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My View: Extraordinary Is The Word – Kate Baldwin in Extraordinary Machine at Feinstein’s/54 Below

My View: Extraordinary Is The Word – Kate Baldwin in Extraordinary Machine at Feinstein’s/54 Below

“Extraordinary Machine” was a well chosen title for Kate Baldwin’s show at Feinstein’s/54 Below. A Tony Award nominee, Kate is extraordinary in her ability to use her sturdy but dulcet voice to effectively sing an eclectic mix of Broadway, indie pop, folk and country melodies. For me the highlight of her song list was the warmth and beauty she brought to Billy Joel’s “Lullabye”. It’s lyrics “Goodnight, my angel, time to close your eyes and save these questions for another day” were never more heartwarming  as when Kate sang them. It was a wonderfully string congested stage with musicians playing, violin, viola, cello, bass,guitar, drums, and backup singers led by music director (piano) Kris Kukul. The sound produced by the ensemble was “extraordinary”. The show was well paced and Robbie Rozelle’s direction was the perfect fit for the comedic, acting and musical talents of  Ms Baldwin. This was the last night of “Extraordinary Machine” but Kate will soon be seen in the Broadway Revival of Hello Dolly this March.

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

Kate Baldwin "Extraordinary Machine"

Kate Baldwin “Extraordinary Machine”

Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin

Eda Sorokoff & Robbie Rozelle

Eda Sorokoff & Robbie Rozelle

Jamie deRoy, Matt Doyle, Kate Baldwin

Jamie deRoy, Matt Doyle, Kate Baldwin

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions

(more photos of this show 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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