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My View: Absolute Agreement At This Convention

My View: Absolute Agreement At This Convention

There weren’t any protests, walkouts, or dissension at The 27th New York Cabaret Convention  produced and sponsored by the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Only complete agreement that’s it’s one of the best entertainment experiences of the year.  “Madam Chairman” and artistic director KT Sullivan kept complete order as one by one the wonderful vocalists made their case to the extremely knowledgeable “delegates” filling Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. It’s not politically correct to pick winners at the annual event which presents newcomers and veterans of the cabaret art form, but I have one.  The Audience!  For two hours they hear some great music and get a potpourri of diverse singing styles that make the long evening seem brief.  The superb song stylist and New York based vocalist Natalie Douglas was deservedly presented the prestigious Donald F. Smith award, and legend Maureen McGovern received the Mable Mercer Award.  I was even able to stream live from my camera, and got better transmission results because of the antenna that seemed to be a part of KT Sullivan’s hat.

Performing in the Conventions opening night were, KT, Robert Creighton, Karen Oberlin, T. Olivier Reid, Barbara Fasano, Stefan Behdnarczyk, Stacy Sullivan, Jacob Storms, Christina Bianco, Eric Yves Garcia,, Vivian Reed, Natalie Douglas, Matt Baker, Kelly McDonal, Kristoffer Lowe, Kim David Smith, Susan Winter, Carole J. Bufford, and Maureen McGovern.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of The Cabaret Convention go to Broadwayworld.com)

KT Sullivan

KT Sullivan

KT's Hat

KT’s Hat

Rose Theater

Rose Theater

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Karen Oberlin, Zoe Gelman, Stephen Sorokoff

Karen Oberlin, Zoe Gelman, Stephen Sorokoff

(For complete photo coverage of The Cabaret Convention 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 also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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