Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Carole King, Judith Light, National Pancake Day...and MORE!

My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever changing view.


Happy February 9th,
There is a lot to celebrate today!
It is National Bagel Day, Pizza Day, AND National Pancakes Day! I hope your biggest decision is whether to have Chinese to celebrate the year of the Monkey or Pizza or Pancakes!?!?!
It is Carole King and Judith Light's Birthday. Unfortunately, I never have met Carole King. I was lucky enough several years ago to be a workshop with Judith Light at Primary Stages.
These are two very powerful fellow Aquarians that I admire deeply. I truly appreciate the contributions that they have made to our cultural landscape and they are worth celebrating. 
February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the
Gregorian calendar. If you were old enough to follow what was happening on the radio in 1971, you knew Carole King's Tapestry was a big deal.
The career of singer-songwriter Carole King is unparalleled. She is a four-time Grammy Award-winner, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a 2015 Kennedy Center Honoree and in 2013, Carole King became the first woman to be awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular
Song.
To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles, including songs co-written with Gerry Goffin: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (The Shirelles), “Up on the Roof” (The Drifters) and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin).

I love Carole King! Around 1995 or 96 I went to her second performance in Blood Brothers at the Music Box. I've seen the show 10 times since I fell in love with it in London while in college. Her performance as Mrs. Johnston was the best out of any of the actresses who have played the role. 
She was amazing. And then four or five days later we were having dinner at Barrymores and who walked in but Carole with another woman. I had to tell her how much of a fan I was; I never approach celebrities but I did this time. She gave me a hug too. Wonderful memory.
-Michael Parker.

Happy birthday to Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow! Thank you for all your work for the world’s children. 

On this date in 1971, Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.

The earth literally did move under some people's feet on this date! 

The 1971 San Fernando earthquake (also known as the Sylmar earthquake) occurred in the early morning of February 9 in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California. The unanticipated thrust earthquake had a moment magnitude of 6.5 or 6.7 (as determined by several independent institutions) and had a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). The event was one in a series that affected the Los Angeles area in the late 20th century, and a study of the Sierra Madre Fault during that time indicated that more substantial thrust earthquakes had occurred near the Transverse Ranges in the past. Damage was locally severe in the northern San Fernando
Today is also Kathryn Grayson's Birthday. (left) Seen here with Ava Gardner in one of my favorite films, the 1951 version of Show Boat.
Damage was locally severe in the northern
San Fernando Valley, and surface faulting was extensive
Today is also the birthday of Roger Mudd
to the south of the epicenter in the mountains, as well as urban settings along city streets and neighborhoods. Uplift and other effects affected private homes and businesses.

It seemed from summer 1965 until 1971 it was a chaotic time in Southern California. There were the Watts Riots, the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at The Ambassador Hotel, Charles Manson, the Chicano Moratorium in East Los Angeles, the ongoing destruction of the original Bunker Hill, the Sunset Strip
curfew riots, George Putnam not sure if he wants to work at KTLA or KTTV, massive brush fires, and of course, seemingly to top it all off, the Earth shaking below everyone's feet.
On this day in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. In August of that year, Paige, a pitching legend known for his fastball, showmanship and the longevity of his playing career, which spanned five decades, was inducted. Joe DiMaggio once called Paige “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.”

Celebrating Anita Gillette
Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller in Sin Twisters, Too! Order your tickets TODAY!

On Saturday afternoon, Anita Gillette will be leading an all star cast in celebration of Peter Filichia's great book, The Great Parade: The Astonishing Never to be Forgotten Broadway Season of 1963/64. (See my blog from yesterday). As if that wasn't enough, she is currently in rehearsals with her sin twister, Penny Fuller, for their upcoming show at Feinstein's 54 Below on February 24th. I hope you will join me for this! Anita Gillette was one of Broadway's go-to ingenues in the 1960s, even if the roles were often in musicals that audiences themselves weren't inclined to go to. But even a notorious flop like Kelly is good for an anecdote as Gillette travels a long stage and screen career in her return to Feinstein's 54 Below on February 24th with Penny Fuller in Sin Twisters, Too!


In Entertainment News 
Samuel French, representing the wishes of the Harold Pinter estate, placed a restriction on all press reviews for The Roomwhich debuted Feb. 4 and is scheduled to run through Feb. 14 at LA’s Redcat. The reason cited for the ban was that the company had failed to alert the licensing group about the L.A. production prior to announcing it to the press. 
In the wake of the announced restrictions, The American Theatre Critics Association released a statement saying it would not recognize the “right of any group, including the licensing company, author or estate, to restrict coverage of a public event.” The organization maintained that arts criticism is journalism; therefore, reviewing the public event would be at the discretion of writers and their editors.  As a result, some reviews were published.

John Seabrooke NewYorker.com 2/08/16

For many songwriters, the wake-up call comes when they have their first streaming hit. For Michelle Lewis, an indie-rock singer-songwriter who now writes primarily for other artists, it was the song “Wings,” which she co-wrote for the British girl group Little Mix. Lewis and her writing partner, Kay Hanley, the former lead singer of the band Letters to Cleo, had been busy working on a Disney show (children’s TV relies heavily on alt-rock music), and at first she didn’t realize how popular the song had become. (Read MORE)

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

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
-Carol Channing

With grateful XOXOXs ,
 



 

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Happy Birthday, Carmen Miranda!

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Happy Birthday, Fred Allen!

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Happy birthday to Kathryn Grayson, born in 1922! Ava Gardner and she were both Tar Heels. Can you name Kathryn's city?
Sarah Rice, Broadway's original Johanna of Sweeney Todd, will sing a Valentine's Day concert of songs from the operetta, classical and musical theatre repertoire, with Paul Jackel, in upstate New York, Feb. 14. - See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/kiss-me-sweeney-todds-sarah-rice-sings-of-love-with-paul-jackel-feb.-14-111546#sthash.bYCP2Q2p.dpuf

February 13th, Peter Filichia in conversation with Richard Skipper at American Popular Song Society 

with Musical Director Michael Lavine
Danny Gurwin and Leah Horowitz in Show Boat at the MUNY

Leah Horowitz and an all star cast
join  Peter Filichia and Richard Skipper
to celebrate the 1963/64 Broadway Season
Talk/Performance/Book Signing




Call Richard Skipper Celebrates at 845-365-0720 if you need more details.
Many surprises are in store. 
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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Great Parade: Peter Filichia, and this date through the years!

Fanny Brice: Where I come from, when two people... well, sort of love each other... oh, never mind.
Nick Arnstein: Well? What do they do when they "sort of love each other"?
Fanny Brice: Well, one of them says, "Why don't we get married?"
Nick Arnstein: Really?
Fanny Brice: Yeah, and sometimes it's even the man. 

Happy February 8th!
Happy Chinese New Year! It is the year of the monkey. 
February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 327 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today, I am looking at Februar8 th and all that it holds with a special emphasis on this date in 1963.
One of my horoscopes tells me and my fellow Aquarians to analyze a situation deeply because we just desire to make sure the outcome is what we desire.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

A person born on this day will be 53 years old today. If that same person saved a Penny every day starting at age 6, then by now that person has accumulated $171.66 today. That is, assuming this person is still alive and kicking.
On this date in 1963, travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba
are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.
 February 8th 1963 was Friday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). In that special week of February people in US were listening to Hey Paula by Paul and Paula. In UK The Next Time / Bachelor Boy by Cliff Richard was in the top 5 hits. The Raven, directed by Roger Corman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963.
There was a UFO sighting in Los Angeles on this date in 1963. Read MORE.
King Vidor was born on this date in 1894. Although, he is not officially credited, he directed the black and white portions of The Wizard of Oz. If nothing else, I applaud his expert staging and filming of Over the Rainbow.

Entertainment News

Broadway doesn't always get invited to the Grammy party. In fact, it is rarely included in the annual ceremony, despite the fact that a musical-theater album is awarded a statue every year. However, continuing its unprecedented dominance in the world of Broadway and beyond, the (Grammy-nominated) cast of Hamilton will contribute to the 58th awards ceremony, performing live via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre.(Read MORE)



Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff
It’s all about the Radio Audience and a bunch of Legends. Ann Hampton Callaway taped two segments of her Radio Program “This Is Cabaret” at the legendary Birdland last night. Jazz/Pop legends Kurt Elling and Marilyn Maye were her special guests, and the standing room only Birdland crowd got to hear a wonderfulrecently received a Legends Award from the legendary radio personality Dick Robinson at a Legends Radio sponsored audience appreciation concert in Florida.Stay tuned for the air dates to listen to all these legends.

evening of conversation and music from these great artists. Ann

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On Wednesday, February 10, Michael Feinstein will welcome recent winners of the Songbook
Academy to join him onstage at Carnegie Hall for the latest installment of Standard Time with Michael Feinstein. Aptly titled “Blame It on My Youth”, the performance will feature Songbook Youth Ambassadors Nick Ziobro (2012), Julia Goodwin (2013), Madelyn Baillio (2014) and Lucas DeBard (2015). Tickets are available at CarnegieHall.org.
The Songbook Academy was founded by Michael Feinstein in 2009. It is the only summer music intensive for students that is dedicated to the music of the Great American Songbook. To learn more about this program, visit TheSongbook.org
Barefoot in the Park opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on October 23, 1963 and closed on June 25, 1967 after 1,530 performances. This was Neil Simon's longest-running hit, and the tenth longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history. Directed by Mike Nichols, the cast starred Elizabeth Ashley (Corie), Robert Redford (Paul), Mildred Natwick (Mrs. Banks), and Kurt Kasznar (Victor Velasco). The scenic design was by Oliver Smith, costumes by Donald Brooks and lighting by Jean Rosenthal. The play was nominated for three 1964 Tony Awards, and Mike Nichols won the award for Best Director (Dramatic).

On Saturday afternoon, February 13th, I will be interviewing Peter Filichia in celebration of his book, The Great Parade: Broadway's Astonishing Never to Be Forgotten 1963-64 Season. (See Details at the bottom of this blog) 
I thought it would be fun to conduct mini interviews here with our cast to introduce them to you! I hope you enjoy.

Celebrating Peter Filichia 
What are the best qualities you inherited from your parents, and the worst?
Best: generosity. Worst: naivete

Favorite theater?

The Winter Garden (The Winter Garden Theatre was dark on February 8th, 1963)

Could you tell me what your creative process is like?
I just work all the time. Whenever I get home, it's right over to the computer.
When I see a show, I take copious notes. For the recent FIDDLER, I filled TWO Playbills worth of notes. When I come home, I transcribe to the computer. Then I just go back to the top, read them all, find what notes can link to others, and do this all the way down to the bottom, when I go back to the top and start again -- and then
I'll find that MORE sentences link. I repeat the process and eventually I have an
article (and a few sentences left over that I simply delete).

If you could get rid of one thing, what would it be? 
A day that ONLY encompasses twenty-four hours. I LOVE that day in October when we turn back the clocks and I get the extra hour to work.

Do you think that Barbra Streisand should have beat out Carol Channing for the Best Actress in a Musical Tony - -and do you feel that FUNNY GIRL should have beaten HELLO, DOLLY! for Best Score.
No to both. Learn more on Saturday at American Popular Song Society. (See below).
Thank you, Peter Filichia,for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give! 

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
-Carol Channing

With grateful XOXOXs ,
 



 

Check out my site celebrating the legacy of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.  FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!


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

Martin Beck Theatre 1963

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Sep. 18, 1963 - Dec. 28, 1963
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Sarah Rice, Broadway's original Johanna of Sweeney Todd, will sing a Valentine's Day concert of songs from the operetta, classical and musical theatre repertoire, with Paul Jackel, in upstate New York, Feb. 14. - See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/kiss-me-sweeney-todds-sarah-rice-sings-of-love-with-paul-jackel-feb.-14-111546#sthash.bYCP2Q2p.dpuf

February 13th, Peter Filichia in conversation with Richard Skipper at American Popular Song Society 

with Musical Director Michael Lavine

Anita Gillette and an all star cast
join  Peter Filichia and Richard Skipper
to celebrate the 1963/64 Broadway Season
Talk/Performance/Book Signing




Call Richard Skipper Celebrates at 845-365-0720 if you need more details.
Many surprises are in store. 
Please contact me if any questions.
Please LIKE Richard Skipper Celebrates on Facebook
Admission is Free for Members/$15.00 for Non-Members .

Doors open at 12:30 for those who want to buy sheet music Also members can take tables and sell their stuff. 2:30 -1:30 "Flea Market" 1:30 seating - showtime: 1:45 - 3:30.









Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday, Christina Bianco, James Gavin...and MORE

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also
Carol Channing performing at the Half time Show in 1970
free.

Rosa Parks, Celebrate Black History Month

Happy Sunday,February 7th, 2016!
Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!
I hope this finds all that read this making it a great day for all of those around you. There are many things swirling around in my head as I sit down to begin today's blog.
First of all, I would like to ask ALL of you as you think about who you will be voting for this year, Who truly is exhibiting leadership qualities? I am not seeing any of that on the Republican side. I can honestly live with either Hillary Clinton (my first choice) and/or Bernie Sanders. RUN TOGETHER!Bucking a trend of declining debate ratings, ABC's Saturday night GOP face-off was the highest rated debate so far in 2016, according to Nielsen. (READ MORE)
Also, make this upcoming week about LETTING GO! A grudge is a worn, ugly, itchy sweater you can't get rid of – because if you do, how will you stay warm? Nursing a grievance is part of human nature: At some point, almost everyone does it. Freeing yourself from a festering grudge that's taken on a life of its own isn't easy. But the relief and lightness you'll feel are worth it. Below, therapists explain how grudges hurt you and outline steps for letting go. (READ MORE)

Today marks the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 328 days remaining until the end of the year. Today is the 50th annual Super Bowl. It has become a billion dollar industry with a major emphasis on the halftime show and the commercials.

We've come a long way from a star like Carol Channing being the half time show.
It was Jan
11, 1970 at  Tulane Stadium (New Orleans, Louisiana). The theme of the Half Time Show was a tribute to Mardi Gras. The performers were Carol Channing and the Southern University Marching Band!
In our household, however, Horace is watching the Puppy Bowl!

Later on, Baby and TJay will get equal time with the Kitten Bowl.  

Yesterday, I focused on this date 55 years ago. Today, just for the fun of it, I'd like to take you back to this date in 1962, a few days shy (February 11th) of my first birthday.
February 7th, 1962 was a Wednesday.
A coal mine explosion in Saarland, West Germany killed 299 people.
The blast occurred at the coal mine, located near Völklingen, at around 9:00 am.
Grace Kelly and kids Royalty, Gstaad, Switzerland, 7th February 1962
Also, on this date, The United States Air Force announced that in the first 15 years of its Project Blue Book investigation of U.F.O. sightings, there was no evidence that any of the 7,369 unidentified flying object reports indicated a threat to national security, any technological advances "beyond the range of our present day scientific knowledge", and no sign of "extraterrestrial vehicles under intelligent controls". The United States government ban against all U.S.-related Cuban imports (and nearly all exports) went into effect at one minute after midnight.
The next day, the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. approved a $133 million program of military aid to Cuba, after having delayed action on it for four months.

One, Two, Three has been opening around the country over the past month.The Cold War comedy was once notable as James Cagney's final film, but after Cagney re-emerged for Ragtime in 1981 the Billy Wilder film has had to get by on Wilder's reputation. The second feature features the adopted son of George Burns and Gracie Allen in what was most likely the best job he could get after the parents closed down their sitcom. It's readily available in the public domain

Sam Snead won the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational, a tournament sponsored by the Ladies Professional Golf Association, where he was the lone man competing against 14 women pros. Snead, who had lost the tournament the year before to Louise Suggs, finished five strokes ahead of Mary Kathryn "Mickey" Wright.
Snead the only man to ever win an official LPGA Tour event.
Garth Brooks was born on this date in 1962.
A 17-ft outboard motorboat, believed to be the one being used by Jayne Mansfield on a water-skiing trip in the Bahamas, is found overturned. There is no sign of the actress or her husband or the man who had been with them...The next day, all three are found after having spent the night on a tiny coral
reef.
The actress said the experience was an “awful shock” with the ever-increasing tide and sharks surrounding the reef.
reef.

Happy Birthday today to Christina Bianco! Two time Drama Desk Award nominated actress, singer and impressionist Christina Bianco has become a YouTube sensation with her diva impression videos. Gaining over 21 million views worldwide, Christina is best known for her renditions of Total Eclipse of the Heart and “Let It Go”, leading to performances on major television programs such as The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Queen Latifah Show.
Christina made her West End debut starring in The Menier Chocolate Factory’s hailed production of
Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. In New York, Christina recently starred Off-Broadway in the one-woman, multi-character comedy, Application Pending (Drama Desk Award Nomination). Other New York credits include Newsical the Musical, Forbidden Broadway; Goes To Rehab (Drama Desk Award Nomination),
Raffi On Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre, Tony and Tina's Wedding (Tina) and It Must Be Him. Christina originated the
Christina Bianco
role of Dora in the long-running National Tour of Dora The Explorer Live, including a sold-out run at Radio City Music Hall.
As a cabaret artist, Christina performed weekly in an unprecedented eight-month run of 11 O'Clock Numbers at Feinstein's at Loew's Regency. She has performed her critically acclaimed solo shows, Diva Moments and Party Of One, to sold out crowds at NYC’s Birdland and regionally across the U.S. Abroad, Christina has sold out extended runs headlining at London’s famed Hippodrome and Royal Albert Hall’s prestigious Elgar Room. Christina also performs her shows on various international cruise ships.

In the sad news Department
The landscape of New York is constantly changing.A lawyer for the struggling St. Mark’s Bookshop says “they’re probably not going to be around much longer, we’re talking days.” The shop has been fighting against eviction in the face of $62,000 in back rent, its problems have only mounted in the form of a $34,400 tax lien and a dispute with one of its biggest book distributors involving thousands more dollars in debt. Yesterday, the shop announced a “clearance sale” in a last-ditch effort to raise money before a forthcoming auction.  (Read more HERE)

In honor of his birthday, today I celebrate one of my favorite people, James Gavin! (Here is our mini interview)

James Gavin is Manhattan-born and a graduate of Fordham University. Aside from his dozens of features in the New York Times, he has written for Vanity Fair, Time Out New York, the Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post. His subjects have included Annie Lennox, Elizabeth Taylor, Nina Simone, John Legend, Peggy Lee, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Miriam Makeba, Marilyn Monroe, Gal Costa, Mae West, Ned Rorem, Edith Piaf, Karen Carpenter, and Jacques Brel. He has contributed liner notes to over 400 CDs, including many reissues he produced himself for Verve, Blue Note, and Koch Jazz. His essay for the GRP box set Ella Fitzgerald – The Legendary Decca Recordings earned a 1996 Grammy nomination.

What have you done TODAY on your career?
I basked in hundreds of affectionate, confidence-building Facebook birthday messages; I also reread some of Judy Collins's very inspiring book Morning, Noon, and Night: Living the Creative Life. Soon I will go to the gym to heat up my energy, and tonight I will work on a new book proposal.

What is YOUR morning Motivation?
Sleep! I seldom get up before noon. Being a vampire, I tend to work until very late into the night.

photo by John Osler
ON TOUR: STORMY WEATHER: THE LIFE and MUSIC OF LENA HORNE starring MARY WILSON (formerly of the Supremes)

If you could have been anyone in history who would you like to have been?
This is a tough one, because I am happiest being me, now, living in New York, living (more or less) the life I dreamed. I would not want to turn back the clock on ages of social change; and although I have written a great deal about the past, I am not nostalgic. So many of my favorite artists and historical figures were tortured and miserable, and I wouldn't want their lives. But if pressed, I might choose the great Brazilian modernist writer Jorge Amado (1912-2001), a great storyteller and a staunch leftist, richly acclaimed in his lifetime, prolific, highly intellectual, and seemingly happy, as we writers go. I consider Brazil my second home, and he lived and died in my favorite Brazilian city, Salvador, Bahia.

Why do you place so much emphasis on what you do? Why should others?
I live for language, storytelling, travel, and music, and I found a way to put them all together. Without them I would die. My path has been clear to me since I was a teenager.  This was a gift. What I've done with that gift has not constituted an easy road, but it's the only road that could make me happy. There is no division between my life and my work. I can't speak for anyone else.
I'm one of the lucky ones. I found my bliss, even if it oftentimes tests my endurance to the limit.

If you could have lunch with one Celebrity, who would it be and where would you like to take them?
I've already met her, but it would be my favorite actress, Jeanne Moreau.
 I would ask her to take me to a small, quiet, quintessentially French spot in Paris, someplace unknown to tourists. I would talk to her about film and sexuality and jazz and the greats with whom she's collaborated. She's a risk-taker of a high order. 

Favorite theater?
New York's Public Theater. It's an encapsulation of what I love about New York - the experimentation, the risk, the frequent anti-commercialism, the intellectualism, the soul. Most of all I love the Public because it contains Joe's Pub, my favorite cabaret now and forever, the place where I feel the coolest and the most connected to the New York of my current-day dreams.

Could you tell me what your creative process is like?
It is born out of sheer will to be a writer. The act of writing is hell for me. It involves deep anxiety, insecurity, and procrastination. Thank God I have the drive to get my stories out. I start by scratching out notes on a Word document or longhand. I put them in some kind of order. I turn a few of my scribbles into sentences. Eventually I assemble all the pieces, like a difficult jigsaw puzzle. Once I have a draft, I start having a bit of fun, because I love to revise and could do it endlessly. As many writers have said, what I really love is having written. For me, the fear of not doing is far worse than the fear of doing.

If you could get rid of one thing, what would it be?
In my life? Fear. It's no fun. But it also lights a fire under me, so maybe I shouldn't mess with it.

Please visit JamesGavin.com for more info.

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

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
-Carol Channing

With grateful XOXOXs ,
 



 

Check out my site celebrating the legacy of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.  FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!


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

Elizabeth Taylor during filming of Raintree County, 1956. Photo by Bob Willoughby.

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

Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com

Sarah Rice, Broadway's original Johanna of Sweeney Todd, will sing a Valentine's Day concert of songs from the operetta, classical and musical theatre repertoire, with Paul Jackel, in upstate New York, Feb. 14. - See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/kiss-me-sweeney-todds-sarah-rice-sings-of-love-with-paul-jackel-feb.-14-111546#sthash.bYCP2Q2p.dpuf

February 13th, Peter Filichia in conversation with Richard Skipper at American Popular Song Society 

with Musical Director Michael Lavine
Barbara Minkus and an all star cast
join  Peter Filichia and Richard Skipper
to celebrate the 1963/64 Broadway Season
Talk/Performance/Book Signing




Call Richard Skipper Celebrates at 845-365-0720 if you need more details.
Many surprises are in store. 
Please contact me if any questions.
Please LIKE Richard Skipper Celebrates on Facebook
Admission is Free for Members/$15.00 for Non-Members .

Doors open at 12:30 for those who want to buy sheet music Also members can take tables and sell their stuff. 2:30 -1:30 "Flea Market" 1:30 seating - showtime: 1:45 - 3:30.