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My View: American Psycho – The Ads Should Read “Great For Mature Audiences Only”

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The forecast of sex, nudity, unseemly language and monstrous subject matter that the slogan, “Mature Audiences Only” designates would be totally reflective of the unusual, inventive and exciting theatre experience of American Psycho. You enter the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre to the sounds of bland, non melodic, pulsating music that was heard in those large noisy restaurants popular in the 1980’s. Then you see a very brightly lit period set, complete with Barcelona chairs and Toshiba 30 inch TV. The narcissistic Wall Street 26 year old Benjamin Walker ( Patrick Bateman) informs us that it even has picture in picture capability, and that his wonderfully toned/tanned nude body is wearing Ralph Lauren briefs (white). Patrick is addicted to brand names and sex. We later learn he’s also fixated on killing people. The nondescript music you heard entering the theatre morphs into some interesting melodic story telling melodies by composer lyricist Duncan Sheik. American Psycho is a thriller, and it keeps you psyched, aroused, and intellectually stimulated as it’s story unfolds. The only downside is that you’re constantly reminded by looking at the well toned hard bodies on stage that you are in a seriously different category.  A parody on that old joke….. ” What’s black and white and (read) red all over…..the colors and the message of American Psycho.

Benjamin Walker in American Psycho    Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

American Psycho

American Psycho

American Psycho

American Psycho

American Psycho

American Psycho

 

 

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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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: The Outsiders

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These boys are taking Broadway by storm Jason Schmidt, Sky Lakota-Lynch, and Brody Grant. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1967, the hardened hearts and aching souls of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade and their chosen family of “outsiders” are in a fight for survival and a quest for purpose in a world that may never accept them. A story of the bonds that brothers share and the hopes we all hold on to, this gripping new musical reinvigorates the timeless tale of “haves and have nots”, of protecting what’s yours and fighting for what could be.

The Outsiders opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W 45th Street.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Ali Louis Bourzgui in Tommy

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Ali Louis Bourzgui is a Moroccan American, actor, singer, musician who is rocking New York in Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend’s revival of The Who’s Tommy as the “Pinball Wizard himself….Tommy.

He received rave reviews in Chicago and is doing the same here on Broadway.

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My View: Dr. Perrin Blank Makes His Cafe Centro Debut

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Dr. Perrin Blank, celebrity Dentist “filled” (no pun intended)  the Cafe Centro music room last night with friends, fans and probably some patients who came to hear this Palm Beach legend’s cabaret performance. It was Perrin this time who opened his mouth wide and sang a great curated song list accompanied by the extraordinary musical duo Maycol & Lilian, (who perform weekly at Cafe Centro). That old borscht belt saying “don’t give up your day job” does not apply to Dr. Blank.  Perrin created a wonderful evening of musical fun as he “pulled out” all the stops during his entertaining show.

PERRIN BLANK

PERRIN BLANK

MAYCOL

LILIAN & MYCOL

 

PERRIN BLANK & STEPHEN SOROKOFF

CAFE CENTRO

PERRIN BLANK

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My View: The Wick Goes For The Perfect “Trifecta” With Easter Brunch and HUGH PANARO

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Well, what more can I say about this extraordinary 10th Anniversary Weekend at The Wick? My wife Eda and I feel like it was prom weekend and are now “officially” exhausted, having experienced true theatrical joy and beautifully curated music, giving us a Broadway “fix” of the highest caliber.

Three days of pure bliss! Friday night, Hugh Panaro opened his new show MAN WITHOUT A MASK and he received 3 well deserved standing ovations. Saturday night was the 10th Anniversary Gala for The WICK and I shared with you what that was like.

Today, Marilynn Wick threw an easter Brunch in that beautiful immersive room and Mr. Panaro performed his final show, so beautifully crafted, with Musical Director Joseph Thalken at the keys and Jamie Ousley on bass. The arrangements so startling, moving and melodic, as each song called for its own nuances.

Marilynn Wick took to the stage to talk about the weekend, welcome everyone and then asked Hugh’s Director, Richard Jay-Alexander, to the stage. From there, the emotions got more and more palpable. To hear him thank Marilynn and getting emotional talking about how he feels about Hugh and his talents, put a lump in everyone’s throat and we were off to the races!

To have a weekend about a beloved theatre and beloved star and three solid days and nights of excitement is something that won’t soon be forgotten by any of us who were there.

Bravo to EVERYONE at The WICK!

MARILLYNN WICK & RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER

HUGH PANARO & MARILYNN WICK

JOSEPH THALKEN, HUGH PANARO, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, JAMIE OUSLEY

HUGH PANARO

HUGH PANARO & JULIA SURIANO

HUGH PANARO

EDA SOROKOFF & MARILYNN WICK

OUR TABLE

KAREN DONNELLY & EDA SOROKOFF

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER & LEE ROY REAMS

JANICE HAMILTON, auctioneer

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Water For Elephants

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The amazing Water For Elephants captured my attention with stellar performances by the ensemble who sends acrobats flying, Stan Brown, Joe De Paul, Sara Gettelfinger, Grant Gustin, Paul Alexander Nolan, Wade McCollum, Rosie, Isabelle McCalla and Gregg Edelman. This show is sure to take your breath away. It is high flying adored.

You can see T2C’s review here.

Water For Elephant is playing at theImperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street.

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