Music for Lovers & Strangers
Special Guest Artist! The Incomparable Sheryl Lee Ralph
In 2022, Ralph won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on ABC’s smash hit Abbott Elementary. She was nominated again for the series' second season. On stage, she is well known for her award-winning work and creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which earned her Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Ralph made her feature film debut at 20 years old opposite Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier in Warner Bros. A Piece of the Action which Poitier also directed. Other notable roles include Mistress with Robert de Niro, To Sleep with Anger with Danny Glover, and The Distinguished Gentlemen with Eddie Murphy, Sister Act 2 with Whoopi Goldberg, Moesha, and Ray Donovan.
About the Show
This February, Michael Feinstein is writing a love letter to the Mark Taper Forum with the incomparable Sheryl Lee Ralph. After a festive and spectacular debut over the holidays, Feinstein’s at the Taper returns with a Valentine-themed show for all the lovebirds, hopeless romantics, and even the cynics out there.
This world premiere concert includes an evening of classic love songs, intimate stories, and brand-new musical arrangements of quintessential hits from the Great American Songbook. Love is in the air in Downtown L.A., and you’ll be sure to fall head over heels for this one-night only special event. Because, after all, all you need is love—and Feinstein's at the Taper!
“Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary, Dreamgirls) has dazzled audiences with her Tony Award®-nominated performances on stage, she’s thrilled audiences around the globe with majestic interpretations of songs that we build our memories upon and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share the stage with her.”—Michael Feinstein
"Love always begins with the connection of two strangers. Hence, this ‘Feinstein's at the Taper’ event, ‘Music for Lovers & Strangers’ was conceived in collaboration with newly appointed Artistic Director, Snehal Desai, to celebrate the critical role that Los Angeles continues to play in the world of music,” said Feinstein. “So much of the Great American Songbook was written here, and even more of it performed and recorded here. Every great love song has a tethering to this incredible, artistic city of love. When we move beyond the boundaries of our families of birth and our beliefs, love always begins with a stranger. Whether it's the love of a friend ... a spouse ... a bitter (or sweet) brief encounter ... as human beings, our greatest need is to love and be loved. That's what this concept is all about. So, may I suggest that you do something special this Valentine's Day, and allow the romance to extend until our performance? This will be so special, and all about love.”
Michael Feinstein, Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, continues to build a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world. From his recent 2022 Tony Award to recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations and his Emmy-nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed series and concerts have spanned the globe. His work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.
With suave vocalism, charismatic stage presence, and stunning gifts as a pianist, Michael Feinstein illuminates classics from the Great American Songbook, Broadway, America's greatest export: feature films, as well as new music and more. Every concert is uniquely curated by Michael Feinstein with a top-notch band, acclaimed guest performers, and incredible true stories.
We are pleased to announce a series of special events and programming at the Mark Taper Forum, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
These events are the first formally announced under a new initiative created by Artistic Director Snehal Desai called CTG:FWD
2024 CTG:FWD programming at the Mark Taper Forum is made possible through the generous support of the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Additional funding is provided by gifts to the Artistic Director Discretionary Fund.
Mark Taper Forum is located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012.Learn More
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