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My View: Jamie deRoy & Friar Friends Swing Into Spring At The Club

My View: Jamie deRoy & Friar Friends Swing Into Spring At The Club

Jamie deRoy’s Friar Membership and her long running Jamie deRoy & friends Variety Show are about the same age.  Jamie became a member in 1988 along with Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers and Brooke Shields.  Jamie brought this edition of the show to the Friars Club last night and the Frank Sinatra Dining Room was filled with Friars and Jamie’s friends as they dined and were entertained by some of the best in the business.  Powerful singers Nicole Henry, Haley Swindal, Klea Blackhurst and N’Kenge supplied the vocals and the charismatic Ron Abel was at the Friars piano, which by the way has been played by some of the most important musicians on the planet.   Comic Reese Waters was hysterical.  At one point he asked a single lady in the audience “what do you look for in a man?”  When the reply was “tall, dark, and handsome” Reese then asked “how about CHEAP?”  It was a fun night, and Jamie acting and singing like she was no older then her membership hosted a great evening which as usual was directed by Barry Kleinbort.  Barry, who always writes new parodies for these events had his question answered when Klea & Jamie sang “The Grass Is Always Greener”  What’s so Wonderful?……..The Friars enthusiastically replied…This show!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The next edition of Jamie deRoy & friends will be her annual “Tony” Show May 7th at Birdland.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of Jamie deRoy at the Friars press the link to

Jamie deRoy & friends

Klea Blackhurst & Jamie deRoy

Haley Swindal

Nicole Henry


Reese Waters

Ron Abel

Eda Sorokoff, Julie Budd, Dr. John Wagner

Sunny Sessa, Anthony Nunziata, Nicole Henry

Eda Sorokoff & Haley Swindal

Jamie deRoy, Christina Rose, Ron Abel

Jamie deRoy, Ron Pobuda, Linda

Bob Spiotto & Jamie deRoy

(For complete photos of Jamie’s show go to


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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