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JIM SPEAKE

Actor/ Singer/ Recording Artist

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Photo credit: Steve Bustamante

 

Jim Speake lives in Key West, Florida.


Before that, the Alabama native lived in NYC for 20 years where he performed in numerous Off Off Broadway and Cabaret Shows.

During that time he won an award for Best Recording for "Sweet Life" (The LaMott Friedman Award) from MAC, Manhattan Association of Cabarets And Clubs. He was nominated as Best Male Vocalist twice and also as Best Musical Comedy Performer by MAC.


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CURRENT SHOWS

DEC 28-31 2022, 7PM KW ARMORY

 

   FROM THE FRINGE THEATER KEY WEST

SHORT N' SKETCHY

Fringe at the Armory  

SHORT N’ SKETCHY

Dec 28-31 2022, 7pm KW Armory

At the Key West Armory, 600 white Street, Key West, Fl 33040


New Play! Short skits. Wacky scenarios. Miscommunicated histories. Looking for something on the lighter side? Don’t miss this original evening of spoofs, situation, and slapstick comedy.  ONE WEEK ONLY!   Written & Directed by Carolyn Cooper &  Mathias Maloff Cast: Scott Burau, Fritzie Estimond, Erin McKenna, Gann Monroe, Jim Speake, Donna Stabile, John Swann, Cassidy Timms, Susannah Wells, and Iain Wilcox.  Two Special New Year's Eve Performances!

The Key West Armory has limited street parking on White and Southard. As such, we encourage you to walk, bike, or bus via the free Duval Loop! Our doors open half hour before show time. Please bring some cash to enjoy a tasty beverage at our (literal) Cash Bar. Please Note: Because of the unique layout of our space, late seating for our shows usually fall somewhere between difficult and impossible. 

www.fringetheater.org

 

SONGS FROM JIM'S AWARD WINNING RECORDING,



"SWEET LIFE"


Musical Direction: Steven Ray Watkins

Artistic Direction: Lennie Watts


AVAILABLE on iTunes, Amazon

or stream on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube



About the recording, “Sweet Life”

From: John Hoglund, Cabaret Scenes Magazine

“It all comes from the heart. Based on that alone, this album ranks with some of the better to come along in a while……In terms of honesty and musical production, this is a well-crafted album.

 

TITLE SONG FROM 
"SWEET LIFE" SLIDE SHOW

 

"JIM SPEAKE SINGS MY GENERATION" RECORDING

Songs from the 1960's and 1970's made popular by Neil Sedaka, Carly Simon, The Beatles and others. 

Musical Direction: Steven Ray Watkins

Artistic Direction: Lennie Watts

Available on iTunes, Amazon

or stream on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube


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QUOTES ABOUT JIM


Jim Speake sings Cy Coleman,  “I’m A Brass Band”


“His persona is kind of like Mister Rogers with an easy southern drawl….. his simple, honest delivery brought a lump to the throat….…..Jim Speake’s heart is clearly in the right place and we came to appreciate the songs in his more understated style. And that is the point of cabaret—bigger isn’t always better.” 

Kevin Scott Hall of the Bistro Awards


“ When I saw Jim Speake’s cabaret show “I’m A Brass Band”, I had sort of a revelation. It realizes the three “C”s of the genre: connection to song, connection to self, connection to audience. Mr Speake is a natural for cabaret.”  Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline Online, 23 April 2007


"Jim Speake Sings 'Til the Cows Come Home"


“ If charm counts for a lot, the soft-spoken Alabama transplant wins extra points for aw-shucks amiable personality and entrenched Southern gentleman manner that bring a refreshing modesty.” Rob Lester - Cabaret Scenes


“Jim Speake invites you to join him for an hour of true bliss and entertainment... Entertain he does, in spades, in this gem of a show that will play games with your emotions - comic to serious.” Stu Hamstra - Cabaret Hotline

“...dapper and poised... optimistic and smooth...Jim Speake truly did sing “’til the cows came home”

...communicating his joy with every number…Joel Benjamin- TheaterScene.net

 

GALLERY

Show Posters and CD Covers

Show to celebrate 60th birthday
Show to celebrate 60th birthday

card design: Shane Breaux

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Duplex show.
Duplex show.

card design: Shane Breaux

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Jim Speake Sings Cy Coleman, "I'm A Brass Band"
Jim Speake Sings Cy Coleman, "I'm A Brass Band"

card design: Shane Breaux

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"Jim Speake Sings My Generation" post card featuring my Phi Delta Theta pledge class
"Jim Speake Sings My Generation" post card featuring my Phi Delta Theta pledge class

card design: Shane Breaux

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My Generation CD Cover
My Generation CD Cover

Cover design: Hector Coris

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My Generation song list
My Generation song list

Design: Hector Coris

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Kim and Jim Show, "Letters to Santa"
Kim and Jim Show, "Letters to Santa"

Card design: Richard Becker

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"Jim Speake Sings Til the Cows Come Home" post card
"Jim Speake Sings Til the Cows Come Home" post card

Card design: Richard Becker

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"I'm A Brass Band" 2nd time around
"I'm A Brass Band" 2nd time around

Card design: Richard Becker

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"Sweet Life" CD cover
"Sweet Life" CD cover

Cover design: Richard Becker

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"Sweet Life"Cd promotion
"Sweet Life"Cd promotion

Card design: Richard Becker

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Grace show post card.jpg
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All Is Calm Poster.jpeg
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PHOTOS FROM SHOWS

Jim as Catfish- Opening Ceremonies 1996 Olympic Games

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Jim as Catfish- Opening Ceremonies 1996 Olympic Games

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Cherry Grove Show, Fire Island NY

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Cherry Grove "Smiles, Laughter and Surprises

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Ten Nights in A Bar Room, play NYC

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Sydney Myer, special guest for "Jim Speake Sings Til the Cows Come Home"i

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Cherry Grove USO Show Fire Island.jpg
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Lortel show.NYC

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Jim as Governor in "Best Little Whore House in Texas", Pines, Fire Island, NY

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Urban Stages show NYC.jpg
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Aqua Idol Key West, FL.JPG
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Key West Pride Follies Key West Theater

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All is Calm the Christmas Truce of 1914 Waterfront Playhouse Key West, FL 2021-2022 All Is Calm Prod
All is Calm the Christmas Truce of 1914 Waterfront Playhouse Key West, FL 2021-2022 All Is Calm Prod
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All Is Calm the Christmas Truce of 1914.jpg
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