Stephen Sorokoff News

Dee Dee Bridgewater to Step in for Dianne Reeves at Walt Disney Concert HallDee Dee Bridgewater to Step in for Dianne Reeves at Walt Disney Concert Hall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017

Dianne Reeves has announced that, due to an unexpected health concern that needs to be managed immediately, she must cancel the remaining dates of her holiday tour, including her performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, December 20, at 8:00 p.m. Reeves is expected to return to full health soon, and return to full touring again in February, 2018. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy's 'Jews Don't Camp' - Except When They Hike To See Her Holiday Show at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Jamie deRoy's 'Jews Don't Camp' - Except When They Hike To See Her Holiday Show at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 12, 2017

Although there wasn't any seltzer in the brook, at Jim Caruso's Broadway at Birdland Series there sure was a lot of wine on the tables in the world famous night club as Jamie deRoy hosted the latest installment of her Jamie deRoy & friends variety show titled 'Tis the Season. BroadwayWorld attended the event and you can check out photo coverage here! (more...)

Photo Coverage: AN ENCHANTED EVENING To Benefit The Oscar Hammerstein ll Museum & Education CenterPhoto Coverage: AN ENCHANTED EVENING To Benefit The Oscar Hammerstein ll Museum & Education Center
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 8, 2017

Will Hammerstein and Oscar Hammerstein lV were at a special preview of 'An Enchanted Evening : A Night With Oscar Hammerstein ll. It's a one-of-a kind, intimate show highlighting Oscar Hammerstein's journey to become Broadway's greatest lyricist through curated documentary story-telling and imaginative performances. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein AwardPhoto Coverage: The York Theatre Gala Honors Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt with 2017 Hammerstein Award
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 5, 2017

Last night The York Theatre Company honored the musical theatre writing team of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in a Fantastick gala concert and award ceremony directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. The 2017 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented to the legendary team (The Fantasticks, I Do, I Do!, 110 in the Shade, Celebration) at the event held at the Asia Society on Park Ave in NYC and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Yazbeck Sings and Taps His Story At The Green Room 42Photo Coverage: Tony Yazbeck Sings and Taps His Story At The Green Room 42
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 4, 2017

When a Tony Nominee ( On The Town) with an exhilarating Tenor voice who is also a great actor and tap dancer brings his story to a Cabaret stage it's a special experience. Tony Yazbeck took us on his life's journey at The Green Room 42 last night and the trip started from his long hours of practice in his dingy basement as a youngster in Pennsylvania to his successes (and failures) on the Broadway stage. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Chita Rivera, Christine Ebersole & More Attend Billy Stritch's 'Lucky To Be Me' at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Chita Rivera, Christine Ebersole & More Attend Billy Stritch's 'Lucky To Be Me' at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 3, 2017

Stritch hides behind the mantra of Musical Director, Arranger, Songwriter, vocal and piano accompanist for some of the most talented and famous performers on the planet the majority of the times you see him. However, It comes as no surprise to his many fans that when he decides to feature himself and go solo it's an event not to be missed. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Friars, A Yiddish Theatre, and City Village Cinema Bring Christmas Cheer to NYC KidsPhoto Coverage: The Friars, A Yiddish Theatre, and City Village Cinema Bring Christmas Cheer to NYC Kids
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 2, 2017

In 1904 the Friars started meeting, and in 1918 The Yiddish Art Theatre was founded. How symbolic that the Yiddish Theatre, now a City Village Cinema movie house was the scene of The Friars Sunshine Committee's annual morning of Christmas cheer for New York City Children. The kids are entertained by clowns, are given their early Christmas presents by some famous Friars, and the theatre staff makes sure they have unlimited popcorn while enjoying a movie. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night - Steve Tyrell at Cafe CarlylePhoto Coverage: Inside Opening Night - Steve Tyrell at Cafe Carlyle
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 29, 2017

Sometimes a performer is so effective in using his or her talent to entertain and charm an audience that the mention of their name and a venue become synonymous. Sinatra at The Sands, Darin at The Copa, Celine Dion at Caesars Palace, Feinstein at The Regency ( & now 54 Below). Bobby Short was The Carlyle for 36 years, and after his passing in 2005 Steve Tyrell's name and Cafe Carlyle have become intertwined. The artistry of Tyrell and the sophistication of The Carlyle have produced an annual holiday engagement for this music icon that has brought cheer and good feelings to thousands over the years. Steve fills the hotel with his swinging music, and he has been also doing something essential in the nightclub business . he also fills the seats. It's not just New Yorkers that flock to Cafe Carlyle for his performances. The Carlyle becomes a destination point for fans around the country during his runs. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Deana Martin, Tracey Morgan & Others Salute Jerry Lewis at the Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Deana Martin, Tracey Morgan & Others Salute Jerry Lewis at the Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 28, 2017

There have only been 9 Abbots in the history of the Friars Club starting with George M. Cohan who held the position from 1907-1932. Then came: George Jessel, Milton Berle, Mike Todd, Joe E. Lewis, Ed Sullivan, Frank Sinatra, Alan King, and the current Abbot Jerry Lewis. The actor, singer, director, philanthropist and comic legend who passed away this year was saluted and given a heartfelt curtain call by The Friars last night. BroadwayWorld attended the event and you can check out full photo coverage below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS Celebrates Opening NightPhoto Coverage: BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS Celebrates Opening Night
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 21, 2017

It was chilly in SoHo last night but poolside at the SOHO playhouse it was sizzling with non stop laughter during the 80 minutes of Bright Colors And Bold Patters which was written and performed by Drew Droege and directed by Michael Urie. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Primary Stages Celebrates Opening Night of PRIDE AND PREJUDICEPhoto Coverage: Primary Stages Celebrates Opening Night of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 20, 2017

Last night Pride and Prejudice opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre and BroadwayWorld attended the after-party in the West Village. Primary Stages under the leadership of Artistic Director, Andrew Leynse and Executive Director Shane D. Hudson, together with Founder Casey Childs and in association with Jamie deRoy in a co-production with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presented Pride And Prejudice, which is the second play of Primary Stages 2017/18 season. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dixie Rascals Sextet Swing at Forte Piano Concert SpacePhoto Coverage: Dixie Rascals Sextet Swing at Forte Piano Concert Space
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 19, 2017

New Jersey's answer to the now gone performance space of Steinway Hall on 57th street is Forte Piano in Paramus N.J. Forte Piano is one of the foremost piano dealers in the nation and it's owner, Jazz/Classical pianist Vladimir Zaslavsky presented the Dixie Rascals Sextet in concert in Forte Piano's concert space at 159 W.Rt 4 last night. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Betsy Wolfe, Adam Kantor, & Maestro Steven Reineke Celebrate at the WOMEN OF NOTES Concert Cast PartyPhoto Coverage: Betsy Wolfe, Adam Kantor, & Maestro Steven Reineke Celebrate at the WOMEN OF NOTES Concert Cast Party
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 18, 2017

As Steven Reineke, music director and conductor pointed out in his toast after The New York Pops Concert dedicated to women female Composers . this concert was especially significant in these current times. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Adam Kantor & Betsy Wolfe Rehearse with Steven Reineke For Tonight's NY Pops ConcertPhoto Coverage: Adam Kantor & Betsy Wolfe Rehearse with Steven Reineke For Tonight's NY Pops Concert
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 17, 2017

The New York Pops main guy Steven Reineke was on the podium to rehearse a concert which is dedicated to female composers and lyricists this afternoon and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Announces $125,000 Raised at BSC/NYC BenefitPhoto Coverage: Barrington Stage Company Announces $125,000 Raised at BSC/NYC Benefit
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 16, 2017

Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Co. announced that the BSC/NYC sold out Benefit recently held at the Friars Club was the theatre company's most successful New York City event to date having raised $125,000 for the 2018 New Works Initiative. The evening featured performances by BSC actors and the presenting of the William Finn Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre to Joe Iconis. (more...)

Michael Feinstein to Bring HOLIDAY CELEBRATION to The SorayaMichael Feinstein to Bring HOLIDAY CELEBRATION to The Soraya
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017

Valley Performing Arts Center (The Soraya) welcomes back two-time Emmy nominee and five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein to perform in a Holiday Celebration including Classic Standards as well as selections from his album, A Michael Feinstein Christmas on Friday, December 8, at 8:00pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 15, 2017

Friars have socialized and been entertained by every major Broadway and Great American Songbook composer starting with Friar George M. Cohan, who in addition to writing over 50 Broadway shows and 300 songs happened to pen Over There at a table during lunch at the Friars Club. Last night continuing this tradition, and in the same building that Friar Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn and countless luminaries have performed, musical theatre legends Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire entertained The Friars with a major dose of Maltby & Shire music. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside The Barrington Stage Co. NYC Benefit at The Friars ClubPhoto Coverage: Inside The Barrington Stage Co. NYC Benefit at The Friars Club
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 14, 2017

The invitation proclaimed An Evening of Pure Joy and the Barrington Stage Company's NYC Benefit held at The Friars Club last night surpassed all expectations. A star studded roster from the BSC actors bench filled the Friars Club with song as Tony Award Winning Composer/Lyricist William Finn presented Joe Iconis with the William Finn Award for Innovation and Excellence in Musical Theatre. Julianne Boyd, artistic director and founder of Barrington Stage Company, Mary Ann Quinson, Board Chair, and Marita O'Dea Glodt, opened the evenings festivities. The SRO guests in the legendary Friars Club were entertained by BSC performers, Jennette Bayardelle, Allison Blackwell, Ellen Harvey, Lauren Marcus, Kyle Dean Massey, Jeff McCarthy, Anastasia Mccluskey, Anne L. Nathan, Will Roland, Scarlett Strallen, Will Swenson,Jason Sweetooth Williams,Eric William Morris, and Stephanie Umoh. Musical direction was by Darren Cohen. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Frances Ruffelle Live(s) in New York at The Green Room 42Photo Coverage: Frances Ruffelle Live(s) in New York at The Green Room 42
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 13, 2017

Last night Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle performed her cabaret show titled Frances Ruffelle Live(S) in New York at The Green Room 42 and there was no doubt the audience was ecstatic this Englishwoman, Broadway and West End star lives in New York. The produces of the show promised a widely entertaining ride straight through the core of the most tender hear, fiery passion and loose comic confidence of a seasoned performer at the height of her game and they were spot on with that prediction. Francis created the iconic role of Eponine in Les Miserables and turned On My Own into one of Broadway's most beloved standards. She has made 5 solo albums and has performed countless West End Shows including her most recent critically acclaimed performance as Queenie in the U.K. Premiere of Michael LaChusa's infamous Wild Party . (more...)

Photo Coverage: 77 WABC Talk Radio Talks to the FriarsPhoto Coverage: 77 WABC Talk Radio Talks to the Friars
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 10, 2017

The Bernie & Sid Show is one of the most popular Talk Radio programs in the tri-state area and they were joined by Rita Cosby, Television news anchor, correspondent, radio host and best selling author for an evening of talk at the Friars Club last night. As usual, what happens in the Friars stays in the Friars. Bernie & Sid had a lively discussion about current events that wouldn't make the censors cut on 77 WABC but the Friars didn't have a problem with in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room. Rita Cosby's beautiful complexion turned a little redder than usual as she steered the two provocative talk show personalities around many of the issues of the day. The Q&A was also a lively event with Mayoral Candidate Bo Dietl having some interesting comments about the recent New York City election. (more...)

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