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My View: Is This The Same Paulo Szot?

My View: Is This The Same Paulo Szot?

In 2010 a world famous Opera singer and Tony Award Winner made his timid cabaret debut at Cafe Carlyle. Last night a wonderful cabaret performer and one of the best voices on the planet thrilled every corner of Feinstein’s/54 Below. He was accompanied by one of the finest pianist/arrangers on the planet. The music they produced was probably some of the most marvelous sounds ever heard in Broadway’s Supper Club.
Musically speaking, usually a fish can’t swim out of water and in 2010 Paulo Szot’s jumping into the cabaret waters reminded me of what it’s like listening to a strict classical pianist perform Rhapsody In Blue. It’s Vladimir Horowitz vs Andre’ Previn. Horowitz produced a sound like no other pianist, but to my ear the syncopated rhythms required to make Gershwin effective were always missing. Andre’ was a classical and jazz pianist and made the composition come to life.

Well, what a great surprise watching and listening to Paulo completely conquer the world of cabaret. The Broadway and Great American Songbook were privileged to have his voice wrap itself around their wonderful notes and lyrics. The predictable straight acting of Paulo’s other Opera life gave way to a pretty hip romantic personality. His off stage singing entry of “Pure Imagination” was pure inspiration and when the spotlight revealed him in the bar area of 54 all eyes and ears never left him until his final, “If Ever I Would Leave You”.

Transparency here, Billy Stritch is one of my favorite pianists and the harmonic and rhythmic content of his arrangements equalled the thrills provided by Paulo Szot’s voice. Billy and Paulo navigated the world of swing and Bossa Nova and it was Horowitz and Previn all rolled into one…

Paulo had another great surprise.  His surprise guest was Betsy Wolfe at this show.  How good does it get!

Music Director/Piano: Billy Stritch, Tom Hubbard (Bass), David Meade (Drums)

(For another article by Stephen and complete photo coverage go to Broadwayworld.com)

Paulo Szot

Paulo Szot

Stephen Sorokoff-50

Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch

Paulo Szot

Paulo Szot

Betsy Wolfe

Betsy Wolfe & Paulo Szot

Billy Stritch, Betsy Wolfe, Paulo Szot

Billy Stritch, Betsy Wolfe, Paulo Szot

Billy Stritch, Betsy Wolfe, Stephen Sorokoff, Paulo Szot

Billy Stritch, Betsy Wolfe, Stephen Sorokoff, Paulo Szot

Betsy Wolfe & Paulo Szot

Betsy Wolfe & Paulo Szot

Paulo Szot & Jamie deRoy

Paulo Szot & Jamie deRoy

Feinstein's/54 Below

Feinstein’s/54 Below

 

 

 

 

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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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