Tonight is a great night to tune into Jamie deRoy & friends. On December 6th Jamie deRoy’s Award Winning Variety Show Jamie deRoy & friends gather together to raise funds for The Actors Fund and the Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. At tonights show part one of that concert with Jelani Alladin (Frozen, Hercules) who brought the house to attention with “Let It Sing” from Violet and “Beautiful City” from the film version of Godspell written by Stephen Schwartz.
Looking absolutely beautiful Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables), will bring her glorious soprano to “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady. That night she treated the audience to “My Love” a new song by Jason Ma and his new show Gold Mountain, which was such a treat. Now on Jamie deRoy & friends you will also be treated to this special moment.
The following week on December 14th, Stephen Schwartz presented the ASCAP Foundation Award to its winner Jason Ma, completing a serendipitous circle.
The show tonight will have
Jamie deRoy I’m Too Old To Die Young
Written By: Murray Grand
Additional Lyrics: Barry Kleinbort
Jelani Alladin Let It Sing: Written By: Jeanine Tesori & Brian Crawley
Beautiful City: Written By: Stephen Schwartz
Ali Ewoldt: I Could Have Danced All Night: Written By: Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
My Love: Written By: Jason Ma
You can find Jamie deRoy & friends every other Monday at 8:00PM on MNN5: Spectrum Channel 1993, and Verizon FIOS Channel 37www.jamiederoy.com
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Part 2 airing Monday, January 24, 2022 On this episode the Special Guest is Stephen Flaherty, of the Tony Award Winning team Ahrens and Flaherty. Lynn Ahrens had a family emergency that evening and couldn’t be there, but all is well now. Stephen did double duty that evening as he talked about the songs and played for his singers!
Cassondra James sings “Come Down From the Tree” cut from “Once on This Island” and Christy Altomare sings the Oscar and Golden Globe Nominated “Journey to the Past” from “Anastasia” that she sang in the Broadway Musical, in which she starred. Stephen Flaherty accompanied both singers.
Music is by Stephen Flaherty and the lyric by Lynn Ahrens.The comedy Guest is Cory Kahaney, who has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, America’s Got Talent, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson a record 7 times, The View and best known as a grand finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
Part 3 airing Monday, February 7, 2022 Mauricio Martinez from “On Your Feet” and Tony Award Winner, Donna McKechnie are featured on this episode.
Jamie deRoy closes the show with her audience favorite, “Jews Don’t Camp” by David Buskin.
Mauricio Martinez sings “Mi Peru”by Jaime Lozano & Nancy Cheser and Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Something Wonderful” (in Spanish) from “The King & I.”
Donna McKechnie sings a medley of Stephen Sondheim’s “Pleasant Little Kingdom” which was cut from “Follies” and “Too Many Mornings.” (which was not).
She also shares some stories since she worked with Stephen Sondheim and was in the original cast of “Company.” and did “Follies” at The Papermill Playhouse.
Jamie deRoy & friends is directed by Barry Kleinbort and produced and edited by Russell Bouthiller. Musicians: Ron Abel, piano, Ritt Henn, bass, Ray Marchica, drums. Technical Director: Robert Polanco.