Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Melissa Errico, National Puppy Day, Two Time 2015 MAC Nominated Bobbie Horowitz...and MORE!

Melissa Errico
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Happy Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016!
March 23 is the 83rd day of the year. There are 283 days remaining until the end of the year. 2016 Election Day is in 226 days!
It's a FULL MOON!
My horoscope today tells me and my fellow Aquarians, "You enjoy visualizing how you will live in years ahead, but your daydreaming could be rather distracting to everyone else today." Then I find the above quote. Yesterday was a very sad day for our world and today, we lost one of our finest actors, Ken Howard. Reminders of how fragile our world and our day to day lives are. Carpe Diem! THIS IS ALL WE HAVE! Let's celebrate!

Happy Birthday, Melissa Errico!
Melissa will be returning to legendary New York supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below for 2 brand new shows on April 1 and 2, 2016.
Melissa has always loved questions more than answers, and in her brand new show, she sings of the absurdities and ins and outs of marriage and motherhood. An acoustic evening featuring an eclectic range of songs from Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Lerner & Loewe, Michel Legrand, Laura Nyro, Rodgers & Sondheim, Johnny Mandel and Jeanine Tesori, as well as new signature material written for Melissa by Peter Mills and David Shire with lyrics by Adam Gopnik. Be prepared for a evening of nothing but Melissa simply with piano, voice and guitar putting her heart on her sleeve, asking us how we connect and bringing us all closer with her vivacious warmth and her soaring vocals.
Order Tickets HERE

Happy Birthday, Marty Allen

Other Notable Birthdays Today
Marty Allen celebrates comedy and life in Mill Valley. (Read MORE).
Happy birthday Italian actor Ugo Tognazzi (March 23,1922). Screenplays include:“I viaggiatori della sera”(1979)(with A.Parenzo,U.Simonetta).

Barbara Rhoades known primarily for her comedy and mystery roles, especially as lady bandit Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushings in The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968). She had a recurring role on Soap, as Maggie Chandler, Jodie Dallas' future wife.
Barbara Rhodes
Ric Ocasek, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Cars).
Chaka Khan, American singer-songwriter (Rufus).
Kenneth Cole, American fashion designer, founded Kenneth Cole Productions.
Amanda Plummer, American actress.
Richard Grieco, American model, actor, and producer.

Notable Transitions on this date
Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein; 26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was a Hungarian-American actor. In Austria-Hungary, he began his stage career in Vienna before moving to Germany where he had his breakthrough, first on the stage, then in film in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Lorre caused an international sensation in the German film M (1931), in which he portrayed a serial killer who preys on little girls.

Mae Murray (May 10, 1885 – March 23, 1965) was an American actress, dancer, film producer, and screenwriter. Murray rose to fame during the silent film era and was known as "The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips" and "The Gardenia of the Screen".

Eileen Farrell
Eileen Farrell (February 13, 1920 – March 23, 2002) was a soprano who had a nearly 60-year-long career performing both classical and popular music in concerts, theatres, on radio and television, and on disc. While she was active as an opera singer, her concert engagements far outnumbered her theatrical appearances. Her career was mainly based in the United States, although she did perform internationally. The Daily Telegraph stated that she "was one of the finest American sopranos of the 20th century; she had a voice of magnificent proportions which she used with both acumen and artistry in a wide variety of roles." And described as having a voice "like some unparalleled phenomenon of nature. She is to singers what Niagara is to waterfalls."

It's also National Puppy Day. Although, he is beyond the puppy stage. Here is our Horace.
Horace watching his favorite movie!


Your life will take place whether you have a plan or not, so have a plan. - Robert D. Smith
Today, I also celebrate Bobbie Horowitz. She is a true angel among us. I have been in love with her  since we first met.  
Bobbie has collaborated with composers such as David Friedman, John Meyer, Sharon “Spector” Schapow, Jimmy Curtiss, Malcolm Dodds, and others. She wrote a musical, The S.C.R.A.P. Workshop with Mr. Meyer. She was asked to write a special tribute for Jimmy Smith, recipient of the Ambassador Award given by Isagenix, which she performed at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. 
As half of the comic musical writing/performing team Horowitz and Spector, she won a MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) for their show, “Whatever Happened To the Kids From Brooklyn?”
Their songs have received NY Daily News, Billboard and ASCAP panel awards and have been played on theatrical & country music radio stations, scoring highly on the independent country charts. Tony winner, Chuck Cooper recorded “Together America”, a song they wrote with Malcolm Dodds, composer of  We Always Look For The Union Label
They appeared three times on the Joe Franklin TV Show and were frequently featured in news columns. Their video, Fudge Fish Cakes, was featured on American Airlines flights. 
Bobbie can be seen on You Tube.
Bobbie appeared in a group show at The Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, as Part of the Squeeze Box Review in Brooklyn’s Public Assembly and has been seen, singing her songs at The Salon and at Wednesday Night at the Iguana, Le Sqeezebox Cabaret and in The Taffy Jaffe Show at The Cornelia Street Cafe. 


She is nominated for TWO MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Awards...for Recurring Series, It's Just a Number Created, directed, and produced by Bobbie Horowitz at The Metropolitan Room AND as Emcee for the same series.
Here is our mini-interview:
How do you feel about being nominated for the
MAC Award?

Being nominated for the MAC Award (2 MAC
Awards)– whether or not I win one validates that
what I want to achieve through my series “It’s
Just a Number!” has value. I want to get it to the
general public and help eradicate the “Ageism”
that has developed in many areas of life – certainly in business.  All ages have value! Being also nominated in the BEST Emcee category validates that I’m able to move peopleand make people feel valuable and loved –which they are. 

Today is Wednesday! How does that feel to you?
It’ a New Day! Let’s see what I will do to prove to myself I CAN DO IT – (meaning reach my goals). I Can Do It! (That’s taken from the Louise Hay weekends.
Your thoughts on Melissa Errico...Today is her birthday.
I adore Melissa Errico. I think she knows that I do.   I think I adored her the minute I met her several years ago.  I love that she’s able to have a family and still use her talent. She’s bright and well educated and keeps her beauty shining. I’ve
found her to be very honest when I’ve had communications with her. Yep…I’m very pleased I’ve gotten to meet her.   I haven’t seen her in a while and I’ll have to change that.

It’s Twitter’s 10th birthday. So how do you feel about it now – love it or hate it?
I should, probably, get more out of twitter. I find it difficult to deal with on my IPhone.  I’m OK with it and, actually, get some information from Tweets on my Computer.   I’ve been told to Tweet about things having to do with my book, Fit and  Fabulous From Fifty Forward!
I’m glad you asked this question. I do get notes about
comments re my Tweets. I shall proceed to find a way to stop it from coming to my IPhone, so I don’t miss Tweets on my computer. It seems as though once they’re on my IPhone they’re not there when I go to Twitter.com on my computer.
I’ll ask my son for help with this. I didn’t grow up with
computers, so I still have things to learn about operating
them. I’m pretty good with them but….

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. —Bill Gates

What do you still want that you don't have now?
1. A steady “together” romantic LOVE and partner.
a. In truth I am a happy person.- AND this love
would complete the picture.
2. I’d like to see entertainment in intimate venues
(i.e., Music Rooms) valued, in terms of payment,
as highly as clerical and technical and promotional skills are valued in this country.
I love having someone else produce my shows (and listen to my  ideas about the production while they’re producing. I so thank Corinna Sowers Adler and Nicholas Adler for having produced Shows Ta Go Ya! and other songs by Bobbie Horowitz!
a. I realize the day will probably come when humans won’t need to earn money – but that’s most likely thousands of years from now.
3. I want to see ALL AGES respected and valued. I’d like to see “Ageism” disappear in the business and social worlds.

Get Millennials To Vote In 5 Words
YOU are vital to America.

(Millenials are said to feel less important than previous generations felt.)

What Wisdom would you like to offer my readers today?

Trust that it’s a good beautiful world that wants love to be

part of everything. Sometimes it can appear as though it’s not all good. That’s only because we’re still in process – at least our little planet is still in the process of developing to become all LOVE.

Scott Coulter and Bobbie Horowitz
Why is the theatre important in today’s world?

Theater when well written and presented tells the story of what’s happening.  I believe that very thing is a vibration and theater and - music, in particular – can have a vibration that
penetrates even resistant minds. When I used to entertain at The Esplanade, a wonderful NYC senior residence that had a Dementia unit, people who couldn’t remember what they had for lunch would sing along knowing every lyric of the songs that were popular when

they were young.

How do you stay focused on what matters most?

I talk to “God”.   I’ve  learned to do this, just,  recently. I’ve discovered I’m part of the whole (many have named the “whole” God.)   I’m a cell in that totality and that totality needs me and all it’s cells to keep helping it develop and be

great. I know this can sound a bit crazy – however - I discovered it’s so. I discovered this fairly recently. If anyone would like to hear the story of how I discovered this: I let hot water run on my fingers to finish cleaning the dishes. My
skin didn’t burn, but I could feel the tissue in my fingers burning.  I kissed my little fingers while saying, “Mommy didn’t mean to hurt you little fingers!” Boom! I realized I was God to the little
cells in my hand and that meant our universe is like God to our Solar System and within that is our little planet, etc. etc. We’re little cells in a “whole” we call God.    I’ve discovered that when I ask the “whole” what to do I get good answers. NOTE: I ask God “what” to do and “what” was making the wrong things happen for me so I could figure out “what” to do to change them.  I’ve stopped asking “Why?” and I now focus on “What”.



Name ONE PERSON you would like to see featured in my blog
Photo Coverage:This Is Your Night Bobbie Horowitz at The Metropolitan Room Bernard Furshpan

This is tough. I’d like to see both Sidney Meyer and Bernie Furshpan.

Sidney Meyer was the first person Horowitz and Spector auditioned for  - for Cabaret. He managed Panache on the East Side then. He
made cabaret a place I wanted to be!!!!!!!  
He opened a club called Panache and made  our lives heaven.
Bernie Furshpan is a man who entered cabaret and is determine to make it choice of entertainment for all people. He’s working on getting intimate entertainment space a place
people who aren’t in the business as well as those who are in the business a place they want to be in.  His wife Joanne is a great help to him as is his son Jonathan. His staff makes people feel welcome because he knows how to make them feel valued.
BWW Reviews: New York Cabaret Pays Loving Tribute to BOBBIE HOROWITZ at Metropolitan Room
In other Entertainment News
Charles Busch in Cleopatra
Charles Busch commences barging down the Nile in "Cleopatra " this Friday. The four week run is sold out but they have put aside some tickets for every show and they are released 72 hours before every show. So evidently there are some seats available for every show this weekend. So hook on. Call Smarttix.com.

Thank to ALL of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts they have given to the world and continue to give!

With grateful XOXOXs ,

 



 

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1 comment:

  1. thank you richard for all the wonderful information and
    bobbie for the kind words!

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