Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club

Friars have socialized and been entertained by every major Broadway and Great American Songbook composer starting with Friar George M. Cohan, who in addition to writing over 50 Broadway shows and 300 songs happened to pen "Over There" at a table during lunch at the Friars Club. Last night continuing this tradition, and in the same building that Friar Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn and countless luminaries have performed, musical theatre legends Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire entertained The Friars with a major dose of Maltby & Shire music.

Their 5 decade collaboration has produced shows and revues such as "Closer Than Ever" "Baby" "Big" "Starting Here, Starting Now" . They are two of the most beloved and prolific creators of songs that portray and chronicle our lives.

Singing their praises and music were host & producer Jamie deRoy, Charlotte Maltby, Loni Ackerman, David Gaines, Charlie Franklin, Lynne Wintersteller, Sal Viviano, Haley Swindal, Deniz Cordell, and Jordan Barrow. Shire and Maltby also performed and watching Richard Maltby Jr. sing, "dance" and handle a top hat reminded me of the James Cagney - Bob Hope routine in the movie "The Seven Little Foys" when they performed for their fellow Friars as they portrayed George M Cohan and Eddie Foy.

It all happened last night before an overflow Friar audience in the Milton Berle Room, after cocktails in the Barbra Streisand Room, and dinner in The Frank Sinatra Dining Room.

Richard & David were elected as members of the Friars Club last night and David Shire cleverly noted that he will now be known as Friar Shire.

You don't have to be a composer or lyricist to join The Friars, but you do have to be able to enjoy music and entertainment.

BroadwayWorld attended the event and you can check out full photo coverage below!

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Richard Malbty Jr., Jamie deRoy, David Shire

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Richard Maltby Jr., & Loni Ackerman

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
David Shire, Jamie deRoy, Richard Maltby

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Jamie deRoy & Richard Maltby

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Richard Maltby Jr., & Charlotte Maltby

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Charlotte Maltby

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Charlotte Maltby

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Loni Ackerman

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Charlie Franklin & Charlotte Maltby

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Lynne Wintersteller

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Sal Viviano

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Sal Viviano & Richard Maltby Jr.

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Haley Swindal

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Haley Swindal & Richard Maltby Jr.

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Deniz Cordell

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Jordan Barrow

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
David Shire, Richard Maltby Jr., Lonnie Ackerman

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Richard Maltby Jr., & Lonnie Ackerman

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
The Friars Club

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
The Cast

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Charlotte Maltby, Haley Swindal, Eda Sorokoff, Jamie deRoy, Sal Viviano

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Jamie deRoy & Richard Maltby Jr.

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
The Friars Club

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Bob Spiotto, Director of Programs, Friars Club

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Richard Maltby Jr., & Charlotte Maltby

Photo Coverage: Maltby & Shire Celebrated at The Friars Club
Jamie deRoy & Eda Sorokoff


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