For many years multi award winner Jamie deRoy has been at the helm of the cabaret community in her support for the art of the genre of Cabaret and for so many of the performers. In addition to performing herself, she is a busy Broadway producer involved in several of the recent hit shows. The silver haired lovely doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to choosing talent for her on-going series, debuting this time at the new hot nightclub 54 Below.
Christening this new club, Jamie had some of her own jokes to tell and an interesting and multi-talented assortment of performers including Drama Desk and MAC Award nominated actress Christina Bianco (Newsical: The Musical). This little bundle of energy and excitement is the “Life of the Party” (Andrew Lippa), wowing when she did a series of impressions to “Magic in the Mirror” including Streisand, Celine, Garland, Andrews, Britney and a knockout Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters.
Jersey Boys original Daniel Reichard loved the opportunity to do leading men stuff, like Stephen Schwartz’ “With You” and Sondheim/Bernstein’s ”Tonight,” showing off his sweet falsetto.
Jamie had a funny bit with puppet Countess (operated by Bill Remington) as they dueted on revised lyrics by Barry Kleinbort (always the clever, original songwriter) to Kander & Ebb’s “The Grass is Always Greener.” It seems Countess wants Jamie’s exciting life and Jamie would like to have her husband – whoops, but she already did!
David Pomeranz, who wrote for Manilow and The Carpenters, selling over 40 million recordings thus far, brought along his guitar to sing “Reach” inspired by his mom. He moved to the piano to sing/play favorite “Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again” with the new verse he had written just for Manilow. Pomeranz gave a gutsy acapella rendition of a song he wrote, “Number One,” accompanying himself while drumming on the edge of the piano and for which he received many cheers.
Funnyman Kevin Meaney (Hairspray) was in his stride trying to “get the puss off his face” but knocked the socks off everyone miming every singer to a recording of “We Are the World.”
Celebs Tyne Daly and Tony LoBianco, in the audience, were laughing hysterically. The place was jammed. Musical Director Ron Abel, together with Tom Hubbard on bass provided the great backup and Barry Kleinbort directed another fabulous Jamie deRoy & Friends.
A separate plug must be given to the chef at 54 Below because I had the most delicious food at a very reasonable price. 54 Below has a winning roster of top entertainment every night of the week with many Broadway and Cabaret performers set to appear. Check out the schedule at www.54Below.com 866 468-7619