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My View: And It’s Not Even Her Main Gig – Linda Lavin at Cafe Carlyle

My View: And It’s Not Even Her Main Gig – Linda Lavin at Cafe Carlyle

All the glamour and excitement of a Cafe Carlyle opening happened last night as Billy Stritch seated at the piano announced, (after the bands opening instrumental “Lady Be Good”) “Ladies and Gentlemen Linda Lavin!”

In the intimate, up close and personal world of Cabaret having the designation… Tony Award, Golden Globe, Drama Desk, Obie, and Primetime Emmy Award Winner does not necessarily guarantee a superb night club act.  However, if there was an award for Legendary Cafe Carlyle Performance post Bobby Short, Linda Lavin would surely be a recipient for her current show at The Carlyle.

Linda is with her musical family headed by harmonic soul mate Billy Stritch, who is no stranger to celebrity singers and Cafe Carlyle.  Ron Affif, guitar,  Tom Hubbard, bass, husband Steve Bakunas  drums, and always special guest Aaron Weinstein, violin, create some of the best sounds you will hear in a night club. 

This may not be Linda Lavin’s main occupation but she brings every bit of the talents that have made her a star to her Carlyle performance.  You have your choice, seeing the great lady on the small screen, big screen, Broadway Stage, or a couple of feet away from you in the Cafe Carlyle.

Linda Lavin   May 8-19  Tuesday – Saturday  Cafe Carlyle

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Linda Lavin

Linda Lavin & Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch & Linda Lavin

The Band

Linda Lavin & Steve Bakunas

Linda Lavin & Aaron Weinstein

Mark Sendroff & Eda Sorokoff

Linda Lavin & Eda Sorokoff

Richard Hillman, Stephen Sorokoff, Linda Lavin, Richie Ridge

Cafe Carlyle

The Carlyle


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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