Photo Flash: Justin 'Squigs' Robertson Draws the Stars at Jim Caruso's Cast Party

On Monday, November 14, Birdland was excited to host Justin "Squigs" Robertson as special guest artist-in-residence at Jim Caruso's Cast Party. Scroll down for photos!

While 20-some performers sang their hearts out for the packed house, Broadway's go-to caricaturist was busy recording the action, with pens and paper flying. All performers received the artwork as a present, although Squigs and Caruso suggested they make a small donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Happily, that impromptu suggestion brought in hundreds of dollars for the organization.

Whether celebrating opening nights in ink for or reflecting showbiz luminaries on the Lights of Broadway Show Cards, Justin "Squigs" Robertson is happy and grateful to be a part of the Broadway community, carrying on traditions exemplified by the late, great Al Hirschfeld. Part of this amazing community have been the fine folks at Birdland and Cast Party, primarily host-with-the-most Jim Caruso, who has long been a Squigs cheerleader. So for one evening in November, Squigs sat in at Cast Party, casually drawing the cavalcade of talent on the Birdland stage.

Jim Caruso's Cast Party, the weekly showbiz bash/open mic at Birdland has been the place for show people and their fans to rub elbows during a wildly impromptu variety show for fifteen years. Musical director for the event is Billy Stritch, who leads the "Cast Party Symphony Orchestra," which includes Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums. Recently, Jim and Billy have taken the Party on the road, celebrating talent in London, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, and on the high seas. They are proud to be part of Justin "Squigs" Robertson's Lights of Broadway Show Cards.

Photos by Kevin Alvey

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