A show starring a cabaret idol and another featuring one of the brightest stars to come out of "American Idol" are on tap this fall at Stony Brook University's Staller Center for the Arts.
Michael Feinstein, one of the premier performers of standards from the American Songbook and the owner of Feinstein's/54 Below in Manhattan, will head to Staller Center on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. with his show "Get Happy" to mark the centennial of legendary singer Judy Garland, who would have turned 100 this past June 10. In addition to crooning such Garland classics as "Over the Rainbow," the show will feature anecdotes shared with Feinstein by his friend, Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli, and will feature recently discovered arrangements from Garland's vast repertoire.
Another highlight of Staller's new season will be "The Kat & Dave Show" on Dec. 1 starring season 5 "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee and her composer-musician-producer husband, David Foster. Based on their Instagram show, the duo will perform numbers penned or arranged by Foster for such talents as Chicago, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion and Michael Bublé. Also on the bill will be songs that McPhee performed on "Idol" and during her Broadway run in "Waitress." McPhee also starred in the TV series "Smash" and "Scorpion."
Tickets for both shows — as well as the rest of Staller's lineup for next season — can be purchased by calling 631-632-2787, visiting stallercenter.com or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.