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My View: Anyone Who Cares About The Future Of Musical Theatre Would Be Well Advised To See This

My View: Anyone Who Cares About The Future Of Musical Theatre Would Be Well Advised To See This

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.

“Lauren (Taslitz) and Danny (Ursetti) are a sensational team. They write songs that are outrageous, wise, and honest. What they’re coming up with is always interesting and often thrilling. You take two really talented people and ask them to write a piece specifically for the cabaret, and get two extraordinary actors like Jeff and Anne to sing it –

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to Broadwayworld.com)

William Finn

A standing room only crowd heeded those words by William Finn, and were glad they did as some of the finest words and music were heard in the cabaret space  at Barrington Stage Companies cabaret space below the Sydell & Lee Blatt Performance Art Center and St. Germain Stage.   

Lauren Taslitz (book/lyrics) and Danny Ursetti,music)  premiered their new project REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING (formerly titled Things We Think, But Don’t Dare Say) last night and Broadwayworld was there.

A mature love story, REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING combines humor, honesty, and compassion to deliver a seldom-seen musical look at life from the perspective of late middle age.

“Most theatre tickets are purchased by older people like me,” states writer Taslitz, a recent graduate of Tisch’s MFA Musical Theatre Writing Program. “A long marriage and raising kids are very relatable experiences for many people, yet they’re rarely written about. But it’s perfect material for a musical. Those endeavors are both emotional and complex, and – with some perspective – highly entertaining.”

Last night was truly a sensational “Command Performance” and it will be repeated tonight and another cabaret space “below” at 54th street in NYC should take notice.

Jeff Blumenkranz

Anne. L. Nathan

Lauren Taslitz

Danny Ursetti & William Finn

Eda Sorokoff, Jeff Blumenkranz, Anne L. Nathan

(Complete photos of this show at 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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