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My View: These Kids Got All The Words Right In The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

My View: These Kids Got All The Words Right In The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The actors in the NiCori Teen Performance Ensemble may not have spelled all the words correctly in the Corinna Sowers directed production of the Tony and Drama Desk Award winning musical  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, but they sure got everything else right last night in their performance in Montclair N.J.

This show with it’s effortless wit and humor has been charming audiences around the world since it was first spawned at Barrington Stage Company in The Berkshires.  Having been there at the beginning and seen the original cast in rehearsal in Sheffield Ma. it was a delight to see how the magic of William Finn’s score and Rachel Sheninkin’s Book were so expertly performed by this talented group of actors.

The “Spellers” in NiCori’s production last night were Damon Santiago (Chip Tolentino), Zoe Gelman (Logainne ShwarzandGureniere), Luke Surretsky (Leaf Coneybear), Alex DiFilippo (William Barfee), Caroline Leonard (Marcy Park) and Shannon Bretz (Olive Ostrovski)

Another collaboration by these Tony Award Winners will be premiering this summer at  Barrington Stage Company. The Royal Family of Broadway by Finn and Sheinkin, a new musical comedy based on The Royal Family by George S. Kaufman & Edna Ferber.

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(Note to Zoe Gelman:  You didn’t win the Spelling Bee but you won Nana & Papa’s heart)

Spelling Bee   The NiCori Teen Performance Ensemble

Director..Corinna Sowers Adler

Musical Director..Mark Saylor

Stage Manager..Cindy Summers

Ass’t Stage Manager..Jenna Rafferty

Sound Designer..Nicholas Von Hagel

Lighting Director..Micholas Marmo

Costuming..Gerry Mastrolia

Producer..Nicholas Adler

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos go to Broadwayworld.com)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Alex DiFilippo, Caroline Leonard, Luke Surretsky, Olivia Gryzwinski, Zoe Gelman, Katherine Stelma

Stephen Sorokoff & Zoe Gelman

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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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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