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My View: It All Happened “Over There” At The Friars Club

My View: It All Happened “Over There” At The Friars Club

In 1917 a group of Friars were having lunch at the Friars Club. At that time it was a men’s only club and the group consisted of Will Rodgers, George M. Cohan, and World Heavyweight champion “Gentleman Jim Corbett”. They were debating the merits of the United States entry in World War l. Cohan left the discussion and along with his music director Charlie Gebest who was also at the table went to a nearby piano. In 20 minutes they had written the patriotic song “Over There” and in 1936 George M. Cohan was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for that and other Cohan songs. Fast forward to lunch this week which was hosted by Friar Laura Slutsky with her invited guest Robert Creighton who is currently starring in Cagney. It was for a discussion of all things Cohan and Cagney. This all happened “Over There” at the Friars Club at lunch.

(For another article by Stephen and complete photos of this event go to Broadwayworld.com)

 Friars Club

Friars Club

Laura Slutsky & Robert Creighton

Laura Slutsky & Robert Creighton

Robert Creighton

Robert Creighton

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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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