Sunday, July 23, 2017

Babysitting People Who Act Like Children

Russ Woolley, Peggy Eason, Sue Matsuki: You Gotta Have Friends!
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
-Coco Chanel

Happy July 23rd, 2017!
July 23 is the 204th day of the year . There are 161 days remaining until the end of the year. Once again, the title of my blog today, comes from one of my blogs.
As I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (ORIGINAL CAST
RECORDING). It opened on Broadway on March 1st, 1979 at The Uris Theater, now the Gershwin. At the time of it's opening, I was living in Conway, South Carolina and in my last year of high  school. My horoscope tells me today that if I can tune into that song on the cosmic radio, I'll find harmony and understanding. I'm finding that to be true in ALL aspects of my life It goes on to tell me that this week is about the information I'm receiving from dreams and psychic visions.
It was still on Broadway when I arrived in New York five months later and was a major hit. I still remember vividly the marquees and the TV ads. It is still a regret of mine that I did not see it at the time. There were several reasons at the time. The first was financial. When I arrived in NY on August 5th, 1979, I had $500.00 in my pocket!
I was very frugal in terms of getting by. I got my first job (as a Wall Street messenger) my first full day in New York (August 6th) for $6.00 an hour. I still had to be frugal!
The second reason was the subject matter!
However, as time has moved on, it truly is one of my favorite scores.
This might come as a surprise to all of my friends who know me, but I would LOVE to play Sweeney some day! Believe it or not, it is one of my bucket items.
Warren Schein, Sarah Rice, David Sabella, Richard Skipper, Sharon McNight, Producer Russ Woolley. (Photo by Maryann Lopinto RSC June 18th, 2017)
Ken Billington
Also, I know two of the key players, Ken Billington, the lighting designer, and, most especially, Sarah Rice, who has become a very dear friend. As a matter of fact, Sarah was one of the featured guests in my Richard Skipper Celebrates show on June 18th recently.

July 23rd, 1979...It was a Monday. I know that I was working at Grand Strand Amusement Park. In 13 days, I would be moving to New York and my life would be forever changed. I just got goosebumps as I typed those words.
I had NO IDEA what the world
would hold for me. I still don't. My dad doubted my abilities. Every time I mentioned my eminent departure, rather than allowing me to celebrate my excitement, he would laugh and say I would be back in three weeks. In 13 days, it will mark 37 years! I pinch myself to this day that that happened.

Carol Channing performing in the Carter White House

Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include detective novelist Raymond Chandler in 1888; Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie in 1892; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1936 (age 81); actor Ronny Cox in 1938 (age 79); talk show host Don Imus in 1940 (age 77);
The sun is now in Leo
drummer Dino Danelli (The Rascals) in 1944 (age 73); drummer John Rutsey (Rush) in 1952; musician David Essex in 1947 (age 70); actor Edie McClurg in 1951 (age 66); Dutch film director Theo van Gogh in 1957; actor Woody Harrelson in 1961 (age 56); actor Eriq La Salle in 1962 (age 55); actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in 1967; guitarist Slash in 1965 (age 52); singer Alison Krauss in 1971 (age 46); actor Marlon Wayans in 1972 (age 45); former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1973 (age 44); singer Michelle Williams in 1980 (age 37); actor Daniel Radcliffe in 1989 (age 28); country singer Danielle Bradbery in 1996 (age 21).
 Philip Seymour Hoffman ~ Born: July 23, 1967, Fairport, NY
Died: February 2, 2014, West Village, New York City, NY.
In that special week of July people in US were listening to Bad Girls by Donna Summer. In UK Are 'Friends' Electric by Tubeway Army was in the top 5 hits. The Amityville Horror, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, was one of the most Sophie's Choice by William Styron was one of the best selling books.
viewed movies released in 1979.
Number One for this week in 1981 was Air Supply with The One That You Love .

My horoscope is telling me that a friend or relative may be acting exceptionally nice, but I can’t help but wonder if there is more going on than meets my eye. Hmmm? I wonder who that could be!
I'm listening and making a LOT of changes in my life. The 'WORD for the day is INSIGHTFULNESS.  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 INSIGHTFULNESS . Please pay it forward...

Thank you, Kevin Scott Hall for posting this on Facebook today: 
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1923.
I Know I Am But Summer to Your Heart
Edna Saint Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

The young artist of today need no longer say "I am a painter', or "a poet", or "a dancer." He is simply an "artist". All of life will be open to him.
-Allan Kaprow

Thousands flooded the streets of Berlin for the annual Christopher Street Day parade in support of LGBT rights  

Richard's Suggestions: Life IS a cabaret 

Ann Kittredge is returning to Don't Tell Mama next Saturday, July 29 at 4pm. Go on over and get out of the heat!!!! :)

Peter Filichia gave Josh Ellis a wonderful opportunity to talk about the making of two-and-a-half legendary Broadway cast recordings.
Specifically: the original Broadway cast recording of 42ND STREET (1980), Yul Brynner and Constance Towers's THE KING AND I (1977) and SONDHEIM: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE (1973).  The article explains the half.
 As of this blog, Only 7 seats remain for Josh's show at United Solo Theatre Festival at Theatre Row on Thursday, September 14 at 9 PM.
Stacy Sullivan: Photo by Michael Lee Stever.

  Stacy Sullivan is headed into the studio to record her 7th album...updates soon! MUCH SUCCESS, Stacy!

Encouraged by many, Stephen Mosher has written a memoir that he has designed to be like a box of candy.

If you are out in LA: TONIGHTS THE NIGHT,
6 p.m social and silent auction...
Benefit for
Actor and Others for Animals
At the historic El Portal Theater in NOHO.


THE KEVIN LUTKE TRIO make their NYC Debut at The Metropolitan Room, August 3, 2017 at 7PM

Multi-Award winning singer/songwriter, Bobby Belfry, along with world-class guitarist, Kevin Lutke and his Trio, have created a new set of socio-political jazz/folk/rock inspired contemporary pop music that has been burning up The Hudson Valley, with concerts at The Illuminated Concert Festival in Newburgh, Maureen’s Jazz Cellar in Nyack, and the Fanwood
Concert Series.

The music is uplifting and empowered with a bit of humor, which is exactly what the arts need in this tumultuous political climate of our times.

Mr. Belfry has performed at The White House, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center, in addition to countless theatres and nightclubs throughout the country and abroad. He is a featured artist in the music documentary, “This Time” and has 3 albums of music on iTunes and several streaming sites. “Bobby Belfry is one to savor, embrace, and lend the hand of fame to,” said BILLBOARD Magazine.

Mr. Lutke has a Masters Degree in Jazz Guitar and composition from NYU, and has performed with countless jazz luminaries throughout his career. Kevin also has 3 CDs of original and cover music available on iTunes and other streaming services.

The group is rounded out by Jay Brunka on upright bass, and John Romagnoli on percussion.

The concert at The Metropolitan Room, on August 3, at 7pm, is the group’s NYC debut. There is a $15 Cover, $25 food/drink minimum
Please purchase tickets online at

A new album of the music performed this evening is in the works on the DEKO Music Label.

This is something I wish I could go to! Oz, The National Convention.
The wonders of the White City... The fun of the Midwest Oz Festival... Find your heart’s desire in Chicago—the inspiration for Oz.

Thursday: Kick off the weekend with a party at the home of Oz collector and convention co-chairman Walter Krueger.

Friday: From a Kansas twister to the Nome King’s mines, Friday morning is filled with farm fun. In the afternoon, explore animated Oz films, followed by an evening fashion show of famous Dorothys and a live Oz music program.

Saturday: Saturday emphasizes Chicago’s many Oz connections with programs, speakers, films, and performances.

The afternoon Oz Auction will be a highlight for collectors.
And yes, there will be cake: it’s the International Wizard of Oz Club’s 60th anniversary!

Sunday: After breakfast, enjoy the final day of the Midwest Oz Fest in neighboring Tinley Park. Join Oz friends for a bring-your-box-lunch open house at Walter Krueger’s. Optionally, sign up for a small-group Oz tour into Chicago, or head out to explore on your own. 

Regroup for dinner at the Hyde Park home of Carrie Hedges as they honor her tenure as Oz Club president.

For complete information, visit

There is also the Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival

August 4th-6th Tinley Park Illinois.

Visit Karen Armstrong Owens' sales booth at the festival - Storyland Collectables..... new and old Wizard of Oz items.
IWOC National Convention August 3-6th Orland Park, Illinois

 Leanne Borghesi at Feinstein's-What Is This Swing Called LOVE?

San Francisco!! Leanne is so jazzed, she could kiss ya! Celebrate the summer of LOVE together!
Tickets are now on sale for her upcoming cabaret

show- Leanne Borghesi Live at San Francisco's Feinstein's at the Nikko What Is This Swing Called L-O-V-E? Thursday August 3, 8pm.

Join Leanne for an intimate evening at the "Love Lounge" with a hot, snazzy swinging band! The Roger Glenn Trio (Ross Gualco piano, Ed Margolin drums, Roger Glenn woodwinds) and siren Amanda Wu on the Bass!
It is going to be a swingin' night of good music and good intimate affair...meow!

with Rita McKenzie: Richard Skipper Celebrates Hello, Dolly! January 16th, 2017
The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. - Socrates

I'm throwing back the curtain and showing my followers the little man behind the Wizard who is always trying to put forth a positive image of a man. 

Let's Be Friends! I promise you a great experience!

You have the power to change anything, because you are the one who chooses your thoughts and feels your feelings.

Here are a Few Testimonials for Richard Skipper Celebrates: Next One September 10th 1PM Laurie Beechman Theater: Reserve HERE:
w/Ann Dawson, Emily McNamara, Ben Rimalower... AND a Beloved Cabaret Mystery Guest

with Wayne Gmitter, the late great Peggy Herman, Tommy Tune, and Patrick Rinn (Peggy Herman CD Release Party Feinstein's St. Regis 2015)
Anyone who has an opportunity to see Richard Skipper's cabaret shows should BY ALL MEANS doso! They're sensational! Great entertainers, wonderful music, lots of laughs, just the best way to spend an afternoon! I just cannot wait for the next show because I will DEFINITELY be in the audience (quietly singing along)!Arlene Jacks, New York, NY 
with Ellen Bullinger and Carol Siwek
I was most impressed with the balance and variety of Richard Skipper Celebrates... on June 18th.  I love hearing Sarah Rice, and her Bourne-Jones beauty is a joy on top of that.  That segment was really top notch.
David Sabella was so moving when he was talking about his children, and the Sondheim montage was unexpectedly thrilling.  I liked the little table where I was sitting because I could watch Richard Skipper's reactions to everything, and that just added to the joy.  I don't think a smile left my face for the entire show.  Good for Richard!!!!
Jacqueline Parker, NYC

I have had the great pleasure of seeing the show the talented Richard Skipper presents at the Laurie
Ruby Rakos, Carole Demas, Diane J. Findlay, Sue Matsuki, KT Sullivan, and producer Russ Woolley
Beechman. It was a delightful afternoon with so much talent brought to the stage and especially, Leslie Orofino, on the show that I attended. Richard is not only a very talented performer himself, but his knowledge of the history of the stage world is outstanding. His memories and stories recalled are a gift to us all. His manner and style of interviewing is so wise, warm and professional. I am so overjoyed to see him interview many legends and he embraces them with such care and respect. He is the ultimate showman.

Pamala Hall,Lionhawk Productions Weston, Ct.

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!  

Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Richard Skipper, 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Sad Truth Is People Can Be Pretty Shallow

Cover of Time Magazine July 20th, 1961
I want to live my life, not record it.- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Happy Wednesday, July 20th, 2017!
July 20 is the 201st day of the year. There are 164 days remaining until the end of the year.
My goal today is to make YOU feel better! It is an extremely hot day here in New York and as I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to the 70s channel on Sirius XM Radio, most specifically, Cheryl Lynn's Got To Be Real from 1978.
July 20th, 1978 was a Thursday as well. Most likely, I was working at Grand Strand Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I'm sure that the above mentioned song was wafting throughout the park from the Himalaya, one of my favorite rides in the amusement park.
Swamp Fox Roller Coaster, Grand Strand Amusement Park, Myrtle Beach, SC
Even as I write these words, a flood of memories are racing through my head. 

Believe it or not, the title of today's blog is the first line of one of my horoscopes today. It goes on to say that as much as I could use some appreciation and acknowledgement, I'll mostly be judged on how I make others feel about themselves. I'll take that. Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, I am finding that there are daily lessons available to us.
As a matter of fact, I am finding that clues and lessons are being presented to me daily on so many levels. I just have to be open to them. These life lessons come in conversations, situations, and various other situations. When your mind is clear and focused, and your body is relaxed and calm, you can access information, both internal and external, that can help you make better decisions.
Go out and enjoy dinner with friends: Please note: No phones on table!

Danny and I have been having dinners lately with really good friends and we are making new friends as well. For some, it is the first time that we all sit down to break bread together.
I like to sit down with no devices and have great conversation! I love covering a myriad of topics and sometimes I don't desire to leave.
One such topic that seems to resonate most with me these days, besides politics, is the subject of communication in today's world. The song that runs in a continuous loop in my head is I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore.

Speaking of communicating with each other, what does my blog offer you? I hope it offers a lighthearted way of looking at the things that affect our lives on a daily basis. I love social media but it sometimes becomes a big distraction in our lives...on so many levels.
I got a call from a friend of mine earlier this week who was feeling down on several things happening that were truly coming from outside sources.
The Internet is giving us access to whatever everyone is doing no matter where we live. Please know, however, that we are getting this 'news' based on what OTHERS desire to share.
Why do we put so much emphasis on what others are doing with their lives?
Imagine if we focused on ourselves instead of
what our 'Facebook friends' or our favorite celebrity was/is doing with their lives.
Well, I am going to focus on ME while celebrating the achievements of others! I'm happy and excited when I see what they are doing!
I'm taking a few moments today and visualizing myself reaching my goals.I am imagining how it will feel to accomplish my goal. I'm picturing my future self: what will be different after I succeed?
I am making my visualization as specific as I can.

She Doesn't Play With Dolls Anymore (Photo credit: Ivan Farkas)
(Photo credit: Ivan Farkas)
I feel like a proud papa today! What a thrill it was to bring Peggy Eason back into cabaret last night in celebration of her 71st Birthday! I give credit where it is due and that goes to Russ Woolley who suggested it and got the wheels rolling! Once we had an idea of the date, we called Kenny Bell at the Laurie Beechman (pay attention cabaret rooms on how to really run a cabaret room!). Once we had a date, we reached out to one of the best musical directors on the scene today, Tracy Stark. (On a side note, Tracy will be the musical director for the December 3rd edition of Richard Skipper Celebrates...)She elevated Peggy to a whole new level.
I then asked Peggy to send me at least 20 songs that she would like to do and we shaped that (with a few eliminations) into a show. I was thrilled to be asked by Peggy to join her for a duet. She also wanted Sue Matsuki to join her.
Once you get Sue involved in a project, she throws herself in 150 % and does what she can to ensure success on every level! Their duet last night rocked 42nd Street! Kenny, Abby Judd, Michael Kirk Lane, and the entire staff at The Laurie Beechman are so phenomenal that they make it difficult for any other venue I work in. A+++++ Then there are those doing the work behind the scenes: Daniel Sherman, Michael Lee Stever, Scott Barbarino: HUGE THANK YOUS!
Then there are those of you who CHOSE to spend a Wednesday night with Peggy. We know there are so many options in this great city so thank you for choosing us.
Bosom Buddies: Sue Matsuki and Peggy Eason Photo credit: Ivan Farkas
Peggy was at the top of her game. Voice was glorious and she was VERY FUNNY! She was quite the comedienne.

Her gown was gorgeous. She was relaxed and truly at the top of her game. Again, I am very proud! Russ, YOU are the real deal! Thanks for a night I won't forget for a long time. As you know, I needed it!

From Sue Matsuki: Regarding Peggy Eason's show last evening at The Laurie Beechman Theater: How does one put into words the joy of joy? To see a friend, Peggy Eason who has not been able to do a show due to finances (like many of us at times) be gifted a show by two other friends, Richard Skipper and Russ Woolley at the Beechman last night was beyond what I can express in words.
Photo credit: Ivan Farkas did a really good thing here! My heart was so full watching Peggy just glow on stage. I cried happy tears and lost it when she sang "Defying Gravity" while showing a flim of her sky diving. This was a 2 lb. blind baby that was not supposed to live and here she was in all her glory...defying the odds. I lost it! I have heard her sing many times but I never saw her do a whole show. 
With Tracy Stark on the keys and working with Peggy, she took her to yet another level, it was bliss. To then be asked to do a duet with her (Bosom Buddies) was just icing on the cake. 
Congratulations Peggy. I hope you are still over the moon today. You earned it!

Earlier this week, The Signature Theater in Washington DC started their 28th season as they began rehearsals for
  A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Florence Lacey Stella has joined the cast!
This will be Eric Schaeffer's 28th Sondheim production that he'll direct and the first time doing NIGHT MUSIC. As he says, "Some things are worth waiting for". I wish all involved a very successful run.
Who would like to join me for a road trip?
                  appearing at Nino's                   Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
            Performing The Great American Songbook.................................           
            7:30PM to 10:30PM
                          1354 First Avenue, New York, NY 10021                               (between East 72nd and 73rd Streets)
                 Reservations: 212-988-0002

New Plays and Musicals can sometimes take years to nurture before making it to a professional stage with paying customers.
One such play opening at the 2017 NY Summerfest July 31 at Hudson Guild Theatre has had a 15-year journey; Jack Dyville's My Stage Daddy. (Read MORE)

Actor's Equity Actors. Join the Equity's Stage Door  page on Facebook. It's a place to share
your feelings about your professional
experiences and all things union.

Michael Masci with Michael Feinstein Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Kindly take a moment to listen to Jim Caruso's New York Minute on Palm Beach's Legends Radio to hear all about our new celebrity in NYC, Michael Masci  AND my Video guru! Michael does all of my promotional videos as well as the opening montage videos for my Richard Skipper Celebrates...series.
I'm overjoyed to announce that since the airing of this radio plug, Michael Masci Trio will perform at Cafe Carlyle July 23rd (on their daughter Felicity's 15th Birthday) and his contract is extended for three additional Sundays in August
Michael Masci with Avery Sommers, Sunny Sessa, Terence, Michael Feinstein, Matt Baker. Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Michael Masci Trio will be performing at Cafe Carlyle for two of those August performances, but you'll just have to come in to The Carlyle find out which Sunday!  God is good!  Keep ya comin' back for more!

Michael Masci Entertainment

Eric Michael Gillett
Ricky Ritzel's 2017 MAC Award Winner for Best Recurring Series returns for it's July edition. Now entering the third year, the show features Broadway's Eric Michael Gillett with Sean Bernardi, Fran Leonardis, Sue Matsuki, Ann McCormack, Tara Moran, Aaron Morishita, Sidney Myer and Jay Rogers. with songs from La Cage Aux Folles, The Grand Tour, and Woman of the Year.
Fashioned after Sylvia Fine Kaye’s Musical Comedy Tonight PBS programs from the 70's,
each show highlights songs and stories from 2 or 3 Broadway musicals with a star studded
revolving cast. Ricky Ricky, last seen on Broadway hailing a cab, will give wry commentary as well as accompanying on the piano.
$20 cover/$15 MAC 2 Drink minimum, Cash only.
DON’T TELL MAMA   call 212-757-0788  or for reservations.

Lorna Luft, out for dinner at Spago with her big sister Liza's step mother, Lee Minnelli, 1989.
An Evening With Lorna Luft, a new show from the  acclaimed stage, screen, and television actress and vocalist, will take place Monday  evening at 8 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor as part of its Music Mondays cabaret series. The show will feature music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway classics, shows in which she has starred, and a few songs from her show business legacy as the daughter of Judy Garland and Sidney Luft and half-sister to Liza Minnelli. Ms. Luft has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages, among them the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, the London Palladium, and L’Olympia in Paris.
Tickets range from $55 to $85.

Hello, Dolly! has been a sold-out hit that, nevertheless, has been greeted skeptically by some aficionados. 
Bette Midler is a crowd-pleasing artist, and her persona seems a perfect fit for the role of the enterprising matchmaker, Dolly Levi. Yet there are those who say her voice isn’t large enough for Dolly’s big songs. (Read MORE)

The Sad Truth MIGHT be that people can be pretty shallow...but I've been very lucky with the people in MY life!

I was recently lucky enough to attend *Richard Skipper Celebrates the Songs of World War II,* held on Armed Forces Day in May. Richard is in his element as the perfect host – welcoming, relaxed, knowledgeable, and funny. Joining Richard’s party were Diane J Findlay, Sue Matsuki, and KT Sullivan, plus mystery guests Carole Demas and Ruby Rakos. They were first-rate, and sang the heck out of their vintage selections, including some expected classics, and some less well-known songs. Richard Skipper Celebrates is clearly inspired by the old TV variety shows, and by Richard’s intense love for music, performers, and entertainment history. The brunch show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre left me happy, informed, and wanting to celebrate with Richard Skipper again and again. [The next installment is on June 18 for Father's Day!] Most of all, I was reminded of exactly what it was that I loved about Cabaret as a genre: at its best, there is an intimacy about it that leads to an intense bond between performer and audience that I have seldom seen elsewhere.
Maya Amis, Jackson Heights, NY

Though I have not have the great fortune to see Richard's show's live (Please come to Vegas!!!)   I do have the great fortune of calling him one of my dearest friends. And that dear ones, is  a great blessing indeed.   Richard is a blessing to all who he encounters.   His positivity   will help you through the hardest of days.   Truly one in a million :)  May God continue to bless all you do!

Jamie Farrar

What a wonderful afternoon at "Richard Skipper Celebrates" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on June 18th.
Do you remember Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show or WNEW AM from years ago.This show brought me back to those days. Besides being a wonderful entertainer, Richard is an fascinating interviewer. His guests in this show included Sarah Rice and Mark Watson, David Sabella, Warren Schein and special guest Sharon McNight.
It's been such a long time since I have seen such a wonderful show.
Richard has this event as a Sunday Brunch once a month. He is taking the summer off but will return with a blockbuster show on Sunday September 10th. If you are in the New York area please join me to witness talent that is rare seen any more. (September 10th, brunch at the Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street)
Elaine Marlowe Mitchell, NYC
with Russ Woolley, Peggy Eason, Sue Matsuki

If you are in the New York area please join me to witness talent that is rare seen any more. (September 10th, brunch at the Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street)
Elaine Marlowe Mitchell, NYC

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 , 

There are very few individuals who know more about Dolly Gallagher Levi than I … Oh, and Jerry Herman, of course.  However, Richard Skipper certainly comes close.  When it comes to the history of Jerry’s brilliant production, beyond the 5000 plus performances of my own, even I turn to Richard Skipper when I have questions about the remarkable ladies who followed me in the role that the world fell in love with over 50 years ago.   From the world’s second Dolly, Carole Cook, to the original Broadway production’s last Dolly, Ethel Merman, and all of those talented ladies in between.  
 Pearl Bailey, who made the role of Dolly her own, Phyllis Diller, who has often been mistaken for me and I her, and Eve Arden, who wore the exact same size as I and stepped in for me so I could film Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Oh, and don’t forget JoAnne Worley, who so patently waited in the wings as my standby and did such a remarkable job of it when she eventually donned Dolly’s red gown for herself.  Dolly is America’s Hamlet and should be treated with the same respect and played by everyone.  I am so glad that Richard has taken the time to chronicle the history of the Dollys.  She is theatre’s ultimate Broadway Baby … with all due respect to Maria Van Trapp, Eliza Doolittle, Sally Bowles, Mama Rose and Mame. – Carol Channing


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

Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
Please leave a comment and share on Twitter and Facebook
Keeping Entertainment LIVE!  

Richard Skipper,