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Our cabaret contributor, Stephen Sorokoff, is certainly a man about towns! From New York to Massachusetts, and anywhere in between, it’s hard to keep up with this musician, CEO, turned writer – photographer. Happily, T2C can claim him as one of ours!
“A Disappointed Friend’s View” written by Stephen Sorokoff
It’s difficult to have to attend a performance that a friend is in. You have to be politically correct after the show if you don’t want to hurt your buddy’s feelings. So it was with great trepidation that I accepted Doug Major’s very tepid invitation to see a show in the way Off Broadway town of West Springfield, Ma. Since Doug seemed apprehensive about the invite, that also contributed to it becoming more of an obligation than a desire.
Before the show, in the quaint cozy lobby, my wife and I met some other friends of the actors who seemed so excited to see the show. They had been to many other productions their friends were in, and it was obvious they were knowledgeable cheerleaders of their colleague’s talents.
Watching Doug Major, “the Actor,” I was hugely disappointed that my friend had never considered it important to share with me the fact that he was a (bleepin’) great actor and singer! In fact, quite to the contrary, when I would inquire if he ever got the urge to sing (since one of the leading pianists of the day is his partner). “Oh no! I wouldn’t sing for Billy!
Even for fun” was Doug’s answer. As Michael said to his brother Freddo in the Godfather…..Doug, you broke my heart, how could you never have shared this secret with your friend? However, my disappointment gave way to absolute astonishment as Doug played the pivotal role of Mickey in Blood Brothers. He was Mickey! And was able to tackle the task of being a believable 8 year old and complex adult.
Blood Brothers is a show about two brothers, separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. They are subsequently drawn to each other and become friends. It is gripping and combines comedy and tragedy along with a wonderful score. I guess other people feel the same way about it. It was one of the longest running shows in London, having played for 24 years and 100,000 performances. I’m not a play reviewer, so I’m leaving a lot out, and besides, the other actors all have friends that know how wonderful they are. I guess the quotable line is “Doug Major is a Major talent.”
*Photos: Stephen Sorokoff