Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye to an Entertaining Year!

" Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to!"
-William E Vaughan, American newspaper columnist
(1915-1977)




Goodbye, 2011!
 It seems like it was just yesterday that I sat down to say goodbye to 2010 and a big hello to 2011. My horoscope says today: You may think that if you don't act fast an opportunity will go begging, but that isn't the case at all. In fact the planets urge you to take your time and get it right - it's more important than being first.And I have carefully thought out my game plan for next year. More about that tomorrow.

New Year's resolution almost never work, right?


As we enter, what we perceive as a new time and year of our lives, lets try to be the person we always wanted to be!! 

Strive to Be that Good person deep down inside!! The happy one... The whole one...
If you are willing to try to change yourself, the Universe will join in to help...
Happy New Year......... and HAPPY NEW YOU!!!

Tym Moss



As another New Year approaches, I hope you all take the time the assess how you fared in 2011. I think the problem is that people make unrealistic goals. They think that overnight, they are going to change habits that they have spent a lifetime building.They think that they are going to change their entire lives on January 1st. 
And what ends up happening, is that by January 5th they have failed. thus they think they are incapable of sticking to their goals and/or plans. So my suggestion is that rather than trying to make unrealistic goals make intentions; What you INTEND to set out to do in the next year.
Create a game plan or a map of where you visualize yourself being one year from today… And stick to it!
Let me help you! I promise you results!!


My best wishes to you too. May the New Year be kind and generous to us all. May it heal out hearts and lighten our load. And not to forget a little chocolate on the side!
Stephan Artist

This has been a great year with incredible highs and a few lows.
When the year began, I was appearing off-Broadway in my show.




I had a wonderful birthday. I even danced with Marge Champion!How wonderful is that? A week later, Danny and I flew out to Palm Springs to celebrate my actual birthdate with Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian. While in Palm Springs, I performed a special show for Carol and Harry of a show I put together specifically for this trip out there, called "To Carol with Love", a benefit for Carol and Harry's Foundation For The Arts.



A week later, I flew back to LA to surprise Carol for her 90th birthday celebration.In April, I co-produced, for the second time, The Bistro Awards. We honored Carol Channing, Tyne Daly, and Dionne Warwick. It was an exciting night!
That same week, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, which I am so proud to be a part of, premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival .
The following week, Carol and Harry flew in to New York and we went to a screening together, followed by a lovely lunch at the Central Park Boathouse, courtesy of the film's producer, Dori Berenstein. I performed in a Zani's Furry Friends benefit with Lee Roy Reams and Hayley Mills.
Thank you Sarah Rice!


I started writing a DAILY blog this year which is VERY EXCITING for me. I have made some incredible connections with great opportunities this year. Please be on the lookout for what the new year holds!

Thanks to Paula Reilly, I was able to stretch my acting chops again with two very different acting pieces: a new dramatic scene called "Wake" and Jules Fieffer's "Little Murders". It was a blast to be "acting" . . beyond Carol. . . again.
With Barbara Miluski in Wake
I did two events for the Ziegfeld Society this year.
One as Carol and one as Richard. In July, Danny and I got married after 21 years!


It is now legal here in New York!
Thank you, Governor Cuomo!
In August, I celebrated my 32nd year in New York!

In September, I performed in Oklahoma City and I took my annual sabbatical in Malibu. November, I produced a panel for the New York Sheet Music Society honoring Jerry Herman. Read about it HERE.
We had Amber Edwards, Lee Roy Reams, Marge Champion, Ken Bloom, Donald Pippin, Klea Blackhurst and Miles Phillips, and I was overwhelmed by the response on every level.
I followed this up two weeks later with an SRO musical tribute to Jerry Herman at The Triad. This was co-produced by Magda Katz! Not a bad way to end the year!

I saw a LOT of great shows this year. I thank ALL of the entertainers who have added to the experience of the past year. 
The year started out with us seeing Lorne a lot that Feinstein's in January 5th. It was the perfect start for the year and also the perfect antidote.
It already started being one of the worst winters in New York's recorded history.
It seemed like every time we turn around we were being hit by a major storm and/or blizzard. But Lorna has the major talent to warm up Siberia.



In January it was very exciting to be part of the APAP convention once again.
APAP stands for Arts Presenters and Performers and every January there is a convention here in New York City at the Hilton where agents get a chance to present their talent to many buyers who are in town seeking out product for their next season.
I shared a booth with the Rapp Agency, one of the most prestigious agencies around.
I was also lucky enough to spend quality time with one of my favorite entertainers, Michelle Lee, and also got the opportunity to meet one of my favorite performers, Leslie Jordan, thanks to my friend and Leslie's producer, Bruce Robert Harris.

Raissa Katona Bennett
 Also in January, and also at Feinstein's,we saw our friend, Raissa Katona Bennett, perform her amazing tribute to Jerome Kern.

At the York Theatre, we saw The Road to Qatar, a fun show with a great cast.

It was fun to see James Beaman on stage once again I am a huge fan of his.



The month ended with me appearing on The Joey Reynolds Show on NBC with one of my idols, Marilyn Michaels. It was stormy outside but it was so much fun.
 

Here's to a great 2012. Look for what's ahead on my website!
Thank you, Glen Charlow, for the work you do on my site and in all other design areas. It is much appreciated! Everyone, look for a newer more streamlined website in the coming weeks!
Before I end this blog...
Happy Birthday, Jule Styne!

Here's to a great 2012. Look for what's ahead on my website!
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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!
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Tomorrow's's blog will be...MY INTENTIONS FOR 2012!



Thank you, to all the mentioned in this blog!

  Here's to an SUCCESS-FULL 2012 for ALL...with NO challenges!


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

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TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED 2012
Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com

 In Loving Memory of Harry Kullijian Born:December 27th, 1919 in Turlock, CA. Died December 26th, 2011 in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year…Almost!

ME, Harlan Boll, Harry Kullijian, Linda Kosut
" The meek shall inherit the earth-if that's all right with you"
-Anonymous

Happy Friday!
What are your plans for tomorrow night? If your plans are to be in Times Square, please be careful I hope that wherever you are you are surrounded by love and peace and happiness!


Words and Music by Jerry Herman, the documentary celebrating Jerry's life was shown once again last night on PBS. Here is a man who has devoted his life to simply entertaining us.He had no agendas other than to entertain. No gimmicks, no special effects, just pure entertainment.

And next month, actually 13 days from today, Danny and I will be traveling to Palm Springs for the Palm Springs film Festival where the film, Carol Channing: Larger than Life, will be shown.it is rather bittersweet. Palm Springs was the home of Harry Kullijian and Carol. I was very excited about seeing the film once again in the presence of Carol and Harry. Dori  Berenstein has done a phenomenal job of capturing the love story of Carol and Harry and, of course, the love story between audiences and Carol worldwide.I am thrilled beyond belief that I'm even a part of this film. It is nice to know that throughout eternity, as long as film exists, that Carol and Harry and a host of other friends are united in this great film. Harry, thanks to Dori, will live on forever. I hope to share in this excitement of watching this film grow as it finds its audience and what I have known for years...that Carol is one of the greatest entertainers that has ever lived.Wish that all of you could join me in Palm Springs and to say hello in person. If not in Palm Springs, the film will also be shown at the Paley Center in Los Angeles on January 18th. I will be joining Carol and Lily Tomlin. If you will be there, please say hello. The film will be opening in limited release on January 20th.

This afternoon, I am joining friends in New York City to see My Week with Marilyn and to "break bread". I can't think of a better way to bring this year to a close… almost. Tomorrow, my blog will focus on the shows I've seen this year and I have seen so many!

I would also like to acknowledge a very special birthday today: Russ Tamblyn. I am a huge fan of Russ'. I actually wrote about him a few weeks ago in my blog when I was covering the fact that Russ Tamblyn, George Shakira's, and Rita Moreno were all immortalizing themselves even further by placing their footprints and handprints at Grauman's Chinese theater. It is nice to know that some of what was once the glamour of Hollywood still exists. I was lucky enough at that time to interview George. I am still hoping that I will have that opportunity with either Ross or Rita. If any of you reading this, know either one of them please let them know of my desires. Till tomorrow, I
 love you all.






Here are a few comments from my guestbook at www.RichardSkipper.com
Dear Richard,
This many weeks since your Jerry Herman Birthday Celebration for the Sheet Music Society - - the afternoon stays in my mind. You achieved the most wonderful combination of entertainment, education, humor, sentiment, honor and respect with regard to the work of Jerry Herman. The people you put together were each sensational and there for such different reasons, offering different perspectives. The "inside" nature of it mad it seem like we were in your living room. I thank you and look forward to your next one!

I saw and heard your presentation at ACOR last week and left with many ideas and more importantly with encouragement. As someone leaving an established career to pursue my original training in art I was buoyed up by your positive attitude. You role modeled willingness to move forward into the wild world of the web and gave us the necessary information on what to do next. Thank you Richard for your wonderful approach and good information.

 It was lovely meeting Richard Skipper Tuesday evening at the ACOR seminar. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. I was particularly touched to learn that Richard is a champion of arts education, as that is a passion of mine as well.

I attended Richard Skipper's workshop at The Arts Council of Rockland on Tuesday night (11/15/11). I was prepared for an evening of scribbling down dry information which I would have promptly ignored when I got home. Instead I was treated to a fun and engaging evening. Richard provided many "ahh ha" moments. He made the information relevant, and instilled a sense of urgency to do it now! Most importantly for me, Richard gave me the permission I was not aware I needed to pursue an audience outside of my comfort zone. Thank you Richard Skipper!
Joanna Morton Gary
Spring Glen, NY

This past Saturday I attended Richard Skipper's tribute to Jerry Herman. It was just magnificent. Famous entertainers who worked with and knew Jerry Herman on a personal level talked about his life, told great stories that I was not aware of and more than that sang some great songs. Even songs that were cut but were fantastic! It was a truly great show produced by Richard. We also saw some videos that were not seen before showing a young Jerry Herman singing.Everyone loved it! I can't wait till Richard's next project. By the way I am so thrilled that another Jerry Herman tribute will be done by Richard at the Triad in NYC on Nov. 28th with a fabulous cast. DO NOT miss it!!! You will thank me and especially Richard for attending!
Ed Stimler
Forest Hills, NY






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!
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...A RECAP OF MY YEAR




Please contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING  and HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS



TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED TOMORROW!
Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com



In Loving Memory of Harry Kullijian Born:December 27th, 1919 in Turlock, CA. Died December 26th, 2011 in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I Promise You A Happy Beginning!

 "Sin cannot be undone, only forgiven."
with Jill Melanie Wirth, Christmas Night 2011
--Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born composer (1882-1971)
 
Happy Thursday!


After today there are only two days left in this year. As I usually do every year at this time, I reflect on the past year and contemplate where I would like to be one year from today.

Within the last five days I have lost my beloved cat, Nala, and my dear friend, Harry Kullijian.
It is made me think once again how precious life really is. We all need to take the time to seize the day, carpe diem! We also need to honor the past. When I first started out as an actor, my teacher and mentor, Miss Epps, taught me that every time I walked out on stage,that I was carrying the mantle of every great actor and entertainer that have ever gone before me.
I have never forgotten that and I still think about that every single time I walk out on stage. How many people working in the theater today even think about those that have paved the way for what they are able to do today?. I don't like the way this business has changed.  The emphasis is more on the business and less on the show.
David Merrick
Anyone can now call themselves a producer, simply because they've raised the money. Where are the David Merrick's? Those that call themselves producers today have "produced" NOTHING, at least artistically. And yet these people are shaping the direction that Broadway is going towards. I, for one, don't like it.

Yesterday, a very interesting thing happened at my home. I received a package via UPS. As the delivery man was handing me the package, from Tiffany's no less, he noticed two portraits that are hanging in our dining room. Here they both are. Well, anyway, he asked who they were. I said Ruth Gordon and Judy Garland. He said he had never heard of either of them! Were they relatives!?!?!   Ruth Gordon I could possibly understand.  But Judy Garland!?!?! One of the greatest cultural icons of the 20th century?!? A few things you need to know about this deliveryman... First of all, he is American. Born and bred right here in New York.
He is also 38!  When I asked him, incredulously, if he was serious, he just stared back in disbelief that I seemed so surprised. I mentioned The Wizard of Oz and that Judy Garland was the star of that film. He then asked me, now hold on to your hats, if Judy had played the witch!?!?! I took my package and told him to go out and rent the film.

This situation is not as isolated as you might think.When I mentioned to someone yesterday that Carol Channing's husband  had passed away, I was asked who Carol Channing is. I am finding more and more that if it didn't happen within the past 25 years, people seem to forget that it happened at all. I think the problems began, believe it or not, with MTV. Those that have grown up in an MTV generation have only been fed what MTV has given them. Believe me, it is not a full diet!

Those of my generation grew up watching contemporary performers and entertainers performing and appearing with those from our parents generation AND those from our grandparents generation. We also only had three networks: ABC, CBS, and NBC. Those three networks vied for the largest demographic, across the board, possible.
Also please take into account that those three networks only ran from about 5 to AM in the morning and signed off, after the national anthem, at 1 AM. I believe that because they had less time, they were more aggressive in their desire to entertain. The quality was much higher. When you think of the Golden age of television and the fact that so much of it was live, why can't we have live theater in today's TV world?

My partner, Danny's nephew Scotty, who is 21, is not familiar with most of the people that I write about and cover in my blogs
 It's not a matter of ignorance,  it's a matter of not being exposed to it. When I think of the cultural landscape, and the fact that we deify those who have achieved a level of success and notoriety based in most cases, on nothing more than scandal, I believe there are many, beside myself, desire something on a higher level.

My goal as we travel into the 2012 year is to celebrate the artistry of those that are worth celebrating...those who have paid their dues, those that are paying their dues, those that need to be recognized, and those who should be recognized.
I will continue to carry the torch that Harry and Carol ignited with their Foundation. I will also work diligently in the new year to ensure that Carol receives her Kennedy Center honor.

On Sunday, time permitting, I will write a little about my goals for the new year. But as Carol always says to me," don't talk about it, just do it."

Thank you all for the support you have given me over the past year and also in previous years. My career and my desires and goals have shifted and I am now traveling down a new path. I am at a very good place and I am very excited about what the future holds. I have a lot of irons on the fire right now, and to paraphrase Jerry Herman, I promise you a happy beginning. Now go out and celebrate with those you love and let's all make the world a better place in 2012.


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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!
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's blog will be...YOU TELL ME...I'M OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS!

Thank you, to all the mentioned in this blog!

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



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

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TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED HOLIDAY SEASON
Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com

 In Loving Memory of Harry Kullijian Born:December 27th, 1919 in Turlock, CA. Died December 26th, 2011 in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lucie Arnaz!


“If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything! It only means you do not have all the information you need to make a good decision. And then, when you DO make your mind up, go through a mountain if you have to to see it through.”
Desi Arnaz




 Happy Wednesday!
 Hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of 2011. On Saturday, I'll be giving a recap of the shows I enjoyed this year. My year began at Feinstein's on January 5th and I've kept the music flowing all year! And I'm happy to say that I'm starting next year off at Feinstein's as well...this time, with Lucie Arnaz!
I've written about Lucie in the past. Go to my blog and do a search for Lucie. Yes, I'm a fan. I've been a fan since I used to watch her on Monday nights in Here's Lucy. Available through Amazon.

Lucie, Karen Ludwig, and Katie Luckinbill, Photo by Linda Lenzi
  





LUCIE ARNAZ has had an extremely diversified career spanning over forty-five years in show business. 

She has starred on the New York stage in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (Theatre World, LA Drama Critic’s and Outer Critic’s Circle Awards), LOST IN YONKERS, and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, GRACE AND GLORIE; in the London premiere of THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK; in the Coconut Grove Playhouse premieres of ONCE REMOVED and A PICASSO; in First National companies of SEESAW, WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?, SOCIAL SECURITY, and MY ONE AND ONLY (Sarah Siddons Award); and in regional theatres in WONDERFUL TOWN, MASTER CLASS, CABARET, THE GUARDSMAN, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, I DO! I DO!, EDUCATING RITA, VANITIES, and MACK AND MABEL to name just a few.
Photo: courtesy of Lucie


But today I have an exclusive interview with Lucie! I'm ecstatic!  Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

 
Let's start at the beginning...
The first LIVE show that Lucie remembers seeing is a filming of an I LOVE LUCY episode in Hollywood.  Live audience, three cameras on film. After that, she remembers being in NYC with her mother in 1960 when Lucille Ball was starring in WILDCAT, and going to see several Broadway shows, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS starring Carol Burnett, THE MUSIC MAN starring Robert Preston and THE MIRACLE WORKER starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.  Can’t remember which she saw first.


 

Lucie was already putting on little theatre plays in her backyard before she moved to NY. She says she has had a deep seated passion for LIVE theatre for as long as she can remember and an enormous respect for the people who do this job eight times a week.

 
 Lucie says the greatest gifts she received from her parents was their joy in the work they did. "Seeing the pleasure there was in working hard at something that you love doing and that can make others feel better and maybe even learn something in the process."

 
Delores Arnaz, Lucy, Desi, Dede, Lucie



Well, not counting The Proscenium Players in Lucie's backyard, her first time on stage was Immaculate Heart High School's production of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Freshman year, she auditioned for and got the part of The Cheshire Cat. She remember the audition was pretty much just how wide she could smile!!! She was loud and she got a lot of laughs. She was hooked.

 
Lucie's first professional job was working on THE LUCY SHOW in a small part opposite her mother, Lucille Ball. She was eleven! Her character was Lucy’s daughter, Chris’s, pal at the soda shop where Chris worked. 
Her name was “Cynthia”. The episode was called, THE SODA JERK.


Lucie's thoughts on Arts in Education.


One of the most important issues facing our world today. Working in The Arts helps kids to express themselves, work through anxieties and fears, process pain and anger issues and improves their self esteem. Without any kind of art we are creating powder kegs waiting to explode.

Imagine life without art..................

No music. No painting. No dance. No photography. No beautiful architecture. No poetry. No books. No entertainment anywhere. No self expression. That will be the world we live in if we don’t figure out how to afford to keep ARTS in our schools and raise our children with it everyday. It’s the end of a great society if we don’t.


Lucie's thoughts on Carol Channing (ALL of my blogs honor Carol)

Carol Channing has been an enormous font of pure enthusiasm and joy on this planet. She was the first person I ever knew who seemed to LOVE everyone she met. She was one of the first practitioners of preventative medicine through healthy eating habits that I ever knew and she was religious about it. She is truly a one of a kind type of spirit. There cannot be another like her. She has an hysterical sense of comedy and a seemingly ceaseless energy to perform. She is a national treasure.

(On a side note, Long before I performed as Carol, Lucille Ball did! Take a look!)

Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Lucie Arnaz, CeCe Black
I’m campaigning for Carol Channing to receive the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor in 2012. If you agree that she should receive this honor, can you say why you think this should happen.

It is an embarrassment that someone like Carol Channing has been overlooked this long in receiving certain awards, especially something like a Kennedy Center Honor. There are only a few real legends left and she certainly should have been acknowledged for her work long before this.

Perhaps it is because her worldwide popularity is due to a great deal to only one show, HELLO DOLLY!. But, certainly, less accomplished performers have received this acknowledgement. Her time is due.

 
Lucie's most recent appearances these days has been primarily in the concert arena. She is performing her concerts ....

[ANOTHER Carol Channing influence:  Lucie used to say her “nightclub act”, until Tommy Tune told him that Carol Channing said to him, “Oh, NO, Tommy Tune (she always calls him by his full name) you mustn’t call what we do a ‘nightclub act’, it’s a CONCERT!!!!”) (pronounced “Caaaahn- shirt”).....

Photo credit: Glen Charlow
So, Lucie's most recent Caaahn-shirt was the performing in “BABALU”, the show she produced in celebration of The Music of The Desi Arnaz Orchestra. It was at The Library of Congress on October 15, 2011, starring along side Raul Esparza, Valarie Pettiford, Lucie's brother, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Papo Pepin and Ron Abel conducting a 16 piece band!




Lucie's upcoming show at Feinstein’s is entitled LATIN ROOTS and is a celebration of the music she grew up with a decidedly Latin bent. 
Her new CD is called LATIN ROOTS and she will be performing as many of the tunes from it as they can in a small venue like the beautiful Feinstein’s at The Regency Hotel. Due to BABALU and other work she has been involved in, she has not performed her own Caaaaahn-shirts in NYC for a couple of years and has not been at Feinstein’s since before she went to London to star in The Witches of Eastwick (2000). 
She believes she was only the third person to play this classy new club. Famed manager, Allen Sviridoff, created it so his clients, Michael Feinstein and Rosemary Clooney, would have an elegant room to perform in in New York City. She played there for two full weeks and she loved every minute. She can’t wait to go back.

January weekend is traditionally a difficult sell for people who may have just cleaned out their wallets for the holidays, but it is selling well...so order your tickets today! I have a very special offer for readers of this blog! Keep reading!!
It’s a very exciting weekend to be there, as the annual Association of Performing

ArtsPresenters (APAP) convention is in town and all of the people who book shows like Lucie's will be able to come and see what she  does.

Lucie's longtime favorite musical director and arranger, Ron Abel, will be heading her combo and they have hired some of the finest musicians around. Steve Samuel is flying in from Austin, Texas to play drums. Brian Nalepka, of Manhattan Rhythm Kings fame, will be on bass and the wonderful Roger Squitero on Percussion. It’ll be a very eclectic set with Ron Abel and Billy Stritch arrangements cozied up with some original Desi Arnaz charts, a favorite new Ron Abel/Chuck Steffan love song and a song Lucie has waited years to perform that her father wrote for my mother. This material provides Lucie with some of the most fun she says she has had on stage. I hope my readers will feel the urge to go and party with them. It’s January 5 thru the 8th, (five shows only!) And Feinstein’s has lowered their normal cover charge to $40 for Lucie, (plus a low $25 food/drink minimum). It’s a pretty good deal on an elegant evening out.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR READERS OF THIS BLOG
Sat and Sun Jan 7 and 8th  shows, must mention code LUCY12 when making reservation!
 $35.00 cover, no fees
one drink minimum
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Don Buford with Laurence Luckinbill and Lucie Arnaz
at the 1993 EMMY Awards
in Los Angeles
Lucie considers her biggest success in show business the fact that she is still being able to make a living at it after 45 years. And, being able to move from medium to medium (TV, Film, Stage, Producing, Editing, Writing, Lecturing) and have some success at each. She has diversified her portfolio quite a bit in the last 40+ years and, although some of her audience might think she fell off the planet years ago (her words, not mine!), she has had the opportunity to learn so many different trades and even perfect a few. She is also very proud of her EMMY for producing and directing Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (1993).



Photo credit: Glen Charlow
Lucie's lowest low and how did she surpassed that?

with Michelle Lee, Ron Abel, Keith Dodge, Nolan Miller, Joel Briskin, and Gary Pudney (Photo credit: Shira Greenberg, BroadwayWorld.com)
Career wise, thankfully, it really hasn’t happened yet. Personally, it was when her business partner and closest friend, Kieth Dodge, committed suicide on December 13, 2005 (St. Lucy’s Feast Day, thank you very much!). He was suffering from AIDS related depression and a lack of faith that he could be returned to his previous health. He was very close to Lucie's kids. He was Lucie's daughter’s godfather and all of them took a big hit from that.


Lucie recovered with the help of her friends Jon Giswold, Marc Raboy, Kate McAleer, medium, John Edward, prolific composer, Broadway conductor and Thought Exchange guru, David Friedman, and Rev. Shawn Moninger plus the principals that she subsequently learned through UNITY, a life changing, non denominational new thought group started by Charles and Mrytle Fillmore in 1889.


What one change would you like to see in today’s industry?

Less TV shows about murders and how they were committed. (I say AMEN to that!)

Who are your TOP FIVE models and influences as an artist?

Can’t separate the artist from the person. So, other than watching my folks at work and at play, many people have shaped my professional abilities AND my spiritual soul. My first “mother”, Willie Mae Barker, my grandmother, Dede Ball, my step mother, Edie Arnaz, my Proscenium Players girlfriends, Susie Meyer, Alice Brittingham, Cindy Barnes Shoemaker and Amy Appleton, my first drama teacher, Sister Doule’, Vivian Vance, David Craig, Michael Bennett, Tommy Tune, agent Eric Schepard, Judy Gibson, June Havoc, Ron Abel, Tana Sibilio, Arthur Joseph, Maida Webster, Pat Colluci-Corrit, my husband Larry Luckinbill and the love of our five children. (I know there are about 20 more)

What do you think ultimately made you desire to go into this business?

The fun of playing make believe and the excitement of the high wire act of live performing.

Are you happy at the point you are right now in your career?

I am having the time of my life. I want nothing more than to keep doing exactly what I am doing. Just a lot more of it.

Do you feel you have achieved what you set out to do?

I never set out to do a damn thing except enjoy my work, so I guess the answer would be YES..... and then some.

What do you do to remain positive when life's hiccups get you down?

Take a deep breath, let it all out and then keep swallowing until you need to breathe again. 
(It works for real hiccups, too!!!)

That and to simply ask Spirit, “Tell me what to think about this.” Unity tip. It never fails to give me a useful answer.

 
If you had all the money in the world...that you needed...would you continue working ?

Absolutely. No question.

A genie pops out of the lamp, he grants you three wishes. What are those wishes?

1) All people are kind to one another from this moment forward. 
2) All people are kind to one another from this moment forward. 
3) All people are kind to one another from this moment forward.




If you could travel anywhere in the world and spend some time there, where would you choose, and what would you do?
I can, and I have. And still, I would choose to simply travel deeper and deeper into ME. It’s like Journey To The Center of The Earth, or The Fantastic Voyage. You never really get to the bottom and you never get board with what you find. I like to be with true friends and share stories about our lives and learn from them. And I can do that anytime, right in my own backyard.
The Luckinbill Family!

Please join me at Feinstein's on January 8th! I guarantee a great time!






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Thank you Lucie for the gifts you give to the world! Thank you, to all the entertainers mentioned in this blog! Thank you Glen with help with some of the photos!
I love you ALL!! 

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

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This blog is dedicated to the memory of my friend, Harry Kullijian