November 28, 2012: Ja
mie de Roy & friends are continuing with their festive soirees at the Metropolitan
Room where Jamie’s eclectic mix of fiends turned out right after Thanksgiving filled with the Holiday Spirit to add a dash of charm to the season.
Jamie may be cabaret’s Hostess with the longest continuously running variety cabaret show ever, and she never fails to delight with her enthusiasm for entertaining alongside her gifted friends. As usual everyone was a standout, but the evening’s highlight had to be the composer and arranger Kenny Ascher, who accompanied himself on piano with a hauntingly beautiful renditions of two songs he wrote with Paul Williams that resonate round the world, the magnificent "You and Me Against the World," which they wrote for Sesame Street’s Kermit the Frog, and "The Rainbow Connection," which they wrote for The Muppet Movie.
Other featured performers included comic Myq Kaplan, who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and the Late Show with David Letterman, the riotous singer-songwriter Mary Liz McNamara, the acclaimed Australian & West End sensation Tony Sheldon, a Tony Award Nominee for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, along with the Tony and Emmy Award nominated actor and puppeteer from Avenue Q John Tartaglia, who joined Jamie as Rod from Avenue Q for a spontaneous duet of "Baby It’s Cold Outside." A surprise of the evening was acclaimed theater actress Penny Fuller debuting "16 Things About Ed Carpolottie," from her one woman show by Barry Kleinbort that opens at 59East59 Theaters on December 4.
Ron Abel served as the evening’s musical director and Barry Klienbort directed. Jamie’s star-studded audience included Tony LoBianco , Anita Gillette, and Michael Wilson. P. Christiano
Photography: Barry Gordin
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