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My View: Barrington Stage Company’s New York City Gala

 Last night in the heart of the Theatre District, Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, hosted its annual New York City Benefit, BSC/NYC to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season. The annual event raised $110K for Barrington Stage’s Julianne Boyd New Works Fund. The one-night only cabaret took place at the The Green Room 42.

The event was chaired by Eda Sorokoff, along with co-chairs Violet Eagan, Leslie Jerome and Clara Londoner. Barrington Stage favorite Alysha Umphress (On The Town, Funked Up Fairy Tales) currently featured Off Broadway in Roundabout Theatre’s Scotland, PA, headlined the evening’s entertainment with Jeff Blumenkrantz on piano.

Audiences were treated to a sneak peek of the new musical “The Supadupa Kid” performed by Melvin Tunstall III, Anastasia McCleskey and Joel Waggoner and a Live auction run by BSC Associate Artists Mark H. Dold and Debra Jo Rupp.

All proceeds benefit BSC’s New Works Initiative. For more information on the New Works Initiative contact Development Director Jessica Provenz at 413-997-6110 or

(More photos of the Gala at BROADWAYWORLD.COM)

Mary Ann Quinson, Board Chair, Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, Marita Goldt, President, Eda Sorokoff, Gala Chair
Alysha Umphress
Debra Jo Rupp & Mark H. Dold
Julianne Boyd & Alysha Umphress
Marita Glodt
Mary Ann Quinson
Alysha Umphress
Anastasia McCleskey, Joel Waggoner, Melvin Tunstall lll
Abby Schroider & Joseph Benincasa, Pres/CEO The Actors Fund
Eda Sorokoff & Jeff Blumenkrantz
Mary Ann Quinson & Julianne Boyd
Eda Sorokoff, Tricia Miller, Ron Abel, Edgar McIntosh, Debra Jo Rupp, Mark H. Dold
Stephen Sorokoff & Stephen Jerome
Eda Sorokoff & Stephen Sorokoff


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 also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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