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Long-time Williamsburg resident Marie Babino dances with son Tony B to the delight of all!

TONY B Brings Down the House at the American Legion Post

BY Rick Kenney

Entertainer extraordinaire Anthony Babino made a triumphant return to his childhood home and performed to a packed house at the St. Stanislaus Memorial Post #1771 on Leonard Street on Friday night.

Babino, who grew up on Devoe Street, was cheered on by his mother Marie Babino, his aunts, and several other members of his family along with the large crowd that had gathered at the Post.

Babino has made a career for himself by singing and performing in numerous casinos in Atlantic City, aboard cruise ships, and in theaters across the world.

He opened the evening with several renditions of songs from the 1946 hit musical biographical film, The Jolson Story, which recounts the life of American entertainer Al Jolson, with a dead-on impersonation of Jolson.

He then paid tribute to the “Rat Pack,” performing songs associated with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., and drew particular applause from the audience for his impersonation of Dean Martin.

For Babino, Friday’s performance was largely a family affair. He serenaded and danced with his mom as the evening progressed. He introduced his sons, Anthony and Steven, who are both entertainers in their own right.

And together the trio played tribute to the Beatles, which was followed by Babino’s sons performing hit numbers from artists like the Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, and Paul Simon.

The night concluded with Babino’s rendition of Bobby Darin’s iconic, “Mack the Knife,” and the audience then joined in as the group together sang, “God Bless America.”

North Brooklyn couldn’t get enough of the son who had returned home.


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