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Photo Coverage: Dianna Agron Makes Cafe' Carlyle DebutPhoto Coverage: Dianna Agron Makes Cafe' Carlyle Debut
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 20, 2017

New York City has a talented new resident and what better way to introduce herself to the Big Apple than to debut at Cafe Carlyle. Last night Dianna Agron, the acclaimed singer, dancer and actress did just that and New Yorkers gave her a warm welcome. (more...)

Photo Coverage: GOD OF CARNAGE Celebrates Opening Night at Shakespeare & CompanyPhoto Coverage: GOD OF CARNAGE Celebrates Opening Night at Shakespeare & Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 17, 2017

Opening night at Shakespeare & Company's production of God Of Carnage displayed the exceptional versatility and riveting acting of four of Shakespeare & Company's players, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Allyn Burrows, Jonathan Croy, and Kristin Wold. The play is presented in Shakespeare's Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre which is the perfect intimate setting to put the audience in the middle of the carnage. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Peter Cincotti Is A LONG WAY FROM HOME at The Cutting RoomPhoto Coverage: Peter Cincotti Is A LONG WAY FROM HOME at The Cutting Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 13, 2017

Put Lang Lang, Billy Joel, and Harry Connick into a piano blender and you will create something approaching the excitement of Peter Cincotti. Add in a dose of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles and you're getting close to the final product. To my ears there is nothing better than the special bonding and coordination a singer pianist has. The fingers know exactly how to wrap around the vocal chords and Peter can do that extraordinary well .but last night at The Cutting Room it was a Long Way From Home which is the title of his newest album. Peter has a huge fan base and the exuberant demographically diverse audience were joining in on some of the new refreshing songs coming from this innovative composer/singer/pianist. The exhilaration and musical arousal created by his piano playing reminded me of the description of the effect the great classical pianist Franz Liszt had on his audiences who on occasion could not control their enthusiasm. I must say I was taken by surprise at the start of Peter's performance. A tall thin guy sneaked onto the stage who I thought was the best looking piano tuner I'd ever seen. It looked like he was about to prepare the strings for the hammering they would soon endure, but it was Peter who put his hands on the keys and the brilliant overwhelming technique and creativity let loose. This was a show in every sense of the word. (more...)

Photo Flash: BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND Series Welcomes Melissa ManchesterPhoto Flash: BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND Series Welcomes Melissa Manchester
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, who made her concert debut at the iconic music room on Monday, September 11. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Melissa Manchester Brings THE FELLAS To Broadway at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Melissa Manchester Brings THE FELLAS To Broadway at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 12, 2017

Birdland, the venue that has presented so many music luminaries in it's long history had the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester on it's stage last night. Melissa, one of the true giants of the music world made her Birdland debut and celebrated the release of her 21st album, The Fellas. The album pays tribute to the male singers, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, and others who influenced her as a young artist. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sunday Night With Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch at Bemelmans BarPhoto Coverage: Sunday Night With Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch at Bemelmans Bar
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 11, 2017

Celebrities, lovers, fun seekers, and glamorous sophisticated New Yorkers can be found at The Carlyle's Bememlmans Bar on Sunday nights from 9-12 getting a major dose of great music and wit as Jim Caruso and  Billy Stritch hold court on Bobby Short street. There was a hurricane in Florida but everything was Sunny inside the Carlyle last night and Broadwayworld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Open at Cafe CarlylePhoto Coverage: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Open at Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 6, 2017

It's a world where the norms of the past are being challenged on a daily basis.  We don't have  Walter Cronkite to tell us 'that's the way it is', and respect for elected officials, symbols, and monuments is tried and tested every day. Sometimes I scratch my head wondering why I don't always 'get' the new notes, harmonies, lyrics, or humor anymore.  So for me, walking into The Carlyle, past the photos of JFK, Jackie, and Bobby Short, and then proceeding into Cafe Carlyle to hear the music of Herb Alpert is a welcome respite in melodic heaven.  Herb's trumpet doesn't overwhelm you with his amount of notes or volume, rather he overwhelms you with his melodies and elegant sophisticated improvisation, and of course so many of the tunes on his song list are hits he's made famous.  It gets better….Lani Hall, Herb's wife who started her career as the lead singer of Sergio Medes' legendary group, Brazil 66 is on stage with him to supply vocals. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Joe Iconis and Family Take Over The Mainstage at Barrington Stage Co.Photo Coverage: Joe Iconis and Family Take Over The Mainstage at Barrington Stage Co.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 5, 2017

Stephen Sondheim was in the audience at Barrington Stage Company's production of COMPANY the night before, but last night it was all about Joe Iconis and family appearing on the dark Mainstage for a one night concert as COMPANY rested for the evening.  Mr. Sondheim was  highly enthusiastic for the Julianne Boyd directed COMPANY and spent time with Aaron Tveit and the cast after the show.  It was an historic evening for the BSC community as Stephen Sondheim was generous with his praise for all involved with the production, which is the talk of the Berkshires this season.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Julie Budd Remembers Mr. Sinatra at Mr. Finn's CabaretPhoto Coverage: Julie Budd Remembers Mr. Sinatra at Mr. Finn's Cabaret
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 22, 2017

When she was a teenager Julie Budd was introduced to audiences by the likes of Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, Danny Thomas, and Liberace, to name just a few.  Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company did the honors on the first night of Julie Budd's engagement at Mr. Finn's Cabaret.  The casual summer audience realized this would be a different night as Julie's band under the direction of renowned arranger/producer/pianist Herb Bernstein enter Mr. Finn's attired in tuxedos and Julie looking every bit the glamorous singer she is was wearing a gown.   Julie Budd has enjoyed a legendary career.  Today Julie continues to perform her concerts and one-woman shows, nationally and internationally while adding some of the most prestigious stages to her roster: Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, London Palladium, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center and many of the finest Las Vegas Showrooms. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Elizabeth Aspenlieder Brings BAD DATES to Shakespeare & Co.Photo Coverage: Elizabeth Aspenlieder Brings BAD DATES to Shakespeare & Co.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 21, 2017

Elizabeth Aspenlieder was the best date you could have in the Berkshires last night.  Elizabeth directed and starred in the hilarious and heartbreaking story, Bad Dates presented in the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Co.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Steven Reineke, Ashley Brown, Christopher Johnstone & French Woods in Side By Side 2017Photo Coverage: Steven Reineke, Ashley Brown, Christopher Johnstone & French Woods in Side By Side 2017
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 19, 2017

It was one of the most memorable nights of music ever heard in the Pavilion at the legendary French Woods, the French Woods Symphony Orchestra of 62 camp musicians was augmented by 15 Staff members and 15 members of The New York Pops under the baton of Maestro Steven Reineke, music director and conductor of The New York Pops. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sutton Foster Performs at Mahaiwe Performing Arts CenterPhoto Coverage: Sutton Foster Performs at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 15, 2017

Somewhere In Time, after another century of marvelous concerts at the MAHAIWE I'm sure Great Barrington audiences will be pointing out that the extraordinarily gifted Broadway star Sutton Foster sang here.  But as they gaze at the historic entertainment photos displayed on the walls of it's lower lobby they will only be able to imagine the heavenly sounds of Sutton Foster's voice.  They will not be able to experience how Sutton held an audience spell bound with singing that makes you want to cheer after every selection, except for the fact that you don't want to interrupt the exceptional musical moment.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Celebrates Opening Night of COMPANY with Aaron Tveit!Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Celebrates Opening Night of COMPANY with Aaron Tveit!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 14, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (recently voted Best of The Berkshires) set a new record at the opening night of Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY last night. There appeared to be more selfie photos attempted of Aaron Tveit the show's star and cast leaving the stage door of the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage than happen by the ever present throngs in Broadway's Shubert Alley a show. Aaron, who was Bobby in the extraordinary production directed by BSC's founder and artistic director Julianne Boyd, was mobbed by  what seemed like the entire audience asTveit and the cast tried exit the stage door and continue on to the after party at the home of BSC Chair, Minky and Bruno Quinson.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: John Pizzarelli Brings Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 to BirdlandPhoto Coverage: John Pizzarelli Brings Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 9, 2017

It was a memorable eventing of music in New York City last night as John Pizzarelli with Daniel Jobim and Special Guest Jessica Molaskey opened at Birdland on 44th street and Michael Feinstein opened on 54th street. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Clive Davis Attends Michael Feinstein's SHOWSTOPPERS Opening Night at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Clive Davis Attends Michael Feinstein's SHOWSTOPPERS Opening Night at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 9, 2017

One music legend came to hear another last night.  Clive Davis was in Michael Feinstein's opening night audience as the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook brought the show-stopping songs of Broadway to his second home… Feinstein's/54 Below.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Mr. Finn's Cabaret Premiers REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHINGPhoto Coverage: Mr. Finn's Cabaret Premiers REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 8, 2017

The man whose name is on the door (and the wall behind the bar) had this directive to the theatre going public in anticipation of a performance by Jeff Blumenkrantz and Anne L. Nathan in Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Co. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michael Feinstein Brings His Music To The Mahaiwe Performing Arts CenterPhoto Coverage: Michael Feinstein Brings His Music To The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 7, 2017

Some of the worlds greatest entertainers have performed on the stage of MAHAIWE in Great Barrington.  Michael Feinstein continued that tradition last night with his performance on it's historic stage. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THIS Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: THIS Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 7, 2017

'THIS' a play by Melissa James Gibson (House of Cards) opened on the St. Germain Stage of Barrington Stage Company last night and had most of the first night audience telling there friends 'don't miss THIS', after leaving the theatre.  Broadwayworld was there for the opening night celebration.  When great ideas, words, and acting are heard in a theatre THIS is what happens. 'THIS' runs thru August 27th.  Already Berkshire theatre lovers are also saying 'don't miss this' about Barrington Stage Companies production of COMPANY starring Aaron Tviet on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage August 10-Sept 2...Opening night is August 13. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A LEGENDARY ROMANCE Celebrates Opening Night at Williamstown Theatre FestivalPhoto Coverage: A LEGENDARY ROMANCE Celebrates Opening Night at Williamstown Theatre Festival
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 6, 2017

The new musical A Legendary Romance opened at Williamstown Theatre Festival last night and Broadwayworld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Linda Lavin Plays Helsinki On BroadwayPhoto Coverage: Linda Lavin Plays Helsinki On Broadway
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 30, 2017

On Monday Linda Lavin performed her show titled 'My Second Farewell Concert' in New York City at the legendary Birdland. Last night she said a great musical hello to the Hudson Valley at Helsinki Hudson. (more...)

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