Friday, July 30, 2010

CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT...STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER! IS A HIT


"CAROL" made a comeback this week!Wow, what a week this has been. I did my show, CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT...STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER! on Tuesday night, July 27th, at ST. LUKE'S.
This far exceeded my expectations on SO MANY LEVELS! Thanks to EVERYONE Who contributed. I was ABOUT to give up on this show. Here are a sampling of the audience comments followed by Sandy Durrell's review. Hope you enjoy this as much as I am right now! (PHOTOS BY Devin Delano)
CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT…STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER IS A HIT!
Tuesday night in NY, a special performance of CCiC was presented at St. Luke’s Theatre to a star-studded SRO crowd! Bring this exciting show to your audiences! A definite crowd pleaser!
COMMENTS FROM TUESDAY NIGHT’S SHOW TAKEN FROM www.RichardSkipper.com!


"Richard, I want to congratulate you on your stunning performance last night ... you were so well researched , that you could adlib with aplomb! I felt like I was seeing Carol the whole time. You were very funny ... a natural born showman...or woman, for that matter! Thanks for the treat."


"Richard! I am awestruck. You are an enormous talent. Your show was so exciting and wonderful. You are so warm, funny, a marvelous singer, a brilliant actor and a master ad libber, you looked the livin' end and you have a true grace. You are so quick and clever and all the time the love within you comes through to us. I love you."


Bravo, Richard! Your show was everything we have come to expect from "your" Carol - warm, witty, worldly, funny, and above all, sublimely entertaining. And that new dress!!
When the lights hit it, you sparkled like the 4th of July! (Editor's note: Gown designed by Steve Epstein)
"Wow, RIchard...a magnificent, polished, effervescent, and commanding performance, and a inspiration & joy to watch your love for the stage. Bravo!! XO"

You and your show were awesome! Caroline Ferenczi, Bayside, NY
I just came back from the Carol Channing Show - or was that the Richard Skipper show - no, wait, it was the Carol Channing Show. Or was that Richard Skipper doing Carol Channing. Well, as far as I am concerned and I think everyone else in the packed- house theatre at St. Luke's, it was Carol Channing.
The dresses, the nuances, the voice, the song, the stories. This was a class act show and Richard Skipper was superb.
I loved every minute of it. A much deserved standing ovation ended a most enjoyable evening. Thank you Richard. It is probably the closest I am ever going to get to seeing Ms. Channing in person.
Wow - what a treat tonight was. Thank you!”

Fantastic performance at ST.Luke's last night.
Richard, you were awesome..
Love, Dana Lorge Sunnyside, Queens

Congratulations to Richard Skipper!! What a smooth, entertaining, elegant performance portraying Carol Channing @ St. Luke's last night.
You had a warm & engaging connection to the audience that was fun & flawless. And you have some pipes!!! This is a show that deserves a long run!!!
Tony Middleton

"You were ABSOLUTELY marvelous last night, Richard!! Brilliant! It was truly a joy and pleasure to see you share your many, wonderful talents!! Thank you & congratulations! XOXO!"



What a WONDERFUL show last night at the St. James, ooooops, I mean St. Luke's Theatre!!! (LOL) You are so talented, well-researched, and you are dynamic with your audience interaction. This was the 2nd time I have seen you perform live, and I will keep coming back!! What a treat!! Thank you Richard.
Fondly,
Mead Margulies, A Fan !!

"What a fun time I had last night, Richard!! The whole show was great.! I love your Carol Channing show, and your singing is grand, and so are your quick responses to questions, and by the way, you looked gorgeous!”


Richard, the show was a complete delight. You were a witty, warm and entirely wonderful Carol, and the new dress made you sparkle like the 4th of July. I especially enjoyed "Widow's Weeds", "Bye, Bye Baby" (only a true vaudevillian like yourself could get so much out of a classic "stooge"), and "Before the Parade Passes By". Brava Carol, and Bravo Richard!! Roy Marcus NY

What a wonderful, wonderful evening! Richard Skipper and the stage are certainly a match made in heaven - even Dolly Levi couldn't have come up with anything better. Thank you!! Jim Lahti,
Riverdale, New York

It was my first time seeing Richard Skipper perform as Carol Channing and it was wonderful. I think he does important work reminding us of the talents and value of stars like Carol Channing who we don't see as often in the public eye as we once did. As Carol, Richard was charming and amusing. I especially liked the cell phone bit. Thanks, Richard. You made the evening a delight.
Deardra Shuler, NY

Debbi and I drove 6 1/2 hours to be at the show last night and WE'RE GLAD WE DID! Congratulations, Richard!
David Schaefer, New York, NY


What a wonderful show, Richard! I had a blast! Your enthusiasm for Carol's life and career was totally infectious! Thank you!! XOXOXOXO
"What a WONDERFUL show last night!! You are so talented, well-researched, and dynamic with your audience interaction.
I absolutely LOVED being in the front row!!
What a treat!!!!
xo
Mead"
"Bravo, bravissimo -- an evening filled to the brim with love, joy, and brilliant badinage."
I had a BLAST last night! Your love and respect for Carol and her work was clear from the moment you stepped onto the stage. On the subway this morning, I was listening to the cast recordings of "Lorelei," "Hello, Dolly!" and "Jerry's Girls," but what I really wanted to listen to was a recording of the show you performed last night! Can't wait till the next time!

What a great night. I can't thank you enough for inviting Ruth and I. We saw Carol Channing, not Richard Skipper. You are truly marvelous. It would have been better for her if she had your voice. When things settle down, I'd like to talk to you.
Thanks again for a delightful time.


Richard Skipper is an entertainer extraordinaire that oozes talent, wit and charm to the delight of us all!! He sparkles and SHINES! As Carol Channing or himself he is marvelous and quite simply, sublime! A MUST SEE!!! Brilliant! THANK YOU, Richard!!!

Richard, dahling, you were FABulous last night! We had the best, best time! I always knew you were funny, but last night you showed us all your many talents! Impeccable singing, spot-on comic timing, high-larious audience improv, engaging story-telling - the whole shebang! It was a great night of theatre! Bravo or should I say, Brava Carol!

Richard: Just wanted to say that David Star and I thought your performance at St. Luke's last night was just PHENOMENAL! What a joy it was to watch you. Richard, you are just great! Plus it was so wonderful to see your packed house! To quote a performer friend of mine: You are impeccable!
Frank Torren, New York, NY

7/28 Last night's show was absolutely fabulous..Carol
would have loved it and we certainly did too..one of
the very best shows we've seen in a long,long
time..and martina vidmar was a perfect opening act..
the two of you worked so well together.
BARB & ED KIRK, Donna,TX & Chicago, IL


"Richard!
YOU ARE JUST AMAZING! YOU ARE A DYNAMITE ENTERTAINER!!!
I was honored to sing with you last night....
I truly can''t remember when I've had so much FUN!
THANK YOU!
MarTina "


Dear Richard,
I was so blown away by your performance tonight. Your acting was superb. I knew you were funny and could sing but you made me cry too.
Your talent is HUGE and I'm so glad to have experienced tonights magic. LOVE YOU MADLY!!

What a show! Toward the end, I started to wish you would do the "Ephram" speech, and you DID! It made me cry once again. It gets me EVERY TIME. So moving. I love you.





I was one of the lucky ones to attend Richard's magical performance at St.Lukes on Tuesday evening. It was my very first taste of his glorious talent and one I will never forget. What moved me so, what stirs my heart even as I write this now...was the confluence of two souls meeting in this one character. It is not only that Richard is bringing "Carol" to life...but we are also experiencing the beauty and fine-ness of Richard's equally generous and transcended spirit as well. It is a mystical and perfectly symbiotic portrayal of Carol Channing that I am positive is UNMATCHED anywhere in the world. Because it is not built on artifice and props...but is "channeled" through a depth of character and heart and soul that gives true meaning to the term"it takes one to know one".The evening was unforgettable!


Richard,
Congratulations on your great success Tuesday night. Your performance was a lovely example of true showmanship - funny, warm and completely Carol!
Best,
Peter Napolitano

DEAR RICHARD
JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH WE ENJOYED YOUR SHOW
IT WAS TOPS IN ENTERTAINMENT
LOVED YOUR HUMOR LOVED YOUR STORIES
ENJOYED YOUR PATHOS MANY KUDOS TO YOU
HAD A WONDERFUL EVENING
I WANTED TO MENTION THAT FRANCESCA BLUMENTHAL WAS
ALSO IN THE AUDIENCE
LOVE EDIE STOKES

Dear Richard, Your performance Tuesday night,7/27, was captivating. The show flowed so beautifully from the spoken word to singing and it was a rhythm that was perfect all the way through. This is a show that should be brought to many other audiences. I loved it!!!
Nina Grand, Massapequa Park, N.Y.

I can not think of the last time I smiled so much. Richard held us in his hands and in his heart, while teaching and entertaining us the old fashioned way. Carol Channing is so blessed to have this artist pay tribute to her incredible life with such care and integrity. This is a show that should be seen by the world. So many life lessons and good energy to be shared. Thank you, dear Richard. Love, Meg Flather, NYC

Richard or rather Carol. The show was awesome. You ARE
Carol Channing. And that hottie Martina Vidmar, "wow wow fellas..." You both belong on Broadway!
Arthur Goldstein, NYC, NY

Richard: Just wanted to say that David Star and I thought your performance at St. Luke's last night was just PHENOMENAL! What a joy it was to watch you. Richard, you are just great! Plus it was so wonderful to see your packed house! To quote a performer friend of mine: You are impeccable!
Frank Torren, New York, NY

7/28 Last night's show was absolutely fabulous..Carol
would have loved it and we certainly did too..one of
the very best shows we've seen in a long,long
time..and Martina Vidmar was a perfect opening act..
the two of you worked so well together.
BARB & ED KIRK, Donna,TX & Chicago, IL

Richard, dahling, you were FABulous last night! We had the best, best time! I always knew you were funny, but last night you showed us all your many talents! Impeccable singing, spot-on comic timing, high-larious audience improv, engaging story-telling - the whole shebang! It was a great night of theatre! Bravo or should I say, Brava Carol!
Billie Brouse, New York, NY

Richard Skipper is an entertainer extraordinaire that oozes talent, wit and charm to the delight of us all!! He sparkles and SHINES! As Carol Channing or himself he is marvelous and quite simply, sublime! A MUST SEE!!! Brilliant! THANK YOU, Richard!!!
Lisa Raze, Brooklyn, NY

Richard, the show was a complete delight. You were a witty, warm and entirely wonderful Carol, and the new dress made you sparkle like the 4th of July. I especially enjoyed "Widow's Weeds", "Bye, Bye Baby" (only a true vaudevillian like yourself could get so much out of a classic "stooge"), and "Before the Parade Passes By". Brava Carol, and Bravo Richard!! Roy Marcus NY

What a wonderful, wonderful evening! Richard Skipper and the stage are certainly a match made in heaven - even Dolly Levi couldn't have come up with anything better. Thank you!! Jim Lahti,
Riverdale, New York

Carol Channing in Concert - Starring Richard Skipper
Thursday, July 29, 2010 By Sandi Durell

In a one-night only musical montage at off-Broadway’s St. Luke’s Theatre on Restaurant Row, lovable and talented Richard Skipper (www.richardskipper.com) celebrated the life and times of Carol Channing. (www.CarolChanning.org).
Skipper has been performing as such for a number of years singing not only the familiar Channing standards, but incorporating his distinctive clever ad-libs, along with other material.

As a precursor to the evening, yours truly was at Joe Allen’s restaurant (www.joeallenrestaurant.com) with some friends.
In one of the ladies’ rooms there hung a show poster of the inimitable Ms. Channing as “Lorelei.” I took this as a sign of something special.

The theatre at St. Luke’s was sold out. The audience held its fair share of celebrities present including Celeste Holm, Betsy Palmer, Joe Franklin and songwriter Ervin Drake (www.songwritershalloffame.org/exhibits/C8)with former showgirl wife, Edith. He’s 91, she’s 88.
In a tribute to Mr. Drake, Skipper included one of Drake’s 1967 ditties written for and recorded by Carol Channing, “Widow’s Weeds,” a long story about a lady who’s looking real pretty in her Jefferson City Widow’s Weeds each time another husband bites the dust. There was a buzz and excitement in the air as the evening was being filmed as part of an upcoming documentary based on the life and career of Tony Award winner Carol Channing.
Ms. Channing and Richard had already made a joint appearance at Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Centre in NYC (http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2628)to a packed house a few days prior.

The evening opened with Martina Vidmar, who looks a lot like Bernadette Peters, singing ‘The Best of Times” followed by two additional songs. She’s a bit of a screamer and, I must admit, after one song I was anxious to see Carol take the stage. Finally, the elegantly dressed Skipper, in wig, white sparkly brocade and bejeweled gown, large multi-colored rings on every finger, appeared. Skipper captures the essence of the grand lady of theatre in a way that not only embodies her sound, but spirit. Channing has always remarked how thrilled she is to be shown with such love, respect and polish.

Skipper is good on his feet, as they say, with that ability to ad-lib at a moment’s notice, especially so when he’s engaging audience members in what is always a hilarious interchange. Along the way he provides a running history of Carol Channing from growing up in Seattle, Washington, attending Bennington College, weaving in and through her life personally and in theatre. Many of Channing’s best and well-known songs are sung in her incomparably stylized tradition with on-going dialogue of behind the scenes stories.

The highlights included “Elegance,” “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” (as those sparkly rings on Skipper’s hands disappeared to eager audience members), “Jazz Baby,”
and a medley of songs from “Hello Dolly.”

I did wonder about the inclusion of songs not related to Channing in this presentation and the length, without intermission, is nearly 2 hours. However, the show is solid entertainment and laughter that sparkles in more ways than one. There is talk about a potential off-Broadway run. Skipper was ably accompanied by John Fischer on piano, Jeff Carney, bass and Steve Bartosik, percussion.

Richard,
What an outstanding performance.. Your portrayal of Carol Channing was remarkable. Flawless..
Your quick witted and playful remarks with the audience could only be matched by Carol Channing herself.. You worked the room, which was filled by Broadway and Cabaret's finest, with effortless ease...
Thank you, Richard. I feel as though I finally got to see Carol Channing live in concert!!
Tym Moss, Artists Exposed (THANK YOU, Devin Delano, for all these photos!)

Support THE ARTS! LIVE THEATRE! Go see a LIVE show this week!


Send me your reviews and suggestions and I will put them in my next blog coming out August 5th (celebrating my 31st year in NY!)
Here's to an ARTS-filled August! 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'S WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING ABOUT MY WORK (TAKEN FROM MY GUESTBOOK AT WWW.RICHARDSKIPPER.COM


Great evening last night at BARNES & NOBLE LINCOLN SQUARE (7/23/10)with you, Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian. You did a marvelous job as moderator and kept the questions flowing and allowed Harry to talk about his and Carol's work to promote the arts in schools.It was a very enjoyable evening and enjoyed your work at the event. Paul, NY

Dear Richard,
You were a perfect host for Carol Channing's event this evening. Jim and I brought two friends with us and they thought you were warm and respectful! You have a true skill and you're always thinking of others. For example, you moved your chair back so people on the side could see better and everyone was appreciative. Thank you also for introducing us to Harry. He was a joy to talk to as well as an inspiration. I'm so glad we were able to make it. And we are so glad to know you. YOU need your own talk show!!!
Sincerely,
Mary Lahti, NY

Hi Richard....unfortunately, I'm down in Atlanta,but I've seen you a few times in FL (Jimmy Ferraro/Dee Etta's theatre, and the Palladium in St. Pete). You are AWESOMELY INCREDIBLE!! Anyone who hasn't seen you, NEEDS to go, because they'd be in for a wonderful treat! Maybe if you ever get down here to the Atlanta area, I'd definitely see your show again!
Ron Gross, Lovejoy, GA

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TILL NEXT WEEK...HERE'S TO A MUSICAL AUGUST!
With grateful XOXOXs for your support!
Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com

Sunday, July 25, 2010

HELLO, CAROL!, GOOD-BYE GREAT ENTERTAINERS ON BROADWAY SERIES/HELLO, ST. LUKE'S, AND STEVEN FALES: FLYING SOLO!

Wow, what a whirlwind the last "five" weeks have been. I didn't even do my blog last week. I've had no summer! I have not been to the beach, I have not been to a pool, I have not been to a park...every single waking moment has been spent leading up to Tuesday night's show. And I think it is about to payoff BIG! Back in February, I was contacted by Herb Goldman to be part of a series called GREAT ENTERTAINERS ON BROADWAY!

I had been referred to Herb by Steve DePasse, a great entertainer and a friend of Herb's. Herb and I met for lunch on March 15th and discussed my being part of this series. We had a great lunch and hit it off and I was extremely excited that I was going to be part of this series which was also going to include Mark Nadler (whose TWO shows were supposed to be tomorrow night!), Christine Andreas, and Rebecca Luker...and that's just for starters! Through me, Herb also got Donna McKechnie and Faith Prince.



At that time, I was head deep in associate producing The Bistro Awards with Sherry Eaker AND continuing to produce WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA every Wednesday night AND dealing with the weekly drama with that!
On April 13th, this ran on BROADWAYWORLD.COM : The American Theatre Network is proud to announce the launch of Great Entertainers on Broadway, a new summer series of live performances by some of today's most talented and well known stage, television and cabaret entertainers. The series will be presented in late July and early August at the Times Square Arts Center (TSAC) in the heart of New York City's world famous theatre district.

The lineup of star performers includes (in alphabetical order): Christine Andreas, Tony Babino, Steve DePass, Rebecca Luker, Donna McKechnie, Mark Nadler, Marni Nixon, Faith Prince and Richard Skipper. A mystery performer -- a leading recording artist and vocalist - will be announced in June.

Producer/promoter Herbert G. Goldman, the author of books about Eddie Cantor, FAnnie Brice and perhaps the greatest entertainer of them all, Al Jolson, is presenting the series with the goal of reviving the glamour and excitement of the Big Apple's world famous theater district and Times Square.

Great Entertainers on Broadway will be presented on eight evenings -- Monday through Thursday, July 26, 27, 28 and 29 and Monday through Thursday, August 2, 3, 4 and 5 - in the TSAC's elegant 300-seat venue (to be renamed the Broadway Emporium for this engagement). There will be two performances each night at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Some performers will headline single shows while others will perform both shows on a given night.

"This is a dream come true," says Goldman, a former boxing writer and editor. "My grandfather introduced me to show business when I was a child and I‘ve been hooked ever since. This series is dedicated to his memory."
The performance schedule is as follows:

WEEK ONE
Monday, July 26, at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM - Mark Nadler, the zany comedian, singer, piano player and all-round entertainer, winner of a coveted MAC Award and a regular headliner at the prestigious Oak Room at New York's famed Algonquin Hotel, will perform two different shows on the same evening.;

Tuesday, July 27, at 7:00 PM -- Tony Babino, one of today's premier vocalists, is a first class singer-songwriter and recording artist who presents a high energy show featuring past classics to modern day gems. He is proud to be carrying on the traditions of such legendary entertainers as Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
Tuesday, July 27, at 9:30 PM - Richard Skipper, a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning performer, director and co-producer of the 2010 Bistro Awards, has been spellbinding audiences for years. His tribute to Carol Channing has been acclaimed all over the world.

Wednesday, July 28, at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM - Rebecca Luker, one of the hardest working musical performers, has starred in Broadway productions of Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, The Secret Garden, Something Wonderful, Brigadoon, The Sound of Music and The Music Man in a career dating back to the late 1980's. On television, she has also starred in three PBS music specials saluting Broadway composers and performers - Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II (1995), The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty (1999), and My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (1999).

Thursday, July 29, at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM - Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award winning star of the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway's foremost dancing and singing stars and choreographers. On Broadway, she has also won rave reviews for her stellar performances in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Education of Hyman Kaplan, Sondheim -- A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed), On The Town, Promises, Promises, Company and State Fair, for which she received the Fred Astaire Dancing Awards for Best Female Dancer of the 1995-1996 season. She also has several award-winning cabaret shows that she performs in venues all over the world.

WEEK TWO
Monday, August 2, at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM - Christine Andreas, the multi-talented Broadway musical performer, returns to Broadway this season as Jacqueline in the Olivier Award winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles at the Longacre Theater on Broadway. Fresh off a 55-week national tour of The Light in the Piazza, she has starred in Broadway productions of My Fair Lady, On Your Toes, Oklahoma!, Legs Diamond and The Scarlet Pimpernel, among others. She is also an acclaimed cabaret performer who has entertained in clubs all across the United States and abroad along with her husband and musical accompanist Marty Silvestri.

Tuesday, August 3, at 7:00 PM -- - A singer, composer, poet and master of improvisation, Steve DePass has performed at the White House on four separate occasions. His songs are witty, poignant, satirical, humorous or philosophical, and his ability to improvise and ad-lib is uncanny.

Tuesday, August 3, at 9:30 PM - A gifted musical actress who has sung opera, classical song and appeared in Broadway musicals, Marni Nixon performed on stage screen and television, most recently the animated feature, Mulan, and TV popular Law and Order. Blessed with a magnificent soprano singing voice, she spent year early in her career dubbing the singing voices of such film stars as Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady), Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Deborah Kerr in the King and I and Affair To Remember.

She performs in concert and cabaret venues all over the United States.

Wednesday, August 4, at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM -- A renowned female vocalist and recording star, whose identity will be made public in mid-June, has been booked to headline both shows this night.

Thursday, August 5, at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM - Faith Prince, the multi-award winning musical actress and comedienne, has been dazzling Broadway audiences ever since she swept the major theater awards - The Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Circle Awards - for her performances as Miss Adelaide in the acclaimed revival of Guys and Dolls. Most recently she starred in Broadway productions of The Little Mermaid, A Catered Affair; Bells Are Ringing, Nick & Nora, Little Me and Noises Off. She also has a number of television credits, including appearances on Ugly Betty, CSI and Medium.

Tickets are $60, $55, $50, $45 & $40 (www.americantheatrenetwork.com) or at the TSAC box office, 669 Eighth Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets.

Great Entertainers on Broadway is presented by American Theatre Network, Herbert G. Goldman, Producer.

Read more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/GREAT_ENTERTAINERS_ON_BROADWAY_To_Feature_Andreas_More_At_TSAC_72685_20100413#ixzz0ugwY1HAM

On April 20th (a week after I had sung at a memorial for Jack Burns, The Bistro Awards, WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA, appearing in a ROCKLAND GAY PRIDE event), Herb Goldman, Steve DePass, Les Schecter (the publicist), Rebecca Luker, and I met in the city to discuss this series. At that meeting, I questioned the website, www.Ticketweb.com. When you visit this site, you hear this weird ethereal music (with conversations heard in the background!). I mentioned that it was a difficult site to navigate around and with the ticket prices (starting at $70.00!)and a $7.50 handling fee PER TICKET (!)that the site would be a turn off to ANYONE trying to buy tickets. I made suggestions on how this series should have been marketed. There were definite obstacles facing us before we even left the gate. The ticket prices were high, we would be doing this show the last week in July and the first week in August (a deadly time in NY) and there were SO MANY great acts covering 8 nights!
BUT, I had ideas on how to make this work. Les said he loved my ideas and as we left, Rebecca said I would make a great publicist!
I did leave that meeting on a high and from that moment on, I have spent almost every waking moment promoting and marketing this! I created an Events Page, I have tweeted and facebooked this. I have sent out individual e-mails and it has been announced at every Wednesday show at The Iguana. The beginning of June, I asked Herb how ticket sales were going. He said it was too early to check. Also, at that time, other than a full page ad in CABARET SCENES (seen by a limited audience)and a full page in The Bistro Awards program (also seen by a limited audience) and flyers, there was NO OTHER advertising. I continued to promote and market this.

Back in January, a film crew came to our house to film me as part of an upcoming documentary on Carol Channing. The interview with me (as Richard!) was to talk about my love for Carol and my own career.
They said they wanted to film me getting into make-up and in performance. I said if anything came up that I thought would be the "right fit", I would call them. When Herb's offer came my way, this was IT! I called the film crew and arranged for them to cover that night. I then hired Steve Epstein to design a new gown especially for this "event!


I hired three of the best musicians in the business. Steve Bartosik on drums/percussion. Steve has played for me before and I am thrilled to be working with him again. He has played for some of the greatest singers ever. Jeff Carney on bass. He plays for a certain person who got the movie role of Dolly Levi! AND John Fischer who was the musical director for THIS Dolly Levi! John was the musical director when I did Dolly for The Revision Theatre in Asbury Park two years ago...boy, I can't believe it has been that long!
AND I have an opening act, MarTina Vidmar!
I have people coming in from South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia!
Exciting, huh?
Almost 7 months leading up to this!
On July 2nd (the Friday before the holiday weekend), I received a phone call from a panicked Herb Goldman. He said he went to the box office and only 105 tickets had sold for THE ENTIRE series. We are talking 16 shows at 300 seats a show. I told him to take a deep breath, get through the weekend, have Les Schecter kick into a major PR blitz on Monday. I still felt we had time to build a buzz and an excitement on this series. I said I was there to help in any way I could. I said let's stay on top of this and revisit where we are on the 15th. I left with the impression that Herb thought I was offering good advice. I went into the holiday weekend THINKING we were still on track. I encouraged everyone to continue buying tickets and many did!

On Monday morning, July 5th, Mark Nadler sent out an e-mail blast that the series had been canceled!?!?! I called Herb and begged him to reconsider. I explained to him what I was losing on this. He explained what his risks were but that he would really look into the show going on! I thanked him and moved on...STILL thinking it might happen.
Tuesday, I get a call from John Sefakis from DANCERS OVER 40 (I've done many appearances with them)to tell him me that he had his tickets! When I told him what was going on, he suggested I call Ed Gaynes, artistic director of ST. LUKE'S THEATRE (where we did the DANCERS OVER 40 TRIBUTE TO GOWER CHAMPION). He felt the theatre might be dark on the 27th. I asked him to call and put in a good word for me. I went out to a local Rockland Gay Pride mixer and came home to find a message from Herb that he could not continue! As I was calling Herb back, John called me back to say ST. LUKE'S was available! I immediately called Ed Gaynes and booked it! I don't think Mr. Goldman meant bad, I just think he was misguided in decisions being made on this series. A learning experience for us all. In a matter of less than 48 hours, I managed to go from being canceled in one venue and booked in another. AND in 10 days (it took some time for telecharge to kick in)I have SOLD OUT with just the use of the internet AND word of mouth! Thanks to ALL who paid it forward and I can't wait to do this show on Tuesday night!

Wow, what a week this has been for Carol Channing! She arrived in town on Tuesday. Did THE VIEW on Wednesday, dinner with Marc Rosen & Arlene Dahl, Liza Minnelli, Tommy Tune, Robert Osborne on Wednesday night, WENDY WILLIAMS on Thursday, several radio programs, TODAY SHOW with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda, THE JOY BEHAR SHOW, HANNITY, FOX NEWS and affiliates.That's off the top of my head. But it culminated with an interview with me on Friday at BARNES & NOBLE LINCOLN SQUARE. Thank you Bart Greenberg for making a dream come true! Thanks to everyone who came out for this event. I heard they turned over 250 people away!
You can read more about Carol on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org
/wiki/Carol_Channing





FLYING SOLO: How to Create and Produce Your Own Solo Work (or Any Work)
Date:
Monday, September 20, 2010

9:00am - 4:00pm



Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St., New York City


"Steven Fales has a gift for igniting the creativity of others." --Julia Cameron, THE ARTIST'S WAY



"All we have to change the world is our story." --Anonymous

Come fly with me! I will be leading my solo performance workshop with special guest lecturer actor/writer/producer Richard Skipper. Together we will cover every aspect of what it takes to create a successful and profitable solo performance career.

If something inside you believes that "the future belongs to those who produce what they create", than this workshop can help take you there! This promises to be best (and funnest) one-day solo performance workshop in the country.
As we explore the solo genre, you will leave this workshop inspired to tell your story and show your work like never before. We will be examining in lectures and sharing in the group dynamic what compels one to create and produce their one-person plays, shows, cabaret acts, etc. Short writing exercises will help unlock your process. You will leave with practical advice and specific information from someone who has written his own solo work (in many genres) and who has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his work.

We will provide continental breakfast, your own copy of Steven Fales' book, and you will also get free admission to Steven's cabaret MORMON AMERICAN PRINCESS later that night at Don't Tell Mama at 9:00 pm with Richard Skipper joining as Carol Channing.

The workshop goes from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with an hour break for lunch at noon (with a simple assignment).

The cost is $199 for the workshop. $50 reserves your space. Paypal accepted at www.mormonboy.com store.

For more information email info@mormonboy.com


Workshop participants are FLYING! Here's what they say:

"After attending Steven's solo-show workshop, I had the courage and know-how to mount my show at the New York International Fringe Festival and then partner with a theatre company in San Diego on a six-week run of my show.
Now I'm approaching investors and self-producing innovative runs all over Southern California. It's turning into my own industry. Steven teaches you the how, but more importantly helps you discover the why of your work.
Once you connect to why you're doing it and how important that is to you, nothing can stop you from sharing your work with the world!"

-- Brian Bielawski, Creator/Performer of GAM3RS: the play. (Brian has an MFA in acting from USD)

"After meeting with Steven all my fears and confusion about how to
produce my own show were not only eliminated but I was left feeling
truly excited about the whole process. He generously shares his own
invaluable experience with you and tailors his coaching to your unique
story and gifts.With Steven you may be performing alone but he'll show
you how to set up your production with those necessary components so
that you'll feel supported. I highly recommend him to anyone who is
interested in taking the journey of solo performance!" -- Mary-Beth Manning, writer/performer of MOTHER (Ovation Award Nominee for Solo Performance)
Workshop participants currently doing their solo shows: Carlease Burke's 50: IT DOESN'T LOOK THIS GOOD ON EVERYONE; Melinda Hill's THE ACCIDENTAL BISEXUAL AND OTHER STORIES; Shabana Rehman's FOR THE KINGDOM AND THE FATHER LAND a hit in Oslo, Norway and now at The New York International Fringe Festival.


RICHARD SKIPPER is best known for his solo show: Carol Channing in Concert starring Richard Skipper, a fully staged and researched, musical montage celebrating the career and persona of this unique, theatrical legend.
Blending Channing standards 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 four time recipient of the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) Award a Back Stage Bistro award, and a Cloney Award in Las Vegas 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.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."


STEVEN FALES has been doing solo performance for ten years having performed under a light bulb in Portland, Oregon to a whole constellation of lights at Lincoln Center. He's produced solo plays by others and has coached many solo artists on their journey helping them write, re-write, workshop, re-workshop and premiere.
Fales is also an award-nominated published author as well. (Lambda Literary Award Finalist)
Steven has written and performed CONFESSIONS OF A MORMON BOY (NY Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination), MISSIONARY POSITION, and WHO'S YOUR DADDY. All three make up the MORMON BOY TRILOGY. He performs his cabaret act, MORMON AMERICAN PRINCESS across the country as well as his Oxy-Mormon Stand-up. As an actor he's worked at some of the finest Shakespeare companies in the country in including the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. He holds an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Connecticut, B.F.A. in musical theatre from the Boston Conservatory/Brigham Young University. He has trained with Larry Moss and at The American Comedy Institute.


Support THE ARTS! LIVE THEATRE! Go see a LIVE show this week!


Send me your reviews and suggestions and I will put them in my next blog coming out July 30th.
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'S WHAT AUDIENCES ARE SAYING ABOUT MY WORK (TAKEN FROM MY GUESTBOOK AT WWW.RICHARDSKIPPER.COM


Great evening last night at BARNES & NOBLE LINCOLN SQUARE (7/23/10)with you, Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian. You did a marvelous job as moderator and kept the questions flowing and allowed Harry to talk about his and Carol's work to promote the arts in schools.It was a very enjoyable evening and enjoyed your work at the event. Paul, NY

Dear Richard,
You were a perfect host for Carol Channing's event this evening. Jim and I brought two friends with us and they thought you were warm and respectful! You have a true skill and you're always thinking of others. For example, you moved your chair back so people on the side could see better and everyone was appreciative. Thank you also for introducing us to Harry. He was a joy to talk to as well as an inspiration. I'm so glad we were able to make it. And we are so glad to know you. YOU need your own talk show!!!
Sincerely,
Mary Lahti, NY

Hi Richard....unfortunately, I'm down in Atlanta,but I've seen you a few times in FL (Jimmy Ferraro/Dee Etta's theatre, and the Palladium in St. Pete). You are AWESOMELY INCREDIBLE!! Anyone who hasn't seen you, NEEDS to go, because they'd be in for a wonderful treat! Maybe if you ever get down here to the Atlanta area, I'd definitely see your show again!
Ron Gross, Lovejoy, GA

If you've seen my work, please add your own comments.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NYC THE AWARD WINNING WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA STARRING DANA LORGE, RICHARD SKIPPER, AND FRIENDS!
Dana Lorge and I have put our OWN spin on the variety show format and are now going into our second year 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!
WINNER OF TWO 2010 MANHATTAN ASSOCIATION OF CABARETS AND CLUBS AWARDS (MAC) FOR OUTSTANDING VARIETY SHOW AND OUTSTANDING HOSTS!
or more info, please call 845-365-0720 or visit _www.RichardSkipper.com_
212-765-5454.


JULY 28: PAULETTE DOZIER RETURNS, Patricia Fitzpatrick

TILL NEXT WEEK...HERE'S TO A MUSICAL JULY!
With grateful XOXOXs for your support!
Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com

Thursday, July 15, 2010

GLEN CHARLOW, HEATHER DUKE'S PASSING, MARTINA VIDMAR...AND MORE

12 DAYS TO GO!
As I prepare for my upcoming show, I am reminded over and over that it is not just MY show. There are so many people both on and off-stage that contribute to the success of a show.
And sometimes, some of the most IMPORTANT people are never acknowledged...at least publicly. In cabaret, most shows end with the performers thanking the booking managers, the venue staffs, the lighting designers, the musicians...etc. Of course, these people need to be AND should be acknowledged. But what about the costume designers (when applicable), the press people, the critics, the people who support you via word-of-mouth, e-mails, Facebook postings, blogs, tweets, etc.?
Well, today, I would like to acknowledge someone who doesn't ALWAYS get credit for all he contributes to my career, Glen Charlow!
Glen has been an integral part of my career since I embarked upon the path of portraying Carol Channing on stage.
Glen and I have known each other for 25 years! Wow, as I write this, I find that hard to believe.

We started out as friends (still are). Never ask him to pull out the early pictures of me as Carol!
About 15 years ago, Glen began creating press kits for performers, starting with Bill Waldinger. Those press kits were/are among the best I have EVER seen anywhere...before or since.
As a matter of fact, I recall a BISTRO BITS column in BACK STAGE in which contributing critic Roy Sander admitted that he went to see Bill's show based solely on the look of Glen's press kit.

That just doesn't normally happen folks!

It was Glen who first suggested to me in 1998 that I should have my own website. It launched on July 1st 1998 (12 years ago!). Glen was instrumental in helping me launch my own domain name, getting a host for my website, and, of course, designing the look and "feel" of my website. Of course, the site has changed several times over the years...our latest this week...and each time that the changes have been made, they have been made with the focus and clear vision of WHY I have a website always front and center. Glen has also designed almost every marketing tool I have used: posters (a few are on display here), my business cards, brochures, ...and ALWAYS with a consistent desire to make me look good.

Glen and I have also conducted seminars and workshops on the business end of a career in show business. He is there to offer the technical advice and expertise needed.
In addition to the work he does for me, Glen has probably the largest Lucille Ball collection on the east coast.

He is actively involved with The Sheet Music Society. He is also a proud member of AEA (ACTOR'S EQUITY ASSOCIATION) Read more about Glen by going to http://www.glencharlow.com. Glen also designed the website of my dear friend, Janet Carroll. http://www.janetcarroll.net.

Here is Glen performing at WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA!



THANK YOU, GLENNIE!

I lost one of my dearest friends yesterday.
Heather Duke
Heather and I first met many years ago when we shared a booth at The APAP (Arts Presenters and Performers) Convention in NY.
Also sharing in the booth was the late Paulette Attie, Bobbie Horowitz and John Meyer. Being from Rockland County, Heather and I immediately hit it off. She headed Rockland's Department of Tourism. After the convention, Heather, her husband Rob Hoover, and I traveled to North Carolina for The North Carolina Arts Presenters Convention in Wilmington, NC. We became fast friends enjoying the holidays together, shows, and being in each others homes. (Heather Duke and Rob Hoover)
She even produced my show a few times. She was a champion of mine on so many levels. I find it hard to believe that I will never see her again. My heart is broken in two! As a producer, Heather Duke’s last Broadway venture was working on the successful Little Women starring Maureen McGovern and Sutton Foster.

Off Broadway: Ms. Duke’s credits include Annie Reiner's reading of The New Living Room at the American Place Theatre with Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor and a Showcase of A Tale of Two Cities, the Musical.

Regional credits: A Mad Hatter's Tea, Peter and the Wolf, with Ellen Burstyn; Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory with Patricia Neal; For the Maxwell Anderson Centennial, she conceived and co-produced Memories of Max, a documentary featuring Helen Hayes and Burgess Meredith. She produced the World Premiere of A Tale of Two Cities, the Musical at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center in Nyack.

(Heather Duke and Ellen Lawrence)She was the founder and president of a 25- year old full service agency, Duke Marketing, Inc., providing public relations, publishing, advertising, marketing services for major special events, theatrical productions and tourism promotion.

Special & Fundraising Events: A celebration at the Kennedy Gallery starring Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and Mayor Guiliani, with Elaine Stritch and Arlene Dahl; Speakeasy...and all that Jazz! a benefit held in a pre-Civil War factory honoring Mandy Patinkin and Lorraine Bracco; New York Philomusica and George Plimpton; Twelve Birthday Parties for Helen Hayes, both regionally and at the Plaza and Algonquin Hotels IN NYC; Celebrity Softball with "Mr. G”; auctions at Sardi's with Len Cariou and at the New York City Armory with Faith Prince; Cabaret & Lecture Series featuring advisor to Presidents Clinton and Carter, Leon Charney, Betty Friedan and MAC Award winners K.T. Sullivan, Richard Skipper, Sue Matsuki and John Wallowitch; Rockland County’s first International Dance and Music Festival, a week-long ethnic event featuring dancers from around the world and "Springfest in Nyack”, a juried crafts street fair.
(left in the picture. Also included Bob Blume and Randi-Levine Miller.)

Memberships: Ms. Duke was a member of The League of American Theatres and Producers, Theatre Resources Unlimited, and ConsERT ( Consolidated Eastern Regional Theatres ).

Recognition Awards: “I love NY” Award for Best Travel Guide in NYS - 2005, Big W Silver Designers Award for designing the Helen Hayes Commemorative Book, a Chair Plaque for her years of devoted service to the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center and "Woman of the Year" from the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Rockland and most recently was one of ten to receive an “Honor Our Heroes” award.

Rockland Tourism Director Heather Duke Dies at Age 67


Led efforts to bring visitors to local communities, events.
(SOURCE: William Demarest)

Heather Duke, who spearheaded Rockland County's efforts to boost local tourism since 1994, has died. She was 67.

The Haverstraw resident, who lived many years in Nyack, was director of Rockland County's Tourism Department. The department's web site promoted activities throughout Rockland and most recently had launched a campaign to attract people from the metropolitan area to visit Rockland's Hudson River villages.

Duke also for many years ran a public relations and marketing business in Rockland.

Al Samuels, president of the Rockland Business Association, said Duke was very proactive in efforts to boost the local business community in Rockland by trying to attract visitors from outside the county. Samuels said the RBA formed its Hospitality and Tourism Alliance to work in conjunction with Duke's efforts for Rockland County.

"She really loved the riverfront communities, and she really loved the arts," said Samuels, who noted that Duke was also helpful to many of the county's local non-profit organizations.

Rockland County Legislator Ed Day, R-New City, who is the Legislature's deputy minority leader, said Duke had a rare combination of being both most pleasant and highly passionate.

"She cared deeply about her work, and was relentless in bringing the uniqueness of this special place we call Rockland to as many potential visitors as possible," Day said.
Rest in Peace, Heather! :-(

Martina Vidmar is opening for me at St. Luke's on July 27th!


If you’re interested in seeing me perform at St. Luke’s July 27th, RESERVE TODAY FOR PREMIUM SEATING! This is being filmed for an upcoming documentary on the life and career of Carol Channing. Several celebrities have already responded that they will be there! This will be a star-studded audience! Would mean a lot to have you there as well. Please pay it forward. I’ve always said I’m only as good as the audiences; I truly believe that. Have you seen me perform? If yes...
When you get a moment, please let me know what you liked MOST about the show, what you liked LEAST, and what one thing you think I could do differently for next time.

ALSO, … if you don’t mind, please put your thoughts about my performance and/or the evening in my guestbook on my website (http://www.richardskipper.com/guestbook.html).
That helps to sell me and my work as well.
And please tell your friends to visit my website! Check out our promo! Jazz Cabaret:A Night at the Iguana - Richard Skipper & Dana Lorge http://tinyurl.com/yafhjgu Thank you, Neal Bennington!
Most of my audiences come from referrals. With grateful XOXOXs! Richard Skipper 845-365-0720 PS…If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to The Dr. Carol Channing-Harry Kullijian Endowment For The Arts, Go to http://www.carolchanning.org/Foundation.html TELL CAROL I SENT YOU!

PS…Please pay this forward to your NY contacts:
July 21
8pm
IGUANA VIP LOUNGE, 240 West 54th Street, NYC
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA
Barry Levitt on keyboard & Saadi Zain on bass.
Tonight's guests include: Helena Grenot, Jillian Laurain, Jennifer Litt & David Alpher, KT Sullivan, Joanne Tongret ...
...and a few other surprises as well! $12.00 Music Charge/No food or drink minimum!
Reservations a must (212) 765-5454

LOOKING FORWARD TO HOPEFULY HAVING YOU AT ST.LUKE'S ON JULY 27th!
With grateful XOXOXs!, Richard Skipper
http://www.richardskipper.com/schedule.html for upcoming appearances
Last night was my first time at Iguana and somehow my music note T-shirt, noticed by Dana. just got me up on stage and there I was singing...only because the warmth of your space and you and Dana make the Iguana experience like a family get together. I am so thrilled to be singing with you July 28 and look forward to bringing my world to your world! Gloria Waldman, NYC

Every time I go to Wednesday Night at the Iguana, I am blown away yet again by the talent! Just when I think it can't get any better, IT DOES! Thank you to Richard Skipper & Dana Lorge for continuing this amazing event, and there is no doubt in my mind that it will be a staple cabaret show for years to come! Catt John, http://www.cattjohn.com/

A big Thank you to Dana and Richard for such a joyous evening on Wednesday at the Iguana. They love what they do and the entire room loves them for what they do. The show was terrific on so many levels. They are gracious and welcoming to audience and performers, offstage and on - Richard and Dana are FABULOUS onstage. Hey Folks, see you there!!
Judith A. Caporale, New York, NY


July 14, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

“CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT…
Starring Richard Skipper!

1-Night Only Special Performance - Tuesday July 27th 8pm

“The first time EVER I have been shown with such
love, respect, and polish. Richard Skipper is a
true musical comedy star! He is FABULOUS as me!”
– Carol Channing

RICHARD SKIPPER, the 4-time MAC Award winning celebrity tribute artist, brings his critically-acclaimed show CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT...STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER! to New York for a 1-Night Only Special Performance. The show will be included in an upcoming documentary film on the life and career of Tony Award-winner Carol Channing. The performance
and taping will occur July 27th at St. Luke’s Theater, located on Restaurant Row in Manhattan’s Theater District.

CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT...STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER! is a fully staged and researched musical montage celebrating the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Blending Channing’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung by Skipper in a spot-on Channing-on-Broadway perfection, 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. Skipper is accompanied by John Fischer (piano), Jeff Carney (bass), and Steve Bartosik (percussion); songstress Martina Vidmar joins Skipper for a few duets.

The 1-night performance of CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT...STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER! will be a sneak preview for Skipper’s upcoming one-actor musical play As Carol!, which is slated to open Off-Broadway this December prior to bookings nationwide. As Carol!, co-created by Skipper and long-time NYC actor/theater producer Mark Robert Gordon, showcases Skipper’s celebrated performance as Carol Channing but also delves into Skipper’s personal life and desire to develop an acting career separate from the Channing personage but who inevitably is drawn back to performing while donning the theater legend’s blonde wig, glitzy gowns, and bedazzling jewelry. As Carol! will be produced by The Camelback Kid. Off-Broadway theater venue and opening dates to-be-announced soon…

RICHARD SKIPPER is a 4-time recipient of the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) Award a Back Stage Bistro Award, and a CLONEY AWARD in Las Vegas 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 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…Richard Skipper is well on the way to international recognition and acclaim."—Backstage Magazine

•"Skipper is no zircon…He is a diamond worthy of Tiffany’s & Cartiers.”--Hartford Courant

Carol Channing In Concert…Starring Richard Skipper performs 1-night only on Tuesday July 27th at 8pm at St. Luke’s Theater (308 W. 46th Street, between Eighth & Ninth Avenues in Manhattan).

Tickets: available in-person at the St. Luke’s box office or through TeleCharge (www.Telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200).

Tickets are $35-$73.50.
NOTE: CAROL CHANNING & RICHARD SKIPPER will be making a joint appearance at the Barnes & Noble Lincoln Square to celebrate the release of Channing’s new cd “For Heaven’s Sake!”. A Conversation with Carol Channing and Richard Skipper will occur Friday July 23rd at 6pm.

Please direct all press inquiries and communications to: TCK@TheCamelbackKid.com

SKIPPER IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE PER REQUEST.
Please visit www.RichardSkipper.com


Support THE ARTS! LIVE THEATRE! Go see a LIVE show this week!


Send me your reviews and suggestions and I will put them in my next blog coming out July 20th.
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






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NYC THE AWARD WINNING WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA STARRING DANA LORGE, RICHARD SKIPPER, AND FRIENDS!
Dana Lorge and I have put our OWN spin on the variety show format and are now going into our second year 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!
WINNER OF TWO 2010 MANHATTAN ASSOCIATION OF CABARETS AND CLUBS AWARDS (MAC) FOR OUTSTANDING VARIETY SHOW AND OUTSTANDING HOSTS!
or more info, please call 845-365-0720 or visit _www.RichardSkipper.com_
212-765-5454.











JULY 28: PAULETTE DOZIER RETURNS , Patricia Fitzpatrick

TILL NEXT WEEK...HERE'S TO A MUSICAL JULY!
With grateful XOXOXs for your support!
Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com