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My View: Richard Lewis Has Room Named After Him By The Friars

My View: Richard Lewis Has Room Named After Him By The Friars

The plaque on the Friars Club building (The Monastery) reads Jerry Lewis.   On the main floor it’s the The Frank Sinatra Dinning Room.  Downstairs we have the Billy Crystal Bar and upstairs are the Milton Berle, Barbra Streisand, Ed Sullivan, and William B. Williams Rooms.  Today a very important room often frequented by Friars had a plaque inSTALLLED.  The Richard Lewis “John”. It was a very MOVING event as Executive Director Michael Gyrue and Program director Bob Spiotto officiated at a dignified ceremony which put the rooms regular function on hold during the event.  Richard Lewis had some memorable remarks to the anxiously waiting assembled, all of which cannot be repeated here.   What happens in the Friars stays in the Friars.

(Complete photos of the Richard Lewis “John” on

Richard Lewis

Michael Gyure, Bob Spiotto, Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis “John”

Bob Spiotto & Richard Lewis

Stephen Sorokoff, The Richard Lewis John

The Richard Lewis “John”


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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