Norm Lewis: Broadway’s late blooming leading man

“We’d watch The Wizard of Oz every year,” Norm Lewis recalls of his childhood in western Florida. “But I didn’t know much about Broadway musicals.” “I sang in church,” explains Lewis, who brings a program of holiday songs and theater music to Feinstein’s at the Nikko next weekend. “But theater was the furthest thing from […]

Holiday gift ideas from Michael Feinstein

Michael’s back in town next week to ring in the holiday season with a five show run from Wednesday to Sunday. He’ll be playing a selection of his favorite Christmas songs, tunes he describes as “having more emotional substance than songs that are just about Santa and jingle bells, or reindeer.” Among his Yuletide repertoire […]

Lady Rizo: Behind the music

Here’s a little inside scoop on a few of the songs from Lady Rizo’s new album Indigo, which she’ll be spotlighting in her performance at Feinstein’s next week (And for our interview with Lady Rizo, click here)… —”Sometimes the Sky’s Too Bright” features a Lady Rizo  melody that compellingly crossbreeds film noir and tango.  The […]

Lady Rizo: Luxury, sexuality, and sass

“Internal luxury,” is how Lady Rizo describes the feeling she hopes to provide for her audience when she introduces music from her new album, Indigo, at Feinstein’s at the Nikko next week. “I believe in using the elements of the glittery nightclub chanteuse for restoration and rejuvenation. I want you to feel like you’re in […]

Nanny…and the Professor: William Sauerland sings Julie Andrews and studies for his PhD.

In addition to performing internationally as a countertenor soloist, leading the choirs and vocal music department at Chabot College, and debuting his solo Julie Andrews sing-along concert at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on October 19,William Sauerland is pursuing his doctorate degree at Columbia University. His topic of study: The experience of transgender singers and their voice […]

Run for cover: Julia Fordham brilliantly reinvents pop hits

Its been almost thirty years since a then 26-year-old Julia Fordham released her eponymous debut album in 1988.  If you’ve somehow gone that long without seeing her perform, do yourself a favor and make a date for next weekend at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Smooth, supple and utterly bewitching, Fordham’s voice is a singular instrument. […]

Hellz A Poppin, Mary! Countertenor William Sauerland salutes Julie Andrews

“My dream role,” says countertenor William Sauerland, “Would be to play Larry Poppins, the gay nanny.” And while that particular “Something About Mary” isn’t likely to be staged anytime soon, Sauerland will helm a jolly holiday of his own at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on Thursday, October 19. The former Chanticleer member, internationally acclaimed soloist, […]