In case you thought New York City’s cabaret scene was shriveling like grapes at harvest time, think again. 54 Below has been resilient in its efforts to celebrate the American songbook since the venue’s 2012’s opening, and the latest reports indicate a major upswing with the return of Michael Feinstein.
The New York Times reported yesterday that the cabaret space will be renamed “Feinstein’s/54 Below” and the performer will return for a special holiday engagement from December 20-30, followed by bi-annual appearances thereafter.
Feinstein has been without a NYC home since Feinstein’s at Loews Regency Hotel closed at the end of 2012. The partnership will benefit both parties. “Being the foremost interpreter of the American Songbook, Michael would help us fill our repertoire and bring us his reputation and contacts,” says 54 Below co-producer Richard Frankel. “He is a beloved performer with his own following.”