Feinstein favorites: A duo of Dollies and a year of Yitzhak


As we noted the other day on our Facebook feed, Betty Buckley, who thrilled audiences in four engagements at Feinstein’s at the Nikko over the past few years, has landed the lead in an upcoming national tour of the record-shattering Hello Dolly! revival.

Buckley’s Dolly will play the Golden Gate Theatre from February 19 to March 17, 2019.

Of course, the role of Miz Levi is currently being played on Broadway by another Feinstein’s favorite, Bernadette Peters, who we presented in a rare solo concert at the Palace of the Fine Arts last May.

Before the parade passes by, it stops at Feinstein’s at the Nikko!


Haight Ashbury native, Feinstein’s alum and Broadway luminary Lena Hall began revealing an ambitious new project, Obsessed, in January: Every month of 2018, she’ll release a new EP featuring a selection of songs she feels deeply connected to.

The year got off to a somewhat familiar start with Obsessed: Hedwig on which she performed new arrangements of songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for which she won a Tony playing Yitzhak. San Francisco audiences had the chance to see play Yitzhak and, twice a week, step into Hedwig’s heels during the show’s 2016 national tour.
In February, the series brought a stunning surprise: Obsessed: Peter Gabriel. Hall’s spare, emotionally loaded renditions of “Lay Your Hands on Me,” “Come Talk to Me,” “Sledgehammer,” and especially “In Your Eyes” more than do justice to Gabriel—without his densely layered studio productions, they highlight lyrical and melodic strengths that can sometimes be overwhelmed by Gabriel’s lush sonic atmospherics.

More surprises are in store: Hall is keeping mum as to what artists, composers, or shows she’ll be saluting in upcoming releases. Sign up at www.lenahallobsessed.com to learn about the March edition shortly and further releases every time they drop.