Jamie deRoy & friends has a distinctively unique show lined up for January 27th with Jim Ca
ruso’s Broadway at Birdland Series, a benefit for the Actor’s Fund at Birdland. From a quick look at the line-up the evening promises to be full of surprises, a festive kick-off to 2014 with the multi faceted Dee Snider joining Beth Leavel , a Tony, Drama Desk, and LA Critic award winner for The Drowsy Chaperone. The hilarious television comedian Kevin Meaney, who was in Hairspray for 5 years, is sure to spice things up as only he can. Also performing are Broadway veterans Jeff Kready, and Matt Stocke.
Lauren Worsham, making a marvelous Broadway debut as Pheobe in the madcap musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the one musical all the critics agree is the most inventive of the season, will perform with Jeff Kready, who has made his way from Topeka, Kansas (where he was born and raised), to film and Broadway (currently in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder). Together Lauren and Jeff will sing "Inside Out" by the composers of A Gentleman’s Guide Steven Lutvak (music) and Robert L. Freedman (lyrics).
Dee Snider, who performed on Broadway in Rock of Ages, is probably best known as the front man for the heavy metal band Twisted Sister, and his appearance on Celebrity Apprentice, has a Broadway show in the works for the 2015 season. Dee will perform a duet of "Can’t Fight This Feeling" with Matt Stocke, a former cast member from Rock of Ages, and I am certain Dee will shake things up a bit with his mashup of his most famous song "We’re Not Gonna Take It ," along with "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," which is actualy a sneak peek of a musical number from Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, which is due in Chicago this fall, before making a 2015 Broadway debut.
Snider’s CD "Dee Does Broadway" (featuring Bebe Neuwirth, Patti LuPone, Cyndi Lauper and more) will be given free to the first 120 people who come to the show, and Dee will be happy to sign them after the show.
Jamie deRoy & friends Broadway the Birdland Series takes place at Birdland, 315 West 45th Street in New York. For tickets call 212-581-3080 or go to www.birdlandjazz.com