Feinstein, the one-time assistant to lyricist Ira Gershwin and impresario of his own high-end club at the tony Upper East Side Regency Hotel, has settled on a new perch in the Theater District. Actually, grotto is more apt than perch, as Feinstein has joined forces with 54 Below, the cabaret and restaurant below Studio 54 that has become a favorite hangout for Broadway stars, would-be stars, star-struck fans and Patti LuPone.
Feinstein lost his lease at the Regency in 2012 and has been looking for a new pace to hang his hat. One of the country’s most popular exponents of the Great American Songbook, host of a successful PBS series on the subject and regular at Carnegie Hall, among other dives, Feinstein joins forces with the rare new cabaret room. 54 Below had an up game from the outset, featured thoughtfully curated programs, excellent food and a steady roster of Broadway notables.
The new Feinstein’s/54 Below will present iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. Feinstein will perform engagements at the venue throughout the year, as well as present some of his legendary friends. His first engagement at the renamed supper club will run December 20-30.
“Beloved and respected by his audiences and musical artists around the world, Michael Feinstein is a fantastic performer and synonymous with great entertainment,” says 54 Below proprietor Steve Baruch. “My partners Tom Viertel, Richard Frankel and I are honored to begin this exciting new collaboration with Michael, adding additional vision and creative energy to 54 Below. We look forward to a successful, starry alliance together, one that will take our great venue to higher heights.”
Feinstein said, “I am thrilled to join the Tony Award-winning team behind 54 Below’s success and look forward to our new adventure together.” John Iachetti, formerly General Manager of Feinstein’s at the Regency, will join the Feinstein’s/54 Below staff as General Manager of the restaurant operation. Iachetti also will add his experience and relationships of many years in booking talent. Jennifer Ashley Tepper will continue as Director of Programming, curating and overseeing the hundreds of celebrated shows at the venue each season.
Executive Chef Lynn Bound, who arrived at 54 Below from the Museum of Modern Art one year ago and garnered great acclaim for the supper club’s culinary operation, continues as Executive Chef.