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My View: Three Powerful Words At The Friars Club – An Evening With………………..

My View: Three Powerful Words At The Friars Club – An Evening With………………..

An Evening With… are three of the most powerful words in the entertainment world and they are so often posted and signify an event that can only happen at the Friars Club.  In the early days of the club it was  an evening with the likes of Jamies Cagney, George M. Cohan and other show business greats.  Then came evenings with Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, and many other legends.  In my era it has been evenings with Jerry Lewis, Dick Cavett and entertainment icons too numerous to mention.  Recently it was Chazz Palmentari’s turn to talk about his Bronx Tale.  Last night was a memorable evening at the club when four time Emmy Award-winning TV host Friar Bill Boggs hosted An Evening With Bobby Rydell.  It would be hard to find a celebrity that Bill Boggs has not interviewed, and last night his conversation with Bobby Rydell gave the Friars a fascinating insight into the singers life and what it was like to be a Teen Idol.  Everyone got an autographed copy of his autobiography “Bobby Rydell, Teen Idol On The Rocks -A Tale of Second Chances” and everyone got to hear the great voice of Bobby Rydell when he sang for his dinner in the Frank Sinatra Room.  When events are called “up close, unplugged, and personal it is entirely accurate for what happens in the Friars Club. 

Bill Boggs and Will Friedwald produced the happening, and HBO Comedy Central, Warm Up Comic for Dr. Oz, Richie Byrne was the opening act for Bill & Bobby.  Afternoons are not overlooked  by the Friars.  When I first joined the club it was a lunch with Neil Sedaka, who demonstrated how he wrote all those hits. 

(For another article byStephen & complete photos of this event at the Friars Club go to  BroadwayWorld.com)

Bill Boggs & Bobby Rydell

Bill Boggs, Stephen Sorokoff, Bobby Rydell

Bill Boggs & Bobby Rydell

Linda Compagnone & Bobby Rydell

Lady Jane Rothchild & Bill Boggs

Bruce Charet, Eda Sorokoff, Will Friedwald

An Evening With Bobby Rydell

( For complete photos of this event at BroadwayWorld.com)

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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 Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com 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: stephensorokoff@gmail.com

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