Thursday, December 30, 2010

Auld Lang Syne 2010: IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR!

Anytime you say goodbye to a friend, there are tinges of sadness.
2010 was a friend. As my dear friend Ervin Drake wrote so eloquently, IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR! In today's blog, I want to look back on SOME of the personal highlights of 2010! My personal top 12 list! I apologize if it reads like some of those Christmas letters we receive looking over our friends and acquaintances' years.
Og course, one of my biggest highlights of 2010 was WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA.
I did Wednesday Night at The Iguana Wednesday Nights from January through September. Working with Dana Lorge (pictured), Barry Levitt, and Saadi Zain, Jessica, Nino, and all of the incredible audiences and entertainers week after week certainly gave 2010 an incredible purpose. We even won two MAC Awards in the process for Outstanding Variety Show and Outstanding Hosts. When I left at the end of September, it was with a heavy heart and much sadness. But it was time for me to move on. I had done it for 18 months. Dana Lorge continues to carry the torch for this fun night out. Go support her, the other entertainers, and your soul on Wednesday nights.
I hope there are at least two more MAC Awards in Dana's future for 2011. She certainly deserves it. Again, thank you all!
In February, Dana and I went to see A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta Jones.
We were celebrating our birthdays.
Dana and I are both February babies. I am now 49 and Dana is...younger! (She told me so!)I won the tickets at Gasholes starring Michael Holland and Karen Mack (another show I recommend). I was thrilled to see A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Catherine Zeta Jones won the Drama Desk Award this year (Dana and I were there for that as well) and The Tony Award. I was thrilled that she won those two awards. She deserved them. So that is my second highlight of 2010.
In February, Danny and I had dinner at THE VIEW in Piermont honoring the retirement of Fred Burrell. It was a fun night and fun to be around and amongst our Piermont friends and family.
In April, it was great to see one of my favorites actresses appear on THE GOOD WIFE on CBS. Tovah Feldshuh! The following week, Tovah was honored at The Bistro Awards and brought the house down twice! Once in her own segment, and then again, reading an excerpt from Ivana Trump's autobiography honoring CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY which also one a Bistro Award. (Oh, by the way, I added a new title to my resume. I was associate producer of this year's Bistro Awards. Thank you, Sherry Eaker! Hope to do it again in 2011!)
In April, I met with Mark Robert Gordon to discuss my future AS CAROL. He has believed in my show even when I had doubts. Mark and I have known each other for several years but I always "dragged" my feet when it came to committing to working on this show.
I'm happy to say it is paying off!
In June, we celebrated Gretchen Reinhagen's birthday. What a great party! The next day...I had my appendix taken out! I didn't see that coming! At the party, Sue Matsuki made this Chicken Divan which was divine! However, it had mushrooms in it. Mushrooms and I don't agree.
The next morning when I was having these pains, I attributed it to the mushrooms. Boy, was I surprised! Thank God, I went right to the Dr, however!

In July, I saw Kevin Dozier at Feinstein's. One of the best shows I saw this year (among many!) What a great night that was! Here is a clip from that night; Kevin singing one of my favorite songs.
In addition to a fantastic show, musical directed by Alex Rybeck (one of the best), we sat with Edith and Ervin Drake and Joe Sirola.
Afterwords, we joined Kevin Dozier and his parents.
To read more about Kevin Dozier, visit his website at http://www.kevindozier.com
Go see him the next time he is appearing. You'll thank me!
On July 27th, I did Carol Channing in Concert at St. Luke's. We sold out and it was an incredible night which of course has led to my current run. I was joined by John Fischer on piano, Jeff Carney on bass, and Steve Bartosik on percussion. They are still with me in my current run! And Martina Vidmar opened for me that night. Wow! What a night!
September found me in Provincetown AND Mailubu. Great shows in Malibu. I'll be returning next September!
October 1st-5th, I stayed at the home of Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian!
I never would have believed that would have ever happened. I was there to see Carol receive her star on The Palm Springs Walk of Fame. She deserves a similar honor in NY! WAKE UP NEW YORK! I'm going back to Palm Springs in February to celebrate my 50th birthday and Carol's 90th! God Bless her!
In November, I took a Master Class with Judith Light at Primary Stages. Wow! I now worship at her feet. Truly an angel among us. I can't wait for her next class and to,hopefully, see her in Lombardi on Broadway.
This month found me once again with Carol Channing (and Josh Ellis and Charlie Karrel) at Borders, doing 4 readings for The screenwriting classes at Primary Stages, Being interviewed by Shane Fallon at The Patch here in Rockland County: http://nyack.patch.com/articles/performance-for-the-sake-of-flattery,
and seeing Carol Channing on Broadway again!

WOW! What a year I've had and these are just a few of the highlights! Next year, I open off-Broadway! Thank you ALL for the support you have given me this year. It is much appreciated. My next blog will be looking ahead.
Here is what audiences are saying about my work: (Taken from guest book at www.RichardSkipper.com) Keep checking website for additional comments.


Richard, I have NOT seen you often, but when I did, my comment was your artistry is consistent, true, and in the moment. Your talent is within you and cannot be taught. Even if you stood on your left ear and whistled "Dixie", you could not teach this to an excellent yet ordinary talent. There are well-known singers who sing, but don't make music; well-known instrumentalists who play, but don't interpret; well-known dancers who are technically brilliant, but just mime the steps; and well-known actors who act (emote) but don't simply (just) say the lines". Richard, you TRULY get into the persona. You do not impersonate. You are the embodiment of artistry.
Sheila Weiler

If you've not yet seen Richard Skipper as Ms. Carol Channing then go see him now during this lovely holiday season.Take a relative or friend with you too. I saw him here in California a few years back and was completely mesmerized and captivated by his polished act. He has charm and charisma galore but also does a great job of becoming, in front of your eyes,Dolly Levi and Loreli Lee and is a super talented actor and singer able to transform completely into Carol Channing with seamless perfection. It was a wonderful night out and Skipper should be on Broadway in an unlimited run of either GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES or HELLO DOLLY as either or BOTH of these 2 characters that were played so beautifully by Ms. Channing.
CLAUDIA SUSSMAN, Laguna Beach, CA

I am not a professional critic, but I know when something is good and worthwhile. I was completely blown away with Richard's performance on Christmas Eve. At times, I forgot it was actually Richard on stage, I really thought it was Carol Channing performing and singing. I thought, how nice of Carol to entertain us tonight! It was a walk down memory lane as Carol told us stories of her career and sang song from her shows. Carol had the entire audience involved with the show. Some people got gifts, some got new husbands, one got to dance, and we all got to sing. I Honestly felt like I was at a friends house for an intimate get-together. Go see this show... you will really like it.
Larry Costa, http://www.spalabnyc.com



Hope you and/or your friends comments will be added Sunday night!
With grateful XOXOXs for your support!
Richard Skipper 845-365-0720




. . . 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
www.RichardSkipper.com
Follow me on Twitter www.Twitter.com/RichardSkipper




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Please contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/foundation.htm

TILL NEXT WEEK...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED 2011!


Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Here I am at a very early hour writing my blog on Christmas Day. Danny and Horace and most of the world are still asleep but I'm up and on a high and here at my desk. I had an incredible Christmas Eve. Almost a sold out show and mostly strangers and tourists! I like that! But I also had Joe Franklin, John Tantillo, Florence Ferrare, Barbara Flood, and Joan Jaffee (celebrating her birthday!) among others in the audience! Thank you all!
As you already know, I’m opening off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre308 West 46th Street.
Check out our promo video created by Russ Weatherford:

Tomorrow afternoon is my third preview of Richard Skipper as "Carol Channing" in Concert. I would love to spend it with you. The show is at 73PM and I promise you will continue to stay in the holiday mood throughout as we celebrate my favorite Christmas “CAROL”. Check out www.RichardSkipper.com for more info. If you can make it, please call me. I can get you tickets at half price! St. Luke’s Theatre 308 West 46th Street.
Also makes a nice Christmas gift! Please call me!
Richard Skipper 845-365-0720

RICHARD SKIPPER AS “CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT
Off-Broadway Premiere
Special Day after Christmas show at 3PM!
Opening Night is Wednesday January 12th at St. Luke’s Theatre

“Richard Skipper is a true musical comedy star! He is FABULOUS as me!”
-- Carol Channing


RICHARD SKIPPER AS “CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a three-piece band led by John Fischer, Skipper blends Channing’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on Channing-on-Broadway perfection.
The musical surveys Channing's life with many stops along the way for Skipper's unique --and riotous-- "ad-lib" interactions with the audience.
New York City has gotten
a very special Christmas “Carol” this year! Richard Skipper
brings his critically-acclaimed show RICHARD SKIPPER AS “CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre, 306 West 46th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) Opening night will be Wednesday January 12th. The production will be directed by Mark Robert Gordon. A portion of the proceeds from this Off-Broadway premiere will benefit The Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Foundation for The Arts.

The Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts is dedicated to building a nationwide awareness campaign heralding the benefits of arts in the curriculum of public schools and providing musical instruments for low income school districts via the funding of scholarships for students and teachers in the arts.


Special added performance tomorrow night! December 24th (7:30pm).
Here are three audience comments from yesterday! (Taken from guest book at www.RichardSkipper.com) Keep checking website for additional comments.


I was lucky to be at Richard Skipper's amazing show today (12/22/10). Every song was perfectly done and I loved the way he had the audience involved with sing alongs and lots of laughter.
Richard was Carol Channning on that stage! I still have a smile on my face, and I know this is just the beginning of a very successful run! What a great way to kick start the holidays! Everyone should go see this wonderfully enjoyable musical experience as soon as possible..Carol Siwek, NYC

Larry Olin saw your show yesterday (12/22/10) and could not stop complimenting you. This is not a small compliment, Larry has seen Ethel Merman on Broadway, Barbra Streisand, and Judy Garland "live" three times. Larry knows theater and could not stop raving about the way you reworked the show and of course your amazing ability to improvise with the audience. Congratulations!
Michael Austin, http://www.michaelvincentaustin.com

We went to Richard Skipper's show today. We howled with laughter, sang along a little bit, watched with awe how masterfully he delights his audience. Oh yes, I almost forgot, he sings like a powerhouse! He is doing this preview again on Christmas Eve. Go!!
http://www.janestuartmusic.com

Richard's performance called to mind the words: Ardor, dedication, enthusiasm and integrity. I came to see his "Carol", as a friend and because I'd never seen it on stage before.
But I left with a greater sense of my own humanity and an even greater love of theatre, which is Richard's amazing gift to the world.
I think his powerful talent and respect for Carol Channing allows him to mesmerize the audience with not only her charm, but moreover his own. If I could I would carry a sandwich sign over my back to tell the theatre community..."NOT TO MISS HIS MAGICAL PERFORMANCE".
Don't you miss him either!
Paula (PJ) Riley


Hope you and/or your friends comments will be added tomorrow night!
With grateful XOXOXs for your support!
Richard Skipper 845-365-0720





. . . 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

www.RichardSkipper.com
Follow me on Twitter www.Twitter.com/RichardSkipper



Google me!


Please contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/foundation.htm

TILL NEXT WEEK...HERE'S TO A MUSICAL HOLIDAY SEASON!


Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com

Monday, December 20, 2010

5 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS, 2 DAYS TILL MY FIRST PREVIEW...LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS IDEAS!

Wow, what a week I have ahead! Starting previews of my show off-Broadway and celebrating Christmas. I thought that today I would offer three great musical ideas for last minute Christmas gifts. I think there is nothing better than the gift of music and since my show is about lifting up the human spirit, why not buy two tickets for your best friend and/or parents for Wednesday afternoon? If everyone who reads this did that, I would be off to a fantastic start. I'm not even thinking beyond Wednesday at this point. It's all about THAT day! Keep those good thoughts flowing!2 days till first preview!
Help me get started with a bang!
A special offer for you for Wednesday afternoon! (Also makes an excellent Christmas Gift!)
RICHARD SKIPPER AS “CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT
Off-Broadway Premiere Begins December 22nd

“Richard Skipper is a true musical comedy star! He is FABULOUS as me!”
-- Carol Channing


New York City is getting a very special Christmas “Carol” this year! Richard Skipper, brings his critically-acclaimed show RICHARD SKIPPER AS “CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT Off-Broadway, with performances set to begin December 22nd at St. Luke’s Theatre, 306 West 46th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) Opening night will be Wednesday January 12th.
The production will be directed by Mark Robert Gordon.
A portion of the proceeds from this Off-Broadway premiere will benefit The Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Foundation for The Arts.

TODAY ONLY!
Buy your tickets today for Wednesday December 22nd (2PM show!) For discount codes you need to get tickets in one of 3 ways:

1) www.broadwayoffers.com (service fee)
2) call (212) 947-8844 (service fee); or
3) go to the box office at St. Luke's Theater: 308 W. 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) (no service fee)
http://www.telecharge.com/BehindTheCurtain.aspx?ProdID=8390
And get a discount! Use this code: CCSKIP40 $41.50
(additional shows are being added as ticket sales demand it!). Also, please pay it forward as best you can! Word of mouth is a powerful tool! IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES! With grateful XOXOXs for your support! Richard Skipper 845-365-0720

Check out our promo video created by Russ Weatherford:




http://nyack.patch.com/articles/performance-for-the-sake-of-flattery


http://www.richardskipper.com
Hope to see you and/or your friends Wednesday afternoon!

If you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? I'd like to recommend one of my favorite Christmas cds, Ann Hampton Callaway's THIS CHRISTMAS This is one of my favorite Christmas cds. I'm downloading this into my Ipod as I write this. Here is one of the on-line reviews from someone who purchased the CD through Amazon, "This is a lovely holiday album from perhaps the best singer around. In case you don't know Ms. Callaway yet, she's one of the brightest lights of the New York cabaret scene (and she wrote and sang the theme from "The Nanny"). There is a full range of musical styles here, each performed with grace and elegance. "Jingle Bells" swings, as you would expect, but so does "The Christmas Song," surprising and delighting the ear. "Carol of the Bells" has a driving jazz waltz lilt. At the opposite end of the spectrum are a tender "Silent Night"- "A Child Is Born" medley, classic renditions of the classics "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and the newer "A Christmas Love Song," and an exquisite "White Christmas" accompanied by string quartet. The duet with Kenny Rankin of "Baby It's Cold Outside" is one of the most sensuous I've ever heard of this oft-recorded number, and the dialogue between the two is both funny and sexy. As I mentioned, Ms. Callaway is also a songwriter, and three delightful samples of her work are included: "This Christmas," an achingly romantic ballad; "Manhattan in December," a jolly swing tune with clever lyrics by Lindy Robbins; and "God Bless My Family," a soaring duet with Ann's sister, Broadway singer Liz Callaway. All three new songs are gems, as is the entire album. Don't miss it."
Order it today on Amazon and get it in time for Christmas!
http://www.amazon.com/This-Christmas-Ann-Hampton-Callaway/dp/B00006HCV0

According to Ann's website, www.AnnHamptonCallaway.com, her next appearance is 1/21/2011 at Sanders Theatre @ Harvard in Cambridge, MA
The Callaway Sisters in BOOM! Starring Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway (617) 496-2222 www.celebrityseries.org
Commit to seeing Ann and/or Liz in 2011!

I don't know about you, but I get nostalgic this time every year. Not only are visions of sugar plums dancing in my head, but visions of those family members and friends that are no longer with us and remembrances of Christmas' past. I also start thinking of those great stars who lent their names and talent to great Christmas specials and songs. Can you imagine Christmas without "The Christmas Song" written by Mel Torme? Here is my favorite version of that song:


THE FOLLOWING ARE COMMENTS FROM
http://www.richardskipper.com/guestbook.html

Richard,
You were just great interviewing Carol Channing Friday (7/23/10) at Barnes and Noble. You were the perfect foil for her and kept the proceedings lively and focused. Wonderful. Bravo! Jim Brochu




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

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

I have been a journalist since the mid 1980s, columnist and radio host for Blakeradio/Blogtalk (6-7 years)and Soul Interviews in Sweden (1.5 years). I have interviewed entertainers, politicians, and people of note. I've howled with George Clinton, been pinched by Melvin van Peebles, giggled with Connie Francis and recited poetry to Oscar Brown, Jr., all in good fun. Talk to any radio host and they will tell you there is nothing more excruciating then having a monosyllabic guest. Richard Skipper is definitely not that. Radio folks love talkers and interesting ones at that. Mr. Skipper is charming, interesting and a guest who has a wealth of info to share. I will have him back again to share Judy Garland with my listeners next time. Interested parties can catch the "Topically Yours" show with Richard at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blakeradio.
Thanks for the a peppy and lively show Richard. You were lots of fun.
Deardra Shuler

Your interview on July 20 was terrific! Your knowledge of the musical theater and the American Variety stage is "spot on" and your comment on the variety art form being one of the last entertainments to accommodate a diversity of audience was very astute.
Equally as wonderful was your genuine enthusiasm and energy. Your commitment to the performance arts is a valuable commodity.
I look forward to seeing you in concert soon.
JoAnn Yeoman (Tongret)

Richard makes a fine host and entertainer! I've taken part in the midweek evening at the Iguana Club a couple times now. it is always entertaining. great mix of music from lots of different performers. you're bound to hear something you weren't expecting and be exposed to something new that you will like.
Joshua Rona


SEE FOR YOURSELF THIS WEEK! DECEMBER 22nd at ST. LUKE'S THEATRE, 46th Street, NYC 2PM!



. . . 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

www.RichardSkipper.com
Follow me on Twitter www.Twitter.com/RichardSkipper


Google me!


Please contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/foundation.htm

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MERCEDES HALL, Patti LuPone vs. Richard Skipper,Mary Poppins Screen Tests with Judy & pals...And more!

"Tis the season! I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR! I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for this time of year! I love decorating our house, I love the parties, I love the excitement that pervades everything around us. A friend of mine stated on FACEBOOK last week that he hated Christmas songs! Bah, humbug! As a child of the sixties, I grew up on the Christmas specials of Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Doris Day's Christmas episodes of her TV shows.
I often think what a shame that so many of our cabaret friends who put together Christmas shows aren't necessarily household names to be seen by a wider audience. One such performer is Mercedes Hall. How excited I was to get her e-blast that she was doing a Christmas show AND that it was falling on a night in which I was actually available to go see her! I first saw Mercedes several years ago at The Metropolitan Room and became an instant fan. Unfortunately, because of conflicting schedules, I don't get to see her as often as I like. I actually believe that it has been two years. So, tonight, with a group of friends, to celebrate this special time of year, we will be at Kitano's to see The Mercedes Hall Christmas special. Perhaps in a different era, if you listen carefully, you might even hear, "Tonight, brought to you in living color, The Mercedes Hall Christmas Spectacular!" To learn more about Mercedes, please visit her website at http://www.mercedeshall.com
In my lifetime experience playing with singers, many of whom constantly strive for individuality; Mercedes Hall has few peers when it comes to that rare combination of spirit and energy - which does indeed help to define her very own true identity"- Jerry Dodgion, Arranger, Composer, Musician

Mercedes spirit and joy is evident throughout her second release as a leader, so aptly titled, Pure Emotion.
She uses a core group that features pianist Glafkos Kontemeniotis, who takes the lead in showcasing the trio as an integral part of the project. Among her guests are the jazz luminary Jerry Dodgion on flute and alto saxophone, percussionist Bashiri Johnson and the extraordinary pianist-arranger Arturo O'Farrill. Mercedes Hall is heard in memorable form on 14 well-chosen songs.
The program includes "Ghost Of A Chance" which alternates between three tempos, an unusual samba version of "What Is This Thing Called Love," a beautiful arrangement of "The Masquerade Is Over," the relatively obscure "Satan Never Sleeps," an adventurous interpretation of Thelonious Monk's "Well You Needn't" and a unique interpretation of "You've Changed."

Mercedes was born in Boston to a very large and musical family. "I came out of the womb singing!" Studying piano as a child, it wasn't long before she realized that her voice was her true instrument, along with her penchant for performing from an early age. After an early marriage which produced a son, the actor Anthony Michael Hall, she ventured far beyond Boston to work professionally, taking her son along with her. After performing across country including stints in Las Vegas and Arizona, she spent a year in Los Angeles, making a name for herself, garnering rave reviews including from world renowned jazz critic Leonard Feather who wrote in the LA Times: "Mercedes Hall is an ANOMALY... her sound quality, phrasing and feeling are more likely to conjure up memories of Dinah Washington or Aretha Franklin...There is nothing simulated or contrived about the soulful conviction and intensity she brings to a set of contemporary songs." Playing top jazz/R&B venues gaining recognition through press and live appearances on national television including many guest spots on the Merv Griffin Show, Mercedes worked with great jazz musicians including trumpeter Red Rodney, bassist John Heard and pianist John Hammond to name a few. The Hollywood Reporter stated, "Mercedes Hall, a wicked generator of moods, has superb phrasing and musicianship"
- Arranger, Composer, Musician - Lanny Meyers

In the early 1980s Hall stopped performing for awhile, turning her attention to managing her son's emerging acting career, starting a successful second marriage and giving birth to a daughter (singer Mary C). Heeding the advice given her years earlier by the famous vocal guru, Boston's own Dante Pavone, who was very impressed by her natural ability, she began teaching privately in New York City attracting students as far away as Asia and Africa.

While performing one night at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Mercedes caught the ears of Alma and Lee Berk, the founders of Berklee School Of Music, who immediately offered her a fulltime position at Berklee. She reluctantly turned it down due to her busy teaching schedule in New York City but agreed to return for a two day Vocal Clinic which concluded with a successful concert at the Berklee Performance Center. "Ms. Hall imparted many practical insights to our students who attended our vocal clinic and were thoroughly entranced. She demonstrated both by her performance and years of experience the wisdom and congeniality so essential to good teaching. Her ability to perform in virtually all contemporary musical styles enabled Ms. Hall to reach home to the diverse Berklee College of Music student body." - Kenneth Greenhouse, Chair/Voice Department/Berklee College of Music - Boston.

Now with the release of Pure Emotion, to rave reviews and successful engagements this past summer at Birdland, Jazz Standard, Metropolitan Room in NYC and Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago and her return at Cape Cod Jazz Festival were she played to sold out crowds for the last three years. She will be returning to Birdland where she launched her new CD and live DVD performance. There’s an edited 8 minute clip of the performance that can be seen on her gallery’s page.

Mercedes continues to teach privately in NYC and is available for clients. She also has plans to perform at many more jazz festivals and tour around the world. "I love performing; it is such an extension of who I am." As Scott Yanow, jazz critic stated, "She is not a performer that one can forget easily, for Mercedes Hall is quite unique, a jazz stylist who has created her own category".
Please join us this evening as we celebrate this joyous time of year AND Mercedes Hall!

OK, Santa, I have a Christmas wish! I want to play Carol Channing as Dolly Levi in The Upcoming Revival of "HELLO, DOLLY! Don't laugh. I'm serious. It was done in London many years ago with Danny LaRue in the title role. From what I understand, he camped it up. That is NEVER my intention. But rather, to be true to the original intentions of all that were involved.A certain trifecta is taking place in 2011. Carol Channing turns 90, I turn 50, and Jerry Herman turns 80. All milestone birthdays! As I write this, Carol just came on my Ipod singing The Motherhood March! It must be meant to me. I did get the chance to do it several years ago with The Revision Theatre in Asbury Park and "God willing, will happen again!
Go to RichardSkipper.com, Go to Testimonials, Click on Revision Theatre to read what Thomas Morrissey, our director had to say about my performance.

So, you can imagine how my heart races when I hear yesterday that Patti LuPone is slated to do this on Broadway!
Hello, Patti: What’s Next for La LuPone?
By PATRICK HEALY

Even as a supporting character in the Broadway musical “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” Patti LuPone is letting her diva flag fly as the scorned wife and domineering mother Lucia. What next for La LuPone after “Women” closes on Jan. 23? Among the projects that the two-time Tony Award winner (“Gypsy,” “Evita,”) is considering is a return to the center-stage spotlight as another diva, the title character in the musical “Hello, Dolly!”

Nederlander Presentations has been developing a revival of the show with Ms. LuPone in the central role of a spirited, meddling matchmaker in New York, and Ms. LuPone is eager to make the show happen, according to two people who work in Broadway theater and have spoken with the producers and Ms. LuPone about the project. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the producers do not want the project discussed publicly since it is not a done deal. The two people cautioned that Ms. LuPone could well undertake a different project next, but they said that her interest in “Hello, Dolly!” was high. Nederlander executives declined to comment through a spokesman; representatives for Ms. LuPone also declined to comment.

“Hello, Dolly!” first ran on Broadway in 1964, winning the Tony Award for best musical and nine others, including a best-actress award for Carol Channing as Dolly. Ms. Channing has long been associated with the role, though Barbra Streisand played it in the 1969 film version. The last Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” was in the 1995-96 season, with Ms. Channing once more in the title role.
Well, the bottom line is that I do LOVE Patti!

And now for something frivolous!

And don't forget ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! Previews start for Richard Skipper as "Carol Channing" in Concert

Off-Broadway Premiere Begins December 22nd
Opening Night is Wednesday January 12th at St. Luke’s Theatre

“Richard Skipper is a true musical comedy star! He is FABULOUS as me!”
-- Carol Channing


New York City is getting a very special Christmas “Carol” this year! Richard Skipper, brings his critically-acclaimed show RICHARD SKIPPER AS “CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT Off-Broadway, with performances set to begin December 22nd at St. Luke’s Theatre, 306 West 46th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Ave.) Opening night will be Wednesday January 12th. The production will be directed by Mark Robert Gordon. A portion of the proceeds from this Off-Broadway premiere will benefit The Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Foundation for The Arts.
RICHARD SKIPPER AS “CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a three-piece band led by John Fischer, Skipper blends Channing’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on Channing-on-Broadway perfection. The musical surveys Channing's life with many stops along the way for Skipper's unique --and riotous-- "ad-lib" interactions with the audience.
Richard Skipper is a four-time recipient of the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) Award and a Back Stage Bistro Award for Best Performer. He was named one of the Top Ten Cabaret Performers by Cabaret Hotline and one of the Top of the Century Premiere Cabaret Acts by Cabaret Scenes Magazine.
Director Mark Robert Gordon is the Founding Artistic Director of Do Gooder Productions (2 1/2 Jews, On Deaf Ears), has co-starred in a dozen Off-Broadway plays (Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral, The Magic Formula, the dreamer examines his pillow), has directed New York premieres by noted playwrights, and is the author of multiple plays. Later this season, he will perform in the Off-Broadway premiere of his one-man play about Alexander Hamilton, “H”: Hamilton or Honour.
Carol Channing made her New York debut in Blitzstein’s For an Answer and is the winner of three Tony Awards: Best Actress in a Musical (for her legendary portrayal of Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!), a Special Award, and Lifetime Achievement. Other notable Broadway credits include: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Show Girl, Lorelei, and The Vamp. Among her numerous TV and film successes was the madcap Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, which earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award.

The Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts is dedicated to building a nationwide awareness campaign heralding the benefits of arts in the curriculum of public schools and providing musical instruments for low income school districts via the funding of scholarships for students and teachers in the arts.
RICHARD SKIPPER AS “CAROL CHANNING” IN CONCERT is presented Off-Broadway by The Camelback Kid.
Performances will be every Wednesday at 2 pm and 8 pm; special added performances December 24th (7:30pm), Sunday January 2nd (3pm) and Monday & Tuesday January 10th & 11th (7pm). Tickets will be $41.50 to $66.50 (with Premium Seats at $76.50) and are available at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. For more information, visit www.AsCarol.com.
PRESS CONTACT:
David Gersten & Associates
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New York, NY 10036-3906
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Check out our promo video created by Russ Weatherford:



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What a fun and fabulous night of great entertainment at the Iguana! Richard, you and Dana are the King and Queen (you decided who is which) of herding a huge group of crazy singers into a wonderful show. I loved the eclectic mix or performers, the friendly vibe, and the fact I could actually hear myself when singing on stage! Oy! What a relief.
There was never a dull moment, never a lull in the energy, and that's hard to accomplish in this kind of show. Now I understand why Wednesday Night at the Iguana is an award-winning production.
Thank you for including me, and I will definitely be taking that 2-hour train ride from Kingston to the city to be at the Iguana again.
Nancy Tierney, http://nancytierney.com





Thank you Richard for such a great time at the Iguana! I think that there may be no where else in NYC where you can hear such a wonderful diversity of style and talent. It is an honor and a pleasure to be included in your Company.
Vicki Burns, http://www.vickiburnsjazz.com

I have seen Richard's show many times! OK I am a big fan. This summer Richard brought the show to Provincetown. How perfect. My friends and I could not have enjoyed it more. Congratulations Richard.
Phyllis B. Frank, http://www.gaypriderockland.org
Phyllis B. Frank (middle), VCS Gay Pride Director, with Juried Art Exhibit & Sale to Benefit Gay Pride Rockland Curator Susan Harrington and Exhibit Chair Hal Parker.

Richard, I just unearthed the CD of the radio interview we did 3 years ago, with you on the phone in NYC and Carol Channing on the phone in LA - I hope you still have access to it;we had so much fun and she was just so complimentary of you!
Ginny Wolf, Spotlight On Connecticut, http://s121103653.onlinehome.us/SpotlightonCT/AboutGinnyWolf.html

What a joyous night! Richard and Dana, you are the most welcoming, entertaining, beautiful hosts in town (or, for my money, anywhere)! I had a terrific evening, surrounded by gracious, supremely talented people, greeting old friends, making new ones, and enjoying fabulous food. Thank you for including me in your roster of entertainers last night at the Iguana! Jackie Draper

It was great to see you again - this time in Provincetown. What a wonderful show!!
Sam Sagenkahn, New York, NY


SEE FOR YOURSELF NEXT WEEK! DECEMBER 22nd at ST. LUKE'S THEATRE, 46th Street, NYC 2PM!



. . . 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

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

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas Show Goes to Wurtsboro & RICHARD SKIPPER as "CAROL CHANNING" in CONCERT opens off-Broadway!

Sue Matsuki's a little bit jazzy, and Edd Clark's a little bit legit, and this award winning duo is bringing their annual Christmas show to back to the Laurie Beechman!
The show features great arrangements of familiar holiday tunes, and songs that will become holiday classics. There's even a new song by Sue and Paul Stephan.

Be sure and follow Sue's column in CABARET HOTLINE.

TOMORROW NIGHT, December 11th 8:00 p.m.
The Community Church of Wurtsboro
134 Sullivan St.
Wurtsboro, NY 12790
845-888-2798 (Reservations)
General Admission $15.00/$10 students and seniors

With music director and arranger Paul Stephan.
Special guest, Sarah Rice
Stop by for a little dose of holiday spirit. and home baked goodies!
SUE & EDD'S FABULOUS CHRISTMAS SHOW CD is the perfect holiday present, and is available at CDBaby.com and iTunes!
Our CD is a celebration of the wonderful music of Christmas and it's also the perfect gift for your friends and family. We're very excited that it's now available at CDbaby.com and iTunes!!
For more information, go to
www.fabulouschristmasshow.com



A Little bit about Sue Matsuki...I have known Sue so long, I can barely think of my life without her! Sue and I met at this wonderful brunch MANY YEARS ago and we immediately hit it off. Sue, I think we should resurrect those brunches in the New Year. Sue has been a constant help to me over the years and I LOVE her! Visit Sue's website at http://www.suematsuki.com

You can take Sue home with you! Sue Matsuki - A New TakeI have this CD and I highly recommend it. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=Sue+Matsuki&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&hl=en&biw=1024&bih=546&ie=UTF-8&cid=15854408060546391254&ei=NSoCTfTaIISKlwevg7WACA&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDQQ8wIwAA#
Speaking of Happiness, Bluesette, I'm Gonna Miss You, Your Brought a New Kind of Love, Quiet Night of Quiet Stars/Astrud, I'll Close My Eyes, It's Nice Weather for Ducks, I Whistle a Happy Tune/Whistling in the Dark, Moondance, Runaway/Love Is Blind, Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?, The Shadow of Your Smile/The Shining Sea, Shaking the Blues Away, Anticipation

And now a little bit about Ed Clark. I first came to know Ed when I saw him in 3 Tenors in Search of An Act. I saw that show one night with the late great Dottie Burman and Gerta Grunen. Danny, Dottie, Gerta, and myself were the only ones in the audience. We gave them the option of not doing the show that night. But, no, they said we were there to see them and they were going to do their show for us. Wow, were we all overwhelmed. What troopers. Another side note, Edd's life partner happened to do all of the arrangements for the show. I knew then and there that I wanted Paul Stephan to do my arrangements for me. One of the best career moves I ever made. You can hear some of Paul's fabulous arrangements in my upcoming show at St. Luke's.
More about that later...The bottom line is, I LOVE YOU, EDD CLARK!

What can I say about Sarah Rice? The original Johanna in Sweeney Todd. I got to know Sarah during my run co-hosting WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA. One of the perks of that run, I might add. Sarah, along with Sue Matsuki, is one of the hardest working people in the biz. Again, I love you, Sarah!
What can I say about Paul Stephan? I owe so much to this man. He did most of my arrangements, he was my musical director for a while, and we've been on the road together! Paul 's vocal works ....
Whether it's an art song or a choral work, his love of the voice is always evident, and his individuality is always present. His art songs have been performed on the St. Paul Chapel Concert Series, the Christ Chapel Chamber Series, and at the Armenian Evangelical Church of NY Concerts in the New York area. His choral works have been performed in many churches, and recorded by the Hickory Choral Society. His setting of the 23rd Psalm was written for and performed at the 9/11 Memorial Service for the Methodist Conference of NY.

His song cycles "Lullabies" and "Songs of War" have been premiered by The Phoenix Quartet. Paul studied composition with Karel Husa and John Easton, and is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theatre Workshop.
Paul is a graduate of Ithaca College and the University of Utah, where he received a Master of Fine Arts in writing and directing musical theatre. He has studied composition with John Eaton and Karel Husa, and hiis songs have been performed on the St. Paul Chapel Concert Series, the Christ Chapel Chamber Series, and at the Armenian Evangelical Church of NY. Paul is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theatre workshop, and had his works performed in their evenings of “works in progress.” He has composed scores for several musicals, including A Fairy Tale , Beauty and the Beast, and Trudy, which premiered at Theatre 138 in
Salt Lake City .
His song Anymore can be currently be heard on Bettina Covo's debut CD Out of the Shadows.
Paul's choral works have been premiered at many churches in the NYC area, including the Middle Collegiate Church, and Madison Avenue Baptist Church, where he is Minister of Music. His arrangement of The Sky Can Still Remember was recorded by the Hickory Choral Society, and his choral version of the 23rd Psalm was featured at the 9/11 anniversary service for the conference of NY Methodist churches.
I wish I was available to go to Wurtsboro tomorrow night to celebrate you all. MUCH SUCCESS! If YOU see this and can make this, please go!
12 Days till my first preview of my up coming show: Richard Skipper as "Carol Channing" in ConcertThank you, Russ Weatherford for my promotional tribute. Check this out! All I want for Christmas is to have YOU at my first preview, December 22nd! Please help me start this off with a bang!


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I have seen Richard Skipper in the past and he gets greater each time! It is my dream to have him perform for my Senior Club and all the Senior Clubs in Ramapo. I will certainly be in touch with him in the near future.
Bernard Patashnik, Suffern,N.Y.



Thank you Richard for such a great time at the Iguana! I think that there may be no where else in NYC where you can hear such a wonderful diversity of style and talent. It is an honor and a pleasure to be included in your Company.

Vicki Burns, http://www.vickiburnsjazz.com

I have seen Richard's show many times! OK I am a big fan. This summer Richard brought the show to Provincetown. How perfect. My friends and I could not have enjoyed it more. Congratulations Richard.
Phyllis B. Frank, http://www.gaypriderockland.org
Phyllis B. Frank (middle), VCS Gay Pride Director, with Juried Art Exhibit & Sale to Benefit Gay Pride Rockland Curator Susan Harrington and Exhibit Chair Hal Parker.


SEE FOR YOURSELF DECEMBER 22nd at ST. LUKE'S THEATRE, 46th Street, NYC 2PM!



. . . 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

www.RichardSkipper.com

Follow me on Twitter www.Twitter.com/RichardSkipper


Google me!

Please contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/foundation.htm

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

Sunday, December 5, 2010

HAPPY SUNDAY! LISA GRUBB (THE HAPPY DOG GALLERY), GRETCHEN REINHAGEN, AND MORE...



I hope you have had a great week. I certainly did! As you may recall from my last blog, I was attending Terese Genecco's show at The Iridium with special guest Klea Blackhurst.
A total WOW from start to finish! Terese, if you see this, I'm chomping at the bit to be a future guest! I suggested to two friends (who brought two more); they had never been to a cabaret show! Because of the incredible show all involved gave, they are joining us for Christine Pedi this eve. A little bit more about her further down.
Terese will be back at The Iridium on the last Tuesday in December, 8 and 10PM shows. DO NOT MISS HER if you want to see how to do it!

On Wednesday afternoon, I met Josh Ellis, who was Carol Channing's publicist on LORELEI...among other shows)and we went over to Border's to see Carol Channing! We were met there by Charlie Karel who was in the original HELLO, DOLLY!
He also features prominently in Carol's life story. You'll have to come see my upcoming show to see how! I was proud that my friend and sometimes accompanist, Christine Talbott-Sutin and her husband, Daniel, came out on such a miserable day. Very cold and rainy! All things told, Carol had a VERY RESPECTABLE turnout considering the time and weather. I don't think that Border's did a very good job in promoting this. Anxious to see how Patti LuPone does tomorrow. She will be there at 7PM, a much better time. I'll be seeing Carol at THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR competition for BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS tomorrow. Afterwords, I did a reading as part of the Screenwriting class at Primary Stages. A few weeks agI auditioned and got cast in 4 readings! Friday night, I sang as part of Jenna Esposito's birthday bash at MetroJam at The Metropolitan Room. I had a great time and this is another monthly show that I highly recommend! Last night, I went to my first holiday show of the season and had a great time. Lots of great singers standing around and singing for each other. Heaven! Such great talent at that party last night AND at Friday night at MetroJam! And now I'm ready to embark on a new week! IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES!

This afternoon, Danny and I are attending an open house here in Piermont at Lisa Grubb's HAPPY DOG GALLERY. I'm proud to call Lisa a friend. She is also my neighbor! Lisa Grubb is a pop artist with a signature style, known for her irresistible characters and vibrant colors. Her paintings are bursting with energy—as if they just jumped out of some fantastic place to brighten our lives. The artist’s sun ripened palette features tangerine, turquoise, crimson, royal blue, yellow, and spring green in offbeat color combinations.

Grubb’s uninhibited creations captivate everyone from seasoned art collectors to young children.

With elements of pop art and naïve art, Grubb’s work combines playfulness and sophisticated humor. Although her style is completely unique, she has been compared with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for her bold graphic elements.

Her paintings have been shown in numerous galleries from New York’s Soho to the Hamptons to Key West and beyond. Grubb’s customers are worldwide. Many of her paintings have found homes in Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada and beyond. You can view Grubb’s work year-round at The Happy Dog Gallery in Piermont, NY which is located on the Hudson River about 30 miles north of New York City.

Grubb is the creator of Happy Dog and has written and illustrated two children’s books, “Happy Dog!” and “Happy Dog Sizzles!” both published by Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Putnam. She is currently working on her third book in the series.

Grubb has appeared on "The Today Show", "Channel 7 Eyewitness News", "Fox Channel 5 News", and "CNBC" with her colorful canvases. In addition, Lisa’s work has appeared in Art Business News, Art Trends, Fine Art Magazine, Dan’s Papers of the Hamptons, and U.S. Art, to name a few.

In 1998 Grubb was invited to paint the Looney Tune characters for Warner Brothers, which led to a one-person show at their gallery on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The show was an outstanding success. She was also invited to paint her interpretation of Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy again, featuring her signature style.

In 1997, Grubb was asked to paint a 10-foot Spiderman for Marvel Entertainment in the Universal Studio booth at the Los Angeles Art Expo. Stan Lee, who is the creator of Spiderman, was also present and signed her painting.

Lisa Grubb grew up in the New York metropolitan area, spent her early career in Key West, Florida, and then returned to New York to make her mark. When Grubb decided to paint professionally and obtain more exposure in New York, she attracted attention from such luminaries as Barbara Walters and Arthur Salzberger.

Grubb is dedicated to helping worthwhile causes through her artwork. In 2005, the PETA organization commissioned Lisa to paint the cover art for their 25th anniversary gala catalog. Lisa’s painting of a Big Bunny was not only on the catalog cover but also reproduced on T-shirts worn by over 400 wait staff. Sale of Big Bunny and Happy Dog raised a significant contribution. In 1996, she was asked to design the invitation to the prestigious Animal Rescue Fund benefit in the Hamptons, and her painting gained the highest bid during the charity auction. She has also contributed her work for other charities such as Elizabeth Taylor’s AMFAR, The Ronald McDonald House, Touch and Coats For Kids Foundation. In 2000, she painted a “Happy Dog” Absolut Vodka bottle for Center One, an AIDS organization, and celebrated the highest bid at the auction.

Future plans include developing her “Happy Dog” family of characters for animation. Grubb plans to continue painting original art and commissions and devoting her talents to worthwhile charities.

Grubb is inspired by, and lives in, New York. Take a moment to visit Lisa's website. http://www.lisagrubb.com Tell her I sent you. Lisa's book, THE HAPPY DOG SIZZLES, would make a great holiday gift! http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=Lisa+Grubb&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&cid=1220867265791848173&ei=o8n7TJTWKoOClAe0tuGYBQ&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CEQQ8wIwAA#
The fifth person TODAY that buys tickets for my first preview will get a free autographed copy! Of course you have to let me know!
After leaving Lisa's open house, I'm off to have my first vocal session with Gretchen Reinhagen. Gretchen Reinhagen first hit the professional music scene at the tender age of five, fronting for her father's band at the Cape Cod nightclub, The Farm, singing a cover of Karen Carpenter's “Sing” as well as that classic standard “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Yes, Gretchen delighted employees and their families at The Farm's annual staff holiday party, and a Christmas ham was truly in the making. The highlight of the evening for keyboardist Bill Deechan, was when Gretchen turned to him mid-song and said “TAKE IT!” The highlight of the evening for Gretchen was standing outside with Dad between sets, searching the skies for Santa's sleigh. I have been a fan of Gretchen's from the first time I saw her! It was also great to share the stage with her Friday night at MetroJam. She kicked the evening off with her flawless interpretation of MY ANALYST TOLD ME. Love it! Check out Gretchen's website at http://www.gretchenreinhagen.com. Tell her I sent you!
After my lesson, we are off to see the FABULOUS Christine Pedi! If you would like to join our party, please let me know. I have been a fan of Christine's for years as well. We have shared the stage several times together. Christine is probably one of the busiest women in the business! Christine was ALSO in MetroJam on Friday night (as the featured entertainer), she was in New Hope last night for Bob Egan, her show at The Laurie Beechman begins tonight, Newsical is re-opening soon, AND she hosts a daily show on The Broadway station on Sirus XM radio every day! Do you hear what I hear? Christine Pedi is lovingly lampooning all your favorite divas in her annual holiday show Christine Pedi'S THERE'S NO BIZNESS LIKE SNOW BIZNESS! Playing the Laurie Beechman Theater for the month of December, Christine will usher in the holiday season with her award winning comedic flair, spot on impressions, and songs of good cheer. From Roxie Hart's take on "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" to Liza's dramatic rendition of "Rudolf" to an impression filled "12 Divas of Christmas" audiences will fall on their knees with laughter, marvel at Christine's voice as big as the sea, and find comfort and joy in stories of Christmas past, present, and future! God bless her...every pun!

Currently starring in NEWSical The Musical, Broadway buffs will recognize Christine for her long association with Forbidden Broadway and her daily radio show, The Broadway Breakfast, on Sirius Radio. Christine Pedi has earned a Drama Desk nomination, an LA Ovation Award, and has appeared in companies of Forbidden Broadway all over the world including LA, Tokyo, Singapore, Australia, and London's West End. She made her Broadway debut in the revival of Little Me and was most recently seen (and heard) in Talk Radio. Her work as a cabaret artist has earned her a MAC Award, a Backstage Bistro Award, a Nightlife Awards, and was named ShowBusiness Weekly's 2005 Best Female Cabaret Singer of the Year. TV audience's may recognize her as the dearly departed Mrs. Bobby Baccala from The Sopranos (he loved her so much he couldn't defrost her ziti!). She has performed for President Clinton (playing Senator Hillary Clinton), headlined the Queen Mary 2, appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell show, sang on NBC's Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, and can be heard on many Forbidden Broadway cast recordings. Most recently, Christine was featured on PerezHilton.com starring as both Liza Minnelli and Carol Channing in a spoof of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" video.

Christine Pedi'S THERE'S NO BIZNESS LIKE SNOW BIZNESS plays Sun, Dec 5th at 7pm, Mon, Dec 6th at 7pm, Mon, Dec 13th at 9:30pm, Sun, Dec 19th at 4pm, Mon, Dec 20th at 7pm, and Dec 26th - 30th at 7pm. The show will be performing at the Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 W 42nd St (just west of 9th Ave) and tickets can be purchased through TicketCentral.com or by calling 212-279-4200. Tickets are $40 and there is NO Food/Drink minimum. (SOURCE: BROADWAYWORLD.COM)
Visit Christine's Website at http://www.christinepedi.com

Christine's work as a musical theatre singer & comedienne in the off-broadway satirical revues FORBIDDEN BROADWAY & FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD has earned her a Drama Desk nomination, an LA Ovation award & lots of frequent flyer miles (Tokyo, Singapore, Australia & London’s West End.) She spoofs a whole new stable of characters (real and imagined) this season in NEWSical the Musical off-Broadway, and her fun and festive annual holiday show THERE'S NO BIZNESS LIKE SNOW BIZNESS has become a beloved tradition at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

On Broadway she appeared in Eric Bogosian's TALK RADIO starring Liev Schrieber, and LITTLE ME starring Martin Short and Faith Prince. Recent credits include FANTASY FOOTBALL at NYMF (NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL) and PROJECT SHAW's presentation of GBS’s ON THE ROCKS at the Players Club. Other stage roles include several A TRAIN PLAYS, THE 24 HOUR PLAYS, Edith Wharton's XINGU, Fanny Brice, Audrey in LITTLE SHOP, DALLIANCE IN VIENNA at the American Theatre of Actors, A BROADWAY DIVA CHRISTMAS and Carlotta the Gypsy Cow (don’t ask.)

She is the proud host of THE BROADWAY BREAKFAST on SIRIUS/XM RADIO where she plays the music of the stage & screen and interviews show biz legends (Mon-Fri, 9a-3p ET.) She shares the mic with the “amaaaaahzing” Seth Rudetsky on Saturdays for DUELING DIVAS (9a-3pET.)

Her cabaret show GREAT DAMES (2008 New York NightLife Award, Backstage Bistro Award, MAC nominaton and “Top Ten Memorable Theatre Moments of the Year” on BroadwayWorld.com.) has performed in South Africa (Cape Town, Jo'burg & Durban,) London's Jermyn Street Theatre and all over the U.S. SHOW BUSINESS WEEKLY named her 2007's “Best Female Cabaret Performer.” She’s performed on the NY Cabaret stages of Birdland, The Metropolitan Room, The Beechman & The Algonquin Oakroom, earning a MAC Award award & several nominations, as well as a guest spot on John McD's Cabaret Corner on the Rosie O'Donnell Show.

Guest appearances include Avery Fisher Hall, the Broadway by the Year series at Town Hall, Sardi's, the Palace Theatre, the Queen Elizabeth 2 & the Queen Mary 2 and the BROADWAY UP CLOSE series at The Kaufman Center. She performed with Marvin Hamlish & the Indianapolis Symphony as well as many other orchestras throughout the U.S. & Canada, and has sung for President and Mrs. Clinton (playing Hilary Clinton.)

SOPRANOS fans may recognize her as the dearly departed Mrs. Bobby Baccala (2 episodes, 4 scenes, 5 lines ... DEAD! But he loved her so much he couldn't defrost her ziti for months.)

Recordings include her soon-to-be-released studio album “Good To Mama,” as well as “GREAT DAMES: Live at the Metropolitan Room,” "Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey", "Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back," "Forbidden Hollywood," "Forbidden Broadway: Vol. 3," "Jekyll & Hyde," "Little Me," "Quel Fromage,” and “Broadway Musicals of 1962.”

Take Christine home with you! Forbidden Broadway, Vol. 8: Special Victims Unit
http://www.jr.com/product/music/pm/_547709
Can't wait to see you again tonight, Christine!
And today kick starts the week ahead: Tomorrow afternoon: BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS PRESENTS THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR featuring CAROL CHANNING...back on Broadway! Then I'm heading up to Border's for Patti LuPone's book signing.
I already have the book! Patti's former manager passed away earlier this week. The former managing partner of the firm that managed the careers and tours of performers from Suzanne Vega to Patti LuPone, has died in Manhattan. Byron Gustafson was 56.She has brought her special brand of "star quality" to shows such as Evita, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, The Robber Bridegroom, Oliver!, Les Miserables, Anything Goes, Master Class, Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd. The roles of Eva Peron, Reno Sweeney, Norma Desmond, and Mrs. Lovett have all lead her to her current triumph as Mama Rose.

She was a member of Julliard's first graduating class in 1972 and soon after a member of John Houseman's The Acting Company, she has brought her training, passion and intelligence to everything she has done, from theater, film, television and the concert stage. A master of her craft, she is actor, icon and most importantly, "Mom". BroadwayWorld.com had a moment to spend with her at the Tony Nominee Breakfast, she was warm, relaxed and engaged as she shared some insights into performing the work and the history behind the story of Gypsy.

Eddie Varley: Congratulations to you and everyone in the company

Patti LuPone: Oh, thank you.

EV: How are you feeling, it must be such a special time? You all are bringing the show to such thrilling life.

PL: Oh, I'm relieved, and I'm extremely grateful for everybody in the company and especially Arthur. Arthur cast it with actors and by a sheer fluke, he was allowed to have the 11 principals for a week around the table, which never happens in a musical, and we discovered the book, and we continue to discover the book. And he formed an ensemble of actors, Arthur took the biggest risk.

EV: I'm so glad he was recognized.

PL: Me too, you know, I mean the fact that he took the biggest risk, because if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and Gypsy certainly ain't broke, and he took a chance with rediscovering it as opposed to imposing preconceived ideas, blocking, dancing numbers, etc, and I think that what makes it fresh.

EV: I think this season that's what everyone is saying and feeling, the revivals are so fresh, but never more so than with this Gypsy, and your performances, there's such depth and emotion in the family.


Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/TONYS_2008_QA_Patti_LuPone_20080613#ixzz17GN8gV45

Take Patti home with you! Patti LuPone - Patti LuPone at Les Mouches
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Dear Richard,

Thank you for coming to see Cassandra in THE LARAMIE PROJECT. After reading your blog, you are proof that 'busy people get more done'. Plus, you're a good writer!
Katherine McKenna, Woodbourne NY



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 CarI saw Richard Skipper at the Nyack Center (11/21/10). I have not laughed so hard in such a long time. He is truly talented and I especially loved his getting the audience involved.Thank you so much!!
Rosemarie, Tarrytown NY

In the short time I've known Richard Skipper, I have not only been impressed by his abundance of talent, but by Richard's incredible wealth of knowledge, honesty and COMMON SENSE about "all things Show Business"; with the emphasis on "BUSINESS".

As a retired Army Sergeant who is now a 63-year old "Johnny-Come-Lately" to the world of Cabaret Entertaining, HE is the person I've been searching for to guide and help me succeed in my career goals and pursuits.

I look forward to attending Richard's Workshop this coming January, and can't wait to get started. Stay well, stay happy & God bless you always!

Ronnie Giles, http://www.nycastings.com/RonaldEGiles



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. . . 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

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