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My View: T. Oliver Reid….That Sunday, That Summer at 54/Below

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Last night was a hot Summer Sunday evening made even more steamier (romantically) by hearing love songs sung by T. Oliver Reid in his show That Sunday, That Summer at 54 Below.

Watching and listening to T, especially when he sang “The Nearness of You” I couldn’t help conjuring up thoughts of another legendary singer referred to by another letter in the alphabet, B….  Billy Eckstine.  The elegance, breathtaking phrasing and operatic quality of their bass baritones (albeit T Oliver’s triple range) had me connecting these two graceful, handsome mustached men.

T. Oliver Reid is currently staring in Hadestown as Hermes following Tony Award Winner Andre de Shields who originated the role and has performed it for the last three years.

T. Oliver Reid is a legendary performer with a 20-year career on Broadway. He has appeared in 10+ Broadway productions, including Hadestown, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kiss Me Kate, Once On This Island, and The Wedding Singer. He is an accomplished artist-winning cabaret for his solo show “Drop Me Off In Harlem.” Reid is the co-founder of Black Theater Coalition, and is an adjunct professor at NYU-Tisch’s Grad Acting Program, along with Columbia University School of the Arts Grad Acting.

Last night’s show featured the love songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Gabriel Faure and John Legend with music direction by Lawrence Yurman.  A portion of the proceeds benefited Black Theater Coalition’s Fellowship Program.

T. OLIVER REID

T. OLIVER REID & LAWRENCE YURMAN

T. OLIVER REID

T. OLIVER REID

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T. OLIVER REID

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T. OLIVER REID & EDA SOROKOFF

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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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Storm Large Brings The Sexual Heat Along With Powerhouse Vocals To 54 Below

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Doris Day’s “Que Sera, Que Sera, takes on a hint of sexual subversive overtone as flower child Storm Large makes her way through the audience at 54 Below handing out possies.

If you do not know who Storm Large is, she is a musician, actor, playwright and author, who shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova. Large currently performs nationally with her own band, and tours internationally with the Portland-based band Pink Martini. Large also appeared on America’s Got Talent on June 14, 2021, performing a cover of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” which is when I became obsessed.

Large is raw, real, human, and oh so female, and her new show has her explaining her life and how she empathize with all of us during being locked down. Her take on Jay Livingston and Ray Evans “Crazy Train” took on a deeper and more profound epiphany.

Lauper’s and Large’s ode to self-gratification, brought back the 80’s “She Bop“. Large talks between the numbers and we learn how Ms. Large dealt with not performing, in Prince’s “Nothing Compares To You“.

You will never think of Grease’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in the same way again after the “Carrie: version Storm maps out. You definitely get a glimpse of the demons that she battles or rather plays with.

Connecting so strongly to lyric and having a range that is unbelievable, Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Shovels & Rope’s “After The Storm” and The Kinks “Strangers” told of heartbreak, longing, loss as Storm played the drums and ukulele. She is multi-talented and it is mind boggling how she is not more nationally and internationally beloved.


A lot of the audience knew Storm’s “8 Mile Wide” from her hit one-woman show Crazy Enough. This song is a female empowerment ode of being who she is and she does not apologize. Despite the song being about her anatomy, this was her father’s favorite song. She sang it to him before he died.

The Hollies “Air That I Breathe” and a song by Storm and her amazing musical director James Beaton, “Angels in The Gas Station” were dedicated to her father. Beaton is also who does Storm’s arrangements including the fabulous “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, that sadly she did not grace us with,

Playing in her band are musicians that are all stellar in the own rights with Matt Brown on Bass, Scott Weddle on Guitar and Greg Uklund on Drums.

You can catch Storm Large: Loving Storm, tonight at 54 Below and I highly recommend you do. If you have never experienced this super nova you will be glad you did.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: New York Pops and Marvelous Marilyn Maye

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“The astonishing Marilyn Maye sings with the magnificent New York Pops led by Maestro Steve Reineke this Friday evening, March 24th at Carnegie Hall. They are remarkable talents and remarkable people.

Kenny & Marilyn Maye penthouse

Cabaret legend Marilyn Maye takes the stage with The New York Pops for a program of standards and musical theater classics that make clear why she’s been celebrated as one of America’s greatest jazz singers for more than 50 years. Hear favorites by composers who include Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Loesser, and Sondheim, as well as Maye’s special version of “Too Late Now,” which was selected by the Smithsonian Institution for its permanent collection of 20th-century recordings.

 

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My View: The Only Thing Missing Was A Latte ( with extra foam) Marcy & Zina Party at 54 Below

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The only thing missing at last night’s party for Marcy and Zina was a Latte choice in the beverage section on the menu at 54 Below (with extra foam).  The show, titled  Make Your Own Party: The Songs of Goldrich and Heisler was conceived by Scott Coulter and performed by a cast of five. It celebrated over three decades of quirky, heartfelt and utterly contemporary romantic comedy songs written by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.

From “Taylor the Latte Boy” to under appreciated altos we were introduced to the cast of characters that inspired these inseparable, irreverent friends to write over three hundred and counting musical love letters to the city, the theatre, and the people who make them sing.  The evening was filled with the heart felt stories that these two award winning women have created and was performed by a first rate cast of Broadway super singers.  The lyrics, the music, the luscious harmonies…it was the best party of music I’ve ever been invited to.

The Performers: Jill Abramowitz, Cole Burden, Alex Getlin, Joe Kinosian, Kelli Rabke, and Austin Rivers.

Joe Kinosian,piano, Matt Scharfglass, bass

Marcy & Zina have been performing and writing together since 1992.  Their critically acclaimed romantic comedy songs have been featured in venues across the world, recorded by artists across many genres, and appear in numerous folios and collected works.  Their Off-Broadway musical Dear Edwina earned them a Drama Desk nomination, and other works have been produced by regional powerhouses such as Paper Mill playhouse, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodspeed, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.  Their shows include Ever After, JUnie B Jones, and The Great American Musical, based on the bestselling book by auther/director Julie Andrews.

KELLI RABKE & JILL ABRAMOVITZ

MAKE YOUR OWN PARTY: THE SONGS OF GOLDRICH AND HEISLER

KELLI RABKE

KELLI RABKE & ALEX GETLIN

ALEX GETLIN

JILL ABRAMOVITZ

COLE BURDEN

AUSTIN RIVERS

KELLI REBKE & JILL ABRAMOVITZ

KELLI REBKE & ALEX GETLIN

JOE KINOSIAN

COLE BURDEN, KELLI RABKE, JILL ABRAMOVITZ, AUSTIN RIVERS

SCOTT COULTER, PRODUCER

MAKE YOUR OWN PARTY

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ZINA GOLDRICH & MARCY HEISLER

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