Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM

On Monday, October 1, the Friars Club presented "Remembering the Oak Room: A musical tribute by its headliners." This 90-minute program was held in memory of the legendary cabaret venue, featuring nearly a dozen A-list performers whose careers were closely associated with the nightclub in the Algonquin Hotel.

In order of appearance, the stars were: Andrea MarcovicciBarbara CarrollTony DeSareKaren AkersEric ComstockBarbara FasanoSteve RossEmily Bergl, K.T.Sullivan, Mark Nadler, (supporting pianists / musical directors were Jon Weber, Shelly Markham, and Bill Zeffiro)

Also making a special appearance was Arthur Pomposello, who served as the Entertainment Director at the Algonquin Hotel for most of the Oak Room's halcyon era.

For thirty years, the Oak Room was the most venerated cabaret room and nightclub in New York - probably the world. Among the many superstar artists who launched their careers there - in addition to those listed above - were Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., and Jamie Cullum.

The evening was put together by two longtime show biz observers who reveled in their amateur status, having never put a show together before, TV host and personality (and longtime Friar) Bill Boggs and writer-historian-reviewer Will Friedwald.

When the Oak Room was unexpectedly closed by the Algonquin at the start of 2012, Mr. Boggs and Mr. Friedwald decided jointly that a tribute to this storied room - which had served as ground zero for the great American Songbook since 1981 - was in order. The Oak Room first began presenting singers in 1939, and then re-opened more than 40 years later at the instigation of the late Donald Smith, of the Mabel Mercer Foundation; the first artist to play the room at that time was pianist-singer Steve Ross.

Matilda the cat, the celebrated Oak Room mascot, was conspicuous by her absence.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
The Friars Club

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Andrea Marcovicci

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Andrea Marovicci

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Barbara Carroll

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Barbara Carroll

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Will Friedwald & Bill Boggs

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Tony DeSare

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Tony DeSare

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Eric Comstock

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Will Friedwald & Bill Boggs

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Arthur Pomposello

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Mr & Mrs Tony DeSare

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Steve Ross

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Emily Bergl

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Emily Bergl

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Mark Nadler

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Mark Nadler

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Mark Nadler

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
KT Sullivan

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
KT Sullivan

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Mark Nadler & KT Sullivan

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
Jamie deRoy & Arthur Pomposello

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM
The Friars Club

Photo Coverage: The Friars Club Presents REMEMBERING THE OAK ROOM

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen is also the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor of the Times Square Chronicles. He 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. email: stephen@t2conline.com


 
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