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My View: The Public At The Public Loved Jennifer Diamond’s Debut Last Night at Joe’s Pub

My View: The Public At The Public Loved Jennifer Diamond’s Debut Last Night at Joe’s Pub

Richard Jay-Alexander directed, Joseph Thalken provided the music, and this surely was not “the first time” that Jennifer Diamond did this show.  Jennifer’s show, “It’s My First Time” after a successful engagement at Feinstein’s/54 Below last year made  it’s “Downtown Edition”  debut at Joe’s Pub last night. The world of Broadway was there showing that Showtunes were Alive & Well below 14th Street.  Jennifer has a formidable array of vocal and acting talents, which when combined with her irresistible personality made it a powerful and exciting Joe’s Pub debut.  RJ’s directing gifts insured that these impressive capabilities were displayed in a fantastic cabaret performance. 

A group of very special guests added to the evening as Jennifer welcomed Samantha Massell, Christopher Sieber and Tori Murray to the stage. Joseph Thalken, musical director, brought his exceptional arrangements, band, and theatrical piano technique to accompany Jennifer.  It wasn’t “fake news” when BWW advertised last week that Jennifer Diamond’s “It’s My First Time” (Downtown Edition) would be waaay fun and that Showtunes were Alive & Well below 14th Street.  The public at the Public totally agreed.

Jennifer Diamond

Jennifer Diamond

Jennifer Diamond & Samantha Massell

Christopher Sieber

Tori Murray

Preston Ridge, Richard Jay-Alexander, Richie Ridge

Robert Diamond & Stephen Sorokoff

Christopher Sieber & Jamie deRoy

Riche Ridge, Eda Sorokoff, Preston Ridge

The Public


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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