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My View: No Whining At The Friars Club Last Night

My View: No Whining At The Friars Club Last Night

There was only high comedy and some serious wine from one of the highest mountains in Greece at the Friars Club last night as Laura Slutsky hosted “Whine Women & Wine”.  In addition to Laura, who was even funny after she had a few glasses from Cava Oinos and Dougos Winery, there were 3 rare vintage comediennes who kept the Friars rolling on the floor.   Cory (Chianti) Kahaney, Taffy (Tempranillo) Jaffe, Jane (Cabernet) Condon and a special last minute audience addition who did a much smaller stand up comedy routine but got large laughs, Cagney Producer Friar Riki Kane Larimer.  Riki’s comedic timing showed why she probably could have shared a vaudeville stage with James Cagney.  Friar Steve Maglio who probably should have sung like Dean Martin was every bit Frank Sinatra even without the Friars Symphony Orchestra.  Jason Martinez from Cava Oinos got down to serious business and explained each wine as the Friars had one toast after another.  The evening’s wine consultant  Maria von Nicolai was missing in drinking  traveling in Italy and  sampling new wines for the wine cellar at the Monastery.   I’ve never seen the Monk on the wall in the Milton Berle Room having such a good time.   

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

Whine Women & Wine

Jane Condon, Taffy Jaffe, Laura Slutsky, Cory Kahaney

Bob Spiotto, Director of Programs

Laura Slutsky

Jason Martinez

Riki Kane Larimer

Steve Maglio

Laura Slutsky

Beth Blatt

Friars Club

Eda Sorokoff & Riki Kane Larimer

Jason Martinez, Cava Oinos

Whine Women & Wine

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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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