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Photo Coverage: Tony Danza Helps Showcase the Stars of Tomorrow For The Police Athletic League's Teen Acting ProgramPhoto Coverage: Tony Danza Helps Showcase the Stars of Tomorrow For The Police Athletic League's Teen Acting Program
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 21, 2017

Tony Danza is the 'Peoples Choice' not only because he won that award (among many).  He is also the choice for hundreds of New York City kids for whom he is a role model  in his capacity as Board Member of the NYC Police Athletic League (PAL).  Tony recently launched PAL's first acting program under the philosophy  'when you teach a kid how to act, you teach them how to act.' Alongside PAL's other athletic, academic, and artistic programs, the Acting Program has become an instant favorite.  Last night students were showcased in their stage debut at the Gerald w. Lynch Theater in Manhattan in a variety show which was developed over the last few months. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sheldon Harnick, Margery Harnick & Matt Harnick Launch Their New Book KOIPhoto Coverage: Sheldon Harnick, Margery Harnick & Matt Harnick Launch Their New Book KOI
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 20, 2017

Sheldon Harnick wrote the words for the songs in Fiddler, The Rothchilds, and lyrics for many other historic tunes, but he also wrote the words in a new book of photographs by his wife Margery Gray and son Matt Harnick.  The book was launched at a party attended by lots of his Broadway friends at TAO  in NYC and Broadwayworld was there.  Like his songs, the photographs in KOI are a thing of beauty and create wonderful feelings. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Kicks It Up At The Friars Club Metropolitan Room ShowPhoto Coverage: Marilyn Maye Kicks It Up At The Friars Club Metropolitan Room Show
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 20, 2017

Bernie Fusrhpan, managing partner of the Metropolitan Room moved his club into the Friars Club last night and BroadwayWorld was there for the entertainment super special.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Celebrates Opening Night of THE BIRDSPhoto Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Celebrates Opening Night of THE BIRDS
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 19, 2017

'The Birds' by Irish playwright Conor McPherson and directed by Barrington Stage Companies founder and artistic director Julianne Boyd landed on BSC's Second Stage yesterday and BroadwayWorld was nestled in with the rest of the opening night Pittsfield audience.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens at The Berkshire Theatre GroupPhoto Coverage: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Opens at The Berkshire Theatre Group
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 18, 2017

The piano at at Berkshire Theatre Group's  Unicorn Theatre will never be the same after Jerry Lee Lewis (Gabriel Aronson) of MIllion Dollar Quartet finished playing and gyrating on it last night at the opening of this Tony Award-Winning Musical, and Broadwayworld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Nicole Henry Swings At Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Nicole Henry Swings At Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 15, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below is a a chameleon of a performance space because of the eclectic mix of entertainment that perform on it's stage. Broadway is the main theme but sometimes it becomes one of the great nightclubs of the 50's & 60's like Basin Street East, The Embers, The Persian Room etc.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Brian Stokes Mitchell Makes Solo Debut at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Brian Stokes Mitchell Makes Solo Debut at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 14, 2017

It's one thing to be able to act and sing like Brian Stokes Mitchell, but in addition, there is a whole other level of musicianship Brian possesses that enabled him to conceive and create his opening number, 'There's No Business Like Show Business'.  As 'Stokes' pointed out, his musical mind is in sync with his brilliant music director, Tedd Firth.  The two of them have produced an arrangement of this Irving Berlin standard that takes you on a roller coaster ride of meter and key changes.  A little bit of math proficiency was also probably needed because the Stokes/Firth arrangement starts off as a ballad and then weaves it's way through a variety of tempos which include 7/8 & 5/4. It certainly was indicative of the title of his cabaret show, 'Playing With Music.'   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Go Inside Broadway's 35th Anniversary Beacon Awards GalaPhoto Coverage: Go Inside Broadway's 35th Anniversary Beacon Awards Gala
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 13, 2017

Inside Broadway presented it's Beacon Awards last night at it's 35th anniversary season Gala  and BroadwayWorld was inside the JW Marriot Essex House for the festivities. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Clint Holmes Stars in GAME OF LOVE  Industry ReadingPhoto Coverage: Clint Holmes Stars in GAME OF LOVE Industry Reading
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 12, 2017

Game of Love: The Songs of Charles Aznavour, a new musical revue slated to appear off-Broadway in the fall of 2017, received an industry invitation-only reading presentation in New York City and BroadwayWorld and lots of lovers were in attendance for the performance at Nola Studios. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Award Winner William Finn's Students Create Future Broadway Winning SongsPhoto Coverage: Tony Award Winner William Finn's Students Create Future Broadway Winning Songs
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 11, 2017

Tin Pan Alley on 28th street in Manhattan was where many songs were composed in the early 20th century.  Young composers like George Gershwin wrote many of the tunes we are still singing today.  Now, a lot of the creative music and lyrics are coming out of William Finn's Master Class at The NYU Tisch Graduate Program in Musical Theatre Writing.  Instead of these young songwriters displaying there work on the cheap upright pianos that gave Tin Pan Alley it's name, Mr. Finn who is also the Artistic Head of the Musical Theatre Lab at Barrington Stage Company  puts on a show on Barrington's Main Stage in PIttsfield Massachusetts. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michael Feinstein Brings ELLA ON MY MIND to Jazz at Lincoln CenterPhoto Coverage: Michael Feinstein Brings ELLA ON MY MIND to Jazz at Lincoln Center
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 9, 2017

There are not too many places in the world where you can see and hear music performances like the concert/shows produced in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room.  Before the music starts you get to see one of the most exciting views NYC has to offer of Central Park & Columbus Circle.  Then just as you're silently singing 'can't take my eyes off of you'  the off-stage announcement is made 'and now ladies and gentlemen, the one and only Michael Feinstein.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Danza Headlines Friars 100th Birthday Party for Dean MartinPhoto Coverage: Tony Danza Headlines Friars 100th Birthday Party for Dean Martin
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 8, 2017

Everybody Loved Somebody at The Friars Club last night as Dean Martin was celebrated in song and toasted by his fellow Friars.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Haley Swindal Concludes GOLDEN GIRL at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Haley Swindal Concludes GOLDEN GIRL at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 7, 2017

The celebrities turned out for Haley Swindal's last show at Feinstein's/54 Below last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Paulo Szot Salutes Broadway At Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Paulo Szot Salutes Broadway At Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 7, 2017

Paulo Szot breathtakingly answered the question last night.  Can one of opera and Broadway world's most magnificent and powerful voices be harnessed to create an intimate cabaret experience? If you have a preconceived notion of a barrel chested, non swinging, duck out of water performer, you are a 100 percent wrong.  (more...)

Photo Coverage:  92Y Lyrics & Lyricists Shines a Spotlight on Lerner And LoewePhoto Coverage: 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists Shines a Spotlight on Lerner And Loewe
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 6, 2017

The 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists presented From Camelot to California The Worlds of Lerner & Loewe this weekend and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: David Friedman Brings His Music & Friends To The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: David Friedman Brings His Music & Friends To The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 6, 2017

Photographs of America's most treasured composers are on the walls of the Friars Club. By some oversight David Friedman's is not.  After an evening of David and friends performing his music he will take his rightful  place among the music greats who have had their music echo through the hallowed rooms of the club. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christopher Plummer Honored At Berkshire International Film FestivalPhoto Coverage: Christopher Plummer Honored At Berkshire International Film Festival
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 4, 2017

You don't have to go to the Cannes Film Festival in France to see to see the best new creations from film makers and mingle with glamorous and creative people. It's happening in the Berkshires at the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF). Kelley Vickery who founded the festival 12 years ago has brought the best of independent film from around the world to Great Barrington and Pittsfield Mass. movie theaters. It's a four day event of great movies, Q&A, discussions, special events, and parties.  This year's festival paid tribute to Academy Award winning actor, Christopher Plummer, who when accepting BIFF's Lifetime Achievement Award told the audience ' you probably can't realize how much this award means to me'. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley Bring BROADWAY & BEYOND to Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley Bring BROADWAY & BEYOND to Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 31, 2017

If songwriters had to choose the definitive performances of their masterpieces to be placed in a musical time capsule I'm sure last night's cabaret concert by Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley would be selected.  A celebrity filled audience at Feinstein's/54 Below was at times spell bound by the musicianship and sound of their magnificent voices.   Jason and Marin shared songs they introduced on Broadway from shows including Ragtime, Passion, The Full Monty, Curtains, and The Visit.  There were also gems from roles they originated in Broadway revivals like Kiss Me, Kate, and American Songbook Standards from their many TV, cabaret, and concert hall appearances.   Their often used designation of "Broadway's Golden Couple" are a Gold Standard, and who ever opens that time capsule in the future is gonna flip. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Haley Swindal Brings GOLDEN GIRL to Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Haley Swindal Brings GOLDEN GIRL to Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 31, 2017

If you know Haley Swindal's pedigree you will understand why I will refrain from commenting that her show 'knocked it out of the park'. I will also not say she swung and sung for the fences and hit a home run.  I will resist the temptation to say that 'Team Haley' went to it's talented bench to put together the winning combination of Tedd Firth musical director and Will Nunziata, concert director (who conceived the show).  However I will say that her grandfather George Steinbrenner, who in addition to being 'The Boss' of the New York Yankees, loved music and had a passion for Broadway.  He would have been giving a standing ovation (with the rest of the crowd) to Haley Swindal at the conclusion of her ground breaking new show titled Golden Girl at Feinstein's/54 Below last night.  (more...)

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...)

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