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My View: David Friedman’s Photo Was Not On The Friars Club’s Wall – Now It Is

My View: David Friedman’s Photo Was Not On The Friars Club’s Wall – Now It Is

Photographs of America’s most treasured composers are on the walls of the Friars Club. By some oversight David Friedman’s is not. After an evening of David and friends performing his music he will take his rightful place among the music greats who have had their music echo through the hallowed rooms of the club. David Friedman’s lyrics and notes create some of the finest songs ever written. Their melodies and words touch your soul and send very powerful messages of humaneness. When he chooses to express himself comedically as in his tune Rich, Famous, and Powerful David brings out tears of laughter. David brought along some of his vocally gifted friends to perform for the Friars. Mara Davi, Hugh Panaro, Alix Korey, AJ Shively, Lauren Molina, Raissa Katona Bennett, Kate Hathaway, Stacy Sullivan, Norm Lewis, and Karen Mason. Money can’t buy this type of evening, not even a $600 ticket to Hello Dolly or Hamilton, but it happens at the Friars Club because of the love of show business that is the basis of it’s existence. Some of the titles of David’s songs best convey what happened in the club last night. “We Can Be Kind”, “I’ll Be Here With You”, “We Live On Borrowed Time”, and one of the most thrilling songs ever written, “Listen To My Heart”. David and his friends poured their hearts out with his music last night and Membership Chairman Bill Boggs anointed him an Honorary Friar. His photo will soon be on the wall in the Monastery and David can now enter the club at any time, order the most expensive item on the menu and have the privilege of paying for it! A Friar Tradition.

Friar Laura Slutsky produced the event.

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

Hugh Panaro & Norm Lewis

David Friedman & Friends

Laura Slutsky, producer & David Friedman

Hugh Panaro, Stephen Sorokoff, Norm Lewis

David Friedman & Bill Boggs

Julianne Boyd, Barrington Stage, Eda Sorokoff, Riki Kane Larimer

Raissa Katona Bennett & Hugh Panaro

Friars Club

(For complete photos of David Friedman at The Friars 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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