Aretha Franklin Enjoys Marathon Birthday Bash In New York

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March 28, 2013 | 8:31am EST

Aretha Franklin had a birthday to remember in New York on Monday as she was serenaded by the cast of a Broadway musical before partying with Tony Bennett and Berry Gordy.
The soul legend turned 71 on Monday and she began her celebrations by hosting a dinner at Le Bernardin restaurant in Manhattan for friends including fellow birthday girl Chaka Khan, who turned 60 on Saturday.
Franklin went on to attend a performance of Motown: The Musical on Broadway, which ended with the cast singing Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday to their most famous audience member.
The party then continued with a special bash at Ritz Carlton hotel with guests including Bennett, Gordy, and Reverend Al Sharpton.
Attendees were treated to cakes shaped as Grammy Award trophies.

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