“TWO FOR THE ROAD”

Broadway royalty Michael Feinstein and Christine Ebersole are “Two for the Road,” but first, their path leads them here!

Check out Feinstein’s/54 Below’s website here.

Aired on August 27, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> THE AMBASSADOR OF THE SONG BOOK AND PAIR HIM WITH TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER AND YOU GET AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING BY TWO LEGENDARY PERFORMERS.

THEIR LATEST SHOW HIGHLIGHTS CLASSICS.

THE SHOW'S NAMESAKE, 'TWO FOR THE ROAD.'

♪ IN SUMMERTIME, THE SUN WILL SHINE ♪ ♪ IN WINTER WE WILL DRINK SUMMER WINE ♪ ♪ AND EVERY DAY THAT YOU ARE MINE ♪ ♪ WILL BE A LOVELY DAY

I'M DELIGHTED TO WELCOME BACK TO 'METROFOCUS' THESE TWO MUSICAL LUMINARIES.

IT'S NICE TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE.

NICE TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU PERFORMING TOGETHER.

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN IN YOUR WORLD THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN -- DOES SOMEBODY SUGGEST IT?

DID THE TWO -- HOW DID.

I SAID, I'M GOING TO SING WITH HER.

I STARTED SINGING WITH HER.

SHE COULDN'T GET RID OF ME.

LET'S CONTINUE WITH IT.

IN YOUR WORLD, HOW DOES THAT COME ABOUT?

WELL, AS I RECALL -- I THINK THAT WE FIRST WORKED TOGETHER AT FEINSTEIN'S AT THE REGENCY.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT WITH WHOM I WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM.

AND I THINK IT WAS AS SIMPLE AS ASKING CHRISTINE IF SHE WOULD BE INTERESTED.

SHE SAID YES.

YOU DISCOVER THAT WHETHER YOU ARE FRIENDS WITH SOMEONE OR NOT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT IT WILL TRANSLATE ON STAGE.

WE, ON STAGE, ARE SO COMFORTABLE.

DO YOU HAVE THAT ALL THE TIME WITH PEOPLE?

CAN YOU MANUFACTURE THAT?

DOES THAT HAVE TO BE GENUINE?

WHEN IT'S GENUINE, IT COMES THROUGH.

WHEN IT'S MANUFACTURED, IT'S NOT AS AUTHENTIC, BUT PEOPLE FEEL THE TRUTH UNTIL.

GEORGE BURN SAYS WHEN YOU LEARN TO FAKE SINCERITY IN SHOW BUSINESS, YOU HAVE MADE IT.

MY WIFE AND I SAW THE SHOW.

IT WAS MARVELLOUS.

I WATCHED EACH OF YOU.

AS I WAS FACE THE STAGE, ONE OF YOU WOULD BE ON THE STAGE AND THE OTHER WOULD GO OFF TO A TABLE ON THE STAGE.

I WAS STRUCK BY THE FACT THAT EACH OF YOU, YOU ARE WATCHING MICHAEL, MICHAEL WATCHING CHRISTINE, YOU LOOKED LIKE YOU BECAME PART OF THE AUDIENCE.

YOU WOULD CLAP.

YOU WOULD JUST ACT THE WAY WE WERE ACTING.

ARE YOU ABLE TO DO THAT?

WHEN YOU STEP ASIDE AND CHRISTINE IS SINGING, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE PART OF THE AUDIENCE?

ABSOLUTELY.

BECAUSE I'M CARRIED AWAY ABOUT WHAT SHE DOES AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE IS.

I'M HAVING A GOOD TIME.

IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME.

WE WILL STAY HERE.

YOU GO AHEAD AND WORK.

CAN I GET SOMETHING TO EAT OVER HERE?

HAVING A BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF A SHOW IS -- IT'S UNUSUAL.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT SONGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO WHEN YOU DO A SHOW LIKE THIS?

IT'S --

WE HAD A THEME, TWO FOR THE ROAD.

IT BECAME AN EVENING ABOUT SONGS ABOUT TRAVEL.

COMING UP WITH THE TITLE FIRST IS REALLY THE KEY.

COMING UP WITH THE IDEA.

ONCE YOU HAVE THE IDEA, THEM YOU KIND OF KNOW WHERE TO START TO AIM.

WITH A THEME LIVE TRAFFIC, THERE ARE AN INFINITE NUMBER OF SONGS.

IT'S PUTTING TO THE WHAT FEELS LIKE IT FITS.

WE BOTH HAD THINGS WE WANTED TO INCLUDE.

BOTH HAD THOUGHTS ABOUT DUETS AND THINGS WE WANTED TO TRY.

IT IS IN THIS CASE QUICKLY PUT TOGETHER, A FAST EVOLUTION.

I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU.

THIS IS NOT A BROADWAY SHOW THAT TOOK YEARS TO PUT TOGETHER.

HOW LONG --

I THINK WE HAD ONE REHEARSAL, DIDN'T WE?

IS THAT UNUSUAL, THE NOTION OF DOING A PERFORMANCE THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER WHERE YOU GET TOGETHER ONCE TO WORK IT THROUGH AND THEN --

WE WOULD E-MAIL EACH OTHER.

MICHAEL IS SUCH AN INCREDIBLE WEALTH OF INFORMATION OF THE AMERICAN SONG BOOK.

HE WOULD PRESENT IDEAS.

I WOULD HAVE THINGS TO BRING TO THE TABLE.

I THINK JUST OUT OF THAT -- WE WERE UP TO THE LAST MINUTE CHANGING THINGS.

AFTER THE FIRST SHOW, WE CHANGED AND EXPANDED.

DOES IT HAPPEN SOMETIMES WHERE YOU DO WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT AND YOU THINK THE SONG DIDN'T WORK OR YOU FOUND SOMETHING BETTER?

IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE, IT DICTATES TO YOU.

HOW MUCH OF THAT DECISION IS DICTATED BY THE REACTION YOU GET TO AN AUDIENCE?

ALMOST ALL OF IT.

SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL RESPOND IN DIFFERENT PLACES.

THEY WILL REACT TO A DIFFERENT LINE IN A SONG.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT REACTIONS.

WE BOTH ARE VERY REACTIVE TO THE AUDIENCE.

AND CHRISTINE IS LIGHTNING QUICK WITH A LINE.

SO I JUST LEAN ON HER.

IT WAS GREAT --

I THOUGHT I LEANED ON YOU.

THAT'S THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP.

AS I SAID, IT'S JUST SUCH A DELIGHTFUL SHOW.

THAT'S PROBABLY THE BEST WORD I CAN USE.

DELIGHTFUL SHOW.

MARVELLOUS SELECTION OF SONGS.

IT'S NICE TO SEE EACH OF YOU INDIVIDUALLY BUT TO SEE THE TWO YOU HAVE TOGETHER ON A STAGE WAS A DELIGHT.

IT'S SO NICE TO TALK WITH YOU BOTH.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US BOTH.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT TIME WE CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION.

A REMINDER THAT CHRISTINE AND MICHAEL WILL BE AT FEINSTEIN'S 54 BELOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 3.

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