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My View: Mr. Finn’s Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists

My View: Mr. Finn’s Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists

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 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.  Titled, “Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should” it’s one of the highlights of the summer theatre season in The Berkshires.  William Finn in his role  of host and narrator is able to draw upon the incredible roster of talented actors, singer, and musicians who are up at Barrington rehearsing for it’s daunting shedule of summer productions.   This years “Ridiculously Talented Songwriters was produced by Rebecca Weiss and featured song by: Wes Braver, Emily Chiu, Lily Dwoskin, Natalie Elder, Jacob Fjeidheim, Jesse Gage, Benji GOdsmith, Rebecca Hart, David Lancelle, Stefan Melnyk, Paulie Pecorella, Megan Peterson, Jack Schlesinger, Alex Syiek, Lauren Taslitz, Patrick Thompson and Danny Ursetti.  Some of these names you will probably be hearing about in the future albiet spelling their names could have stumped the cast of Tony Award Winning “ 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” which was originaly developed by Barrington Stage under artistic director and founder Julianne Boyd.

(For another article by Stephen & complete Ridiculous photos go to Broadwayworld.com)

William Finn

Julian Boyd, artistic director, founder Barrington Stage Co.

Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should

William Finn, Hunter Ryan Herlicka, Anne Nathan

Anne Nathan, Elizabeth Stanley, Eda Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Robert Youdelman, Julianne Boyd

Barrington Stage Co.

(For more Ridiculous photos go to BroadwayWorld.com)

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email: stephensorokoff@gmail.com

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