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My View: The Most Famous Open Mic On The Planet Comes to Mr. Finn’s Cabaret

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with Billy Stritch, which is a New York City institution and sought after attraction at important cabaret venues nationwide wowed the audience at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Co. last night.   Mr. (William) Finn himself was present for the always funny and sophisticated show biz banter that is the hallmark of any Cast Party when Caruso and Stritch bring their music and comedy to what is arguably the most famous “Open Mic” in the entertainment world.

Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso

Of course what also makes it a special show is the vast divergence of Broadway and local talent that that Jim puts on the evening’s entertainment list.  There is never any rehearsal for Cast Party but no matter how complicated the music the performers put in front of Mr. Stritch they wind up getting a world class arrangement on the spot.

Barrington Stage Co. has some of the most talented and gifted actor/singers in it’s theaters and on campus during any given week and performing in last night’s show were:

Billy Stritch
Billy Stritch, Stephen Sorokoff, Jim Caruso
Jim Caruso, William Finn, Billy Stritch
Mara Davi & Jim Caruso
Stephen Sorokoff & Jim Caruso
Alan Campbell

Farah Alvin, Noah Eisenberg, Chloe Savit, Pierre Mballa, Julia Ty Goldberg, Matt Cusson, Alan Cambell, Rabbi Deborah Zecher, Carolyn Bloom, Stephen Sorokoff,  George Wendt, and Mara Davi, who is currently appearing in BSC’s production of Into The Woods. 

Jason Robert Brown who will be in concert tonight at Barrington wasn’t on Jim’s list but some of his music sure was.  Cast Party has come to BSC and based upon audience reaction at it’s premier at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret something tells me the party is going to continue.

Billy Stritch & Trio will be performing at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret Aug 11 & 12

(Complete Article & Photos of this show can be seen on BROADWAYWORLD

Jim Caruso
Eda Sorokoff & Mara Davi
Sandy & Isanne Fisher
Mr. Finn’s Cabaret


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, 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

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