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Long Live JFK

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Do you remember where you were when JFK was assassinated? I do. I was watching Sheri Lewis and lamb chop as my mother dropped my breakfast and started hysterically crying. All I knew, is lamb chop was off the air. Now that I am older the significance of his death strikes a cord.

Who really killed this beloved President? Why was he killed? Were the CIA and FBI in on it? Those were the rumors even back then.

On November 22, 1963, our first Irish Catholic American President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. 60% of Americans voted for him as he brought his beautiful young family, laughter, culture, class and hope to the White House.

Kennedy was the skipper of the PT-109 in the Solomon Islands, his plywood boat was to be cut in half by a Japanese destroyer during night action. He was violently flung back onto the bridge. This event ruined his back for the rest of his life. He gathered his crew around him and saved a badly burnt crew mate by slipping a belt underneath his arms. By putting the belt in his teeth, he towed this man to land. For his valor, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Medal and the Purple Heart.

FILE – In this April 30, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy listens while Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg speaks outside the White House in Washington. The National Archives has until Oct. 26, 2017, to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy’s Nov. 22, 1963 assassination, unless President Donald Trump intervenes. (AP Photo/William J. Smith, File)

In October 1962, there was the missile crises in Cuba. His generals wanted war, but he negotiated a settlement.

In 1963 he gave a nationally televised speech about Civil Rights, calling upon Americans to give equal rights, as this was a moral issue.

In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson passed JFK’s Civil Rights Bill just as it was written by Kennedy. 

On June 26, 1963, Kennedy warn that the Russians were infiltrating.

That August Kennedy signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which made the world safer. He would be killed 3 months later, his 2 year old son was left fatherless 3 days, before he turned 3.

Kennedy tried to lift a nation and push it forward and succeeded. Our hearts remember this President with love, as our nation faces this time of chaos, division, separation and uncertainty. What we need now is faith that things can and will be better.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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My View: Why CAN’T A Woman…? This Woman Can…Lianne Marie Dobbs

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The actor Lianne Marie Dobbs played a 1900’s woman in the HBO series The Gilded Age. You also might have seen her in Law & Order, The Equalizer and F.B.I., but yesterday at Chelsea Tables + Stage she wasn’t just playing the part of a Cabaret singer!  Ms. Dobbs is the real deal, and she captivated an audience of music connoisseurs with her formidable vocal talents and wit in her show titled “Why CAN’T a Woman…? 

Lianne’s cabaret act utilizes Broadway leading men’s songs and sassy standards, served up with a twist of SHE, to celebrate all the hats that women wear, and she answered the shows question authoritatively….This woman sure can!

Lianne Marie Dobbs was named one of the Best Vocalists of the Decade (BroadwayWorld, 2020) and has filled The Green Room 42, 54Below, Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Blue Strawberry in St. Louis, and will be featured in Chicago’s Cabaret Week later in May.  “Why CAN’T a Woman…?” was named one of the best cabaret shows of the year (2022) by BroadwayWorld, and called “an honest to goodness emerging work of art”.  She has appeared in leading roles Off-Broadway, in National Tours, and at renowned theaters such as Denver Center, Repertory of St. Louis, Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed and many more.

Ron Abel is Lianne’s music director and arranger, whose accolades include: LA Critics Circle Award Winner and L.A. Weekly Award Winner for his original compositions and unique arrangements of Broadway hits for orchestras and singers. He has been the music director for acclaimed vocalists such as Lucie Arnaz, Peter Allen, Joely Fisher, Valarie Pettiford, Julia Migenes, Helen Reddy, and John Lloyd Young.

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE

STANDING OVATION

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & CAROLE J. BUFFORD

PAUL KREPPEL, RON ABEL, EDA SOROKOFF, MURPHY CROSS

EDA SOROKOFF & TAKAKO HARKNESS

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My View: An Evening With Jason Robert Brown…One Evening Isn’t Enough

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The 92NY Lyrics & Lyricists presented An Evening with Jason Robert Brown last night.  Although it would take many evenings to appreciate the totality and brilliance of the triple Tony Award winner’s body of work, Mr. Brown together with his exceptional band of musicians and guest artists Mykal Kilgore and Heidi Blickenstaff thrilled an overflow audience in it’s Kaufman Concert Hall during the 2 hour show.  In contrast to many great composer/lyricists who have minimal performance capabilities, JRB is an exciting personality on stage both vocally and conversationally, and his fearless technique on the piano is reminiscent of  George Gershwin or Marvin Hamlisch when playing their own works.

Full Disclosure:

I’ve been a JRB fan since my daughter Caroline in the 1980’s wrote us a letter from Camp French Woods saying..”I can’t wait for you to come on Visiting day and hear my friend Jason play the piano.

JASON ROBERT BROWN

JASON ROBERT BROWN

JASON ROBERT BROWN

JASON ROBERT BROWN

DANIELLE LEE GREAVES, TASHA MICHELLE, JASON ROBERT BROWN

MYKAL KILGORE

JASON ROBERT BORWN & MYKAL KILGORE

JASON ROBERT BORWN & MYKAL KILGORE

JASON ROBERT BROWN & MYKAL KILGORE

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF

JASON ROBERT BROWN & HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF

JASON ROBERT BROWN & HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF

JASON ROBERT BROWN

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF, JASON ROBERT BROWN, MYKAL KILGORE

AN EVENING WITH JASON ROBERT BROWN at 92NY

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Who Is Mr. Black and What Is His Message? Curious Minds Want to Know

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Is New York City getting its own Banksy? For those who do not know who or what Banksy is, it is a pseudonymous England-based street artist and political activist. His works of political and social commentary have appeared on streets, walls, and bridges throughout the world. Right now going around the court house where the Trump’s trial is taking place are trucks baring the following messages.

If you google the QR code you are taken to a twitter account for a Mr. Black

Other trucks have the following art and statements.

Here is the poster that caught my attention.

So the questions I want answered is who is Mr Black? What are the eyes? What is his message? Why the Trump court house? Why is nobody reporting this? Is Mr. Black the new Banksy? Only time will tell.

Mr. Black curious minds want to know.

 

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My View: The City Was Special Last Night….Melissa Errico at 54 Below

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The evening at 54 Below was advertised as a “ Vinyl Release Celebration Concert” and how apt that VINYL, the unrivaled substance utilized to capture the subtle nuances and breadth of music has now been used to capture the elegant voice of Melissa Errico singing the songs of  “Sondheim in the City” for posterity. 

Caveat: While Vinyl may capture in analog glory the beautiful notes and words of Melissa, one must be in her presence to experience her irrepressible beauty, wit, and intelligence on stage.

Melissa Errico….Sondheim In The City Vinyl Release Celebration at 54 Below May 7,8,9…..

Tedd Firth Music Director, David Finck (Bass), Eric Halvorson (Drums) Bruce Harris (Trumpet)

About the show:

After the critical triumph of her Sondheim Sublime album-called “the finest all Sondheim recording ever made” by the Wall Street Journal, Melissa Errico returned to one of her cabaret homes (54 Below) last night and to her favorite songwriter with an entire new program of Sondheim songs, celebrating her new album (released February 16, 2024 on Concord) and a different side of Steve, praised in The New York Times as “a New York house tour of thrill and heartbreak..from one of Sondheim’s deepest-hearted yet lightest-touch interpreters.”

Sondheim in the City is the Sondheim of smart, sophisticated New York, the Sondheim of the quick, witty, sardonic, love-seeking and sex-driven city that he recorded and worked in through his long life. From the anthem of city busyness “Another Hundred People” to the bittersweet hymns of city marriage, “Sorry, Grateful” and “Good Thing Going,” with time for hardboiled surprises like “Uptown, Downtown” and surprisingly soft-centered ballads like “All That I Need” and “Dawn”

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO & TEDD FIRTH, music director

54 Below, Eda Sorokoff

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My View: A Night To Remember..The New York Pops Gala Honoring Clive Davis

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Sometimes words just do not suffice and, last night, The New York Pops Annual Gala which honored Clive Davis would fit into this category. The orchestra, led by the esteemed and popular conductor, Steven Reineke, was ablaze for artist after artist, star after star, setting the place on fire! One of the most thrilling nights New York audiences and supporters could ever have hoped for. New York always delivers. So The New York Pops. Bravo and Congratulations

On a personal note, at our table… sharing the evening with my daughters Caroline and Laura, our friends Catherine Adler, Helmut Koller, Greg and Penny Sherry kids, and Storm Large made a special evening even more special.

Here are a few cell phone photos:

CAROLINE SOROKOFF, STEPHEN SOROKOFF, EDA SOROKOFF, LAURA SOROKOFF GELMAN

STEPHEN SOROKOFF, EDA SOROKOFF, HELMUT KOLLER, CATHERINE ADLER

CAROLINE SOROKOFF, LAURA SOROKOFF GELMAN, STORM LARGE, EDA SOROKOFF

NANCY PELOSI & MAESTRO STEVEN REINEKE

RIKI KANE LARIMER AND FRIENDS

ERIC GABBARD, EDA SOROKOFF, STORM LARGE

PAULO SZOT & EDA SOROKOFF

STORM LARGE

CARNEGIE HALL

CARNEGIE HALL

STEVEN REINEKE

BARRY MANILOW

MY GIRLS

STORM LARGE & RIKI KANE LARIMER

EDA SOROKOFF & ARI MELBER

CLIVE DAVIS

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