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My View: Cast Party Draws On Some Fantastic Talent

My View: Cast Party Draws On Some Fantastic Talent

Some of the “best singers on the planet” are on Jim Caruso’s list at his Cast Party at Birdland, and last night they all had their performances memorialized by famed Broadway artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson. Justin, a caricaturist in the tradition of Al Hirschfeld had to work fast since it’s against Cast Party rules to sing a ballad. After each performer zipped through a swinging tune they were presented with a quickly drawn “Squigs” caricature. Marilyn Maye, who is currently appearing at the Metropolitan Room dropped in and sang one of her great medley’s. Even though her songs gave Justin ample time to do an oil painting, she too got a quick drawing.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to BroadwayWorld.com)

Jim Caruso & Justin "Squigs" Robertson

Jim Caruso & Justin “Squigs” Robertson

Jim Caruso & Justin "Squigs" Robertson

Jim Caruso & Justin “Squigs” Robertson

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

Michael Richard Kelly-Cataldi & Jim Caruso

Michael Richard Kelly-Cataldi & Jim Caruso

Jenna Esposito

Jenna Esposito

Matthew Farmer

Matthew Farmer

Carly Ozard

Carly Ozard

Sue Matsuki

Sue Matsuki

(more photos on 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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