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My View: Marilyn Maye And Dick Robinson In The Same Room – Ground Zero For The Great American Songbook

My View: Marilyn Maye And Dick Robinson In The Same Room – Ground Zero For The Great American Songbook

The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room was the place to be this week if you wanted to have a reminder of how a great vocalist can thrill, inspire, and create an entertainment experience that will live in your music archives forever. I find Marilyn Maye’s intoxicating and exhilarating ways of finding notes and phrasings for songs you’ve heard your whole life constantly mystifying. When she sings one of your favorite tunes it’s deceiving. Silently you start to create a mental duet but then realize she’s taken you to another place. Marilyn retains the core of the music and lyrics, but adds a unique rhythmic and harmonic component that leaves you in a state of musical ecstasy. When you add to that her wit, charm and femininity, it becomes one of the most thrilling cabaret acts you will ever see. Another giant of The Great American Songbook was in the Royal Room last night. Dick Robinson, the radio legend came to hear the marvelous Marilyn. She brought him up on stage and the impromptu love fest created a very funny moment as Marilyn looked at “That Old Jock” and started to sing, “Happiness is Just A Thing Called Dick” . Marilyn ended the show with her traditional high kick to the cheers and standing ovations of all. Oh, I forgot to mention, Marilyn has almost the amount of years (88) as the number of keys on a piano. Speaking of piano, Tedd Firth, Marilyn’s arranger and music director makes the Steinway sound like it has 188 keys with his exceptional abilities.

For more of Stephen’s coverage of Marilyn Maye go to Broadwayworld.com

Marilyn Maye & Dick Robinson

Marilyn Maye & Dick Robinson

The Kick

The Kick

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Tedd Firth, Marilyn Maye, Tom Hubbard, Eric Halvorson

Tedd Firth, Marilyn Maye, Tom Hubbard, Eric Halvorson

Stephen Sorokoff & Marilyn Maye

Stephen Sorokoff & Marilyn Maye

Sunny Sessa, Peter Cromarty, Eda Sorokoff

Sunny Sessa, Peter Cromarty, Eda Sorokoff

Stephen Sorokoff & Tedd Firth

Stephen Sorokoff & Tedd Firth

Peter Cromarty & Dick Robinson

Peter Cromarty & Dick Robinson

Anthony Nunziata, Stephen Sorokoff, Sunny Sessa, Will Nunziata

Anthony Nunziata, Stephen Sorokoff, Sunny Sessa, Will Nunziata

Eda Sorokoff, Peter Glebo, Sunny Sessa

Eda Sorokoff, Peter Glebo, Sunny Sessa

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

The Royal Room

The Royal Room

 

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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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