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My View: Every Night’s A Celebration At The Friars Club….Jamie deRoy & friends

My View: Every Night’s A Celebration At The Friars Club….Jamie deRoy & friends

In the theater community Jamie deRoy is a well known Broadway producer but in the Friars community she is also acclaimed as an entertainer. Friar Jamie deRoy furthermore has the distinction of being the 8th woman to become a Friar subsequent to the men’s only club changing it’s rules in 1988. Jamie deRoy who is usually the earliest to spot an opportunity had to wait behind the likes of Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers Gloria Allred, and Brooke Shields who were also among the first to join the Friars Club. 

 Last night Friar Jamie deRoy brought her long running Jamie deRoy & friends variety show to the Milton Berle Room of the Monastery and hosted a jam packed evening of entertainment.  Friars were treated to great music and comedy by her guests for the evening… Jared Bradshaw, (Charlie and the Chocolate  Factory, Jersey Boys),  Steve Hayes, David Buskin, multi-award winning singer-songwriter, Sophie Buskin, Willy Falk, (Miss Saigon, Starlight Express, Les Miserables), Angela LaGreca, Multi-award winning Musical Comedienne, and Charlotte Maltby, (The Sound of Music, Starting Here, Starting Now).

The format of these shows has been well honed over the years.  Jamie interviews and gives a short bio of each one of her “friends”, then follows a performance that allows the audience to get a unique and intimate perspective of each entertainer’s talents. Think Hollywood Palace, Ed Sullivan in the Golden Age of Television. 

The Friars Club is alive, well, and entertaining even during it’s annual summer recess and “every night’s a celebration”.

Music Direction was by Ron Abel and the show was directed by Barry Klienbort.

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Jamie deRoy
Jamie deRoy
Jared Bradshaw, Charlotte Maltby, David Buskin, Sophie Buskin, Jamie deRoy, Ron Abel, Angela LaGreca, Willy Falk
Ron Abel, music director
Charlotte Maltby, Richard Maltby Jr., Jamie deRoy
Jamie deRoy & Catherine Adler
Eda Sorokoff & Catherine Adler
Jane Shevell, Larry Weissfeld, Eda Sorokoff, Stephen Sorokoff, Jack Gindi
Riki Kane Larimer


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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