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Feinstein's at the Nikko welcomes Adam & Anthony Live, starring Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, original stars of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical, RENT which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. For this special intimate club engagement, original RENT stars Adam & Anthony come together in a pop/rock evening celebrating their individual musical careers as well as the Broadway cultural hit, RENT. Both stars come to Feinstein's at The Nikko direct from current Broadway star-turns: Anthony Rapp in Broadway's If/Then (currently on a National tour) and Adam currently starring in the hit musical Disaster. These two friends will share stories about the hit show that brought them together 20 years ago and perform songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning show, as well as their individual material.
Regarded by many as the world's finest traditional Irish band, Altan is renowned for its heartwarming, dynamic live performances that range from touching ballads to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Throughout its career Altan has shown an unwavering commitment to the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers.
Aubrey Logan is an award-winning artist with vocals that range from deep and electric to delicate and vulnerable. She breaks traditional genre barriers by combining jazz vocals with R&B, neo-soul, pop, and a touch of rock.
Logan dazzles audiences wherever she's seen and heard around the globe including a recent tour with Scott Bradlee's acclaimed Postmodern Jukebox in 18 European cities from Stockholm to Athens.
Winner of the top vocal competitions at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Aubrey electrifies fans with her stock-in-trade staccato phrasings and a vocal range that reaches to the stars.
Aubrey's much-anticipated album, slated for release this year, promises some favorite covers and a lot of original material direct from her heart.
Direct from Bahia in northern Brazil—a place where otherwise long forgotten gods are still remembered—comes this irresistible troupe famous for its explosive drumming, feverish dancing and uncontainable energy. Its display of Bahian folkloric dances of African origin was described as a "non-stop extravaganza" by the San Francisco Chronicle. Balé Folclórico da Bahia brings thrilling choreography, joyous rhythms, and a feisty, flirtatious exuberance to every performance.
The brainchild of Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt— two former principal dancers of The Royal Ballet— Balletboyz is London's hottest groundbreaking and distinctly masculine dance company renowned for their exciting and innovative blend of live performance and original filmwork. Featuring two new commissions by Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos, the evening takes an elegant, powerful and provocative look at life and death.
Show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels & more.
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at The Groundlings Theatre in LA in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team", LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of belly laughs" while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
Broadway actors, dancers and producers from Tony-Award winning and fan-favorite shows including South Pacific, The Producers, The Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical and Les Misérables have assembled the highest caliber of Los Angeles-based Broadway performers to offer Angelenos an intimate and heart-stopping taste of Broadway. The show features a live band, rotating program and special celebrity guests. The producers intend to continue the show on a weekly basis at W Hollywood.
Business Casual is rapidly becoming a fixture in the Bay Area vocal music scene. As their name suggests, Business Casual combines unexpected musical styles to produce fresh a cappella versions of vintage chart toppers and today's hits. Featuring powerful leads, floor thumping bass, and sizzling beats, you won't believe that this group is using only their voices! Business Casual explores a wide range of genres including funk, folk, pop, soul, swing, and R&B, guaranteeing that there is something for everyone in their energetic, all-ages shows.
Prime Time is an award - winning jazz - centered contemporary a cappella group from the Bay Area that specializes in heartfelt singing, exquisite musicianship, and an approachable, honest performance style. Separately, the singers have decades of experience spanning multiple styles and cultures. Together, they have one goal - to let the music shine in and through them, as they reach out to touch, inspire, and entertain the listeners.
The election may be over, but the laughter continues! The Capitol Steps return with brand new and up-to-the-minute political satire song parodies that take aim at the outrageous goings on—from the campaign trail, congress and other political hot spots! Their trademark no-holds-barred approach to the headlines of the day in song and sketch is guaranteed to keep both sides of the aisle laughing, bringing down the House…and Senate!
Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud celebration of spectacular mid-century car culture, space age style, landmark attractions, festive fashions, outrageous architecture, theme parks, and much, much more!
One of the true hit makers of the 1990"s, Collin Raye still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals. With 21 top 10 singles including four number one hits: "Love, Me", "In This Life", "My Kinda Girl", and "I Can Still Feel You," Collin Raye has long been considered as one of Country music's most passionate and energizing showmen!
Complexions makes it "sensationally, jaw-droppingly clear that we live in the age of the super dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state" (Dance Magazine). Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. A show that literally rocks—with the So Cal premiere of Strum, set to the music of Metallica, plus a piece on unrequited love set to J.S. Bach's Chromatic Fantasy!
Creating a Brave New World is the first interactive theater experience to bring together a unique fusion of music, culture, dance, multimedia and self development.
International Performer and TEDx Speaker Daniel Tyler Pohnke has been creating Empowering Entertainment all over the world with his project Full Moon Rising; He's bringing his thought-provoking quirky style back to the USA after 7 years, in a new interactive show, with a fantastic cast of musicians and dancers.
Get your entire family into the spirit of the season with a Carpenter Center holiday tradition of cherished Vince Guaraldi tunes and more—starring jazz pianist David Benoit, featured vocalist Sara Gazarek, and special appearance by the All-American Boys Chorus!
The Broadway star (Wicked, A Light in the Piazza) returns with a strong, confident baritone that soars into the tenor range, and a charm that's undeniably magnetic!
Discover extraordinary ways that ordinary people are changing the world with an evening of insight by Nicholas D. Kristof—human rights advocate and an esteemed columnist for The New York Times. Kristof will discuss his celebrated book, A Path Appears, as he motivates through captivating stories of individuals and organizations applying research, evidence-based strategies, and innovative ideas to make the world a better place.
A stellar cast of four sensational entertainers perform the hits from four of the most iconic musical styles in pop music history! This Vegas style revue is complete with fun costumes, and choreographed production numbers like "Twist and Shout," "Stop in the Name of Love," "Surfin' USA, "Stayin' Alive," and more!
Join George Takei—the noted actor and activist with a signature wit—as he offers insight into his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media luminary, and his passionate role in the fight for LGBTQ equality in America. Dedicated to empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference, Takei reveals his personal story of his family's forced internment as Japanese Americans during WWII in this intimate evening.
All shows taped before a live audience! Be apart of this national broadcast special!
Adapted from Harris' New York Times best-selling book, HAM: Slices of a Life, this musical comedy takes us from a conflicted childhood in Bible-Belt Oklahoma to the dizzying roller coaster ride of a life in show business and the precarious balancing act of fatherhood.
Feinstein's at the Nikko is transformed into Harmonia Gardens as we proudly present Hello Dolly in Concert. Directed by F Allen Sawyer with Musical Direction by Joe Wicht, these gifted theatre artists will lead an incredible local cast starring Wesla Whitfield as Dolly Levi, Mike Greensill as Horace Vandergelder, Alex Rodriquez as Cornelius Hackl, Nick Quintell as Barnaby Tucker, Heather Orth as Irene Malloy and Katrina McGraw as Minnie Fay. Audiences will delight in the familiar story of the meddling widow who just wants to bring romance to everyone around her as well as the beloved score of favorites including "It Takes a Woman," "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back" "Before the Parade Passes By," "So Long Dearie," and, of course, "Hello Dolly."
Holly Penfield, a luminary on the London jazz cabaret scene for over fifteen years, is a native of San Francisco. She returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her all new show, the Rhythm of Life following a sold-out debut last fall.
Penfield lived in Los Angeles and studied with the legendary vocal teacher Judy Davis who coached Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr before being lured away by the mystique and adventure of London. She appeared at Cafe de Paris, Beach Blanket Babylon, Pizza Express, China Jazz, and Scott's on Mount Street - where she was, (like Sally Bowles) the toast of Mayfair!
J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation combines text, music, stunning projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans—papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers—who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. This latest multimedia creation by the acclaimed Alison Mackay redefines the concert experience!
Acclaimed jazz vocalist James Tormé – the son of The Velvet Fog, Mel Tormé – will bring his incomparable vocal gifts and showmanship to Feinstein's at the Nikko with his show, James Tormé Celebrates the Greats. Infusing jazz and pop classics with current influences, Tormé celebrates music's greatest legends in an unforgettable evening with salutes to Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Nat "King" Cole," Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and, of course, his own father, three-time Grammy Award winner Mel Tormé. Take a musical journey through stage and screen as James reveals layer after layer of Hollywood luminaries. It is an exciting evening of great memories…a celebration not to be missed!
As America's hottest illusionist, Jason Bishop mystifies with stunning and original state-of-the art magic, award-winning sleight of hand, and one-of-a-kind grand illusions delivered with a totally modern energy and an outstanding rock soundtrack. From exclusive grand illusions to close-up magic projected onto a huge screen—no other touring illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents and virtuosity!
Kick off the holidays as The Jive Aces deck the hall with high energy music, wild stage show, and irresistible humor! The UK's No.1 jive and swing band performs energetic renditions of Christmas Classics and fresh arrangements of classics—from such greats as Louis Prima, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and more—leaving the audience cheering!
Comedic master John Cleese—often regarded as the funniest man alive—returns to share hilarious anecdotes about his colorful life and career, which spans more than 50 years! Best known for his idiosyncratic turns in Monty Python's Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda, John Cleese enthralls audiences worldwide with his wit, his charm, and his unique brand of unrelenting humor!
A true living legend, José Feliciano delivers an exhilarating and magnetic performance while displaying remarkable dexterity on the guitar, and a voice that resonates with strength and power. Accompanied by his band, Felciano shares his trademark ability to re-invent rock classics with a Latin spin, as demonstrated in one of his biggest hits, "Light My Fire." Truly a night to remember, don't miss your chance to see him doing what he does best!
Direct from her Tony Award-nominated role in Roundabout Theater Company's critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of She Loves Me, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with her new show, Tales from Soprano Isle. In this humorous evening, Benanti will perform songs from throughout her celebrated career, as well as share stories and personal anecdotes from her life on and off the stage!
She took the Broadway stage by storm at age 18 as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain and won the 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical in Gypsy also starring Patti LuPone with Direction by Arthur Laurents. Other Broadway credits include Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony Nomination) In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, The Wedding Singer, Nine starring Antonio Banderas, Swing! (Tony Nomination), and Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods (Tony Nomination)
The sumptuously talented Leanne Borghesi returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko in her new comedic show, BDSM (Beautiful Dirty Sexy Me). Borghesi returns with a twist, whipping her strengths, truths, fears and desires into shape with a daring new solo show! Under the direction of- Nicolas Minas (NYC), this powerhouse femme leads the audience through songs from prim and proper to sexy from the 20's- 40's, Broadway, Jazz & Pop, with significant focus on the original Red Hot Mama- Sophie Tucker. Accomplished Musical Director, Michael Ferreri (NYC) joins the evening to lead a swingin' trio featuring SF's finest- Roberta Drake on drums. A one of a kind comedic musical evening not to miss
Feinstein's at the Nikko is pleased to present the acclaimed Los Angeles musical theatre series A Little New Music. This fast paced presentation of the best new or unheard musical theatre songs is performed by a talented cast of West Coast performers and is guaranteed to not only entertain but to keep your finger on the pulse of the future of the artform.
Since 2013, A Little New Music has introduced an impressive array of over 150 songs by established and emerging composers alike, presented by stars of stage and screen including Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden); Tony Award Winning Writer Jeff Marx (Avenue Q); Tony, Drama Desk and Emmy nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Shrek the Musical); Tony Award Nominee Kevin Chamberlin (Seussical the Musical, Disaster The Musical) Shoshana Bean (Wicked); Eric Peterson (Shrek the Musical); Barrett Foa (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; NCIS: Los Angeles) Nicole Parker (Wicked, MADtv) and Michael Sheppard (Little Shop of Horrors).
Believe it or not Lucie Arnaz is celebrating more than 50 years in show business. She began her long career in a recurring role on The Lucy Show opposite her mother Lucille Ball before becoming a series regular on Here's Lucy and later starring in The Lucie Arnaz Show and Sons & Daughters. In 2001 Lucie and her brother, Desi Arnaz, executive produced the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special which received an Emmy Nomination.
On the big screen Lucie has has starred opposite Neil Diamond and Sir Laurence Olivier in The Jazz Singer for which she received a Golden Globe Nomination.
Feinstein's at the Nikko continues the celebration of Composer and Lyricist Jerry Herman with a concert production of Mame on the 50th Anniversary of this beloved musical which won three Tony Awards including nod for Best Performances by a Leading and Featured Actress for Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur.
Based on the book "Auntie Mame" Mame is set in new York during the Great Depression and tells the story of Mame Dennis, an eccentric bohemian whose life is interrupted when she becomes the guardian for her nephew Patrick.
Meg Mackay, Jesse Cortez and Sharon McNight lead our cast that also features Darlene Popovic, Laura Arthur, Branden Noel Thomas and Teresa Attridge.
"From the first note, Mandy Harvey tames her audience into stunned appreciation," proclaims LA Times, as the jazz singer effortlessly glides from breathy jazz standards to growling blues!
Marquee Five brings a spunky, intelligent flair with tight harmonies and exciting five-part arrangements as they visit hits by greats like George & Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more!
Melissa O'Keefe returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one glamorously star-studded night with the premiere of her brand new cabaret, When I Get Famous.
Exploring the wild world of fame and celebrity (in a glitzy, tongue-in-cheek fashion!), When I Get Famous is an intimate cabaret affair, featuring a selection of vintage and contemporary jazz, pop, rock and musical theatre showstoppers.
The hour-long staged adaptation—perfect for ages 3-8—features endearing puppets, stunning scenery, and evocative music of stories that have delighted generations. Goodnight Moon celebrates familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny tells a pretend tale of leaving home and a parent's love!
Griffiths pays homage to Cole Porter—and his legacy that continues to sparkle—with all of the provocative and witty lyrics as well as the sophisticated rhythms and melodies!
Mona Golabek intertwines some of the world's most beloved piano music in this poignant tribute to her remarkable mother, Lisa Jura, as she shares the true story of how the young Jewish pianist eascaped Nazi-controlled Austria and triumphed through her talent.
Paradox Vocal Band, having just celebrated their two year anniversary, is a professional San Francisco a cappella group, singing original arrangements and mash-ups of the current hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
Paula Poundstone is back with her legendary ability to create humor on the spot! Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Poundstone can find the hilarious angle of almost any subject—from the absurdity of the political world to the deviousness of housecats—and deliver it with impeccable timing and razor-sharp wit. Heard regularly on NPR's popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me, Poundstone is famous for her spontaneity where every performance is unique!
The cult favorite returns by demand after five sold out appearances! Experience two hours of thrilling visuals choreographed to one of the greatest bands of all time, Pink Floyd! With vivid multi-screen video projections, cutting edge laser technology, and the theatre's state-of-the-art sound system—it's got all the excitement of a live concert!
Ro Sham Bo is a dynamic sextet singing original arrangements of jazz, latin, and funk tunes, all a cappella. This award-winning group has been entertaining the Bay Area for two decades. In 2013, Ro Sham Bo took home the 1st place championship at the SF Bay Area Regional Harmony Sweepstakes.
Ro Sham Bo has performed to sold-out audiences at Anna's Jazz Island and the historic La Pena Cultural Center. You can also find them serenading listeners at the eclectic and personality filled Omega Salvage, the quirky Van Kleef bar in Uptown Oakland and at the family friendly Montclair Farmers Market.
Called the "burly tenor with a big, silvery voice" by Variety, Ronan Tynan, accompanied by his long time pianist Bill Lewis, bring to Feinstein's at the Nikko a repertoire that is diverse as it is entertaining: a mix of Irish, selections from the great American songbook, contemporary, as well as newly written material. The New York Times recognizes Tynan's "unornamented singing as distinct relief, who lets the lines of familiar melodies soar without fancy embellishment."
Introduced to American audiences in 1999 as a member of The Irish Tenors, Tynan continues to perform throughout the United States and record new material as a solo artist. In addition, he is currently the Alltech Visiting Artist in Residence at the University of Kentucky's Opera Theatre program teaching Vocal Performance and Voice and Repertoire classes with a focus in oratorio and opera at the undergraduate and graduate level.
For The Record returns to Los Angeles to celebrate legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. The acclaimed For The Record series is a unique, genre-bending form of live entertainment turning the soundtracks of iconic filmmakers into thrilling immersive theatrical concerts. American Crime Requiem explores more than 40 years of Scorsese's storytelling, his passion for music and the people who make it. The show stars an eclectic mix of artists from the worlds of music, stage and screen performing an epic set list from GoodFellas, Casino, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and more. Part rock concert, part drama, part nightclub. all legendary!
The Singing Bois is a queer pop quartet based in Oakland, California. Part boy band, part Rat Pack, they create spaces for masculine-of-center and POC musicians within new and classic styles such as R&B, soul, rock, jazz, and Latin genres. Twisting gender expectations, they blend musical precision, playful staging, and sexy swagger. Known for their unique interpretations of songs by everyone from Sam Cooke to Selena, The Singing Bois make audible a range of masculinities and tell queer, butch, and trans stories through song.
The Jeanettes are a Bay Area vocal quartet harmonizing to retro hits from iconic artists of the 1950s and 60s such as the Shirelles, the Marvelettes, and the Chordettes. The lively ladies sing in sweet harmony to original arrangements of doo wop, barbershop and girl group favorites. Audiences young and old swoon for their toe tapping beats and eye catching style.
Sono Musette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris. French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass, and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of that era. This music has retained its power to charm and transport listeners, and SonoMusette taps that nostalgia with artistry in both vocals and instrumentation. Inspired by the great performers of that era, such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, SonoMusette brings bal-musette to the "moderne" era.
Pop, jazz and blues Phenom Suede has been described like "Adele meets Diana krall meets Bette Midler-sassy, smooth and intoxicating." No pressure, right? Please. she was Joan Rivers' opening act, people. She's up to it. Expect to be swooned. Expect to be moved to tears. Expect to laugh. Expect the unexpected in her show Anything could Happen.
Suede plays piano, guitar and trumpet but voice is her first instrument and entertaining is clearly her first love. She is a consummate performer and song stylist celebrating her 25th year as an independent artist on her own label, Easily Suede Music.
Mystery Of The Missing Purple Power Crystal
The Superheroes and Princesses are back in an all new adventure with all new friends! When the Purple Power Crystal disappears from the school along with one of the teachers, it's up to the students to find out what happened! Come help the Superheroes, the Princesses and their new Fairy Friend solve the mystery by becoming honorary student sleuths! With a surprise "who-done-it" ending that you will have to see to believe, this Superhero and Princess Academy show is sure to thrill all ages! Every child will be given a clue at the door to help the Princesses and Superheroes solve the mystery! Even the adults will get in on the action in this one hour Creating Arts Company original mini-musical!
Troilus & Cressida has been called Shakespeare's 'play for the 21st century'. A satirical comedy of the Trojan War, it is at turns a love story, a war story, a comedy, a tragedy and a history. A scathing dramatization of hotly contemporary issues: utter disillusionment with government not least.
Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Vicki went on to become part of the now-legendary cast of the "Carol Burnett Show." At the ripe, old age of 24, Vicki created her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or "Mama" as she is better known to her fans. After the Burnett Show, Vicki went on to star in "Mama's Family." The multi-talented entertainer is mostly known for her acting and comedic talents, but she also earned a gold record for the 1973 hit, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." Ms. Lawrence takes the stage first in this two-woman show. "My show is not a retrospective," she explains. "It is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life. I think people will get a kick out of the things Mama has an opinion about. Where Mama is concerned, expect the unexpected."
Kicking off a three-season celebration leading up to Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, LA Opera presents three semi-staged concert performances of Wonderful Town, a sassy and brassy love letter to the bright lights of the Big Apple! Filled with Broadway snap and jazzy sizzle, Bernstein's score crackles with electricity and energy.
Two sisters move to New York, eager to take the big city by storm. One can't find a man no matter what she does, and the other can't keep them away. Bernstein's beloved score, combined with brilliant lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, makes Wonderful Town one of the greatest treasures of Broadway's Golden Age.