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My View: If These Friar Walls Could Talk….They do

If these (Friar) walls could talk you would hear music and conversation from show biz legends of the past.  Irving Berlin was a Friar who together with Friar George M. Cohan wrote many musical reviews called Friars Frolics to entertain their fellow Friars.  Last night the Friars Club presented “An Evening With Irving Berlin” to celebrate the publication of Irving Berlin: New York Genius by bestselling author and Award Winner James Kaplan.  Host/Interviewer Friar Bill Boggs led the discussion with with the author and members of the Berlin family.  There was a special appearance by Broadway and TV star Anita Gillette who was a good friend of Irving Berlin.    Renowned Pianist/Singer Steve Ross also entertained the Friars with his unique musical authenticity as he performed a few Berlin tunes and Will Friedwald was on hand with some great rare film clips. You don’t have to wonder if the Friars walls could talk.  If you’re a member you are hearing them in real time,

Irving Berlin
Bill Boggs
Anita Gillette & Steve Ross
Bill Boggs & James Kaplan
Bill Boggs
Bob Spiotto & Steve Ross
Jane Rothchild, David Bates, Eda Sorokoff

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

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