Thursday, February 25, 2010

CYNTHIA CRANE, THE TONICS, HOLE-AMATIC...AND MORE!



CYNTHIA CRANE, a cabaret singer and Greenwich Village fixture of sorts, has a show scheduled for next month titled “John Denver, Bernie Madoff and Me.”


What she and John Denver, or more literally Mr. Denver’s estate, have in common is that they were both fleeced by Mr. Madoff.
As a result, Ms. Crane and her husband, Ted Story, a playwright, have had to put their five-story town house on West 11th Street, near Greenwich Avenue, up for sale.
“It’s like cutting off my arm to save my life,” the 73-year-old chanteuse said. The couple have lived in the 1855 house for 40 years.
They rent out four market-rate apartments on the top two floors. Their home, a quirky space, has a spectacular living room with double-height ceilings and a wall of glass that looks out onto a landscaped garden with a rocky waterfall and an aviary.
They’re selling because they can no longer afford a $2 million mortgage they took out on the house as a means of helping one of their two daughters build her home in the East Village.
They’ve already sold an apartment they owned in Paris to help pay their bills.
“We were with Madoff for over 30 years and we never got such returns that were ridiculous,” Ms. Crane said, “and the day he was arrested, we were all struck down.
The only thing that comforts me is we were not alone.”

Every nook and cranny inside the house has been filled with a life memory: an Al Hirschfeld drawing of Ms. Crane; a two-story flag from the Impossible Ragtime Theater, which the couple ran together in the 1970s; and artwork collected from around the world.
“Our tastes are eclectic,” Ms. Crane said. “We like oddball stuff.”

The uniqueness of the space has most likely made it a tougher sell. They first put the town house on the market last February for $8.995 million, and have now relisted it with Anne J. Marseille and Barbara Godson, agents at Halstead Property, for $7.995 million. “No one wants to be a landlord and everybody wants to renovate,” Ms. Crane said.
“But I believe we will sell this to the right person.”

E-mail: bigdeal@nytimes.com (SOURCE: NY TIMES)

THE TONICS are back!

After 15 years, The Tonics return to NYC for two shows only

THIS SUNDAY (Feb 28) and March 8* 7:00 pm each night
$25 cover + 2 drink min.


Join Cortes, Gene, Michael and (newbie) Kathie as they return to their
"home".
From Sondheim..to Stevie Wonder- better than evah!!!!

Tickets at www.joespub.com or 212 967-7555 for tickets.
For a table reservation, call 212 539-8778

*benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
Hello valentine survivors! And happy Year of the Tiger (...happy thrill of
the fight...)

A few quick news items & then you're back to your day:
1. GH: HOLE-O-MATIC 2010 returns to The Duplex this SATURDAY 2/27 AT 7:30PM.
New medleys, old trivia, cool prizes, strong drinks, and nice reliable heat
so don't fear coming out of the house. More deets and reservation link
below - come play with us.

Their big ticket giveaway was pretty popular with repeat offenders and newbies
alike last run, so they're gonna do it again this time around! (I won two tickets to A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC!)



The lucky winner gets 2 tickets to either Hair, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages,
or A Little Night Music on Broadway - winners choice - seriously, they get
to pick!

And if you win and don't happen to live in or around NYC, no sweat
- we'll find a way to send you to something cool where you do live, so it's
still a helluva good prize. So there.
3. They completely appreciate all that go to their shows, and they back that up
from their hearts to your wallets - for shows this run, use code GHTIGER when
reserving or when you check in at the door, and everyone in your party saves
$5 off their cover charge.
Stay warm & well - really hope to see you at a show!

http://www.holeomatic.com

http://www.theduplex.com/webcalendar/month.php


HOLE-O-MATIC 2010
..the "you pick 'em" random pop show!

SATURDAYS at 7:30pm
FEBRUARY 27TH THRU APRIL 3RD
Upstairs at The Duplex
Christopher St. & 7th Ave. NYC
Doors open 7pm - dress casual - credit cards welcome
Reservations strongly suggested:

http://www.theduplex.com/webcalendar/month.php

- One guy
- One girl
- One guitar
- And one big set where you pick the hits from the Œ70s/Œ80s, their own
songs, mash-ups & medleys, and beyond!

³Ferociously talented & completely irreverent ­ AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!"
- Next Magazine



Vox Femina of Los Angeles
presents
Sister, My Sister
ONE NIGHT ONLY! www.voxfeminala.org/season.htm

WHEN: Saturday, March 20th, 2010 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School of Music
200 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA



TICKETS: $25 in advance ($30 at the door) by calling
310-922-0025 or at www.voxfeminala.org
or via E.mail at vfla@voxfeminala.org
Vox celebrates the depth, beauty and strength of our community of women in
a concert. The history of women, always in sisterhood, through many struggles and
joys, is reflected in music. Sister, My Sister explores women's history and music by
linking our audience to the generations of women who've gone triumphantly before us.
Starting as far back as the middle ages with Hildegard von Bingen, and moving
through the centuries, we'll hear from Clara Shuman, Sojournor Truth, Maya Angelou
and Cris Williamson.
The highlight of the concert will be a newly commissioned work
entitled “Healy Madrigals” by Roger Bourland featuring the poignant musings of Los
Angeles based poet Eloise Klein Healy.
Repertoire will also include the music of
Faustina Hasse Hodges, Beethoven, Coco's Lunch, Ysaye Barnwell, Rosephanye Powell
and others. The audience will feel the strength of the women's community and Vox
will truly “give women voice.”



Vox Femina Los Angeles, is a women's choral ensemble dedicated to the
performance of quality choral literature with an emphasis on music by women
composers.
Choral singing is one of the oldest performance arts in existence, but
Vox is excited to perform new works and accept new challenges for themselves and for
the audience. Dr. Iris S. Levine founded Vox in 1997. In the past 12 years, Vox
has established itself as one of the preeminent women's choruses in the United
States with a demonstrated ability to perform highly eclectic repertoire, some of
which can be heard on several recordings.
It has actively fulfilled its goals
through an exciting schedule of performances, touring and educational outreach. Vox
Los Angeles is funded through grants and private donations.

For your enjoyment, Michael Walters!




Award winning Writer, Hilliard Guess, proves he is equally as talented as a Director
and Executive Producer with the debute of the theatrical short film "Troublesome" at
the Renberg Theatre on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010.

"With the destruction of
jobs after the WGA strike, I took an active position in my life," recalls Guess.

"I'd proven myself as a writer and developed "Troublesome" as a project for me to
produce and direct."

The Hilldog Productions film starring stage and screen veteran Gordon Thomson as Dr.
Ross and Kareem Grimes as Rap super star Kritikal were very well received by
audience members which included Alison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie),
Channing Chase (Mad Men), Romi Dames (Hanna Montana), and Kate Linder (The Young &
the Restless) among others.
The storyline takes its characters and patrons on a rather fast paced emotional ride
considering it takes place on board a stranded subway car with no promise of rescue.
"There's a reason I chose a subway as our one and only location," says Guess. "It's
contained, confining and worst of all ... Dark!" With Oxygen fading and tensions
rising, confrontations lead to confessions and ultimately discovery in this well
written and performed tribute to what can be accomplished with a low budget, when
you have both talent and dedication to produce excellence. The cast is complimented
by the work of director of photography, John Savedra and a remarkable musical score
that included "My Life's Kritikal," produced by Mike Greene with Lyrics by Dert
Julian and performed by Kareem Grimes. "Troublesome" should be submitted for
consideration as a Best Short Film Live Action for the 2011 Academy Awards.

Check out www.hilldogproductions.com/troublesome.htm for more information.

Meet Sappho, Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Rivera and
Ellen DeGeneres. One day, they decided to make history.
"Part history lesson, part musical, part politics and ALL ENTERTAINMENT!"
SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT


GetJaded.com and The Rose Theatre Company are proud to present:


ICONS
The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1
Written and performed by JADE ESTEBAN ESTRADA

As seen on Comedy Central and Bravo TV
Directed by Jeff Wills
Additional musical arrangements by Tracy Stark
Costumes by Aliza Washabaugh

IN CELEBRATION OF BRITISH LGBT HISTORY MONTH 2010
8:00 P.M.
Thursday
March 4, 2010
$15
The Rose Theatre Company
11838 Wurzbach Road @ Lockhill-Selma
San Antonio, TEXAS
78230
210-360-0004
_http://www.therosetheatreco.com_ (http://www.therosetheatreco.com/)

Show duration is 70 minutes without intermission
Appropriate for ages 13 and up
Wheelchair accessible


For more information visit:
_www.getjaded.com _ (http://www.chilatcenter.wsu.edu/semana/calendar.html)
_www.facebook.com/jadeestebanestrada_
(http://www.facebook.com/jadeestebanestrada)
www.twitter.com/getjaded_ (http://www.twitter.com/getjaded)
Comedy Central star Jade Esteban Estrada will present his solo musical
ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1 at The Rose Theatre
February 25, 2010. Photo by CHRISTINE CAIN-WEIDNER


"Jade Esteban Estrada is a brilliant young writer and performer. It was an
honor to experience the ministry of this modern pioneer of the gay
movement."
Rev. Troy Perry
Founder of the Worldwide Metropolitan Community Church
About ICONS:
Beauty. Art. Flamboyance. Love. Struggle. Fame. Meet Sappho, Michelangelo,
Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Rivera and Ellen DeGeneres. One day,
they decided to make history. ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the
World, Vol. 1 is a “hilarious” solo musical written and performed by Jade
Esteban Estrada. The show debuted at the 2002 Columbus National Gay and Lesbian
Theatre Festival.

About Jade Esteban Estrada:
Formally choreographer to Latin diva Charo and a scratch vocalist to the
Back Street Boys, Jade Esteban Estrada is a graduate of the American Musical
and Dramatic Academy and has been called "the first gay Latin star" by The
Advocate. The actor, singer, choreographer, composer and writer has
appeared on PBS, FX, Comedy Central and hosted the 19th Annual South Florida
GLAAD Media Awards on Bravo TV.
His thirteen
solo theatre shows include: "ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World,
Vol. 1-4," "TransWorld! The Transgender History of the World," "Gay
Christian, Gay Muslim, Gay Jew," "Tortilla Heaven," and "Pico de Gallo." In
October 2006, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher awarded him the title of "Kentucky
Colonel" for his work promoting goodwill and fellowship around the world.

Other colonels include Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Johnny Depp, Mae
West, Joan Crawford and Pope John Paul II. He also lent his golden voice to
the "Being Out Rocks" CD compilation for the Human Rights Campaign. For
more information visit _www.getjaded.com_ (http://www.getjaded.com/) .
"Funny and irreverent...a feel-good session for gay people."
DALLAS MORNING NEWS

"Long before Estrada wraps himself with a rainbow-colored flag at the
show's end, he's proven that he's a master entertainer with a message to
convey."
RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH

"Without a doubt, the best entertainment dollars I spent this year went to
ICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1 with Jade Esteban
Estrada."
TAMPA BAY GAZETTE

"Catch ICONS as soon as you can, or you will surely live to regret it."
CURVE MAGAZINE


"Estrada is a drama queen with a lesson plan."
KNOXVILLE METRO PULSE

"Estrada's bug-eyed portrayal of Gertrude Stein is brilliant."
STYLE WEEKLY
Pick up the ANGEL CD today!
_http://www.cdbaby.com/jadeestrada_ (http://www.cdbaby.com/jadeestrada)


The Magic Castle®
and
Cabaret at the Castle™
Proudly Presents
Shelly Goldstein
In
ONE FINE DAY:
The Groovy Girls of the 60's

Musical Direction by Scott Harlan


WHAT: The “Kitten With a Quip” Shelly Goldstein's ONE FINE DAY: THE GROOVY GIRLS OF THE 60s is a celebration of the extraordinary women whose style, music and lyrics
revolutionized an era.
The show features the songs of such 60s icons as Dusty
Springfield, Carole King, Laura Nyro, Mama Cass Elliot, Carly Simon, Lesley Gore,
Nancy Sinatra, Lulu mixed with a dash of 60s Broadway as well as some of Shelly's
own inimitable comic lyrics, including her youtube hit: “The Middle Age of
Aquarius”. Go-go
boots and love beads welcome!

WHEN: Sunday, April 18th 2010 - Doors 7pm - Show 8pm
WHERE: The Inner Circle at the Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028
TICKETS: $20 for non-members, Call 323-851-3313 x434

Shelly Goldstein is a Hollywood screenwriter and producer who is also a
gifted comic as well as one of the most sought after and popular cabaret singers
from London to Los Angeles. Her theme is London in the swinging sixties and she
delivers a very funny depiction on how she imagines it was at the time, meeting The
Beatles and Yoko Ono, The Who etc. Although she was never there in sixties London,
she considers it her spiritual home.
Shelly also pays tribute to the songs of Carol King, Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent,
Tom Springfield et al, singers such as Mama Cass, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore and
Dusty Springfield, and songs including These Boots Are Made for Walking, One Fine
Day, Georgy Girl, Downtown, I Know a Place, Don't Sleep in the Subway, It's My
Party and Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good. She also wittily rewrites
her favorite songs to suit her own views and something tells me that she has made
a very welcome return to the cabaret scene.
Ms. Goldstein is one of the busiest writers of awards shows in Hollywood, New York and the UK.
She frequently works punching up screenplays and writing special
material, comedy and song lyrics for performers. Shelly has doctored scripts or
written special material for such artists as Steve Martin, Sharon Stone, Cybill
Shepherd, Liza Minnelli to Donald Trump, James Earl Jones, Eva Longoria, Whoopi
Goldberg as well as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Norman Lear and even Princess
Caroline of Monaco and Yoko Ono.
The Magic Castle is the world's most famous club for magicians and magic
enthusiasts and home to The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. The Magic Castle is the
showplace for some of the greatest magicians from around the globe. The
magnificent Hollywood landmark known today as the Magic Castle recently celebrated
in centennial.


The Magic Castle® and Cabaret at the Castle™
Proudly Presents
An Evening with
Lee Roy Reams

“The Producers” “Beauty and the Beast”
“La Cage aux Folles” “Applause”
Tony-nominated performance in
“42nd Street”


The Magic Castle offers yet another great Broadway star to the stage of
Cabaret at the Castle with Lee Roy Reams. The man who columnist Liz Smith called
"Broadway's Darling" and the New York Times hailed as "Broadway's song and dance man
nonpareil" is scheduled to appear for one night only. A portion of the proceeds
will benefit the Sealed With A Wish Foundation, Inc. www.sealedwithawish.org

Tuesday, April 13th 2010 - Doors 7pm - Show 8pm

WHERE: The Inner Circle at the Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028

$35 for reserved tables $30 for non-members, Call 323-851-3313 x434

With one of the greatest pedigrees in Broadway history, Lee Roy Reams won
critical acclaim as Roger DeBris in the First National Tour of Mel Brooks' musical
hit, The Producers as well as Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Albin/ZaZa
in La Cage Aux Folles, Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly! & Henry Spofford in Lorelei
(both starring Carol Channing), Duane Fox in Applause starring Lauren Bacall, Will
Parker in Richard Rodgers' revival of Oklahoma! Bob Fosse's Sweet Charity starring
Gwen Verdon, and An Evening With Jerry Herman. His regional theatre roles include
Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Toddy in Victor/Victoria, Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair
Lady, and Phil Davis in White Christmas.__On Broadway, he directed Hello, Dolly!
(Tony Nomination/Best Revival) and An Evening With Jerry Herman. He also directed
Anything Goes starring Chita Rivera and productions of Hello, Dolly! starring
Madeline Kahn, JoAnne Worley, Michelle Lee, and Nicole Crosille in Paris. He is also
the resident director of Theatre Guild's Theatre at Sea whose stars include Patricia
Neal, Gena Rowlands, Rosemary Harris, Zoe Caldwell, Ed Asner, Cliff Robertson, Eli
Wallach, and Anne Jackson among others._ His television credits include: Jerry
Herman at the Hollywood Bowl (PBS and Bravo), Showboat (PBS), In Performance at the
White House (PBS), three Tony Award Shows, Night of 100 Stars II, and The Tonight
Show._Concerts and Cabaret have taken him to the White House and around the world:
Venice's Teatro La Fenice, Brazil's Manaus Opera House, The Istanbul Hilton, New
York's Carnegie Hall (New York Pops and Cincinnati Pops), New York's Town Hall,
Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, London's Palladium, Manhattan's Firebird Cafe,
and Rockefeller Center's Rainbow & Stars. He's had the honor of performing for four
U.S. Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush and Bill Clinton.__
The Magic Castle is the world's most famous club for magicians and magic
enthusiasts and home to The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. The Magic Castle is the
showplace for some of the greatest magicians from around the globe. The
magnificent Hollywood landmark known today as the Magic Castle recently celebrated
in centennial.
(Thank you Harlan Boll for info on Shelly Goldstein, Vox Femina, and Lee Roy Reams)


Support THE ARTS! LIVE THEATRE! Go see a show this week! Send me your reviews and suggestions and I will put them in my next blog coming out next Friday! Here's to an ARTS-filled week! 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:
Last month at The Iguana was a total blast! So much talent there. For me it was a great mix of things. Singing and working with Barry Levitt and Saadi Zain, Rick De Kovessey (of course) was really delicious. (love playing with such good musicians). The audiance is so appreciative and all of us are having a ball all night. Richard and Dana are wonderfully gracious hosts, stunning to look at and incredibly talented. They are great singers and FUNNY!
Besides having a fabulous musical experience, I also had a reunion with my former roomate and good friend Jane Scheckter who sang fantastically. I found out that Jerry Wichinski and I went to tap school together waaaaay back when and we went thru a whole roster of friends. Jerry sang beautifully too. This is a very cool party, really lots of fun. Thanks Richard!
Jane Stuart:http://www.janestuartmusic.com


Thank you for another wonderful night, Richard! I think it was the best night so far. You an Dana were wonderful and charming as always.
Arianna, http://www.AriannaUSA.com



What a fantastic birthday/Valentine celebration of entertainment at The Iguana last night. Richard, you were true to form when Richie Eisenberg sang the song for you, "Sparkle" because you certainly do sparkle and lighten the room. Nice touches with the RED color theme and for sharing the birthday cake. Thanks again to you and Dana for being such fabulous hosts. You're very gracious to your performers and of course, the audience. I'm hooked and will return as often as I'm able.
Mary Lahti







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NYC Now a night out in NY to see a show at a VERY AFFORDABLE price!
Dana Lorge and I have put our OWN spin on the variety show format and are now hosting every Wednesday night in NYC at The Iguana VIP Lounge (http://www.iguananyc.com) in the heart of NYC (240 West 54th Street 8-11PM/with an intermission).



Cover: $12 - no food or drink minimums – but remember – the food is great!
This is a nice night
out with the family!

For more info, please call 845-365-0720 or visit _www.RichardSkipper.com_
RESERVATIONS A MUST!!!!!!!!
212-765-5454. No one admitted before
7:30.











Feb 28
7-10:30pm
ETCETERA, ETCETERA, 352 West 44th St. NYC 10036
THE SALON HOSTED BY MARK JANAS
Richard Skipper will be Co-Hosting our "Pre-Oscar Party" Salon on February 28th with Dana Lorge as the Special Guest!

The Salon is an ongoing open entertainment event in which singers, writers and musicians share their talent with each other and audience members. We are currently enjoying our new venue, Etcetera, Etcetera where there is a $10 COVER (cash) AND a $10 FOOD/BEVERAGE MINIMUM (cash or credit). You may sign up to perform starting at 6:30 by seeing one the evening's 'Etceterettes' to fill out a card with your name, the name of your song, whether it's a ballad or an up tempo, (up tempos and comic songs are greatly encouraged!) and any upcoming events you'd like the co-host to announce. Please remember that we do not present performers in order of sign-up and, due to our time restraints and other variables, filling out a card does not guarantee you will perform, but we do our very best to get you up! It is usually a good idea to bring a few different song choices to avoid duplication. All types of material including spoken word are welcome at the Salon but please limit your selections to three or four minutes in length and please bring clear, complete charts for Mark to read. If you would like to add a (or remove your) name from our list, e-mail me at tanyamoberly@juno.com.


Mar 2
7pm
LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE, 407 W. 42nd St., New York, NY
MARCH IS CABARET MONTH GALA
Richard Skipper hosts Cabaret Hotline's THIRD ANNUAL MARCH IS CABARET MONTH GALA. With the support of performers, venues and cabaret organizations around the world, Cabaret Hotline is leading the charge to make the public more "cabaret aware" during the month of March. The New York Gala is the premiere event of the annual celebration promoting the art and the artists of cabaret. This year's Gala will pay special tribute to today's composers writing the music we love to hear in the world of cabaret. Tickets are just $25 and will be available on-line only through the Cabaret Hotline website at http://www.svhamstra.com/index.shtml.Several new performers have been added to the show: Brian Lane Green (The Life, Starmites, Big River); Jenny Powers (Grease, Little Women, Follies, Happiness); Becca Johnson Southworth (The After Party); Raisa Katona Bennett (Phanton Of The Opera); Liz Callaway (Baby, Cats, Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, The Look Of Love, Merrily We Roll Along, The Spitfire Grill); and Faith Prince (Guys And Dolls, A Catered Affair, Bells Are Ringing, Little Me, The King And I, Little Mermaid). This is in addition to the fantastic and talented songwriters will take part in the show, including David Friedman, John Bucchino, Amanda McBroom and Alex Rybeck (Alex will also be serving as musical director for the event).


Mar 3
8pm
IGUANA VIP LOUNGE, 240 West 54th Street, NYC
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA

Bill Zeffiro on keyboard & Saadi Zain on bass.
Tonight's guests include: Vickie Burns, Elli: The King of Broadway, Food of Love (featuring Alex Elias, Richard Marshall, and Woody Regan), Danielle Grabianowski, Gregory Nalbone, Rich Siegel ...
...and a few other surprises as well! $12.00 Music Charge/No food or drink minimum!
Reservations a must (212) 765-5454


March 3rd: Danielle Grabianowski

March 10th: David Alpher & Jenny Litt, Louise Quick (pictured), Nicholas Tamagna, Pam Tate, Maureen Taylor.
And I'm doing a duet with the incredible David Vernon!

March 17th: Bending Threads and Cindy Marchionda returns along with Sally Swallow!

March 24th, Jackie Draper Julie Reyburn, and Diana Templeton returns!


March 31st: Frank Basile returns


April 7th: Esther Beckman Group, Sina Lewis, RJ Shaw, Susan Winter


April 14th: George Stella returns!


April 21st: Henry Dee, Rita Ellis Hammer, Susan Eichhorn Young

April 28th: Kecia Craig and Frank Stern!



May 5th: Anton Van Der Merwe


May 19th: Michelle Collier, Barbara Gurskey

TILL NEXT MONTH...HERE'S TO A MUSICAL MARCH!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Michael Walters, Dame Edna, Jon Burr & Lynn Stein...and MORE!


Florida Actor came to New York to audition as Dame Edna's understudy!

Performer Michael Walters has an unforgettable presence, this combined with his quick wit, and booming voice make him the hit of any stage performance .
This week Walters who recently moved from Orlando, to south Florida came to New York to audition as Dame Edna's understudy in Dame Edna's upcoming Broadway show with Michael Feinstein!
He was one of a handful of actors that auditioned for the the role of understudy to famous Aussie actor,comic Barry Humphries.
Humphries, regularly plays the iconic character of Dame Edna.
He originally appeared in the role in 1979 for BBC Arena mockumentary. He often refers to himself as Edna’s manager. For those who may be unfamiliar with Dame Edna, she is best known for her signature lilac colored hair and outrageous cat eye glass’s, and siganture catch phrases as "Hello, Possums!.
Edna became regular on television in the UK, and in US homes making her a household name.


Walters acting background hails back to his childhood when at the age of 5 he began singing in Church plays and local theater . Later in High-school he skipped football practice, (much to his fathers disapproval) to audition for the classic “Bye Bye Birdie” and was cast in a leading role.
Said Walters “It was in High-school that I knew this is really what I wanted to do”.

Mark Two Theater Production of “Guy and Dolls” Kevin Thornton, Michael Walters, Sean Vigue ( FILE)

As many performers have he honed his craft in many of Orlando’s theme parks and local attractions. He has taken the stage at the Mark II dinner Theater, Walt Disneys "Hoop de doo Revue",streetmosphere actor, and as Tony for "Lady and the Tramp" town square restaurant .One role he is especially proud of is that he was the original actor for the role of Bruce the shark for “Finding Nemo the Musical”. This is a role that Barry Humphries had originally performed as a voice over for the Blockbuster film “Finding Nemo” also starring Ellen DeGeneres as Dory.

It was his job at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, in Orlando which gave him his first taste of being Dame Edna. The role he had to play was a man dressed as a woman. He chuckles and says “Trust me ,I never wanted to spend my career in a dress, that was never an ambition or goal of mine, but you play the cards your dealt”.
The role was written as a “sort of psychotic Julia Child”.




So said Walters "I wanted to find a character quirk that would make her interesting", so he asked the director if he could get "a lavender wig, some cat eye glass’s and a beaded dress”. He recalls that his first attempts at Edna were “miserable to say the least”. But he soon began to realize that he was getting the laughs .

Soon after an event producer approached him to start performing at red carpet events.
He began taking the role more serious studying footage of the real Dame Edna, and practicing his routine.

When an opportunity to catch his friend Michelle's performance as a backup dancer in Barry Humphries show, Walters jumped at the chance.
He watched with amazement at "how sharp his improv skills were", and how “absolutely brilliant he was .. he took total command of the audience”. It was then that Walters realized he had much more work to do. He sent a note backstage feigning a chance to see his friend, but she quickly caught on that it was Humphries he really wanted to see.
She relented and brought Walters back to meet his idol.

During the meeting Walters showed Humphries his photos as Dame Edna, and even did a little impromptu audition for him. Walters says that Humphries “gave me his blessing to portray the character” making him the “only other person authorized to play the role in the United States”.

Walters recommends getting permissions from any “living stars” before you invest the time, and efforts into any act. He is also approved to portray Jackie Gleason by his widow Marilyn Taylor Gleason.
This week, he headed to NYC for Dame Edna’s return to Broadway in duo show with Michael Feinstein called “All About Me”. (Video courtesy: Corine Cohen of http://www.corinescorner.com)

He told me me he will be bringing his show to The Post Office Cafe in Provincetown this summer mid June through Labor Day. DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!







Michael's website:

www.michaelwaltersonstage.com (Thank you Dawn Behren's for the source of this information)


New York’s Second Annual Rainbow Book Fair to Arrive March 27, 2010.

What do you call the largest LGBT book event in the entire U.S., showing
thousands of books geared especially for the diverse LGBT community,
headlined by famous writers, coupled with non-stop readings, academic panels, and
lots of eye and brain candy of every sort?

Answer: The Second Annual Rainbow Book Fair, taking off on Saturday, March
27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Concourse of the City University of New
York’s flagship headquarters in the glamorous old B. Altman Building at
Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. The Second Annual Rainbow Book Fair is hosted
by CLAGS, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY, which knows that
LGBT books are the backbone of the queer studies field.
To make matters more interesting, this event, unlike so many others in New
York, is stark free to visitors. All you have to do is show up, look
around, hear writers you know and some you’ll want to know, meet dozens and
dozens of them (who’ll all want to meet you, too—writers with new books to
sell love readers!), as well as publishers, and maybe even a couple of agents
or two who’ll be showing up to scout out new talent. (And of course buy
books, writers adore book buyers!) Writers from all over the US, Canada, and
Europe will be on hand, along with such noted names as Martin Duberman, Brad
Gooch, Sarah Schulman, Joan Schenkar, and many others. There will also be,
concurrently, for the poetically minded, a Poetry Salon, curated by
Nathaniel Siegel, which was such a big success at the First Rainbow Book Fair
that it became almost a separate in itself.
The Salon will attract poetry
talent from the East Village to East Brunswick, and if you are a poet and just
want to s
how up, there will be some open mike time, too.

And, if you are learning about the Rainbow Book Fair for the first time,
and want to show books there, tables are a mere $100, and can be shared by
two authors. Even better for $250, you can become a sponsor, get your name
plastered all over New York, with immortality on the Book Fair’s website,
_http://rainbowbookfair.org_ (http://rainbowbookfair.org/) . The website will
also show you how to sign up directly through the CLAGS site. For more info
on the Second Annual Rainbow Book Fair, please Daniel Kitchen at
NYRainbowBkFair@yahoo.com. To get in touch with Nathaniel Siegel:
nathanielsiegel@nyc.rr.com.

Press contacts:

Daniel Kitchen: NYRainbowBkFair@yahoo.com. 973-820-3262

Perry Brass: belhuepress@earthlink.net. 917 301 3417

CLAGS contact: Sarah Chinn: SChinn@gc.cuny.edu. 212-817-1955

Jon Burr and Lynn Stein in Concert


Sunday, March 7, 2010
Time:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location:
Rockland Center for the Arts
Street:
27 South Greenbush Road
City/Town:
West Nyack, NY

A benefit for the Rockland Center for the Arts

Vocal/bass duo? Amazing!

Jon and Lynn perform soulful re-inventions that express the essence of the American Songbook, 60’s Pop and contemporary jazz. Jon Burr, acoustic bass virtuoso, has worked with Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, Stephane Grappelli, Barbara Cook and others. Artist/curator Lynn Stein returns to her musical roots as a vocalist. The duo will be performing selections from their CD “Jon and Lynn” coming out in March.

"Now you might think that a vocal and string bass duo would sound a bit thin, but let me assure you, it's not at all. This is one of the most musical renditions I've come across in years and I've found myself not only returning to it time and time again, but also recommending it to friends. It's beautiful. What a delight!"--William Duckworth, Composer

"Jon Burr and Lynn Stein of Jon & Lynn are a jazz/pop duo from the NYC area that combine the distinctive sound of the upright bass and voice into a mesmerizing combo that makes you think there's a big band playing instead of just the two of them..." - Darryl Gregory, Unsigned Underground
http://myspace.com/jonandlynn
twitter: jonandlynn
http://rocklandartcenter.org

West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 358-0877
Pacino to Star in ‘Merchant of Venice’ in Shakespeare in the Park
By DAVE ITZKOFF

Steve Braun/Sony Pictures Classics Al Pacino, seen here in the 2004 film of “The
Merchant of Venice,” will again take on the role of Shylock for the Public Theater’s
Shakespeare in the Park production.
Say hello to Shakespeare in the Park’s new Shylock: Al Pacino will play that central
character in this summer’s coming production of “The Merchant of Venice,” the Public
Theater said on Monday. Mr. Pacino, the “Scarface” and “Godfather” star, who
previously played Shylock in a 2004 film version of the play directed by Michael
Radford, will play the role for Shakespeare in the Park’s 2010 season, in which
“Merchant of Venice” will be presented in repertory with “The Winter’s Tale.” (Mr.
Pacino, who apparently made the Public an offer it couldn’t refuse, will be
appearing only in “Merchant of Venice.”)

The repertory plays will also feature Jesse Tyler Ferguson (as Solanio in “Merchant”
and Young Shepard in “The Winter’s Tale”); Jesse L. Martin (Gratiano/Polixenes);
Lily Rabe (Portia/First Gentlewoman); Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Prince of
Morocco/Leontes); and Max Wright (Old Gobbo/Old Shepherd). Daniel Sullivan will
direct “Merchant of Venice” and Michael Greif will direct “The Winter’s Tale.” The
plays will be performed from June 9 through Aug. 1.


Mar 13
9:30
PIANOS CABARET ROOM (AT PIANOS BAR & GRILL), 36 Broad Street, Bloomfield Center, Bloomfield, NJ
CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER with Tim Taylor on Piano
$25 ticket, ($12 food/drink min. pp in cabaret room) Reservations: 973-743-7209. Following the show, please stay and dance in our main lounge!
"CAROL CHANNING" (SORT OF) COMES BACK TO BLOOMFIELD


On Saturday, March 13th @ 9:30PM, RICHARD SKIPPER, one of the most respected and acclaimed celebrity singer/actor/tribute artists will bring his famous show,"CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT...STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER!" to PIANOS CABARET ROOM (AT PIANOS BAR & GRILL) in Bloomfield, NJ.
$25 ticket, ($12 food/drink min. pp in cabaret room) Reservations: 973-743-7209. Following the show, please stay and dance in our main lounge! "Skipper is no zircon" said THE HARTFORD COURANT , "He is a diamond worthy of Tiffany's & Cartiers."
Carol Channing herself, agrees! After seeing Richard Skipper's performance at NYC's Regent, she told reporters that "[this is] the first time EVER I have been shown with such love, respect and polish." And they have shared the stage several times since then!

"CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT...STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER!" is a fully staged and choreographed,musical montage celebrating the career and persona of this unique, theatrical legend. Blending Channing standards, such as, "Hello Dolly," with original material and other familiar songs sung by Skipper in his powerful Broadway voice, the musical evening surveys Channing's life with many stops along the way for Skipper's unique--and riotous--"ad-lib" interactions with the audience.
Mr. Skipper is a two time recipient of the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Impersonation"and the Backstage Bistro award for best performer.
He was named as one of the Top Ten Cabaret Performers by Cabaret Hotline and as "one of the Top of the Century Premiere Cabaret Acts" by Cabaret Scenes Magazine. Skipper returns to Bloomfield, NJ after recent engagements at various venues throughout the East Coast , the Ontario Hilton and Washington D.C.'s Mimi's. In each of those venues, he has played to sold-out houses and received outstanding reviews.
Said Backstage Magazine: "Skipper sparkles with the glow of Channing's charisma, but the extra shine you see on stage is a product of a diamond-like brilliance that is his alone.
[A]n unqualified musical comedy gem...There is no doubt in my mind that Richard Skipper is well on the way to international recognition and acclaim."

Here is your opportunity to experience Channing as you've never seen her before! For further information or directions, contact Pianos Cabaret Bar at 973-743-7209 .


Support THE ARTS! LIVE THEATRE! Go see a show this week! Send me your reviews and suggestions and I will put them in my next blog coming out next Friday! Here's to an ARTS-filled week! 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

Follow me on Twitter @RichardSkipper


HERE IS WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING ABOUT MY WORK:
Long may you wave! And continue to bring joy to all your audiences. The iguana is a great showcase for your multiple talents and you and Dana have resurrected a true entertainment that can be recommended to everyone, especially those from out of town.
Joe Regan Jr.



Richard -
You are among the most generous and supportive people I know, always promoting the work and performances of others, bringing people together, putting on a good face (lol), sending joy and love, and style and class into the world through your get-togethers and shows and emails and projects. You are alive! You... and your friends were the first to contribute to the National Theatre 175th Anniversary Fund, and I will never forget that! If only a tiny portion of the good you do for others, and the karma and positive energy which you radiate, returns to you, you will be fortunate indeed. Keep standing up for the good causes, and may your 49th Year be the Best One Yet!
Donn Murphy, THE NATIONAL THEATRE, http://www.nationaltheatre.org



My dear close friend Richard, Though you are 49 and I am 89 I hope I remain your Dolly as you have become a part of me and I have become a part of you. You can continue to make Dolly Gallagher Levi a legendary character that will live for generations to come..Our association will make that possible as you have many more birthday celebrations to enjoy. My love to you Richard. As ever and always, Carol Channing, http://www.carolchanning.org







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NYC Now a night out in NY to see a show at a VERY AFFORDABLE price!
Dana Lorge and I have put our OWN spin on the variety show format and are now hosting every Wednesday night in NYC at The Iguana VIP Lounge (http://www.iguananyc.com) in the heart of NYC (240 West 54th Street 8-11PM/with an intermission).



Cover: $12 - no food or drink minimums – but remember – the food is great!
This is a nice night
out with the family!

For more info, please call 845-365-0720 or visit _www.RichardSkipper.com_
RESERVATIONS A MUST!!!!!!!!
212-765-5454. No one admitted before
7:30.












Feb 24
8pm
IGUANA VIP LOUNGE, 240 West 54th Street, NYC
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA - CELEBRATING DANA'S BIRTHDAY
Barry Levitt on keyboard & Saadi Zain on bass.
Tonight's guests include: Susan Campanaro, Bobbie Horowitz, Cindy Marchionda ...
...and a few other surprises as well! $12.00 Music Charge/No food or drink minimum!
Reservations a must (212) 765-5454


March 3rd: Danielle Grabianowski

March 10th: David Alpher & Jenny Litt, Louise Quick (pictured), Nicholas Tamagna, Pam Tate, Maureen Taylor. And I'm doing a duet with the incredible David Vernon!

March 17th: Bending Threads and Cindy Marchionda returns along with Sally Swallow!

March 24th, Jackie Draper Julie Reyburn, and Diana Templeton returns!


March 31st: Frank Basile returns


April 7th: Esther Beckman Group, Sina Lewis, RJ Shaw, Susan Winter


April 14th: George Stella returns!


April 21st: Rita Ellis Hammer, Susan Eichhorn Young

April 28th: Kecia Craig and Frank Stern!
Keep checking http://www.richardskipper.com/schedule.html for upcoming entertainers and shows!


May 5th: Anton Van Der Merwe


May 19th: Michelle Collier, Barbara Gurskey

TILL NEXT TIME...

Monday, February 15, 2010

HAPPY PRESIDENT'S DAY, 2010!


Carol Channing graces gala for Christopher's Clubhouse


Barbara Lowell • The Desert Sun • February 7, 2010



Guests at the Light of Hope awards gala to benefit Christopher's Clubhouse saw an extra spark of light when Tony-award winning singer Carol Channing made a surprise appearance in time for the event's finale.


Channing, wearing a chic black tracksuit with metal studs down the pant leg, charmed the audience with a rendition of "Bosom Buddies” with pal Stuart Moulton, a cabaret singer who provided the evening's entertainment.



She also spoke of her passion for a project she and husband Harry began to put the arts back into schools, even performing an original ditty about its importance (“I don't have my music, so I'll sing it Acapulco,” she quipped.) to the tune of “The Show Must Go On.”
Moulton, the artistic director of Austin Cabaret Theatre in Texas, has performed with Channing and paid homage to her in his one-man show, “I Don't Mean Rhinestones ... A Tribute to Carol Channing,” throughout the U.S. and abroad.


His “From the Ridiculous to the Sublime” show drew raves from the Light of Hope audience Jan. 30 at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

Still, the entertainment could never overshadow the real reason for the evening — to honor and thank volunteers who have given countless hours to teaching children how to stay safe from predatory crimes.

The nonprofit Christopher's Clubhouse was founded by Mika Moulton, whose son, Christopher, was abducted and murdered 15 years ago, at age 10.

To ensure that the same tragedy would not befall other families, Moulton began teaching workshops and providing classes to valley youngsters, all aimed at teaching personal safety.

The organization is named for Christopher, who “always wanted a clubhouse,” Moulton said.

“This would have been Christopher's 25th birthday,” mistress of ceremonies Suzanne Rico, a CBS news anchor in Los Angeles, said during a champagne toast at the event.

For information, call (760) 989-2182 or visit www.christophersclubhouse.org


BWW Interviews: Florence Henderson



It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when Florence Henderson became a household name. It was certainly through the media of television, but was it her numerous appearances on the then-popular variety shows? Perhaps it was because of the proliferation of commercials she did for Polident and Wesson Oil; the latter in which she helped coin the phrase "Wessonality". Obviously her long stint as Mrs. Carol Brady in "The Brady Bunch" played a major role in her becoming not only a name people easily recognized, but a talent that has genuinely been appreciated by different generations down through the years.

Speaking by phone with Florence Henderson proves to be a genuine treat. She's warm, humorous, insightful and extremely gracious.
Calling from sunny California on a day when New York was experiencing one of its coldest weeks of the winter, Henderson is brimming with excitement about her upcoming trip to the Big Apple where she will give two performances of her much acclaimed show ALL THE LIVES OF ME at Joe's Pub and participate in the talk-back which is part of Encores! presentation of Harold Rome's melodious FANNY at City Center. She has many memories of what was her first major role on Broadway.
Florence Henderson, who appeared on Broadway in Rome's WISH YOU WERE HERE, had been starring in the last touring company of Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA ! in Boston when she came down to audition for the role of Fanny. In fact, she made several trips to New York to audition for the show.
The tour of OKLAHOMA ! was over and Henderson auditioned yet again before deciding to go home to Southern Indiana and Kentucky right on the Ohio River.
"So I arrived home and a couple of days later I received a telegram saying, ‘Come home, Fanny' or something like that," she explains with a hearty laugh.

The musical FANNY has several themes, but mostly tells the story of an unwed teenaged girl living in the seaport town of Marseille , France. Ms Henderson was pretty much the same age as the character she was playing and stayed with the show for almost two years.
One would assume that she left the production to go onto bigger and better things, but that wasn't the case. "I left because I was pregnant," Henderson explains. "I was living my role, actually." The singer had become engaged while she was in FANNY and after a year and a half of never missing a performance, asked for a week off so she could get married.
Producer David Merrick grudgingly gave it to her. "Ten months to the day afterwards, I had my first child. I stayed with the show until I was six or seven months pregnant, though."


Henderson was married to Ira Bernstein for 25 years. They met when he was the casting director for Feuer and Martin. He was very young. We both were. "We met at the 46th Street Theatre [now the Richard Rodgers], where GUYS AND DOLLS was playing and I didn't know what it was for.
In those days I went to anything I could. I met Ira and he was very nice. He told me he thought I had a tremendous future and said that he knew I'd been offered the lead in the OKLAHOMA ! tour.
He urged me to take it so I could get experience on stage playing a leading role. So I took his advice and did the tour which turned out to be the best thing." Before going out on the road with the Rodgers and Hammerstein show, Henderson dated Bernstein a few times.
He flew out to see her as Laurie and went up to Boston to see her in FANNY. "When I came back to New York is when we really started dating." They married and had four children. Although divorced, they remain good friends and Bernstein will be seeing ALL THE LIVES OF ME during the New York engagement.

Henderson may have played the title role in FANNY, but above-the-title billing went to Ezio Pinza and Walter Slezak, who were cast as the fathers of the Gaelic lovers. "Every once in a while Pinza would hit a note that was so beautiful that you could just understand why he was one of the greatest opera singers of all time. He was a dear man who had a great sense of humor. He loved to pinch my behind and I'd go, ‘Oh, Ezio, now!' and he's say, ‘Oh, bella, bella, I'm only teasing you! Oh, bella, bella!' I loved him," Henderson happily adds.

In 1963, Henderson starred with Jose Ferrer in Noel Coward's musical THE GIRL WHO CAME TO SUPPER, a show that ran three or four months on Broadway.
"We were a huge hit out-of-town in Boston ," recalls the blue-eyed star. "Then we went to Toronto , where they weren't too happy with Jose and he graciously volunteered to leave the cast. We all encouraged him to stay and we kept on working. In Toronto we played the O'Keefe-- which is a huge theatre when compared to the Colonial in Boston . It most certainly was not a hit in in that town. We then went to Philadelphia where we were very well received, but that was a small theatre again. At that point Joe Layton, the director, got very ill with acute hepatitis and the show was too long. Obviously we had work to do but Joe was out of the picture. Anyway, we came into New York 's Broadway Theatre, which was much too big for our show." She adds, "It was a great experience and I will always treasure it because of Noel Coward."

The mention of Coward's name brings a fond chuckle to Henderson 's voice. "He was a very kind man," she remarks. "He was incredibly smart and witty, but he had a really wicked sense of humor. Very wicked! One of my memories of Noel is when we were flying from Toronto and he and I shared seats on the plane. Noel had had a terrible fire in his apartment and I guess it was very serious. I think he came close to losing his life. Anyway, we were talking during the flight and I asked him if he was afraid of dying.
He said, ‘Oh noooo. I have so many friends waiting for me on the other side. I have Gertie and Vivian there!'
He then went on to name a list of famous people who he'd been friends with but had passed away. He was just a delightful, delightful person. He would have been a great Prince in the show."

When it comes to Jose Ferrer, Henderson remembers something that seems to be in sharp contrast to this actor's reputation. "It was very difficult to understand him," she states. "Here he was this great Shakespearean actor and I remember him wearing a body mic in this show. That was one of the first times I'd seen that. I don't know what it was. I mean we got along extremely well and he took voice lessons with my teacher because he really wanted to sing.
I must admit, he was pretty good, but I guess he wasn't romantic-looking enough for some people.
Who knows?"

With the current production of SOUTH PACIFIC playing at Lincoln Center, people tend to forget that in 1967 Henderson starred with Georgio Tozzi, another renowned opera singer (and the singing voice of filmdom's Emil de Becque), in the Music Theatre of Lincoln Center's production of the show. "That was the first time the orchestra was behind the stage," she explains, "It was behind a scrim." This was problematic because the cast couldn't see the conductor and he couldn't see us," explains Henderson . "John Anderson was the conductor and there was never any problem. It was just perfect. Maybe that's the way it should be." In current times, televisions are used so that the cast and conductor can see each other.
Was there ever a divo-like tantrum working with Tozzi? "Never, no!" asserts Henderson . "Georgio was just wonderful. I loved working with him he was a fine man and an amateur hypnotist.
I remember once he made a suggestion as we were going out to do a big love scene and we were right down in front. We had the champagne, and it's a wonderful scene.
Before we got on stage he said to me, ‘You know Kirsten Flagstadd used to drink champagne before every performance and when she would go for a high note she would, you know, fart.' He just said that and then told me not to think about it in the scene where we're drinking our champagne. So we got on stage and the scene was set as Joe Layton directed it. We were sitting on the floor and the first row of seats was almost on stage with us.
We got to the champagne and I'm drinking it and he was drinking it and suddenly I had a mouthful and, well...out it came and I started laughing. Of course, he started laughing and the audience became hysterical but no one knew what it was all about. I honestly could not pull myself together when the stage manager came into the wings and yelled. That made us laugh all the more. Finally we calmed down and I told Georgio never to do something like that again!
That was my lesson in the power of suggestion!"

All during her Broadway days, Florence Henderson was a regular guest on television-both as a singer and as a participant on game shows. However, she became extremely well known for the commercials she starred in. Her appearances on behalf of a particular cooking oil stand out in a person's memory to this day.
"Yes, I sold Wesson Oil for twenty two years," Henderson states. "Twenty two years," she repeats. "I even survived five ad agencies, which is pretty remarkable. It was a fabulous deal for me. It allowed me to buy a lot of music and a lot of beautiful gowns and clothes. I mean, it was just wonderful." She also adds that she sold Polident for ten years.

Did she use either product? "Well, Wesson Oil is something that I used since I was a child because it's one of the older products on the market. On the other hand, I didn't use Polident and I told them that they couldn't say I did because I have my own teeth. Still, it was a successful campaign for a decade."
She then adds, "Polident is an excellent product. As I understand, it's not only great for cleaning dentures but it's also great for polishing silver."

Yet it was the long-running sitcom THE BRADY BUNCH that brought Florence Henderson her highest recognition. The series, about a mother with three daughters who marries a man with three sons, ran from 1969 to 1974. However, Henderson is quick to point out that the show has never been off the air in the Unites States.
"It's being shown in over 122 countries around the world." Even younger people know about the Brady family through its syndication.

"I had been in California doing "The Dean Martin Show" and was on my way to Houston to do an appearance there and my agent called and told me they wanted me at the Paramount Studios for a television series.
I told him I didn't want to do anything like that, explaining that I lived in New York and was a ‘Broadway person'. He encouraged me to just go there and meet them and I agreed, but only if I'd be able to get on the plane to Houston. Anyhow, I got to Paramount and met Sherwood Schwartz, John Rich, Doug Cramer and all these people at Paramount and they asked if I'd mind putting a scene on film for them? I agreed, so long as I'd be able to make my plane. So I was led to the STAR TREK make-up trailer and William Shatner was in there and he didn't seem too happy that I was invading his space. Anyway, I did the scene, thanked them all and told them it was very lovely and caught my plane to Houston . The next day I rehearsed in Houston and was getting ready to open when I got a call from my agent who was telling me that they wanted me to come right back and do the pilot. So I had to get somebody to fill in for me at the last minute and fly back to LA where I did the pilot. Everything went well but I sort of forgot about it. I was cast in the movie THE SONG OF NORWAY and while I was on location in Scandinavia I got a message that the BRADY BUNCH pilot had sold and they needed me back in LA. The problem was that I wasn't finished with the movie. I finished the film and when I got to LA, I found that they were already ahead six episodes. I had a lot of catching up to do. They had shot the scenes I wasn't in so when I got there, they'd film those scenes.
It was awkward, but we did it and no one ever knew the difference."



Henderson says the BRADY BUNCH cast still keeps in touch and was happy that Eve Plum was coming to see her at Joe's Pub. It is the two performances at Joe's Pub that finds Henderson 's voice brimming with excitement.

"Over the years I've had a million different ‘acts'. I've played Vegas. I've had acts with four boys in them. I've had acts with two people in them. I've had every kind of act you could think of. I thought that I didn't want to do that again. I've got a garage full of music by some of the greatest arrangers of all time, but I felt I wanted to do something simple; something different. I had worked with Glenn Roven in New York when he had a little show called SINGULAR SENSATION in which he interviewed different people.
He did it with Carol Channing , Donna Mckechnie and I forget who else. I've known Glenn forever so when I was doing the show I asked if he might help me. I told him I wanted to do a one-woman show that was very autobiographical.


He and I started working and we came up with ALL THE LIVES OF ME. Bruce Vilanch contributed little bits and that's how it came about. It's been great fun to do. It's never not done incredibly well. Many times I find that the venue dictates how the audience will respond.
For instance, I just did the show with the Indianapolis Symphony. The reaction was absolutely amazing.
We were blown away. We'd felt that it would be a little quieter and whatever, but the audience laughed harder and I've got a little risqué humor in there.
That's where the crowd laughed the hardest! Then you go to a place like Joe's Pub, it becomes a very relaxed audience. Those crowds are very effusive and they ‘get it'. When you go to Feinstein's, you find it's a little more reserved audience. It's just a little different in every venue.

That's why we wanted to go back to Joe's Pub, which is also affordable for people. "

The big question, of course, is whether Florence Henderson would like to return to Broadway?
Without missing a beat she responds, "Absolutely! I've done most of the roles for women except Mame, but I would like to do a new show. There is talk about it and as soon as I know that's happening I'll let you know." Henderson laughs heartily when it is mentioned that she would look stunning walking down a staircase in a red dress.
"Sounds good to me!" she adds. "I would love to come back. Broadway has always been my first love.
I don't think there's anything like the theatre and its energy. Nothing like it."

Hopefully Florence Henderson will be bringing her special energy to the Great White Way soon.
Her vivacity is undiminished and her beautiful singing voice may have even improved with time. She is a true Broadway Baby and would certainly fill the seats in any Broadway house her enormous talents and her "Wessonality". Until then, New Yorkers will be able to appreciate her live personality when ALL THE LIVES OF ME plays at Joe's Pub on February 12th and 13th. There is no performance the next day, presumably because Valentine's Day is Florence Henderson 's birthday.


A Brady Reunion on Broadway. For the first time, Broadway veteran, Florence Henderson, will appear on the boards of the Great White Way with TV daughter Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) during Broadway Backwards 5, hosted by Ms. Henderson. In addition to the Broadway Backwards engagement, both ladies are in town for their own shows (Stage and Gallery).

Ms. Henderson just appeared in New York with her critically acclaimed one-woman production of ALL THE LIVES OF ME…A Musical Journey, under the musical direction of Emmy award-winning Composer Glen Roven, at Joe's Pub (Friday Feb 12th and Saturday, Feb 13th at 7:00pm).
Ms. Plumb will be simultaneously presenting a gallery exhibition of her new oil on canvas paintings entitled "BISTRO" at the GINA Gallery of International Art (February 14, 2010 - February 28, 2010; Opening Reception: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 6-8PM - 454 Columbus Ave. New York, NY 10024).

Joe's Pub proudly offered New York audiences an evening of entertainment with one of America's greatest icons - Ms Florence Henderson. A crowd-pleasing evening with “America's Favorite TV Mom,” featured songs from her starring roles in such Broadway hits as OKLAHOMA, SOUTH PACIFIC, SOUND OF MUSIC and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, as well as personal anecdotes of a life on the boards of Broadway and the Brady set. Undisputedly, one of the most outstanding careers on film, in television and on stage, her enthusiasm, professionalism, commitment to quality and artistry, has made Miss Henderson one of the most respected and well-liked performers of our time. She is known worldwide to fans of all ages, as America's favorite mom, Carol Brady, on the classic hit TV series “The Brady Bunch.” She was also the first woman ever to host “The Tonight Show” while starring in numerous Broadway hits including the lead role in Fanny, Maria in The Sound of Music, Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, and the starring role of Anna opposite Ricardo Montalban in the production of The King and I. She received the Pop Culture Award from TV Land and the Wall Street Journal rated her #5 out of 10 top television endorsers. She can now be seen as the host of her own national talk show “The Florence Henderson Show” on the RLTV Network.
In October 2009, the first product offered the “FLOH Club.” The FLOH CLUB (www.flohclub.com), a telephone-based technical support service is aimed at empowering older adults. “It's like roadside assistance, but for all your technology needs,” says Florence. In 2009, Ms. Henderson was inducted in the Smithsonian Institute as part of the first permanent Entertainment History Exhibit.

While Eve Plumb maybe best known for her pop icon role of middle child “Jan” on “The Brady Bunch,” it is as an established artist with numerous national gallery exhibits that Ms. Eve Plumb is now becoming famous. The two-week exhibition at the GINA Gallery marks the debut of Plumb's work in Manhattan. For the first time in New York, the artist's original works ranging in size from 9” x 12” to 30” x 40” will be showcased in a solo exhibition in the gallery's custom 2,000 square foot space on the Upper West Side.
Works from the “Bistro” series depict simple, striking tabletop scenes in quiet cafes, restaurants and coffee houses. “I decided to focus on small intimate moments from my own life,” explains Plumb. “I started noticing when sunlight hit items in the house in an interesting way and photographing them.” These photographs are then transformed into moody scenes of peaceful still life, void of figures, rendered in dusky palettes - the themes and treatment of light, a subtle nod to Edward Hopper. Ms Plumb has been working in television, movies, and stage since the age of six, and has been painting steadily for the last 20 years. Self taught, Plumb has been focusing on still life for her subject matter, painting moments from her everyday life and travels, Plumb states that painting “gives me a feeling of control over my creative life.” The artist's work is currently represented by galleries in California, Massachusetts, Scottsdale, and Tennessee. GINA GALLERY OF INTERNATIONAL NAÏVE ART has locations in Tel Aviv, Israel and New York City's Upper West Side, GINA Gallery is the world leader in the procurement and sale of international Naïve Art.
GINA exhibits only original paintings created by over 250 artists living and working in 26 different countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Spain. GINA seeks to expose the heartwarming Naïve genre to collectors while educating the public about the talent and diversity comprising this charming art form. GINA - Gallery of International Naïve Art was founded in 2003.

Broadway Backwards 5 is the annual one-night-only concert benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. The event begins at 8pm at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Broadway Backwards features some of Broadway’s biggest names singing songs originally written for the opposite gender: women singing songs written for men and men singing song written for women. By keeping all of the lyrics intact, including the original pronouns, each song takes on an entirely new dimension, sometimes with hysterical results and sometimes with immensely touching results. The show’s creator Robert Bartley is returning as director and choreographer of this special evening with musical direction by Wayne Barker.


For both Florence Henderson and Eve Plumb
Contact: B. Harlan Boll - 626-296-3757 h.boll@dcpublicity.com


Support THE ARTS! LIVE THEATRE! Go see a show this week! Send me your reviews and suggestions and I will put them in my next blog coming out next Friday! Here's to an ARTS-filled week! 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

Follow me on Twitter @RichardSkipper


HERE IS WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING ABOUT MY WORK:
Long may you wave! And continue to bring joy to all your audiences. The iguana is a great showcase for your multiple talents and you and Dana have resurrected a true entertainment that can be recommended to everyone, especially those from out of town.
Joe Regan Jr.




Richard -
You are among the most generous and supportive people I know, always promoting the work and performances of others, bringing people together, putting on a good face (lol), sending joy and love, and style and class into the world through your get-togethers and shows and emails and projects. You are alive! You... and your friends were the first to contribute to the National Theatre 175th Anniversary Fund, and I will never forget that! If only a tiny portion of the good you do for others, and the karma and positive energy which you radiate, returns to you, you will be fortunate indeed. Keep standing up for the good causes, and may your 49th Year be the Best One Yet!
Donn Murphy, THE NATIONAL THEATRE, http://www.nationaltheatre.org




My dear close friend Richard, Though you are 49 and I am 89 I hope I remain your Dolly as you have become a part of me and I have become a part of you. You can continue to make Dolly Gallagher Levi a legendary character that will live for generations to come..Our association will make that possible as you have many more birthday celebrations to enjoy. My love to you Richard. As ever and always, Carol Channing, http://www.carolchanning.org







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NYC Now a night out in NY to see a show at a VERY AFFORDABLE price!
Dana Lorge and I have put our OWN spin on the variety show format and are now hosting every Wednesday night in NYC at The Iguana VIP Lounge (http://www.iguananyc.com) in the heart of NYC (240 West 54th Street 8-11PM/with an intermission).



Cover: $12 - no food or drink minimums – but remember – the food is great!
This is a nice night
out with the family!

For more info, please call 845-365-0720 or visit _www.RichardSkipper.com_
RESERVATIONS A MUST!!!!!!!!
212-765-5454. No one admitted before
7:30.











February 17th : James Alexander, Sally SwallowPam Tate


Feb 24
8pm
IGUANA VIP LOUNGE, 240 West 54th Street, NYC
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA - CELEBRATING DANAS BIRTHDAY
Barry Levitt on keyboard & Saadi Zain on bass.
Tonight's guests include: Susan Campanaro, Bobbie Hoirowitz ...
...and a few other surprises as well! $12.00 Music Charge/No food or drink minimum!
Reservations a must (212) 765-5454


March 3rd: Danielle Grabianowski

March 10th: David Alpher & Jenny Litt, Louise Quick (pictured), Nicholas Tamagna, Pam Tate, Maureen Taylor. And I'm doing a duet with the incredible David Vernon!

March 17th: Bending Threads and Cindy Marchionda returns along with Sally Swallow!

March 24th, Jackie Draper Julie Reyburn, and Diana Templeton returns!


March 31st: Frank Basile returns


April 7th: Esther Beckman Group, Sina Lewis, RJ Shaw, Susan Winter


April 14th: George Stella returns!


April 21st: Susan Eichhorn Young

April 28th: Kecia Craig and Frank Stern!
Keep checking http://www.richardskipper.com/schedule.html for upcoming entertainers and shows!


May 5th: Anton Van Der Merwe


May 19th: Barbara Gurskey

TILL NEXT TIME...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

HAPPY 49th BIRTHDAY TO ME! MY LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF POP CULTURE!

Tomorrow, February 11th, I am turning 49! I embrace it! I welcome it! I thought it might be fun to look over the world I've lived in and even include a few milestones as seen through pop culture! I think this is my most ambitious blog to date. Hope you enjoy! I drew several dates beyond my actual birthday out of a hat. Here are the results...

Well, I was born February 11th, 1961. It was a Saturday night. I made my debut at 12:55 AM to Richard and Wilmina Skipper in Conway, SC.
In the news, the trial of Adolf Eichmann began in Jerusalem.
Here is the cover of The New Yorker which came out the day I was born:
February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining until the end of the year (324 in leap years).

Top movies of 1961 were The Guns of Navarone
Exodus
The Parent Trap
The Absent-Minded Professor
The Alamo
Swiss Family Robinson
Come September
The World of Suzie Wong
Gone with the Wind (reissued to commemorate the American Civil War centennial)
101 Dalmatians
La Dolce Vita
Breakfast at Tiffanys
West Side Story

January 20, 1961 – John F. Kennedy is the first U.S. president to be sworn in, in a color telecast. NBC covers the inauguration in color.
January 25 – John F. Kennedy holds the first live televised Presidential press conference.
September 17 – Car 54, Where Are You? premieres on NBC (1961–1963).
February 12 - The Miracles' "Shop Around" becomes Motown's first million-selling single
ALBUMS RELEASED IN 1961
Blue Hawaii (OST) - Elvis Presley
Bo Diddley Is a Lover - Bo Diddley
Bright and Shiny - Doris Day
Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! - Ella Fitzgerald
An Electrifying Evening with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet - Dizzy Gillespie
Judy at Carnegie Hall - Judy Garland
Barbra Streisand on the Jack Paar Show, 1961
BROADWAY IN 1961
A Man for All Seasons opened on Broadway in 1961
SHOW GIRL starring Carol Channing opened in 1961
DO RE MI
TAKE HER, SHE'S MINE
Jerry Herman writes his first Broadway score, "Milk and Honey," set in Israel.

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" wins the Pulitzer Prize and makes a star out of its lead, Robert Morse.

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart die within six months of each other.


1965, I turn 4!
* January 29 - The film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is released.


* March 6 - Elvis Presley's 14th motion picture, Kissin' Cousins is released to theaters.
* July 6 - A Hard Day's Night, the first Beatles film, premieres.


Top 25
TV Shows:
1964 - 65

1. Bonanza
2. Bewitched
3. Gomer Pyle, USMC
4. Andy Griffith Show
5. The Fugitive
6. Red Skelton
7. Dick Van Dyke Show
8. The Lucy Show
9. Peyton Place II
10. Combat
11. Walt Disney
12. Beverly Hillbillies
13. My Three Sons
14. Branded
15. (tie) Petticoat Junction
Ed Sullivan Show
17. Lassie
18. The Munsters
19. Gilligan's Island
20. Peyton Place I
21. Jackie Gleason Show
22. The Virginian
23. Addams Family
24. My Favorite Martian
25. Flipper





BROADWAY IN 1964
HELLO, DOLLY! opens
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
BEN FRANKLIN IN PARIS
FUNNY GIRL
GOLDEN BOY

Number One Song February 11th, 1964
I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles


1969, I turn 8! Sad year! Judy Garland died!
TOP GROSSING FILMS
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Paul Newman and Robert Redford
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Jane Fonda, Michael Sarazzin and Susannah York
Midnight Cowboy Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman
Easy Rider Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper
Hello, Dolly!


THE YEAR IN TELEVISION
March 29 – Lulu (the singer, not the elephant) performs Boom Bang-a-Bang at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969 in Madrid, and ends up in a 4-way tie for 1st place, with 18 votes.

February 19 – At exactly 4:31 p.m. at the CBS Studio Center, with Jim Nabors saying the line "How interesting – and did she?", Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. shoots its final scene and completes its run.

April 11 – Rome as only he could see it is presented in Fellini, a Director's Notebook, an NBC special.

BROADWAY IN 1969
Oh! Calcutta! opens
DEAR WORLD
The Boston Censor is first dealing with HAIR, while New York has moved on to OH! CALCUTTA! which arrives the season that stripper Gypsy Rose Lee of the old school dies.


1975, I turn 14!


11th February, 1975 : The British Conservative Party has chosen it's first women leader, Margaret Thatcher and will be the first woman to head any British political party.

IN FILM
COOLEY HIGH
JAWS
The Towering Inferno
Strongest Man in the World

On my birthday, February 11th, 1975, it was a Tuesday night. Chances are, I watched HAPPY DAYS and Marcus Welby, MD. They both were on that night.
Also GOOD TIMES.M*A*S*Hm HAWAII 5-O
BARNABY JONES
NBC World Premiere Movie
Sarah T.: The Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975)
Police Story


BROADWAY: 1975
Despite a three-week musician's strike, this is a good season for musicals.
A CHORUS LINE
CHICAGO
PACIFIC OVERTURES
GEORGE ROSE IN MY FAIR LADY
Top song on my birthday in 1975? Linda Ronstadt - You're No Good

February 11th, 1976 (Our country's bicentenial) I turn 15! 1976 was a leap year. My birthday fell on a Wednesday. On my birthday, February 11 – Clifford Alexander Jr. is confirmed as the first African-American Secretary of the United States Army.
February 11, 1976 - John Curry skates to Olympic gold.
On February 11, 1976, Adlene Harrison became the acting mayor of Dallas after the presiding mayor's resignation. She was the first Jewish woman to become mayor of a major American city, as well as the first woman mayor of Dallas. Harrison, who had been a Democratic city councilwoman since 1973 and mayor pro tem, succeeded Wes Wise, who resigned to run for Congress. Harrison served only until the election of a new mayor at the end of the year.


March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas' Star Wars science fiction film. In one of the best business decisions in film history, Lucas cuts his directing fee by $500,000 to gain ownership of merchandising and sequel rights.
April 1 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show is officially re-released as a midnight movie at the Waverly Theater (Now the IFC Center) in Greenwich Village in New York City, starting its run continuing to this day[update] all around the world. It also became a big hit in Myrtle Beach. Yes! One of my favorite pasttimes that summer!

On my birthday, a Wednesday, I probably watched CANNON!
Also on that night: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE, CHICO AND THE MAN, THE DUMPLINGS, PETROCELLI, and THE BLUE KNIGHT. Obviously, a time of crime drama TV. My dad was a fan!

In the theater,sadly Lee J. Cobb died on my birthday.
David Mamet became a force to be reckoned with, on and off-Broadway. STILL IS! With the revival of OH! CALCUTTA and the Broadway opening of LET MY PEOPLE COME, the LEAGUE OF NEW YORK THEATRES and Producers fear Broadway is beginning to resemble something else. Michael Bennett marries Donna McKechnie, briefly.
ANNIE is on Broadway!
and THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM.

TOP SONG ON MY BIRTHDAY, 1976?

Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

FEBRUARY 11th, 1981...I turn 20 and I am now living in the Bronx!



* May 21 - The Empire Strikes Back is released and is the biggest grosser of the year just as its predecessor, Star Wars, did three years before.
* Sharon Stone makes her film début in the Woody Allen movie Stardust Memories (released September 26 in USA).
My birthday was on a Monday! LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY was on ABCfollowed by ANGIE

WKRP IN CINCINNATI (CBS), M*A*S*H, LOU GRANT
On NBC, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRARIE

42nd STREET opened on Broadway! Gower Champion goes out, dramatically with 42nd STREET. I saw Elizabeth Taylor in THE LITTLE FOXES and was kissed by her backstage after the show!
Broadway producers, so unhappy with NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC Richard Eder, now face Frank Rich.
I see Raquel Welch in WOMAN OF THE YEAR and LOVE HER! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqPLNRNLvbA
We lose Mae West and George Jessel this year.


TOP SONG ON MY BIRTHDAY, 1980? Captain and Tennille - Do That to Me One More Time


FEBRUARY 11th, 1986 I turn 25! 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year that started on a Wednesday, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. February 11—Human rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky is released by the Soviet Union and leaves the country.

FILMS
HOWARD THE DUCK
TOP GUN
THE DELTA FORCE

My birthday was on a TUESDAY, WHO'S THE BOSS was on ABC. Followed by MOONLIGHTING
Believe it or not, BUGS BUNNY WAS ON CBS, followed by a movie, VITAL SIGNS
NBC had THE A-TEAM followed by RIP TIDE and REMINGTON STEELE

On Broadway, Broadway's financial health, such as it was, can be substantially summed up in 17 words: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn, Camerone Mackintosh, CATS, LES MISERABLES, STARLIGHT EXPRESS (which I saw and loved)and ME AND MY GIRL-none of which bears the label "MADE IN THE USA". August Wilson continues to establish himself in the forefront of American playwrights, winning his first Pulitzer Prize for FENCES. It also wins THE TONY AWARD for BEST PLAY.


TOP SONG ON MY BIRTHDAY, 1986? Whitney Houston - How Will I Know


FEBRUARY 11th, 1991...I turn 30! I am with Danny and living in Sparkill (still am!) He threw a surprise party for me at our friend's Pat and Joe Sopiaks. STILL friends! Pat had a birthday on the 8th and we will be celebrating Joe's 60th on the 27th.
1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year that started on a Tuesday. In the Gregorian calendar, it was the 1991st year of the Common Era, or of Anno Domini; the 991st year of the 2nd millennium; the 91st year of the 20th century; and the 2nd of the 1990s.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (film) opened in 1991
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
FANTASIA was re-released commemorating it's 50th anniversary.
My birthday was on a Monday. MacGyver was on ABC. followed by the movie Deadly Intentions... Again?.
On CBS, Evening Shade, Major Dad, Murphy Brown, Designing Women, and Saturday Night with Connie Chung
By this time, we now have THE FOX Network. A movie aired that night: Young Guns (1988)
ON NBC: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Blossom,and Perry Mason.
On Broadway, Brian Friel's DANCING AT LUGHNASA, Terrance McNally's LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART, and George Gershwin's CRAZY FOR YOU all appear by mid February. I saw GUYS AND DOLLS with Nathan Lane this season. We lost Eva Le Galliene, Colleen Dewhurst, Joseph Papp, Judith Anderson, Nancy Walker, Jose' Ferrer, and Molly Picon this year.

TOP SONG ON MY BIRTHDAY, 1991? C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)


FEBRUARY 11th, 1994 I turn 33.
Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA on my birthday! How appropriate!
FORREST GUMP OPENS THIS YEAR
THE LION KING
ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE
TRUE LIES
THE FLINTSTONES


My birthday was on a Friday. Family Matters was on ABC, followed by Boy Meets World, Step by Step, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, 20/20

ON CBS, 43rd Miss USA Pageant, followed by Picket Fences


ON NBC, Viper and NBC Friday Mystery
MacShayne: Winner Takes All (1994)

On Broadway, CAROUSEL is revived which I saw and loved!
HELLO, DOLLY! (This was the catalyst for my career taking off as Carol Channing!)
Sorrell Booke, Boss Hogg on Dukes of Hazzard and William Conrad died on my birthday


Top song on my birthday in 1994? Celine Dion - The Power of Love.


Those are just a few of the years I drew out of a hat. If there are other years you're interested in. Wait till next week! And here's to the next 49 years!


Support THE ARTS! LIVE THEATRE! Go see a show this week! Send me your reviews and suggestions and I will put them in my next blog coming out next Friday! Here's to an ARTS-filled week! 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

Follow me on Twitter @RichardSkipper


HERE IS WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING ABOUT MY WORK:
Richard -
You are among the most generous and supportive people I know, always promoting the work and performances of others, bringing people together, putting on a good face (lol), sending joy and love, and style and class into the world through your get-togethers and shows and emails and projects. You are alive! You... and your friends were the first to contribute to the National Theatre 175th Anniversary Fund, and I will never forget that! If only a tiny portion of the good you do for others, and the karma and positive energy which you radiate, returns to you, you will be fortunate indeed. Keep standing up for the good causes, and may your 49th Year be the Best One Yet!
Donn Murphy, THE NATIONAL THEATRE




My dear close friend Richard, Though you are 49 and I am 89 I hope I remain your Dolly as you have become a part of me and I have become a part of you. You can continue to make Dolly Gallagher Levi a legendary character that will live for generations to come..Our association will make that possible as you have many more birthday celebrations to enjoy. My love to you Richard. As ever and always, Carol Channing




The Iguana is more a family of entertainers than a mere nightclub. Since I have started going there, I have met some of the most caring, outgoing and best people ever! It's not just the superb talent - it's the people who make it so special. It's like a party with friends that never stops! Thank you, Iguana, for making me feel so special!! So Richard - Dana, Dana-Richard, however you say it, you make it real and beautiful!! Love to all of you, my Iguana people !!
Michael McDonald







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NYC Now a night out in NY to see a show at a VERY AFFORDABLE price!
Dana Lorge and I have put our OWN spin on the variety show format and are now hosting every Wednesday night in NYC at The Iguana VIP Lounge (http://www.iguananyc.com) in the heart of NYC (240 West 54th Street 8-11PM/with an intermission).



Cover: $12 - no food or drink minimums – but remember – the food is great!
This is a nice night
out with the family!
A "throw back" to the variety shows we grew up with.
For more info, please call 845-365-0720 or visit _www.RichardSkipper.com_

RESERVATIONS A MUST!!!!!!!!
212-765-5454. No one admitted before
7:30.













February 17th : James Alexander, Sally SwallowPam Tate


Feb 24
8pm
IGUANA VIP LOUNGE, 240 West 54th Street, NYC
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA - CELEBRATING DANAS BIRTHDAY
Barry Levitt on keyboard & Saadi Zain on bass.
Tonight's guests include: Susan Campanaro, Bobbie Hoirowitz ...
...and a few other surprises as well! $12.00 Music Charge/No food or drink minimum!
Reservations a must (212) 765-5454


March 3rd: Danielle Grabianowski

March 10th: David Alpher & Jenny Litt, Louise Quick (pictured), Nicholas Tamagna, Pam Tate, Maureen Taylor. And I'm doing a duet with the incredible David Vernon!

March 17th: Bending Threads and Cindy Marchionda returns!

March 24th, Jackie Draper Julie Reyburn, and Diana Templeton returns!


March 31st: Frank Basile returns


April 7th: Sina Lewis, RJ Shaw, Susan Winter


April 21st: Susan Eichhorn Young

April 28th: Kecia Craig and Frank Stern!
Keep checking http://www.richardskipper.com/schedule.html for upcoming entertainers and shows!


May 5th: Anton Van Der Merwe


May 19th: Barbara Gurskey

TILL NEXT TIME...