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"His eye is on the sparrow...."

Thursday, October 13, 2016



Cabaret performers, producers and venues are always ready to support a needy and/or important cause. In this section we spotlight special cabaret benefit events that we feel are worthy of your attention - and support. In most cases, if you cannot attend the event, there are instructions how tosend your donation directly. Every day in every way we're promoting Cabaret! Your event missing? Send a press release!


Show business tour de force Jamie deRoy brings her star-packed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show to New York's famed  BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080), on Sunday, October 16th, at 6:00 pm. Performers include Brandon Victor Dixon, Julie Gold, Julie Halston, Marilyn Maye, Steven Scott & Billy Stritch. The one-night only event is part of the club's Broadway at Birdland Concert Series. Proceeds from the concert, produced by Ms. deRoy, will benefit The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative, an endeavor that assists those in the cabaret industry who have medical needs and concerns. Ms. deRoy, a three-time Tony Award recipient, hosts the show and welcomes:

Brandon Victor Dixon, now starring as Aaron Burr in Hamilton on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include Shuffle Along (Tony nomination), Motown The Musical (Grammy and Drama League Award nominations) and The Color Purple (Tony nomination). He starred as Simba in the national tour of The Lion King.

Julie Gold, a singer/ songwriter, best known for Bette Midler's version of "From a Distance," for which Ms. Gold won a Grammy (Song of the Year). Her songs have been performed by artists including Patti LaBelle, Patti LuPone, Cliff Richard, The Byrds, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lea Salonga and Jewel.

Julie Halston, the award-winning Broadway and off-Broadway actress who has given standout performances in You Can't Take It With You, Anything Goes, Hairspray, Gypsy, The Twentieth Century, The Divine Sister and Red Scare on Sunset, among others. Ms. Halston next stars in the Lincoln Center Theater production of the new play, The Babylon Line, which begins previews Nov. 10.

Marilyn Maye, 88-year-old icon of the American songbook whose performances been described as master classes in singing. Ms. Maye appeared on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" 76 times, more than any other singer. The Smithsonian Institution selected her recording of "Too Late Now" for its album of the 110 Best American Compositions of the 20th century. Grammy-winning Musical Conductor Billy Stritch will accompany Ms. Maye on the piano.

Steven Scott, a comedian described as a perfect mix between Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey. Performing in venues from Broadway to Las Vegas to other countries, Mr. Scott's comedy combines clever observations of everyday life with an array of vocal talents ranging from celebrities to musical instruments.

Composer, Book Writer and Lyricist Barry Kleinbort directs Ms. deRoy's October 16 event with musical direction by Ron Abel, the award-winning arranger, orchestrator and conductor. Tom Hubbard will be on bass and Ray Marchica on drums.

Ms. deRoy is an acclaimed producer; cabaret, stage, film and TV performer; recording artist and humanitarian. Her Jamie deRoy and friends cabaret series has been attracting New York audiences for 25-years. Her cable television show spotlights well-known entertainers and newcomers. In addition to Tony Awards, Ms. deRoy 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 luminaries like Joan Rivers and has headlined at many New York nightclubs. Jamie has produced nine CDs in the Jamie deRoy & friends series, all of which are available on Harbinger and PS Classics labels. There is a $35-60 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


Steve Ross, "the Crown Prince of New York Cabaret," will perform the music of Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim and other famous composers at MERKIN CONCERT HALL at the KAUFMAN CENTER (129 West 67th Street, NYC - 212-501-3330) on Saturday, October 29th at 7:30 pm. Proceeds of the benefit concert will support Heartbeats Of the World, Inc. The mission of Heartbeats of the World ("HOW") is to enrich the lives of women, adolescents, and children in underserved areas of the world by providing medical resources and educational opportunities to address poverty, unemployment and the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and teenage pregnancy. Through prevention and training, we will diminish the impact of these conditions and improve lives. Founded in 2002 by Dr. Karlene ChinQuee, Heartbeats of the World, Inc. evolved from a lifelong pursuit of humanitarian causes. When Dr. ChinQuee heard Maya Angelou speak about the problems in Jamaica and how people should feel empowered to do more to address them, she launched her own grassroots organization, and HOW transformed from an idea to a reality. In 2008, two hurricanes rendered inoperable our principal school on the island of Jamaica. Teaching is now done at a temporary facility. HOW desperately needs funds to construct a new school building and to help us expand our teaching activities.

A fixture for over 45 years and now a legend in the cabaret community, Steve Ross reopened the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hoten and has appeared internationally in London, Paris, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, among other cities. In New York he performed at Ted Hook's Backstage, the Hotel Algonquin, Cafe Carlyle, Stanhope Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Birdland. Steve's very special guest will be musical star performing artist, Nancy Anderson.

Nancy Anderson is a 20-year veteran singer, actor and dancer of the Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional stages. She made her Broadway debut as "Mona" in A Class Act, played the roles of "Helen" and "Eileen" in the Broadway revival of Wonderful Town and starred as Lois/Bianca in the National Tour and West End premiere of Kathleen Marshall's Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate, for which she received Helen Hayes and Olivier Award nominations. Nancy received a 2000 Drama Desk Nomination for best supporting actress for her 8 female roles in Jolson & Co., a 2006 Drama Desk Nomination for best leading actress in Fanny Hill and a 2011 Helen Hayes Award Nomination for her performance in Side By Side By Sondheim at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Nancy's debut album, Ten Cents A Dance led to a concert career ranging from sharing the Carnegie Hall stage with Michael Feinstein in his Valentine's Day concert, Hooray for Love Songs to singing with the Atlanta Symphony as well ash regular appearances at the legendary jazz club, Birdland. Nancy received the 2011 Noel Coward Cabaret Award as well as a Bistro Award for her debut cabaret appearance at Don't Tell Mama's in 2004.

Tickets $25, $50 and $75, tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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