Jamie de Roy with Roy and
Kara Niederhoffer

Ann Hampton Callaway and
Mom Shirley

Jan Grossberg and Sidney Myer

Kara And Roy Niederhoffer Host
Host Benefit For Performers

By Edward T. Callaghan

ABARET devotees Kara and Roy Niederhoffer opened their newly restored Manhattan townhouse for an elegant afternoon of music and conversation to benefit the programs and seminars of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC).  Nightlife mainstay and everyone’s favorite saloon singer Jerry Scott was at the keyboards to greet the guests.

The young couple proudly showed off the spectacular restoration of their mid 1800s house to the likes of MAC president emeritus Jamie de Roy, president Barry Levitt, Cynthia Crane, Sydney Myer, Peter Leavy, Ruth Kurtzman, Sue Matsuki, Jan Grossberg, Craig Rubano, Brent Winborn, Judy Barnett and Ellen Hart.

Over 130 guests swirled around the mahogany-walled parlor rooms that the Niederhoffers expanded to include the first floor of the adjoining townhouse, just so they could host events such as this.

The young couple is serious about their entertaining – the waiters were always at hand and the buffet table of filet mignon, smoked salmon, baby lamb chops and sushi was constantly replenished.

The highlight of the lovely salon-like afternoon was the performance of the always delightful Ann Hampton Callaway, with her favorite accompanist Ted Rosenthal.  A splendid performer in any venue, Callaway positively lit up the room with her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and several beautiful gems that tugged at the heart.

Ann introduced us to her mother, Shirley Callaway, whose other famous daughter Tony nominee Liz Callaway was on tour.  Ann joked, “I’m a diva but I’d rather bare my soul, not my breast,” a subtle dig at Janet Jackson.

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