Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Celebrating Rosemary Loar!


"You are what your deep driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny."
 -Dupanishads


Happy End of November!,
Once again, how did that happen? This month, as this entire year has, has flown by in the blink of an eye. I went to two weddings, went to Buffalo, hosted a panel on Jerry Herman at the New York Sheet Music Society. Produced, along with Magda Katz a sold out show celebrating Jerry Herman at The Triad. (See yesterday's blog) Tonight, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting happens and then we careen towards Christmas! Before we get to Christmas Day, however, we will be celebrating Christmas at The Triad on December 20th. I have an amazing cast and over the next few weeks leading towards that show, I want to introduce you the performers one at a time. All of these shows, of course, benefit the Dr. Carol Channing-Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts so I want you to know how the arts have shaped the lives of the people I have asked to be a part of our next celebration.

as Grizabella
Today, I'm celebrating Rosemary Loar. Rosemary began her singing career in the back seat of a station wagon with her other six brothers and sisters.  Her father would take the family on Sunday drives and the concert would begin. 

When she was in high school, she saw her first live shows on Broadway, A Chorus Line and Equus
Rosemary told me that when she saw these shows, it was as if an electric shock went through her body. She was so thrilled by the passion of the actors and the storytelling rivited her. She knew then, that she had to be a part of that.
 She was lucky to be exposed to the arts growing up. Music was very big in her house. 
Her mother bought a piano for her when she was in second grade and paid for piano lessons. Being Irish, they were always crowded around some piano singing all the Irish songs and the old standards. Her mother went to Broadway musicals with her aunt and she would bring back the cast albums sometimes. Rosemary would sit by the record player and listen. She would also listen to all the symphonic records they had and try to pick out all the instruments.
 
Rosemary's first time on stage was when she played Polly in Three Penny Opera. Rosemary's first professional job was in the national tour of Godspell. 
It was Rosemary's FIRST audition in New York City! She toured the US for 6 months. 


Rosemary wishes that Arts in Education was considered more important. She says she wishes that more would take "some" of the attention off sports" and place it on the arts. She says she would like to see more respect paid to LIVE performance. "There seems to be an idol worship of being famous and the arts seems to be getting crowded out by those beliefs."

Since we are benefiting Carol's Foundation For The Arts, I asked what her thoughts are on Carol Channing. Rosemary tells me that Carol was a big figure in her growing up as her family loved Hello, Dolly!  She feels, as I do, that Carol was/is bigger than life and a pioneer for women in musical theatre. 


I asked about her most recent appearance. She appeared as one of the leads in a staged reading of the new musical, Spoolie Girl, which she wrote with her partner Robert Atwood. Spoolie Girl was done as part of the Musical Mondays Series. Here is the story of how Musical Mondays Theatre Lab came to do the reading of Spoolie Girl.
Stephen Hanks had just become Board President of MMTL in June of 2010 after being friends with Bick Goss and Frank Evans since 2003. In October last year he decided to check out Wednesday Night at Iguana and that was really his first foray into the cabaret scene. The second time he went there a couple of weeks later, he was sitting at Rosemary's table but they didn't know each other. When Dana introduced Stephen up to sing, she mentioned his MMTL credential and Rosemary came to him later and said she had written a musical and could she send him info. He said yes. 

She sent Stephen a few MP3s of the score and a script and he liked it enough to recommend it to Bick and Frank.
A few meetings and one test run later and they booked it for this season. It's the first show Stephen introduced to MMTL and their creative team and he is really proud of that.
Stephen wrote to me, "
I think Spoolie Girl is a creative, fun musical and it went over really well with the MMTL audience on October 13. Karen Carpenter, who directed "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" directed the show and did a wonderful job. I think Rosie wrote a wonderful score and put together a terrific cast for the reading, including cabaret favorite Raissa Katona Bennett (Raissa is also part of our show on December 20th!), who did a great job playing a number of different roles in the reading. I know Rosie is hoping this show has legs as a live musical, either on or off-Broadway, but I also think it has potential as an animated movie for kids and adults. Rosemary has proven she is a lot more than an actress, cabaret singer and songwriter. The woman has "sting." LOL"




Her next appearance will be December 18th at The Mansion in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Rosemary says her biggest success in show business was performing as a headliner on PBS in New Year's Eve with Guy Lombardo. Another Rosemary..this time,Rosemary Clooney got rushed to the hospital and Rosemary got a call at midnight to be her replacement! The special ran every holiday season for 7 years!!


The lowest point of Rosemary's career came when her agent dropped her after she made him a lot of money in commissions. The agent is no longer in the business and Rosemary is so I guess that says something. She took off some time and reassessed what she desired from and found one that meets her needs.
As Grandma Who in the National Tour of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Rosemary would like to see more musicals that are original stories and less remakes of movies and animations. I guess BOOK OF MORMON proves her point! 


Maureen Taylor says that Rosemary has "an absolute passion for sharing her gifts and for lifting people's spirits and for bringing people joy. She covers all mediums: opera, to pop rock, to jazz. She has a wide understanding for a wide array of music.And she also has a passion for the color red which is often associated with energy and allows her to do it all."

Raissa Katona Bennett: I was thrilled to work with such good friends on their project - they are talented and there is a lot of good stuff in this show and I'll be excited to be a part of it as it continues development. would say more, but must memorize 8 completely new songs with harmonies!!!!!
love you,
Ris"

 
I am Thrilled that Rosemary Loar is part of the amazing cast of Richard Skipper Celebrates...Christmas in New York! 
Rosemary and I are even doing a duet together! Call 845-365-0720 to reserve. Mention this blog and get two premium tickets for $75.00! That's a $25.00 savings!

Here are a few comments from Monday night's show:
 Once again, Richard Skipper (ref. his tribute to Jerry Herman at The Triad on November 28th, 2011) topped himself with yet another wonderful, beautifully staged and coordinated event; and on top of that, he also managed to fill it with some of the best talent NYC has to offer, too! I'd heard-in talking with some audience members, last night-that he is doing this type of tribute to other legendary Artists on a monthly basis. He can count on my being there to see each and every Show; as long as HE is hosting it! Keep up your great work Richard, and never stop bringing the kind of happiness, joy and magic that you give to all of us!
Ronald E. Giles
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Richard- YOU fill the bill (and more) as a ‘skipper’ who is responsible for the ‘voyage’, and with panache, know-how and talent makes sure those on the ‘journey’ have a fun-filled adventure!
MANY thanks for inviting me to have the experience.
Sincerely,
Your fan AND ally,
Arlene B. Isaacs
NYC

Walter Willison
 CONGRATULATIONS! You're a class act all the way. Thank you for asking me to be part of last night's most memorable Celebration!
You did us all -- and especially Jerry Herman and Carol  and Harry's Foundation -- proud. Wonderful cast, wonderful musicians, wonderful friends, wonderfully produced. Especially loved your show-stopping rendition of "Almost Young", which is now my new favorite song.
Love, Walter Willison


Like Dolly Levi, my friend Patricia Gay truly knows the meaning of paying it forward.  She could not attend Monday night so she bought two tickets for someone to attend in her place. I offered them to the first person on Facebook who contacted me. They went to Elli: The King of Broadway! I wish more people would take a lead from Patty.

Horace: Advice is cheap, Ms. Molloy. It's the things that come gift wrapped that count! 

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!

Thank you, to all the entertainers mentioned in this blog! Thanks for the gifts you give to the world!
Carol Channing (Seaners4real/Flickr Creative Commons)
I love you ALL!! 

  Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!

Now, GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TODAY!

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                             Tomorrow's blog will be...CELEBRATING NICHOLAS KING!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Richard Skipper Celebrates...Christmas in New York!

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

Happy Tuesday!
I love Christmas in New York and we will be celebrating that at The Triad on December 20th and I am proud to announce the cast of that show tonight in the next installment of Richard Skipper Celebrates...

Dec 20
8pm
THE TRIAD, 158 West 72nd Street
RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES... CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK!
This is the the second installment of this series. Once a month, Richard will be celebrating a different theme. A Benefit for Carol Channing's Foundation for the Arts. Rosemary Loar (who I will be celebrating in tomorrow's blog), Miles Phillips, Diane J. Findlay, Maureen Taylor, Leslie Orofino, Scott Coulter, Carol J. Bufford, Karen Oberlin, Julie Reyburn, AND Raissa Katonah Bennett! RESERVATIONS A MUST! $25 show plus two drink minimum, $50 PREMIUM SEATS plus two drink minimum. PLEASE CALL 845-365-0720 TO RESERVE. DO NOT CALL THE TRIAD.


But before I get to that, I would like to thank everyone who came to the The Triad last night. We had a sold out house. The staff at The Triad was amazing. The cast was beyond my expectations and I am very happy to start work today on the next show!


Jana Robbins got us off to an incredible start with A Little More Mascara from La Cage Aux Folles.
This clip is not from last night but it gives you a glimpse of Jana. She then introduced me and I sang I Put My Hand In and Put On Your Sunday Clothes from Hello, Dolly! and introduced Walter Willison who sang Half The Battle from Ben Franklin in Paris and Love, Look in My Window from Hello, Dolly!

Lee Roy Reams, unfortunately, had a medical emergency and was unable to attend. John Patrick Schutz graciously stepped up to the plate and sang a beautiful rendition of It Only Takes a Moment from Hello, Dolly!
He was joined by Anna Bergman's gorgeous soprano voice and they were accompanied by Alex Rybeck who is always top notch. This was followed by Helena Joyce-Wright, one of Jerry's original Girls.
She toured with Carol Channing, Andrea McArdle, and Leslie Uggams in Jerry's Girls and stood by for Leslie.
She sang two Two A Day from Parade and Wherever He Ain't from Mack and Mabel.
Bob Mattern's magnificent baritone sang Time Heals Everything also from Mack and Mable and I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles.

I then followed his set with Almost Young from Mrs. Santa Clause and introduced Bob's partner of 22 years (They are getting married January 18th!) John Patrick Schutz who sang My Best Girl from Mame and It Takes A Woman from Hello, Dolly!
This was followed up with Peggy Herman (joined by Alex Rybeck and Rex Bennicasa) on To Be Alone With You also from Ben Franklin in Paris and World, Take Me Back from Ethel Merman's Hello, Dolly!
with Diane J. Findlay (Photo credit: Ronald Giles)
Then Sue Matsuki sang both a classic and a lesser known tune: If He Walked Into My Life from Mame and Where In The World Is My Prince from Miss Spectacular.
This was followed by Jana Robbins and Bob Mattern joining forces for I Won't Send Roses from Mack and Mabel.
Then Diane. J. Findlay brought the house down with It's Today and Moon Song from Mame and Tap Your Troubles Away from Mack and Mabel.
Gorgeous Sarah Rice then sang And I Was Beautiful from Dear World in the original arrangement from Don Pippin specifically for this show.
Diane Findlay

Anna Bergman, once again joined by Alex Rybeck, returned to the stage for an exquisite pairing of I Promise You A Happy Ending from Mack and Mabel and It's As Simple As That from Milk and Honey.
The show ended with a spirited samba beat of The Best of Times from La Cage Aux Folles and Before The Parade Passes By from Hello, Dolly! sung by Peggy Herman arranged by Alex Rybeck for her upcoming CD, Herman Sings Herman. She was joined by Alex Rybeck and Rex Benincasa. The entire audience was on its feet dancing out into the street. And now, it is time to prepare for our next show, Richard Skipper Celebrates...Christmas in New York. I have asked Diane Findlay to join us once again and I am thrilled that she said YES! So reserve today for what promises to be an exciting night!
And Miles Phillips will also be joining us next month. He was MARVELOUS on Look Over There from La Cage Aux Folles and a medley that was created by him and David Maiocco of Ribbons Down My Back from Hello, Dolly! and Love Is Only Love which was written for Mame but ended up in the film version of Hello, Dolly!   Multiple award winner Miles Phillips sings a haunting marriage of two Jerry Herman songs in the smash hit revue Carol Channing + 2.


This is what Walter Willison wrote to Diane: 
D -- I remember the very first time you ever sang for Bob Wright & Chet Forrest like it was yesterday. The first thing Bob said when you left the room was "That lady has something you can't buy: class, and something you can't teach: talent!" It was the first of many times I heard both of those Legendary Gentlemen say "That lady is a real STAR!" Last night I'm sure he and Chet were smiling down, as you brought down the house in Richard's Celebration of Jerry Herman, so pleased that you proved them right once again.
As always, I'm so proud of you.
Love, WW
Here are a few comments from last night: 
 Richard,
Once again (ref. your tribute to Jerry Herman) you have topped yourself with yet another wonderful, beautifully staged and coordinated event; and on top of that, you also managed to fill it with some of the best talent NYC has to offer, too! I'd heard-in talking with some audience members, last night-that you may be doing this type of tribute to other legendary Artists on a monthly basis. If so, you can count on my being there to see each and every Show; as long as YOU are hosting it!
Keep up your great work Richard, and never stop bringing the kind of happiness, joy and magic that you give to all of us!

 Richard- YOU fill the bill (and more) as a ‘skipper’ who is responsible for the ‘voyage’, and with panache, know-how and talent makes sure those on the ‘journey’ have a fun-filled adventure!
MANY thanks for inviting me to have the experience.
Sincerely,
Your fan AND ally,
Arlene B. Isaacs
NYC

Walter Willison
 CONGRATULATIONS! You're a class act all the way. Thank you for asking me to be part of last night's most memorable Celebration! You did us all -- and especially Jerry Herman and Carol & Harry's Foundation -- proud. Wonderful cast, wonderful musicians, wonderful friends, wonderfully produced. Especially loved your show-stopping rendition of "Almost Young", which is now my new favorite song.
Love, Walter Willison


Like Dolly Levi, my friend Patricia Gay truly knows the meaning of paying it forward.  She could not attend last night so she bought two tickets for someone to attend in her place. I offered them to the first person on Facebook who contacted me. They went to Elli: The King of Broadway! I wish more people would take a lead from Patty.

Horace: Advice is cheap, Ms. Molloy. It's the things that come gift wrapped that count! 

 NO COPY WRITE INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.  FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!
Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!



Thank you, to all the entertainers mentioned in this blog! Thanks for the gifts you give to the world!

I love you ALL!! 

 
Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!


Now, GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TODAY!

 Become A Facebook friend of mine!
Follow me on Twitter If you've seen one of my appearances/shows, add your thoughts to my guestbook at www.RichardSkipper.com


Tomorrow's blog will be...CELEBRATING ROSEMARY LOAR!



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TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED TOMORROW!
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Monday, November 28, 2011

What Motivates You?



"Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more."
-William Cowper, English poet (1731-1800)

Happy Monday!
It's a new day, a new week,a new holiday season and we all have a blank canvas waiting to be drawn upon. It's really up to you to decide the direction your week takes. Do I sound too much like a motivational speaker? Well, perhaps I do but anyone who knows me knows that I'm really motivated. The idea of succeeding at whatever I set out to do motivates me. Those of you who know me and/or read my blogs know that I was motivated at 13 to come to New York when I was 18...and I did! When I set my mind on a goal and it materializes, I'm driven to make it succeed. Yesterday, on CBS Sunday Morning, they did a story on cancer patients and positive thinking. As you can imagine, there are two camps on this. Believers and non-believers. I can only speak for myself. Having an optimistic outlook has gotten me through some pretty rough patches. It keeps me going and my eye on the bigger prize. As you may know, tonight we are honoring Jerry Herman. I think the reason I am drawn to Jerry is his optimism. He tells the story that one day when he was a teenager, he came home to find his mom in a festive mood as if she were throwing a party. When he asked her what was the occasion, she responded with "It's Today!" It doesn't get any better than that!
Mame was the very first show I ever did and what a way to start in this business. When my family and everyone I encountered told me it was a pipe dream, it just motivated me to work harder.

Some people, sadly, are motivated by greed. A Black Friday shopper who collapsed while shopping at a Target store in West Virginia went almost unnoticed as customers continued to hunt for bargain deals. Walter Vance, the 61-year-old pharmacist, who reportedly suffered from a prior heart condition, later died in hospital, reports MSNBC.

Harvey Milk was motivated by equality for ALL! 

I'm motivated by great music!

Direct from his Sold Out Los Angeles performances, Craig Pomranz, reminiscent of Johnny Mathis, Chet Baker and Little Jimmy Scott, returns to New York and St. Louis!
His
NEW show “Love and the Clock” isThe First Annual Craig Pomranz Holiday Show!
In New York - Sunday, December 4 at 4:00PM and Saturday, December 10 at 7:00PMMake Reservations at 212.206.0440
"The BEST male singer, his voice is alternately affecting, powerful and nuanced; it is one of the finest instruments in the city” NY Post “Exceptional voice...powerful performance...came deep from his soul, mesmerizing everyone in the audience...” Music Connection “One of New York’s most critically-acclaimed saloon singers” New York Magazine “A powerful voice that is lilting and pure” Village VoiceNew Reviews by Sue Matsuki/Joe Regan Jr. & Alix Cohen Below!
CRAIG POMRANZ CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SINGER, One of the dreamiest voices in the music industry returns to New York and St. Louis along with Stephen Bocchino, Craig's formidable musical director, accompanist and partner in verbal high-jinks.

IN NEW YORK SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 at 4:00 PM (a special Sunday Performance) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 at 7:00 PM THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
34 WEST 22ND ST <<The Metropolitan Room>> RESERVATIONS: 212.206.0440

NEW - Times Square Chronicle Review click here
NEW - Alix Cohen/WomanAroundTown.com review click here
NEW - Love and the Weather/Sue Matsuki Review click here
F
OR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CRAIG CLICK HERE <<CraigPomranz.com>>


This is from my friend Michael Walters and is on the money:
"IF U ASK YOURSELF WHY MUSICIANS/ARTISTS/SONGWRITERS/PRODUCERS CHARGE SO MUCH FOR PERFORMANCES, think about this... We don't get paid vacation, we don't get paid sick days, we don't get bonuses for outstanding performances nor for Christmas. We don't have insurance plans, retirement plans, nor do we qualify for unemployment. We sacrifice our family on special days so that we can bring happiness to others and just make a living. Illness or personal affairs are not excuses for a bad performance. Next time you ask, remember that artists are artists because we love what we do, but that love doesn't pay debts.
Michael Walters as Dame Edna
I've written about Michael many times. He is one of the great entertainers working today."  
A native of Hope, Arkansas, Michael was delivered by the same nurse who delivered former President Bill Clinton. That nurse also happened to be his late grandmother, Wilma Booker.
Michael began performing as soon as he realized he had an unquenchable thirst to be the center of attention. A natural mimic, Michael began as a miniature Rich Little - doing impressions of the entire cast of The Muppet Show, Archie Bunker and countless other television icons - and he hasn't stopped since. Fortunately, some of the impressions have gotten better over time.


Michael L. Walters presents a one-man journey through the world of Musical Comedy as seen through the eyes of an actor who lives to entertain. Michael sings classic Broadway tunes from his favorite shows, and re-enacts some of his favorite roles. This fast-paced journey is peppered with stories of special celebrity encounters, offstage mishaps and hilarious tales about his family, who were never quite sure what to do with a show-biz kid. Don't miss your chance to share an unforgettable evening with this unforgettable and critically acclaimed entertainer!

My friend, Wanda Richert says, " Being with a group of Honest, Creative people with Integrity....brainstorming something Incredible out of 'thin air'.... *;).... ♥"
 It should have been the brightest day in Wanda Richert's young life. For three months the 22-year-old former chorus girl had been rehearsing for her Broadway debut in 42nd Street, producer David Merrick's Broadway version of the 1933 movie hit. She had not only won the coveted Ruby Keeler starring role but had fallen in love with the show's famed director, Gower Champion, 59. In the final weeks of rehearsal, however, Champion had fallen mysteriously ill, then was suddenly hospitalized. The night before the opening Wanda visited him. "He opened his eyes when I was there," she recalls. "He did get out, 'I love you.' " The next morning she was barred from Champion's room. "Gower's assistant said he was sedated because he was anxious over opening night," Wanda recalls. "That made me feel better." What she did not know was that Champion was dying.
 The performance went flawlessly that night. But after the 12th curtain call, Merrick walked onstage and melodramatically announced to the shocked audience and cast (and to TV cameramen who had been invited in) that Champion was dead. He then turned and embraced his new star. Wanda smiled bravely through the tears, champagne and glowing reviews at the opening-night party. "As a performer and as a person, I feel good I got through it," she says now. "Knowing it was for Gower helped a lot. I felt his strength."
 Her love affair with Champion began as a casual friendship. "I felt an attraction immediately, but I thought, 'Oh, with the age difference and all, it's impossible.' " But on opening night during the show's pre-Broadway run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Gower came to her dressing room. "We stood there looking at each other and he kissed me and I knew," she says. "But then they called, 'Places.' " They quickly became inseparable. "I kept pinching myself," Richert marvels. "I thought, 'This is someone my mom used to watch on TV.' " She tried to conceal their affair, "but Gower said, 'Why keep it secret?' " At the time, Richert claims, she did not realize Champion was still married to his second wife, Carla, from whom he had separated. (Gower and Marge Champion, his famous dancing partner, were divorced in 1973.) "In rehearsals, he always talked about his two ex-wives," Wanda says. "If I had known any differently, I wouldn't have gotten involved. I wouldn't want my husband to do that." Wanda eventually met Champion's wife in his hospital room. "I didn't know who Carla was at first, but she knew me," Wanda recalls. "I felt sympathy for her."
 They did quiet post rehearsal dinners at Champion's Manhattan apartment. They ate leftovers cooked up by his houseman, and Gower mixed his favorite cocktail: milk, ginger ale and Bosco. Richert had her own apartment nearby. "We talked about living together, but decided not to. A part of each of us had to have privacy." In their last days, she remembers, "He was as handsome lying in that hospital bed as ever. We'd talk about the show and how things were going." After the visits Richert would often go to St. Patrick's Cathedral. "I'd have a good cry there. I felt uplifted."
 The peripatetic life of a serviceman's family was difficult. By the time Wanda was a high school sophomore in Western Springs, Ill., she was dancing at a Chicago dinner theater—and letting her straight A grades slip. "I wasn't a pom-pom girl or in a clique," she explains. "When the girls found out I was a dancer, they hit me and threw me into lockers."
 She quit school, worked full-time on the regional theater circuit and once did a nightclub turn in a Greek restaurant. "We changed downstairs, surrounded by olives."
This is from an article I found on line from 1980 (One Light on Broadway Goes Out, Another Goes Up: a Star Named Wanda Richert Is Born)



 Assisted by Wanda Richert, Deborah Henry, Angelique Ilo, Ann Louise Schaut, Pamela Sousa, Cheryl Clark and Vicki Frederick, here is Donna McKechnie:

Miles Phillips motivates me! Here he is singing the song that won the Academy Award the year I was born at mine and Danny's wedding:



   


The Variety Show does exist! See for yourself tonight!


Nov 28
8pm
THE TRIAD, 158 West 72nd Street RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES...JERRY HERMAN
This is the launch of a new series. Once a month, Richard will be celebrating a different theme. A Benefit for Carol Channing's Foundation for the Arts. (www.ChanningArts.org) Anna Bergman,Diane J. Findlay, Peggy Herman, Sue Matsuki, Miles Phillips, Jana Robbins, Richard Skipper, Lee Roy Reams, Walter Willison, Bob Mattern, John Patrick Schutz, Sarah Rice. RESERVATIONS A MUST! $25 show plus two drink minimum, $50 PREMIUM SEATS plus two drink minimum (includes complementary glass of champagne).

Have your voice heard – You can make a difference!







I have been fortunate enough to call among my friends several celebrities.
The one thing that I've gleaned from them beyond their bodies of work is their humanness.

Thank you to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you ALL have given to the world!



Thank you for joining me on these nostalgic journeys!
I've added a new aspect to my blog.. I am now answering a question on video that YOU send to me. You can ask me ANYTHING and I will answer your question on video within my blog.
Send your questions to
Richard@RichardSkipper.com




"Richard, for supporting the ARTS and calling attention to the STARS of yesterday. You are a STAR in your own right!! With admiration and friendship"
Arlene Dahl


Thank you to all who have encouraged me! Thanks to all who have tried to stifle my art. I have learned from ALL of you!


Here's to an INCREDIBLE day for ALL!



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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Celebrating Lauren Bacall and Maureen Taylor!

A man's illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.
Lauren Bacall 

 Happy Sunday!

 I'm back from Buffalo. I had a great Thanksgiving with my in-laws. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well. I'm taking a break from preparations for our big event tomorrow night to write my blog today about a great show opening next month with a great dame celebrating another.

When I refer to these two women as great dames, it is meant with the utmost respect. The one being honored, I actually broke bread once. The one doing the honoring is a great Aquarian friend. I refer to her as an Aquarian friend because we share that sign and I think of her as a soul mate on this earthly trip that we are now both sharing. Maureen Taylor will be honoring Lauren Bacall at The Metropolitan Room starting on December 11th. What a great holiday gift to look forward to. 

I have always loved Lauren Bacall. In 1994, she followed up her best selling autobiography, By Myself (1978) with her memoirs, NOW which reflected on what was going on in her life since her autobiography and reflecting on other aspects not covered in her first book. In 1994, Danny and I belonged to a book club in Connecticut that would meet once a month with an author for breakfast and to discuss his/her book. Imagine my excitement when I heard that we were going to be having breakfast with Lauren Bacall! Now had just come out and she graciously accepted the invitation to attend and to talk about her book and hopefully sell a few. It was a great turn out. 
There were 25 of us and Betty Bacall as she preferred to be called. She looked great. Was very friendly but the first thing she said when she walked in was, "My God, Why did I agree to do this? 
I am NOT a morning person!" And then let out that wonderful laugh of hers! She was very pleasant all through breakfast. Answered a few questions. Mostly about Bogart and mostly inane! 
I remember that when we stood in line to get our books autographed, the woman in front of me wanted hers inscribed to "The greatest Mother in the world". Mother's Day happened to be coming up. Bacall looked up and asked how this woman knew HER mother. The woman's response was, "Oh no! I mean MY mother." Bacall responded by saying, "I think we are at an impasse. I think MY mother is the World's greatest mother." The lady once again pushed the issue by practically begging Bacall to inscribe the book as she requested. Bacall refused. 
She felt that it was insincere especially since she had no clue as to who she was inscribing this for. After much back and forth, Bacall eventually signed it "Lauren Bacall" and summoned me to move forward. I had both books and asked if she minded signing both. She said, "It depends. Did you buy both?" I answered in the affirmative. The she responded, "Well then I'm obligated to sign both!" She did and that was my breakfast with Betty Bacall! AND I have my two autographed Bacall books!

A woman isn't complete without a man. But where do you find a man - a real man - these days?
Lauren Bacall 

 Find me a man who's interesting enough to have dinner with and I'll be happy.
Lauren Bacall 

 I am essentially a loner.
Lauren Bacall 


 Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall  born Betty Joan Perske, September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks.

I am not a has-been. I am a will be.
Lauren Bacall 
 She first emerged as leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have And Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in The Big Sleep (1946) and Dark Passage (1947...one of my favorite films), as well as a comedienne in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Designing Women (1957). Bacall took lessons at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During this time, she became a theatre usher and worked as a fashion model.

As Betty Bacall, she made her acting debut, at age 17, on Broadway in 1942, as a walk-on in Johnny 2 X 4. According to her autobiography, she met her idol Bette Davis at Davis' hotel. Years later, Davis visited Bacall backstage to congratulate her on her performance in Applause, a musical based on Davis' turn in All About Eve.
  Bacall has also worked on Broadway in musicals, gaining a Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
 
 I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. 
That was the beginning of The Look.
Lauren Bacall

 On the set, Humphrey Bogart, who was married to Mayo Methot, initiated a relationship with Bacall some weeks into shooting and they began seeing each other.


A man's illness is his private territory & no matter how much he loves you & how close you are, you stay an outsider, healthy -Lauren Bacall
 
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
Lauren Bacall


 Born Betty Joan Perske in New York City, Bacall was the only child of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a secretary who later legally changed her surname to Bacall, and William Perske, who worked in sales.
Her parents were Jewish immigrants, their families having come from Poland, Romania, and Germany.
She is first cousin to Shimon Peres, current President and former Prime Minister of Israel.
Her parents divorced when she was five, and she took her mother's last name, Bacall.
Bacall no longer saw her father and formed a close bond with her mother, whom she took with her to California when she became a movie star. Bacall became a part-time fashion model.Howard Hawks' wife Nancy spotted her on the March 1943 cover of Harper's Bazaar and urged Hawks to have her take a screen test for . Hawks invited her to Hollywood for the audition. He signed her up to a seven-year personal contract, brought her to Hollywood, gave her $100 a week, and began to manage her career.
 Hawks changed her name to Lauren Bacall. Nancy Hawks took Bacall under her wing.
She dressed the newcomer stylishly, and guided her in matters of elegance, manners and taste. Bacall's voice was trained to be lower, more masculine and sexier, which resulted in one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood. 
In the movie, Bacall takes on Nancy's nickname “Slim." 
I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent and I have my friends, I call it 'content.'
Lauren Bacall

Want more? Go see Maureen Taylor's tribute to the one and only Betty Bacall! 

  Maureen Taylor is a "Work In Progress")!!!

 Performing has been a fabulous JOURNEY for her!
First stop: OPERA - Chicago,Philadelphia,West Palm Beach,Montreal, NewYork and a wonderful chapter in Italy with Carlo Bergonzi and Renata Tebaldi!


 Next stop: SWITZERLAND - thrilled to perform Madame Giry in Phantom (in German),live on a purple bicycle for a year and receive my Reiki certification!

 Next stop: LONDON - lots of singing: London Palladium,Drill Hall,Bridewell,Hever Castle,
Theatre Royale Brighton,Brighton Pavillion Dome, and a "New Age" recording,Incantations
with Tim Wheater in Bath. (There was a brief stint in a book store called Hocus Pocus)!


 Returning stateside brought regional theatre,soaps,commercials,print work and Cabaret
(Cosmic,of course) - most recently at the Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Conference.
With joy and gratitude to all the "guardian angels" along the way....
the JOURNEY continues!!!!


Maureen Taylor brings her incredible new show to the Metropolitan Room!
 I don't sit around thinking that I'd like to have another husband; only another man would make me think that way.
Lauren Bacall 
Please join me for Maureen Taylor on December 11th! 

 Don't forget: TOMORROW NIGHT!
Nov 28
8pm
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RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES...JERRY HERMAN
This is the launch of a new series. Once a month, Richard will be celebrating a different theme. A Benefit for Carol Channing's Foundation for the Arts. (www.ChanningArts.org) Anna Bergman,Diane J. Findlay, Peggy Herman, Sue Matsuki, Miles Phillips, Jana Robbins, Richard Skipper, Lee Roy Reams, Walter Willison, Bob Mattern, John Patrick Schutz, Sarah Rice, and Helena Joyce0Wright. RESERVATIONS A MUST! $25 show plus two drink minimum, $50 PREMIUM SEATS plus two drink minimum (includes complementary glass of champagne).

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