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My View: Carmen Cusack Is A Bright Star And A Gift From The Heavens

My View: Carmen Cusack Is A Bright Star And A Gift From The Heavens

This Broadway Star never faded in her cabaret show at Feinstein’s/54 Below.  Carmen has a voice that can technically handle any genre from opera to country, and combined with her infectious down to earth humor and  emotional performance made this one of 54’s brightest 80 minutes. Her rich voice and modest accent, which slides between a Southern “lazy” and English proper, strategically infects every song she sings.  In last night’s show an exciting surprise was Andrew Halliday singing The Music Of The Night  from Phantom of the Opera with Carmen.  Paul Alexander Nolan was also an entertaining guest artist.

Cusack, a Colorado native, rose to prominence working in London’s West End. Over the course of her 14-year career in London she played Christine Daae in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and Fantine in LES MISERABLES, among many other roles.

She returned to the US in 2006 when she was cast as the Elphaba standby in Chicago sit-down production of WICKED. She was later offered the role full-time on the show’s first national tour. She went on to play Nellie Forbush in the national tour of SOUTH PACIFIC.

Other credits include Miss Gardner if the Off-Broadway revival of CARRIE THE MUSICAL, Dot in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and originating the role of Annie in the Chicago.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of Carmen’s show go to

Carmen Cusack

Carmen Cusack & Andrew Halliday

Carmen Cusack & Paul Alexander Nolan

Cricket Jiranek, co-producer Bright Star

Jamie deRoy, co-producer Bright Star & Carmen Cusack

Andrew Halliday & Eda Sorokoff

Feinstein’s/54 Below

(Complete photos of Carmen’s show at


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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