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My View: Laura Benanti sings to Sheldon Harnick at the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Gala

My View: Laura Benanti sings to Sheldon Harnick at the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Gala

Last night the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick was presented with the first Albert Bergeret Living Legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan Award by Albert Bergeret the Artistic Director/General Manager of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players at the historic Players Club in New York City.    

Albert Bergeret noted that when speaking with Sheldon about the many previous honors he has received during his long career, Harnick mentioned that a NYGASP tribute would have more specific meaning to him than others because of it’s connection to W.S. Gilbert’s influence and the history of G&S. 

Since The Players founding by Edwin Booth in 1888 it’s townhouse in Gramercy Park has been a place where some of the most memorable theatrical events have taken place and The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Gala last night was certainly one of them as they honored Sheldon Harnick.  Laura Benanti a close friends of the Harnicks appeared at the end of the program and performed She Loves Me in 15 minutes or less.

Check out the VIDEO and the full article & photos on Broadwayworld.com

Margery Gray & Sheldon Harnick

Laura Benanti

Sheldon Harnick, David Rockwell, Albert Bergeret

Eda Sorokoff, Stephen Sorokoff, Jamie deRoy

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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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