Friday, January 15, 2010

CAROL CHANNING, “La Cage aux Folles”, Michael Urie...AND SO MUCH MORE!

Well hello, Carol!

Original Dolly works to bring arts back to nation's schools

Judith Salkin • The Desert Sun • January 10, 2010

The voice is unmistakable. A honey-throated rasp, with a touch of sparkle thrown in for good measure.

Whether you remember her as matchmaker Dolly Levi from “Hello, Dolly!” or Muzzy from “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Carol Channing is a one-of-a-kind performer.
These days, however, Channing (who will celebrate her 89th birthday on Jan. 31) and her husband of six years, Harry Kullijian, are focusing their energy into the Dr. Carol Channing (she has an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Cal State Stanislaus) and Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts.
The couple's mission is to see the arts returned to classrooms across the country.
The foundation and Channing's long and distinguished show biz career will be the subjects of her guest speaker appearance Tuesday at Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs.

“Florence Henderson's agent called and asked if I would do it,” Channing said. “I'm going to perform a little, and talk about our foundation.”

The couple, on the phone from their Rancho Mirage home, speak passionately about how the arts — poetry especially — brought them together at Aptos Junior High School in Northern California.

“It just opened the world for both of us,” Channing said. “Our grades went up and it changed our whole outlook on school in every class.”

Their cause is being championed by Dave Long, former California secretary of education and Riverside County superintendent of schools, and celebrities such as Coachella Valley residents Jerry Herman and Carole Cook, and Barbara Walters, Carl Reiner and Lily Tomlin, who serve on the board of the foundation.

With Long's help, Channing and Kullijian presented a persuasive argument for restoring the arts into the classroom to the California State Board of Education. They'll offer their plan for a national grassroots campaign to the National PTA Convention in Memphis, Tenn., this June.
“We feel that the arts are the very backbone of education,” Kullijian said. “All the research shows that (arts) are the catalyst to learning that children need.”

“La Cage aux Folles” brings more than sparkle, flash and pizzazz to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre through 31.

It also brings back Anna McNeely, the gal that practically stole the show as Lady Brockhurst doing her hysterical tango in “The Boy Friend.”
McNeely, from Tower Hill, Ill., is a Broadway veteran performer who lives with her husband of 12 years, Steve Roland, a college instructor, in Port St. Lucie, where she teaches voice and acting and sings in the choir in Christ Memorial Chapel on Jupiter Island.

She’s also a sassy redhead with enough spark to light a campfire on a chilly night.

Sitting in the lobby of the Maltz for our chat, McNeely is relaxed and easy to talk to after a rigorous rehearsal with the show’s director Mark Martino.

She is also one of only four women in the cast of “La Cage” with 12 men, but says they are all very talented and professional to work with.

“We’re having a terrific time with this show. It’s so splashy and fun to do,” says McNeely.
“The costumes just arrived and are fabulous along with the wigs and sets.”

McNeely’s impressive Broadway credits include the original production of “Cats” “Gypsy” with Tyne Daly (as “Miss Electra,” singing “You Gotta Get A Gimmick”), “Beauty and the Beast” and with Donny Osmond in “Little Jonny Jones.”
Film and television performances include “Miss Electra” with Bette Midler in “Gypsy,” “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Broadway’s Last Treasures (Cats), “Broadway’s Leading Ladies at Carnegie Hall.
“I actually loved doing the long running role for ‘Gypsy,’ ” McNeely said . “It made me stay in shape all the time because the costume was so skimpy. I didn’t really bother me to be so ‘undressed’ on stage.

I would never want to appear in a brief outfit like that for any other reason.”

McNeely created the role of “Jennyanydots” in the original Broadway production of “Cats,” staying with that show for seven years.” “Then I had another long run playing ‘Mrs. Potts’ in the original company of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

I actually like doing long-running shows because of the permanency and because new stars come in to play major roles throughout the run which is always keeps things fresh and interesting.”
The 59-year-old McNeely has toured the country with several Broadway productions including “Gypsy,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Music Man” with Tony Randall and “Camelot” with Rock Hudson.” She has extensive national and regional theater credits as well.

“La Cage aux Folles,” boasts a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman, who penned the anthems “The Best of Times” and “I Am What I Am.”
The show centers on a gay club owner in St. Tropez and his temperamental partner and star.
The name of the club: La Cage aux Folles, whose literal translation is “The Cage of Madwomen.” The owner’s son comes home, announces he is engaged and wants his family to meet his fiancé’s parents. The only trouble is, her father is head of an anti-gay political party. The group has dinner at the club owner’s home, adjacent to the club.

That is when “the sequins fly.”

“La Cage aux Folles” has its moments of drag and high camp (think high-stepping men in makeup and heels).

But at its core, the show explores what it means to be a family.

“First I play a back stage dresser who is a Bohemian type who is earthy and very artsy,” McNeely explained.
Next, I’m the owner of a café with my husband and I’m tough and rowdy. Last, I’m Marie’s mother Madam Dindon who is tight-lipped, severe and very controlled with my hair slicked back.”

“I have known Rachael Blavatnik, the associate producer, for many years,” McNeely said.
We became friends when she was working her way through school and had a job operating the elevator there. Now that she is here, it’s great because she calls me for auditions she thinks I might be right for. She also directed me in “Blythe Spirit” at the Lyric Theater.”

“Mark Martino was here for the auditions and said, ‘why not La Cage?’ So here I am. And I love working with him and Phil Reno, the music director, I worked with in “Cats.”
Can you believe it? I actually did 2,700 performances of “Cats!”
In an attempt to interest the gay community in “La Cage,” the Maltz will present “A Pride Soiree,” Friday, Jan. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Guests can mix and mingle in the Maltz lobby with food provided by Evo and wine by Feast of Little Italy, followed by the show, with tickets in the mezzanine, all for $48.

After the show there will be dessert and the cast will come out to meet and greet the guests, featuring Tim Allan Walker from the “Mo & Sally Morning Show.”

Send items to Carol Saunders at or call (561) 746-5280.

“I really got bitten by the theater bug while working at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre as a waiter and production assistant in the late 1980s,” said Andrew Kato, artistic director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. “I’ve been hooked ever since!”

Born in New Jersey, Kato, 45, grew up in Jupiter and attended Jupiter High School, Florida Atlantic University and Florida State University.

Since then he moved on to work at the Portland Stage Company in Portland Maine, to New York to work on the productions of “Jelly’s Last Jam,” starring Gregory Hines and the Pulitzer Prize winning “Angels in America” and other productions. As a free- lance producer, Kato produced many Broadway concerts, conceived and developed new musicals in addition to his job with the Tony Awards each year.
Seated in his office at the Maltz, Kato’s conversation rapidly turns to his first love, the 2009/2010 Maltz season of productions.
“We already have about 7,020 season subscriptions sold. Last year, our total for the season was 7,100 so we’re ahead of the game very early this year. A good sign.”

“I’m happy to say we are doing several additional projects this season, plus the five big blockbuster, shows we regularly present November through April,” he says.
“The first is ‘Academy,’ ” conceived and developed by Kato, with book, music and lyrics by John Mercurio, it was seen at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in October 2008 as part of the Emerging Artists Series in Musical Theater Playwriting.
It will be part of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF)’s Next Link Project.

“I helped to produce it for this New York during the summer months,” he said. “Two-time Tony nominee, John Carrafa, will lead the ‘Academy’ team as its director, with an all-star cast of professional actors.” “Academy” will be presented in six performances in New York Oct. 6 17, 2009 at NYMF.
“Along with me, many of our people plan to attend including Tamar and Milton Maltz, Tricia Trimble, our managing director, and Jennifer Sardone-Shiner, our marketing director and Jay Johnson, the Maltz box office supervisor.
The Maltz staff has whole-heartedly supported this project, financially and administratively,” the sandy-haired, soft-spoken producer said.
The second project is the Florida premiere of “Love is Love.” It’s an original musical that reunites composer Martin Charnin, creator of Broadway’s “Annie,” with his star, Andrea McArdle, in an intimate revue that explores the concept of love. The show will be presented for just 10 performances, produced by Rodger Hess, Inc. in conjunction with the Maltz and will be onstage Thursday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 25.
“Charmin actually wrote an additional role and a new song for the show,” Kato explained, “after seeing jazz-singer Avery Sommers perform locally.
Originally discovered by Burt Reynolds at his dinner theater, she’s now in the cast and one of our favorite entertainers.
After opening here, the show will be booked on tour around the country.”

“We have also added a special series of lectures to our schedule, I will be giving special lectures about my Tony Awards experiences, in the private home of people who donate $1001 or more, as part of a new donation project we are developing; then Marcia Milgrom Dodge, director of “Anything Goes” is giving a lecture on “What a Director Does;” plus Duncan Sheik will lecture on his Broadway Experiences, when he performs here for the limited engagement schedule.
The first regular show of the 2009-2010 season is “Fanny Brice: The Real Funny Girl,” Tuesday, Nov 10 - Sunday, Nov 22. “This is not ‘Funny Girl,’ ” says Kato. “Directed by David Bell, it’s a world premier with four great characters depicting the tough life of Fanny Brice. It’s already 84 percent sold out. The star, Marya Grandy has one of the best voices in musical theater today.
She’s the daughter of Fred Grandy from the old television hit series, “The Love Boat.”

“Lost In Yonkers” comes up Dec. 1 13. “This is a special three-way production with the Cleveland Play House and the Paper Mill Playhouse,” Kato explained. “Neil Simon won a Pulitzer for this. We finished casting in New York last week. The seven cast members are so well etched, making this a very funny, poignant play.”

La Cage aux Folles” will run Jan. 12 31. “We have been doing local casting with director Mark Martino and will cast this in New York in October,” he said. “La Cage” is an honest portrayal of characters united by family that come together but can be eye-opening in many ways. This show is Jerry Herman at his best, with songs like “The Best of Times.”

“Tintypes” is set for Feb. 9 28. “This is a revue of pre-World War I Americana and features iconic musical characters like Emma Goldman, Anna Held, Charlie Chaplin and Theodore Roosevelt. There are songs like ‘It’s a Grand Old Flag.’ ”

“Anything Goes,” March 9 28.
“This is a major tap dancing extravaganza with Cole Porter music, about mistaken identity on a 1940’s cruise ship on the high seas. Great songs like “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Easy To Love.”
We’re doing the Lincoln Centre version and casting is already underway,” said Kato.

“In addition to our spectacular season, we have probably the best, most exciting blue-chip limited engagement schedule we’ve ever had lined up,” added Kato. “Tickets are flying out the door.“

For more information on the season, visit or call the Maltz Jupiter Theatre box office at (561) 575-2223.

Michael Urie of “Ugly Betty” has boyfriend off-screen; explains why calling himself gay never seemed right
By Greg Hernandez on Jan 12, 2010 9:49 am | Comments (0) | Urie , who plays the gay character of Marc St. James on Ugly Betty, acknowledges in a new interview with The Advocate that he has a boyfriend and explains why he had always been so coy about his sexuality.

Here are the excerpts from the article in the new issue:

“I’ve never been in,” Urie responds today. “I’ve never said I was straight, and I’m not saying I’m gay now.
I never lie, and I’ve never shied away from the topic. I’ve certainly chosen through my work to do things that promote the rights of LGBTQ people. I am not a hypocrite—certainly not now.”
If you’re confused, read on:

“I’ve been in a relationship for a while now, and if you just met the two of us together we’d be ‘gay,’ ” he explains. “But that somehow means anything that happened before [we met] didn’t count—and I don’t feel that way.

I know that some people feel that way. They were with women, but it always felt wrong. But it didn’t for me. It felt right at the time. It didn’t work out, but it also didn’t work out with other men—many times. That’s why ‘gay’ never seemed right.”

Urie acknowledges that he was more guarded about his personal life at the start of his career, but now that Ugly Betty has found its footing (it’s now in its fourth season) and he recognizes he’ll never be the kind of actor whose career relies on his sex appeal with women, he’s ready to loosen his grip.

“Certainly there was a point where I was like, I don’t know how long Ugly Betty is going to last and how well it’s going to do, and I might want some real anonymity if it ends quickly. I was also never one to seek out publicity or attention, and I basically didn’t want to be labeled. That kind of attention could turn ugly. I guess if I wasn’t in a relationship with a man and I tried to tell people I was queer, it would appear to be a lie or a cop-out—à la college 10 years ago, when people believed in that notion of ‘bi now, gay later.’
But things are different now. I’m much more comfortable, and I’m in a relationship now. I’m not as worried about a future for myself.”

Ragtime ends its Broadway run

The new Broadway production of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Tony Award winning musical Ragtime played its final performance on 10 Jan 2010. The show played 28 previews and 65 regular performances.

In an earlier statement Producer Kevin McCollum said, "While we're saddened and disappointed to announce that Ragtime must close, bringing this beautiful and powerful production to Broadway has been a joyous experience.
We couldn't have asked for a more talented and dedicated company and creative team or a more passionate team of producers."
Ragtime opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on 15 Nov 2009, following previews from 23 Oct.
The musical opened to mostly excellent reviews: Glorious (newyorktheatreguide); Strikingly staged and vividly performed; (NY Daily News); Stirring (record) Musical-theater storytelling at its most vibrant (Variety).

The Broadway company stars Ron Bohmer (Father), Quentin Earl Darrington (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.), Christiane Noll (Mother), Robert Petkoff (Tateh), Bobby Steggert (Mother’s Younger Brother), Stephanie Umoh (Sarah) with Christopher Cox (The Little Boy), Sarah Rosenthal (The Little Girl), Mark Aldrich (Willie Conklin), Aaron Galligan-Stierle (Henry Ford), Jonathan Hammond (Harry Houdini), Dan Manning (Grandfather), Michael X. Martin (J.P. Morgan), Michael McGowan (Stanford White), Donna Migliaccio (Emma Goldman), Josh Walden (Harry K. Thaw), Savannah Wise (Evelyn Nesbit) and Eric Jordan Young (Booker T. Washington).

Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed epic novel, Ragtime turns back the clock to the dawn of the 20th century - a time when anything was possible and ragtime music filled the air. New York City was the land of opportunity. A poor Jewish immigrant sells his "moving picture" books on the street. A wealthy Victorian couple welcomes a runaway into their home. A Harlem jazz pianist turns an issue of justice into a revolution. Their personal journeys come alive as historic figures offer guidance and diversion - among them escape artist Harry Houdini, auto tycoon Henry Ford, educator Booker T. Washington, and infamous entertainer Evelyn Nesbit.

The creative team includes scenic design by Derek McLane, original costume design by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Donald Holder, musical direction by James Moore and original orchestrations by William David Brohn.
Ragtime originally opened on Broadway on 18 Jan 1998 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The musical garnered four Tony Awards including Best Book, Original Score and Best Orchestrations.

Ahrens and Flaherty's score features some of the award winning team’s best-known songs including the title song, 'Make Them Hear You' and the anthem 'The Wheels of a Dream.'

Marcia Milgrom Dodge's production debuted at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on 18 Apr 2009 and played a sold out limited engagement through 17 May 2009.
Ragtime is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Roy Furman, Max Cooper, Roger Berlind, Tom Kirdahy/Devlin Elliott, Jeffrey A. Sine, Scott Delman, Stephanie McClelland, Roy Miller, LAMS Productions, Inc., Jana Robbins, Wendy Federman, Jamie deRoy, Sheila Steinberg, Lauren Stevens, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Independent Producers Network, HRH Foundation and Emanuel Azenberg in association with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

published: January 11 2010 04:17 PM updated:: January 11 2010 05:22 PM
By Duane Gordon
Dolly Parton’s four-disc “ Dolly ” boxed set from Sony's RCA Nashville and Legacy imprints took the No. 1 spot of 2009’s best country music album re-issues in the 10th annual Country Music Critics Poll conducted by The Nashville Scene, it was announced last week.
The poll considers the opinions of dozens of the most celebrated music critics in country music circles at newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs nationwide.
It marked Dolly's only appearance on any of the publication's top 10 lists this year, but she barely missed one other.
Although the newspaper usually doesn't reveal any artists who placed outside of the top 10 on its Artist of the Year list, this year it mentioned several in a sidebar comparing their performance in the poll versus the end-of-year charts from Billboard and noted in that piece that Dolly tied for No. 13 on this year's tally with Lyle Lovett.
For 2008, Dolly placed at No. 7 in the year's top songwriters and her
“Backwoods Barbie” was the critics' choice as the 18th best country album of the year.
On the current charts, “Dolly: Live From London” held steady in its eighth week at No. 66 country albums, Billboard magazine revealed last week.
Up north, “Once Upon A Christmas” with Kenny Rogers dropped back out of the top 50 Canadian country albums, down from No. 26 the previous week, its eighth for this holiday season.
Back in the States, Brad Paisley's “Time Well Wasted,” featuring Dolly on “When I Get Where I'm Going," slipped four on the country catalog chart to No. 24.
Steve Martin's “The Crow - New Songs for the 5-String Banjo,” with a Dolly collaboration, remained steady at No. 1 bluegrass albums in its 46th chart week.
“NOW That's What I Call A Country Christmas ,” which includes Dolly's “Hard Candy Christmas,” fell off the charts, down from No. 28 country in its 11th week, No. 24 holiday albums in its 12th week there, and No. 170 in its ninth week on the pop top 200.
Dolly will be a guest on RFD-TV's “The Marty Stuart Show” later in the new season, Stuart revealed last week. Others joining him over the season will include Vince Gill, Hank Williams III and Ralph Stanley.
Although it was actually released Nov. 3, a new charity single with Dolly is just now getting press.
Country Weekly and a few other publications last week plugged the song, "You Can't Say Love Enough," from new country quartet MJ2 featuring several celebrity guests, including Dolly, Bill Anderson, Heidi Newfield, Larry Gatlin, Cowboy Troy and Wayne Newton, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The song is available as an iTunes download.
Those who were hoping to combine their March 27 Tennessee trip to Dollywood's season opening with the "Grand Opening" of Dolly's Nashville store, Trinkets & Treasures, are out of luck.
It was announced last week via an e-mail blast from her official record label Web site, , that the ceremony will take place at the store March 12 featuring a Dolly appearance, two full weeks prior the park’s opening.
The retail outlet, located at 126 Second Avenue, opened Thanksgiving week and features mostly items sold by the online store of the same name on the label's website.
A Los Angeles judge on Thursday threw out a legal malpractice lawsuit involving Dolly's “9 To 5: The Musical.”

The suit alleged that the attorney neglected to obtain permission from the trust to allow Resnick to turn her screenplay, which Higgins had re-written before filming, into a musical and that it was a conflict of interest for him to have represented both writers.
The judge found no issues in the case that could be tried in court. The suit never alleged any wrongdoing on the part of Dolly, Resnick or anyone else associated with the production – just the attorney – and never threatened to shut down the musical, which ran on Broadway last spring and summer and will begin a national tour this fall.

Carol Channing, most well-known for playing the title role in Broadway's “ Hello, Dolly” but just released her first collection of gospel music, “ For Heaven's Sake ,” sings the praises of another Dolly in the new issue of Country Weekly .
The current choice for the “I Love My Country” section, where celebrities generally not identified as “country” explain what they enjoy about the genre, Channing chose “Coat of Many Colors” as one of her favorite country songs and mentions being invited as the celebrity guest to welcome Dolly to Los Angeles when her “New Harvest, First Gathering” was released in 1977.
You can say hello to all the latest news and information about Dolly by visiting the news page at The Online Dolly Parton Newsmagazine for its nightly news updates!

When you're getting up there in years, sometimes your health just has to come first. Just ask Liza Minnelli, who has opted out of attending the Grammy Awards January 31 so she can have knee replacement surgery next week. Her album Liza's at the Palace has been nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category, and it looks like she'll be watching to see if she wins from a New York hospital.

It doesn't sound like it's anything to be too concerned about, her publicist says it's a common procedure for women her age. He said: "Liza, who has been dancing on stage since she was a teenager, is 63.
She is expected to make a full recovery."

The iconic performer recently claimed she is incredible shape, but admitted she is starting to feel the effects of aging. When asked her secrets to keeping fit, she said: “Hard work and constant touring is a good start.
When I am not touring and home in New York, I go to dance class every morning with my beloved Luigi at his dance studio. Between touring and Ron Lewis's tough rehearsals, I'm honed like a tennis player, even if time has slowed me just a tad.”

Frank Marino is King of the Queens

Written by William Bessette
As Las Vegas reflects on what it lost in 2009, one thing that will be close to the top of the list of things we miss is An Evening at La Cage. Fortunately for Las Vegas, host Frank Marino, and the crew, the show must go on, reborn as Divas Las Vegas.

La Cage was the baby boomer to Divas Las Vegas' Gen X, sort of melded together, as Marino describes. "We have Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé, but yet I also want to keep the staples, because I know my core audience. You want to keep Cher, you want to keep Madonna, you want to keep the ones that every age group is going to enjoy."

The change didn't stop with the numbers, however, as Marino and crew set out to make sure Divas Las Vegas was its own show. "I was producing this show with the attitude of seeing what the entertainers themselves would like to do for their character, so we collaborated together. It was a mix between producers, entertainers, and the audience, putting all that together and coming up with what we wanted to do for the show... from day one, I knew a drag show — in my opinion — needed to have male dancers. That's the main difference between this and the other show. The male dancers are getting rave reviews, both from the gay and straight audiences alike.

"New costumes and new numbers are being done," he continues. "Behind the scenes, choreography is working on building up the numbers that you've already seen and creating new numbers. A brand new set is being designed by the guy who did the American Idol and America's Got Talent sets... the only reason we don't have them in there yet is because they are so intricate and it takes so long to build."

Bringing a new show to the Strip is always a risk in a down economy, but Marino and his troupe seem to have staying power. "The showroom's been packed," he asserts. "Don't get me wrong, we are comping a lot of people in because its a brand new show and we want people to see it, but our paid numbers are well over the amount we expected to have.
Very few shows open up profitable, in the black. We are lucky enough to say we were able to do that."

One thing that has not changed about the show is definitely the audience, something Marino wishes would change. "About 95 percent of the audience is straight and I would like to change that and get the gay people in. That's why I put the male dancers in there," he explains. "The average gay person says, when they see a drag show, 'Oh I can go and see that in a gay bar.' Or they've seen them in gay bars and had bad experiences or they weren't terrific, so they shy away. But once I get a gay person in to see the show, they'll like it and possibly bring someone else another time."

With big dreams, Marino couldn't put it better as he toasts to Divas Las Vegas ringing in another 25 years on the strip. "My dream would be to do the show and build it up to a point where in the future I could just be the producer and direct somebody else in doing my part... to have the biggest drag show ever, in the world."

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This show is so peppy it's almost like it's been plugged into an electric socket! We had a jolly good time, and so will you! Alix Elias,

We the members of Bending Threads, fresh back from the Holidays & New Year, wanted to tell you BOTH how much we enjoyed performing for you at Iguana's on 12/18/09!! You too are a fantastic duo of personalities and hilarious duets! We enjoyed the personable family environment at Iguana's and the DIVERSE range of performers you had there. We were honored that you like to push the publicity side of things for the performers performing and encourage the audience to catch our outside shows & acts. All in all what a great network to be apart!!! Hope to see you on March 17th, us and let us know!!!!
Bending Threads,

I am so glad to be a new friend! I love the Iguana show and will be keeping up on all of your activities. Thanks for the fun times.
Roger Mapes,

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January 20th: Douglas Davidian, Cait Doyle, D'yan Forrest, Greta Heron, Catt John, Alegra Themmen

Feb 3 : Michael Austin, Christopher Gerrard, Lucia Mozzola, Jane Schechter, George Stella, Jane Stuart

February 10th: MY BIRTHDAY SHOW! Glen Charlow, Jenna Esposito, Helene Feldman (who shares a birthday with Richard), Jeanne MacDonald, Stearns Matthews, Jim Speake, Maureen Taylor ...
...and a few other surprises as well!

February 17th : James Alexander

March 10th: David Alpher & Jenny Litt, Louise Quick (pictured), Nicholas Tamagna, Pam Tate, Maureen Taylor

March 17th: Cindy Marchionda returns!

March 24th, Julie Reyburn returns!

April 7th: RJ Shaw

April 28th: Kecia Craig and Frank Stern!
Keep checking for upcoming entertainers and shows!


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