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My View: Linda Purl Plays One Of Her Finest Roles at the Beach Cafe

My View: Linda Purl Plays One Of Her Finest Roles at the Beach Cafe

If you were making a movie about New York City and were tasked to re-create the perfect intimate night club experience that included a beautiful glamorous singer and famous New Yorkers at the tables look no further. That scene took place at the Beach Cafe with actress/singer Linda Purl performing her show up close and personal singing to you from the curve of Tedd Firth’s Grand Piano on the East Side of Manhattan last night.  

Linda Purl

Linda Purl, so celebrated and well known for her enormous career on Television and in Film also happens to be a superior vocalist with a compelling voice and mastery of phrasing that only a good actor can bring to the music.  Performing with only a piano is one of the most difficult ways for a pop/jazz vocalist to work and you have to be quite expert in your musical ability to make it happen.  Linda is born to do it, in fact it’s probably the best way to get to know her.  Tedd Firth on the piano of course is also the perfect musician to be accompanied by.  In this case it’s lucky that Dave Goodside’s  Beach Cafe only has room for a Grand Piano, a Mic Stand and about 60 patrons.  The experience can’t be beat.  BTW, if you had to type cast the perfect night club/restaurant host you would probably find someone like Dave.  He sets the tone for the evening with his hospitality and friendliness.

Born in Connecticut, Purl grew up in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy. Her studies continued at Neighborhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg Institute. She was Founding Director of the California International Theatre Festival. Purl currently tours with her solo concerts Midnight Caravan – Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era and Up Jumped Spring. Solo albums are Alone Together, Out of this World—Live Midnight Caravan and just released Up Jumped Spring. Past concert venue appearances include Lincoln Center Jazz, Feinstein’s in NY, Naples Philharmonic, Catalina Jazz Club in LA, Crazy Coqs in London, Club Raye in Paris and Satin Doll in Tokyo.

Linda Purl has played several roles in television series, starting with The Secret Storm. In 1978, she appeared as newlywed Molly Beaton in the ABC western drama series The Young Pioneers, set in the Dakota Territory of the 1870s and based on the novels of Rose Wilder Lane. She also acted alongside Shaun Cassidy in the 1979 TV movie Like Normal People. On Happy Days she played two different roles: Richie’s occasional girlfriend Gloria in season two of the show (1974) and Fonzie’s steady girlfriend Ashley eight seasons later (1982–1983).  

The list of her roles goes on and on but last night one of Linda’s finest roles played out at the Beach Cafe.

(Complete photos of this show can be seen on

Linda Purl
Linda Purl & Tedd Firth
Chuck Steffan, Ron Abel, Mark Waldman, Carole Koeppel, Tricia Miller, Sunny Sessa, Nicolas King
Tricia Miller, Mark Waldman, Jamie deRoy
Dave Goodside, Merril Stone, Jamie deRoy, Stanley Steinberg, Linda Purl, Ken Fallin
Linda Purl & Paul Kreppel
Ron Insana & Linda Purl
Sunny Sessa, Dave Goodside, Nicolas King
Bill Hutton, Jamie deRoy, Ken Fallin, Stanley Steinberg
Beach Cafe
Linda Purl

Linda Purl


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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