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My View: Who Wrote Those Words?

My View: Who Wrote Those Words?

Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”, “The Nearness of You”, and “As Time Goes By” are American Songbook Classics but do you know who wrote the lyrics to those tunes?  Sheldon Harnick hosted the 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists “Songbook Classics By Unsung Lyricists” last night and the audience was reminded (or discovered) the wordsmiths who gave those great melodies meaning.

The evening was the latest Rob Fisher (An American in Paris) and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) collaboration for L&L. The Broadway talents who brought the words to life were Aaron C. Finley (Kinky Boots) Judy Kuhn (Fun Home), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town) and Sal Viviano (The Full Monty).  The 92Y’s 5 piece “symphony orchestra” under the direction of Rob Fisher tastefully let those great lyrics be heard by the enthusiastic 92Y patrons.  Deborah Grace Winer is Lyrics & Lyricists series artistic director.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this event go to BroadwayWorld.com)

Seldon Harnick, age 9

Sal Viviano, Judy Kuhn, Elizabeth Stanley, Aaron C. Finley

Rob Fisher & Sheldon Harnick

Elizabeth Stanley

Sal Viviano

Judy Kuhn

Aaron C. Finley

Deborah Grace Winer, Margery Gray, Sheldon Harnick

Margery Gray

Eda Sorokoff & Elizabeth Stanley

92Y Lyrics & Lyricists

(For complete photos of this event go to BroadwayWorld.com)

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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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