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My View: Yo-Yo Ma Next At Jim Caruso’s Cast Party?

My View: Yo-Yo Ma Next At Jim Caruso’s Cast Party?

The acoustics of Birdland, usually employed to perfectly show off the music coming from some of the finest Jazz musicians in the world was also up to the task of accurately accommodating the elegant sounds from the cello and artistry of Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf.  Mairi hosted an evening titled “More About The Melody” and the standing room only evening at Birdland took on the atmosphere of a concert hall as this extraordinary cellist and her guests performed some of the greatest melodies (and harmonies) heard in Broadway Shows.  If Yo-Yo Ma hears about this Birdland night I would’t be surprised to spot him on the line waiting to get into Jim Caruso’s Cast Party which follows the Broadway at Birdland series every Monday evening.

Joining were George Abud (The Band’s Visit), Kerstin Anderson (My Fair Lady), Ariana DeBose (Summer, Hamilton), Claybourne Elder (Sunday In The Park With George), Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof), and Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon), plus a dazzling band, all of whom shined a spotlight on the music that drives your favorite stories.

Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, a cellist originally from Scotland, is established as a solo, chamber, Broadway and recording artist. She has held chairs in sixteen Broadway productions, including The Bridges of Madison County, Sunday In The Park With George, A Little Night Music, and currently My Fair Lady. Her love of the Broadway genre has led to creating cello arrangements celebrating the music of Jason Robert Brown, Sara Bareilles, Adam Guettel, Jerry Bock, Stephen Schwartz and more. She has been a featured performer in concert with Christine Ebersole, Jeremy Jordan, Maria Friedman and Jason Robert Brown.

(Check out Full Article & Photos on Broadwayworld.com)

The musicians on stage with Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf were:

Steve Gibb, guitar

Ben Power, bodhran and irish whistle

Alex Eckhardt, bass

Simon Mulligan, piano

Ben Rauhala, piano

Vin Landolfi, electric guitar

Will Maxwell-Lunney violin

George Abud, violin, oud

Marc Phaneuf, sax

Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

Jim Caruso

Julia Murney

Marilyn Maye & Gianni Valenti

Julia Murney, Richard Maltby Jr., Jamie deRoy

Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf & Eda Sorokoff

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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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