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Photo Coverage: Jeff McCarthy Takes Bows in KUNSTLER at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: Jeff McCarthy Takes Bows in KUNSTLER at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 26, 2017

The flyers on the seats at Barrington Stage Company's St Germain Stage were from a 1995 college appearance by William Kunstler, They said in bold letters 'BOYCOTT - Kunstler is a sellout and a hypocrite His defense of Traiters; Terrorists; and Rapists is an insult to the causes for what which he once stood.' Well, these flyers were correct about Jeff McCarthy in Kunstler being a 'sell out' (audience-wise) at Barrington Stage with his brilliant portrayal of the famed defense lawyer. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Bennett Cheers Antonia Bennett Cafe Carlyle DebutPhoto Coverage: Tony Bennett Cheers Antonia Bennett Cafe Carlyle Debut
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 24, 2017

'You were good Antonia' were the first words Tony Bennett said to his daughter after her Cafe Carlyle debut last night.. and father surely knows best in this case.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Lisa Lampanelli, Dominic Chianese & Others Featured At Friars Club's BELLA NOTTEPhoto Coverage: Lisa Lampanelli, Dominic Chianese & Others Featured At Friars Club's BELLA NOTTE
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 23, 2017

The Friars Club's entertainment bench possesses an unbelievable amount of talent and they are called upon to perform at the club's unique in-house weekly dinner/shows.  Luckily, performers who were not famous when they first joined the club are generous with sharing their talents at these events after they become super stars.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: CAGNEY the Musical Celebrates Closing NightPhoto Coverage: CAGNEY the Musical Celebrates Closing Night
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 22, 2017

CAGNEY The Musical has played to sold out audiences for 473 performances at the West Side Theatre in New York City. The big question posed to enterprising producer Riki Kane Larimer at the closing night celebration was 'where will Broadway's Robert Creighton, (in the role he was born to play) and cast be bringing the story of James Cagney to next?'   (more...)

Photo Flash: Woody Allen & Others Celebrate Sirio Maccioni at Le CirquePhoto Flash: Woody Allen & Others Celebrate Sirio Maccioni at Le Cirque
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 18, 2017

Last night Le Cirque welcomed it's creator Sirio Maccioni back to the legendary restaurant.  Sirio's many friends turned out for the occasion and enjoyed a Tuscon dinner from the recipes of his wife Egidiana  Maccioni.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Bobby Rydell Has An Evening At The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Bobby Rydell Has An Evening At The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 17, 2017

 An Evening With… are three of the most powerful words in the entertainment world and they are so often posted and signify an event that can only happen at the Friars Club.  In the early days of the club it was  an evening with James Cagney, George M. Cohan and other show business greats.  Then came evenings with Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, and many other legends.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Honors Daryl Roth & More at Mother's Day GalaPhoto Coverage: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Honors Daryl Roth & More at Mother's Day Gala
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 15, 2017

Further evidence that Yiddish is suddenly hip in 2017 was on flashy display last night at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, as the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene welcomed a diverse and eclectic crowd to celebrate mothers and the mother tongue in grand style. Prominent producer Daryl Roth and nine other women trailblazers in the arts, sciences, business and philanthropy were honored, and a dazzling all-female cast performed one showstopper after another. The evening's mother hen was the fabulous four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh, who delighted the audience with her funny and peppery mix of wisdom and heartfelt cheerleading for the Jewish mothers attending and for the Jewish mother in all of us. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Storm Large & Le Bonheur Bring Songs of Seduction & Obsession to The Schimmel CenterPhoto Coverage: Storm Large & Le Bonheur Bring Songs of Seduction & Obsession to The Schimmel Center
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 13, 2017

Storm:  Dictionary:  'have great and rapid success in a particular place or with a particular group of people': example: Storm Large took  Pace Universitie's Schimmel Center audience by Storm last night and BroadwayWorld was there.    Using her intoxicating, powerful, beautiful voice, musicianship, and acting ability, she is able to deconstruct some Great American Songbook Standards in a way that unlocks another world of interpretation.  Combined with Storm's breathtaking beauty and complete control of her physicality her performance is as electrifying as it gets.  In fact looking around at the audience folks seemed to be looking at each other and silently saying, 'do you believe how good this is'?  Put Lady Gaga, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Donna Summers, Lauren Bacall and some others in a a cloud and thundering down comes Storm Large. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Gianni Russo And Band Hit Big At Le CirquePhoto Coverage: Gianni Russo And Band Hit Big At Le Cirque
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 9, 2017

Gianni Russo best known for his portrayal of Carlo Russo in 'The Godfather' also knows how to do a killer of a music show and helped an important charity save lives at Le Cirque last night. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Mandy Gonzalez & Paulo Szot Join Jamie deRoy & Friends Tony Show at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Mandy Gonzalez & Paulo Szot Join Jamie deRoy & Friends Tony Show at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 8, 2017

 Broadway Producer and three time Tony Award winner Jamie deRoy held her annual Jamie deRoy & friends Tony Award show last night and the Red Carpet was rolled out at Birdland for the star studded event.  Jamie's fans and friends had their cell phone cameras at the ready as one by one Jamie introduced her award-winning cast which included, Chuck Cooper (The Life) Penny Fuller (Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In the Heights), Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) with special guest, Patti Cohenour (War Paint, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Doreen Montalvo (On Your Feet, In the Heights) and Paulo Szot (South Pacific) with Billy Stritch.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sheldon Harnick Hosts Unsung Lyricists at 92YPhoto Coverage: Sheldon Harnick Hosts Unsung Lyricists at 92Y
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 7, 2017

The 92Y celebrated Songbook Classics By Unsung Lyricists last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Gold Coast Intl. Film Festival Previews Jacques Pepin PBS DocumentaryPhoto Coverage: Gold Coast Intl. Film Festival Previews Jacques Pepin PBS Documentary
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 5, 2017

Last night the non-profit Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival honored  legendary Chef Jacques Pépin at an exclusive fundraising event celebrating his life and career and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Comedy At WHINE WOMEN & WINEPhoto Coverage: Friars Club Comedy At WHINE WOMEN & WINE
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 4, 2017

There was only high comedy and some serious wine from one of the highest mountains in Greece at the Friars Club last night as Laura Slutsky hosted 'Whine Women & Wine'.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: NiCori Studios Presents It's Youth Cabaret Showcase at The Metropolitan RoomPhoto Coverage: NiCori Studios Presents It's Youth Cabaret Showcase at The Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 1, 2017

Many organizations protect, defend, and keep the Great American Songbook alive. Corinna Sowers Adler is at the forefront of that noble task with her NiCori Studios Productions.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Deana Martin & John Pizzarelli Help Inaugurate Expanded Joey Reynolds Radio ShowPhoto Coverage: Deana Martin & John Pizzarelli Help Inaugurate Expanded Joey Reynolds Radio Show
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 1, 2017

Joey Reynolds is far from dead, though rumors have the always creative and playful jock styling himself as 'the late Joey Reynolds'.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Deana Martin Brings Dean While Sal Scognamillo Brings Patsy's Italian Restaurant To The Ciccone TheatrePhoto Coverage: Deana Martin Brings Dean While Sal Scognamillo Brings Patsy's Italian Restaurant To The Ciccone Theatre
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 30, 2017

Deana Martin performs this tribute show to her father Dean Martin all over the country, but last night it was something special at The Ciconne Theatre in New Jersey. The evening also honored the Scognamillo family's world famous Patsy's Italian Restaurant, the place that Frank, Dean, and families called their New York City home. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chazz Palminteri Tells Tales From Hollywood & The Bronx At The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Chazz Palminteri Tells Tales From Hollywood & The Bronx At The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 25, 2017

Chazz, or 'C' as his friends called him in The Bronx told some great stories to his fellow Friars in the Frank Sinatra Room last night. It was after an Italian  Buffet Feast in the Milton Berle and Barbra Streisand Rooms at the 'Monastery' on 55th street that Chazz explained that he was doing nothing different then what he used to do as a youngster in The Bronx.  His friend's would say 'let Chazz tell the story.'   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Stecher and Horowitz Foundation Gala Honors MSM President & OthersPhoto Coverage: Stecher and Horowitz Foundation Gala Honors MSM President & Others
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 24, 2017

As with all Stecher and Horowitz events it's all about the music and helping gifted young pianists navigate the demanding career they have chosen.  This years annual gala at the legendary architectural landmark University Club in New York City was attended by some of New York's most respected a accomplished citizens who share the Foundation's mission and who have a love of classical music.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: The New York Pops Season Finale Features Will Chase, Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller and Adrienne WarrenPhoto Coverage: The New York Pops Season Finale Features Will Chase, Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller and Adrienne Warren
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 22, 2017

Carnegie Hall is home to some of the greatest 'serious' music created by mankind and when Maestro and Music Director Steven Reineke takes the stage with the 78 member New York Pops Orchestra it's also about great music, great entertainment, and great fun.   The final concert of the season was titled 'You've Got a Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters and it featured guest artists Will Chase, Christopher Jackson, Jessie Mueller and Adrienne Warren.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chita Rivera Attends Friars Salute To Bobby ShortPhoto Coverage: Chita Rivera Attends Friars Salute To Bobby Short
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 20, 2017

Yankee Stadium has it's 'Legends Seats' and Monuments prominently displayed in the 'House That Ruth Built'.  Then the current team takes the field and future legends start to play ball.  In the Friars Club show biz past and present are always in the house.  Their photos are on the wall and names are engraved on the chairs in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room.  Then as so often happens an 'insiders' great show is produced for the members and those legends current and future entertain their fellow Friars.  So it happened last night as the Friars Club honored Bobby Short, the legendary cabaret singer/pianist who was best known for his three decade plus music residency at Cafe Carlyle in New York City.  The music of Bobby Short was brought to life by some current Cafe Carlye and Bemelmans Bar stars in a spectacular evening produced and hosted by Friar Jeff Leibowitz and Co-Produced by Friar Will Friedwald. (more...)

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