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My View: I’m “Astonished” That The Civil War And Slavery Could Also Be Funny – Richard Strand’s BUTLER

My View: I’m “Astonished” That The Civil War And Slavery Could Also Be Funny – Richard Strand’s BUTLER

Make no mistake about it, there is a lot of history and thought provoking sentiment in the  many words that Richard Strand has the brilliant cast of Butler speaking.  However it all comes with a constant flow of spirited, energetic, and humorous dialogue.  The laughs mainly come from the exceptional performance of Ames Adamson who plays General Benjamin Butler. Butler until recently was a lawyer, but was quickly made a General in the Union Army.  John G. Williams is the runaway slave (Shepard Mallory) seeking asylum in Fort Monroe which General Butler commands.  Benjamin Sterling (Lt. Kelly) and  David Sitler, the Confederate major also get their share of laughs in this recreation of the dynamics and passions in play during the Civil War. My personal demand is that you see BUTLER.  If you are wondering about my use of the words Astonished and Demand you’ll soon find out at 59E59 when you see BUTLER.  I will be astonished if you don’t like this production.

(For complete photos of BUTLER’s opening night go to Broadwayworld.com)

BUTLER

BUTLER

David Sitler, John G. Williams, Ames Adamson, Benjamin Sterling

David Sitler, John G. Williams, Ames Adamson, Benjamin Sterling

After Party The Cast

After Party The Cast

Robert Cuccioli, Laila Robins, Ames Adamson

Robert Cuccioli, Laila Robins, Ames Adamson

Jamie deRoy & Barry Grove

Jamie deRoy & Barry Grove

Ken Wirth, Jamie deRoy, Eric Falkenstein

Ken Wirth, Jamie deRoy, Eric Falkenstein

Benjamin Sterling

Benjamin Sterling

Vasi Laurence & Eda Sorokoff

Vasi Laurence & 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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