Vilanch To Create All New Musical Show For “Feinstein’s “

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Feinstein’s Season to Include Two of Hairspray’s Ednas Plus Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell
By Andrew Gans
January 27, 2005

The remainder of the winter/spring 2005 season at Feinstein’s at the Regency has been announced. In addition to the previously announced appearances by Tony Award winners Chita Rivera and Brian Stokes Mitchell, the season will also include concerts with Michael McKean and Bruce Vilanch, who have both played Edna Turnblad in Broadway’s Hairspray.Kiss Me, Kate and Ragtime’s Brian Stokes Mitchell will make his nightclub debut at the intimate cabaret Feb. 1-19. Entitled Love/Life, the romantic evening of classic love songs will include such tunes as “Make Someone Happy,” “How Long Has This Been Going On?” and “It’s All Right With Me.” Musical director Mike Renzi will head a quartet of musicians.

Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, most recently on Broadway in the Tony winning revival of Nine, will play Feinstein’s Feb. 22-March 12. Rivera has simply titled her evening And Now I Sing.

The club will also host performances by Rip Crystal (Feb. 21), Danny Aiello (March 16-19) and new talk-show host Tony Danza (April 5-16).

Keely Smith will celebrate her new CD, “Vegas: One More Time,” April 19-May 7. The disc was recorded live at Feinstein’s. Debby Boone will then offer Reflections of Rosemary May 10-21. Boone, best known for her hit single “You Light Up My Life,” will salute the late, legendary singer Rosemary Clooney from a family perspective.

The Feinstein’s season will conclude with Michael McKean and Annette O’Toole (May 24-June 4) and an “all-new musical show created for Feinstein’s” by comic actor Bruce Vilanch (June 7-11). Vilanch is currently playing Edna in Broadway’s Hairspray; he succeeded McKean in the role.

Feinstein’s at the Regency is located in Manhattan at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street. Show times are Tuesday-Saturdays at 8:30 PM with late shows Friday and Saturday nights at 11 PM. Call (212) 339-4095 for reservations or log on to