Jamie de Roy & friends held court at the Friars Club on Wednesday evening January 18, 2012. The Friars presentation of Jamie and her talented friends began with dinner in the main floor dining room and was followed by a fun filled show of laughs and music on the second floor, where Jamie and her talented friends kept the surprises coming. Everyone had a moment to shine in the spotlight and showcase their gifts.
Jamie began the evening with a witty song about the clubs she has played over the 20 years she has been delighting audiences with her enthusiasm and knack for spotting extraordinary talent. Her first guest was the Downbeat Rising New Artist Tony DeSare, who opens for Don Rickles. He took over the piano from the evening’s pianist Don Rebic and accompanied himself on a provocative song he wrote “New Orleans Tango", followed by a dazzling Irving Berlin classic “I Love a Piano,” which Tony performed with the NY Pops at a Carnegie Hall tribute to Berlin. Mr. DeSare will by appearing at the Carlye on January 29.
Jamie came back with a crazy story about how she ended up at Sammy Davis Junior’s house in LA when she was a young girl, but next up was the Theater Award Winning actress/chanteuse Karen Akers who dazzled us with one of the evening’s highlights, “My Husband Makes Movies,” from her Tony nominated performance in Tommy Tune’s NINE.
Before Jamie brought out her next guest the Broadway and TV star Heather MacRae, Jamie entertained us with a clever little song “Duane Reade.” Before we knew it we were in “The Surrey with the Fringe on the Top” from Oklahoma, a beautifully authentic rendition performed by Heather MacRae.
Next the Broadway actress/singer Julia Murney, who was in this season’s marvelous Off-Broadway hit production of Queen of the Mist, added her magic on “We Can Never Go Back to Before,” and “Maria,” which Tom Kitt suggested she sing.
The outrageous comedian Kevin Meaney was so funny he was cracking himself up with his own hilarious antics. Kevin is a major talent that has been seen on HBO and on Broadway in HAIRSPRAY. He was like an uproarious runaway train building in momentum which each story.
Jamie closed out the light hearted evening with a song about an obsessed actress, embodied by Jamie, winning an Academy Award.
By Patrick Christiano
Photography: Barry Gordin