Thursday, March 31, 2016

Richard Chamberlain, Carol Skarimbas, Shirley Jones...and MORE!

Happy birthday to Richard Chamberlain 
Do the thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it-try again. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. Oprah

Happy Thursday, March 31st, 2016!
March 31 is the91st in this year's calendar. There are 275 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today is the last day in March? Is it going out like a lion? Only the day will tell. As I begin my blog, I am listening to Carol Skarimbas sing a Cole Porter medley on YouTube. I loved her as Heidi in the Papermill Playhouse's production of Follies in 1998. It feels like it was yesterday. It was a disappointment to both the audiences and cast alike that THIS  production did not make its way to Broadway. 
Carol has had a marvelous career and I am thrilled that we will be sharing a stage together in May.
Based on my blogs and philosophy of life, the show will be called Richard Skipper Celebrates. It just so happens that our first show in what I hope will be an ongoing series. 
Beverly Sills at the Metropolitan Opera last year. (Photo: John Marshall Mantel for The New York Times)
The date of the show is May 25th at The Triad. The premise is that every day is a celebration. There are hidden gems in every day. I desire each show to be a party with a sense of an old fashioned talk/variety show. 
One of the gems of May 25th is that it is Beverly Sills' birthday. I have both Anna Bergman (who will
be performing with William Hicks, the accompanist for the late Luciano Pavarotti) and Carol Skarimbas.  Carol appeared with Beverly Sills.   

I sang many performances with Beverly at NYCO.But one of the best was in Baltimore, where we were performing Don Giovanni. There was a snow storm, and I had my two young sons with me. The baby-sitter was a nightmare, so I discharged her. We had to walk to the theatre in the snow, and Beverly took the hand of one of my sons, and I took the other. I will never forget that moment, knowing that she had a son with autism. My tears are of wonderful memories, and of the incredible gift she gave to the world of opera. Carol Skarimbas
Beverly Sills is best known for her soprano voice as an opera performer. After many successful decades, she made her debut with the Met in 1975. The passing of Beverly Sills at age 78 produced an outpouring of response from the cultural institutions she led: the City Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Metropolitan Opera.  
Most recently, Carol was appearing with Larry Woodard in their highly acclaimed show, I Feel a Song Coming On. She has appeared with the Philly Pops. She sings at six places-nursing, assisted living--Actors Home and three Jewish Homes in NJ. VERY rewarding!! 

There are many other surprises in store! I hope that you will

reserve and follow my blog in the weeks leading up to the show, I will be showcasing many of the artists here. IF the show is a success, I hope to turn this into a monthly celebration. I also am anxious to meet many of my followers at the show(s). 

Richard Skipper Celebrates May 25th! He will be joined by Anna Bergman, Leslie Orofino, Wendy Scherl  and an all star cast celebrating the many gems of May 25th at The Triad in NYC 8PM Show... Reservations a MUST! 
You Never Know Who You Might See There OR what might happen! Click HERE to order your tickets!
Also from Carol: Singing to honor the birthday of Beverly Sills fills my heart.  I sang many performances with her, not to mention her help for me and my two sons (2 and 3 !!) during the big snow storm in Baltimore when we sang in Don Giovanni. Baby-sitter could not make it, so Beverly held one hand and I the other. Together we all trudged to the orchestra rehearsal and laughed the whole way!!  She was a gem. xo
 
Before we get to May 25th, let's celebrate TODAY! It is the birthday of Richard Chamberlain. 
Stephen Cole sent me this:
Hi Richard, I got to work with Richard Chamberlain when I wrote and ghost-directed (yes!) a huge industrial called Masques of Melancholia for the American Psychiatric Association and Burroughs-Welcome. The cast was Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach and Chamberlain and they did potted 15 minute versions of the classic
Happy Birthday, Dr. Kildare!
that showed depression in plays and literature...ie. Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, King Lear, Madam Bovary etc. Chamberlain was a delight and very professional. I was able to give him on VHS tape the silent footage I had of the musical Breakfast At Tiffany's and he was thrilled to get it.

In fact, that silent footage with the sound that I put on it, is on his very own youtube page (also scenes from Masques)

British composer/lyricist David Henecker was also born on this day.
Actor/singer Richard Kiley born (1922).
Actor/singer Sydney Chaplin born (1926).

Today in 1967 was the mono mixing for The Beatles' song With A
Today in 1920 Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, née Deborah Mitford, was born.
Little Help From My Friends
.

Today in 1976 Led Zeppelin released their album Presence
Actor/singer William Daniels born (1927).

Deborah Vivien Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, (born Freeman-Mitford; 31 March 1920 – 24 September 2014) was an English writer, memoirist and socialite.
Richard Chamberlain and Shirley Jones share birthdays today.
She was the youngest and last surviving of the six Mitford sisters, who were prominent members of English society in the 1930s and 1940s.
Today is also the birthday of Shirley Jones.
Interestingly enough, Oklahoma! opened on this date in  1943. Oscar Hammerstein II originally titled Away We Go! Shirley Jones, of course, went on to star in the film adaptation, her screen debut.
Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. It was named for the popular folk song of the same name.
It was performed 64 times on Broadway, opening on January 26, 1931 and closing March 21, 1931. It also played January 19, 1931 through January 24, 1931 at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. It was produced by the Theatre Guild and directed by Herbert J. Biberman. Rather startlingly, the debonair, ultrasophisticated actor Franchot Tone portrayed cowboy Curly. June Walker was seen as his sweetheart Laurey. Tex Ritter sang four songs in the role of Cord Elam and was understudy for the lead part as Curly, though he never had occasion to perform in that role. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.  

Robert Stevenson (31 March 1905, Buxton, Derbyshire – 30 April 1986) was an English film writer and director. He was educated at Cambridge University where he became the president of both the Liberal Club and the Cambridge Union Society.
After directing a number of British films, including King Solomon's Mines (1937), he was given a contract by David O. Selznick and moved to Hollywood in the 1940s. He ended up directing 19 films for the Walt Disney Company in the 1960s and 1970s. Stevenson is best remembered for directing the Julie Andrews musical Mary Poppins, for which Andrews won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Stevenson was nominated for Best Director. With Disney, he also directed the first two Herbie films, The Love Bug (1968) and Herbie Rides Again (1974), as well as Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Three of his films featured English actor David Tomlinson.
Happy Birthday, Herb Albert

1924 – Leo Buscaglia, American author and academic (d. 1998)

Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love. - Leo Buscaglia

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. - Leo Buscaglia

1929 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-American fashion designer, founded Liz Claiborne Inc. (d. 2007)

Herb Alpert, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and producer.
Israel Horovitz, American actor, director, and screenwriter.
Happy Birthday, Barney Frank!
Happy Birthday Christopher Walken, who played Max Zorin in A VIEW TO A KILL (1985).

Gabe Kaplan, American actor and poker player.
Al Gore, American soldier and politician, 45th Vice President of the United States and Nobel Prize laureate.
Rhea Perlman, American actress and producer

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 ,
 



 

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Jack Ritschel and Karen Morrow

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Don't Tell Mama Presents...

Wendy Scherl returns in What Do You Do All Day?  Directed by the incredible Helen Baldasarre with great musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward. Wendy is an amazing vocalist with a rangy and rich sound. “This is someone to watch!” Go see her, you can thank me later.
- Sue Matsuki   In “What Do You Do All Day”, Wendy Scherl shares anecdotes and song about the numerous hats she wears every single day as a wife, a mother of two boys and two dogs, a short order cook, a daughter, a house manager, a chauffeur and Cabaret Singer! Her show is both touching and real, theatrical and funny!
This show WILL sell out! So reserve today and be a part of his star studded audience!
You will truly be amazed by what this full-time executive director of a family of four accomplishes every day!  Wendy will wow you with both her choice of material and her talent!
After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre, Wendy performed in numerous
regional theatre productions around the country, including some of her favorite productions: Hair (The official 20th Anniversary Production in Chicago), Grease (numerous roles), Annie (Grace), The Pajama Game (Babe), and Godspell.  

$20.00 Cover/Two Drink Minimum Cash Only Reserve at 212-757-0788 (after 4PM or through me)

$5.00 OFF COVER OF ALL MAC MEMBERS
Richard Skipper Celebrates is the publicist for Wendy Scherl and What Do You Do All Day? at NYC's Don't Tell Mama. For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720










Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Karen Mason, Peter Marshall, Patrick Rinn...and MORE!

Happy Birthday, Karen Mason!
Singer Mason performs with a ferocity of spirit and improvisational freedom that are immensely appealing.
-Chicago Tribune



Happy March 30th, 2016!
March 30 is the 90th day of the year. There are 276 days remaining until the end of the year.
Again, there is so much to celebrate. Last night, Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs held its 30th annual awards gala March 29 at BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square. I was lucky enough to be asked to speak about one of the nominated shows of the year.  
The show that I spoke about did not walk away with the prize. That honor went to Mason at Mama's in March, performed by Karen Mason, musical direction by Christopher Denney, directed by Barry Kleinbort. It was presented at Don't Tell Mama. As of that wasn't enough, Karen also won for Celebrity Artist. Both are well deserved. 
Sue Matsuki spoke about Mason at Mama's.She said that she has always used Karen as the gauge for how to conduct herself both on stage and off. That wasn't just lip service with Sue. She has said that to me on more than one occasion.  HERE is a complete list of all the winners. Today, is also Karen's birthday! Karen, I celebrate YOU today. YOU ARE the high standard in cabaret. I have been a fan of yours for thirty years! You, like a fine wine, get better with age.  

From Daniel T. Gramkee:Hi, Richard -- please feel free to share my recap of her opening the Rrazz Room
A few pictures showcasing her should represent
how I feel about her talent (and why she and I should combine creative forces). Thank you, sir! DTG  CLICK HERE

So many years of great moments. She was the FIRST cabaret artist I saw when I moved to NYC in 1980. She and Brian Lasser were performing weekly at The Duplex (55 Grove St location). I became an instant groupie. 
Watching her shows taught me so much about what this art form is about. I love her for her humor, her pathos, her honesty, her compassion, her amazing voice that combines power with generosity and sensuality, and her command of any stage she is on. And for over 30 years of friendship! Playing for her is like soaring through the sky.
Alex Rybeck. Click HERE to see Karen performing one of Alex's compositions.

And from Brian Charles Rooney: My favorite memory is doing Mame, in
concert with her, and just how wonderful she was to me. She's extraordinarily talented in many ways, but also incredibly generous of heart. I love her.

Happy Birthday, Karen Mason! Please visit Karen's website!

Today is also the birthday of Peter Marshall. I grew up watching him host the original HollywoodSquares. It wasn't until years later that I learned that he was a big band singer and musical comedy star. Loved him in the original movie version of Annie as Bert Healy. 
Speaking of game shows, it was on this date that the ORIGINAL Jeopardy! aired hosted by the late Art Flemming. I also grew up with that.
Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin. The original daytime version debuted on NBC on March 30, 1964, and aired until January 3, 1975. A weekly nighttime syndicated edition aired from September 1974 to September 1975, and a revival, The All-New Jeopardy!, ran on NBC from October 1978 to March 1979. A daily syndicated version premiered on September 10, 1984, and is still airing, making it by far the program's most successful incarnation.Today is also the birthday of Brooke Astor. 
A gorgeous emerald and diamond ring and necklace that belonged to the late philanthropist Brooke Astor.


Actor/singer DeWolf Hopper born (1858).

1913 – Mar30,1913 Frankie Laine is born. 
In 1953 UK number one single Ervin Drake's I Believe, plus over 25 other UK Top 20 singles.
Frankie Laine
 In the world of popular music, yesterday's idol is very often tomorrow's forgotten name. Only a handful of performers have ever demonstrated the lasting appeal it takes to weather the onslaught of fads and changing trends over the years, and Frankie Laine was a classic example. His impeccable musicianship and taste kept him an international favorite for six decades. 

Ziegfeld's dance director Ned Wayburn born (1874). 

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the production “St. Louis Woman”. Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to the show. Click HERE to hear a selection.

Applause opened on Broadway on this date (1970). Walter Matthau introduces Lauren Bacall and Company in the finale of the 1970 Tonys: Welcome to the Theatre. CLICK HERE.

Happy Birthday, Warren Beatty
John Astin appeared in numerous films and television shows, as well as a television director and voice artist and is known for the role of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family, and having been married to actress Patty Duke.
Astin was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for his directorial debut, a comedic short film entitled Prelude (1968).
Forum revived (1st time ) on Broadway starring Phil Silvers (1972).
Susan Stroman's Contact opened on Broadway (2000).

Warren Beatty, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. - Warren Beatty

Eric Clapton is celebrating a birthday today. 

Paul Reiser, American actor.

Ian Ziering
Ian Ziering began working in television and radio commercials when he was 12 years old. Besides Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), his television work included a stint on the daytime drama, Guiding Light (1952). He is also the voice of Vinnie in the syndicated cartoon Biker Mice from Mars (1993) and one of the voices on the animated series Mighty Ducks (1996).

Today, I am also celebrating Patrick Rinn!
Patrick Rinn

This April, Patrick Rinn (HBO's "Angels in America") will debut his one-man show. I NEVER PROMISED YOU ... ROSE GARDEN at NYC's famed Stage 72 at the Triad Theatre (158 W. 72nd St.) for four performances only.
Here is our mini interview:
I Never Promised You...Rose Garden is my dream come true.  Every since I was a young boy, that's all I wanted to do was to be a performer.  Just sing and dance my way through life and now I have the opportunity to do so.
What is your Morning Motivation?
To get as much done during the day as I can.  It's true,  The older you get, the faster time flies.

How do you approach social media marketing?
With fear.  I am just learning and there is so much information I have to learn.


It’s Twitter’s 10th birthday. So how do you feel about it now – love it or hate it?
Hate it,  Still can’t decipher what to hashtag and what to @
What do you still want that you don't have now?

More time.

What are you doing to make the world a better place?
Being the best person I can be and set an example of living in love not fear!

Batman or Superman?
Batgirl

What lesson are you learning in life right now??
Slow down

How do you stay focused on what matters most?


Be in the moment (very hard to do) 


DO NOT MISS
The autobiographical journey of a young boy's dream to become performer, "I NEVER PROMISED YOU..." is the story of one man's determination not be beaten down from the blows life has dealt him, as he triumphs to finally find his place in show business.
 "I NEVER PROMISED YOU ... ROSE GARDEN" runs April 11-15, 2016. Performances are Monday, April 11 (8 p.m.); Wednesday, April 13 (7 p.m.); and Friday, April 15 (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

Tickets are $15-$25 each (plus a two-drink minimum) and are now available at www.TriadNYC.com or by calling 888-596-1027. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.


In other Entertainment News
This in from Chip Deffaa: 
If all goes well, the space pictured here will become the Thommie Walsh Memorial Arts Park in Auburn, New York (which was Thommie's home town). On Thursday, April 14th at 6 p.m, the Auburn City Council will consider a proposal to name the park after the Tony Award-winning
director/choreographer/performer. I loved Thommie, as a person and a professional, and certainly hope the Auburn City Council votes in favor of honoring him. I wish it were possible for me to get to that Auburn City Council meeting and speak on behalf of the proposal, but I trust that others (including his devoted sister, Barbara Walsh) will say all that is needed to be said. He was a gentle, kind soul, who contributed a lot., and made much of the many talents he was blessed with. Whether he was performing in the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line, or helping to stage a Broadway show like A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Nine, or My One and Only... of giving me invaluable advice when I was mounting my theater festival, he gave 100%. My fingers are crossed for April 14th!

Visit with two Classic Americans, James Cagney and Dorothy Parker, and the two talented people
Robert Creighton
who are interpreting their artistry.
Robert Creighton opens this weekend in a musical he devised called, appropriately, CAGNEY, all about the "tough guy in tap shoes".
Margot Avery's one-woman show, The Portable Dorothy Parker, was the hit of last year's Fringe Festival, and an even bigger hit with New York's toughest critic and host of Anything Goes!, Jacqueline Parker.  There's also a surprise visit from the real Dr. Jay Heller, from Comedy Central's Broad Street.  Don't miss restaurant reviews and a few other surprises, including an inspirational message from Fulton J. Sheen!  Thursday night at 8 pm on WCPR1.com!


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!
Karen Mason saw this onher  Junior Trip/High School. This was Karen's first Broadway show...and the whole experience just overwhelmed her! "She was so sassy!"

NO COPYRIGHT 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!   
        


Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
Please leave a comment and share on Twitter and Facebook



Keeping Entertainment LIVE!
 
TILL TOMORROW...HERE'S TO AN ARTS FILLED DAY

Richard Skipper, Richard@RichardSkipper.com

PLEASE CELEBRATE WITH US April 7th in NYC


Don't Tell Mama Presents...

Wendy Scherl returns in What Do You Do All Day?  Directed by the incredible Helen Baldasarre with great musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward. Wendy is an amazing vocalist with a rangy and rich sound. “This is someone to watch!” Go see her, you can thank me later.
- Sue Matsuki   In “What Do You Do All Day”, Wendy Scherl shares anecdotes and song about the numerous hats she wears every single day as a wife, a mother of two boys and two dogs, a short order cook, a daughter, a house manager, a chauffeur and Cabaret Singer! Her show is both touching and real, theatrical and funny!
This show WILL sell out! So reserve today and be a part of his star studded audience!
You will truly be amazed by what this full-time executive director of a family of four accomplishes every day!  Wendy will wow you with both her choice of material and her talent!
After graduating from Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre, Wendy performed in numerous
regional theatre productions around the country, including some of her favorite productions: Hair (The official 20th Anniversary Production in Chicago), Grease (numerous roles), Annie (Grace), The Pajama Game (Babe), and Godspell.  

$20.00 Cover/Two Drink Minimum Cash Only Reserve at 212-757-0788 (after 4PM or through me)

$5.00 OFF COVER OF ALL MAC MEMBERS
Richard Skipper Celebrates is the publicist for Wendy Scherl and What Do You Do All Day? at NYC's Don't Tell Mama. For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720









Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Remembering Patty Duke, Happy Birthday Cynthia Crane, Celebrating Pat Cooper...and MORE!

Patty Duke in a wardrobe test for Valley of the Dolls (my favorite Patty Duke film)
He who tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted. 
-Damon Runyan

Happy Tuesday, March 29th, 2016!
March 29 is the 89th day of the year. There are 277 days remaining until the end of the year.
Sad news just came in: Patty Duke has passed on.  
Patty Duke’s talent may have felt like a miraculous gift, but it did not come free.
She won an Oscar for The Miracle Worker. She also starred in The Patty Duke Show in the 1960s in which she took the roles of "identical" teenage cousins. READ MORE. She was 69.She died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to a statement from Mitchell K. Stubbs and Associates, the agency that represented her.
Anne Bancroft, left, and Duke on stage in the Broadway play The Miracle Worker in October 1959. Bancroft played the role of Anne Sullivan, who teaches the blind and deaf Helen Keller, played by Duke, to communicate.
As well as a best supporting Oscar, Duke won an Emmy in 1980 for playing Helen Keller's teacher in a TV movie.
I am a huge fan of Patty Duke's. I regret that I never met or interviewed her. My favorite film of hers, believe it or not, is Valley of the Dolls. "This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna PATTY DUKE Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place," her family said in a statement posted by her son actor Sean Astin. "We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life."
Patty Duke as Patty Lane on The Patty Duke Show, 1965
CLICK HERE for more info. Rest in Peace, Patty. You are already missed.
Check out this video on YouTube:
This is my friend Don Berger delivering Patty Duke to the San Francisco Castro Theatre.
Richard White sent me this:
New York City, 1961-

I was 9 years old and was in New York City with my mother as my chaperone in rehearsal for Sail Away where I played one of the annoying kids on the cruise ship Carolonia who were giving ship’s activities director, Mimi Paragon (Elaine Stritch) a hard time in “The Little One’s ABC’s”. I had a night off and we managed to get tickets for The Miracle Worker with Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft which was at the Playhouse Theater.  I remember sitting there, mesmerized watching Patty on stage. We met briefly after the performance at the stage door, a 9 year old actor and a 13 year old actress.


1990 –
My cousin, Russell “Rusty” Hamer, former child star of Make Room For Daddy committed suicide and Paul Petersen, himself a child TV star from The Donna Reed Show, started A Minor Consideration to try and reach out and help former child performers who were having issues dealing with adulthood.  I connected with the group and through it re-connected with Anna (Patty’s real name). She told me about seeing me in Sail Away after we opened and about seeing me in Oliver! in 1963, having a crush on Davy Jones, who was playing The Artful Dodger (Davy, as almost everyone knows, went on to be one of TV’s The Monkees).  I was finishing up my 27 year Army career and she had married Michael Pearce who had been an Army sergeant when they met, so even though Michael had finished his service, she still called herself "an Army wife". We kept in touch with letters and e-mails and would occasionally cross paths. She was always very kind, nice, and had quite a sense of humor.
When my fiancee died in an accident in January of 2015, Anna was one of the first to reach out to me and help me get through that emotionally devastating time.
The last time I heard from her directly was in February 2016 and, even though she was not well, almost everything in her e-mail was “how are you doing?” and concern about me.
That’s the Anna I will always remember, giving freely of herself and asking little in return.


Thank you, Richard White

In other news today, the court tipped in Janice Dickinson's favor on Tuesday when a judge ruled her defamation case against Bill Cosby can proceed.

On this date in the year of my birth, 1961 – The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.
with my dear friend Cynthia Crane! Happy Birthday!!
As I sat down to begin my blog this morning, Frank Sinatra was singing It Was a Very Good Year. That was followed by Barbra Streisand singing I Believe.  Both of those songs were written by my dear late friend, Ervin Drake. How appropriate that I would hear his VOICE so early today. Tonight in New York at BB King's will be the 30th Annual MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Awards. At an earlier time, Ervin and his wonderful wife Edith both would have been there dressed to the nines and celebrating all in attendance.
I miss them both so much. His birthday is coming up on Saturday. I will do a celebration of him here in my blog.
They contributed so much to my career and life and they forever will live in my hearts.
Cynthia Crane: Singer, Actress, Recording Artist, Wife to Ted Story, Mother, Grandmother to a 5th generation Native New Yorker, Environmentalist, ...
I wish my DEAR FRIEND Cynthia Crane a happy birthday. Cynthia is one of those friends that I, for the life of me, cannot remember when, where, and how we met. It feels like she has always been a friend and has always been there...although she has not. We served on the MAC Awards together and as we both have endured personal trials in our personal lives over the past few years, we have each lent our hearts       and ears to each other. I have interviewed Cynthia in previous blogs but I reached out once again for a mini interview. Today, I celebrate Cynthia Crane!
Some of the finest ladies in Cabaret!! — with Cynthia Stanley Crane, Joanne Camilleri-Furshpan, Pamela Singer and Maryann Lopinto. (Taken at our home this past Christmas)

Please send me a brief message about what this time in your life means to you
TURNING 80, OLDER THAN BOTH MY PARENTS, FEELS LOTS DIFFERENT THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD.  IT FEELS LIKE THESE ADDITIONAL YEARS ARE A GIFT.  I’M TRYING TO FIND SOME WAY TO JUSTIFY THE GIFT.  THE HARDEST PART IS THE STATE OF THE WORLD TODAY, AGAIN SO DIFFERENT THAN MY EXPECTATIONS, THAT AND LOSING SO MANY OF THOSE WHO ARE DEAR TO ME..

What is your Morning Motivation?


KT Sullivan, Cynthia, Betty Gardner Gonzalez, Jeff Harnar
CURIOSITY AND THE NEW YORK TIMES

How do you approach social media marketing?
I LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA.  IT KEEPS ME UP TO DATE ON THE LIVES OF SO MANY PEOPLE I KNOW AND SOME, I DON’T.  AS FAR AS THE MARKETING PART, SOCIAL MEDIA GIVES ME THE MEANS TO TOOT MY OWN HORN, AND AS WE ALL KNOW, HE WHO TOOTETH NOT HIS OWN HORN, HIS HORN SHALL NOT BE TOOTETH-ED

It’s Twitter’s 10th birthday. So how do you feel about it now – love it or hate it?
SOMEHOW, I DON’T USE TWITTER MUCH, USUALLY TO PASS ON SOMETHING POLITICAL.  IT’S  FACEBOOK THAT I LOVE.  INSTAGRAM I USE TO COMMUNICATE WITH MY GRANDSONS.

What do you still want that you don't have now?
Cynthia and some of the greatest artists in cabaret
 

RIGHT NOW I STILL WANT TO DO ANOTHER SHOW.  IT’S 6 YEARS SINCE I LAST WROTE A SHOW (“JOHN DENVER, BERNIE MADOFF & ME”) & I’M FIGHTING WRITER’S BLOCK.

What is your favorite song?
I’M VERY FICKLE.  MY FAVORITE SONG IS MY EAR WORM OF THE MOMENT.  CURRENTLY I AM REVELING IN GERSHWIN’S “ISN’T IT A PITY"

Batman or Superman?
Lee Pfeiffer with Ted Story (Cynthia's husband) and Cynthia

WONDER WOMAN

What lesson are you learning in life right now??
THAT PEOPLE ARE STILL THE MOST INTERESTING GAME IN TOWN.

How do you stay focused on what matters most?
MEDITATION HELPS.  IT’S A LIFETIME PROJECT AS I TEND TO DABBLE AND LOSE FOCUS.          
    Happy Birthday, Cynthia! Please follow Cynthia on Facebook!


Other Notable Birthdays Today!
1918 – Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (d. 1990)
Today is also the birthday of Arthur O'Connell (29 March 1908 Manhattan, New York – 18 May 1981 Woodland Hills, California). He appeared in films starting (with a small role in Citizen Kane) in 1941 and television programs (mostly guest appearances). Among his screen appearances were Picnic, Anatomy of a Murder, and as the watch-maker who hides Jews during World War II in Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place.

Happy Birthday, Warner Baxter! Great Oscar winning actor. "You're going out there a youngster, but you're coming back a star coming back a star" 42nd Street.
1919 – Eileen Heckart, American actress (d. 2001)
March 29, 1937 Billy Carter born; brother of US President Jimmy Carter and purveyor of Billy Beer.
Marc Klaw

 Happy Birthday to photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber (March 29, 1946), author of “Bruce Weber” (1991) et al.
On this day in 1950 Bud Cort of the film Harold and Maude fame was born.
Theatre manager Marc Klaw born (1848)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Christopher Lambert may be best known for his role as Connor MacLeod — "The Highlander" — in the movie and subsequent movie franchise series of the same name. He is also known for his roles as Tarzan in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and as the thunder god Raiden in the first movie adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat.

Happy birthday Amy Sedaris! You are the greatest.
Actor/singer Joseph Cawthorn born (1867)
On 3/29/1878, Albert Von Tilzer was born in Indianapolis. He wrote the famous song Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
Howard Lindsay (b. 3/29/1889) played the title character in "Life with Father," 1939.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King & I opened on Broadway (1951).
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman opened on Broadway (1966).
 Look to the Lilies starring Shirley Booth opened on Broadway (1970)
Kander and Ebb's Woman of the Year opened on Broadway (1981).
Jerry Lewis with Pat Cooper (photo courtesy: Pat Cooper and Steve Garrin)
Today, I also celebrate Pat Cooper!
Pat Cooper (born Pasquale Caputo is an American actor and comedian.
Cooper started performing in the 1950s, originally for primarily Italian-American audiences.He has performed at celebrity roasts at the New York Friars Club which he also played in an episode of Seinfeld titled "The Friar's Club" and was also a frequent guest on many radio shows, most notably The Howard Stern Show, Imus in the Morning and Opie and Anthony. He played fictional mobster Salvatore Analyze This and in the film Analyze That, as well as playing lawyer, John Bruno in the 2003 film This Thing of Ours.
Judy Garland with Pat Cooper (photo courtesy: Pat Cooper and Steve Garrin)
Masiello in the film
Here is my mini interview with Pat (Thank you, Steve Garrin!)

What does your book and the upcoming reading of the one man show (of your autobiography), "How Dare You Say How Dare Me", in the fall mean to you:
I never in my life would think that I would write a book with Steve Garrin and Rich Herschlag, and it happened and when I first saw the (book) cover, we were thrown a book party by the Friar's Club, I was so proud of myself, but I didn't get all taken away, because if I did, I wouldn't be the same guy, I would be an egomaniac, and I'm not that yet.  I'm happy that there's an interest, in doing the one man show, and that it's going to happen.
Robert De Niro with Pat and Pat's late wife Patti Del Prince Cooper. She was a singer and opened for Pat when he played Vegas. (photo courtesy: Pat Cooper and Steve Garrin)
We have a couple of months to get it ready. I'd like to direct the talent who is selected to play me, because who knows better how to play Pat Cooper, than Pat Cooper.

What is your Monday Morning Motivation?
​I Pray that I get to Tuesday, and then Tuesday motivation is to get to Wednesday because when you get to a certain age, I'm 87, you gotta be a realist.   ​

The greatest thing I've ever said in my life  is, "It's Over" ​, and when I said it's

Steve Garrin and Rich Herschlag with Pat Cooper (photo courtesy: Pat Cooper and Steve Garrin)
over I meant it's over​​. I got friends of mine, it's been over 20 years ago for them, and they still don't get it. "Being over" ​is good if you had something (a career) to be over with.​

(photo courtesy: Pat Cooper and Steve Garrin)
Your thoughts on the Hulk Hogan verdict?
​First of all, It's the most stupid, dumbest thing that people are interested in this with the world blowing up, and we're going to worry about Hulk Hogan. Who cares about Hulk Hogan? Now due to the video, we all know that Hulk Hogan has a small penis, which nobody cares about. He got the best built body in probably one in a billion, and he has no penis, so what happens, god punished him, great body small penis.


It’s Twitter’s 10th birthday. So how do you feel about it now – love it or hate it?
​Only birds tweeted when I was young.​
​  I don't tweet.​

What do you still want that you don't have now?
​I'd like to have someone in my life that I can share my remaining days with,  a lady, not for sex, but someone I'd really like to be with and hang out with for companionship. I haven't found anyone after I lost my wife.

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​Get out and vote now!! Pay your country back for giving you​
the freedom to be you.​

What Wisdom would you like to offer my readers today?
​Wisdom, enjoy every day 'cause there may not be a tomorrow, but there were a lot of yesterdays if you were fortunate. ​

Do you consider yourself competitive?
Oh yeah. When you're in show business or anything that's difficult and you don't give up. You need to mentally psych yourself up and hone you're craft until you're the best at what you do.
Thank you Pat Cooper AND Steve Garrin! 

In Other Entertainment News 
Just wanted to let you know the schedule for this year's Judy Garland Wizard of Oz Festival. For those who can't attend, I thought you might be interested to see what is going on! Click HERE
Courtesy Michelle Russell.

In just the past few weeks, Karen Mason has performed in Florida, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands, and St. Lucia. And next up, she'll once again be traveling to a great island (perhaps one of the best): Long Island!  Click HERE for more info.

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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