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My View: Theater’s Creative Attend David Yazbek Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below

My View: Theater’s Creative Attend David Yazbek Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below

 You recently saw the television camera focus on David Yazbek seated in the audience at the Tony Awards and last night if you were at Feinstein’s/54 Below you saw him seated on the piano bench with his killer band and special guest Etai Benson in a thrilling performance by the composer himself.

 For this special rare event at Feinstein’s/54 Below some of the theatre’s most creative and influential folks were in attendance.  Just a few spotted in our immediate vicinity were: Thomas Schumacher,President of The Disney Theatrical Group, Orin Wolf, Tony Award Producer The Band’s Visit, Frances Ruffelle, Tony Award Winner Les Miserables, Nina Hennessy, Catherine Adler, Tony Award Winner & Co-Producer Tootsie, Jamie deRoy, Tony Award Winner & Co-Producer The Band’s Visit & Tootsie, Eda Sorokoff, Barrington Stage Co., Christine Pedi, Sirius Radio, Ben Famiglietti, VP Creative Development The Walt Disney Co.

David Yazbek returned to Feinstein’s/54 Below with special guest Etaii Benson, known for portraying Papi in the original Broadway cast of The Band’s Visit.  It was a rare opportunity to see one of the theater’s most innovative composers do what he’s actually best at—thrilling a live audience.  David performed songs from his albums and show-old, new and upcoming.

What an exciting evening celebrating the incredible body of work of the Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning composer/lyricist of The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Band’s Visit, Boardwalk Empire, and the haunting “Where In The World is Carmen Sandiego Theme”.

(Complete photos of this show on BROADWAYWORLD.COM)

David Yazbek
David Yazbek
Rick Elice, David Yazbek, Bob Martin
David Yazbek & Jamie deRoy, Co Producer The band’s Visit & Tootsie
Thomas Schumacher, Pres. Disney Theatrical Group & Eda Sorokoff
Stephen Sorokoff, Catherine Adler, Co Producer Tootsie, Jamie deRoy
Etai Benson
Etai Benson & Frances Ruffele
Frances Ruffele & Jamie deRoy
Jamie deRoy, Sasson Gabay, The Band’s Visit, Etai Benson, The Band’s Visit
David Yazbek & Frances Ruffele
Jamie deRoy, Catherine Adler, Eda Sorokoff
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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