What are you doing New Year’s Eve?
If you’re Michael Feinstein, the answer to that musical question is easy: headlining The Smith Center’s second annual New Year’s Eve concert, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 in Reynolds Hall. (FYI, it’s a Wednesday.)
Joining the singer and pianist for the year-end show: Broadway star Laura Osnes (who proved her range with Tony-nominated performances as “Cinderella’s” title character and “Bonnie and Clyde’s” notorious Bonnie Parker), along with “American Idol’s” Jessica Sanchez.
They’ll perform a selection of beloved tunes, reflecting Feinstein’s status as “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.”
Like last year’s New Year’s Eve concert, which featured Broadway-to-Hollywood star Kristen Chenoweth, The Smith Center concert is designed to appeal to patrons who want to celebrate — and make it home before midnight.
We already know The Smith Center appeals to Feinstein; he brought his “Sinatra Project” to Reynolds Hall shortly after it opened in 2012, then returned last November with “The Gershwins and Me.” (Feinstein spent six years as lyricist Ira Gershwin’s assistant, giving him access to unpublished Gershwin songs — and Ira’s memories of his composer brother George, who was 38 when he died in 1937 of a brain tumor.)
Something tells us both Gershwin and Sinatra tunes will be on the musical menu at the New Year’s Eve show; for tickets ($49-$199), call 702-749-2000 or visit www.TheSmithCenter.com.