On Nov. 3 at the Lamb's Theatre, a host of theatre favorites took part in a benefit for Only Make Believe, the non-profit charitable organization that brings the magic of theatre to hospital-bound children. "Jamie deRoy & Friends" will broadcast that benefit on two separate evenings; the first half of the benefit will be shown on Dec. 30; the second portion will be telecast Jan. 13, 2004. Among the stars who will be seen in the Dec. 30 broadcast are Brad Oscar, Lauren Kennedy, Alan Campbell, Joe DiPietro, David Bryan, Julia Murney, Chad Kimball and composer Marcy Heisler. A short film about the organization will also be seen.
"Jamie deRoy & Friends" airs on Time Warner Cable, channel 67 (and RCN, channel 110) at 8 PM ET. Barry Kleinbort directs.
Jamie deRoy, a stand-up comic, singer and hostess, has been a longtime fixture on the New York cabaret scene. She is the winner of seven MAC Awards, nine Telly Awards and is an Emmy-nominated producer of Channel 13's "CityArts."
The Only Make Believe evening began with Murney, Skinner and Kennedy belting out the classic Leiber-Stoller anthem "I'm a Woman." The remainder of the program follows:
Brad Oscar: "I'm Not Lane"
Janine LaManna and Dan Levine: "Cry Me a River"
Michael Cerveris: "Pinball Wizard"
Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich: "Baltimore"
Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell: "Get Here"
Steven Brinberg: "Pioneer Barbra"
Seth Rudetsky: "Brady Bunch" segment
Jason Robert Brown: one of Brown's own compositions
Julia Murney: "And the World Goes Round"
Anika Larson: Celine Dion parody
David Bryan: "Music of My Soul"
Chad Kimball: "Still Your Rock & Roll"
Finale: "Hola Lola" Only Make Believe was founded in October 1999 at Rusk Institute's Pediatric Unit of the NYU Hospitals Center as a project of the James and Dena Hammerstein Foundation. Since its debut, the project has already provided hundreds of workshops for children in New York City medical facilities.