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My View: Sometimes Shows At Feinstein’s/54 Below Are So Good, Below Should Be Above!

My View: Sometimes Shows At Feinstein’s/54 Below Are So Good, Below Should Be Above!

The title of Molly Pope’s cabaret show at Feinstein’s/54 Below is “A Star Is Born.”  It was so good, I humbly suggest they change the name to a “New Era In Cabaret Performance Was Born.” This spectacular hour of nightclub entertainment was a site-specific theatrical presentation of the 1954 Judy Garland film musical “A Star Is Born” and in this case you were lucky if you were on site to see the brilliance of Molly Pope and crew.  She was joined by dancer/singers Andrew Slane and Justin Henry.  The show, was directed by Will Nunziata, choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright, with music direction by Brian Nash, utilized the space of Broadway’s Supper Club in a highly inventive, effective way, and the standing ovations and cheers at it’s conclusion were reminiscent of Judy Garland Palace appearances.  While we’re talking about name changes, for a performance like this Messrs. Frankel, Baruch, and Viertel should consider a temporary substitution of the word Above for Below 54.  If there is some kind of waiting list for the next performance of Molly Pope and A Star Is Born make sure you get on it. 

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this event go to Broadwayworld.com)

Molly Pope

Molly Pope

Justin Henry, Molly Pope, Andrew Slane

Justin Henry, Molly Pope, Andrew Slane

Andrew Slane, Will Nunziata, director, Molly Pope, Brian Nash, music director, Sidney Erik Wright, choreographer, Justin Henry

Andrew Slane, Will Nunziata, director, Molly Pope, Brian Nash, music director, Sidney Erik Wright, choreographer, Justin Henry

Stephen Sorokoff, Ron Abel, Molly Pope, Chuck Steffan

Stephen Sorokoff, Ron Abel, Molly Pope, Chuck Steffan

Sidney Erik Wright, choreograper & Eda Sorokoff

Sidney Erik Wright, choreographer & Eda Sorokoff

Will Nunziata, director

Will Nunziata, director

Ron Abel, Deborah Grace Winer, Rex Reed, Eda Sorokoff, Chuck Steffan

Ron Abel, Deborah Grace Winer, Rex Reed, Eda Sorokoff, Chuck Steffan

A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

Feinstein's/54 Below

Feinstein’s/54 Below

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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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