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My View: 163 Lucky People Were On The Right Line To Wish Marilyn Maye Happy Birthday Last Night

My View: 163 Lucky People Were On The Right Line To Wish Marilyn Maye Happy Birthday Last Night

The line outside Feinstein’s/54 Below looked like it was going to reach the Ed Sullivan Theatre last night. Midway through the show, during the applause after Marilyn sang “I’m Still Here” I checked and another line had developed upstairs on 54th street. I assumed it was for the next show (Joe Iconis). Wrong! It was for folks hoping to still get in. I quickly returned so as not to loose my seat and the audience was still applauding and cheering. I’m not going to tell you how good Marilyn Maye is. If you don’t know by now you’ve been on the wrong line for the last 10 years.

Those lines have been growing since Billy Stritch first convinced Johnny Carson’s super singer to leave her fans in the rest of the country for a bit and come back to sing in NYC. Feinstein’s/54 was filled with the familiar faces. Music lovers and celebrities who flock to Marilyn’s performances to be reminded of how good it gets in the world of Pop/Jazz vocalists. Yes, she’s still here, and singing as great as ever at 88. Music director Tedd Firth once again supplied his great notes and the only new face in the room was 8 year old Brandon Firth who Marilyn brought on stage by saying, “he’s 80 years younger than me!” I wonder how the kid got in.

Tedd Firth, Music Director, Tom Hubbard, bass, Ray Marchica, drums

Marilyn Maye Feinstein’s/54 Below May 10-20

 

(For another article by Stephen & complete photo coverage go to broadwayworld.com)

 

Tedd Firth, BrandonFirth, Marilyn Maye

Tedd Firth, Brandon Firth, Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

Tommy Tune & Marilyn Maye

Tommy Tune & Marilyn Maye

The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake

Ann Hampton Callaway & Stephen Sorokoff

Ann Hampton Callaway & Stephen Sorokoff

Sunny Sessa, Tobias Larson Ann Hampton Callaway, Tommy Tune

Sunny Sessa, Tobias Larson Ann Hampton Callaway, Tommy Tune

Kari Strand, Michael Feinstein, Dick Robinson

Kari Strand, Michael Feinstein, Dick Robinson

Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael Feinstein, Terrence Flanera

Ann Hampton Callaway, Michael Feinstein, Terrence Flannery

Michael Feinstein & Eda Sorokoff

Michael Feinstein & Eda Sorokoff

Tobias Larson, Tommy Tune, Peter Glebo, Jamie deRoy

Tobias Larson, Tommy Tune, Peter Glebo, Jamie deRoy

Feinstein's/54 Below

Feinstein’s/54 Below

 

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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 also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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