Michael Feinstein Celebrates Judy Garland’s Centennial

Born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, the late Judy Garland would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. So who better to commemorate this major milestone than cabaret legend Michael Feinstein? Having founded the Great American Songbook Foundation back in 2007, Feinstein is the unofficial Ambassador of the American Songbook. And in this role, the Ohio native will take over the Staller Center to pay tribute to the storied Hollywood icon.

Michael Feinstein
(Photo by David Becker/ CC BY-SA 4.0)

In an evening of tributes, surprises, and sentiment, he’ll be celebrating the unparalleled star, using his own effervescent charisma and talent to channel and celebrate Garland’s.

Judy Garland circa 1940s
(Public domain)

Charting through Garland’s storied career, Feinstein and audiences will connect in a journey through Garland’s life and times, punctuated by personal stories told to Feinstein from his dear friend, Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli, and other close friends.

The evening’s set list will feature recently discovered, previously unheard arrangements from Garland’s repertoire, peeling back to curtain and revealing rare insight to the enduring Garland mystique.

Michael Feinstein will be appearing on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Staller Center For the Performing Arts, 2032 Staller Center, Stony Brook. Visit www.stallercenter.com or call 631-632-2787 for more information.

Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of theNassau Observer, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI), New York Press Association (NYPA) and Fair Media Council (FMC).

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