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My View: Christmas Comes Early To Birdland – A Great Musical Present

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You might think of Bing, Andy, or Perry when you think Christmas Music Specials, but for the past seven years it’s been Billy, Jim, and Klea with their extraordinary sophisticated harmonies of swinging Holiday music at Birdland.   This year it’s only on the Birdland schedule for 3 nights because the trio’s sleigh took them to folks on the other side of the country who also wanted to see the show.   You can still get this present at Birdland  on Sat. 12/24 and Sunday 12/25.  A Swingin’ Birdland Christmas with Billy Stritch, Jim Caruso & Klea Blackhurst

Check out the video to hear Bing sing with Billy, Jim, and Klea

Klea Blackhurst & Jim Caruso

Klea Blackhurst & Jim Caruso

Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch

Billy, Jim, Klea

Billy, Jim, Klea

Gianni Valenti & Chita Rivera

Gianni Valenti & Chita Rivera

ChuckSteffan, Ron Abel, Billy Stritch, Jim Caruso

ChuckSteffan, Ron Abel, Billy Stritch, Stephen Sorokoff

Chita Rivera & Billy Stritch

Chita Rivera & Billy Stritch

Eda Sorokoff & Chita Rivera

Eda Sorokoff & Chita Rivera

Eda Sorokoff, Ron Abel, Chuck Steffan

Eda Sorokoff, Ron Abel, Chuck Steffan

Birdland

Birdland

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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