Michael Feinstein is pictured on his CD, “Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project.” (COURTESY PHOTO BY RANDEE ST. NICHOLAS)
Michael Feinstein will perform at the Inaugural Kahilu Theatre Masquerade Ball on Dec. 6. (COURTESY PHOTO BY GILLES TOUCAS)
As F. Scott Fitzgerald said in “The Great Gatsby,” “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” The Kahilu Theatre Foundation agrees and is throwing a bash that even Mr. Gatsby would approve of.
On Friday evening, Dec. 6, Michael Feinstein, multiple Grammy and Emmy Award nominated artist, will headline the Inaugural Kahilu Theatre Masquerade Ball to benefit the newly reopened Kahilu Theatre.
Guests are invited to don their most glamorous mask and Great Gatsby inspired attire and celebrate an evening of elegance, mystery, music, dancing and food at the Hilton Waikoloa Beach Resort.
“In the tradition of actor/director Richard Smart, the founder of the Kahilu Theatre, this masquerade directly benefits our Kahilu Theatre Foundation’s artistic and educational programs,” said theater director, Tim Bostock. “A callback to the swanky, swinging parties in the theater’s more gilded heyday, we are honored and thrilled to have Michael Feinstein, his exquisite repertoire of music, and sparkling talent and charm.”
Feinstein, also known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is much more than a classic performer of American standards. Performing over 200 hundred shows a year at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Buckingham Palace, and the White House, Feinstein is nationally recognized for his commitment to celebrating the American popular song, and preserving its legacy for the next generation.
The Inaugural Kahilu Theatre Masquerade Ball, is co-chaired by Kahilu Theatre Foundation board members, actress/producer Jane Sibbett, from the hit TV show “Friends,” and Dr. John Stover, a longtime benefactor to the arts on Hawaii Island.
“It’s going to be a night of mystery, and outstanding world class music with Michael Feinstein, one of America’s performing darlings, as well as dance fun too,” said Jane Sibbett, co-chair of the event. “Put that with the best and the shiniest on the island and it is a party not to be missed. We are bringing the theater back in a way that appeals to our island’s rich and diverse audiences as well as mingling with the most inspired community-oriented performers we can lure to our island. We are re-building a theater presence in the new Kahilu that educates in an open-hearted, profound way.”
The party kicks off at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner and a short live auction takes place at 7 p.m. followed by Michael Feinstein in concert at 7:45 p.m. The dance party starts at 9 p.m. with guest emcee Yisa Var from 93.1 Wave Radio and DJ Michael Anna.
“I am pretty sure that anybody who is somebody on this island who loves and supports outstanding entertainment will be at the Masquerade Ball,” said Sibbett. “Senator Malama Solomon is expected to join us and we think perhaps other fabulous luminaries from our Hawaiian politicians will be there as well.”
Sibbett became a fan of Feinstein when they worked together on the sitcom “Herman’s Head” in the early 90s, and felt he would be the perfect headliner for the event.
“I wanted an artist of his caliber to show that there were other story-keepers and ambassadors of the arts who could draw awareness to a new kind of Kahilu Theatre,” said Sibbett. “An artist that speaks to the heart with his longstanding appreciation for the way he honors our history.”
Event organizers want to remind guests that masks are required, and kicking up heels is essential. Because, after all, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.”
Tickets to the Inaugural Kahilu Theatre Masquerade Ball are $150. for Kahilu Theatre members, and $185 for non-members. Tickets to just the after gala dance party from 9 p.m. to midnight are $50. For more information call 885-6868 or visit the Kahilu Theatre website at kahilutheatre.org.