He wings out this week to play dates at Wolf Trap, then Ocean Grove, a few more stateside stands before heading to play Japan’s Blue Note Club, then returning to play with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall Oct. 26. But before these paying stands, Michael drove out Monday to the Motion Picture and TV Country House and Hospital to lavishly entertain the residents–several of whom he knows from his beginnings in the biz. He is the always-generous Michael Feinstein. In his upcoming Carnegie Hall concert he will tribute music from Hollywood films–f’rinstance the theme from "Laura" and "You Can’t Take That Away From Me" a la Fred Astaire–but on the piano, that is. And to furthur delight Feinstein fans, he’s completed an album, "So In Love" accompanied by Joe Negri on guitar. Romantic favorites here include: "It Could Happen To You," " Heather On The Hill" and "Fly Me To The Moon." Thanks, Michael.
It Only Hurts When I Laugh
Phyllis Diller admitted, "I’m grounded," but she was able to make it to the phone to answer my "get well" call. On her 90th birthday, July 17, she injured her back by simply "making a little twist." There’s no fracture but doctors ("this is my fourth!") have her in a brace. She was to have appeared on Jay Leno’s show on her birthday–but that will have to wait–as will all dates–she’s not venturing out of her house. I assured her she’d be fine and would still be joking on her 100th birthday. "I don’t want to be around for that," she said, "I want to be leaving–as soon as possible." As you can tell, back pains are a pain in the–well, you know.
No ‘Bye Bye’ Barbra
It’s to be Barbra’s final concert Wednesday (July 25) in London. But is it her "final" concert? I’ve spoken to those who have been with her on the "final" tour through Europe. And their opinion is she"ll go on with another tour because this one has been such a complete joy for her–and for audiences. The tour was also so well skedded, she had time off to play tourist–even a shopper–between dates. One step further they predict, "Barbra will never retire–because she’s singing better than ever." Stay tuned.