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My View: Stephen Sorokoff

My View: Rarely Does A Actor/Singer Affect Me Like This One Did

My View: Rarely Does A Actor/Singer Affect Me Like This One Did

Last night the Gas Lamp Players presented Mary Poppins, in a elaborate production with full orchestra. My 11 year old granddaughter Zoe Gelman played the demanding role of Jane Banks. Needless to say Zoe was a hit with me before she took the stage. However her ability to become a proper, tame, English accented daughter really amazed me as it did her parents. Zoe off stage is a high-spirited, intelligent, bubbly, animated young lady and changing into that subdued character really impressed me. I was her piano teacher for a while and was aware of her quick mind and memorization facility, so it was no surprise to see her learn the music and dialogue in a few short weeks. More impressive was the ability of director Corinna Sowers Adler, music director Kristy Graves, and choreographer Lisa Grimes to put on such a lavish production incorporating a group of older experienced actors alongside talented youngsters new to the stage. New York City is a short distance from Glen Ridge, N.J. and Broadway need have no concern about future ticket buyers and it’s supply of new talent. Gas Lamp is generating lots of theatre enthusiasts. Now if they could just do Hamilton so I could get Zoe’s house seats everything would be perfect.

 

For more photos of Mary Poppins go to Broadwayworld.com

Don Flynn, Cyndi Owgang, Zoe Gelman, Andrew Lomonte. The Banks Family

Don Flynn, Cyndi Owgang, Zoe Gelman, Andrew Lomonte. The Banks Family

Zoe's brother

Zoe’s brother

Andrew Lomonte, Zoe Gelman, Lisa Monacelli McElwee

Andrew Lomonte, Zoe Gelman, Lisa Monacelli McElwee

Corinna Sowers Adler & Kristy Graves

Corinna Sowers Adler & Kristy Graves

Zoe Gelman & Craig Ernest Woodward

Zoe Gelman & Craig Ernest Woodward

Cyndi Owgang & Don Flynn

Cyndi Owgang & Don Flynn

Andrew Lomonte, Zoe Gelman, Gary Mastrolia

Andrew Lomonte, Zoe Gelman, Gerry Mastrolia

Cyndi Owgang, Andrew Lomonte, Lisa Monacelli McElwee, Zoe Gelman

Cyndi Owgang, Andrew Lomonte, Lisa Monacelli McElwee, Zoe Gelman

Jimmy Vinetti, Cyndi Owgang, Lisa Monacelli McElwee, Zoe Gelman, Andrew Lomonte

Jimmy Vinetti, Cyndi Owgang, Lisa Monacelli McElwee, Zoe Gelman, Andrew Lomonte

Zoe Gelman

Zoe Gelman

Zoe Gelman & Papa

Zoe Gelman & Papa

 

My View: Stephen Sorokoff

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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