Broadway Center presents Michael Feinstein: “Celebrating the Crooners,” featuring material by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Bing Crosby and others at Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39 and are on sale now.
From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations, to his Emmy-nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series, and concerts spanning the globe – not to mention his work as an educator and archivist – Feinstein’s career over the last three decades has revolved around bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world.
In 2007, Feinstein created the Great American Songbook Foundation, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes and the annual High School Songbook Academy. The summer intensive is open to students from across the country has produced graduates who have gone on to record acclaimed albums and appear on television programs such as NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Feinstein serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.
Feinstein was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he started playing piano by ear as a 5-year-old. After graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 20. The widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin in July 1977. Feinstein became Gershwin’s assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.
Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music. He also has become an unparalleled interpreter of music legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Harry Warren.
Tickets to Michael Feinstein: Celebrating the Crooners – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Bing Crosby, and Others are on sale now for $39, $59, $79, and $95. To buy now, call the Broadway Center Box Office at (253) 591-5894, toll-free 1 (800) 291-7593, online at BroadwayCenter.org, or in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District.