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My View: Sneak Peek Inside A Private Birthday Party at The Friars Club

My View: Sneak Peek Inside A Private Birthday Party at The Friars Club

Do you want to have the best birthday party ever?  First…. be talented and admired entertainers who have lots of talented friends. Then, have many adoring fans and a large loving family.  Next, have Sunny Sessa and Craig Neier create and produce your celebration at the Friars Club.  The Friars Club which is the ground zero gathering place for show business folks and one of a kind events (most recent the Billy Crystal Icon Award Gala) hosted Will & Anthony Nunziata’s Birthday Bash last night and here is a look inside the celebration.

There were performances by Grammy Award Winner Steve Tyrell (who will open his 14th season at Cafe Carlyle tomorrow night), Karon Kate Blackwell, Nicole Henry, Haley Swindal, Tony Award Winner Cady Huffman, and comedian Jessica Kirson.  TV’s Ernie Anastos was the Master of Ceremonies and Eugene Gwozdz was at the keyboard.  Video Birthday messages were sent by Michael Feinstein, Loni Anderson, Judith Light, Fran Drescher, Robert Davi, Clint & Kelly Holmes, Deana Martin, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr. and Billy Stritch.  The Boys thrilled the well wishers who filled the Frank Sinatra Dining Room with the spectacular singing they are known for.

This was a very special evening at the Friars Club…. where most every evening is a celebration!


(More photos of the party can be seen on

Will & Anthony Nunziata

Craig Neier & Sunny Sessa, Producers

Ernie Anastos, Anthony Nunziata, Will Nunziata

Will Nunziata, Steve Tyrell, Sunny Sessa, Stephen Sorokoff, Haley Swindal

Steve Tyrell & Sunny Sessa

Eda Sorokoff, Jack Tantleff, Haley Swindal

Will Nunziata, Sunny Sessa, Anthony Nunziata

Sunny Sessa & Craig Neier

Wayne Diamond & Ralph Compagnone

The Nunziata’s

Will Nunziata, Anthony Nunziata, Steve Tyrell, Cady Huffman, Craig Neier, Haley Swindal

Ron Abel & Eda Sorokoff

Stephen Sorokoff & Ralph Compagnone



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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