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My View: Tony Bennett Didn’t Like His Back Up Singers And Took A Pass

My View: Tony Bennett Didn’t Like His Back Up Singers And Took A Pass

Only five entertainers have received the Friars Icon Entertainment Award – Tony Bennett is now the 6th.

Douglas Fairbanks, Frank Sinatra, Cary Gray, Tom Cruise, and Robert De Niro have been awarded the Friars Club’s most prestigious accolade, the Entertainment Icon Award. Tony Bennett joined that group at a Friars Gala at the Sheraton Hotel on June 20th. It was an exciting evening of entertainment that could only happen at the Friars Club. Mr. Bennett is 90, and at the conclusion, the orchestra appropriately struck up “The Best Is Yet To Come”.  Tony looked at Robert Di Niro and Larry King struggling to sing the tune and wisely decided to just wave to the cheering crowd. The best always happens at the Friars Club.

Alvin Malnik was awarded the Icon Award For Philanthropy and Stephen Weintraub received the Friar Of The Year Award.

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

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett

Nicole Henry, Larry King, Robert Davi, Tony Bennett, Robert De Niro

Nicole Henry, Larry King, Robert Davi, Tony Bennett, Robert De Niro

Larry King & Tony Bennett

Larry King & Tony Bennett

Alvin Malnik, Icon Award for Philanthropy

Alvin Malnik, Icon Award for Philanthropy

Larry King & Stephen Weintraub, Friar of the Year

Larry King & Stephen Weintraub, Friar of the Year

Larry King, Dean

Larry King, Dean

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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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