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My View: The Best Performance of My Funny Valentine You Will Ever Hear

My View: The Best Performance of My Funny Valentine You Will Ever Hear

Billy Stritch, continuing his “My Winter Valentine” at The Birdland Theater had his long time friend Sally Mayes as his special guest last night.  It’s too bad only about 100 or so lovers could be in the room to hear their version of the signature Valentines Day song My Funny Valentine. It’s a lovely melody but often I dread a cabaret performance that has the Rodgers & Hart tune in it.   In the wrong hands it drags.   In fact Jason Graae the brilliant actor/musician/comic has an hysterical parody that includes the rhyme “this song is much too long”.   If you ever get a chance to hear Billy Stritch and Sally Mayes sing the tune it will forever be your favorite music moment for Valentines Day.  The harmonies and melodic exploration of the two made this our best Valentines Day ever.  Julie Budd and Dr. John Wagner, our companions for the night had the best celebration of their 21 year love affair while we all marveled at the voice and pianistic creations of Billy Stritch.  He’s there Fri. Feb 15th with Aisha deHaas and Sat. Feb 16th with Lillias White.

Sally Mayes & Billy Stritch

Billy Stritch & Sally Mayes

Billy Stritch, Michael O’Brien, Sally Mayes, David Meade

Billy Stritch & Julie Budd

Sally Mayes & Billy Stritch


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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