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My View: If These Walls Could Talk – Then They Do (And Sing) At The Friars Club

My View: If These Walls Could Talk – Then They Do (And Sing) At The Friars Club

Yankee Stadium has it’s “Legends Seats” and Monuments to Yankee legends prominently displayed in the “House That Ruth Built”. Then the current team takes the field and the future legends start to play ball. In the Friars Club show biz past and present are always in the house. Their photos are on the wall and names are engraved on the chairs in the Frank Sinatra Dining Room. Then as so often happens an “insiders” great show is produced for the members and those legends current and future entertain their fellow Friars. So it happened last night as the Friars Club honored Bobby Short, the legendary cabaret singer/pianist who was best known for his three decade plus music residency at Cafe Carlyle in New York City. The music of Bobby Short was brought to life by some current Cafe Carlye and Bemelmans Bar stars in a spectacular evening produced and hosted by Friar Jeff Leibowitz and Co-Produced by Friar Will Friedwald.
Loston Harris (car waiting outside to scoot him back to The Carlyle) Chris Gillespie and Tony DeSare all sat at The Friars piano and sang the Porter, Kern, Gershwin, songs Bobby was known for. Natalie Douglas was on hand to give her elegant renditions of the Bobby Short Songbook. Then Clint Holmes, a current legend and one of the most dynamic entertainers to ever appear at the Friars got up from his table in the Dinning Room to perform and another evening went into the archives of great nights of music at the club. BTW, talking about legends, Chita Rivera soon to open at Cafe Carlyle was enjoying the show at The Friars Club last night.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this Friars event go to

Clint Holmes & Chita Rivera

Friars Club

Tony DeSare & Loston Harris

Chris Gillespie

Chuck Steffan, Ron Abel, Natalie Douglas

Jeff Liebowitz & Chita Rivera

Clint Holmes & Stephen Sorokoff

Chuck Steffan, Eda Sorokoff, Ron Abel

Sunny Sessa & Tony DeSare

Friars Club

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this Friars event go to


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, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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