Enjoy the Festivities at Feinstein’s This Holiday Season!
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It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year, and Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael has a spectacular lineup of holiday entertainment to add to the long list of local festivities this month! There is a variety of talent coming to this intimate and fabulous venue, but tickets are selling fast, so don’t wait too long to purchase yours at feinsteinshc.com!
I had the privilege of speaking with three of the acts that are coming to Carmel — all three have performed on this stage before — and I asked them why they enjoy performing at Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael and what their fans can expect from their respective holiday performances.
Celebrate the Holidays with ATI Live!
Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16
Doors 5:30 p.m., Start 7:30 p.m.
Feinstein’s Cabaret – Carmel, IN
Come in from the cold and into the warmth of Feinstein’s with Actors Theatre of Indiana as we celebrate the Holiday Season! Join Judy Fitzgerald, Cindy Collins and special guest, Matt Branic, as Actors Theatre of Indiana celebrates the Holiday Season! Come hear the music we all know and love, plus Carmel High School’s elite acapella group, SELECT SOUND, will join in the fun and, of course, there will be an appearance by Santa! So, whether you’re naughty or nice, grab the family and don’t miss this perfect way to enjoy “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” For more information on ATI, visit atistage.org.
A $25 food and beverage minimum is required per ticket holder.
Both Judy Fitzgerald and Cindy Collins expressed that they enjoy performing at Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael and are excited to share the holidays with their fans and friends.
“We’ve performed in so many different venues, but like the Studio Theater [in Carmel], we love the intimacy and warm setting of Feinstein’s,” Fitzgerald shared. “It’s very inviting to the audience, and as performers, we can really communicate with them and see them! People can escape [the hustle] to Feinstein’s, and once you walk into the Hotel Carmichael and then into Feinstein’s [downstairs], you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh!’ You’re instantly transported into this warm and inviting space and love it!”
Collins added, “Personally, I started doing cabaret in New York when I was 21, and I’ve always loved the cabaret genre. It is very intimate, and Feinstein’s is a lovely space to sing in. It is fashioned after Feinstein’s 54 Below [in New York City], but Feinstein’s at Carmichael is even more enhanced and has a few more amenities for both the performers and the audience members. It becomes an experience the minute you walk in, and that’s something special.”
Both Fitzgerald and Collins are excited to be performing with Matt Branic, who joined ATI for their drive-in performances in 2020 and was most recently a cast member for ATI’s production of “Violet.”
“Matt’s a great guy with some beautiful credits,” Collins said. “He’s an excellent musician and fantastic guitar player, which he’ll be playing in our ‘ATI Celebrates the Holidays’ cabaret.”
Expect to be entertained and engaged during these two performances! Fitzgerald and Collins shared a few teasers ahead of their two performances at Feinstein’s.
“We’re going to do some fun stuff with the audiences this year,” Collins said. “And we’re going to be brining in some new material to the show like we do every year to keep it fresh and energetic. So, we’ll be doing a variety of songs that the audiences love and have heard before, but there’s always a different variety [of songs], and it’s never the same show every single year!”
Blair Clark Presents: Holiday Cabaret
Saturday, December 17
Doors 5:30 p.m., Start 7:30 p.m.
Feinstein’s Cabaret – Carmel, IN
Take a little pop, throw in some R&B, mix it with some soul and add a touch of jazz, and the result is the electrifying sounds of Blair Clark. Clark has captivated audiences through Europe, Canada and all over the U.S., appearing at numerous concerts, festivals, private events and clubs. Clark has had the privilege of working with Grammy award-winner/producer Narada Michael Walden, BMI® award-winner Preston Glass and New Orleans jazz legend Henry Butler, to name a few. He’s enjoyed collaborating and recording with Evelyn “Champagne” King and Ron Tyson of The Temptations.
As a songwriter, Clark has written for various artists, including co-writing with Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass, as well as writing for his own projects. A producer, Clark has created and worked in studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Indianapolis. More information can be found at blairclark.com.
Clark shared his thoughts on why he enjoys the local venue and what he hopes his audience will take away from his performance later this month.
“The layout [of Feinstein’s] is perfect for the way that I perform,” Clark said. “It is very cabaret, and it allows an entertainer to reach the audience on a very close level. I can literally walk up to them and sing and dance with them. It’s a very intimate setting with class that goes all the way from the entertainment to the food and the service.”
Clark was excited to share some details about his upcoming performance.
“The great thing about this Christmas program is that we’re going to be doing some renditions of traditional songs and adding a little blues, jazz and R&B! We’re going to mix it up. One thing I love about performing, especially in this environment, is that we can bring a versatile approach to traditional music.”
Clark added, “We will have a nice full band [accompanying] these arrangements, and that will really make these songs resonate with the audience. We have to the opportunity to have some versatility in this style because of the extra instrumentation. The audience is going to hear these songs in a different energy, and they’ll walk away feeling that warm feeling that goes with this holiday. We want them to walk out feeling that it was a great experience! It’s not just a show — we collaborate with the audience, and we put on a party!”
Franc D’Ambrosio’s Christmas in Carmel
Sunday, December 18
Doors 6:00 p.m., Start 7:30 p.m.
Feinstein’s Cabaret – Carmel, IN
Join Franc D’Ambrosio on a nostalgic stroll through one of his favorite cities as he joyously celebrates the music and magic of the holidays. The moment Franc steps up to the microphone, you will immediately get into the spirit of the season with classics like “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” You’ll enjoy hearing Broadway standards, such as Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, followed by Franc’s Nativity Medley, including “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and his heart-stopping rendition of “O Holy Night.” Franc will “Ring Those Christmas Bells” while performing his own special version of “Jingle Bells” and “Silver Bells” and then invite you to imagine peeking into New York’s iconic window displays as you sing along to “Let It Snow,” “Deck the Halls,” “Frosty the Snowman” and his playful “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas in New York without stepping into St. Patrick’s Cathedral as Franc leads you in a medley of church carols, including “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night.” Like a parting gift tucked under the Christmas tree, Franc leaves you with the songs that made him famous — “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera, and “Speak Softly Love” from The Godfather Part III. There may be no place like home for the holidays, but there’s also no one like Franc D’Ambrosio to guide you there.
A $25 Food and Beverage minimum is required of all patrons.
Fans of this internationally renowned vocalist and actor will be thrilled beyond measure to see D’Ambrosio perform again at Feinstein’s. D’Ambrosio has performed many times at Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco.
When asked what about Feinstein’s in Carmel he enjoys so much that it keeps prompting him to return, he replied, “The room at Feinstein’s and the staff is first rate. I have performed at Carnegie Hall and at several huge theaters and smaller clubs, but to have that intimacy with the audience is not something that I get to do all that often. So, whenever I have the chance to play at Feinstein’s and to have people that close to me, it’s so nice and so intimate. For me, if feels like I’m playing in my living room, and I have the opportunity to see the faces of every single person in the entire room, and that’s what makes it wonderful for me.”
As D’Ambrosio takes his audience on an imaginary tour of Christmas in New York City and into his vault of beloved holiday childhood memories, the evocation of nostalgia and wonderment will leave the audience feeling emotionally fulfilled.
“The show is called ‘Christmas in New York,’” D’Ambrosio shared. “It’s basically a musical walk around New York City at Christmas time. I tell the story of when I was a kid on Christmas Eve in the Bronx. We would always go into Manhattan to see the sights and sounds of Christmas. And the first stop was always Macy’s.”
After leading his audience on the magical musical tour of NYC, D’Ambrosio will bring them to place that holds spiritual meaning to the D’Ambrosio family: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
“We ‘make’ our way over to Saint Patrick’s and we have a big Christmas carol sing-along with the whole audience,” D’Ambrosio said. “I will perform ‘Ave Maria’ and some songs from Phantom of the Opera at the end. It’s a really nice feel-good show, and it’s light and fun. It’s one of my favorite shows to perform.”