Saturday, April 19, 2014

She IS Dee Wallace

Love yourself and then love yourself and then love yourself more and then you can't help but love
everything and everybody in your Life.
-Dee Wallace

My horoscope yesterday read, "You'll gravitate toward emotionally healthy people. They live with ease AND hardly ever find them SELVES in the middle of DRAMA. Being around this type, even for a few hours WILL make my whole weekend better."
Then I spoke with Dee Wallace...and how true! 
As a New Yorker, I am really excited that Dee Wallace is paying us a visit next month. In addition to being a great actress, she is a healer, a channeler, and a self-help mentor to thousands of people all over the world. Because she is an actress, she loves going out and being personally involved with people.

She is going to be doing a seminar in New York at the New York Open Center Saturday, May 17th, from 2-5.
She is also setting up private sessions. The easiest way to take advantage of this great opportunity is to go to Dee's Website and go to The May Tour and sign up. In addition to New York, Dee will also be in West Hartford, Connecticut at The ATMA Center on the 18th. From there, Dee goes to Circles of Wisdom in Andover, Massachusetts on the 20th, and Leapin' Lizards in Freeport, Maine on May 23rd. Dee will also be taking part as part of The Susan Duval Seminars in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It's going to be a fast and furious East coast tour. Dee did one of Susan Doyle's seminars last year and it was so successful and sold out. They got so much response that Susan set up this tour for Dee. The seminars are $55.00. The private seminars are $250.00. This is a huge discount over her standard fee.
Most people sit down with Dee and tell her, "I want this and I want this and I want this." Then Dee becomes
an open channel for whomever she is dealing with. One of her clients says it is like getting six months of therapy in an hour.
Dee works very fast dealing with the blocks in their energy and what they are focusing on. So many of us just think that worrying about "stuff" and trying to fix it is how we are going to get what we desire. It is really the opposite. It doesn't make sense to our brain and mind. Dee loves her work because it combines science with spirituality. Most are saying the same thing but you can really understand it from the point of view of science.
If we have never heard the word "candy" over and over and over in our lives, then we don't know what to picture in our minds. We don't know if we desire it. We don't know how to begin to start creating that for ourselves. Well, the same thing is true for a lot of people with money. We know what money is but the only sign off and the only connection most of us ever have is we don't have it, never have had it, and, therefore, never will have it.
As soon as we change those sign offs and focus, and Dee can show us how to do it in those three hours!, we can change our focus about ANYTHING! Our brains will start going, "I know that." When our brains do it, our subconscious does it. We become a conscious living entity as opposed to what Dee calls a default creator. When we default through our old stories, that's when we keep telling ourselves over and over the same thing. It is easy to address all of this in three hours. Dee holds a very strong intention that this is NOT yet another seminar that you walk in to and you get a lot of "woo woo stuff" and you feel really good and then you walk out and go, "What the heck do I now do?" When you walk out of Dee's seminar, you will know exactly what to do. The only catch is that you will have to CHOOSE to do it.
Dee absolutely loves seeing people realize their joy and their power again. Dee has a gentleman that she is working with that was "supposed" to die of AIDS years ago. His count is now so high now that he can't even be termed as HIV. When people ask him what program got him to this point, he tells them, "Look, I learned to love myself, accept myself, and know how magnificent I am again.
In other words, I don't judge me anymore. I am no longer in the fear of judgment from other people. I have totally moved in to loving and accepting myself." When you do that, every cell of your body and your brain responds to that. We default to what we have always been taught which is worry. Dee gets emails daily from people who are now telling her, "Oh my God! I woke up happy today." Some people cannot fathom the enormity of the idea of being to wake up happy.  There are thousands and millions of people out there who just don't know how.
This aspect of Dee's life absolutely goes hand in hand with her career as an actress. So much of her work has been fear based. She has seen every "monster" that you could possibly come up with. She has studied fear and the reactions of fear and has gone through the notion of "fight or flight" throughout her body. She can honestly tell us that no movie she has ever played and dealing with the monsters  of those films can ever compare with the monsters she has dealt with in real life.
 She has turned around and looked those monsters in the eyes and proclaimed, "I don't have to do this anymore." She now says, "Come on in. Sit down. Have a beer. Let's talk.How come I have this fear? Why are you here? You are not present in my life anymore.Why am I still running away from you?" It's freedom. It's powerful. It's easy to do. Nobody teaches us this. Quite frankly, a lot of people in the spiritual world teach it and don't walk it. They don't know how to teach you to shift your words and shift your perceptions. Going back to science, for example, Einstein said there is only one decision we all have to make in this world. "Is it friendly or is it hostile?" If friendly, then we get to choose through our perspective.Every single thing we look at, every person we deal with, every relationship we have, including the relationship we have with our bodies and money, what is your perspective on that right now? Do you see money as friendly? Is it an energetic entity unto itself? Do we look at as something we want to take care of us and play with us?
Like any good relationship, our perceived outcome is absolutely creating the result we are getting.
as Mary Lewis in 10
When I ask Dee what her fondest memory in her life is. She immediately goes to the birth of her daughter. In her professional like, it is a toss up between shooting Howling with Christopher Stone, who was then her fiance making it such a great time and being in Las Hadas, Mexico filming 10 with Blake Edwards and being treated like she was a queen. She had just arrived from Kansas and there she was in Las Hadas making a movie and was given a suite.
She thought she'd died and gone to Heaven. This was everything she had dreamed of as a kid in Kansas City. Dee thinks it is important to point out to everyone that she dreamed about it for that long and manifested it. She DID think it was possible. She also desires everyone to know that what you are reading here (and I hear it in her voice) is a clarity and power.
as Karen White in Howling
She assures me that this is not who she always was. A lot of people may think, "Well, she's a movie star.It's easy for her to be happy. Right?" I can say to anyone who feels that way that you do NOT know this business.
They also don't know from her past. She grew up incredibly poor. They were so poor that they lived with her grandmother. Her father was an alcoholic who ended up committing suicide Dee's senior year in high school. She lost her beloved husband, way to early, of eighteen years to a heart attack. He was fifty five. Her daughter was seven at the time. She has been hurt in the business a lot. Dee brought herself back from a pretty big "victim's" place. She believes all of this has been important in what she does. She knows that if she could move beyond this, so can you.
as Mary in E.T.

One disappointment for Dee was losing the made for TV movie, Adam about the kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh on July 27, 1981. At the time, Dee was doing a movie of the week called Happy with Dom Deluise. The filming was overlapping by one day and the film crew that she was working with wouldn't hold the date for her and the other company wait for her and JoBeth Williams got the part. Dee has always regretted that. She really wanted to play that part. She has also always had a desire to play a nun!
Don't ask her why! She has no idea!!
This next question comes from Sarah Dashew who I recently interviewed.
What is your favorite season and how does it affect you?
Donna Trenton in Cujo
They don't have a lot of "seasons" in LA! Dee does, however, love the spring. The spring always makes Dee feel free and everything is alive again. She remembers, fondly, the springs of her youth in Kansas City. The beautiful colors of the flowers were blooming and Easter was always an important time in her family. The Easter celebration and hiding eggs are all fond memories.
When I asked Dee what her least favorite memory of her career in show business is? She asked me if I had a year!  Something, however, readily comes to mind.
Saeah Fairchild in Killer Instinct
She can't remember what the audition was for. It was after she had done E.T. and quite a lot of other things. She was having a lull in her career. She went into an audition and was told that her "stuff" had not been sent over yet and they we're not familiar with her work and if she could talk a little about what she had done.
Dee sat there and didn't know whether to be mad or angry, quite frankly. Dee had been in the business then about twenty years. She is now going on forty years in the business.
She then told them she didn't know how to answer that. She didn't know how to respond to them. She went into that audition putting her heart in their hands, knowing that they were professionals and knowing that they would KNOW what they desired and that she was welcomed there to bring
her talent. Dee had been in the business for twenty years and had been in the biggest blockbuster of all time and at that time, over thirty movies under her belt, (She just completed her 160th!), she was flabbergasted that they didn't know who she was!
At this time, she is having a ball with Grimm! "Fabulous writing, an amazing cast, and they are all so nice!" Once again, she feels like she has died and gone to Heaven. They just finished filming the closer of this season. "Oh my God! You guys will never believe what happens at the wedding!" Whether you are a Grimm fan or not, the last episode is not to be missed.
She is having so much fun with this. She has four or five movies that are yet to be released. She just did a "small part" in a Spielberg pilot.  It's called The Visitors and Dee is hoping that when it gets picked up, that this becomes a recurring role. She is juggling a lot of things that she really loves. She has two E-books, Wake Up Now! A Book of Universal Truths and Getting Stuff: Everything is Possible,  that just came out on Amazon, three books are also available in hard copy.
She was driving not too long ago with a friend when she was asked, "Why is there this need to get 'stuff'. Everyone is always rushing to get 'stuff'!" Dee then thought, "Why that's a great name for a book!"
Most people want more money, more of a relationship, more and better health. They want the houses, they want the cars, they want more STUFF! In her book, Dee talks about how to get the stuff by getting all the principles in place in order to get the stuff. The truth of the matter is, if you desire to get the stuff, you have to get yourself in alignment and harmony with the stuff you desire.
The stuff that Dee desires in her life right now are all centered around paying for her daughter's wedding. She also wants to pay her home off. As mentioned earlier, Dee is from the Midwest. There are certain innate qualities that come with that. If Dee went to her business manager, her manager might say, "That's not a good business decision to pay your house off." Dee is saying to herself, coming from Kansas, the paradigm was that if you had a home, you were safe. That comes from her poor upbringing. As a child, that became a very prevalent message to her subconscious. When Dee, as many of us do, goes into her energy, dealing with intellect and our heads, Dee talks about balancing it all out in her book. When Dee goes into that energy of KNOWING her house is paid for, she can take a healthy deep sigh. For Dee, it is that sense of FREEDOM. Can she create that feeling of freedom BEFORE her house is paid off? Absolutely! She must if the house is ever going to be paid off.

The biggest change that Dee has seen since starting in this business is no matter how long you have been in the business, you have to prove yourself over and over again.
The biggest lesson that Dee has learned in this business is that SHE is the answer. The buck stops with her. 
The universe cannot and will not help her to create anything if she has not CHOSEN, if she has not DECIDED, if she has not DIRECTED her energy to be in harmony with it. Everything starts with Dee. We ALL have so much power we don't even know is
within each and every one of us. There is a glorious joyous wonderful power within all of us. The challenge is that we have to step out and put our toes in the water. "OK! I'm going to try something different that I've never been taught. It doesn't make any sense to my brain but I'm going to try it."
A lot of times, for example, during the Olympics, we might here commentators say, "She had a lot of trouble in previous competitions, but she has a new trainer and they had to retrain their entire approach but watch her now and watch how accomplished they are in their sport." THAT is what Dee is doing. She is retraining what we already have been taught by people who really didn't know we were doing their best, in a way.  
 
Dee Wallace And Chris Mulkey in Grimm
There were many years in which Dee didn't have to audition for anything.
People knew she could act. They knew her qualities. They knew her professionalism. They knew she was going to always come through. At the most, she might be called into a meeting to talk about whether or not they all saw the character the same way and whether or not she still looked like her head shot!
Her agent called her recently. She was being requested to go in and audition for a mother. She would have two lines! Dee said, No, thank you." She has been playing mothers for forty years. They certainly know her presence on camera.
Cujo
They also knew she could deliver two lines. She was not going to spend two hours in traffic for an audition. The business has become that absurd.
The pluses around this new paradigm are that a lot of new people get to be seen. They are always looking for new talent because they don't desire to repeat talent. When Dee was first coming up in her "heyday", when a series was on, if a character had appeared in previous seasons, they would want to bring that character back. If a series had been renewed, you knew you were going to have work. 
Now, they are looking for something different each season.
Dee writes an E-blast that goes out every Monday on her healing. Because she is working one on with with a lot of people, she is having sessions all over the world every day. When she is writing a book, she always writes in the morning because that is when she is an open channel and ready to go. She sits with her pen and literally asks, "What am I supposed to write about today?"
She never knows where that will take her. She sits down without direction and often times it is twenty pages later.
She has an office specifically for her writing. She has a big computer there and prefers that room. She also has a second office where she does her private sessions.
Dee's greatest virtue is LOVE. She truly goes there with her self, with people, with her pets.She has a lot of love to spread around. Her biggest vice is often times she, in the past, has given up her self to enable others not to create themselves. "I'll do it, I'll take care of it, I'll pay for it so you can be OK." In those instances, Dee doesn't win, they don't win, the universe certainly doesn't win because they haven't learned to be responsible for themselves. THAT and chocolate are Dee's biggest vices!
Before Dee walks out in front of the audiences lucky enough to experience her, the thought of how can she joyfully serve  the group that she is in front of goes through her head. She desires everyone to walk out not needing her and knowing exactly how to lead and live their own lives powerfully.
Please join me as I celebrate with Dee Wallace on May 17th as we celebrate each other!

May 17, 2014
The Open Center
Dee Wallace is an Actor, Healer, and Best Selling Author.
2-5
New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016$55.00
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Please visit Dee Wallace's website for more info.

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With grateful XOXOXs ,

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Peggy Eason: Black, Blind, and Beautiful!

Peggy Eason will present her cabaret show I'll Show Them All at Don't Tell Mama in NYC on June 9th and 15th.
Peggy is a native New Yorker, having been born in Brooklyn. She wasn't supposed to be here. Her doctors told her parents that neither she or her twin would survive. At birth, she weighed two pounds and six ounces. Her twin only weighed one pound at birth. Unfortunately, she died after four days. Peggy survived! Peggy was a seven month baby.
She was supposed to be born in September, but was born in July. The only way they could save the lives of "preemies" at that time was to give extra oxygen. Peggy was told later that she had gotten too much oxygen. Because she was premature, her optic nerve did not develop. Because of that, she was unable to have a corneal transplant. She is the only one in her family who is blind. 
Peggy came into a family that included six brothers and four sisters.
Unfortunately, all of her brothers are gone except for one.  All of her sisters are still alive.
She had lots of fun growing up in Brooklyn.
Not only did she grow up with lots of brothers and sisters, she also had lots of cousins. She has fond memories of going to the beach. She was afraid of the sound of the ocean, but her family wanted her to
know what the waves and water felt like. One she got over that fear, she loved to play in the Ocean. They would go to Cony Island. They would walk on the boardwalk and eat knishes. Her grandmother was constantly teaching Peggy new things. She would tell Peggy that the others could see what she was doing but she had to show Peggy with her hands.
She taught Peggy how to roll out a pie crust with the rolling pin. Peggy never liked to get her hands dirty, but her grandmother insisted that she had to. Peggy recalls the smells of the kitchen especially around the holidays.
This was one strong family. In fact, they called themselves an army. Her grandmother had about sixty grandchildren.
Peggy grew up in the Marcy Projects,a public housing complex built and operated by the New York City Housing Authority and located in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
The family moved there when Peggy was three. At that time, it was very integrated. They had a mix of everything. There were no racial problems. Peggy remembers the scent of fresh grass. They were not allowed on the grass. If someone walked on the grass, they could have been thrown out! She remembers the monkey bars. She used to love the monkey bars and remembers being with her childhood friend, Elaine. Elaine recently told Peggy that when they were kids, Peggy's mom told Elaine, "Please don't let Peggy get near the monkey bars." Not only did Peggy get near the monkey bars, she climbed to the top and decided she was going to stand on top. Elaine couldn't reach her because she was short. She told Peggy she was going to have to get down herself. Peggy really got it when she got home. She has fond memories of the people. Everyone was friendly to her. She went around the neighborhood alone, knowing it all so well. She didn't have a cane or a dog growing up and she got along fairly well. 
with Colleen Zenk

She went to the school for the blind in the Bronx, the Lavelle School.At the time that Peggy attended, it was called the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind.  
This was a Catholic school run by the Dominican nuns and, according to Peggy, they were tough!
Peggy went to high school at the New York Institute for the blind which was non-sectarian. From there, she went to college against everyone's advice. She attended to Manhattan School of Music where she majored in
voice and music education. From there, she went to work. She desired to sing but she also wanted to live. Throughout her life, she has had various occupations.
She worked as a typist for the Internal Revenue Service and the Jewish Guild for the Blind and The Hartford Insurance Company. For the last twenty-five years, before she retired, she was a secretary for The New York State Division For Parole. Throughout all of that time, Peggy always sang. She did mostly recitals for corporations and churches and private events. She is a classically trained singer. She has always sung. She first sang at age seven when her grandmother gave her three dollars to sing at one of her teas. That was her first professional engagement!
THIS chapter, as far as a career in cabaret is concerned, in Peggy's life really started in 2007. Peggy had mentioned to her husband, David, that she had heard about Linda Amiel Burns' Singing Experience on The Joey Reynolds radio show. She first heard about it in 1997! Year after year, she would tell David that she was going to take this class. After several years of procrastinating, she came home one day and David told her that he had just registered Peggy for The Singing Experience.
Peggy told him that she didn't have the time to take it. He told her that she was going to take it because he had already sent in a check. That is where the idea of cabaret all started.
When she first sang in the class, everyone kept telling her that she should do her own show. Being the competitive person she is, she said I CAN do it!
She didn't even know what cabaret was, but if it was something to conquer, she could do it. After six months of doing The Singing Experience, Peggy told Linda that she was writing a show, but didn't know what she was doing. She decided that she would base it on her life. The first show she did in cabaret was called Discover Me in 2007. Linda Amiel Burns directed her and Richard Danley was her musical director.
The Singing Experience WAS a good experience for Peggy in that she got a chance to meet some wonderful people. Ivan Farkas, Carol Shedlin, Laura Slutsky being three very important people to come out of that. They are all still very close. It was through Carol that Peggy met  her friend Michael Weiss, who is no longer with us.  He ended up producing Peggy's last CD.
She learned many things including how to hold a microphone. In classical music, she never used a microphone.
She also learned about different songs from the American Songbook. She also got some pretty good ideas of what to do and what not to do. Working with Linda was a great experience. She also loved working with Richard Danley. She says he is a fantastic accompanist.As a matter of fact, he arranged all the songs on her CD, Black, Blind, and Beautiful.  
Photo by Ivan Farkas
When Peggy retired in 2009, she said, "This is it! I'm going to pursue my singing career."
Peggy's upcoming show is called I'll Show Them All. All the songs are based on what Peggy has experienced in her life. The team to surround Peggy are now being put together at the time of this interview.
Peggy does not think of her blindness as a disability. She thinks of it as a slight inconvenience.
For Peggy, everything now is about creating memories. She has some pretty powerful ones already under her belt. 
For Peggy's graduation Master's recital from the Manhattan School of Music she was battling a 101 fever that day. Her feeling, however, was that the show must go on. After the show, she was greeting all of her guests. The very last guest was Leontyne Price! She waited until everyone had greeted
Leontyne Price
Peggy and then approached her and said, "Peggy, this is Leontyne Price." Peggy hit a high C! Peggy had sent her a letter hoping that she would accept.
She was someone that Peggy had always admired but never thought she would come to her recital. She told everyone not to tell Peggy that she was in the audience. She didn't want to make Peggy nervous. Peggy says it would have.
When Leontyne hugged Peggy and told her she had a voice, she felt like she had arrived. 
This next question comes from Sarah Dashew when I interviewed her.
What is Peggy's favorite season and how does that affect her?
Peggy's favorite season is the spring. For Peggy, that's when she comes alive. The spring has a certain feel to it. There is a fresh smell. Everything is new again. This is a chance to start all over again.
David (Peggy's husband) and Peggy with Bryon Sommers
Peggy says when she takes her last earthly breath, she hopes its in the spring.
Peggy is sort of worried about the state of cabaret today. Rooms are disappearing. There are very few rooms for artists to entertain in. Rooms have to be booked way in advance.
Otherwise, there may not be a place to sing when the time is right and that frightens Peggy. In the 80s, there were many options to choose from. Peggy is hoping that we are not seeing the demise of cabaret.
Peggy just completed, a few months ago, two nights at Stage 72 (The Triad). She was directed by Jeffry Denman (Yank! A World War II Love Story, Irving Berlin's White Christmas), and music direction by Emmy winner John McDaniel (Catch Me If You Can, Annie Get Your Gun).

Jeffrey or John had  neverworked with a blind singer before. There was a learning curve in how to communicate with Peggy. Peggy says that when she doesn't understand something, she must have a confused look about her. They quickly learned what each had to do. Jeffrey would close his eyes and imagine being in Peggy's shoes and work from there.
Because Peggy doesn't read music, John would put everything on tape for Peggy to work from.
Peggy is really looking forward to returning to Don't Tell Mama on Restaurant Row in NYC.
For a while David and Peggy lived in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. While there, she got a job singing in a local restaurant.She worked two nights a week and it was fabulous. It was an Italian Restaurant called Carlucci's.She worked Friday and Saturday nights singing for three hours each night. She really cashed in on the tips alone! She was loved and walked away with approximately three hundred dollars per set! She was also paid that same amount by the restaurant! She would love to find something like that in Manhattan!
Peggy has two favorite songs. The first is Defying Gravity from Wicked.That is her top favorite because everyone has told her her entire life what she couldn't do. She has constantly defied the odds. Ivan originally told Peggy about the song. Her other favorite song was written for her by David Conforte, Black, Blind, and Beautiful.
with Bryon Sommers
That song makes Peggy feel very good about herself and the inspiration came from the liner notes of a previous CD.
The most important lesson that Peggy has learned in this business is that talent is only one third of it. Everyone has to get out there and make yourself known. Good public relations is key. There are a lot of people out there who are less talented but they know a lot of people. They get out there somehow. Peggy used to think that talent was fifty percent of the equation. She is now thinking, from what she has heard, that talent is only a third.
with Maria Ottavia, Peggy Eason, Bryon Sommers, Marjorie Morris, Joan Hughes, Carol Siwek
You need someone behind you pushing you to get seen and heard.
Peggy's moniker is The Chocolate Diva. She also says chocolate is her greatest vice. She would kill for chocolate. She loves it so much.
Before Peggy walks out on stage, she says a little prayer, "God, you have given me a voice. Please help me use it.
As the World Turns' Collen Zenk, Peggy, David, Eileen Fulton, Dick Barclay, Hans Van Rittern, Richard Skipper













Peggy always has this nightmare that one day she will walk out on stage and nothing will come out.
Colleen Zenk, Peggy, Maria Ottavia
In addition to these upcoming performances at Don't Tell Mama, Peggy has been asked to close The Cabaret Convention on October 23rd. Klea Blackhurst will be hosting that evening celebrating Irving Berlin. Raissa Katonah Bennett  ran into Peggy at The MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) last month and there is a possibility of Peggy doing Music and Arts for City Greens on May 28th. (Rain date May 29th) as part of the Parks Concerts Series.
Peggy considers herself a good student of life. She listens and takes copious notes. She says she leaves nothing to memory at her age. She writes everything down.
Peggy is very proud to say she will be 67 on July 10th.
Her  life is a miracle.
Some of her friends haven't made it to this age. She is grateful for every day.
Her favorite composers are Rodgers and Hammerstein.
When Peggy was growing up, she didn't know many black artists on Broadway. They weren't as prevalent back then. Her grandmother took her to see Sammy Davis Jr. in Mr. Wonderful when she was younger. She remembers thinking to herself, "Wow! A black person starring on Broadway!" At that time, they were not called African Americans. A black person starring on Broadway was fascinating to Peggy!
Sammy Davis Jr. became a favorite of Peggy's. Another favorite of Peggy's was Robert Goulet. Robert became very encouraging to Peggy. When Peggy's previous husband died, Robert sent Peggy a message offering condolences. He told her he knew what it was like having lost his mother-in-law. He also told Peggy he knew she had a great singing career ahead. Discussions did happen years ago about Peggy opening for him. Unfortunately, it never came to fruition.
In addition to singing, Peggy helps others on the side. She writes letters and helps solve problems for them.
Photo credit: Ivan Farkas
Peggy believes God has put her on this earth to help and inspire people. That is what she really desires to do with her singing. She wants to inspire people. She desires to give hope to people who don't have hope. She doesn't care about awards or all the accolades that most artists strive for. What she does care for is whether the audience likes her and if they have been inspired.
Come to Don't Tell Mama on June 9th and BE INSPIRED!

June 9th and 15th, 2014
Don't Tell Mama
Peggy Eason: I'll Show Them All!
7PM pm

343 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
 $20.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person
Don't Tell Mama  for tickets

Please visit Peggy Eason's Website for more info.

Let's start celebrating artists again rather than tearing them down.

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

With grateful XOXOXs ,

Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Richard Skipper Celebrates Lucie Arnaz at The Carlyle April 17th-19th NYC  http://richardskipper.blogspot.com/2014/03/lucie-arnaz-spring-is-here.html
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I desire this to be a definitive account of Hello, Dolly!  
If any of you reading this have appeared in any production of Dolly, I'm interested in speaking with you!
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