Michael Feinstein New Year's Eve at the Rainbow Room
re-aired Thursday, December 31, 2015.
Full Episode | Michael Feinstein New Year's Eve
Enjoy this musical celebration at the Rainbow Room with Michael Feinstein and others.
About the Program
Premiered: December 31, 2014
© Marc Bryan-Brown Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy® and five-time Grammy®-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein. Known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” this energetic performer captures the heyday of the glamorous New York nightclubs as he hosts this celebration from high atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza in the glittering, newly restored Rainbow Room!
Michael’s guests include Darren Criss, star of the hit show Glee; Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland; Leslie Odom from Smash; Broadway star Kelli O'Hara; nightclub legend Marilyn Maye; 2-time Tony Winner Christine Ebersole; and Michael's newest discovery — 17-year-old Julia Goodwin, plus many more brilliant, entertaining moments!
The show is written and directed by Marc Cherry, creator of the blockbuster TV series Desperate Housewives and Desperate Maids.
The famous Rainbow Room, which first opened in October 1934, has seen its share of phenomenal New Year’s parties, with admission running into the thousand-dollar range in the days before it temporarily shut down in 2009. Performers such as Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Marlene Dietrich — even ZZ Top — graced the bandstand of this historic New York party room. Now, PBS and Michael Feinstein’s New Year's celebration joins that illustrious list of great Rainbow Room moments.
A Closer Look
More About the Performances
Viewers will swing to the 17-piece “Rainbow Room Band” Michael assembled just for this show, under the direction of John Oddo. The night begins with champagne and jazzy vocals as Michael, on piano, croons “Such A Lot Of Livin’ To Do.” Christine Ebersole displays her comic vocal genius with the hilarious “I Wanna Get Married.” The mood softens with a gorgeous duet between Michael and Kelli O’Hara, singing the Gershwins' sultry “Embraceable You.” Aaron Tveit electrifies the room with his rendition of “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” followed by Marilyn Maye, taking the audience even higher with her be-bop version of “On The Street Where You Live.”
Next, Michael introduces his latest discovery, rising teenage vocal star Julia Goodwin, who belts out “My Mamma Says No,” amazing the audience with her stage presence. Leslie Odom, Jr. voices his wishes for the coming year, with an intimate, powerful performance of “I’m Laying Odds On Tomorrow.”
Then, Darren Criss and Michael pay tribute to perhaps one of the greatest night club performers of all time, Frank Sinatra, with a playful medley of his best-loved hits.
Kelli O’Hara and Aaron Tveit return to the stage with their sweet duet, “How About You,” and Michael kicks the party into the stratosphere, pounding the Steinway and igniting the band with the Jerry Lee Lewis classic, “Great Balls of Fire!”
It’s a memorable evening of musical celebrities and great songs, in a gorgeous, legendary New York dinner club with one of the great champions of American entertainment, Michael Feinstein.
Visit Michael Feinstein's official website
and the Great American Songbook Foundation website for more information.