Saturday, January 14, 2017

Today, Jennifer Holliday...Tomorrow: YOU!

Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Saturday, January 14th, 2017!
It is Martin Luther King weekend. 
Wow! What a week this has been. It is difficult for me to sort all the thoughts currently running through my head (and heart) and transferring them to the written word.
The week began with an eloquent heartfelt speech from Meryl Streep on last Sunday evening's Golden Globe Awards when she won her Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award.
She used this platform not to discuss the drama of her film career that truly warranted her receiving this high honor, but to discuss the drama we have seen playing out front and center from the moment our POTUS-elect entered into the race. She never mentioned his name and I'm going to follow suit.
Before you read any further, I want to give a full disclosure.
I am not in favor of the incoming president on any level. My feelings about him are not based on fake news, second hand information, and/or innuendo. It is based on what he himself has said and done since June 6th, 2015 when he and his wife descended from his lofty tower on his escalator.
I don't desire that this turns into a political blog but I do believe that certain things need to be said now. 
I also want to state that what you are about to read are my OPINIONS (although based on facts as they've been presented to me). I do respect your right to disagree. Vilifying me before you've taken the chance to get to know me or knowing what has brought me to this point in my life is not the answer. I'm accessible. ALL of our voices need to be heard. It is our differences that we need to celebrate in our individuality.

Remember, the loudest voice in the room doesn't necessarily make it the right voice.
I call my brand Richard Skipper Celebrates and the title says it all. My goal is to celebrate people and their body of 'worth'.
When Meryl spoke the other night, she spoke from the heart and said what MOST of us , as a nation, are feeling and needed to be said.
Jennifer Holliday was under fire for agreeing to sing at inauguration
You could hear a pin drop in that theater as she spoke and everyone was riveted on every word.
Within hours, he that shall remain nameless, tweeted that Streep is an over rated actress and that he was attacked by her. Neither of those claims is factual. Streep is the most awarded and nominated actress in the history of cinema. His response is typical of a bully.
That, above all other reasons, is the reason that I don't respect him. I am not alone in trying to understand WHY people voted for him, people I respect.
He dismisses people who criticize him. It is one thing to speak out about a claim brought against you. It is a completely different ball of wax when you begin to attack the messenger.
I have a rule of thumb when it comes to criticism: If it's going to help me, I want to hear it. If it won't help me, it will go in one ear and out the other. If it is meant to hurt me, PLEASE keep it to yourself. I don't need to hear it. I am a work in progress and I want to be the best I can be and I ask my FRIENDS to hold me accountable.
I applaud Streep for having the courage to say what was on her mind and in her heart. She said it. He responded. PERIOD. She did not stoop to his level by even responding to his misguided tweet.
The next day, we immediately saw how divided we are as a country. Those on the left were applauding her exercising the First Amendment. Those on the right felt that she had hijacked the awards to set her leftist leanings.
We are ALL inter connected
As a matter of fact, the next day,Whoopi Goldberg and her “View” co-hosts ripped into Jedediah Bila after Bila criticized Streep’s speech.  She said she was so 'sickened' by the speech that she wanted to turn it off. What was in that speech that she found sickening? I have listened to the speech over and over. I don't hear any attacks. What I do hear is a request for compassion and respect for each other. I concur. By the way, Trump is not alone in his bullying tactics. It is playing out on a level that frightens me to my very core.
The next night, I had a very good dinner with friends. We covered a lot of topics and even discussed the political climate in a respectful manner.
Jennifer Holliday's reason for dropping out. Read HERE
The next day,I made a decision to no longer post anything pertaining to him on my Facebook pages. I made this decision because how divisive it has become. I will admit, I'm sometimes afraid to voice my opinion because of the vitriol it exposes. A friend of mine suggested that perhaps all that is happening is to bring us all to a place in which we can heal.
I think it's even bigger than that.
I think this is a time for people to reveal who they truly are. There are many great people around me daily. I'm also seeing a lot of dark souls.
We have come to where we are because we have been lowering the bar lower and lower over the years. We have TV shows in which 'Real' Housewives embarrass themselves and their gender by attacking each other and saying outlandish things for ratings, MOST of the programming on Logo has gay men attacking each other and making bitchy comments for laughs, every 'reality' based program on TV is about one upmanship: it is about kicking
someone off the island, it is about someone getting fired, it is about making someone feel less than.
It has evolved into our political world as well. Our president elect has behaved in a way that would send a ten year old to time out for doing and saying the same things. I'm embarrassed at what we as a nation have turned in to.
I have been hurt and embarrassed by some of the posts I have seen on social media. We ALL are better than this. I refuse to drop and play among the lowest common denominator. Let's all choose to rise higher rather than sink lower.
I have seen some of the most hateful rhetoric on  social media over the last few hours over Jennifer Holliday's decision to perform at the inauguration (as I was writing today's blog, it was announced that she has decided not to perform). I'm concerned over the pressure applied to her to change her mind. Where is the line drawn? When is the next decision you make going to be put under such intense scrutiny? Careers can be destroyed by people out to vilify an artists' choices. I personally would have not taken the gig but I respect her RIGHT to let HER voice be heard in the manner she sees fit. She is not a hate-monger or someone who has devoted a career to attacking others publicly.

If you disapprove of the choices that she's making in her career, choose not to partake… Just attacking a person the way that I've seen people keep attacking here speaks more about you than it does about her. Let's all look with in our own hearts and make the right choices for each of us and stop attacking a
fellow artists, PLEASE: We are all better than this. Respectfully, please!
We all are better than this. Let's all spend a little more time on self-reflection on what we can do to KEEP AMERICA GREAT through our art. Otherwise, a lot of precious energy is going to be spent on the negative over the next four years. Let's celebrate each other instead of tearing each other apart. A pres-elect attacking a civil rights icon days from the oath divides the country, diminishes himself, and brings discredit to his office.
Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!
Sit back! A new news cycle is about to begin!
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Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 




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ONE WEEK till showtime: Please celebrate with us January 16th, 2017! RESERVATIONS A MUST!
Russ WoolLey and Wright BROS. Real Estate NY Present
Richard Skipper Celebrates...The 53rd Anniversary of Hello, Dolly! Opening on Broadway 7PM at the Triad on Janurary 16th, 2017 featured guests will INCLUDE Beth Fowler, Lee Roy Reams, Sondra Lee, Rita McKenzie...AND Marilyn Maye. 
 Tedd Firth Musical Director with Jeff Carney on bass and Rex Benincasa on percussion.  Richard Skipper Celebrates: A Talk/Variety Show encouraging us to celebrate each and every day and the hidden gems therein.
 Wear David Merrick red for amazing photo ops. 
Tickets are $30.00 plus a two drink minimum.  Reservations a MUST! To purchase , go toTHEIR website. http://www.triadnyc.com/buy-tickets  Mix and mingle with the cast  afterwards. You never know who may show up! ;)  Check out our promo: https://vimeo.com/197938455


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Monday, January 9, 2017

Looking forward to 2017 and Infinite Possibilities

Debbie Reynolds your optimism and positive energy is a lesson for us all
Take your broken heart, make it into art.
-Carrie Fisher to Meryl Streep

First off, a message for President-elect Trump: A lot of people are looking at our world with doom and gloom. I may not have control on what happens but I do have control on how I respond to things. Potus-elect Donald J. Trump you built a campaign on Making America Great again. I don't exactly know what you mean by that. I am reminded daily of how great it already is. My eyes are on you. I also pray that daily you are thinking of ALL Americans instead of YOU. THAT is the key to being a great leader. While you are working to make America Great Again, Rest assured, that I will be working daily to keep it great through my words and actions. A lesson you need to take to heart. You might be thinking that you want to 'drain the swamp'.
Keeping America great through Great Work!
Please remember, it starts with the people you associate with. I am praying you know what you are doing. PLEASE do not let us down.

There is so much to do in the months and years ahead to build a movement that's powerful enough to resist Trump's disastrous agenda, preserve our Constitution and civil liberties, stem attacks on vulnerable communities, and reclaim power. The tasks ahead of us may seem overwhelming … even insurmountable. But by consistently taking one bold action of resistance after another—and never letting up—we can win.

A friend of mind posted on Facebook:  It's not random optimism. It is focusing your energy to the positive, and then letting go of what you cannot change. No matter what challenges, it's what you make of what you've got, and how you roll with punches.
If one looks at 2017 with already a sense of dread, vitriol, negativity--that is exactly what you'll get, guaranteed. Misery, victims--never create anything or anyone different from that. So at the very least, it's worth a damn try to be "optimistic", isn't it?

That is not to say that we don't speak out! After telling The New York Times that he was “not surprised” that he had come under attack from “liberal Hollywood people,” Donald Trump launched his latest Twitter barrage at the most successful and beloved movie actress in modern history: Meryl Streep, who he called “over-rated.” (Read MORE)

This was posted by a friend on Facebook today in response to Trump tweeting in response to Meryl Streep's PERFECT speech last night:  I think every famous person in America should make a public criticism of Trump just so we can find out if he can resist lashing out with his thumbs even just once. Definitely Time Magazine's Child of The Year. I actually don't personally know anyone this immature. I don't actually know any children that are this immature. The fact that in
his defense he made sure to say "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood" and "a Hillary flunky who lost big" exposes his thin skin and depth of immaturity. Most presidents and presidents-elect would not even comment on such a thing, mush less make a bunch of immature public statements about it. Do presidents really care that much what thespians say about them? 
 I didn't used to think so. I'm just praying the US of A doesn't go the way of the USFL. I think
someone in the art/tech world needs to take all the Trump tweets and play them with audio instead, but with the voice of Eric Cartman from South Park. That would be, at the very least, AWESOME.

Another friend of mine posted this on Facebook: Had a really interesting- only in New York kind of day yesterday, house managing at Color Purple with Bill and Hillary Clinton in attendance.
Spending the day dealing with Secret Service is certainly interesting and I was happy that
I had the chance to greet both Clintons; when we brought the to their seats it was like being at a rock concert; people were not just applauding- they were yelling approval at the top of their lungs. Hillary and Chelsea looked great and were nice with everyone- Bill looks thin! An audience that was primed for the final
performance of Color Purple really went crazy- Jennifer Holliday's big song resulted in a complete standing ovation in the middle of Act One. Quite a memorable afternoon. 

From Dick Cavett ...
What a cruel shock we have all endured! To learn suddenly, without warning, that Meryl Streep is "overrated". The poor woman.
And to learn it from Mr. Class himself. Will Orange Man go on to reveal that Fred Astaire was awkward? Picasso unskilled? Beethoven tuneless?
Shakespeare ( if he's familiar with the name) a mere scribbler?

Please Meryl, try and keep your head high after being so woundingly assaulted by the PREDATOR-elect.


Every year, most people make and try to stick to whatever  resolutions that they inevitably cave in on before they get half way through the first six months.

8 habits of lucky people: 1 work hard 2 complain less 3 teach others 4 share credit 5 be on time 6 be kind 7 be teachable 8 show gratitude.


The first post I saw of 2017 was how bad Mariah Carey was the night before.
I didn't see her. I also don't want to start the year with a negative tone. What really happened? Was she as bad as people are saying she is? It is easy to stand on the sidelines and criticize. I have a lot to celebrate even with all the negativity in the world.
Today's blog is about those things that I am happy about and looking forward to. As I move forward in 2017, I am committing to my vision completely AND I am making a commitment to action.
Carol Lawrence once said to me that being in this business is the greatest elixir in the world. 
The more we get, the more we desire. Here's the
with Dee Dee Bridgewater several years ago on the red carpet of the Bistro Awards
rub...the public has to want it as much as we desire to give it.

I hope that over the next twelve months and beyond that is an equal equation for me and you!
I thank all of you who have supported me in this journey. You make me want to rise to the challenge.
To those of you who don't believe in me or want to impede my successes,
Ruta Lee, Angela Lansbury, Debbie Reynolds at The Thalians.
I thank you as well. You make me work harder. Carol Channing once said to me, "For every person who likes you, there are an equal number who don't." I think of that daily. Yes, I want to be liked by you and I will work tirelessly to make that happens.
If it doesn't, I'll try harder.
Exciting things are coming up. Tomorrow afternoon (January 10th, 2017) 5PM EST, I'm interviewing Ruta Lee to discuss Debbie Reynolds and The Thalians. This will be a Richard Skipper Celebrates: Facebook LIVE! event. I will be interviewing Ruta over the phone and responding to your comments/questions.
Please join us.
One week from tonight, my latest installment of my talk/variety show returns. This is a very special one and I hope you'll join us! Reservations a MUST!  
 
Richard Skipper CELEBRATES - 'The 60's variety show lives in
Grateful for my friends Rose Apuzzo and Russ Woolley
Richard Skippers' warm hearted joyous evenings' Charles Busch

Richard Skipper CELEBRATES is a tour-de-force cabaret show- top names in musical entertainment, meet to talk & perform songs, stories & recollections of lifetimes & moments in show business. January 16th Celebrates the opening of HELLO DOLLY in 1964.
The guests for this ONE-NIGHT-ONLY tribute to "Jerry's Dollys" and the show include Marilyn Maye, Lee Roy Reams, BETH FOWLER, Sondra Lee, Rita McKenzie and, of course our own inimitable RICHARD SKIPPER. Musical direction by Tedd Firth, Rex Benincasa on percussion and Jeff Carney on bass.
Tickets are $30.00. also has a 2-drink minimum.
My horoscope tells me today: You are at the top of your game today and believe that you can solve
Sue Matsuki at Don't Tell Mama January 20th 7PM. Please join our party
any problem that shows up at your door.
I'll take it! It's a great way to start my week!

Here are other entertainers/events that are today's picks. 


JANUARY 12, 6:30PM / JANUARY 13, 4:00PM
A Concert Reading
HOUDINI AMONG THE SPIRITS: A New Musical
Book and Lyrics by Chris Ceraso
Music by William Zeffiro
The Five Angels Theatre.
Click HERE for more info.


Everyone has that pile of music by the piano.......sings that one has meant to attack. Well.....here is the chance to hear some of those with Sue Matsuki. I can't wait!

Lea Anderson Sings Whitney Houston: 5 Year Anniversary Tribute
On the 5-Year Anniversary of Whitney Houston's Passing, Seth Ward-Pyatt, Andy Crosten, and Lea Anderson present: "Lea Anderson Sings Whitney Houston: A 5-Year Anniversary Tribute Show"
Starring Lea and featuring many special guest singers including Carla Gibson, Shay Leonia, ...And more to be announced soon!

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadow.

-Whitney Houston

They will pay tribute by performing Whitney's greatest hits at one of New York City’s best cabaret spaces. Join us in celebrating the life of pop music's most beloved icon.

Give me one moment in time.

Tickets:
http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=252671&cart
‘Cause I believe in you and me.



Showbiz 411 reports exclusively that Barbra Streisand will be among the very first performers to christen the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York. According to the report, the legendary singer will perform for two nights in either April or early May. 
Read MORE 

Don't forget to tune in this Saturday, 1/14/17 @ 8 ON BroadwayHD for Roundabout Theatre Company's HOLIDAY INN!

If you are down in Boca on the 25th, I hope you'll catch my friends, Bill Boggs and Julie Budd Click HERE for more info on Bill's show.

Julie Budd will be at The Spanish River High Concert Series  In BOCA FLA  ON JAN 26 7 :30 show.Time: 7:30pm. Box office: 561 883 7760  and Tickets can be purchased at the door too. Address: 5100 Jog Road. Venue phone: 561 883 7760. Julie will be Performing Remembering Mr
Available on Amazon
Sinatra
and joining Julie is the fabulous Actor/ comedian Sal Richards. Show time at 7:30.


Join Two Time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) award winner Rev. Yolanda, and Emmy Nominated Steve Sandberg
Jan. 29, 1pm at Metropolitan Room. $24, or $15 for MAC members, $25
food/drink minimum.
Join three time Emmy nominated composer, Steve Sandberg, and two time MAC
Award winner and Blues Hall of Famer Rev. Yolanda as they co-create a
Magical Musical Evening together (actually its at 1pm in the afternoon).
Steve's virtuosity on piano will showcase his and Yolanda's original music
mixed with some pieces from classic composers.
Rev. Yolanda's Old Time Gospel Hour
"A Gender Bending Gospel Celebration"
This will be an afternoon
you won't want to miss.
Steve and Yolanda have known each other for 15 years and have had many
experiences together both in the music world as well as spiritual circles.
This is their first concert together other than some crazy nights many
moons ago in the East Village at the legendary lesbian bar Meow Mix. As
well as magical musical moments, Steve and Yolanda will share stories from
their NYC adventures in the early days!
More details about Steve Sandberg at www.stevesandbergmusic.com
Details on Rev. Yolanda: www.yolanda.net/presskit


Sit back! A new news cycle is about to begin!


Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 


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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!   
        


ONE WEEK till showtime: Please celebrate with us January 16th, 2017! RESERVATIONS A MUST!
Russ WoolLey and Wright BROS. Real Estate NY Present
Richard Skipper Celebrates...The 53rd Anniversary of Hello, Dolly! Opening on Broadway 7PM at the Triad on Janurary 16th, 2017 featured guests will INCLUDE Beth Fowler, Lee Roy Reams, Sondra Lee, Rita McKenzie...AND Marilyn Maye. 
 Tedd Firth Musical Director with Jeff Carney on bass and Rex Benincasa on percussion.  Richard Skipper Celebrates: A Talk/Variety Show encouraging us to celebrate each and every day and the hidden gems therein.
 Wear David Merrick red for amazing photo ops. 
Tickets are $30.00 plus a two drink minimum.  Reservations a MUST! To purchase , go toTHEIR website. http://www.triadnyc.com/buy-tickets  Mix and mingle with the cast  afterwards. You never know who may show up! ;)  Check out our promo: https://vimeo.com/197938455


Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016: A Time of Reflection

Ending this year on a high note: Seeing Josephine Sanges tonight at Don't Tell Mama: NYC
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C.S. Lewis

Happy December 30th, 2016!
December 30 is the 365th day of the year. There is one day remaining until the end of the year. Usually at this time of year, people are looking back and reflecting and being hopeful about the future.
Looking forward to celebrating the return of Hello, Dolly! to Broadway
I'm no different.
I have been looking over these TOP 10 Lists floating around. To all entertainers who are on the lists, I congratulate you. You were lucky enough to get THOSE critics in to see you. To all others, it doesn't mean you "didn't make the cut" based on merit; it means, in most cases, you were not even seen by those compiling these lists.
Very sad at the passing of Tammy Grimes this year. Lucky enough to have known her
For 2016, make the work the goal. Awards, reviews, and making Top Ten Lists are bonuses! 

I know that many are saying that 2016 has been one of the worst years ever. We have lost a lot of friends this year. However, for me, it has been about dinner with friends, seeing their shows, celebrating. THAT is what I am focusing on NOW, yesterday, and forever!
Speaking of which, I need to point something out here. 
OK, folks: I just got 'attacked' by someone one who was upset that he wasn't invited to a dinner at our home. I also had someone who I thought was a friend do the same earlier this week. We live in an age in which every move we make is now documented with photos, posts, etc. If I throw a party or a dinner and you feel excluded, PLEASE reach out to me. I am accessible by phone AND email. IF I don't respond within 24 hours, call me. I respond to all and I will never ignore anyone. I make it a point to respond to everyone. I know what it is like to be the recipient of that behavior (meaning, no response) far too many times.
There have been many (some CLOSE friends) who don't either RSVP or offer regrets. When it comes to invites, it is based on those that I interact with OUTSIDE of social media. I also make it a point to NEVER ask my friends if they are going to someone's party or after talking about a party that I've been to because I want to be sensitive to the feelings of others at this very sensitive time of year.
If I was upset for every event/party that I wasn't invited to, I would live constantly being upset. I am flattered that it means that much to you to be invited, but I am upset that others feel hurt.
Also, as crazy as this seems, I have 5,000 'friends' on Facebook. I realize that 90 percent of those are not true friends. If I send two or three private messages and I never get a response, I tend to 'unfriend' because I sense no interest. I do this because I am out on a regular basis and people are constantly giving me their business cards. I need to make room for those that DO desire to interact with me.

Facebook has skewed the way we interact with one another. PLEASE reach out if you feel slighted. Many times what you consider a slight has to do with variables that have NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU! I'm accessible!
A TRUE friend of mine weighed in:  Isn't it your prerogative? When did we become a society that has the audacity to question a person "why wasn't I invited?" Really? I think "social media" has destroyed the word and definition of "friend" and what that truly means. 
I happen to agree with her. 
Another friend weighed in as well:So sorry that people are like that. Just because you are friends with someone does not entitle them to anything you do. What happens when you host a small intimate gathering? You can invite them all and should not. When we were doing annual
birthday/Christmas parties, that would be about the only time we hear from them. We have had some people that we had been doing home dinners and parties for over 30 years and what did we get in return from them = ziltch ! They would do things with their neighbors but not us.
I agree with that statement as well.    

Working to be the best ME in 2017: Share 3 things you feel grateful for that I did over the past 12 months.
We stand together no matter what.
We cannot allow the progress we’ve made to be lost. We stand together, we’re not giving up.
In addition to the wonderful entertainers that I have either been able to share a stage with or even to be in the audience of, a big THANK YOU! I would also like to acknowledge the great musicians that I have made music with especially Michael Lavine and Bryon Sommers. Also, thank you Jeff Carney, Rex Benincasa, Donn Kelly, and Steve Bartosik. I'd like to thank all of the radio stations and radio hosts who have given me a platform and a voice. I loved co-hosting Talk of the Town with Lisa Dascoli this year. Thank you to our engineer Patrick Mirucki. I'd like to thank all of the guests who joined us this year and to all who tuned in. Lisa and I are assessing our next chapter and hope to have some news to report soon.
with Julie Budd
I'd like to thank Julie Budd, David Meulemans, as well as the artists who entrusted me with their PR needs this year. It made me appreciate that side of the business even more so. For those of you who are contemplating a publicist for the new year, I can help you weigh the pros and cons. 
Regardless of what side you are on, there are always so many variables involved. 
A recent dinner at our home
The first show I saw in 2016 was Ed Asner at The Metropolitan Room. Thank you Beck Lee for arranging that as well as all the other shows you arranged for me to see over the past year. I'm looking forward to beginning 2017 with Marilyn Maye, once again at the Metropolitan Room (on the 5th).
Getting started once again on my book celebrating the legacy of Hello, Dolly! I am on the fast track. Will keep you posted. 
Saw Charles Baran's Show in February. Woe cannot believe it has been that long. He and his husband then joined us to see Marta Sanders. She is returning again in January and you can rest assured, I once again will be there.
Richard Skipper Celebrates Halloween 2016 with Leanne Borghesi, Marta Sanders, Deborah Stone, Laurie Krauz, and Kelley Karel as The Singing Hillary Clinton
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere-
Chinese proverb

I want to thank all that I have interviewed this year and especially Harlan Boll for setting up many of those interviews. My next one will be on January 4th at 4PM with Loretta Swit. I can't think of a better way to kick off the New Year and I am looking forward. 
I also have enjoyed my involvement with American Popular Song Society this year. They meet on the 2nd Saturday from October through June and it is truly the best bargain in town. It is $50.00 for a year to be a member and attend all shows. It is $10.00 at the door. 2017 kicks off on January 14th. Please join us. American Songs, British Singers. It is held at Local 802 Musicians Hall.

David Maister, a Brit who teaches seminars on the history
Celebrate 2017 with Music
of popular music in Boston, will, with extensive use of performance videos, explore how British performers took popular American hit songs and turned them into hits in Britain and around the world. In many cases, these performers took American songs and made them even more popular back in the U.S. than the originals had been.
Here are a few of my highlights This Year 

Exciting Things coming in 2017. Stay tuned...
Producing an event at APSS celebrating Peter Filichia's The Great Parade celebrating the Broadway season of 1963-64. Check it out HERE

Celebrating my 55th Birthday at The Harp Bar with Sarah Rice, David Vernon, and Fred Barton. 

Working with Sally Darling and Wendy Scherl and getting to become their friend. 

Attending William Madison's book signing of his biography of Madelyn Kahn along with Joanna Gleason, Barbara Barrie, and Austin Pendleton. 

Seeing Fun Home on Broadway with Michael Cerveris and Rebecca Luker.
Rebecca Luker as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home.(Source: TheaterMania.com)


Attending Robert Cohen's recital in his home and then seeing Tanya Moberly's amazing show later that night. 

Hosting The Salon with Peggy Eason as featured artist. 

My Facebook LIVE interviews.


Seeing Lisa Dascoli give Mrs. Robinson a run for her moment in The Graduate on the 37th anniversary of my coming to New York

My annual trip to Malibu.

Seeing Chasing Rainbows starring Ruby Rakos at Goodspeed Opera House. A special shoutout to Lisa Hale and the entire Goodspeed family for always making me feel so welcome. I saw every show in their season and I am looking forward to next season. 

Being crowned King of the Beaux Arts Society. Thank you Tom Stevens

Seeing Cathy Szabo at Don't Tell Mama earlier this month (thank you, Sue Matsuki!)

Cathy will be part of my Richard Skipper Celebrates birthday show on February 12th Brunch show at
This Blog is dedicated to Dana Lorge who passed on earlier this year. Love and miss you every day
The Laurie Beechman Theater 1PM. Details coming soon!

Thank you Glen Charlow, Danny, Jannie Wolff,  and to my producer Russ Woolley and Wright Brothers Realty for making all of this possible!


Looking forward to the New Year! The WORD for the day is Reason. Think of this word as your mantra for the day. First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day. The word for TODAY is Reason! Please pay it forward...
Please send your suggestions for future blogs to Richard@RichardSkipper.com

Thank you, to all mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give! 

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16 Days till showtime: Please celebrate with us January 16th, 2017!
Richard Skipper Celebrates...The 53rd Anniversary of Hello, Dolly! Opening on Broadway 7PM at the Triad on Janurary 16th, 2017 featured guests will INCLUDE Beth Fowler, Lee Roy Reams, Sondra Lee, Rita McKenzie...AND Marilyn Maye. 
 Tedd Firth Musical Director with Jeff Carney on bass and Rex Benincasa on percussion.  Richard Skipper Celebrates: A Talk/Variety Show encouraging us to celebrate each and every day and the hidden gems therein.
 Wear David Merrick red for amazing photo ops. 
Tickets are $30.00 plus a two drink minimum.  Reservations a MUST! To purchase , go to THEIR website. http://www.triadnyc.com/buy-tickets  Mix and mingle with the cast  afterwards. You never know who may show up! ;)

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED DAY

Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com