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Photo Coverage: Klea Blackhurst Brings ALL THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW to Broadway at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Klea Blackhurst Brings ALL THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW to Broadway at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 26, 2015

Jim Caruso's Broadway at Birdland concert series had all the traffic Monday night as Klea Blackhurst brought her hit concert, 'Everything the Traffic Will Allow' to the Birdland stage.This is Blackhurst's loving tribute to the songs made famous by the quintessential stage personality Ethel Merman. Not an impersonator and not an impressionist, Blackhurst offered a paean to the great Broadway legend that serves as a potent and happy reminder of Merman's sheer, undeniable importance to both the history of twentieth century entertainment and the iconic composers like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Jerry Herman, who wrote songs just for her. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Randy Graff Brings MADE IN BROOKLYN... BOUND FOR BROADWAY to Mr. Finn's CabaretPhoto Coverage: Randy Graff Brings MADE IN BROOKLYN... BOUND FOR BROADWAY to Mr. Finn's Cabaret
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 24, 2015

Randy Graff won a Tony and Drama Desk award for City of Angels, originated the role of Fantine in the original Broadway company of Les Miserables and has been in Fiddler on the Roof, High Society, Falsettos, Moon Over Buffalo, and A Class Act. Musically and theatrically Randy Graff is also a class act and one of the best Cabaret performances you will ever see. Her voice, phrasing and tonality are perfection and it's encased in a Cabaret Act that is full of wit, humor, and drama as she chronicles her life from Brooklyn to Broadway.  You can't take the subway to get to Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage, but if you travel to Pittsfield MA., you're going to see one of the best. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Laura Osnes, Max Von Essen, and Steven Reineke Rehearse at French Woods FestivalPhoto Coverage: Laura Osnes, Max Von Essen, and Steven Reineke Rehearse at French Woods Festival
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 22, 2015

Brian Worsdale the Artistic Director and Conductor of the French Woods Symphony Orchestra invited his buddy Steven Reineke, musical director and conductor of The New York Pops to bring some friends to share a day of music at summer camp and visit French Woods Festival. As usual, BroadwayWorld also came to camp. Check out photos from the event below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of ENGAGEMENTS at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night of ENGAGEMENTS at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 20, 2015

Last night Barrington Stage Company presented the World Premiere of Engagements by Lucy Teitler and BroadwayWorld was there. Directed by Louisa Proske (BSC debut), Engagements stars (in their BSC debuts) Amanda Quaid (Irish Rep's The Weir) as Lauren, Kate Loprest (First Date) as Allison, Adam Gerber (George Street Playhouse The Whipping Man) as Ryan, Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening) as Catherine, and Robert David Grant (Yale Rep Hamlet) as Mark. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway's Live Radio Taping Features Steve Tyrell in the Inaugural ShowPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway's Live Radio Taping Features Steve Tyrell in the Inaugural Show
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 17, 2015

Some more music history was made on the Birdland stage last night and Broadwayworld's Stephen Sorokoff was there. Two entertainers who have never performed together were on the Birdland stage last night.  For those of us who were in the audience for this under the radar/radio event, it turned out to be a not to be forgotten evening that added to the long list of Birdland historic musical moments.  Ann Hampton Callaway taped the first segment of her new radio program "This Is Cabaret" and had as her guest at the inaugural show none other than Steve Tyrell, a legend in the world of male pop/jazz singers.  His unique sensual voice is unmistakable and loved by millions via his recordings, movie soundtracks, and live appearances.  Steve is also a walking Wikipedia of the recording industry because of his career as a recording executive and producer.  He was there for many momentous musical creations as head of A&R for Scepter Records. Tyrell's singing "The Way You Look Tonight" in the Father of the Bride movie starring Steve Martin made him a household name.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night- RED VELVET at Shakespeare & CompanyPhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night- RED VELVET at Shakespeare & Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 15, 2015

Shakespeare & Company presented the first full American production of Red Velvet, written by Lolita Chakrabarti, directed by Daniela Varon, and starring OBIE Award-winning actor John Douglas Thompson last night and Broadwayworld's Stephen Sorokoff was there. This powerful and emotional drama joins the Tina Packer Playhouse repertory and runs through September 13. Check out photos from the production below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of HIS GIRL FRIDAY at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night of HIS GIRL FRIDAY at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 13, 2015

Opening Night of the American screwball comedy His Girl Friday, John Guare's adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's original play The Front Page and the screen version of His Girl Friday took place at Barrington Stage Co. and Broadwayworld's Stephen Sorokoff was there. Julianned Boyd artistic director of BSC was the director. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Elizabeth Stanley Brings I GET CARRIED AWAY to Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: Elizabeth Stanley Brings I GET CARRIED AWAY to Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 11, 2015

Due to popular demand, Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, had to add a second performance  for Elizabeth Stanley's "I Get Carried Away" show at Mr. Finn's Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Linda Lavin with Billy Stritch Bring STARTING OVER to Helsinki on BroadwayPhoto Coverage: Linda Lavin with Billy Stritch Bring STARTING OVER to Helsinki on Broadway
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 10, 2015

Linda Lavin and musician/director/actor/painter/writer husband Steve Bakunas walked the Red Carpet a few days ago at the Broadway Opening of Hamilton and then drove up the carpet of Green to their home in the Berkshires to perform at Lee Tannen's Helsinki on Broadway and of course BroadwayWorld was at both events. This summer the East Coast is getting treated to Linda Lavin and Billy Stritch as Linda has brought her show titled Starting Over and her swinging band to PTown, the Hudson Valley, and on September 16th to Guild Hall in East Hampton. At Helsinki on Broadway last night Linda was the star of the show, but the food at Helsinki Hudson definitely also gets top billing. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night World Premiere of MOTHER OF THE MAID at Shakespeare & CompanyPhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night World Premiere of MOTHER OF THE MAID at Shakespeare & Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 8, 2015

Last night, Shakespeare & Company presented the world premiere of Mother of the Maid, a powerful and wry drama by Emmy award-winning writer, producer and director Jane Anderson, starring Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, directed by Matthew Penn, and Broadwayworld's Stephen Sorokoff was on the scene. Check out pics from the evening below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Linda Lavin with Billy Stritch Bring STARTING OVER to Provincetown's The Crown & AnchorPhoto Coverage: Linda Lavin with Billy Stritch Bring STARTING OVER to Provincetown's The Crown & Anchor
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 4, 2015

Rick Murray and The Crown & Anchor presented Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin to a wildly enthusiastic Provincetown audience last night and Broadwayworld's Stephen Sorokoff was there. In her cabaret show titled Starting Over, Linda with her musical directer Billy Stritch (who also supplied vocals) brought the packed Crown and Anchor Cabaret Room to it's feet many times during their exciting performance.  Also receiving a standing ovation was Jazz Violinist Aaron Weinstein who is a mainstay in Linda's act.  Jazz guitarist Ron Affif, bassist Steve Doyle and husband Steve Bakunas on drums and vocals executed Billy Stritch's magical arrangements perfectly.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley Perform BROADWAY AND BEYOND at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley Perform BROADWAY AND BEYOND at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 28, 2015

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presented Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in Broadway and Beyond on last night and BroadwayWorld was there. Broadway's Golden Couple shared their favorite songs from the Broadway musicals they've starred in along with selections from the Great American Songbook." (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of A LITTLE MORE ALIVE at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night of A LITTLE MORE ALIVE at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 23, 2015

Last night the Barrington Stage Company Musical Theatre Lab presented the East Coast Premiere of Nick Blaemire's A Little More Alive on the St. Germain Stage of the Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center and Broadwayworld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Alysha Umphress Plays Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: Alysha Umphress Plays Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 21, 2015

Alysha Umphress has a special relationship with Barrington Stage Company and William Finn so it wasn't a surprise that on her day off  from On The Town she came to Pittsfield and sang in Mr. Finn's Cabaret.  It also wasn't a surprise the demand for tickets was so great that a second late show had to be added.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of LOST IN YONKERS at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night of LOST IN YONKERS at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 20, 2015

Lost in Yonkers  opened at Barrington Stage Company last night and BroadwayWorld was there. The show is running through August 1. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize, Lost in Yonkers is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story by America's great comic playwright, Neil Simon.  Jenn Thompson makes her BSC directing debut.  She is the Co-Artistic Director of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) in NYC, where she recently directed Beth Henley's Abundance. (more...)

Photo Coverage:  Ann Hampton Callaway & Kari Strand Celebrate Their Marriage at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway & Kari Strand Celebrate Their Marriage at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 30, 2015

Birdland was the scene of a very special show last night as friends and family gathered for the Wedding Celebration of Ann Hampton Callaway and Kari Strand. Broadway at Birdland and Jim Caruso's Cast Party have seen many famous and talented people on that legendary stage but it will be hard to top last night's list of guests. Broadwayworld was there and here are some of the friends and relatives of Ann and Kari. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Karen Mason in Return Engagement at Don't Tell MamaPhoto Coverage: Karen Mason in Return Engagement at Don't Tell Mama
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 29, 2015

Karen Mason returned to the legendary theatre district cabaret nightspot Don't Tell Mama--which has been a launch pad for countless future stars in cabaret and theater since it inaugurated its cabaret rooms in November 1982- Karen returned again after a highly acclaimed run in March at Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street) and BroadwayWorld was there. This is the very room that she and Nancy LaMott opened in l982. Mason at Mama's is her brand new show with great new arrangements of classics, new songs and some of the music she and her longtime composer/arranger Brian Lasser performed in those early days at Mama's. The show was directed by award winning  Barry Kleinbort, with Musical Direction and Accompaniment by Christopher Denny. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Brings ON MY WAY TO YOU TO 54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway Brings ON MY WAY TO YOU TO 54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 26, 2015

Marilyn Maye was an audience member at Ann Hampton Callaway's final performance of her show 'On My Way To You' at 54 Below last night and Broadwayworld was there. Marilyn joined Ann for some spontaneous improvising and signing as did sister Liz Callaway who was also in the house. 'On My Way To You' just completed a sold out run. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Joanne Tatham Plays Cafe Noctambulo at PangeaPhoto Coverage: Joanne Tatham Plays Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 25, 2015

Joanne Tatham reunited with long-time collaborator Eli Brueggemann, composer/musical director of Saturday Night Live (making a rare club appearance.) at Cafe Noctambulo last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: SHINING CITY Opens at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: SHINING CITY Opens at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 22, 2015

Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson,  presented Conor McPherson's Shining City which runs from June 18 to July 11. BroadwayWorld was at opening night. (more...)

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