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My View: The Songs May Have Been Last Minute Additions But This Show Was Obviously Not – 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists

My View: The Songs May Have Been Last Minute Additions But This Show Was Obviously Not – 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists

Every note, every move, and every word of this Kathleen Marshall directed Lyrics and Lyricists presentation is a jewel, and is executed flawlessly. The show’s titled “A Funny Thing Happened: Songs from the road to Broadway” and it brilliantly highlights songs that were hurriedly added to a Broadway bound show close to it’s opening. Many of these last minute additions became musical standards and were in some cases a major contributor to the show’s success. Kathleen Marshall was the artistic director, stage director, writer and host and her artistic touch was evident throughout. David Chase, music director and pianist created wonderful arrangements which made the 5 piece orchestra have an extremely rich sound by using perfect harmonies and his precision theatrical pianistic style. The soloists Darius de Haas, Ann Harada, Greg Hildreth, Elena Shaddow and Betsy Wolfe were all extremely effective in the eclectic mix of Broadway show tunes. If the Tony Awards ever included the 92Y L&L this one would be nominated, and Kathleen Marshall would have another one for her shelf.

Deborah Grace Winer is Lyrics & Lyricists series artistic director.

 

For Stephen’s complete photos of this event go to Broadwayworld.com

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Ann Harada, Daraius de Haas, Elena Shaddow, Aaron C. Finley, Betsy Wolfe, Greg Hildreth

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Kathleen Marshall, artistic director, stage director, writer & host

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Betsy Wolfe & Aaron C. Finley

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Greg Hildreth

The Cast

The Cast

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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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