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My View: Fifty Key Stage Musicals: The Concert at 54 Below

My View: Fifty Key Stage Musicals: The Concert at 54 Below

In their new book Fifty Key Stage Musicals, Robert W. Schneider and Shannon Agnew round-up fifty of the musicals whose creations were seminal in altering the landscape of musical theater. It was given a one night only concert at 54 Below with the artists who helped create those monumental musicals.

It was an evening of songs and stories, performed by some of the legends themselves who had a front row to history.

Author Robert W. Schneider (“Behind The Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends”) was on  hand to share trivia and anecdotes about the landmark musicals that changed not only the theatre, but the world.

It was a stroll down memory lane with these legendary artists:

André De Shields (The Wiz, Hadestown) representing The Wiz
Richard Holmes (New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players) representing HMS Pinafore
Rupert Holmes(The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains) representing HMS Pinafore
Arbender J. Robinson 
(Shuffle Along) representing Shuffle Along
Mary Callanan 
(Bandstand, My Fair Lady) representing Gypsy
Lee Roy Reams 
(Tony® nominee for 42nd Street, Hello, Dolly!) representing Hello, Dolly!
Anita Gillette
and Penny Fuller (OBC Cabaret) representing Cabaret
Ed Dixon 
(No, No, Nanette, Les Miserables) representing No, No, Nanette
Amy Jo Jackson (Kinky Boots) representing The Threepenny Opera
Michael McElroy representing Rent
Heather MacRae (Hair) and Natalie Mosco (Hair) representing Hair

Andre De Sheilds

FIFTY KEY STAGE MUSICALS

ROBERT W. SCHNEIDER

MICHAEL LAVINE, Musical Director

RUPERT HOLMES

RICHARD HOLMES

AMY JO JACKSON

ANITA GILLETTE & PENNY FULLER

ANITA GILLETTE & PENNY FULLER

ARBENDER J. ROBINSON

 

MARY CALLANAN

LEE ROY REAMS

LEE ROY REAMS

ED DIXON

ANDRE DE SHEILDS

HAIR:  NATALIE MOSCO, HEATHER MACRAE, DEBORAH OFFNER, MARJORIE “MUDRA” LIPARI,ARBENDER J. ROBINSON, MOLLY STILLIENS

HEATHER MACRAE

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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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