Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April 27: Jack Klugman, Coretta Scott King, Anouk Aimée...and MORE!

Happy April 27th, 2016!
April 27 is the 118th day of the year. There are 248 days remaining until the end of the year.
 I have not written over the past several days. A dear friend of mine passed on. It is difficult. I'm holding on to the good times. I'm trying to focus on all the gifts she gave to me over the years. There were so many. She lives in my heart and will continue to do so until I take my last breath. She epitomized everything that show business is about...both on stage and off. I will forge on and do the best I can. That's all that any of us can do. All the other mishegoss doesn't matter.
As I sat down to begin my blog this AM, I was listening to Teresa Eggertsen-Cooke (who we will be seeing tonight at the Metropolitan Room) singing Send in the Clowns. It is so appropriate right now. My heart aches. Goodnight my friend.
I was also saddened to hear about the passing of Madeleine Sherwood. I loved her in The Flying Nun, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sandra Church, from left, Ethel Merman and Jack Klugman in the original 1959 production of “Gypsy,” the musical inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee's memoir.
Last night, I needed a diversion. I found it in Hillary Kole's INCREDIBLE The Judy Garland Project at the Iridium. Thank you, Avi Duvdevani for inviting me to join your party. It was just what the Dr. ordered. Hillary, you are amazing!
Now, let's celebrate the gems of April 27th. A lot happened on this date. In 1974, ten thousand march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of U.S. President Richard Nixon.
Happy birthdays to Jack Klugman, Coretta Scott King and Ulysses S Grant. What an odd threesome born on the same April day. Klugman began his career in 1950. He later moved on to television and film work with roles in 12 Angry Men (1957) and Cry Terror! (1958). During the 1960s, he guest-starred on numerous television series. Klugman won his first Primetime Emmy Award for his guest-starring role on The Defenders, in 1964. He also made a total of four appearances on The Twilight Zone from 1960 to 1963. He also played opposite Ethel Merman in Gypsy.
Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an
Casey Kasem
American author, activist, and civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1953 until his death in 1968. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate for African-American equality. King met her husband while in college, and their participation escalated until they became central to the movement. In her early life, Coretta was an accomplished singer, and she often incorporated music into her civil rights work.
Anouk Aimée (French pronunciation: ​[anuk ɛme]; ) is a French film actress, who has appeared in 70 films since 1947, having begun her film career at age 14. In her early years she studied acting and dance besides her regular education. Although most of her films were French, she also made a number of films in Spain, Great Britain, Italy and Germany, along with some American productions.
Judy Carne
Casey Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, voice actor, and actor, known for being the host of several music radio countdown programs, most notably American Top 40, from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of "Shaggy" Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.
Sandy Dennis was born on April 27, 1937 in Hastings, Neb. She won back-to-back Tony's in '63, '64, and an Oscar in 1967.
Judy Carne, was an English actress best remembered for the phrase "Sock it to me!" on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
Happy birthday, to the great great playwright August Wilson.whose work included a series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the 20th century.
Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton is a Scottish-born recording artist and stage and screen actress with dual UK-USA nationality. Easton first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the first British musical reality television programme The Big Time: Pop Singer, which recorded her attempts to gain a record contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records.

Notable Transitions on This Date

Edward R. Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States. During the war he assembled a team of foreign correspondents who came to be known as the Murrow Boys.
Today in 1947: Yankee Stadium hosts "Babe Ruth Day" to honor the baseball star. An autographed ball from 1926.
George M. Cohan's Running for Office opened on Broadway (1903).
Choreographer Jack Cole born (1914).
The revue Tickets Please! opened on Broadway (1950).
Revival of West Side Story opened on Broadway (1960).
So Long 174th Street opened on Broadway (1976). 
Anna Kendrick (with Daniel McDonald) made it to Broadway in 1998 at the age of 12, in a revival of “High Society.” She was nominated for a Tony Award
Happy New Year opened on Broadway (1980)
Revival of Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen opened on Broadway (1986)
Starmites opened on Broadway (1989)
High Society opened on Broadway (1998)
Revival of The Music Man opened on Broadway (2000)
The Wedding Singer opened on Broadway (2006).
President Kennedy spoke at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on this date in 1961 before the American Newspaper Publishers Association. Kennedy asked the press for their cooperation in fighting Communism by applying the same standards for publishing sensitive materials in the current Cold War that they would apply in an officially declared war.
This transcript contains the published text of the speech, not the actual words spoken.





In Other Entertainment News
Just wanted to send this with an update on the

Judy Garland Museum's 2016 Wizard of Oz Festival. Click HERE
In addition, They've updated their website with Festival information and paypal buttons which allow for the purchase of tickets.
In future weeks, I will send you some articles and new news stories!

David Friedman is giving this concert to benefit the gorgeous Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport, CT.
David at the piano, and a group of wonderful singers, all from Connecticut.

An intimate evening of my songs.
For tickets, call the number at the bottom of the poster.
Unwritten, Celebrating 21st Century Female Singer-Songwriters.

Experience a diverse collection of 21st century songs written by outstanding artists such as Adele, Annie Lennox, Sara Bareilles, Susan Werner, Meghan Trainor and Tracy Chapman. The program reflects the voices of women in their early 20’s as well as those in their 60’s, and every decade in between, opening a window to the hearts and minds of contemporary women. Performances are on May 7, 19 and 20, and additional details are included on the flyer below. Call Don’t Tell Mama at 212-757-0788 (after 4 pm) to make reservations, or reserve online at donttellmamanyc.com (make sure to select the correct date for performance you want to attend).

Lee Roy Reams
Legendary Broadway star, Lee Roy Reams, will make his Feinstein's at the Nikko debut with his one-man show, Song and Dance Man, on Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. (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!


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 



 

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Don't Tell Mama Presents...

Wendy Scherl returns in What Do You Do All Day?  Directed by the incredible Helen Baldasarre with great musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward. Wendy is an amazing vocalist with a rangy and rich sound. “This is someone to watch!” Go see her, you can thank me later.
- Sue Matsuki   In “What Do You Do All Day”, Wendy Scherl shares anecdotes and song about the numerous hats she wears every single day as a wife, a mother of two boys and two dogs, a short order cook, a daughter, a house manager, a chauffeur and Cabaret Singer! Her show is both touching and real, theatrical and funny!
This show WILL sell out! So reserve today and be a part of his star studded audience!
You will truly be amazed by what this full-time executive director of a family of four accomplishes every day!  Wendy will wow you with both her choice of material and her talent!
After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre, Wendy performed in numerous
regional theatre productions around the country, including some of her favorite productions: Hair (The official 20th Anniversary Production in Chicago), Grease (numerous roles), Annie (Grace), The Pajama Game (Babe), and Godspell.  

$20.00 Cover/Two Drink Minimum Cash Only Reserve at 212-757-0788 (after 4PM or through me)

$5.00 OFF COVER OF ALL MAC MEMBERS
Richard Skipper Celebrates is the publicist for Wendy Scherl and What Do You Do All Day? at NYC's Don't Tell Mama. For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720

Check out Wendy's Interview with Sue Brender HERE

 










Saturday, April 23, 2016

Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall: 55 Years Later...STILL THE BEST!

I knew the full 'Judy Garland Carnegie Hall' double album set at age 2. And then my mother wondered why I was gay. I was like, 'Are you nuts? You would make me get on the table to sing Judy Garland songs and you're upset?' Mario Cantone

Happy Saturday, April 23rd, 2016!
We'll sing 'em all, and we'll stay all night!
55 yrs ago today: Judy Garland recorded her classic "Live At Carnegie Hall" album. It spent 13 weeks at #1 This concert appearance, on the night of April 23, 1961, has been called "the greatest night in show business history".  Garland's live performances were big successes at the time and her record company wanted to capture that energy onto a recording. The double album became a hit, both critically and commercially.
TheJudyRoom.com presents: Judy at Carnegie Hall -Anniversary Tribute Video.
Tribute video celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Judy Garland's once-in-a-lifetime concert "Judy at Carnegie Hall - captured on album by Capitol Records and still considered the greatest night in show business history. The album went on to win 5 Grammy's and has never been out of print since its release in July, 1961.
See the complete silent home movie footage HERE

I have written many times of my love of Judy Garland. Mario's quote above was me as a kid! She is still vibrant today. As a matter of fact, she is the star of the month on Turner Classic Movies for April.
Using rare home movies, radio interviews and stills, Steve Kmetko celebrates the anniversary of what has been called the greatest concert ever given. Check it out HERE.
Act 1 of 2 of Judy Garland's live performance at Carnegie Hall in 1961
Recorded Live at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, April 23, 1961 at 8:30 PM. Listen HERE

THE ULTIMATE CONCERT IN HISTORY. One Brilliant Performer. One microphone. One spotlight. Unfettered absolute brilliance.
-Eric S R Larivee
Judy Garland’s Carnegie Hall debut has become
one of the most storied concerts in the near 120-year history of the Hall. Although it was released as a live recording, relatively few images of the concert survive. This slideshow gathers photographs—including several rare color images—and related artifacts from the Carnegie Hall Archives. 
If you don't own it, ORDER TODAY.
 

Speaking of Judy...The remarkable Hilary Kole conjures the spirit and beauty of Judy Garland in stunning arrangements
of songs made famous by the singer, including:
The Trolley Song, The Boy Next Door, A Cottage for Sale, The Man That Got Away, and Over the Rainbow.
Long a beloved staple on the NYC jazz scene and world-renowned as a multi-faceted concert hall and symphony performer, Hilary Kole has engaged audiences throughout the world since beginning her professional career at the legendary Rainbow Room. 
 Hailed by critics as a “musical marvel!” (Rex Reed, NY Observer) and with “understated elegance and playful warmth” (USA Today). She has appeared at the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, at Lincoln Center as part of the “American Songbook Series,” and at Carnegie Hall, alongside Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Nancy Wilson.


Additional major international appearances have included repeat performances at Blue Note Tokyo, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Umbria Jazz Festival, as well as appearing with orchestras throughout America, including the New York Pops, Colorado Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and others.
In addition to her current recordings (A Self-Portrait and The Judy Garland Project both on the MIRANDA MUSIC label) Ms. Kole has also recorded with music legends Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Michel LeGrand, Mulgrew Miller, David Frishberg, Monty Alexander, Benny Green, Freddy Cole, John Pizzarelli, and Mike Renzi among others.
Please join me at The Iridium New York City on Tuesday night, April 26th,as we celebrate Judy Garland AND Hilary Kole. Details HERE.

In other Entertainment News
An American In Paris, still running at Broadway's Palace Theatre (where Judy appeared several times), is heading to London (Judy adored London and they adored her; she passed on there June 22nd, 1969): it will begin performances March 4, 2017, at the Dominion Theatre, prior to an official opening March 21. Read MORE .

Joseph Keckler
Downtown’s alternative supper-club Pangea is girding itself for a decadently delicious month of performances, as two spellbinding innovators launch major engagements in its jewel-box show room:  First it’s the singing sorcerer of multi-media performance, Joseph Keckler, in a new show starting Thursday April 28.  Then Australian alt-cabaret phenomenon Kim David Smith is a close second, as he premieres “Morphium Kabarett” -- a weekly Monday-night neo-Weimar cabaret salon -- on Monday May 2.
East Village hideaway Pangea is a unique restaurant-bar and cabaret with a downtown vibe that programs a wide range of quality performers and shows representing a diversity of styles and aesthetics.  The one-of-a-kind music and dining experience (featuring a deliciously priced Italian-Mediterranean menu) mixes sophistication and adventurous creativity.

TRENT ARMAND KENDALL: This Crazy Love
featuring The BRASS ILLUSION Orchestra
SUNDAY, May 15th@8pm ( doors open @ 7pm)
http://tickets.thecuttingroomnyc.com/event/1126603-trent-armand-kendall-new-york/THIS CRAZY LOVE is a throwback to the Vegas entertainer who literally did it all. Everything is on the menu musically (jazz, blues, r&b, rock/pop, broadway), plus Trent uses this as an opportunity to bring the FUNNY and DANCE! The show briefly chronicles Trent's career ( Broadway, Off Broadway, National Tours, London's West End )and makes use of past performances from SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE' and FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, but also includes a couple of cuts from his debut CD, INTRODUCING TRENT KENDALL, SO MUCH TO SAY ( '95 , Dress Circle Records, UK). The audience taken on a non-stop thrill ride of tunes from the 1950's to present day. They have contemporary, sophisticated, high power orchestrations breathing new life into hits by Blood, Sweat & Tears, Sam and Dave, Ben E. King,  The Temptations, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, The O'Jays, Maroon 5, U2/B.B. King, Ceelo Green, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and LeAnne Womack. How's that for variety? And it's all backed up by a fantastic nine piece orchestra. The Jersey based Brass ILLUSION, led by Marty Ash, is one of the best ensembles in the tri-state!
It's a PARTY and simply everyone must come. It's too good to miss!
Produced by Onemoe Music
www.trentkendall.com

Richard Skipper Celebrates May 25th! ORDER TICKETS HERE
Mame, starring stage icon Angela Lansbury opened on Broadway 50 years ago this year (on May 24th, 1966) - and in celebration, members of the company, including Lansbury, will gather for a 50th Anniversary Celebration at Sardi's on May 26. Other cast appearances have yet to be confirmed. This is not open to the public. However, we will be celebrating Mame as part of our May 25th celebration. I hope that you will join us. Here are the details. Please reserve TODAY! PLEASE CELEBRATE WITH US MAY 25th in NYC at The Triad!
Richard Skipper Celebrates May 25th! A New Talk/Variety Show! He will be joined by Anna Bergman, Carolyn Montgomery-Forant, Gretchen Reinhagen, Adam Shapiro, Leslie Orofino, Wendy Scherl, Carol Skarimbas (joined by Larry Woodard) and an all star cast celebrating the many gems of May 25th 8PM Show... AND A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO CAROLE DEMAS! Wait till you see Adam B. Shapiro's tribute to Moon Exploration and Frank Oz Reservations a MUST! You Never Know Who You Might See There!

What would YOU like to celebrate?

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


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 



 

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Judy Knaiz: Gussie Grainger/Ernestina Simple in the film version of Hello, Dolly!


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Don't Tell Mama Presents...

Wendy Scherl returns in What Do You Do All Day?  Directed by the incredible Helen Baldasarre with great musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward. Wendy is an amazing vocalist with a rangy and rich sound. “This is someone to watch!” Go see her, you can thank me later.
- Sue Matsuki   In “What Do You Do All Day”, Wendy Scherl shares anecdotes and song about the numerous hats she wears every single day as a wife, a mother of two boys and two dogs, a short order cook, a daughter, a house manager, a chauffeur and Cabaret Singer! Her show is both touching and real, theatrical and funny!
This show WILL sell out! So reserve today and be a part of his star studded audience!
You will truly be amazed by what this full-time executive director of a family of four accomplishes every day!  Wendy will wow you with both her choice of material and her talent!
After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre, Wendy performed in numerous
regional theatre productions around the country, including some of her favorite productions: Hair (The official 20th Anniversary Production in Chicago), Grease (numerous roles), Annie (Grace), The Pajama Game (Babe), and Godspell.  

$20.00 Cover/Two Drink Minimum Cash Only Reserve at 212-757-0788 (after 4PM or through me)

$5.00 OFF COVER OF ALL MAC MEMBERS
Richard Skipper Celebrates is the publicist for Wendy Scherl and What Do You Do All Day? at NYC's Don't Tell Mama. For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720

Check out Wendy's Interview with Sue Brender HERE










Thursday, April 21, 2016

Annie,Ty Jeffries, Elaine May...and MORE!

The sun´ll come out
Tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There´ll be sun

- lyrics by Martin Charnin

Happy Thursday, April 21st, 2016!
April 21 is the 112th day of this year. There are 254 days remaining until the end of the year.
As I sat down to begin my day, Welcome to the Sixties from the film version of Hairspray was playing on the radio. That is one musical that keeps having different incarnations. It started out as a John Waters' film based on the segregation issues of his youth in Baltimore. Thanks to Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman,Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, it was made into a SMASH Broadway musical. In a day and age in which a movie transfer does not always happen, a movie transfer was made. Although, in my opinion, that it didn't have the 'camp" aspect of the original non musical, I loved it. Now, it is being planned as a LIVE TV event in November. It will continue to have a life for many years to come. 
It reminds me of another musical that opened on Broadway 39 years ago tonight with a book ALSO by Thomas Meehan. The musical was Annie. It was also a Thursday, April 21st, 1977. The sun certainly
did come out for all involved. I was sixteen and it was two years before I would be moving to New York myself.
Annie, of course, is the Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre).
Here's Andrea McArdle (with Sandy) singing her signature song. Enjoy!
It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs Tomorrow and It's the Hard Knock Life are among
its most popular musical numbers.
The road to Broadway began at The Goodspeed Opera House.  
All season, Broadway had gone without a major musical, and things were desperate. The dog days were coming, and so were the Tony awards, with their national TV exposure, and the Tonys without a musical would be like Howard Cosell with lockjaw.(Read MORE)
In the 39 years since Annie’s debut, other gingers have been stepping up and into the spotlight. Read MORE.
Take Annie home with you by clicking HERE.  

Today, I also celebrate Ty Jeffries!

Ty Jeffries is a composer. lyricist pianist and entertainer, he is the son of the late British screen legend Lionel Jeffries (Camelot/Wrong Arm of the Law/Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). Ty spent some of his formative years living in Tinsel Town and studied music at the Purcell School of Music in London. As his award winning alter ego Miss Hope Springs Ty had been resident at London's premiere cabaret room Le Crazy Coqs for the past 4 years and has been named Best Cabaret in The Stage UK- won Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe and was nominated Best Musical Variety Act in the most recent London Cabaret Awards. Ty lives in London's Sloane Square. 
Ty's Alter Ego, Miss Hope Springs
Please send me a brief message about what this time in your life means to you.
This has been an extremely exciting time for me as I've been on an eleven date coast to coast tour of the USA, from the Gardenia Room in LA to Lincoln Center in NYC. It's been so marvelous to play to American audiences they so open and welcoming. I've had a blast. I'm so happy that my original songs and 'sit down' comedy at the piano translated perfectly.

Did you ALWAYS entertain or did you ever have another type of job?
I started playing the piano at the age of five, had my first publishing deal as a songwriter at the age of sixteen and started earning my living as a cocktail pianist at Langhan's Brasserie in Mayfair at the age of twenty-one. I was a top male model in NYC, Paris, London and Milan

in the late 80s and walked the catwalks for Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme Des Garçons amongst others. For a while., before I created and launched Miss Hope Springs in 2010, I was a even landscape gardener.

Why do you feel that you became as successful as you did?
I was lucky enough to be offed a weekly Sunday residency  by Jeremy King the proprietor of the then newly created Crazy Coqs cabaret in Piccadilly, London, and managed to build up a real following within months. I don't sing American songbook songs, I only do my own work and have a broad and varied repertoire of original songs, I think people find that refreshing. However, I'm one of those people who never rests on their laurels- I'm thrilled to be so busy of course, but I'm always focusing on the next thing.
Photo credit: Zoe Hunn (Courtesy Ty Jeffries)
Perhaps when I win that Oscar for best song in a motion picture, then I might start to actually feel successful.

Can you tell me about a time when you had to deal with your ideas from opposing parties?
I am basically a one man band on so many levels. I write all my own material and songs and arrange them- I work with wonderful musicians when I use my Hot Jazz Combo on bass and drums- but I can, and often do, do my shows solo at the piano. So really I don't have to deal with opposing parties thank God! Of course one comes across some 'personalities' who can be vexatious, but that's life. Stick to your guns and sail above it all.

Finish this sentence, I feel Old When...
Photo credit: Johnny Rosza (Courtesy Ty Jeffries)
Richard darling, you know it's rude to ask a woman's age! But I'll tell you.. I'm 39 and have been for the last 10 years.

Book or Kindle? What are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I would say book for the tactile properties- we spend too long on screens as it is! I am reading a funny book My Lush Life by Douglas McEwan... It's a literary drag show in a way it kept me entertained on the long train ride from LA to San Francisco I made recently (that's traveling in style to me).
I love any books about Golden Age Hollywood and biographies of the stars and brilliant movie makers behind the cameras.

Photo credit: Vaudelesque Productions (Courtesy Ty: Jeffries)
What disappointment ended up teaching you an essential lesson?
There have been so many over the years...you just have to pick yourself up and keep on going, eventually it comes right. There is an expression that 'failure makes success taste all the sweeter', and I give thanks every day that I am gainfully employed doing what I love most.

​If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
Probably a kept woman.

How did you get started in the entertainment
industry?
My father was the British character actor screenwriter and director Lionel Jeffries. My mother and he met at RADA...I studied music from the age of 5 and entertained myself for days on end playing the Steinway that some friends had left in our garden shed. When I was 20 my landlady at the time's husband was singing at a swanky West End venue and he heard me singing and playing one night on their piano and offered me 2 weeks dep-ing for him.
That was where it started...but it was in my genes.

What do you think it is that makes you who you are?
It's got to be my bald head!

What challenges do you face trying to fill a room?
The same as everyone else. It's a fine balance between getting people excited about your work and thus getting them to spend their hard earned money on tickets to see you, and coshing them over the head one too many times and turning them off...as with so many things, less is more.

What drives you to do what you do?
I have been writing songs since my childhood and my main driving force is, and always has been, to share my songs. I created my alter ego Miss Hope Springs to do just that. And I'm blessed that, though many in the past doubted me, it ultimately worked out as I had hoped and dreamed it might.

WHAT'S THE ONE THING YOU'RE RELIEVED I DIDN'T ASK YOU?
My waist measurement!!!
Enjoy the following clips!
Miss Hope Springs, live at the piano, sings her song Hometown Girl from her rave review sell outHERE
Queen of Fools show at London's Hippodrome Casino. Music and lyrics by Ty Jeffries. Click
Miss Hope Springs takes to the stage at London's Hippodrome Casino to sing and play her all original songs and tell stories from her Ritz to the pits life. www.misshopesprings.com. Miss Hope Springs Showreel 
Miss Hope Springs was lucky enough to be invited to be a guest on the one and only Lenny Beige's 21st Birthday show at The Regency Rooms in London's West End. It was a glamorous star studded affair...and they got together afterwards in the dressing room to reminisce. ( Mr Beige 'Lenny Beige appears courtesy of of his mother Sadie Beigeowitz (The Kosher Chicken Giblet Queen of Whitechapel)’ See it HERE
Lounge Legends Lenny Beige and Miss Hope Springs get together again for old times sake.

April 21st, 1961
There are other events that happened on April 21st. 1962 – The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II. 
Elaine May was born on this day. She is a screenwriter, film director, actress, and comedian. She made her initial impact in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May. After her duo with Nichols ended, May subsequently developed a career as a director and screenwriter. She has been twice nominated for an Academy Award, for Heaven Can Wait (1978) and the Nichols-directed Primary Colors (1998), but remains best known perhaps for her 1971 black comedy A New Leaf, in which she also starred. In 1996, she reunited with Nichols to write the screenplay for The Birdcage, directed by Nichols. 
Nichols directed Annie on Broadway.

Charles Grodinis an American actor, comedian, author and former cable talk show host.
Happy Birthday, Charles GrodinGrodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including The Virginian. He had a small part as an obstetrician in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby in 1968. In the 1970s he moved into film acting, including playing the lead in The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and supporting roles in Catch-22 (1970) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He became a familiar face as a supporting actor in many Hollywood comedies of the era, including Real Life (1979), Seems Like Old Times (1980), The Incredible
Shrinking Woman (1981), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Woman in Red (1984), The Lonely Guy (1984), Ishtar (1987), The Couch Trip (1988), Taking Care of Business (1990), and Dave (1993). He is perhaps best known for his iconic appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Show, for co-starring alongside Robert De Niro in the classic action comedy Midnight Run (1988), and for his role as George Newton in the 1990s Ivan Reitman comedy franchise Beethoven.
Patti LuPone is best known for her work in stage musicals. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner. She is also a 2006 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee.
LuPone began her professional career with The Acting Company in 1972 and made her Broadway debut in Three Sisters in 1973. She received the first of six (as of 2014) Tony Award nominations for the 1975 musical The Robber Bridegroom. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Eva Perón in the 1979 original Broadway production of Evita. She played Fantine in the original London cast of Les Misérables and Moll in The Cradle Will Rock, winning the 1985 Olivier
The world was saddened today by the news that Prince has passed on
Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in both. Patti LuPone won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy.
Young World by Rick Nelson peaked at No.5 on April 21,1962 spending 13 weeks on the Hot 100: See it HERE.
22 April 1978, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the 'One Love Peace Concert' in Jamaica.

In Other Entertainment News

Paul Chamlin and Rochelle Breyer Chamlin reprise “Life Is…” at Don’t Tell Mama, Saturday, May 21st at 4pm.
Life Is...is a tuneful, irreverent, and ultimately uplifting journey through life's many dimensions. This rich theme allows Paul and Rochelle to explore a wide range of songs that touch on everything from joy and optimism to romance, heartbreak, ambition, disappointment, determination, and resilience. The show is directed by the celebrated cabaret performer Teresa Fischer, and features Tom Hubbard on Bass.
There is a $15 cover and a 2 drink minimum. $10 for MAC and all cabaret associations/affiliations.
To reserve, call Don’t Tell Mama at 212-757-0788 or reserve online at www.donttellmamanyc.com.
For more information contact Rochelle at rochelle.chamlin@gmail.com

The Seeing Place Theater is doing its 2016 Fundraising Initiative and they are offering some rad perks in exchange for your contribution!

DONATE HERE: www.theseeingplacetheater.com

And not only will you get perks, but you'll be a part of The Seeing Place Theater's commitment to its Affordable Theater Program (giving tickets to senior centers and low income housing communities) and its brand new education program for youths and adults!

Full information about where your tax-deductible donation goes (plus a great trailer/video about the company) can be found here: www.theseeingplacetheater.com
Thank you, to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!


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TOMORROW NIGHT IN NYC! April 22nd 7PM Don't Tell Mama

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TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED DAY

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PLEASE CELEBRATE WITH US Friday, May 6th AT DON'T TELL MAMA NYC


Don't Tell Mama Presents...

Wendy Scherl returns in What Do You Do All Day?  Directed by the incredible Helen Baldasarre with great musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward. Wendy is an amazing vocalist with a rangy and rich sound. “This is someone to watch!” Go see her, you can thank me later.
- Sue Matsuki   In “What Do You Do All Day”, Wendy Scherl shares anecdotes and song about the numerous hats she wears every single day as a wife, a mother of two boys and two dogs, a short order cook, a daughter, a house manager, a chauffeur and Cabaret Singer! Her show is both touching and real, theatrical and funny!
This show WILL sell out! So reserve today and be a part of his star studded audience!
You will truly be amazed by what this full-time executive director of a family of four accomplishes every day!  Wendy will wow you with both her choice of material and her talent!
After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre, Wendy performed in numerous
regional theatre productions around the country, including some of her favorite productions: Hair (The official 20th Anniversary Production in Chicago), Grease (numerous roles), Annie (Grace), The Pajama Game (Babe), and Godspell.  

$20.00 Cover/Two Drink Minimum Cash Only Reserve at 212-757-0788 (after 4PM or through me)

$5.00 OFF COVER OF ALL MAC MEMBERS
Richard Skipper Celebrates is the publicist for Wendy Scherl and What Do You Do All Day? at NYC's Don't Tell Mama. For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720

Check out Wendy's Interview with Sue Brender HERE