JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS will present a benefit for the entertainment community fund
Tour de force of show business and eight-time Tony Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy will make her acclaimed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show back in New York’s famous Birdland on Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Artists who will light up the capitals of cabaret, theatre, music and comedy will join Ms. deRoy. The one-night-only show is part of the club’s Broadway at Birdland concert series. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York’s Theater District.
Proceeds from the event, produced by Ms. deRoy, will benefit the Entertainment Community Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative which assists those in the cabaret industry with medical needs and concerns. The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs presented him with a MAC Award for his many shows that benefited his flagship initiative. The Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret has been attracting New York audiences for over 30 years.
Ms. deRoy will host the show and welcome special guests:
Harolyn Blackwell, one of the brightest stars on stage in the United States and abroad, is a charismatic soprano who has been hailed by audiences and critics as a “model of agility, courage, charm and silver tone”. Known for her expressive and exuberant performances, as well as her radiant voice, she has had a wide and varied career on the opera, concert and recital stages of the world. She has performed with many of the world’s most distinguished orchestras, on stage, screen and on recordings, including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the San Francisco Opera, Netherlands Opera, Seattle Opera, Nice Opera, Miami Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Opera Orchestra of New York, New York’s Mostly Mozart festival, and the Ravinia Festival, among others. At the Metropolitan Opera, she performed in several productions, including La Fille du Régiment, Un Ballo in Maschera, Le Nozze di Figaro, Manon, Die Fledermaus and Werther. Additional roles performed to date on other stages include Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lakmé (Lakmé), Gilda (Rigoletto), Nannetta (Falstaff), Norina (Don Pasquale), Giulietta (I Capuleti ei Montecchi), Zdenka (Arabella), and Constance (The Dialogues of the Carmelites). Miss Blackwell also starred in the Broadway Revival of Leonard BernsteinIt is Candide in Cunégonde.
Ben Jones is the winner of the 2021 Broadway World Cabaret Award for his work in New York clubs during the pandemic. Regional credits include The Pajama Game (Sid), Guys and Dolls (Sky), Show Boat (Ravenal), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), The Last Five Years (Jamie), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Candide (Governor, Vanderdendur ), Follies (Buddy), Cats (Munkustrap/Quaxo) and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). Ben has appeared as a soloist with major American symphony orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and Oakland East Bay Symphony ,
daisy jopling is a world-renowned classical/rock violinist who has toured the world with her own band, the “daisy jopling Band” and with the creative string trio “Triology”. She has recorded 9 CDs, including 2 with BMG RCA Victor. Her solo work has included playing a concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 14, performing twice in front of 30,000 people at the opening of the Vienna Festival, touring with his band to 53 superb concert halls in China, creating “Illuminance” on Bannerman Island, NY which aired on PBS in 2021, and performing her own “Awakening” concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 2017. In 2021, Daisy premiered a new show called “Transcendence”, directed by the iconic Olympic ceremony creator Daniel Flannery, based on African-American author Sarah Bracey White’s memoir “Primary Lessons”. In addition to touring, Daisy is currently working on a gig with her band at the Great Pyramids in Egypt on November 4, 2022.
Robert Klein has entertained audiences and has an acclaimed career in comedy, Broadway, television and film. In 1975, Klein was the first comedian to appear in a live concert on HBO. He went on to do nine one-man shows for the network and earned two Emmy Award nominations. Among dozens of lead and guest roles, he recently starred in two hit NBC series, “Sisters” and “The Mysteries of Laura.” More recently, he appeared as Grace’s father, Martin Adler in “Will and Grace.” Klein has also appeared in many notable films including “Hooper”, “The Owl and the Pussycat”, “Primary Colors”, “People I Know”, “Two Weeks Notice”, “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” , and “The backup plan” with Jennifer Lopez. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in the category “Best Comedy Album of the Year” for his albums “Child of the Fifties” and “Mind Over Matter”. He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit neil simon musical “They play our song”. In 1993, Klein won an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in Wendy Wasserstein‘s, “The Rosensweig Sisters.” In the spring of 2017, his documentary “Robert Klein I still can’t stop his leg” aired on STARZ.
Jason Kravits began her career at age 13 in Washington, DC playing Lolo on the highly acclaimed PBS series, “Powerhouse.” Several years later, after graduating from the University of Maryland, he found a home in the theater community of Washington, D.C., where he became a well-known presence at theaters such as the Round House Theatre, the Shakespeare Theater and the Woolly Mammoth. Theater Company (of which he is still a member). Along with other writers-performers Joel Jones, he developed the material for “Making Faces”, which would ultimately win Best Sketch Show at the 1999 U.S. Comedy Festival in Aspen, Co. Shortly thereafter, he landed a guest role in David Kelley’s The Practice . In addition to TV credits, he’s appeared on Broadway in “Relatively Speaking,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and “Sly Fox.”
Multi-award winning composer, author and lyricist Barry Kleinbort conducts Mrs. deRoy’s July 11 show under the musical direction of an award-winning arranger, orchestrator and conductor, Ron Abel and Steve Doyle at the Bass.
Ms. deRoy is an acclaimed producer; cabaret, theatre, film and television artist; recording artist and humanitarian. In addition to Tony Awards, she has won eight MAC Awards, four Back Stage Bistro Awards and 11 Telly Awards for her extensive work on stage and screen. She has appeared on stage with such luminaries as Joan Rivers and headlined many New York nightclubs. Ms. deRoy has produced nine CDs in the Jamie deRoy & friends, all available on the Harbinger and PS Classics labels. His cabaret shows serve as the basis for his award-winning cable television show which spotlights well-known artists and newcomers alike.