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Stephen Sorokoff

Stephen Sorokoff Stephen is also the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor of the Times Square Chronicles. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. email: stephen@t2conline.com
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Posted: Mar. 27, 2015


Photo Coverage: Sanford Weill & Jordan Roth Honored at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene GalaPhoto Coverage: Weill & Roth Honored at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Gala
Posted: Apr. 1, 2015


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Posted: Apr. 11, 2015


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Photo Coverage: William Ivey Long Visits Jamie deRoy & Peter LeDonne on Backstage with Peter LedonnePhoto Coverage: William Ivey Long Visits Jamie deRoy & Peter LeDonne on Backstage with Peter Ledonne
April 24, 2015

William Ivey Long the Tony Award winning costume designer visited the 970 AM radio studios dressed handsomely in a very traditional sport jacket shirt and tie. He then had a spirited conversation with Peter LeDonne and Jamie deRoy about costumes, Broadway, movies, plus of all things, the spirits he serves up in his two establishments on 2nd Avenue in New York City. In addition to his life in the theatre and his 14 Tony nominations, William is also the proprietor of Ninth Ward and Shoolbred's, both on 2nd Avenue. Besides being a genius with clothes William was an excellent conversationalist, and it was suggested that it was his other life as a saloonkeeper that made him such a great guest on Backstage with Peter LeDonne.
Photo Coverage: John Pizzarelli with Daniel Jobim Play Cafe CarlylePhoto Coverage: John Pizzarelli with Daniel Jobim Play Cafe Carlyle
April 24, 2015

You've probably heard a variation of this joke at a cabaret performance. The performer will say something like "if you know the words, please don't sing along." Ann Hampton Callaway teasingly cajoles her audience to join in while she's singing a musically complex scat arrangement during her act. When John Pizzarelli asked the The Carlyle audience to sing along as he and Daniel Jobim sang the nights closing number (Antonio Carlos Jobim's Aqua De beber), it wasn't funny. The many Brazilians filling the seats in the Cafe expertly chanted in Portuguese. Sometimes I find it difficult to handle the syncopated rhythms which accent the second beat of a measure in Bossa Nova, but this crowd didn't.
Photo Coverage: Fyvush Finkel & His Sons Presented by Friars Club at Yiddish NightPhoto Coverage: Fyvush Finkel & His Sons Presented by Friars Club at Yiddish Night
April 22, 2015

?The Emmy Award winning actor Fyvesh Finkel jokes, 'I'm 92, but looking at this audience I realize that's no big deal.' Fyvesh was the star of Yiddish Night at the Friars Club last night, although his co-stars were his sons Elliot, Ian, and the special menu of traditional Jewish favorites prepared by the staff.
Photo Coverage: Bernadette Peters, Danny Aiello, Mayor David Dinkins & Others Celebrate Irv Welzer at the FriarsPhoto Coverage: Bernadette Peters, Danny Aiello, Mayor David Dinkins & Others Celebrate Irv Welzer at the Friars
April 21, 2015

If you are a Friar you receive an "Opening Act" email that introduces you to a new member. Sadly, you also get a "Final Curtain" email when a member leaves the stage. In true theater tradition an "After Party" was held for one of the clubs esteemed members in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room last night. It was organized by Actors Fund President and CEO Joseph Benincasa to remember Irv Welzer, a beloved member of the club. With song and story a few of Irv's fellow Friars reminisced. Mayor David Dinkins, Danny Aiello, Bernadette Peters, Dominic Chianese, Mark Simone, Robert Creighton,Carol Skarimbas,Will & Anthony Nunziata, and Stewie Stone all participated in this party, which celebrated a much loved member of the theatre community.
Photo Coverage: The Music & Times of Burt Bacharach Presented by Live at LynnPhoto Coverage: The Music & Times of Burt Bacharach Presented by Live at Lynn
April 20, 2015

Lyrics and Lyricists at the 92Y in New York City and the Live at Lynn American Songbook series at Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida both achieve the same goal. They entertain and educate their audiences using talented performers and knowledgeable hosts. The Music and Times of Burt Bacharach produced by Jan McArt and hosted by Marshall Turkin at Lynn University was enthusiastically received by it's Boca audience and these events are 'hot' tickets in the sunshine state. One of the wonderful things about attending the varied theatrical and musical offerings at Live at Lynn is that you get to see, different artists, diverse performances, and Jan McArt's splendid wardrobe when she comes on stage to introduce the concerts.
Photo Coverage: Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Play The Colony Hotel's Royal RoomPhoto Coverage: Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Play The Colony Hotel's Royal Room
April 17, 2015

Entertainment director Rob Russell made sure the always beautiful Royal Room had some extra Botanical additions in honor of Jim & Billy's 4 day engagement in the Royal Room and BroadwayWorld was there.
Photo Coverage: A Special Evening of Cabaret with Deborah Silver at The Colony Hotel to Benefit NAMI of Palm Beach CountyPhoto Coverage: A Special Evening of Cabaret with Deborah Silver at The Colony Hotel to Benefit NAMI of Palm Beach County
April 14, 2015

Last night (April 13th) acclaimed performer and recording artist, Deborah Silver performed at The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach to benefit NAMI of Palm Beach County. BroadwayWorld was there.
Photo Coverage: First Annual NiCori Studio Showcase Presented at the Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: First Annual NiCori Studio Showcase Presented at the Metropolitan Room
April 13, 2015

Corinna Sowers inaugurated a cabaret showcase of her students at the Metropolitan Room last night and Broadwayworld was there. Some talented youngsters from her NiCori Studio performed for a packed room which consisted of many family and friends of these rising stars. Singers presented in the show were Talia Wynzel, Zoe Gelman, Julia Maskin, Samy Cordero, Lauren Barr, and Kevin Bergen. Also performing was the shows host Corinna Sowers. Deborah Martin was at the piano and Nicholas Adler was managing the house.
Photo Coverage: Go Inside the New York Pops' LET'S BE FRANK After-PartyPhoto Coverage: Go Inside the New York Pops' LET'S BE FRANK After-Party
April 11, 2015

On April 10, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops closed its 32nd subscription season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, with four of today's finest entertainers - Tony DeSare, Storm Large, Frankie Moreno, and Ryan Silverman - in a celebration of the centennial of America's original idol, Frank Sinatra. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you right into the after-party!
Photo Coverage: Steven Reineke Rehearses The New York Pops' LET'S BE FRANK ConcertPhoto Coverage: Steven Reineke Rehearses The New York Pops' LET'S BE FRANK Concert
April 10, 2015

On April 10, 2015 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops will close its 32nd subscription season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, with four of today's finest entertainers - Tony DeSare, Storm Large, Frankie Moreno, and Ryan Silverman - in a celebration of the centennial of America's original idol, Frank Sinatra. This afternoon Maestro Steven Reineke rehearsed the orchestra and BroadwayWorld was there.
Photo Coverage: Luba Mason Brings MIXTURA to 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Luba Mason Brings MIXTURA to 54 Below
April 10, 2015

54 Below presented a special night with LUBA MASON - the Broadway star of Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, The Capeman, among many others, last night and Broadwayworld was there. Fresh off the smash success of the Off-Broadway musical Pretty Flilthy - for which she was hailed as 'outstanding' by The New York Times, 'deliciously droll' by The Hollywood Reporter and 'straight up and affecting' by The New York Daily News - she will present an updated version of her concert Mixtura. Luba's trademarked blend of different musical currents, Mixtura is hybrid musical format consisting of various styles that can also be in any language. The 54 Below evening will include the work of diverse songwriters such as Van Morrison ('Moondance'), Cole Porter ('Love For Sale'), Kander & Ebb ('All That Jazz') and Lou Reed ('Pale Blue Eyes'), in addition to original songs from her Brazilian jazz album Krazy Love. Mixtura will also feature a special version of her breakout number 'Beautiful' by Michael Friedman from Pretty Filthy. You can watch the song 'In Performance' from The New York Times here. Previous incarnations of Mixtura were called 'powerful' by The Huffington Post and 'rapturous musical heaven' by Times Square Chronicles. The evening will feature musical director and arranger Felipe Fournier on vibes.
Photo Coverage: BEYOND BROADWAY Composers Go Choral - Harnick, Schwartz, Lippa & More!Photo Coverage: BEYOND BROADWAY Composers Go Choral - Harnick, Schwartz, Lippa & More!
April 9, 2015

Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) presented BEYOND BROADWAY: COMPOSERS GO CHORAL at the DiMenna Space for Classical Music last night and broadwayworld was there.
Photo Coverage: Tony Winner Lena Hall Makes Cafe Carlyle Debut!Photo Coverage: Tony Winner Lena Hall Makes Cafe Carlyle Debut!
April 8, 2015

Just coming off of her Tony-winning performance in Broadway's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, Lena Hall made her Cafe Carlyle debut last night, April 7. The show continues through April 18. Check out a first look at the show below!
Photo Coverage: Stacy Sullivan Brings SINCE YOU'VE ASKED to The Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Stacy Sullivan Brings SINCE YOU'VE ASKED to The Metropolitan Room
April 6, 2015

Stacy Sullivan brought her new show, "Since You've Asked' to The Metropolitan Room last night and broadwayworld was there. Whether you're a fan of The Great American Songbook or VH1, you'll find something to love within this eclectic evening of music and story. With musical director Troy Fannin on guitar, Matthew Watanabe on piano, and Jaime Mohamdein on bass, Sullivan has created her most personal, thought-provoking evening to date. With music by Randy Newman, Nina Simone, Ray LaMontagne, Hoagy Carmichael, Judy Collins, Ed Sheeran, Woodie Guthrie, Stevie Nicks, Cole Porter, George Harrison, Noel Coward, David Hajdu, Fred Hersch, Jonsi, Stephen Schwartz...and others.
Photo Coverage: Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin Visits BACKSTAGE with Peter LeDonnePhoto Coverage: Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin Visits BACKSTAGE with Peter LeDonne
April 2, 2015

Charlotte St. Martin was the guest on Backstage with Peter LeDonne which is recorded live at Patsy's restaurant and broadcast Sundays on 970AM. The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. It has 700-plus members, which include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, general managers, and suppliers of goods and services to the commercial theatre industry in North American cities. The Broadway League, with The American Theatre Wing present the annual Tony Awards. Since her appointment, Charlotte has successfully managed various challenges affecting the industry including Labor Strikes, Economic Downturns, and Government issues. She has guided the creation of Audience Development, Educational programs and initiatives.
Photo Coverage: Joyce Breach Plays the IridiumPhoto Coverage: Joyce Breach Plays the Iridium
April 2, 2015

ScoBar recently presented New York singer Joyce Breach at the Times Square located nightclub the Iridium. Joyce is the 2000 winner of a MAC Award for Best Jazz Performer and winner of the 1998 Bistro Award for Best CD. Joyce also received the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Classic Award. Broadwayworld was at her recent show that featured Mike Renzi on piano and Jay Leonhart, bass.
Photo Coverage: April Fools Becomes SHIP OF FOOLS Comedy Night at the FRIARSPhoto Coverage: April Fools Becomes SHIP OF FOOLS Comedy Night at the FRIARS
April 2, 2015

The comics given the job of making the Friars laugh last night were not fooling around and the club rocked with laughter. The stand up comedy of MC Dave Konig, George Vanarthos, Michelle Tod, Nancy Lombardo, Michele Balan, Maria Schultz, Ross Bennett and producer Cory Kahaney were well received by members who have been well trained in the art of laughing by fellow Friars. Ross Bennett, recently a smash on David Letterman was especially effective. The intimate setting of the club's Milton Berle Room has been the scene of many fun filled evenings, and numerous comics have launched their careers in the mahogany walled space.
Photo Coverage: Sanford Weill & Jordan Roth Honored at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene GalaPhoto Coverage: Sanford Weill & Jordan Roth Honored at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Gala
April 1, 2015

World-renowned maestro and violinist Itzhak Perlman just headlined a concert and gala celebrating National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's 100th anniversary and honoring legendary financier and philanthropist Sanford I. Weill and Broadway impresario Jordan Roth last night, at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. NYTF is the longest consecutively-producing Jewish Arts company in the world.
Photo Coverage: INSIDE BROADWAY Visits ON THE TOWNPhoto Coverage: INSIDE BROADWAY Visits ON THE TOWN
March 30, 2015

It happens every time the NYC school kids see some romantic activity on stage. The squeals, oohs & aahs from the youngsters are a delight to hear. It's a first time Broadway experience for most of them. The school busses were lined up early at The Lyric Theatre for the 10:15 & 1:15 special mini performances by some of the cast members of the hit show On The Town. Michael Presser and all the folks involved with 'Inside Broadway Creating The Magic' make it possible for hundreds of school children to get a behind the scenes look at the workings of a Broadway Show.
Photo Coverage: Celia Berk Plays The Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: Celia Berk Plays The Metropolitan Room
March 30, 2015

The Metropolitan Room became one of those Art Deco Night Clubs in a1940 Black & White Movie last night. Harking back to the days when the girl singers had that luscious, sensual, understated, but spectacular voices and musicianship that made every person in the room fall in love with them. Although I have ears that sometimes show signs of wear and tear from a lifetime of hearing a lot of stuff, Celia's ability to annunciate and melodically roll out lyrics had me hearing vowels and consonants I usually miss in a crowded noisy cabaret. Come to think of it, the Metropolitan Room had the quietness of a recording studio as the very musically sophisticated audience was held in rapt attention by Celia's artistry. I would be enamored with any song she wrapped her voice around, but her unique song selection made the evening especially compelling. How fitting it was the Stacy Sullivan and Joanne Tatham were in the audience. Two singers that represent that same kind of sexy, restrained and understated musical excellence that Celia Berk possesses. It was also ironic that the title song of the show ( You Can't Rush Spring) was written by another of my favorite ladies - Ann Hampton Callaway.


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