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My View: Jeff McCarthy – Star of Stage & Screen in A Legendary Romance at Williamstown

My View: Jeff McCarthy – Star of Stage & Screen in A Legendary Romance at Williamstown

A Legendary Romance, directed by Emmy Award Winner and Tony Award nominee Lonny Price uses the unique integration of actual movie film on the Williamstown Mainstage to tell the story of successful film producer, Joseph Lindy (Jeff McCarthy) and the love of his life and leading lady, Billie Hathaway (Lora Lee Gayer).  Now in retirement and forgotten, the former hit film maker must approve the release of his abandoned cinematic masterpiece – an autobiographical film now altered irrevocably by a young producer.  Haunted by the choices he made years ago, Joseph’s story hangs in the balance as he reconstructs the film, his memory, and ultimately, his legacy. This poignant story comes to life via great stage performances by all the actors and it’s haunting music, effective orchestrations, and unique film footage of the characters shot especially for the production.   Williamstown Theatre Festival didn’t temporarily insert the word (Film Festival) to WTF for this engrossing new musical but it was certainly a remarkable inclusion of the silver screen in live theatre. In addition, Jeff McCarthy proved he could be a movie star as well as a theatre luminary. 

A Legendary Romance   August 3 – August 20

with-Jose-Maria Aguila, Lora Lee Gayer, Roe Hartrampf, Maurice Jones, Jeff McCarthy

Directed by Lonny Price

Music & Lyrics by Geoff Morrow- Book by Timothy Prager

Music Direction & Orchestrations – Charlie Rosen

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

Jeff McCarthy

Maurice Jones, Lora Lee Gayner, Jeff McCarthy, Roe Hartrampf, Jose-Maria Aguila

Geoff Morrow,composer/lyrics, Lonny Price, Director, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director, Timothy Prager, Book

Eda Sorokoff & Jeff Blumenkrantz, (The Big Sick)

A Legendary Romance

(For complete photos of this opening 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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