MAC Award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & Friends, returns to Birdland.
February 17, 2020: Jamie DeRoy, a seven- time Tony Award winning producer, brought her multi-MAC Award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, back to Birdland last night. The entertaining evening, part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series, benefited The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative which assists those in the cabaret industry who have medical needs and concerns. The Actors Fund annual gala will honor Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, along with Brian Stokes Mitchell, chairman of The Actor’s Fund, and producer philanthropist, Steve Tisch at the New York Marriott Marquis on April 6th.
Photography: Barry Gordin
Special guests for Jamie’s show at Birdland were Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera), Rick Crom (Newsical, Urinetown), comedian Harrison Greenbaum (“America’s Got Talent”), Paula Dione Ingram (Carmen Jones/West End, Porgy & Bess, PBS), and the Billboard chart-topping singing and stinging Quartet, Well Strung. The show directed by Barry Kleinbort featured musical director, Christopher Denny, on the piano and Tom Hubbard on bass.
Jamie opened the evening with a witty “ Start of Something Big,” a parody of Steve Allen’s “This Could Be The Start of Something Big,” with parody lyrics by Barry Kleinbort before introducing her first guest, Paula Dione Igram, who will be bringing her own cabaret show to Brirdland later this year. After her last guest, Well Strung, the dynamic American string quartet known for fusing classical music with pop music, Jamie closed out the evening with her riotous signature song, “Jews Don’t Camp.”
This colorful cabaret series has been thrilling New York City audiences for the past 25 years and serves as the basis for deRoy’s award-winning cable television show which spotlights well-known entertainers and newcomers that are lighting up the marquees of cabaret, theater, music and comedy. Jamie deRoy has won three Tony Awards, eight MAC Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards and ten Telly Awards for her extensive work on both stage and screen. She has appeared onstage with Joan Rivers and has headlined at many of New York’s major clubs. She has produced nine CDs in the Jamie deRoy & friends series, all of which are available on Harbinger and PS Classics labels.
Check out photos from the evening.