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From Fox News,2933,291701,00.html

August 1, 2007

Uncle Junior Sings

And everyone listens. Last night at Elaine's, Dominic Chianese, aka Uncle Junior from "The Sopranos," serenaded the restaurant not once but twice a cappella with an Italian song and an Irish one. (What, someone asked, no Yiddish?)

The occasion was a joint birthday party for mystery writer Carol Higgins Clark and her beau, Al Sapienza , the actor who is about to play Baby's father in the Broadway bound musical "Dirty Dancing" that previews in Toronto this fall.

And Dominic wasn't the only one who sang: Port Authority commissioner Angelo Genova — not to be outdone — gave us a rendition of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" that could make Tony Bennett weep. Marone!

It must have been moving, because famed New York Post writer Steve Dunleavy, dining with Post editor in chief Col Allan , literally fell off his chair.

Also in the house: FIFA's Chuck Blazer , singing the praises of David Beckham; and ICM super agent Esther Newberg , heading up a literary table of Phyllis Grann and author Sally Jenkins. There was talk, too, of the prior Friday's "Hairspray" dinner, featuring John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky as they waited for box office returns.

And it was only Tuesday night at Elaine's, but it felt like Thursday, if you know what I mean.

- By Roger Friedman



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