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My View: A Perfect Evening With Sutton Foster

My View: A Perfect Evening With Sutton Foster

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.  It was just Sutton and a piano on the MAHAIWE stage, which was the absolute perfect setting to appreciate her glorious voice.  The gifted music director/arranger/pianist, Michael Rafter quietly and skillfully was able to creatively accompany every subtlety of her voice.  I’ve rarely heard such a perfect marriage of notes. Those historic photos from the early 1900’s can’t let you hear the great performances of the past. MAHAIWE audiences of the future however, will be able to buy a CD, video or whatever else is used to capture the great sounds that have resonated in the acoustically perfect theatre.

Joining Sutton Foster was her “best friend” and wonderful guest singer, Megan McGinnis.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this event go to

Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster

Michael Rafter

Megan McGinnis & Sutton Foster


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, 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:

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