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Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit

On Friday, November 4th, The American Songbook Project held its annual signature event, their "Name That Tune" benefit at the historic Hudson Theater in New York. Their mission is to preserve the American Songbook by bringing professional singers in the NYC schools. This year they honored Broadway composer Jerry Herman and Guild Hall (East Hampton), both of whom celebrated their 80th birthdays this year. Liz Smith emceed the Jerry Herman tribute and her passionate, loving remarks about her friend included "It is said by show biz insiders that Jerry is so universal the you just hear a song of his once and you can hum it or sing it. And you probably can't stop. That is pretty damned great. He is universal in the musical theater, the songsmith of modern American life." Mr. Herman's tribute included performances by James Darrah recreating his role of Ambrose Kemper from the last Carol Channing revival of Hello Dolly singing "It Only Takes a Moment;" Meredith Patterson and Jeffry Denman performing "Tap Your Troubles Away" from Mack and Mabel; and Andrea McArdle singing "If He Walked into My Life Today" from Mame accompanied movingly by nine-year old Kyrian Friedenberg on trumpet. 

The tribute to Guild Hall for their ongoing series of concerts of The American Songbook included performances by TASP school program performers Mark Nadler "I Love a Piano" and Anna Bergman "So in Love."

Board of Directors President Michael Estwanik hosted the evening which included a song title costume contest, judged by William Ivey Long (five-time Tony Award-winner), actress Jane Kaczmarek who flies in from Los Angeles annually for the event, casting director Tara Rubin, Adam Feldman (TimeOut NY's drama critic), Frank DiLella (producer of NY1's "On Stage") and Cindy Hoddeson (Ex Dir.)

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
The American Songbook Project

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Sound Check

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Michael Estwanik & Andrea McArdle

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Lynn Di Menna

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Guild Hall Josh Gladstone, Dr Ruth Apelhof, James Lawson

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Jamie deRoy & Michael Estwanik

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Mark Nadler

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Mark Nadler

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Mark Nadler

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
James Darrah

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Jeffry Denman & Meredith Patterson

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Anna Bergman

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Andrea McArdle

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Dan Grassi Contest Winner (Cabaret)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Dan Grassi, William Ivey Long, Jane Kaczmarek

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
The Auction Items

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
The Auction

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
The Contest

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Runner Up Anita Gillette (Tomorrow)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
The Judges Jane Kaczmarek,William Ivey Long, Tara Rubin

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Iris Love,Dr. Ruth Apelhof, Liz Smith

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Dr. Ruth Apelhof & Michael Estwanik

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
NY1 Frank DiLella ("Put on Your Sunday Clothes") & Michael Eswanik

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Pamela Laudenslager & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Anita Gillette (Tomorrow)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
EDa Sorokoff (Take Five) & Jazz/Music Critic Will Friedwald (Hello (Dahli) Dolly)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
George Tower (MillionDollar Baby)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Shana Farr (Ribbons Down My Back)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Kevin Leary (Fly Me To The Moon) & Rick Hinkson

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Kevin Leary & Caroline Lieberman (Up A Lazy River)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Dan Grassi (Cabaret), Deb Coughlin (Thriller), Anita Dwyer (After Midnight)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Susan Piazza, Michael Estwanik,John Piazza

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Susan James & George Tower

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Mark Nadler, Jamie deRoy, Jeffry Denman

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Cindy Hoddeson, Michael Estwanik, Dena Kerren, Susan Diehl

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Ali Sharaf,Michael DiPietro, Catherine Pierce (Three Blind Mice)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Roy Kean (Moon Over Miami) & Stanislav Sokolov (How Much Is that Doggie In The Window)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Ellen Strum (Bewitched Bothered & Bewildered)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Adam Feldman (A Puzzlement)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Dustin Brayley & Meredith Patterson

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Pam Laudenslager (Green Acres) & Peter LeBeau (You're in the Army Now)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Susan James (Silver Bells)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
David Soskin (Blue Moon)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit
Rick Hinkson (Tuxedo Junction & Sean Patrick Murtagh (If I Had A Hammer)

Photo Coverage: The American Songbook Project Presents NAME THAT TUNE Benefit

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen's life seems to have always revolved around a camera and a piano. He studied at Manhattan School of Music and performed in the "Borsht Belt" during college vacations, where in the true DIRTY DANCING tradition he met his wife Eda. Stephen was a Board Member of the First All Children's Theater and his wife, a classical pianist, is a Board Member of Barrington Stage Co. In between he made time to be CEO of a multi national machinery company and President of a domestic Textile Mfg. Co. In retirement, he now takes pictures of his 5 grandchildren and various other performers.


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