Thursday, June 2, 2016

June Is Bustin' Out All Over With LIVE Entertainment! My Recommendations, PART ONE!

Happy Birthday, Sally Kellerman
When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. - William Arthur Ward

Happy June 2nd!
June 2 is the 154th day of the year. There are 212 days remaining until the end of the year.
The world is upside down now! 
Donald J. Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee for president, with a real chance of being elected to the highest political office in the United States. It’s an astonishing rise to power for someone whose racism, xenophobia and misogyny is out of step with the majority of Americans values. How did we get here?

News of actress Jaclyn Smith’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2016 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actress best known for her role on the television series Charlie's Angels is alive and well.

The Associated Press is reporting that music superstar Prince died on April 21st of an opioid overdose. Read MORE.

Let's focus on the positives today!

June is bustin' out all over! The arts are alive in New York this month.
GO SEE A LIVE SHOW! Tomorrow night alone, if you are a lover of the arts, you HAVE to be pulled in different direction.
At The Metropolitan Room tomorrow night, Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller return with Sin Twisters, Too!
Afterwards, go downstairs to join Michael McAssey and the Underground Lounge from 8-11:30! 

The School Of American Ballet to Host Alumni Cocktail Reception at Lincoln Center, TOMORROW (June 3rd).
The School Of American Ballet (SAB) is one of the most famous classical ballet schools in the world and is the school of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet, a leading international ballet company based at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The school trains students from the age of six, with professional vocational ballet training for students aged 11-18. (Read MORE)

Jay Cee Driesen returns tomorrow night (June 3rd) to the new hotspot in Massapequa, Cavendish and Ross! There is a New Chef in town with a New Affordable Italian American Menu! The food is amazing! You will love the friendly service and atmosphere! Showtime is 8:00pm NO fixed price!! Open Menu! Call for reservations 516-308-7777


NOW HEAR THIS! David Kenney and Frank Dain have built an extraordinary cast for you! Go join them at the Metropolitan Room on Sunday, June 5th at 12:30PM for Everything Old Is New Again's LAST SHOW OF THE
*Make your reservations at 212-206-0440 or
KT Sullivan and her Cole Porter friends Kim Grogg Marin, Lindsey Holloway Jacob Storms & Kristoffer Lowe.
Plus Pucci Amanda Jhones, Hilary Kole singing Judy Garland, Kurt Peterson performing Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Herman (Official). Plus Tenor Jacob Keith Watson, soprano Maria Failla performing Kurt Weill & producer Eric Sweeney AND STILL MORE TBA!
Everything Old Is New Again Radio Show with David Kenney
Cabaret Scenes Magazine with Frank Dain 

Jason Kravits
Monday June 6th at 7pm
Jason Kravits in It's a Once in a Life Time Show, Every Time! Get your tickets at: Put MAC in the Coupon Code to get a $10 ticket on-line

Vinnie Knight Presents...
A Tribute to the "Duke"
The cast of" Black Pearls and White Diamonds "will perform a Special Evening
Of Ellington Music.
308 125th St. n MLK Blvd. No Cover!
Hear the Blues like never before!

Princess Sarah Rice, Queen Alma H. Bond, Ph.D., King Howard Bloom & Prince Sean P. Bennett Reigning Royal Family Members coronated at the 109th Annual Beaux Arts Ball on November 7. 2015
AND NEXT MONTH! SUMMER SOIREE 2016: The Beaux Arts Society's Summer Soiree will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. upstairs at Etcetera Etcetera located at 352 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. 

Beaux Arts Society's 108th Beaux Arts Ball Honors Charles Busch, Anita Gillette (also pictured Lady Diana Templeton)
The price per ticket remains $55.00 (same price for members and non-members) payable in advance even though the restaurant AGAIN increased their per person price and is charging a $150.00 "piano tuning fee."
The buffet will include Scrambled Eggs with Taleggio Cheese, Pancetta & Sausage, Roasted Potatoes, Lasagna Bolognese, Mixed Field Green Salad, Homemade Foccacia & Muffins, Tiramisu &

Beaux Arts Society Member Sandra Benee being playful
Nenad Distinguished Artist of the Beaux Arts Society
Unlimited Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea and Soda (All other beverages – Cash Bar). There will be a piano in the room available for our use.
You can mail your checks or money orders  (made payable to “Beaux Arts Society, Inc.”) to Beaux Arts Society, Inc. c/o Dr. Tom Stevens, 331 Willis Avenue, 2nd Floor, Mineola, New York 11501 or use the PayPal links provided below.
Note the names of your attendees and please consider donating a ticket or two so those less fortunate than you are can attend. If you wish to perform, contact Dr. Tom Stevens at 718-357-7075 or at

To buy one ticket via PayPal, use this link:

To buy two tickets via PayPal, use this link:

This is a very popular location for our Summer Soiree. I hope to see you there!

On Wednesday, June 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM, Randie Levine-Miller will host her annual Showstopper Divas event at The Triad (158 West 72nd Street) to benefit The Actors Fund.*

Critically acclaimed Broadway theater veterans and Tony Award nominees Beth Fowler ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Boy From Oz," "Sweeney Todd," "Baby," currently co-starring on Netflix's Orange Is The New
Black) and Lee Roy Reams, Broadway's favorite song and dance man (The original company of Sweet Charity AND the film starring Shirley MacLaine!, 42nd Street, "Applause," 
"Hello Dolly," The Producers) will be performing. Joining them will be the winners of Tomatoes Got Talent--- Karen Nason (2014), Susan Vardy (2015) and Kathleen Waters (2016).  Randie Levine-Miller will also perform some show tunes and standards.
Randi Levine-Miller (seen here with Jennifer Sheehan)
Tomatoes Got Talent, a competition for women past 40 that was held this past March at The Triad, was created as an annual event to highlight the performing talents of women past 40 who are accomplished in other arenas, but are not currently working as entertainers.  

It was produced by Randie and Cheryl Benton, head of The Three Tomatoes newsletter and website, both of which are geared to "women who aren't kids!" 
Karen Nason is a successful businesswoman in Hoboken and a "bigger than life" talent!  Susan Vardy, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist and local PTA president  who toured in "Hello Dolly" 30 years ago directed by Lee Roy Reams!   Kathleen Waters is a legal secretary by day and sings with several bands. She started as an actress, but life took over. Kathleen is a 911 World Trade Center survivor.

Paul Chamlin is the Musical Director of this exciting event at The Triad where Randie is once again bringing her brand of entertainment. After overcoming a lifetime of paralyzing stage-fright, she's proud to be singing again (having previously segued to a long and successful career in public relations).  Randie has produced and hosted Showstopper Divas and Divos at such venues as The Metropolitan Room, Feinstein's, and for many years at the Friars Club. She's been called a modern day "hostess with the mostess." Randie's produced some 90 star-studded events in total, including tributes to Charles Strouse, Marvin Hamlisch, Ervin Drake, Tovah Feldshuh, Jim Dale, Len Cariou, Tony Roberts & Lee Roy Reams. 

Tickets are priced at $45. There is a 2 drink minimum.  Reservations are required for this popular event.

 To order tickets, go to or call: 1-888-596-1027

*Net proceeds to benefit The Actors Fund. 

Thank you, to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!

With grateful XOXOXs ,

Check out my site celebrating the legacy of Dolly Gallagher Levi!
Great Production of Hello, Dolly! that I saw at The Wick Theatre last year starring Lee Roy Reams


Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!   
Richard Skipper Celebrates: A Talk/Variety Show encouraging us to celebrate each and every day and the hidden gems therein. PLEASE CELEBRATE WITH us June 20th! That includes The Summer Solstice (First Day of Summer!), Jaws, Lillian Hellman, Errol Flynn, Chet Atkins, Audie Murphy, Martin Landau, Olympia Dukakis, Peter Filichia...and MORE! Richard's special guests include : Maria Ottavia, Barbara Ann Davison, P.J. Nelson, Sally Darling (joined by Matthew Martin Ward), Peggy Eason, AND a Mystery Guest! Kick off the summer with CLASS! You never know who you might see there!

What would YOU like to celebrate on June 20th?

Tickets are $25.00 plus a two drink minimum. Reservations a MUST!
Call 888 596-1027 to purchase tickets or YOU can also do it on THEIR website.

SAVE THESE DATES: July 7th & August 19th! Casts to be announced After the 20th!

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

Richard Skipper,

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