FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine, and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post, will continue its star-studded Winter/Spring 2010 season with the New York city debut of Hollywood legend MITZI GAYNOR in a limited engagement from May 18 – 22. After decades of television, film and touring, she is excited to make her New York performance debut in an intimate setting like Feinstein’s to get up close and personal with her fans. In her show, Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins, Ms. Gaynor will bring her incomparable brand of showmanship to the stage in a glittering multimedia one woman tour-de-force of music and memories from her show-stopping life and career.
The evening will feature classic elements of her fabled concert performances interspersed with video footage culled from her television, concert and film work and rare personal photos embraced in an all new, up-to-date setting. This multimedia theatrical extravaganza is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the electrifying magic and incredible spirit of a true entertainment icon. The show runs at the Regency Hotel Ballroom (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).
Gaynor says “over the years I’d been asked to play New York on numerous occasions but the stars never quite aligned. That’s why I was thrilled when Michael Feinstein asked me to bring my show to his club and said I could have the Regency’s Ballroom so I’d have more room to play. I really can’t wait to be there. There’s no city in the world like New York.”
Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins is an intimate and affectionate love letter to that fun “razzle-dazzle” era of show business featuring Mitzi’s often hilarious recollections of famous friends and costars including Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Howard Hughes, Marlene Dietrich and more. Mitzi shares personal stories, moving reminiscences and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her life and remarkable show business career including those of starring in such classic motion pictures as There’s No Business Like Show Business, Les Girls, The Joker Is Wild, and her Golden Globe® nominated role in the blockbuster adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific.
Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins reunites the Golden Globe® nominee with the original creative team behind her acclaimed television specials and concert performances -- world renowned fashion icon Bob Mackie, who has designed eight new breathtaking costumes for Ms. Gaynor’s return to the stage, Emmy®-winning director/choreographer Tony Charmoli (Woman of the Year) and Emmy® Award nominated musical arrangers Dick DeBenedictis (Funny Lady) and Bill Dyer (An Evening with Diana Ross).
Along with a seven piece orchestra led by musical director/pianist Ed Czach, orchestrations are by Ovation Award winner Colin R. Freeman (Lorna Luft's Songs My Mother Taught Me) and Helen Hayes Award nominee Nick DeGregorio (42nd Street National Tour), Mitzi will perform a virtual songfest of signature musical hits from her film, television and nightclub catalog including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Honey Bun” and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” in addition to a diverse slate of song selections from John Kander and Fred Ebb, Leon Redbone, Peter Allen and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, among others, while also tackling new material from the recent Tony® winning Broadway hit The Drowsy Chaperone – all set to brand-new staging and choreography by Mr. Charmoli.
Mitzi Gaynor first took the concert and nightclub world by storm in 1961 at Las Vegas’ fabulous Flamingo Hotel. Her debut was met with overwhelming acclaim – Life Magazine noted “Gaynor started at the top and climbed even higher”, The Los Angeles Times called her “The nation’s number one female song and dance star” – and for the next four decades she dominated stages across the United States and Canada, as her Emmy® Award winning television specials delivered her performing magic to the millions of viewers who looked forward to those annual must-see events.
The legendary musical performer began her career at the age of twelve in the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, being featured in productions including Naughty Marietta, Roberta, Jollyana and The Great Waltz in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. She transitioned from stage to screen at age nineteen with her first film role opposite Betty Grable in My Blue Heaven. She starred in seventeen motion pictures, nine network television specials (garnering seventeen Primetime Emmy® nominations) and returned to live performing with countless concert productions nationwide for over forty years. For more information, visit her online at MitziGaynor.com.
FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will play the following schedule: Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30pm. All shows have a $75.00 cover with $95.00 premium seats available, in addition to a $40.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.