward, and his numerous recordings included "Songs of New York: Live at the Cafe Carlyle," "Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter," "How's Your Romance?," "Jump for You," "Nobody Else But Me," "Piano" and "Speaking of Love"/"Sing Me a Swing Song." Short died March 21, 2005.
Show times are Tuesday-Friday at 8:30 PM with late shows Fridays and Saturdays at 11 PM. There is a $75 cover charge for all performances and a $40 minimum.
Feinstein's at the Regency is located in Manhattan at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street. Call (212) 339-4095 for reservations or visit www.feinsteinsattheregency.com.