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My View: Mr. Finn’s Cabaret Was Great Last Night: Billy Stritch in the House

You can physically build a welcoming and attractive Cabaret Room (in this case Mr. Finn’s at Barrington Stage). You can have a name on the door that represents important musical theater  (William Finn).  However it really doesn’t have any greatness unless the music and artists that appear on it’s stage are of the highest order.   

Billy Stritch and his Trio were the attraction this week at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret and they impressively added to this summer’s list of exceptional performers that Julianne Boyd has brought to her Berkshire night club audience.  Billy has become a legend in music circles around the globe and especially in New York City,  As well as being the music director for some of the country’s most important entertainers ( Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Linda Lavin, and Christine Ebersole among others) he continues in the tradition of legendary singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole, Bobby Short, and Buddy Greco. His vocal ability is often compared to the  artistry and tonality of Mel Torme and Stritch’s solo performances are always extremely anticipated musical events.  Billy is also a much sought out vocal and band arranger because of his unique harmonic and rhythmic concepts.  Mr. Finn’s Cabaret was once again great last night and an oversold audience was widely enthusiastic as they heard one of the best in the business.  

Billy’s Trio: Tom Hubbard, bass, Eric Halvorson, drums

Photo Credit Paige Stefanski & Sandy Fisher

Julianne Boyd, Founder/Artistic Director Barrington Stage Co. & Billy Stritch
Billy Stritch & Julianne Boyd
Billy Stritch, Tom Hubbard, Eric Halvorson
Billy Stritch
Billy Stritch
Billy Stritch
Billy Stritch
Isanne Fisher, Sandy Fisher, Eda Sorokoff, Billy Stritch
Billy Stritch

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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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