Michael Fienstein, beloved by theatre and cabaret fans everywhere, announced earlier on his Facebook page that his father, Edward Feinstein, recently passed away. BroadwayWorld sends our condolences to the Feinstein family.
He wrote: "I am humbled by the support and kind words from everyone over the last two days. As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us all. Thank you for taking the time to post and send the kind notes. I found this video from earlier in the year when my Father joined me on stage. I wanted to share it with you. MF"
Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Michael serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage.