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Adam B. Shapiro: Life of the Party / Song for the Lonely

Broadway Sings for Pride

You may know Adam B. Shapiro as Der Rov from "Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish", as Gimpel from "Gimpel the Fool", as the cantor in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" on Amazon Prime, or even from his virtual series "(Still A) Live From Shapiro Hall". He is an actor, who has also appeared in HBO's "The Normal Heart" (2014), NBC's "30 Rock", NBC's "The Mysteries of Laura", and "Master of None" (2015). Shapiro has done theatre, film, and television — in both English and Yiddish. He is a lot of laughs, wrapped around a big cuddly heart.

In addition to acting, Shapiro is also an award-winning singer and cabaret performer. He won the 2013 MAC Award for Musical Comedy performer of the year for his show, "Guide to the Perfect Breakup". In 2020, Shapiro directed the star-studded "Folksbiene Chanukah Spectacular" at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, a virtual benefit that enlisted more than 50 Yiddish performers from across the world.

On September 10, 2017, Broadway Sings for Pride held a Broadway-themed concert, as part of "The Original LGBT Expo", at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. "The Original LGBT Expo" featured over 250 exhibitors, non-stop live entertainment on the stage, and hours of interactive seminars. Musical performances by Broadway stars were highlights of the program. Sponsors included United Airlines, Lufthansa, Foresters Financial, and New York Liberty. Broadway Sings for Pride is a multiple award-winning, non-for-profit organization that brings together Broadway talent, activists, and celebrities, to educate the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ+ youth.

Shapiro performed the song "Life of the Party" during the event, where Shefik served as Videographer. "Life of the Party" is a song originally performed by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, from the musical "The Wild Party". It is a musical with book, lyrics, and music by Andrew Lippa. "The Wild Party" won the 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music.

Shapiro also performed the song "Song for the Lonely". Originally titled "(This is) A Song for the Lonely"), it is a song by Cher from her 24th studio album, "Living Proof" (2001). It was written by Mark Taylor, Paul Barry, and Steve Torch, and produced by Taylor.

"Song for the Lonely" (as performed by Cher) was met with positive reviews, with music commentators complimenting its heartfelt lyrics and beat. Commercially, the song topped the Dance/Electronic Singles Sales and the Dance Club Songs charts. The accompanying music video was recorded in New York City under the direction of Stu Maschwitz, and depicts Cher walking through the streets of the city since the 18th century until the modern days, while she is joined by several people from those times.


  • Videographer: Shefik

Last Updated: May 8, 2023

About Shefik

Celebrating over 25 years in the entertainment industry, Shefik has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, and MTV World. He currently serves as a Technical Lead at NBCUniversal. His work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), and Broadway World. He is currently the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Shefik presents Invocation", which is broadcast on over 20 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States, as well as the internationally distributed video series of the same name via Prime Video and other notable outlets.

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