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My View: That’s What Friends Are For….Jamie deRoy & friends at Birdland

My View: That’s What Friends Are For….Jamie deRoy & friends at Birdland

Nowadays it’s quite common for a show to have “& Friends” in it’s title.  I don’t know if Broadway Producer and entertainer Jamie deRoy invented the concept, but over the last 30 years she sure has perfected the inclusion of having her uber talented friends perform in Jamie deRoy & friends variety shows.  In fact, some folks must think “& friends” is Jamie’s last name, she has an impressive contact list (remember rollodex).

Birdland was filled with an audience of deRoy friends last night, and her Barry Kleinbort creatively directed show featured a spectacular offering of guest artists. No fake news….they are really all her friends!   

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Christina Bianco, known all over the world for her ability to recreate the voices and personas of so many show biz legends was Jamie’s first guest.  The very funny stand up comic Mike Birbiglia kept the friendly audience laughing and E. Clayton Cornelious, currently in Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud” showed why that show is a hit.  John Pizzarelli and his best friend (and wife) Jessica Molaskey thrilled with their music, and Haley Swindal, currently in CHICAGO on Broadway quickly became everyones friend with her exciting performance.    Celebrity,  arranger, pianist, composer, and friend, Ron Abel was the music director with Tom Hubbard on bass.   

Note to Christina Bianco…..maybe it’s time to impersonate another legend in your act…Jamie deRoy.  

Proceeds from the event which is produced by Ms. deRoy will benefit The Actors Fund: Jamie  & friends Cabaret Initiative.

Jamie deRoy & friends
Joseph Benincasa, Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli
Haley Swindal & Tracie Bennett
Christina Bianco
Eda Sorokoff & Haley Swindal
David Zippel & Jim Caruso
Jamie deRoy, Linda Purl, Bill Hutton, Rita Moreno, Ken Fallin
After Friends


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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