Sunday, September 20, 2009

BREEZING ALONG WITH THE BREEZE




I hope this finds you well. This has been a great week for me!
Last Tuesday, I went to Sondra Lee's book signing at Barnes & Nobles. You have to read "I'VE SLEPT WITH EVERYBODY".
Order it here: http://www.amazon.com/Ive-Slept-Everybody-Sondra-Lee/dp/1593934637
Sondra was interviewed by Tom Santopietro who wrote "SINATRA IN HOLLYWOOD" ALSO HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

http://www.tcm.com/movienews/index.jsp?cid=213843

Sondra's book signing was like a revival meeting. I sat with Lee Roy Reams. Met Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Charles Busch, James Gavin (STORMY WEATHER:http://www.amazon.com/Stormy-Weather-Life-Lena-Horne/dp/0743271432), Lee Grant, Willa Kim were all in attendance at this packed house and that's just for starters!

Our show at The Iguana on Wednesday night was SRO! What a night. Bill Zeffiro celebrating his birthday by singing 4 original compositions (joined by Julie Reyburn on two!), Sarah Rice singing selections from her new show which just opened at The Laurie Beechman Theatre: http://www.sarahrice.com), Lou Iacovino, Ann Dawson, and Val Ryder...and a few other surprises as well.
Last night, I performed for an INCREDIBLE AUDIENCE celebrating Walter Cain's 50th Birthday in Piermont.
Lady Bunny was the DJ. Wow, what a night!

And the week ahead is equally as exciting. Tomorrow night, a group of us are going to The Laurie Beechman Theatre to see Steve Lutvak.
If you would like to join us, please let me know!


Wednesday night: Sep 23...ALMOST SOLD OUT
8pm
IGUANA VIP LOUNGE, 240 West 54th Street, NYC
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA
Show Description: Tonight's guests include: Risa Benson, Jennifer Wren, David Gurland and Uptown Express, Frank Torren (with Rick Unterberg on piano), The Kim Schultz Improv Group ... and a few other surprises as well!
Remember $10.00 Cover/No food or drink minimum!
Reservations a must (212) 765-5454

Remember The Skipper Stimulus Plan is to support the arts. Here are a few recommendations:

Opening Doors Theatre Company presents the 1961 musical comedy SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING - November 1-2 and 8-11. All six performances will be held at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street, NYC - (212) 255-5438 - www.TheDuplex.com) and are scheduled for 7:00PM. The production will be directed by Hector Coris with musical direction by Ted Kociolek from a score by Jule Styne. The book and lyrics are by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Choreography will be by Diego Funes. The production manager is Billie Di Stefano.

Cast will be announced soon.


Tickets will go on sale October 1, 2009. Tickets are $20 + 2-drink minimum. Members of MAC and AEA pay only a $15 + minimum (visit website www.ODTConline.org for MAC & AEA code.) Tickets must be purchased in advance online through www.SmartTix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.


One of David Merrick's notorious "flops", Subways Are For Sleeping tells the tale of a Angie, a lady reporter sent to get the scoop on a segment of NYC society that lives by their own rules. These carefree souls take up odd jobs to earn enough to get a place to sleep and food to eat, eschewing a drone-like existence. When Angie learns how the other half lives, she begins to see there might be another way to experience the world.

This is the first time Subways Are For Sleeping will be performed since it closed on Broadway on June 23, 1962 after 205 performances at the ST. James Theatre. Tony Award nominations went to Michael Kidd (for choreography) and Orson Bean (Featured Actor in a Musical.
Phyllis Newman won the show's only Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Opening Doors Theatre Company is a New York City-based, non-profit performing arts ensemble committed to developing an eclectic mix of programming through the artistic collaboration of performers as well as playwrights, composers, directors and designers, and providing opportunities for new talent to be seen and heard.


The "Closing Notice" Series is a set of "living cast album" presentations focusing on classic musicals that were either dubbed a "flop", had short commercial runs or most likely will never be revived again.
Opening Doors respectfully presents these scores with the understanding that - unsuccessful or not - the creators poured their craft, guts and love into the work and they deserve to be heard once again - live on stage.
The focus is on the score with a truncated book.
The "Closing Notice" series began in December 2006 with the critically-acclaimed presentation of Bring Back Birdie (2007 MAC Award nomination - Outstanding Variety Production/Recurring Series), and has included acclaimed revivals of It's A Bird! It's a Plane! It's Superman, Goldilocks, I Love My Wife, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Flora the Red Menace.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Hector Coris (Director). For ODTC, Hector has shepherded several other "first-ever" NY revivals of Bring Back Birdie, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (director), and Whoop-Up (producer). Other directing credits include Barnum (Brooklyn Family Theatre) and several cabaret shows. As a multiple award-winning songwriter, he has written and produced the well-received musical revues Not Me!, What's Your Problem? (both with composer Paul L. Johnson, and What's the Point?! (with composer Alan Cancelino).
He also serves on the Board of Directors of MAC (The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs).
As a performer, he presented his debut solo show, Life is Wonderful, as Don't Tell Mama - soon to be released on CD.
He is thankful to Phyllis Newman, Joseph Weiss and the Jule Styne estate for this glorious opportunity. Visit www.HectorCoris.com for more information.
Ted Kociolek (Musical Director). Ted is delighted to return to Opening Doors, having performed in the recent production of I LOVE MY WIFE.
As a writer, he is represented by ABYSSINIA (Goodspeed Musicals/Arena Stage/Cleveland Playhouse/North Shore Music Theatre), JOLSON: A VAUDEVILLE (Pelican Studio Theatre, NYC) and has contributed songs to the revues CRAZY LOVE and SHRINKS! by Nicky Silver, which had successful runs nationwide. Other composing credits include dance and incidental music, cabaret, industrials and special material.
His current work-in-progress, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, based on the novel by Edith Wharton and written in collaboration with Walter Holland, was recently presented at the York Theatre. Ted has been affiliated with several Broadway shows and worked extensively in regional theater as conductor, keyboardist and/or arranger. Recently, he served as music director for an evening of Frank Loesser songs at The New York Historical Society.
As a vocal coach, he has served on the faculties of NYU and Long Island University and maintains a private practice at his home in New York City. A featured artist for a MEET THE COMPOSER grant as a well as a recipient of a New Jersey Council of the Arts Fellowship for composition and the ASCAP Popular Award, Ted is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.
DIEGO FUNES (Choreographer). Diego Funes attended the School of American Ballet and later danced with the Cincinnati Ballet and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.

For the theatre, his credits as a dancer include Cats, Hello, Dolly!, Riverdance, Anything Goes and A Chorus Line.
He has also choreographed productions of Hello, Dolly!, Beauty and the Beast, And the World Goes Round, Zorba! and Leader of the Pack.
Funes also choreographed the films P.S. I Love You with Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank and Back to High School. He is the artistic director of de funes dance company.

Dan Zanes and Friends will release the new CD "76 Trombones" — a recording of Broadway tunes featured in Sir Paul McCartney's MPL Music Publishing catalog — Nov. 17.

Vocalists include Tony Award winners Carol Channing, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Matthew Broderick as well as de'Adre Aziza and Derick K. Grant.

In a statement Zanes said, "With the exception of the 'Hair' soundtrack, musicals were never my thing as a kid. I was too caught up in the music of Leadbelly back then. But as a parent, one afternoon at my daughter's request, I figured out how to play 'Bushel And A Peck' (from Guys and Dolls). I had a sudden realization that once you took away the hopped-up big band and the high intensity vocals it was an amazing folk song. It occurred to me that maybe a lot of these Broadway songs could be broken down to their ragged essence, reworked as 21st Century all-ages music, and presented in a manner that might make you think, 'Hey, I can do that.' When the people at MPL called me two years ago about a possible Broadway album I took it as a sign that the time was finally right to put on my dusty, moth-eaten tux and get loose with the songs of American musicals. For me, the songs and performances on this CD are packed with emotion and celebration. I'm grateful and still a little surprised that the people at MPL trusted us with them!"


Song titles include "Hello, Dolly" (from Hello, Dolly!, recorded by Carol Channing), "I Like Everybody" (from The Most Happy Fella with Brian Stokes Mitchell), "I Don't Need Anything But You" (from Annie, with de’Adre Aziza), "I Can Do That" (from A Chorus Line with tap dancer Derick K. Grant), "Before the Parade Passes By" (from Hello, Dolly! with Matthew Broderick), and "Tomorrow, Mañana" (from Annie with Sonia de los Santos).


RIP TAYLOR In “It Ain't All Confetti"
Comedy Legend of Stage and Screen, Rip Taylor, is scheduled to introduce “It Ain't All Confetti” at the new series Comedy at the Castle. Rip is one of television's most recognizable celebrities and “It Ain't All Confetti” puts a humorous and revealing spotlight on a career that has spanned five remarkable decades. Rip is one of television's most recognizable celebrities. A guest star with over 2,000 television appearances under his belt, Rip brought his wild energy to The Gong Show, Password, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and to the coveted center square on Hollywood Squares.

Perhaps Rip's greatest impact in television was when he was picked by Chuck Barris to host The $1.98 Beauty Show.
WHEN: Sunday, Oct 11th, 2009 Doors 6pm - Show 7pm and Monday, Oct. 12th, 2009 - Doors 7pm - Show 8pm
WHERE: The Inner Circle at the Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028

TICKETS: $30 for non-members. Call 323-851-3313 x434 for more information.


That noise you hear coming from the Midwest is an approximation of Ethel Merman's brassy voice.
Rita McKenzie, the actress who performed Ethel Merman's Broadway in an Off-Broadway engagement and is heard on the 1995 cast album — begins a fall engagement of the revue at Detroit's historic Gem Theatre Sept. 9.

Ethel Merman's Broadway, conceived and directed by Christopher Powich and featuring McKenzie's award-winning performance, "revisits a theatrical era filled with charm, wit, personality, and most of all, some of Broadway's greatest music," according to production notes. "With words and music by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Jule Styne and Irving Berlin, the songs come alive in the incomparable style of Ethel Merman."

Performances will play the Motor City to Nov. 21.

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Expect to hear some of the greatest hits of singer-actress Merman's career, including "There's No Business Like Show Business," "I Got Rhythm" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." The late actress was active on Broadway from the 1930s to the 1960s, appearing in such landmark shows as Girl Crazy, Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy.

McKenzie began her internationally acclaimed portrayal of "The Merm" Off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theater in New York City and later performed at Carnegie Hall. She took her act to the Pasadena Playhouse in California; Harrah's Casino Hotel in Atlantic City; and on an eight-city tour in Japan. Her credits include playing Olive Madison in a national tour of Neil Simon's female version of The Odd Couple, co-starring Barbara Eden; a tour with Eden in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; a tour with Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna in Bermuda Avenue Triangle; and the Los Angeles premiere of the Off-Broadway musical Ruthless! (also on the cast album), among many other credits.
Powich conceived and directed both the Off-Broadway production of Ethel Merman's Broadway at the John Houseman Theater and the Pasadena Playhouse production. Powich also wrote and directed McKenzie's nationally acclaimed Symphony Pops tribute to Ethel Merman. He directed McKenzie and Carole Shelley in the reenactment of Ethel Merman and Mary Martin's famous 1955 television medley at Rainbow and Stars Nightclub in New York. Powich directed the world premiere of the comedy Snap Shots by Ralph Fredericks at the O'Neill Theater in Waterford, CT, and in Boston. He will direct Snap Shots for an Off-Broadway run in 2010.

For more information about the Gem run, call ticketmaster.com at (313) 963-9800; visit www.gemtheatre.com; or visit the box office at 333 Madison Ave, Detroit MI.

The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas was a tremendously hot spot some time ago, full of people at least pretending to have a good time at perhaps the glitziest, busiest, lightbulb-iest hotel anywhere in town.

The Riviera’s once jam-packed casino is now—maybe even more so because of our country’s current economic slump—something of a ghost town. You could almost see the tumbleweeds drifting across the nearly empty casino floor and the restaurants?






Clearly, somewhere in some hidden and forgotten well-locked closet, there’s a portrait of Charo really going to hell.
Charo enters the stage wearing an extremely short, extremely low-cut red sequined gown dripping in fringe and pushing her amazingly impressive tatas into a gravity-defying profile that could be the envy of Holly Madison.
She launches into her music, including a spirited performance of her 2008 dance mix single “España Cañi,” with all the signature cuchi-cuchi she exhibited when I was a teenager (a fact that further leaves her true age a question mark for me), including new versions of many popular songs accented by dance moves usually attempted by people a third of her age, whatever that may be.

Peppered with long, wonderfully inappropriate stand-up comedy (some understandable only by the house’s many Spanish-speaking audience members) poking fun at everything, especially herself, Charo’s thick accent gets thicker with each rampant one-liner—many dealing with questions about her own encounters with the quirks of love, international fame and, of course, plastic surgery.
“My advice to peoples who wants to go under the knife iz to find the bestest doctor yous can find.”
Listen up, folks. I suspect his lady knows what she’s talking about.


Charo is backed in her bright and charming new show by a truly dynamic band and five exquisitely talented dancers, the initial four performers able to segue from salsa to tango to Club LAX stylings without a moment’s hesitation. And as good as this quartet (plus their star attraction) is at breaking into traditional Flamenco moves, Charo has saved an extra-special attraction for the kicker. When international Spanish Flamenco star Timo Nuñez takes the stage to join the others, glisteningly shirtless and dressed only in tight black leather pants, Charo: A Musical Sensation becomes even more sensational.

But the really indelible part of Charo’s new stage turn at the Riviera is the second half. After she had vacated the stage temporarily to change, leaving behind the highly worthy Nuñez and company to do the entertaining (and prove they could succeed in a show all their own), she returns dressed in a shimmering black sequined tux to sit centerstage on a simple stool. She then grabs her own guitar and finishes her performance by playing selections from her 2005 album Charo and Guitar, knocking out those in attendance with her remarkably facile mastery of the classical guitar—her dexterity shown in even greater detail on huge projections on either side of the stage.


See, Charo at this point quietly informs her audience she studied from age 9 to 16 with Andres Segovia himself while residing in Murcia, a feat, depending on which of her birthdates is correct, that could be even more extraordinary. Why, Charo could be the first person in history to study with a legendary musical hero after he had already shuffled off his mortal coil. W

Still, as a result of her consummate musical skill, no matter whether her extensive training with the great master took place posthumously or in the flesh, Charo was named twice named “Best Flamenco Guitarist” by Guitar Player Magazine’s reader’s poll and the performer has often stated in interviews that one of her biggest regrets has always been, because of the flamboyant stage presence that has earned her the big bucks and a place in entertainment history, she has been overlooked through her career as a serious guitarist.







Charo: A Musical Sensation plays indefinitely at the Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas; for tickets, call 702.794.9433.


Jenna Sings Connie! Following the success of her initial run of Jenna Esposito Sings Connie Francis, "Cabaret's Sweetheart" will once again be singing the songs of "America's Sweetheart" in Jenna's show celebrating the songs of Connie Francis. Directed by Lennie Watts with musical direction by Fortune Esposito, the show features hits such as "Where The Boys Are," "Stupid Cupid," and "Who's Sorry Now," as well as a number of lesser-known gems (yes, there are a few of Connie's Italian numbers in the show - Viva Italia!). The show will have a special, late-night performance on October 10th (the tail end of Cabaret Convention week in NY!), and will return for a special CD release show on Tuesday, November 3rd.



With Fortune Esposito (guitar), David Crone (piano), Skip Ward (bass), Brian Broelmann (tenor sax, flute, mandolin & ukulele), Brian DeWitt (drums), and Kelly Esposito-Broelmann & Rob Langeder (backup vocals)

**Special Cabaret Convention Week Show**
Saturday, October 10th
11:45 p.m.
The Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY

$20 cover + 2 drink minimum
Reservations: 212-206-0440

**Special CD Release Show**
Tuesday, November 3rd
7:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Room
34 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY
$20 cover + 2 drink minimum
Reservations: 212-206-0440
Everyone in attendance will receive a free CD!

Carol Channing, signed copies of her latest CD release For
Heaven's Sake at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky on
Friday, September 18th.




For Heaven's Sake, Channing's first Gospel release, is being released on the
Ferguson Music/New Day label.

Channing also appeared in a matinee concert performance at the Derby
Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Indiana on Saturday, September 19th at 1:00
PM.

Channing originally starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and originated the
role of Dolly Levi in the Tony-award-winning Hello Dolly. Channing has been
the recipient of ten Gold albums, and received an Academy Award nomination for
her musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is currently on tour promoting the
album with her latest stage show The First 80 Years Are The Hardest. Channing
is also an outspoken advocate for returning the arts into public schools.

For Heaven's Sake will be released nationally on October 8th, but it is
available currently at the National Quartet Convention as well as at Ms.
Channing's concerts. The album is also available at www.Ferguson-Music.com as
well as www.CarolChanning.org . Sales from the CD support Channing's efforts
to support the arts. For publicity/interview requests for Carol Channing contact Harlan Boll at
h.boll@dcpublicity.com / 323-954-7510


Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will appear at two benefit concerts in the coming months.


On Tuesday, October 6, she will appear at the Skin Cancer Foundation's Skin Sense Award Gala at the Pierre Hotel.
As previously reported, she will also star in Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares on November 9 at the Minskoff Theatre. The concert, which benefits Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be directed by Richard Jay-Alexander and feature musical direction by Marvin Laird. Peters will perform feature material from her Broadway career and recordings, including selections by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Jerry Herman.

For tickets to the Skin Cancer Foundation Gala, call 212-725-5176 x 114

For further information about the Broadway Cares benefit, visit www.BroadwayCares.org.


KINSEY SICKS IN PHOENIX, DENVER, KNOXVILLE, ONEONTA NY!

PLUS MANY OTHER EXCITING DENOUNCEMENTS!

1) EVEN IN A STRUGGLING ECONOMY, PEOPLE STILL HIRE THE KINSEY SICKS!


Sep 25: Phoenix
The Kinsey Sicks perform "Wake the F@#k America" in a fundraiser for Equality Arizona at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Showtime is 7 pm. For information and tickets click here.


Sep 30: Oneonta, NY
The Kinsey Sicks return to SUNY-Oneonta in their brand new show, "GreatesTits and Other Bawdy Parts."
Showtime is 9 pm at the Hunt Union Ballroom.

Oct 1: Knoxville, TN
Showtime is 7:30 at the University of Tennessee's Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Tickets available at the door.

Oct 2-3: Denver
The Kinsey Sicks return to Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. Two shows each night. At 7 pm is "Wake the F@#k Up America" and at 9 pm is "GreatesTits & Other Bawdy Parts" - made up of all new Kinsey songs. For tickets, call (303) 293-0075. Lannie's is located on the 16th St. Mall at Arapahoe.

2) KINSEY SICKS YOUTUBE PICK OF THE WEEK!
Why waste good money seeing the Kinsey Sicks live when you can watch them for free, naked in front of your computer with your pets and/or loved ones sniffing your naughty parts?













The Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, are seeking serious and skilled performers as swings for one or more roles. They are looking for:

* Substantial stage experience
* Strong musicianship
* Great talent in comedy and comedic improvisation
* Comfort with drag performance
* Ability to portray a comic character in an ensemble context
* Ability to learn complicated 4-part vocal arrangements in limited time
* Willingness to travel
* Willingness to chip in on some performance-related drudge work
* Progressive politics, good communication skills, and the ability to work in a team.

A cappella experience is a plus but not required. Being part of the Kinsey Sicks is incredibly fun. You should be too. We want you to be as excited about what we do as we are. Swing positions are open until filled.

TO APPLY: Send a resume to info@kinseysicks.com, along with a headshot or recent photo, plus any materials you think would help us see your skills.

AUDITIONS: The Kinsey Sicks will be touring throughout the spring and early summer, and we will audition qualified applicants as we tour. Let us know if you can make it to any of the following places:

September 25: Phoenix, AZ
September 30: Oneonta, NY

October 1: Knoxville, TN

October 2-3: Denver, CO
October 8: Conway, AR
October 9: Upstate NY
October 10: Kansas City, MO

Please send this to your friends who perform, or who sing in choruses, or who otherwise are exceptional talents who might fit well with the Kinsey Sicks.

WHO THEY ARE: For 15 years, the Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, has served up a feast of music and comedy to audiences across the US and abroad. Combining award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag, the Kinsey Sicks tours full time, having performed in 40 states as well as Mexico, Canada and Europe. The Kinsey Sicks have had their own Off-Broadway run at New York's legendary Studio 54 as well as an extended run in Las Vegas. They have released five CDs and are the subjects of two feature films: "I Wanna Be a Republican," released in 2006, and "Almost Infamous," released in 2008. For more information, visit www.kinseysicks.com.

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LIZA'S AT THE PALACE to Be Filmed September 30 & October 1 in Vegas for PBS in December; DVD in 2010


Previously reported by BroadwayWorld.com and now confirmed by PBS, to celebrate the one year anniversary of Liza Minnelli's Tony Award-winning performance "LIZA'S AT THE PALACE," American Public Television (ATP) will distribute the long awaited Special in December, 2009. Minnelli's unanimously acclaimed Broadway performances were sold out for five weeks in December last year and fans around the world have been eagerly anticipating news of the broadcast.
The television event will be directed by Matthew Diamond and Executive Produced by JoAnn Young, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. In addition to the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, Minnelli received a 2009 Drama Desk Award for her performances at the Palace.

Now in her fifth decade as an internationally celebrated entertainer, she has won every major show business honor including an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and four Tony Awards, making her part of a select group of performers who have won the entertainment industry's top four achievement awards.

LIZA'S AT THE PALACE will be filmed in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1, 2009. All of the material performed during the New York engagement will be included. The program will capture many of her greatest hits and an affectionate tribute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson, who was a groundbreaking singer-dancer, songwriter, vocal arranger and musical director/vocal coach at MGM Studios.

She will be joined on the program by her Broadway co-star and musical director, the legendary pianist, singer and composer Billy Stritch. Her quartet of dynamic singer/dancers, Cortes Alexander, Jim Caruso, Johnny Rodgers and Tiger Martina will recreate their roles as the Williams Brothers, which included the brilliant young Andy Williams and his talented siblings. The show will again be directed by Ron Lewis, the award-winning choreographer and director. Musical Conductor/Drummer is Michael Berkowitz, a well-known conductor of pop orchestras all over the world.

"This is an exciting project and we are thrilled to bring it to public television audiences," says Eric Luskin, vice president of APT's Premium Service. "We are very proud to work with a legendary entertainer such as Liza Minnelli, continuing our tradition of distributing top-rated musical productions to public television audiences."

Matthew Diamond's directing has brought him an Oscar nomination for Dancemaker, four Emmy Awards, three Director's Guild Awards and the Humanitas Award. He has directed many music specials as well as a long list of dramatic programming and is currently the series director for So You Think You Can Dance.

JoAnn Young has written and/or produced more than 50 television specials including documentaries and musical performances, such as Johnny Mathis - Wonderful, Wonderful! and Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration of Oscar Hammerstein II, a star-filled entertainment special at City Center in New York City. She wrote two episodes of the Emmy award-winning six part series, Broadway, The American Musical, which were nominated for an Emmy and a Writer's Guild Award and won Golden cine Eagle Awards in 2005.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are the executive producers of the Oscar-winning movie musical Chicago and the producers of the film musical smash Hairspray. With Minnelli and Showtime, they "presented" the acclaimed, digitally-restored version of the Bob Fosse-John Kander-Fred Ebb Emmy winning television special Liza With a Z. All totaled, Zadan and Meron's films and television projects have won six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, and two Peabody Awards.
For television, their movies have amassed 69 Emmy nominations.

Tickets are available at any MGM Grand box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations. Tickets also are available for purchase online at www.mgmgrand.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

LIZA'S AT THE PALACE will be released on DVD in early 2010 by MPI Home Video.

The program is a co-production of Jubilee Time Productions, APT, HDNET and Young Productions, in cooperation with the MGM Grand. APT's Premium Service is a co-production, co-financing and acquisition fund that provides fund raising specials to member stations, now in its 21st season. With the financial backing of their public television client stations, Premium Service has secured many of public television's most prestigious and highest rated programs.
Don't forget to contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/Foundation.htm

With grateful XOXOXs for your support!

Richard Skipper

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HERE IS WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING ABOUT MY WORK:


The show is quite the well-oiled machine! Everything ran like clock-work! Congrats on the success! You are packing them in! I'm so happy you highlighted Bill Zeffiro's music. He's a peach and so are you and Dana! RUN TO THE IGUANA and have a ball!
-Julie Reyburn, http://www.juliereyburn.com/


Richard Skipper and Dana Lorge gave me one of the sweetest, happiest birthdays I've ever had!!! If it wasn't enough that I was being featured on their fabulous evening at the Iguana AND that the incomparable Julie Reyburn was introducing 2 of my songs-They sang 'Happy Birthday' to me and GAVE ME CAKE!!! These are two incredible generous people and I am honored and deeply touched by the way they treated me, all their featured artists and their wonderful audiences. YOU SIMPLY MUST GO TO THE IGUANA!! and I'll see you there. With gratitude, Bill Zeffiro, http://www.theroadtoruin.com/




Wednesday Night (September 16th) you were so delicious! Strawberry shortcake. You are so sweet. Your voice, the way you speak and sing.. I"ll have sweet dreams tonight thinking of your smiling face. You remind me from my childhood when I used to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Dana was great too! Great show! Glad to see you back!
xo!
Love,
Sunny Leigh



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NYC

Now a night out in NY to see a show at a VERY AFFORDABLE price!
Dana Lorge and I have
now put their OWN spin on The variety show format and are now hosting every Wednesday night in
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NYC (240 West 54th Street 8-11PM/with an intermission). WEDNESDAY NIGHT OF
THE IGUANA!
Each week
will showcase 5 entertainers.
Barry Levitt returns on keyboard and Saadi Zain on bass!
on bass. Each week will be different. Time: 8 - 11:00 p.m.
Cover: $10 - no food or drink minimums – but remember – the food is great!


CASH ONLY PAID AT THE DOOR! This is a nice night
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A
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September 30th: Wendy Lane Bailey, Bobby Belfry, Stewart Brodian, Paul & Rochelle Chamlin, Ben Rauch, Rick Younger,

October 7th: Edd Clark, Marianne Meringolo, Wendy Russell, Marcus Simeone, Maureen Taylor

October 14th: Kelly Esposito- Broelmann, Barbara Gurskey, Jonathan Long, Andrea Mezvinsky-Kolb , Martin Vidnovic

October 21st: Esther Beckman & Stearns Matthews, Leslie Orofino, Susan Winter

October 28th: Hector Coris returns!, Laurie Krauz & Wicked’s very own Walter ONeil, Angela Schultz, Mauricio Villa-Lobos!


November 4th: Arianna, Moira Danis, Elaine St. George, Daryl Glenn

December 9th: Josh Zuckerman

December 30th: Linda Fields, Ritt Henn, Annie Hughes

Keep checking http://www.richardskipper.com/schedule.html

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