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Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway 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!

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.

Article & Photos by: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Mike Birbiglia, John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Tom Hubbard, Ron Abel, Haley Swindal, E. Clayton Cornelious, Jamie deRoy Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Joseph Benincasa, CEO The Actors Fund, Jessica Molaskey, John Pizzarelli

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Joseph Benincasa & Jamie deRoy & friends

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
David Zippel & Jim Caruso

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Jamie deRoy, Linda Purl, Bill Hutton, Rita Moreno, Ken Fallin

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
E. Clayton Cornelious

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
E. Clayton Cornelious. Clayton Cornelious

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
E. Clayton Cornelious

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Mike Birbiglia

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Mike Birbiglia

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Christina Bianco & Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Christina Bianco

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Haley Swindal

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Haley Swindal

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Jamie deRoy

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Haley Swindal & Tracie Bennett

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Ron Abel, Eda Sorokoff, Haley Swindal, Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
David Zippel

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Douglas Denoff & Riki Kane Larimer

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka & Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Riki Kane Larimer & Bill Hutton

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Casey Childs

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Eda Sorokoff & Haley Swindal

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Rink HInkson, Ron Abel, Chuck Steffan

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Daniel Schiffman & Nancy Ozelli

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Arlene Lazare, Jim Caruso, Allan Lazare

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Eda Sorokoff & David Zippel

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Many Friends to Broadway at Birdland
Jamie deRoy & some friends


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