- CHARITY BENEFIT
“My View” written by Stephen Sorokoff
Friends should not review friends’ Cabaret shows for obvious reasons. Of course, if this rule were adhered to, a Jamie deRoy & Friends show would never get a review (for obvious reasons). “My View” had a Great View of Jamie’s show because of the wonderfully constructed 54 Below. There’s not a bad seat in the house – except in this case the piano bench. Ron Abel, as usual, used a high stool instead, which always has the effect of highlighting his superb musicianship. Ron is one of those pianists who has the ability to take a simple lead sheet and instantly turn it into a powerful arrangement that totally compliments the vocalist. Since I’m a friend of Jamie deRoy I will follow my self imposed rule and not tell you how wonderfully entertaining her show was. I will refrain from any mention of the fact that she has a unique ability to entertain, host, curate and perform. There is a well honed professionalism and creative ability that makes Jamie’s stage presence so natural and at the same time so exciting.
I’ve noticed that at any Jamie deRoy & Friends show her guests seem to be at the top of their game. I imagine it’s hard for a performer to turn it on for a short segment, but Jamie has a unique way of creating an environment that allows the magic to happen. Of course, she has a secret weapon. Barry Kleinbort! – - One of the theater communities most creative and knowledgeable constituents. Since I’m not friends with any of Jamie’s guests for this show I can tell you how wonderful Christina Bianco, Kevin Meaney, David Pomeranz, Daniel Reichard and “The Countess” were. No question about it. You know that Jamie deRoy is “hands on.”
(see photo by Stephen Sorokoff)