Jim Speake, actor-singer jim@jimspeake.com

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JIM SPEAKE in "Sweet Life, the Show"

Directed by Lennie Watts  

Musiclal Direction by Steven Ray Watkins with the SRW Band: Bass: Matt Scharfglass, Drums: Don Kelly, Guitar: Peter Calo, Backup Vocals: Rachel Hanser and Lennie Watts

Sunday, September 25th 2016 at 4pm

 Saturday, October 8th 2016 at 4pm






RESERVATIONS: 212-757-0788


 The show will include all of the songs from the award winning "Sweet Life" recording.

 Featuring songs written by Loggins and Messina, Peter Allen, Barry Manilow, Cy Coleman, Neil Sedaka, Stephen Sondheim and more. 



The "Sweet Life" recording WON the 2016 Lamott Friedman Recording Award given by the members of MAC,  the Manhattan Assoiciation of Cabarets and Clubs

Sample the songs from "Sweet Life" recording by clicking here.

Title song for the recording, "Sweet Life"

Click here and go directly to "Sweet Life" on CD Baby.com

                                                  "Sweet Life" CD available now, see link to CD Baby above.

                                                        Also available on iTunes 



"Jim Speake" was nominated for a 2015 MAC Award  by the 

Manhattan Assocaition of Cabarets and Clubs as

Best Male Vocalist!  

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

By Kevin Scott Hall of the Bistro Awards


“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.”


                                             "Jim Speake Sings'Til the Cows Come Home" was nominated for a 2013 MAC Award  by the Manhattan Assocaition of Cabarets and Clubs in the best Musical Comedy Performer Category! Jim and this same show were also nominated for Best Musical Comedy Performance by BroadwayWorld.com.


Videos of selected songs on YouTube:

Video: click here for "Here's To Life" on youtube

VIDEO: click here for "Life Is" opening song from "Jim Speake Sings 'til the Cows Come Home"

VIDEO: Click here for "I Feel Lucky" from "Jim Speake Sings 'til the Cows Come Home"

Video: click here for "Little Egypt" on youtube

VIDEO: click here for YouTube "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"

VIDEO: Click here for YouTube video of "Solitaire"

VIDEO: Click here for "Don't Mess Around With Jim Medley" from My Generation Show, Don't Tell Mama, NYC

Video: click here for "The Rules of the Road" on youtube

Three quotes about "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 



About "Jim Speake Sings 'Til the Cows Come Home" : It's a celebration of life!  

Singing songs written by Kander and Ebb, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cy Coleman, Barry Manilow, Dave Grusin, Gilda Radner, Neil Sedaka, Peter Allen, Billy Joel, Dale Evans and Stephen Sondheim, Jim illustrates life experiences both serious and comic. Special Guest Sidney Myer, Music Direction by Steven Ray Watkins and the Cow Band, Direction by Lennie Watts at Don't Tell Mama.




This site  The Web 

CD released in 2010 

"Jim Speake sings My Generation"
songs from the 1960's and 1970's

With Wendy A. Russell and Lennie Watts
Musical Director: Steven Ray Watkins
Drums: Jerry Smith
Bass: Dan Fabricatore
Director: Lennie Watts
Recorded live at Don't Tell Mama, NYC

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free samples of all songs on both sites

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Jim Speake is an actor/ singer living in New York City. Jim is originally from Alabama. His early years were spent on a cotton farm. He earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.  After working as a Landscape Architect for the Historic American Building Survey in Washington, DC, he lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia where he was founder and President of Speake Garden Furnishings. This company sold quality garden furniture and accessories to the design trade from a showroom in The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. While in Atlanta, Jim worked as an actor for several local theater companies including The Atlanta Lyric Theatre. He was also Vice President of the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. In 1996, Jim was one of four "Catfish" in the Opening Ceremonies of The US Olympic Games in Atlanta. 


Since moving to New York in 2000, Jim has continued to study acting and voice and has been cast in a number of Off Off Broadway productions in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He has also been in cabaret shows at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT as well as Birdland, The Encore, Don't Tell Mama, the Duplex and The Metropolitan Room in NYC. Jim is on the board of directors of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs and is pleased to have served as the secretary of the organization for four years. 

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  Jim Speake as a Catfish in  The 1996 US Olympic Games 
                 Opening Ceremonies Atlanta, Georgia

Click here: NBC coverage of 1996 Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta. Go to 3:40 min in to clip, listen for "Old Man River" look for Catfish leading the Riverboat.