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My View: A New Friar With A Great Voice

My View: A New Friar With A Great Voice

It can be quite intimidating to perform in the Friars Club.  Pre show a performer might be relaxing in the Billy Crystal Room on the main floor or upstairs in the Barbra Streisand Room.

All the while gazing at photos of famous entertainers who have been Friars and have performed at the club. Your sound check will be either in the Milton Berle Room or the Frank Sinatra Dining Room.  More legends looking down on you from the walls.  

Marieann Meringolo was a worthy singer to take her place among those celebrities as a newly inducted Friar and perform for her fellow members last night.  Marieann thrilled the audience of Friars and their guests as she sang the songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman.  Ms. Meringolo in her soft range is reminiscent of the great Nancy LaMott and then she can rise to the thrilling fullness similar to Barbra Streisand.  

Marieann joined the elite of legendary singers and musicians last night.  It’s an honor bestowed on a very exclusive list of performers over the decades. 

The list includes: Oscar Hammerstein, Al Jolson, Irving Berlin, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Barbra Streisand, Perry Como, Enrico Caruso, Liza Minnelli, Tom Jones,Tony Bennett, Nancy Sinatra, Diana Ross, Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Frankie Valli, Art Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, Dee Snider, Dionne Warwick, Allen Toussaint, Debbie Reynolds, Aretha Franklin, Boyd Tinsley, Clive Davis, and Natalie Cole.

Doyle Newsier, Music Director, Will Nunziata Director, Sipho Kunene, Drums, Boots Maleson, Bass

Marieann Meringolo
Marieann Meringolo
Marieann Meringolo
Marieann Meringolo
Marieann Meringolo
Stan Gilbert, Marieann Meringolo, Sharon Klein
Marieann Meringolo, Sunny Sessa, Will Nunziata
Jane Shevell, Stephen Sorokoff, Eda Sorokoff


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 also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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