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My View: “You Were Good Antonia” Tony Bennett Cheers Antonia Bennett Cafe’ Carlyle Debut

My View: “You Were Good Antonia” Tony Bennett Cheers Antonia Bennett Cafe’ Carlyle Debut

“You were good Antonia” were the first words Tony Bennett said to his daughter after her Cafe Carlyle debut last night and father surely knows best in this case.  Antonia Bennett is the daughter of legendary singer Tony Bennett and has been performing alongside her father since she could walk and talk. Some of her early performances were shared with legendary Amercian icons such as Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie, Regis Philbin and Don Rickles.  Growing up with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Gene Kelly, it was inevitable that she would inherit a genuine passion for the arts. For the past ten years she has- what she considers- the distinct honor of opening for her father’s performances all over the world. I don’t know if Tony was granted prior approval of Antonia’s outstanding song list, but he sure voiced approval after the show when I heard him tell his daughter “I loved every song, great tunes, you were good Antonia”. Tony’s review was echoed by a packed Cafe Carlyle opening night audience.  Another legend was also at The Carlyle last night…….Michele Lee

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Antonia Bennett & Tony Bennett

Antonia Bennett

Antonia Bennett & Tony Bennett

Michele Lee, Tony Bennett, Eda Sorokoff

Sunny Sessa & Stephen Sorokoff

Cafe’ Carlyle

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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, 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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