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My View: David Merrick Would Have Given Lee Roy Reams A Raise For This Show

My View: David Merrick Would Have Given Lee Roy Reams A Raise For This Show

Besides being an extraordinary and illustrious Broadway actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and director Lee Roy Reams is one of the best raconteurs you could ever spend an evening with.  Lee Roy has been on the Broadway stage in Sweet Charity (1966), Oklahoma! (1969), Applause (1970), Lorelei (1974), Hello Dolly (1978) 42nd Street (1980), La Cage aux Folles (1983), beauty and the Beast (1994), An Evening with Jerry Herman (1998) and The Producers (2006). He brought his Feinstein’s/54 Below audience back to the time when he starred in his Tony and Drama Desk nominated role (Best Featured Actor in a musical) in the original production of 42nd street.  Lee Roy has all those tales from David Merrick’s office, auditioning for and rehearsing with Gower Champion and fascinating  anecdotes about all the actors involved with 42nd Street. He sang his songs and their songs during his celebration of the  1980 Tony Award Winning musical.  The evening had a bit of show biz drama with the last minute substitution of musical director and pianist Ron Abel for the slightly ailing James Followell for the the performance I attended.  I’m sure David Merrick would have given a thumbs up for Lee Roy’s performance last night plus the same salary raises he uncharacteristically but  consistently gave Lee Roy  during the run of 42nd Street. 

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

Lee Roy Reams & Stephen Sorokoff

Lee Roy Reams & Ron Abel

David Merrick & Lee Roy Reams

Lee Roy Reams

 

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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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