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Joe Sirola is Immortalized in Cement For New York’s Sidewalk of the Stars

Joe Sirola is Immortalized in Cement For New York’s Sidewalk of the Stars
Claire Gozzo, Joe Sirola

Claire Gozzo, Joe Sirola. Photo by Stacie Joy

It was a terrific night at the Lorcan Otway’s Historic Theater 80 Saint Marks, when actor, artist, gardener, and voice-over king Joe Sirola joined the likes of Gloria Swanson, Myrna Loy, Ruby Keeler, Alan Cuming and others who have been immortalized in cement with his signature and handprints for “New York’s Sidewalk of the Stars.” The show opened with emcee Maximilion St. James introducing a video presentation complete with Clint Eastwood shooting him dead in “Hang Em High,” to Joe in “Get Smart,” “Quincy,” “Man From U.N.C.L.E,” “Wolf,” “Club Med” commercials and with Jimmy Cagney in his final film “Terrible Joe Moran,” among other gems.

Karin Oberlin

Karin Oberlin. Photo by Stacie Joy

There were performances from the fabulous Steve Ross, Shana Farr, Leslie Middlebrook, Brian Drutman, Karin Oberlin, Jon Weber, N’Kenge, Joy Brown, and the incomparable KT Sullivan.

N'Kenge, Jon Weber

N’Kenge belting it out with Jon Weber on piano. Photo by Stacie Joy

Lee Pfeiffer conducted an on-stage interview with the man of the hour with Joe regaling the audience with stories of Richard Burton, “Molly Brown” his entry into show business and other wonderful stories that only this brilliant raconteur can deliver.

Jack Scalia, Joe Sirola

Jack Scalia, who starred with Joe as father & son in the tv WOLF. In bg, Joe’s Korean War buddy Pat Cooke. Photo by Stacie Joy

Among the guests in the audience were Jack Scalia (Sirola’s co-star in the tv series “Wolf,” Jamie De Roy, Riki Kane Larimer (The producer of ‘Cagney The Musical’ with De Roy and Sirola). It was a wonderful evening celebrating a great good generous  man and friend.

Lorcan Otway, Joe Sirola, Gary Springer

Lorcan Otway oversees Joe Sirola singing with Gary Springer & Jose Tavira looking on. Photo by Stacie Joy.

Lorcan Otway

Lorcan Otway introduces the evening. Photo by Stacie Joy

KT Sullivan

KT Sullivan. Photo by Stacie Joy

KT Sullivan

KT Sullivan sings 29 songs (abridged) from 1929 – the Year of Joe Sirola’s birth. Photo by Stacie Joy

Karin Oberlin, Jeffrey Hardy, Shana Farr

Karin Oberlin, Jeffrey Hardy & Shana Farr at the reception following their onstage performances. Photo by Stacie Joy

Maximilion St. James

Emcee Maximilion St. James. Photo by Stacie Joy

Leslie Middlebrook, Karin Oberlin

Singers at the event Leslie Middlebrook & Karin Oberlin at the reception for Joe Sirola. Photo by Stacie Joy

Maximilion St. James

The evening’s emcee, Maximilion St. James waiting in the wings. Photo by Stacie Joy

Joe Sirola

Joe Sirola immortalized in cement. Photo by Stacie Joy

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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