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My View: Linda Lavin Says Farewell – Not Really!

My View: Linda Lavin Says Farewell – Not Really!

Linda Lavin returned to the historic Birdland stage last night with a show titled “My Second Farewell Concert”.  The musicianship and entertainment of her performance will make it very hard for Ms. Lavin in any way to have a real “Farewell Concert”.  More accurately the title should have been one of her prior shows called “Starting Over”   Her song list contained a wealth of new music arranged by Billy Stritch.  It’s an extraordinary event when Mr. Stritch is at the piano accompanying a singer with his creative notes and vocals. When he’s with his pal Linda it’s a match made in heaven. Helping Linda say a great “farewell” was her regular special guest Aaron Weinstein.  Once again Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland series supplied the folks with a level of quality hard to match, and luckily for audiences Linda Lavin will be saying this type of farewell for a long time to come.  You can say hello and “farewell” to Linda Lavin July 29th at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, New York.

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

Billy Stritch & Linda Lavin

Aaron Weinstein & Linda Lavin

Steve Bakunas

Linda Lavin & Ron Afif

Stephen Sorokoff & Michele Lee

Billy Stritch, Eda Sorokoff, Michele Lee, Stephen Sorokoff

(For complete photos of this show go to



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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