John O’Hurley on Why We Need the Great American Songbook

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John O'Hurley brings songs and stories to Feinstein's/54 Below

On The Scene today we are honored to be joined by John O’Hurley, who presents his one man show A Man With Standards this weekend October 15th and 16th at Feinstein’s/54 Below. O’Hurley is perhaps best known for his recurring role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld and as the host of Family Feud from 2006-2010. In other select credits he has starred in Chicago on Broadway and the touring production of Spamalot, hosted numerous game shows and television events, voiced characters across a plethora of animated series, written several books, released several albums, was the runner-up on the first season of Dancing with the Stars and is nicknamed the Seventh Most Interesting Man in the World. A Man With Standards includes performances of classics from the Great American Songbook along with musings on his life and career, and in our podcast he reflects on what these songs have meant to him over the course of his life.

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Sean Douglass
Sean Douglass is the Managing Editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, as well as an author, playwright and dramaturg. He is the Company Dramaturg for Something Marvelous, Chicago's annual magical realism festival, and has previously worked at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been produced or developed at UW-Madison, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Luminous Theatre of Milwaukee, Something Marvelous, Chicago Dramatists and Stagecloud. He hosts the CFR's podcast The Scene and is also an arts writer for the digital news publication Rantt.
  • Were it possible to exceed the maximum 100% in agreement, I most certainly would. I can’t imagine a world, culturally, without that contribution toward our posterity. I have seen EVERY generation get “hooked” at one point or another, in their lives, on “THE” standards!