Philadelphia native and crooner extraordinaire Eddie Bruce will be making a grand return to New York City this weekend when he headlines at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Marking Bruce’s third booking at this historic venue, Bruce is putting on his “Feeling Good” show for a good cause: benefiting the Guardian Angels. Founded in 1979, the Guardian Angels are a citizen based anti-crime organization. When a friend asked Bruce to help with a benefit concert, he was more than happy to oblige: “I thought it was a good idea because I like their work […] I love their youth program and their affiliation with schools.”
Bruce’s “Feeling Good” show is a throwback to the innocent era of the early 1960’s, a world of tuxedos and martinis, including tributes to beloved Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. However, Bruce does not want the audience to think they’ll be sitting through a mere Sinatra tribute. Instead, they’ll be treated to a showcase of two lyricists whose songs are considered part of the Great American Songbook: Johnny Mercer and Sammy Cahn, both of whom wrote songs later recorded by Old Blue Eyes, but also enjoyed a great deal of acclaim in their own regards. Mercer won four Academy Awards for Best Original Song, including the beloved title song from “Moon River” (1961), co-written with Henry Mancini.
Cahn’s most famous song covered by Sinatra is “Come Fly With Me,” but he also wrote the Christmas favorite “Let It Snow.” Bruce has a strong affection for Cahn, and has promised to include the late songwriter into his live show by way of “a little visit from Music Heaven.” The singer also has a genuine love for the Great American Songbook, calling it “a truly American art, [the] classical music of our time.” Part of Bruce’s mission is to keep these songs alive, while also highlighting the singers and songwriters who helped make this music popular. Local singer and Guardian Angel Barry Kaye will also join Bruce onstage for a duet.
Bruce will perform at Feinstein’s on Sunday, October 9th and Monday, October 10th at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $30 for general seating and $50 for preferred seating, with a $25 minimum for food and drink, and can be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com or through Feinstein’s box office: 212.339.4095.