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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: Jason Robert Brown Performs At French WoodsPhoto Coverage: Jason Robert Brown Performs At French Woods
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 18, 2017

No, not in the 1980's when he was a teenage camper.  It happened last night in the Pavilion at French Woods, whose stage has been the spawning ground for many of the actors and musicians who subsequently went on to Broadway.  Ron Schaefer the founder and owner of the camp didn't need to introduce Jason by listing his credits.  The 500 plus campers who filled every inch of space in the Pavilion were very familiar with Jason's work. The cheers and squeals when he appeared on the stage indicated he is one of their musical theatre heros.  Not only did they mouth the words while he was singing and playing the piano, at times Jason pointed to them and the campers responded by singing the next lyric. Some of them surrounding us were even supplying his complicated harmonies as back up.  This was some fantastic bit of spontaneous  sing-a-long, unlike any I've ever heard at a concert. (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...)

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie Stars in BUTTERFLIES Reading at Barrington Stage Co.Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie Stars in BUTTERFLIES Reading at Barrington Stage Co.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 28, 2017

Barrington Stage Company favorite and Tony Award-Winner Donna McKechnie with a group of established Broadway actors were the cast in BSC's Musical Theatre Lab reading of the original musical BUTTERFLIES. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! Hysterically Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! Hysterically Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 25, 2017

It was an evening of hilarity last night at Feinstein's/54 Below as the original cast of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! celebrated it's 25th Anniversary.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Linda Lavin Returns To Birdland With Her SECOND FAREWELL CONCERTPhoto Coverage: Linda Lavin Returns To Birdland With Her SECOND FAREWELL CONCERT
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 25, 2017

Linda Lavin returned to the historic Birdland stage last night with a show titled 'My Second Farewell Concert'.  The musicianship and entertainment of her performance will make it very hard for Ms. Lavin in any way have a real 'Farewell Concert'.  More accurately the title should have been one of her prior shows called 'Starting Over.'  (more...)

Photo Coverage: TAKING STEPS Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage CompanyPhoto Coverage: TAKING STEPS Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 24, 2017

Taking Steps the comedy by Alan Aycbourn opened on Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage last night and Broadwayworld was there for the opening night festivities. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Opening Night: INTIMATE APPAREL Presented by Shakespeare & Co.Photo Coverage: Opening Night: INTIMATE APPAREL Presented by Shakespeare & Co.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 23, 2017

Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and directed by long-time company member Daniela Varon this winner of the 2004 Steinberg New Play Award, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award runs in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre fromJuly 20 through August 13, 2017. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christine Pedi Fills Mr. Finn's Cabaret With CelebritiesPhoto Coverage: Christine Pedi Fills Mr. Finn's Cabaret With Celebrities
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 18, 2017

Recently Barbra Streisand came to the Friars Club for the naming of the Barbra Streisand Room on the 2nd floor of the Monastery.  Last night she visited Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Co. as one of Christine Pedi's Great Dames in Ms. Pedi's Award-Winning Cabaret Act.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michael Feinstein Surprises Michael Masci at Bemelmans BarPhoto Coverage: Michael Feinstein Surprises Michael Masci at Bemelmans Bar
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 17, 2017

The Carlyle's legendary Bemelmans Bar has a substantial bench (piano) of talented singer/pianists who have performed for it's prominent clientele. Michael Marci, a Palm Beach Florida import is musically hitting it out of the park on Sundays with his creative piano and vocal stylings and has been attracting a sophisticated and celeb filled audience.   (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christine Andreas Brings PIAF - NO REGRETS to Feinstein's/54 BelowPhoto Coverage: Christine Andreas Brings PIAF - NO REGRETS to Feinstein's/54 Below
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 16, 2017

You didn't have to know French to understand that Christine Andreas created the magic of Edith Piaf last night au-dessous de Rue 54. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Senator Elizabeth Warren Attends Opening NIght Shakespeare & Co.'s CYMBELINEPhoto Coverage: Senator Elizabeth Warren Attends Opening NIght Shakespeare & Co.'s CYMBELINE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 9, 2017

Senator Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Opening NIght Audience at Shakespeare & Co's production of Cymbeline didn't have to fill the suggestion box labeled 'Tell Us Why You LIke Shakespeare'  in the lobby of the Tina Packer Playhouse with answers to that question.  They did it with their many standing ovations for the 9 actors and director Tina Packer at the conclusion of a magnificent and energetic performance of the complex plot driven play by Shakespeare.   There are a lot of exciting things going on at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox MA. and artistic director Allyn Burrows in his toast at the jubilant after party stated 'first to the unknown and to the road ahead'! (more...)

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