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My View: Hooray For Billy Stritch, Carole J. Bufford, Liam Forde, Barry Day & Hollywood!

Billy Stritch wasn’t at the Grammy’s last night ( he won a Grammy for his song “Does he love You” recorded by Reba McEntire), but he was at the Kravis Center for the revue devised and narrated by Barry Day titled Hooray for Hollywood!  On stage with music director Stritch were: Carole J. Bufford and Liam Forde.  

Billy Stritch, Carole J. Bufford, Liam Forde

If you’re going to bring back to life the voices of the silver screen that most folks in the audience are well familiar with you better have some of the most competent performers in show business to perform the iconic songs and this ensemble sure was.  Barry Day, the English Scholar and writer who was awarded the Order Of The British Empire for his cultural contributions to the United Kingdom and The United States narrated a “swellegant, elegant, party”  with an evening that was a melodic reminder of the many voices that were heard in golden years of movie musicals.  Hooray for Hollywood and Billy Stritch, Carole J. Bufford, Liam Forde, and Barry Day.  They gave the Kravis Center audience Astaire, Rogers, Crosby, Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Judy Garland all over again.   BTW, Billy Stritch was a fantastic piano substitute for the Oscar Ceremony Orchestra.  His musical direction of the evening was authentically spot on.  

Barry Day
Carole J. Bufford
Liam Forde
Billy Stritch, Carole J. Bufford, Liam Forde
Carole J. Bufford & Liam Forde
Billy Stritch, Carole J. Bufford, Liam Forde
Dick Robinson, Legends Radio & Billy Stritch
Jane Rothchild, Bill Boggs, Billy Stritch, Eda Sorokoff

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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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