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My View: Barry Levitt 1947-2017 He Hit All The Right Notes in Life and Music

My View: Barry Levitt 1947-2017 He Hit All The Right Notes in Life and Music

Barry Levitt the acclaimed pianist, conductor, composer, musical director and “mensch” passed away on September 21 after suffering a massive heart attack at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Sept 19th.  His untimely death profoundly affected the music world and although a memorial to celebrate his life and enormous career will be held at a future date, the cabaret community informally flocked to the Metropolitan Room last night with expressions of sorrow and love for “The Maestro”.  Sharing stories and songs were just a small fraction of the performers that Barry Levitt’s artistry enriched.  It was an emotional evening as Bernie Furshpan pointed to the piano on stage where Barry would have been playing that very evening.

Participating last night were:Bernie & Joanne Furshpan, Peter Napolitano, Marilyn Michaels, Adam Shapiro, Ty Stephens, Jon Burr, Minda Larsen, Charlie Romo, Bobbie Horowitz, Sara Zahn & Allen Kashkin, Warren Schein, Dora Rubin, Marcus Simeone, Joey Infante & Mike McDonald, Stephen Hanks, Dorian Woodruff, Maryann LoPinto, John McMahon,  Eric Stephen Jacobs and Dawn Darrow.

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Barry Levitt

Bernie Furshpan

Barry Levitt & Charlie Romo

Barry Levitt at the Friars Club in June 2017


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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