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My View: The Path To A Triumphant Evening

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Stephanie J., Stephen Sorokoff

This is not political and not about Trump. This was REALLY GREAT! and it’s as far from that mess as you can get (except for the fact that Trump Tower and Carnegie Hall are in the same neighborhood.) The path to a great evening of music and festivities started at The New York Pops Concert at Carnegie and continued with a spectacular dinner/dance at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The 33rd Birthday concert constructed by Maestro Steven Reineke had the sophisticated Carnegie sold out audience gasping in musical euphoria as an unbelievable group of performers sang the music of honorees Alain Boublil and Claude-Michael Schonberg. These extraordinary artists were accompanied by The 75 musicians of The New York Pops, Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA, Kids On Stage Students, Camp Broadway Kids and the Children of Ronald McDonald House. Steven Reineke’s musicianship and entrainment abilities created an evening that will remain in everyones musical memory highlights for years to come and he also set the bar to a very high level for future Pops Galas. If all that wasn’t enough, most of the great artists on stage continued down that path to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Columbus Circle for a fantastic dinner/dance. If anyone thought these performers could only be entertaining on stage, check out these party photos. If any one thought that Steven Reineke could only orchestrate and conduct they, were in for a surprise as he was  devilishly impressive in a vocal duet with Norm Lewis.

(For another article by Stephen and complete photo coverage of this event go to Broadwayworld.com

The 33rd New York Pops Birthday Gala

The 33rd New York Pops Birthday Gala, Alain Boublil & Claude-Michael Schonberg, honorees

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The New York Pops

The New York Pops

Eric Gabbard & Lea Salonga

Eric Gabbard & Lea Salonga

Eric Gabbard, Patti LuPone, Steven Reineke,

Eric Gabbard, Patti LuPone, Steven Reineke, music director/conductor The New York Pops

Montego Glover, Steven Reineke, Stephanie J. Block

Montego Glover, Steven Reineke, Stephanie J. Block

Steven Reineke, Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer

Steven Reineke, Jeremy Jordan, Ashley Spencer

Eric gab bard, Stephen Sorokoff, Stephanie J. Block

Eric gab bard, Stephen Sorokoff, Stephanie J. Block

Stephanie J. Block & Stephen Sorokoff

Stephanie J. Block & Stephen Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Richard Maltby Jr. Charlotte Maltby

Eda Sorokoff, Richard Maltby Jr. Charlotte Maltby

Eda Sorokoff, Caroline Sorokoff, Stephen Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Caroline Sorokoff, Stephen Sorokoff

Jamie deRoy & Hugh Panaro

Jamie deRoy & Hugh Panaro

Steven Reineke, Norm Lewis

Steven Reineke, Norm Lewis

June Freemazon & Eda Sorokoff

June Freemazon & Eda Sorokoff

Carolyn Bolt & Jason Smoller

Carolyn Bolt & Jason Smoller

Eda Sorokoff, Frank DiLella NY1, Christopher DiLella, Caroline Sorokoff, Gold Coast Arts Center and International Film Festival

Eda Sorokoff, Frank DiLella NY1, Christopher DiLella, Caroline Sorokoff, Gold Coast Arts Center and International Film Festival

Steven Reineke & Eda Sorokoff

Steven Reineke & Eda 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

Cabaret

My View: Dick Robinson’s Birthday Continues at 54 Below with Marilyn Maye

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Marilyn Maye (96) and Dick Robinson (86), a decade apart in age… both have a youthful exuberance for the music and performance of The Great American Songbook. The Songbook is played on Robinson’s Legends Radio stations worldwide ‘round the clock’ and Marilyn is singing it around the country in nightclubs and concert halls.

The “old jock”, as Dick is affectionately referred to may not be able to do that Marilyn Maye kick when she sings “IT’S TODAY” but he sure was swinging along with the rest of us last night at 54 Below. Dick was celebrating his 86th birthday while watching Marvelous 96 year old Marilyn celebrate her Birthday Month with another phenomenal show.

MARILYN MAYE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DICK ROBINSON

DICK ROBINSON & SALLY ROBINSON

DICK & SALLY ROBINSON, MARILYN MAYE

MARILYN MAYE

TEDD FIRTH & MARILYN MAYE

MARILYN MAYE

MARILYN MAYE

MARILYN MAYE

MARILYN MAYE

JIMMY, MISSY,JILL ROBINSON & ROB RUSSELL

DICK & SALLY ROBINSON

JILL ROBINSON, MISSY ROBINSON, EDA SOROKOFF

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My View: Dick Robinson & Family Celebrate at Cafe Carlyle With Peter Cincotti

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Cafe Carlyle, a preeminent location in the world of Cabaret was visited by a preeminent figure in the world of radio broadcasting last night.  Dick Robinson, founder of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook (SPGAS) and Legends Radio (WLML) was in the house for a performance by Peter Cincotti, who is in the midst of a residency in the historic Woody Allen Monday spot.

Bobby Short began his residency at Cafe Carlyle in 1968, Woody Allen in 1997, and Steve Tyrell in 2005.  Now it’s   Peter Cincotti in the legendary hotel exhibiting the exciting pianistic and vocal style (with his killer band) that have made Cincotti a world famous songwriter and entertainer….. and Dick Robinson was there to enjoy the show with family and friends celebrating “the old jocks” birthday!

Singer, Pianist, Composer, Cincotti was recently awarded SPGAS’s “Legend Award” at their annual Gala held at The Kravis Center For The Performing Arts.

DICK ROBINSON & SALLY ROBINSON

PETER CINCOTTI

Jimmy Robinson, Jill Robinson, Eda Sorokoff, Stephen Sorokoff, Dick Robinson, Sally Robinson, Missy Robinson

ROB RUSSELL, STEPHEN SOROKOFF, PETER CINCOTTI, EDA SOROKOFF, DICK ROBINSON, SALLY ROBINSON, MISSY ROBINSON, JILL ROBINSON, JIMMY ROBINSON

PETER CINCOTTI

PETER CINCOTTI

PETER CINCOTTI

PETER CINCOTTI

CAFE CARLYLE

CAFE CARLYLE

PETER CINCOTTI, SCOTT KREITZER, JOE NERO, TONY GLAUSI, COLE DAVIS

STEPHEN SOROKOFF, EDA SOROKOFF, MISSY ROBINSON, JILL ROBINSON, ROB RUSSELL, JIMMY ROBINSON, DICK ROBINSON, SALLY ROBINSON

MISSY ROBINSON & JILL ROBINSON

MISSY ROBINSON & EDA SOROKOFF

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: The Outsiders

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These boys are taking Broadway by storm Jason Schmidt, Sky Lakota-Lynch, and Brody Grant. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1967, the hardened hearts and aching souls of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade and their chosen family of “outsiders” are in a fight for survival and a quest for purpose in a world that may never accept them. A story of the bonds that brothers share and the hopes we all hold on to, this gripping new musical reinvigorates the timeless tale of “haves and have nots”, of protecting what’s yours and fighting for what could be.

The Outsiders opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W 45th Street.

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Ali Louis Bourzgui in Tommy

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Ali Louis Bourzgui is a Moroccan American, actor, singer, musician who is rocking New York in Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend’s revival of The Who’s Tommy as the “Pinball Wizard himself….Tommy.

He received rave reviews in Chicago and is doing the same here on Broadway.

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My View: Dr. Perrin Blank Makes His Cafe Centro Debut

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Dr. Perrin Blank, celebrity Dentist “filled” (no pun intended)  the Cafe Centro music room last night with friends, fans and probably some patients who came to hear this Palm Beach legend’s cabaret performance. It was Perrin this time who opened his mouth wide and sang a great curated song list accompanied by the extraordinary musical duo Maycol & Lilian, (who perform weekly at Cafe Centro). That old borscht belt saying “don’t give up your day job” does not apply to Dr. Blank.  Perrin created a wonderful evening of musical fun as he “pulled out” all the stops during his entertaining show.

PERRIN BLANK

PERRIN BLANK

MAYCOL

LILIAN & MYCOL

 

PERRIN BLANK & STEPHEN SOROKOFF

CAFE CENTRO

PERRIN BLANK

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