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My View: Jamie deRoy Has Another Opening With Her Friends

My View: Jamie deRoy Has Another Opening With Her Friends

Birdland Theater, the new venue spawned from the legendary Birdland on 44th street had a “soft” opening this summer, followed by a bunch of celebrity openings in September.  It had another entertainment first last night because Jamie deRoy brought her friends and her renowned Jamie deRoy & friends Variety show to this great new performance space.  The evening had all the glamour and excitement of a Broadway opening night, the kind of evening Ms. deRoy can usually be found at.

As at all her shows, the audience was packed with  Celebrities, Friars, Jamie’s producer pals, and Actors Fund dignitaries. All were there to fraternize and enjoy an evening of music and comedy that entertains in the true tradition of show business.

Contrary to myth, although Jamie’s show has been a platform for show biz luminaries for many years, George M. Cohan was not her first guest…..Steve Allen was an early performer during the show’s 28 year history. 

Last night’s show featured performances by Broadway’s: Allison Blackwell (Pretty Woman), Gretchen Cryer, Nancy Ford, (I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on The Road)) Donnie Kehr,  (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) Joan Ryan (Ruthless) and Steven Scott, (Comedy Central).  Barry Kleinbort directed and Ron Abel was music director with Richie Goods on bass.

As always this Jamie deRoy & friends show will benefit The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative—-an endeavor that assists those in the cabaret industry who have medical needs concerns.

(Complete photos of the show on Broadwayworld.com)

Jamie deRoy & friends

Jim Caruso

Joan Ryan & Eda Sorokoff

Gianni Valenti, Jamie deRoy, Stephen Sorokoff

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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 Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com 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 Sorokoff@gmail.com

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