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.
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
The Friars Club
The Friars Club