Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Feinstein's Fine Times

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Feinstein's Fine Times

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Michael Feinstein is New York's newest club kid--what's more, he owns the club

He's performed all over the world, appeared on film and TV, and composed his first movie score (for the documentary Get Bruce). Now Michael Feinstein is a cabaret owner too. On October 5 the supper club Feinstein's opened at New York City's powerhouse hotel the Regency. The singer also has a new CD, Big City Rhythms, his 18th album and first big-band collaboration. The Advocate recently spoke to Feinstein about his club, his activism, and why he now calls himself gay.

Do you have a dream lineup for the club?

I would like to get a roster of people you wouldn't necessarily see in a nightclub. If Meryl Streep decided she wanted to work in a club, it would be fantastic. I saw her on Broadway in Happy End, and she sings in Postcards From the Edge. Or Joe Pesci. I have heard Joe Pesci sing at parties. He [did] an album of standards ... just for fun.

Why did you write a song for [the gay lobbying group] the Human Rights Campaign?

I've been involved with HRC off and on through the years, and I wanted to become more involved lately because of Matthew Shepard. Things happen in our lives that galvanize us toward causes.

You performed at HRC's national dinner on October 9. But that was by no means your first "out" outing in Washington, D.C.

The first time I went to the Clinton White House, my date was a friend named Martin Highland, who lives in San Francisco. Martin has known Clinton since he was a kid because Martin's sister dated Bill--as he calls him. …

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