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My View: Gianni Russo (The Godfather) Does A Killer Of A Show

My View: Gianni Russo (The Godfather) Does A Killer Of A Show

Gianni Russo hit big at Le Cirque last night. Russo best known for his portrayal of Carlo Russo in “The Godfather” also knows how to do a killer of a music show and helped an important charity save lives at Le Cirque last night. Gianni and his band performed at the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization’s charity event which was held at the legendary restaurant.  The New York office of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, is dedicated to helping all of those in need in Serbia. The Organization is an international effort founded in 1993 as an urgent response to the tragic situation in the former Yugoslavia, which was afflicted by conflict and sanctions. HRH Crown Princess Katherine has strived to obtain and channel help through Lifeline and HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation. Donna & Richard Soloway are supporters of Lifeline and organized the entertaining evening which had a Las Vegas theme.

GIANNI RUSSO has made a career of playing tough guys but anyone who came back from the men’s room at Le Cirque last night sat down and continued to enjoy the food and his music music.  Although remembered most for his portrayal of Carlo Rizzi in “The Godfather”, his first acting job, his career has spanned over 40 films including such hits as The Freshman, Rush Hour, Any Given Sunday and Sea Biscuit as well as television roles in Kojak, The Rockford Files and Prison Break. And most recent.. due out this fall “Send No Flowers”.Russo believes it’s his crooning that separates him from the mob of other on-screen wise guys. His debut CD Reflections paid homage to such legendary singers as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. These icons inspired him both personally and professionally. The CD, which is available on iTunes and contains a bonus track where Russo reminisces about the behind-the-scenes drama that took place during the filming of “The Godfather”. Russo travels the country with his orchestra to sold out appearances performing the music that has influenced his Life. His follow up CD was released in June 2010, and his self titled wine label Gianni Russo Wines launched nationally in 2009.Born in Manhattan and raised in Little Italy and Staten Island, Russo overcame polio as a child to start his first “business” at the tender age of twelve, selling pens and erasers on the street corners. At eighteen Russo made his first trip to Miami, where he began to dabble in show-business, working in nightclubs and hotspots before deciding to pursue acting and move to Hollywood. 

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Gianni Russo

Richard Soloway, Donna Soloway, HRH Crown Prince Alexander, HRH Crown Princess Katherine

Richard Soloway, Margo Catsimatidis, Stephen Sorokoff

Christina Rose & Donna Soloway

Lady Eda, HRH Crown Prince Alexander, HRH Crown Princess Katherine

HRH Crown Princess Katherine

Gianni Russo

(For complete photos of this show 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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