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Piaf: A Centennial Celebration

Piaf: A Centennial Celebration
Photo Coverage: PIAF: A Centennial Celebration Plays The Town Hall Kim David Smith, Molly Pope, Little Annie, Gay Marshall, Marilyn Maye, Daniel Nardicio, Vivian Reed, Aaron Weinstein, Amber Martin, Meow Meow, Andy Brattain, Robert Osborne

Photo Coverage: PIAF: A Centennial Celebration Plays The Town Hall
Kim David Smith, Molly Pope, Little Annie, Gay Marshall, Marilyn Maye, Daniel Nardicio, Vivian Reed, Aaron Weinstein, Amber Martin, Meow Meow, Andy Brattain, Robert Osborne

On December 19th Edith Piaf’s music filled Town Hall. The roster was impressive with British musical theater star Elaine Paige, who starred in a 90s London revival of Piaf, headlining. Ms. Paige intensely sang Piaf’s signature songs “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” and “Hymne à l’Amour.” Robert Osborne, of the Turner Classic Movies channel, M.C’d as Meow Meow brought on “La Vie en Rose,” Gay Marshall, sang “Pigalle” and “La Foule,”Kim David Smith, an Australian singer, sang “Padam, Padam” and Molly Pope came with “Milord.” The jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein proved chanteuse can also be done with just an instrument, as did the 15-piece American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luke Frazier. Marilyn Maye added weight with two Cole Porter songs,

Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige and guest

Piaf, who was born in Paris seven days after Frank Sinatra, on Dec. 19, 1915.

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye

Amid all the hosannas, none of Sinatra’s contemporary descendants came close to capturing Ol’ Blue Eyes’ honesty and emotional presence. So it was with Piaf’s admirers, except for the remarkable Vivian Reed, whose renditions of Jacques Laure’s “Heaven Have Mercy” and Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire’s “Mon Dieu” shot bullets straight to the gut. Piaf never held back, and neither did Ms. Reed, an heir of Lena Horne in the cold firepower of her majestic rage.

Edith Piaf

The program

Little Annie

Little Annie

Little Annie, Sydney Myer

Little Annie and Sydney Myer

Amber Martin

Amber Martin

Gay Marshall

Gay Marshall

Meow Meow

Meow Meow

Vivian Reed

Vivian Reed

Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne

Tavern On The Green

Tavern On The Green

Tobias Larson,Tommy Tune

Tobias Larson, Tommy Tune

 

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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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