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SAD NEWS: THEATER DISTRICT
RESTAURANT / CABARET OWNER
SAM SAPIENZA, 71


Sam Sapienza, 71, owner of SAM'S RESTAURANT (263 West 45th Street, NYC - 212-719-5416) died suddenly on Thursday, May 3rd. This popular eatery has been a mainstay in the NY theater district for many years, frequented by show folk. Sam hosted many benefits especially for BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS and matched the contributions from each benefit.

He referred to West 45th Street as "Dream Street" because of the hopes and dreams associated with the Broadway theaters lining the block. Currently, Sam's presents DREAM STREET CABARET REVUE (10:30 pm - 12:30 am) with the singing staff performing after the featured show. The show was nominated for a 2000 MAC award. A show devoted to the songs of Nan Knighton christened the room in 1999. Ken Lundie operates the cabaret portion of Sam's.

The family asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Sam's name to the American Cancer Society or BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS. There was wake on May 5th and 6th and a funeral on Monday, May 7th from Becker Funeral Home in Westwood, NJ.

John Hoglund

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