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My View: “It’s A Miracle” Melody on Broadway Last Night …MANILOW BROADWAY

In case anyone forgot the power of melody, remind yourself and try to snag a ticket to MANILOW BROADWAY.   I know I’ve previously called some other music events “happenings” but nothing can compare to what “happens” at Barry Manilow’s show currently playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.  If your ears were working in the 70’s and 80’s his songs are imbedded in your musical memory forever.  The producers probably should have removed the seats from the theatre and just gave you a spot to stand.  The audience cannot control their emotions as Barry performs his songbook and they give him a standing ovation from the first notes of a familiar intro, rising again as he brings the MELODY a key higher, and jumping out of their seats once more as he hits the last bars.  Manilow, takes you on a journey through his life starting with humble beginnings in Williamsburg Brooklyn.  We even got to hear Barry’s first recording, albeit scratchy low fi.   His grandfather who early on identified Barry’s musicality took his grandson to Times Square to one of those “record your own record” booths and coaxed him to sing Happy Birthday.

Mandy, New York City Rhythm, Can’t Smile Without You, Even Now, Looks Like We Made It, Copacabana, I Write The Songs, and 2 hours of all his hits with a driving orchestra on  stage  comprised of fantastic musicians constantly keep you in a state of euphoria for every second of this show.  The lights, media effects, back up singers and videos are amazing and you’re even given a pair of 3D glasses to experience Barry flying through New York City like superman .  My friends…..this was truly a HAPPENING!

On a purely personal note, Aug 2, 1969 Eda & I were married. Barry Manilow music has been a part of our life and what better anniversary present (from Sunny Sessa) could you ever get.    BTW, the Honeymoon is tonight with Barbra Streisand at Madison Square Garden.

Barry Manilow
Eda Sorokoff, Barry Manilow, Sunny Sessa, Anthony Nunziata
Stephen Sorokoff & Michael Riedel
Steven Reineke, Caroline Sorokoff, Eric Gabbard at Forest Hills NY POPS CONCERT

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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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