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My View: Controversy Continues at the Friars Club…Baby It’s Cold Outside

 Some Radio and TV Stations may be refusing to play Frank Loesser’s Academy Award-winning song, but Deana Martin and Steven Maglio sang it last night at the Friars Club to a jam packed room of gloriously festive and politically incorrect Friars.  They joined the ranks of celebrities who have recorded the tune such as, Idina Menzel & Michael Buble’, Esther Williams & Ricardo Montalban, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan, Margret Whiting & Johnny Mercer and the composer Frank Loesser and his wife Lynn Garland. I spotted Steve Tyrell and Janine Sharell mouthing the words as Deana Martin sang her dads hit and who knows, maybe the couple will have a version coming out too.  Tyrell on his day off from his 15th season’s Cafe Carlyle holiday engagement celebrated his birthday by joining the festivities at the club as Steven Maglio and orchestra filled the Frank Sinatra Dining Room with the songs of the Chairman of The Board in a musical tribute called “ Not Just Sinatra”   There seemed to be celebrities at all the tables at the Friars Club last night swinging to the sounds of Maglio, who is not a Sinatra impersonator but rather he’s a musical force that is keeping the swagger and music of that era alive and well.  Deana Martin and Steve Tyrell also sang for their supper and kept the spirit of the season swinging in the room.  It was “A Marshmallow World” at the Friars Club last night.

Deana Martin & Steven Tyrell
Steven Maglio & Orchestra
Steve Tyrell & Janine Sharell
Happy Birthday Steve Tyrell
Steve Tyrell & Deana Martin
Steve Tyrell, Stephen Sorokoff, Alyse Lo Bianco, Tony Lo Bianco
Debi Maldonado-Maglio, John Griffeth, Eda Sorokoff, Steve Tyrell
Bob Spiotto & Steven Maglio
Deana Martin & Steven Maglio
Tony Lo Bianco, Steve Tyrell, Danny Bacher
Steve Tyrell & Deana Martin
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti & Rinaldo Nistico

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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 also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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