Steven Maglio to Sing Songs of Sinatra at Surflight

By Rick Mellerup | Aug 13, 2019
Steven Maglio

Beach Haven — Steven Maglio will be crooning at Surflight Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 18, starting at 8:30 p.m. Maglio insists he is not a Frank Sinatra impersonator, but methinks the man protests too much. After all, Maglio sings American standards, including many made famous by Sinatra. He also performs in a tuxedo, is backed by a big band, and holds a drink in one hand and a cigar in the other in a publicity photo.

His website certainly doesn’t shy away from comparisons with Sinatra:

“Steven sounds just like Sinatra’s records,” said Vic Damone.

“I can’t believe how much he reminds me of Sinatra,” said Johnny Maestro. “Even his speaking voice sounds like Frank’s.”

“Because I’m legally blind, my hearing is sharper than average, and still I was surprised when they told me Steven was singing live,” said former New York Gov. David Patterson about an event where Maglio was performing. “I thought they were playing Sinatra’s recordings.”

“Steven Maglio is the keeper of Frank Sinatra’s flame,” said the late clarinetist Sol Yaged.

“Steven Maglio does not have blue eyes, but with his smooth croon and Rat Pack swagger, listeners just might imagine they were at the Copa Room at the Sands in 1963,” wrote a reviewer for The New York Times.

Just as Sinatra was associated with the Copa Room, Maglio is associated with the Carnegie Club, a New York City bar and smoking lounge located on West 56th Street. He rules the roost at the club every Saturday night, with a “Remembering the Sands” show at 8 p.m. and a “Sinatra Songs” show at 10:30.

“The smoking of cigars and cigarettes is legally permitted in this venue,” it says on Maglio’s website, which also urges people to “have dinner at Sinatra’s favorite place, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant,” which is down the street from the Carnegie Club.

So, if Maglio isn’t a Sinatra impersonator, he at least is a throwback to the late 1950s and early 1960s when Frank and Dean and Sammy and Peter and Joey were the coolest of cool.

It will cost you $37.50 to visit Surflight on Sunday evening and blast into the past. Tickets may be purchased online at surflight.org, by phone at 609-492-9477 or at the door. —R.M.

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