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My View: Dean Martin Still Making The Women Swoon At Friars 100th Birthday

My View: Dean Martin Still Making The Women Swoon At Friars 100th Birthday

Everybody Loved Somebody at The Friars Club last night as Dean Martin was celebrated in song and toasted by his fellow Friars.  Deana Martin Dino’s daughter even appeared via video to wish her father a Happy Birthday.   Dean most got the idea for those great TV roasts from his many appearances at Friars Roasts and his spirit, good humor, cool demeanor, and friendliness  is the feeling one gets when in the club.  Friars Bill Boggs, Will Friedwald and Stan Gilbert produced the over sold event and another guy with very similar characteristics to Dino headlined the Friars in house show.  Tony Danza!  Friars Bill Zeffiro, Danny Bacher, Venessa Racci, Michael Garin, Mardie Millit, Jenna Esposito, Bill Boggs and Stan Gilbert all performed Dean Martin favorites.  The Friars even got to see a still sexy Dean Martin Original Gold Digger in perfect voice sing and reminisce about her old boss.  The show ran entertainingly long because not one of the performers asked Dean’s favorite line when he walked out on stage…..”How long have I been on?”

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Eda Sorokoff, Dean Martin, Sunny Sessa

Tony Danza

Stan Gilbert

Bill Boggs Michele Dellafave, Will Friedwald

Stephen Sorokoff, Sunny Sessa, Ron Abel

Sunny Sessa & Eda Sorokoff

Jamie deRoy & Dean Martin


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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