Tovah Feldshuh, John Lloyd Young, Sharon McNight and More Set for Feinstein's at the Nikko in December
Feinstein's at the Nikko is proud to announce the upcoming lineup for December 2014. Performers include Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh, Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, "American Idol's" Kimberley Locke, Tony Award nominee -- and San Francisco legend -- Sharon McNight, "America's Got Talent's" Shawn Ryan, Dave Damiani & the No Vacancy Orchestra with special guest Renee Olstead & Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., San Francisco's favorite Russian redhead Katya-Smirnoff-Skyy, crooner Russ Lorenson, Bay Area jazz singer Yvonne Flores and more! Tickets for all performances are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com.
Located within Hotel Nikko (222 Mason Street, San Francisco), Feinstein's at the Nikko presents a wide range of entertainers from stage and screen all within an intimate 140-seat cabaret setting. There is a $20 food and beverage minimum per person ($35 on New Year's Eve) inside the showroom which guests can use towards cocktails as well as a variety of small plates crafted exclusively for Feinstein's at the Nikko by Executive Chef Philippe Striffeler, through Restaurant Anzu. Cheese and dessert platters will also be available in the showroom.
Thursday, December 4 at 8 p.m.
Friday, December 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $40
Labeled "the Queen of Christmas" in 2012 by Billboard Magazine, Kimberley Locke is the only recording artist to ever score a #1 Christmas song for three consecutive years.
Starting her streak in 2005, "Up on the Housetop" made the largest leap into the AC top 5 in the chart's history, jumping from #32 to #5 in just one week. It took the #1 position the following week, where it remained for 4 weeks.
The following year, Locke proved that she was only getting started when "Jingle Bells" was the highest charting AC debut of 2006, debuting at #17. Like "Housetop", she was at the top of the chart after only three weeks. Of all the legends who have covered this classic (including Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett to name a few), Locke's version is the only one to hit the coveted #1 position.
By 2007, reception to Locke's holiday singles was anything but "frosty". Immediately designated upon its release as the AC chart "hot shot debut", "Frosty the Snowman" carried on the tradition of locking up the top position on the chart. Accompanying the single was the release of her 11 track album entitled "Christmas" which included each of her hit holiday singles to date. Also included on the album was "We Need a Little Christmas", the fourth and final single from the album which unsurprisingly brought Locke's name back to the chart for the 2008 holiday season.
Kimberley Locke rose to fame as a finalist on Season 2 of "American Idol" and followed that up with a string of hits on the pop and dance singles charts. Now she is exploring the Great American Songbook and singing the music of her idols. From timeless chanteuses (Etta James, Judy Garland and Nina Simone) to contemporary divas (Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle and Donna Summer), Ms. Locke takes audiences on a musical journey through the voices that made her love music. This show is written by David Sexton and features musical director Rick Leonard.
For additional information on Kimberley Locke, visit: www.kimberleylockeoffical.com.
SHAWN RYAN · "MERRY LITTLE XMAS"
Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 7 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $40
This is not your Mama's holiday show! Shawn Ryan and the Kelly Park Band promise to get your holiday season off to a great start with an incredible evening of jazz, cabaret and hilarity. Having what the New York Times called "a charm that is rare," Shawn Ryan is one of the promising young talents performing jazz and standards today. Since making the semi finals on "America's Got Talent' Shawn's star has continued to rise. Ryan was most recently seen on CBS' "The Mentalist" for which he received a GLAAD Media Award Nomination. Other credits include the gender bending role of Karen Adams in ABC's "Women's Murder Club," LOGO TV's "One Night Stand Up" and NBC's "Life!."
RUSS LORENSON · "9TH ANNUAL 'CHRISTMAS IN SAN FRANCISCO' WITH RUSS LORENSON & FRIENDS"
Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $40
Bay Area crooner Russ Lorenson is back making merry for his 9th annual Christmas in San Francisco show, along with his special guests Carly Ozard and the 16-piece Kelly Park Big Band. This always swingin' evening offers plenty of seasonal tunes by some of the Bay Area's most beloved entertainers. It's like hanging out with that musical family we all wish we had, but could only watch on TV.
Russ is heard each year on "The Bay Area's Official Christmas Station - 96.5 KOIT-FM" with his recording of "Christmas in San Francisco," and like the San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol at A.C.T., and the ice rink in Union Square, the show has become an annual Bay Area holiday tradition.
So skip the Christmas caroling and spend a cozy winter's evening with Russ and his pals as they celebrate the holidays with an evening of jingle jazz!
For additional information on Russ Lorenson, visit www.russlorenson.com.
DAVE DAMIANI & THE NO VACANCY ORCHESTRA WITH SPECIAL GUESTS RENEE OLSTEAD & LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY, JR. · "SINATRA'S 99TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION"
Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $40
If you like Harry Connick Jr, Frank Sinatra or Jamie Cullum, you will love Dave Damiani & the No Vacancy Orchestra. Citi Private Pass presents Sinatra's 99th Birthday Celebration at Feinstein's at the Nikko starring Dave Damiani & the No Vacancy Orchestra with special guests Renee Olstead & Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Dave Damiani is a Los Angeles based singer and musician. His latest album "Watch What Happens" was considered for the 56th Grammy Awards. He performs with his 17-piece No Vacancy Orchestra, his 10-piece No Vacancy Orchestra & his small group The Jazzadelics. Dave Damiani was recently featured on the hit CBS drama "VEGAS" starring Michael Chikilis, Sara Jones and Dennis Quaid.
In the past year, Dave Damiani has performed with 2011 "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, Warner Brothers recording star Renee Olstead, "Dukes of Hazzard" and Broadway Star Tom Wopat, Grammy Winner Billy Vera and Bobby Caldwell.
Dave Damiani & the No Vacancy Orchestra have performed for Leonardo DiCaprio, David Spade, Ryan Seacrest, David Hasselhoff, Jack Klugman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Steve Tyrell, The Hearst Castle, Yoshi's - San Francisco, Catalina Jazz Club, The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Corporation, Monster Energy Drink, Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora, Eharmony, Apple, Microsoft, and many more.
For additional information on Dave Damiani & the No Vacancy Orchestra, visit: www.davedamiani.com.
TOVAH FELDSHUH · "TOVAH: OUT OF HER MIND!"
Saturday, December 13 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $45 - $60
Acclaimed Broadway, film and television actress, Tovah Feldshuh -- nominated 6 times for the Tony & Emmy Awards -- brings to San Francisco for the first time, her award winning one-woman show, Tovah: Out of Her Mind! at Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - December 13 (7 p.m.) and December 14 (7 p.m.).
In Tovah: Out Of Her Mind!, Ms. Feldshuh will perform songs from Gershwin to Judy Collins as well as a gallery of hilarious characters 8 to 80 from socialite Muffy Brooke Asthma Alsop on Park Avenue to Grandma Ada in the Bronx.
On the West Coast, Ms Feldshuh has starred at the Ahmanson as Regina in Another Part of the Forrest and at the Geary Theater with her one woman play Golda's Balcony by William Gibson about Prime Minister Golda Meir. On Broadway, Golda's Balcony - starring Ms. Feldshuh - became the longest running one-woman show in Broadway history. Recently, San Diego's Theatre Critics Circle awarded her "Outstanding Performance in a Touring Show" for Golda. She was also named an Associate Artist at the Old Globe where she won two Drama Logue Awards for her Juliet and for Tovah: A Rush Hour Review! Ms. Feldshuh starred at the Ahmanson as Regina in Lillian Hellman's Another Part Of The Forest and served as a leading lady for Jack O'Brien and Craig Noel at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in such shows as Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Measure For Measure, and The Country Wife.
Most recently, Ms. Feldshuh stopped the show as the trapeze-swinging Berthe in the Tony Award-winning musical revival of Pippin on Broadway.
B.O.O.B.S · "UNWRAPPED FOR THE HOLIDAYS"
Wednesday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
San Francisco's bawdy comedic cabaret trio, B.O.O.B.S! (Busty, Outrageous, Over-the-Top, Broads, Singin') is back for an evening of holiday mayhem and music. Fall into the musical cleavage with Leanne Borghesi, Jessica Coker and Soila Hughes as they unwrap past and present favorites from Broadway to pop and everything in-between.
SHARON MCNIGHT · "TWISTED XMAS: A DRUID'S GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAYS"
Thursday, December 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 27 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $40
Back by popular demand, Sharon McNight will present her show Twisted Xmas: A Druid's Guide to the Holidays at Feinstein's at the Nikko. Twisted Xmas is an irreverent look at holiday traditions with an array of alternative holiday songs rather than the same old carols you've heard a hundred times. McNight's outrageous and wacky musical commentaries will get your holiday season started with lots of laughter.
Known for her wicked sense of humor and brassy renditions of blues, country and Broadway tunes, McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites creating the role of Diva, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and was the recipient of the coveted Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, which was presented to her by Carol Channing. In San Francisco, McNight was voted Best Actress by the San Francisco Bay Area Critics' Circle for her performance as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly. She has received five Cable Car Awards for San Francisco's Cabaret Entertainer of the Year, New York's MAC Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist and the New York Critics' Nightlife Award for Best Musical Comedy Cabaret Show for Ladies Compose Yourselves. Of her many accomplishments and performance awards, McNight is most proud of the money she has raised on behalf of AIDS related charities. McNight is featured in the international best-selling book, "And the Band Played On."
YVONNE FLORES · "UNDER THE MISTLETOE"
Friday, December 19 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 - $40
Singer/songwriter Yvonne Flores will present Under the Mistletoe, an intimate, heart-warming holiday show featuring Yvonne's fresh remakes of some of the best holiday classics including "Santa Baby," "This Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Christmas Waltz" and many more. Join Yvonne for a fun, playful and flirty evening with a special mystery guest...and perhaps a visit from Santa Claus!
Born in San Francisco, Yvonne is an exotic blend of Filipino, Irish and Spanish decent. She grew up in a household filled with music. There was intensive training in voice, dance, piano, guitar and it was apparent from an early age that her natural gift of phrasing, timing would evolve into an ease with scat singing. By the age of 13 she was performing professionally and for three years served as a featured singer on a television variety show. She caught the attention of many large companies who hired her for corporate events.
At the age of 18, Yvonne's music career took her on tour throughout North America and Canada as a featured singer and dancer for many large theater productions. Yvonne also recorded a single, which was released in Europe. Her career has also expanded into commercial voice-over work.
Inspired by musical legends Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli, Yvonne reworks the classics similarly in a captivating, refreshing modern style influenced by Latin rhythms, Brazilian jazz, blues, and swing.
Flores most recently worked on a new jazz album produced by famed jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo. Other impressive musicians lending their talent include Pete Escovedo, Peter Michael Escovedo - and Dave K. Mathews, Jeff Cressman, Bill Ortiz of Santana - also featured is flutist Elena Pinderhughes. Six of the album's nine tracks were written by Yvonne where she expressed through her lyrics - a "state of happiness" - having overcome trying life experiences - and prevailing - thus the album's title "Sheer Bliss."
Yvonne Flores says that conveying true emotion in a song is critical towards relating to her audience. Above all, she wants her music to reach into their hearts.
For additional information on Yvonne Flores, visit: www.yvonnesturton.com
KATYA SMIRNOFF-SKYY · "KATYA...A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!"
Saturday, December 20 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $30 - $45
Join the Countess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy for her award winning show Katya...a Holiday Spectacular! Sure to make your Yuletide Gay. Hailed as "Best Drag Act" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian (2008), Katya will delight you with a fun-filled evening of belting, banter, and ball gowns to bolster your holiday spirit(s)! With songs ranging from classic holiday fair, to Popera, and disco, there is something for everyone in this heartwarming and brilliantly funny journey through Katya's holiday misadventures.
With a career spanning ...a very, very long time, Katya claims to have invented Popera, romanced William Shatner, and lived next to John Lennon at the Dakota during her stint in New York City during the 1970's. Once Eastern Europe's greatest Mezzo-Soprano...understudy, the Countess now spends her days beautifying the masses at Macy's Department store, as everyone's favorite Chanel counter lady. She spends her evenings crooning and drinking her away through the finer theaters, bars and bath houses of America.
The creation of San Francisco native, J. Conrad Frank, Katya has appeared in various theatrical runs and nightclubs including The New Conservatory Theater, The Eureka Theater, Trannyshack, and monthly shows at San Francisco's premier piano bar Martuni's.
For additional information on Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, visit: www.russianoperadiva.com
JOHN LLOYD YOUNG · "JOHN LLOYD YOUNG - AN EVENING FOR FRIENDS"
Wednesday, December 31 at 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: $80 - $95
The original Tony winning star of Broadway's Jersey Boys and Clint Eastwood's recent film adaptation, John Lloyd Young transitions from the Four Seasons catalogue to classic 60s R&B standards with this set of songs from his new album, "MY TURN..." Of Young's recent New York debut of these time-tested, emotional ballads, The New York Times writes "Mr. Young has a disciplined one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere."
Having originated the role of "Frankie Valli" in the original Broadway production, Mr. Young joins a select few actors in entertainment history who took their Tony-winning stage role to the big screen. Young sings lead vocals on the Grammy-winning, Certified-Platinum Original Broadway cast album, as well as the new "Jersey Boys" movie album.
As Valli onstage, Young became the only American actor in history to win all four major leading actor honors in a Broadway debut: the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. His other honors for JERSEY BOYS include a caricature at NY's world-famous Sardi's Restaurant and being named "Person of the Week" by ABC World News Tonight. In 2013, Young returned to his award-winning turn in JERSEY BOYS on Broadway for a limited engagement and in 2014, Young made his West End debut, playing the role at London's Piccadilly Theatre.
In February 2013 Young debuted at New York's prestigious Cafe Carlyle. Reviewing his performance, THE NEW YORK TIMES wrote that Young "has a disciplined one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere."
A resident of Los Angeles, Mr. Young is a graduate of Brown University. Before college, he spent a year abroad as an exchange student in Caracas, Venezuela, and he spent his third year of college at the University of Salamanca, Spain as a student of Spanish and World and Art History.
He has played to sold-out audiences of 17,000-plus as "Marius" in Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl, and was the first-ever guest star invited to appear on Fox's hit comedy, GLEE. He also guest-starred on CBS-TV's drama, VEGAS, opposite Michael Chiklis. Young has played to audiences at the White House, Carnegie Hall, New Year's Eve in Times Square, Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium, Dodgers Stadium, the New York City Marathon, Kennedy Center, Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers and the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Champions the Los Angeles Kings, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Radio City Music Hall.
Mr. Young's debut album MY TURN... is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. MY TURN... seeks to authentically re-create R&B hits from the Sixties era, with all-live, acoustic instrumentals and unaltered vocals. The album is Executive Produced by Dona R. Miller, Mr. Young's Under the Skyway Productions, and GLEE music producer, Tommy Faragher.
Young has shown and sold his pop-inspired contemporary art across the country in fine art galleries. His first art commission was for Spago, Beverly Hills.
Among charities Mr. Young enthusiastically supports are AIDS Project Los Angeles, amfAR, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang, the USO, and the Actors Fund of America.
Young practices kung fu, is fluent in Spanish, and is studying Mandarin Chinese.
He is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, sworn in by Justice Elena Kagan in November 2013.
ABOUT FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO - All seating at Feinstein's at the Nikko is cabaret style and available on a first-come, first-served basis within the section purchased. Guests who purchase the prix-fixe dinner at Restaurant Anzu will receive a complimentary section upgrade (subject to availability) and get to choose their exact seat locations within the upgraded section.
Guests of Feinstein's at the Nikko can enjoy a variety of food and beverage options before performances. Kanpai Lounge, located in Hotel Nikko's lobby, offers light cuisine, a full bar and specialty cocktails. Restaurant Anzu, Hotel Nikko's intimate restaurant located on the second floor, serves sustainable California cuisine enhanced with Asian flavors. Restaurant Anzu will also offer Feinstein's at the Nikko guests a special three-course prix-fixe dinner ($45 per person) prior to all performances. Reservations can be made by calling (415) 394-1100.For additional information on Feinstein's at the Nikko, visit: www.hotelnikkosf.com/feinsteins. For Hotel Nikko San Francisco room specials, visit www.hotelnikkosf.com. Code: FEIN.