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My View: Had To See This Show Again….Hugh Panaro

My View: Had To See This Show Again….Hugh Panaro

There are some moments that live in your musical memory forever.  Hearing Hugh Panaro once wasn’t enough and I needed another evening to thoroughly comprehend his artistry.  I’ve rarely seen an audience so awestruck by an actor/singer.  Strangers looking at each other with a silent stare seemed to be asking the question…are you hearing what I’m hearing?  The utter silence in 54 Below as his voice seemed to float in mid air.  When that voice  softly embraced you it often left people gasping at final notes of song passages.  Then, another second or two of additional silence before the audience erupted in wild cheers and standing ovations.  

Hugh Panaro exhilarates you with his remarkable tone and power, and then brings you to tears with his gentleness. Waitstaff stopped in their tracks, people didn’t lift knives and forks, and cell phone videos were stopped so as not to disturb the tenderness during some of his selections.  Favorites?  Hard to choose from his song list…”Neverland”, “Johanna”, “Not While I’m Around”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “Bring Him Home”, and many more.  Of course no one sings that last note of “Music of the Night” like Hugh (with apologies to Norm Lewis) who attended this performance. 

Another surprise emotional highlight of the evening.  Ron Abel long time musical soulmate of Hugh rushing from a plane to catch the show.  Just in time to hear his friend sing Ron’s arrangement of “It Only takes A Moment”

Richard Jay-Alexander (director) Joseph Thalken (music)…”Bring Him Home Again”!

NORM LEWIS, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, HUGH PANARO

HUGH PANARO & NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS, HUGH PANARO, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER

NORM LEWIS & HUGH PANARO

RON ABEL & NORM LEWIS

RON ABEL, HUGH PANARO, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER

FRANK DiLELLA & HUGH PANARO

FRANK, HIS MOM, HUGH PANARO

EDA BARUCH, HUGH PANARO, STEVE BARAUCH

HUGH PANARO & PETER LENTZ

HELMUT KOLLER, CATHERINE ADLER, HUGH PANARO

RON ABEL, EDA SOROKOFF, NORM LEWIS

JULIE JAMES & HUGH PANARO

HUGH PANARO

HUGH PANARO

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, HUGH PANARO

HUGH PANARO & H.S. FRIEND

HUGH PANARO PETER LENTZ,

HUGH PANARO

HUGH PANARO

HUGH PANARO

RON ABEL, EDA SOROKOFF, HUGH PANARO

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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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