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Rufus Wainwright played Feinstein’s, performed Judy Garland…

January 12, 2010

Rufus Wainwright played two cabaret style shows last night at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel (1/11), performing songs from his catalogue, the debut of a song from his upcoming album, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, as well as songs from Judy Garland’s legendary concert at Carnegie Hall in 1961.  The show, a benefit for the True Colors Fund and Broadway Impact, was hosted by actress Piper Perabo (lovely) and also featured a set from Karen Olivo who won the 2009 Tony for Best Female Performance for her role as Anita in West Side Story.  The tiny club only seats about 150 and Rufus played up to the venue’s intimacy, riffing off-the-cuff one liners that had the adoring audience in hysterics in between one stunner-of-a-song after another.

He opened solo at the piano with ‘Art Teacher’ (my favorite song of the night), moved onto ‘Leaving for Paris No. 2’, played a new song (‘Heart of Stone’ – nice tune but no new ground broken) and followed with ‘Beauty Mark’ before he was joined by Stephen Oremus who took over piano duty while Rufus took the mic at center stage.  They rolled thru five or six songs from Judy Garland’s show including ‘Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart’, ‘Do it Again’ and ‘The Man that Got Away.’  The crowd LOVED this segment of the show roaring with applause after each number.  More pictures after the jump.  These and the one at the top of this post are courtesy of

Piper & Rufus on the red carpet.

Rufus & Piper on the red carpet.

Karen Olivo & band.

Piper Perabo

Piper Perabo

Rufus Wainwright

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