|Franco Zeffirelli was born on this day in 1923 (age 93), Florence, Italy.|
If you don't tell the whole truth about yourself, life is a ridiculous exercise. - See more at: http://playbill.com/news/article/being-gay-was-not-an-option-joel-grey-welcomes-us-into-his-private-life-386203#sthash.FrKUl6Xi.dpufIf you don't tell the whole truth about yourself, life is a ridiculous exercise.
Happy February 12th, Everyone!
I want to begin my thanking EVERYONE for the outpouring of LOVE yesterday. I received over 1,000 birthday greetings from all over the world and I want to take that feeling of elation and take it with me throughout the year.
I've believed for a long time that it’s not whether you get knocked down in life that matters -- it's about whether you get back up. Yesterday, really got me up! Today is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining until the end of the year. Today, the day continues by celebrating a few of my favorite Aquarians and a few that aren't.
Aquarius personality is very independent, any attempt to hold them down or restrict them will cause them, to flee.
They need to be free to be on their own. Independence is not just desired by Aquarius, it is essential to their well being.
I begin by celebrating one of my
|Juliet Capulet Montague - 1968 Romeo and Juliet, Zeffirelli|
He is also a former senator (1994–2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party.
Success is buried on the other side of rejection.
On this date in 1963,Construction begins on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Ted Mack was born 112 years ago today in Greeley CO.
William Edward Maguiness (February 12, 1904 – July 12, 1976), known as Ted Mack, was the host of Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour on radio and television.
Today is also the birthday of Billy Stritch and Tex Beneke, singer, saxophonist, and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (d. 2000)
|Photo by Bill Westmoreland|
They say that behind every great man is a great woman. Sometimes there’s a great man behind a great woman. But the real magic happens when two great talents collaborate. Case-in-point: Liza Minnelli and Billy Stritch, her friend, accompanist, and music director. - See more at: http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/curtain-call-billy-stritch-23-years-as-lizas-confidant-and-music-director/#sthash.itnIzTC7.dpufBilly Stritch has been very fortunate to have a few great collaborations in his lifetime: Montgomery, Plant, and Stritch. (That is when I first became familiar with him), Liza Minnelli, Jim Caruso, Marilyn Maye, Christine Eberlsole, Linda Lavin, Klea Blackhurst, and MANY more!
Real magic happens when Billy colaborates with many of the great artists he has worked with. Case-in-point: Liza Minnelli and Billy Stritch, her friend, accompanist, and music director. He was co-arranger with Marvin Hamlisch for Minnelli On Minnelli at the Palace Theater in New York City and his arrangements have also been performed in the annual Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. In addition to accompanying the likes of the great artists I have cited here,Billy has also carved out a solo career, and even co-wrote a #1 country song in the '90s.
He is the frequent musical director at his friend Jim Caruso's Cast Party, Monday nights at Birdland.Straight from Broadway!
|Richard Skipper, Chrisine Ebersole, Billy Stritch|
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|Lillias White with Billy Stritch|
Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene.
His most recent nightclub act Billy Stritch Sings the Mel !Tormé Songbook earned rave reviews from
the New York critics.
Billy has appeared in cabaret venues across the nation as well as concert performances at the London Palladium, NHK Hall in Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro’s Municipale Auditorium. In New York, he has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and was onstage in the 2001 Broadway revival of 42nd Street, which starred Christine Ebersole.
In Your Dreams, available on Ghostlight Records. Billy is also a songwriter and arranger, and his composition “Does He Love You” was recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. The single reached the number one spot on the Billboard Country chart, winning a Grammy Award and selling over five million copies along the way. He has arranged for many top performers and is a frequent collaborator with Liza Minnelli, having written the arrangements for Minnelli On Minnelli at the Palace Theater, Liza’s Christmas at Town Hall, and was musical supervisor and pianist for the Tony Award-winning, Liza’s At The Palace.
Billy has played and sung on numerous television shows including “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “Oprah,”“The CBS Morning Show,” “The Today Show” and “Inside The Actor’s Studio”. He has three CDs to his credit and his latest “Jazz Live,” was released on Fynsworth Alley Records. He is
Happy Happy Birthday to Billy.....who makes piano playing look all too easy!!
Years ago there was a benefit at " The Beacon theater " Here in NYC..Last minute.. My long time conductor Herb Bernstein fell ill. It was like hours before the show. I left my apt. with my music under my arm.. & prayed there would be someone to help. after all .. there was just no time!..There was Billy!!! Standing at the stage door.. I cried!! "Billy can you help me ?? " Of course he did.. He sight read the music & Played it as if he performed it for years. I knew then I was in the company of a genius !! A few months later .. he joined me on my " Pure Imagination " CD.. It is Still on of my Favorite cuts .. Billy is special.. Special in every way... this is someone to Treasure!...love JULIE BUDD
1915 – Canadian-American actor (d. 1987), probably best known for the popular 60s COLOR western, Bonanza.
Forrest Tucker, born 12/2/1898: in movies from 1940, best remembered for his Sgt O'Rourke in TV's F Troop.
1950 – Patrick Quinn, actor (d. 2006)
On this date in 1952, Michael McDonald was born. singer-songwriter and keyboardist.
Arsenio Hall was born on this date in 1956.
Josh Brolin was born on this date in 1968.
|Tea with Mussolini, Directed by Franco Zeffirelli|
|On this date in 1961, the Soviet Union launches Venera 1 towards Venus.|
Today is also the birthday of one of my favorite actresses, Ann Walker!
In Entertainment News:
Just watch and listen - the new single from Hilary Kole - a luscious and one-of-a-kind rendition of Over The Rainbow. Available now on ITunes ...Hilary Kole, on this stunningly fresh collection of performances of songs from the well-worn repertoire of Judy Garland, reveals and brings new life to the emotional core of each tune while revealing herself as a consummate interpreter. While never attempting to imitate Garland, Hilary tells Judy’s story —relaying the joy of falling in love, the hope that love will prevail, the heartbreak when love fails. And most importantly, the gathering of the will and desire to pick oneself up again to give it one more try.
Cabaret critic David Finkle wrote, after an appearance years ago at Birdland, Throughout her current Birdland gig, the jazz-pop singer Hilary Kole has only the following elements to offer: a pure voice that flows as easily as burnished notes from a muted trumpet, impeccable musicianship, pellucid phrasing, the ability to swing an up-tune and infuse a ballad with simmering passion, a grounding in the history of contemporary pop songwriting and interpretation, experience working with authoritative instrumentalists like Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck, a careful way with final consonants (not a certainty from vocalists these days), an obvious understanding of Ella Fitzgerald's influential artistry, a visible appreciation of the musicians backing her (the marvelous pianist-arranger Tedd Firth, guitarist John Hart, drummer Mark McLean, bassist Paul Gill) and a nonchalant wave of the left arm when she finishes a fast number. To throw one more item into the overwhelming mix: She possesses brunette beauty that makes you wonder if she was separated at birth from Catherine Zeta Jones and Jaclyn Smith.
On Feb. 16, Broadway legend Joel Grey will release his aptly titled book Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir before sitting down for a discussion and performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT.
Before taking the stage, he confided truths about the personal identity struggles he dealt with before coming out. - See MORE
John Wallowitch's 90th birthday.
John Wallowitch was a cabaret singer and prolific songwriter who was a colorful figure in the New York cabaret world for more than 40 years. In 1998 Karmic Release made Wallowitch and Ross THIS MOMENT a documentary following Wallowitch and his long time partner, and modern dance great, Bertram Ross.
Just this week, this documentary was preserved in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences permanent collection. The documentary is now housed at the Academy for generations to come -- John and Bert would be proud. In celebration of John's 90th birthday, Karmic Release, LTD is hoping to have a variety of events with the New York cabaret community over the course of this year, including a re-release of the film and its soundtrack. So keep your eyes and ears open for all the cabaret fun to come!
Take a minute to give the guys a google and see what you've missed if your cabaret history's a little
|Richard Skipper, Cynthia Crane, John Wallowitch|
Happy Birthday John, and thanks for the music.
I want to include this wonderful tribute to John Wallowitch from Chip Deffaa: I want to remember my friend, the late singer/songwriter, John Wallowitch, on what was his birthday. This wise, droll, elfin man, who knew seemingly everybody--the second photo shows him with a young Oprah Winfrey--changed the direction of my life, and I'll always be grateful.
He was a good role model. he wrote 2,700 songs, which were recorded by everyone from Blossom Dearie to Tony Bennett.
|John Wallowitch, Hayley Mills, Donna McKechnie|
"FROM PICCADILLY TO TIMES SQUARE" November 19th, 2001
|American music and dance came together when Martha Graham (seen here with dancer Bertram Ross), collaborated with Copland|
Singing Irving Berlin Inside
I've had actors portray John in two of my shows.
His presence can be felt in all of them.
John was a composer of more than 2,700 songs (by his own count, the majority unpublished), Mr. Wallowitch was a familiar face on New York television, beginning in 1980 with his cable-access show, “John’s Cabaret,” in which he played piano, sang and joked.
|Bertram and John|
With his owlish face, oversize glasses, bow tie and sly Cheshire cat grin, he was the dandified embodiment of a traditional piano man and seemed to know every obscure show tune ever written.
He specialized in little-known Irving Berlin songs. I LOVE AND MISS YOU, JOHN!
Thank you to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!
Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
With grateful XOXOXs ,
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|Save the date American Popular Song Society|
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Sarah Rice, Broadway's original Johanna of Sweeney Todd, will sing a Valentine's Day concert of songs from the operetta, classical and musical theatre repertoire, with Paul Jackel, in upstate New York, Feb. 14. - See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/kiss-me-sweeney-todds-sarah-rice-sings-of-love-with-paul-jackel-feb.-14-111546#sthash.bYCP2Q2p.dpuf
On Feb. 16, Broadway legend Joel Grey will release his aptly titled book "Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir" before sitting down for a discussion and performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT. Before taking the stage, he confided truths about the personal identity struggles he dealt with before coming out. - See more at: http://playbill.com/news/article/being-gay-was-not-an-option-joel-grey-welcomes-us-into-his-private-life-386203#sthash.FrKUl6Xi.dpuf