Friday, February 21, 2020

Erik Lawrence, Bob Simonello, Bernadette Peters...and MORE!

Jawaharlal Nehru
There is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action.

― Jawaharlal Nehru

Happy Card Reading Day!
Day! On Card Reading Day, celebrants read and enjoy greeting cards they have been sent over the years, which they have kept for sentimental reasons. Sometimes they give greeting cards on the day as well and thus may receive some cards from others that they can read. Some online holiday sites speculate this holiday may be about tarot cards, but the overwhelming majority of sites relate this holiday to greeting cards.
February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 314 left in the year.
It is a Leap Year!

• French lyricist/librettist Henri Meilhac born (1831)
Henri Meilhac
• British actress/singer Gertie Millar born (1879)
• Actress Tyne Daly born (1946)
• Actress/singer Christine Ebersole born (1953)
• Legendary flop Portofino opened on Broadway (1958)
• Elaine Stritch: At Liberty opened on Broadway (2002)
Sunday in the Park with George revived (1st time) on Broadway (2008)

Today, I celebrate everyone's art. Today's social media engagement: Comment on something mentioned in this blog and let's keep the next 24 hours upbeat! Have something to promote? Email me! Now, go out and so something nice for someone without expecting anything in return! Celebrate the gifts you have to offer the world! Did you do your Morning Pages? Have no clue what I am referring to? Today, celebrate your crazy ideas and surround yourself with those who will support those ideas! Make it a great week! Recommended Reading:
Famous Wisconsin Film Stars
By Kristin Gilpatrick

Now, Go to the 3rd person in your friend’s list on your favorite Social Media Platform and do something for them without expecting anything in return and let me know what happens!

10 People, Places, Events I Recommend!
1. Erik Lawrence
Saxophonist and Flutist: 2 Grammys as founding member of the Levon Helm Band, multi-platinum record with the Spin Doctors, has appeared on most major stages and festivals, tv shows, hundreds of recordings, thousands of appearances, millions of miles traveled)
Sound and Vibrational Healer: Utilizing traditional and original techniques including toning, tuning forks, Tibetan bowls and especially the deep vibrational tones of his personal sound on saxophones and flutes.
Tomorrow Night at 8PM, Erik will be appearing at the Nyack Center in New York celebrating Mardi Gras. I am going to try and be there. Please celebrate with us!
Click HERE for more info.

2.Bob Simonello's ROLLIN' a 7 / Saturday, Feb 29 / MAGNOLIA ROOM, Norwalk, Connecticut

Tickets and Information (online only):

Bistro Award Review
Kristine Zbornik, Director
Jeff Harris, Musical Director/Pianist

ROLLIN’A 7 is a musical coming-of-age adventure, a
funny, touching, off-beat look at one man’s journey on a road less traveled: from a shy, Judy Garland-loving, parochial school-hating kid to outspoken, unpredictable, audacious, Judy Garland-loving man-child with a burning need to know what lies beneath the surface of things.

Featuring songs of Delbert McClinton, Craig Carnelia, Marilyn and
Delbert McClinton
Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand, Joe Sample, Gordon Jenkins, Joe Raposo, Rupert Holmes, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and more.

Jeff Harris, Pianist Scott Thornton, Base
Reservations guarantee seating.

Tickets and Information (online only):

$20 cover (online), $30 at the door
$20 food or drink minimum

Bistro Award Review

3.Bernadette Peters, Sierra Boggess and More Join BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF!; Complete Casting AnnouncedThe 10th Annual BROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF! will take place on Monday, February 24 at the Edison Ballroom. Hosted by Broadway's Julie Halston (Tootsie, You Can't Take it With You, Sex and the City) and directed by Carl Andress (The Confession of Lily Dare), this year's
gala event will honor multi-award winning Broadway producer Daryl Roth. Tickets can be purchased at Read More HERE

4. TUESDAY, MARCH 3rd @ 9:30 pm
315 West 44 Street, NY
$25.00 Cover Charge / $10.00 food/drink minimum (cash or credit)
Reservations: 212-581-3080 or click HERE

If you have not attended The Line Up…where have you been? This
Brad Simmons
is one of the most sought-after gigs in the city due to the incredible “Line Up” (hence the name) of talent from the Broadway, Cabaret and Jazz worlds hosted by the insanely talented and funny, Susie Mosher and featuring Musical Director, Brad Simmons.

5. MONDAY, MARCH 9th @ 6:00 PM
GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB - 208 West 23rd Street, NYC
Reservations: Click HERE
Maltby and Hire

This year honoring: Maltby and Shire (Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award) – Charles Busch (Creative Artistry) – Lorna Dallas (Cabaret Artistry) – Jack Bartholet (Ira Eaker Award) – Michele Brourman (Singer, Songwriter, Musical Director) – Spencer Day (Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist) – Aisha de Haas (Jazz Vocalist) – Joanne Halev (Debut) – Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos  and Marcus Simeone (Musical Group)
Sue Matsuki and Gregory Toroian (Outstanding Collaboration) – Elizabeth Ward Land (Tribute Show) – Nancy McGraw (Interpretive Artistry) – Gretchen Reinhagen (Recording) – Gabrielle Stravelli (Recording) and Stephanie Trudeau (Tribute Show).

6. On Stage: Hello Dolly! at Kimmel Center this week
It seems that everybody is familiar with “Hello Dolly!” in one form or another – especially the Academy Award-winning film and the hit Broadway musical.
It’s hard not to be familiar with the song, “Hello Dolly!”– at least
with the tune’s opening lines… “Hello, Dolly; Well, hello, Dolly; It’s so nice to have you back where you belong.”
For the next week-and-a-half, there is an opportunity to get more familiar with the musical version of “Hello Dolly!”
The Kimmel Center is presenting “Hello Dolly!” now
through March 1 at the Academy of Music (240 South Broad Street, Philadelphia) as part of its Broadway Philadelphia series.
The cast of the National Tour features Carolee Carmello as Dolly Gallagher Levi, John

Bolton (not that John Bolton) as Horace Vandergelder, Daniel Beeman as Cornelius Hackl,Analisa Leaming as Irene Molloy and Sean Burns as Barnaby Tucker.
Burns is familiar with his role having played it on the 2018-2019 and current editions of the National Tour.
This production is a crowd-pleaser, and then some. Read MORE 
(I saw it last night and absolutely loved it!)

Quite an amazing video, particularly in light of Encores!’s MACK and MABEL. Fascinating the see the real Mack Sennett in the early 1950s. It’s about 25 minutes long.
See it HERE
Thank you, Josh Ellis for this!

8. Mack and Mabel’ Review: Lights! Camera! Passion!
Jerry Herman’s buoyant score is the highlight of this Encores! production about a troubled silent-movie-era romance. 

9. Birdland is excited to welcome Leanne Borghesi and Marta Sanders in Show Broads!
The critically acclaimed SHOWBROADS starring Leanne Borghesi and Marta Sanders returns to BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB Sunday MARCH 8th
Photo credit: Stephen Mosher
at 5:30pm after playing a sold out engagement.
SHOWBROADS is a comedic, musical nightclub act starring Marta Sanders (Broadway's Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Leanne Borghesi. Borghesi and Sanders, both powerhouse cabaret singers, are uniting to bring audiences a "a one-two knockout punch" (Cabaret HotSpot).

Marta Sanders
Tickets: $30 + $10 food/drink min
When: SUNDAY MARCH 8th, 5:30pm
Location: BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB 315 W 44th St Suite 5402, New York, NY 10036

10. Ewan McGregor transforms into American party animal fashion designer for Netflix series
Ewan McGregor is set to star in a new Netflix series based on the life of iconic US fashion designer Halston

Halston – real name Roy Halston Frowick – was a huge deal in the fashion world back in the 1970s and was pals with the likes of Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger, and artist Andy Warhol.
Read more HERE

Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return! Treat them to a LIVE Show! 

Thank you all! Here's To a Great End of the week/And an Even Greater Next Week

A Few Audience Testimonials about Richard Skipper Celebrates
I had Richard Skipper on my Dare to be Authentic Radio show 2/6/20 and he was absolutely fabulous! He was so encouraging and inspiring! I got off the air feeling uplifted and ready to conquer the world. Richard is a gem and I'm so blessed and honored to have met him. Check out his interview HERE
Mari Mitchell,San Bernardino, CA

I had the pleasure of seeing Richard Skipper host the holiday
luncheon at the Dutch Treat club at The Players Club and wow! What a wonderful and perfect host! Richard brings so much energy and light to a stage and he shares it all with us. Thank you!
Robin Westle,

I feel so fortunate to have attended Richard Skipper's show “The Magic of Believing” at Urban Stages Theater. It was a beautifully crafted nostalgic tapestry of vivid storytelling, spot on musical numbers, and perfectly timed photographic images and videos. I loved the thought that a little boy with boundless energy and dreams performing on the front porch “stage” of his family home could take an audience full of adults on a hilarious and heartfelt journey to discovering the magic of believing. I’m still smiling. Thank you! Bob Armstrong, NYC

With grateful XOXOXs,

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Maureen Taylor, Michael Colby, Meg Flather...and MORE!

This blog is dedicated to Lori Donato who passed away this past weekend 
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
-Benjamin Franklin

Happy December, Everyone! 30 years ago today, The Simpsons premiered.  December 17 is the 349th Day of the year.
14 days remain until the end of the year. It is National Egg Nog Month!
8 Born on this day to Tommy Steele, Susan Watson, Paul Cadmus, Richard Long, Marilyn Beck, Bob Guccione (I did a singing telegram once), Dave Madden, AND Art Neville
Today, I celebrate everyone's art. Comment on something mentioned in this blog and SHARE and let's keep the next 24 hours upbeat! 

Have something to promote? Email me and I will try and include in an upcoming blog. Now, go out and so something nice for someone without expecting anything in return! Celebrate the gifts you have to offer the world! Did you do your Morning Pages? Have no clue what I am referring to? Today, celebrate your crazy ideas and surround yourself with those who will support those ideas! Make it a great weekend! Recommended reading: The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

Today's Top 10 Things On My Mind
1. My love affair is music-My dream, my drive."-Michael Colby 💫🌠💫
Maureen Taylor performs Cosmic Connections - Six Degrees of Michael Colby on Dec. 21, 27, 28 at 7pm and Dec. 29 at 2pm at Don't Tell Mama! CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH LIVE MUSIC AND FRIENDS.

2. Meg Flather:
Monday, December 29th at 7pm
Dont Tell Mama NYC
 - 343 West 46th St, NYC 10036

4. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

The first animated holiday special produced for TV, this magical musical version of Charles Dickens' fable has Magoo as Ebenezer Scrooge, a meanie who finally learns the true value of Christmas. You'll meet Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the rest of the cast in this great favorite. With the voice talents of Jim Backus, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Cassidy, Royal Dano, Paul Frees, and Joan Gardner. 52 min.

5. Robin Westle: IN THE SUMMER OF ‘69
SEX DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL!!! .....And what happens to a 15 year old girl when her summer camp takes her to WOODSTOCK!
Join Robin Westle, with musical director Tracy Stark and Owen Yost on bass, as she celebrates the music of a generation and the fiftieth anniversary of a once-in- a-lifetime experience. Directed by Eric Michael Gillett
$10.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person CASH ONLY

6. ‎Rande and Robert Gedaliah have been members of the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters since 1990. Active members of the speaking community and generous givers of time and talent, the Gedaliah’s are tremendously caring people who have had such an impact on our community, an award was named in their honor (Watch video here)

7. Byron St. Cyr: Back to Before

New York's Most Award-Winning Open Mic
Hosted by Mark Janas at The Piano
Produced by Tanya Moberly
A Different Co-Host and Theme Every Week!
January 5, 2020
Theme: First Impressions
Co-Host: David Maiocco as Liberace

9. Tomorrow! The all new
Doris Dear Christmas Special
Dec 19, 20 & 21
The Triad Theater
click HERE for tickets and info.
Two time MAC award winner, Doris Dear, welcomes you back to the Holiday Rumpus Room for a party full of songs, stories and special guests. Join Doris for a celebration with friends dropping in for a holiday drink or two! Special guests include award winning singers Lina Koutrakos, Those Girls and more! You never know who might drop in for a drink or two!

10. Katy Richter - Saturday January 4th
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 9:30 PM
1326 2nd Avenue - New York, NY 10021
Tickets $20 - $60 - (TICKETS - ONLY SOLD ON-LINE / NOT AT VENUE)
Please refer to the color coded seating chart below to see the approximate location of all tables.
DINNER SEATS (Food minimums apply for these seats - drinks, tax and tip are extra)
8:00 pm Cafe Cabaret Dinner Seats: $50 ticket price - with an additional food minimum of a $35 two course Appetizer / Entree prix fixe to be ordered at the show. Drinks, tax and tip are not included.
Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return!
I just heard that Lori Donato just passed away! God, do I love her and the pain is intense! Here we are with Tessa Bell when Danny and I were in LA on our honeymoon! Sleep well, Lori! You ARE one of the good ones! Carpe Diem!
This blog is dedicated to Lori. 

Thank you all! Here's To a Great End of 2019/Beginning of 2020

A Few Audience Testimonials about Richard Skipper Celebrates

Richard Skipper's splendid show "From Conway to Broadway" was the culmination of years of
extensive experience singing in theater and cabarets, helping him become the great Showman, Performer, and Producer that he is today. Am honored that he will be performing this remarkable show at The American Popular Song Society at The Green Room 42 on February 8th, 2020 to celebrate this great achievement and his birthday! So proud of you and the best is yet to come!
Linda Amiel Burns:

Richard Skipper's show on Sept 28 in his hometown, Conway, SC, was simply outstanding. It was
funny, heartwarming, and brought back so many memories. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. My 18-year-old grandson attended the show with me, and he absolutely loved it, too. Good, clean fun and exquisite talent! I would highly recommend this show and can’t wait for the next one! -Wanda Jordan Fulwood, Conway SC

Richard Skipper's story is remarkable and inspiring.  He never gave up on his dreams, and we are so
lucky that he persisted because we would never have experienced "The Magic of Believing." - an incredibly entertaining night of singing and storytelling!
Gerrilyn Sohn, New York, NY
With grateful XOXOXs,

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  Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Keeping Entertainment LIVE!

Richard Skipper,