Show at Birdland Theater benefits The Actor’s Fund
October 14, 2018: Show business ace, Jamie deRoy, an award-winning producer, cabaret, stage, film and TV performer, brought some of Broadway’s favorite stars to the brand-new Birdland Theater for a one night only cabaret show benefitting The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative, which assists those in the cabaret industry who have medical needs and concerns.
Performers, who light up the marquees of cabaret, theatre, music and comedy, joined Jamie for the benefit show. The lineup included Allison Blackwell, currently in Pretty Woman on Broadway, Donnie Kehr, a multi-talented actor, singer, musician and songwriter, Joan Ryan, who originated the role of Judy Denmark/Ginger Del Marco in the LA premiere of the hit musical, “Ruthless,” comedian Steven Scott, and Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, the creators of “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road. They have conceived a new musical, “I’m Still Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road, with the same characters several decades wiser,
Jamie has played over 5,000 shows at Birdland and her cabaret series, Jamie deRoy & friends, has been a New York staple for 27 years winning multiple awards to go with her six Tony Awards. To commemorate all the venues Jamie has played she opened the evening with a nifty little ditty written by Richard Rogers with parody lyrics by Barry Kleinbort, “Clubs I have Played.”
The evening directed by Barry Kleinbort featured Ron Abel on the piano and Richie Goods on the bass.
Proceeds from the concert, produced by deRoy, will benefit The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative — an endeavor that assists those in the cabaret industry who have medical needs and concerns. The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs honored her with a MAC award for her many long-running shows that benefit this, her signature initiative.
Photography: Barry Gordin