Michael Feinstein & Barbara Cook: Cheek To Cheek
The two musical greats join forces for an evening of great entertainment at Feinstein's at Loews Regency.
Rather than trying to squeeze their act into an artificial formula, these two musical greats have opeted simply to sing great songs -- and that proves more than sufficient to create an evening of great entertainment.
Feinstein has generously built the act around Cook, giving her every opportunity to shine; and she delivers several of the show's most memorable moments, including her delicately detailed rendition of "I've Got You Under My Skin"; "Where Do You Start?", which features a lyric by Alan and Marilyn Bergman that deftly suggested her loss of longtime collaborator, Wally Harper"; and "Here's to Life," the cabaret favorite that proves to be an ideal signature song for her.
For his part, Feinstein did the heavy lifting, singing most of the act's big, brassy numbers. He is in excellent voice, as he banged out such standards as "There'll Be Some Changes Made" and "You're Gonna Hear From Me." His vocal highlights, however, were the ballads, including a pensive take on "Without a Song" that morphed in the second verse into something more driving, and "Ever After," a tender rendition of the title song to the musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich. Most impressive, however, was the way Feinstein hilariously ad-libbed his way through clearly unrehearsed patter with so much wit and charm.