Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ben Rimalower, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Leslie Orofino are all doing shows!

Fred Astaire and Judy Garland rehearsing for Easter Parade
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
- Albert Einstein, German-American physicist (born 1879, transitioned this date in 1955)

Happy April 18th!
April 18 is the 108th day of the year. There are 257 days remaining until the end of the year. 
It is a beautiful day here in New York and as I began today's blog, I was listening to Ethel Merman's Disco Album. The track playing is I Got Rhythm to be exact!
If that doesn't get one energized, nothing will. 
I hope all that read this had a great spring holiday, whatever you celebrate. 
 

What a stunningly beautiful weekend we had. Plenty of nice weather and only a few raindrops. All in all, perfectly lovely. What would make it even nicer is if I got to see YOU soon at one of our events. I miss you! 
That's what today's blog is about. I hope that all of my readers will find the time to attend at least one of the shows mentioned here. PLEASE tell them you read about it in my blog!

Ann Hampton Callaway can't wait to unveil The Ella Century at Birdland tonight through this
Ann Hampton Callaway
Saturday, with shows at 8:30 and 11! She is inspired to be celebrating one of the most extraordinary people of the 20th century. This shy girl who overcame a childhood no one should endure, who didn't have the beauty queen looks expected on the band stand, went on to become our beloved "First Lady of Song," selling over 40 million records and winning countless awards including 14 Grammy's and The National Medal of the Arts.
Please join Ann, Matt Baker, Dean Johnson, Tim Horner and  Benny Benack III for a feast of exciting music laced with story and love in honor of Ella Fitzgerald! For tix call (212) 581-3080.
 Ann Hampton Callaway — the “…superbly intelligent, singularly creative pop-jazz stylist who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Streisand, Ronstadt, Shirley Horn, and Dianne Reeves...” (JazzTimes) — returns to Birdland with an exciting show kicking off Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial year. Callaway explores the breadth of Ella Fitzgerald’s repertoire in a show titled “Ella Century” including fresh takes on classics such as, How High the Moon, Mr. Paganini, and Every Time We Say Goodbye.

Ben Rimalower tells me that he is so excited to join Mark Cortale's roster of talent for the Provincetown Art House Theatre this summer. But you can see him right here in New York next Monday April 24 when he begins his spring extension of the Patti Issues/Bad with Money double bill.
I hear tickets may be available on Goldstar.

"A classic/crazy/funny monodrama that crashes through the wall of 'too much' into a realm pretty close to art." - Jesse Green, New York Magazine (February 2017)

And guess what! Ben is one of my guests in Richard Skipper Celebrates...September 10th! SAVE THE DATE! 
Celeste


 CELESTE ENTERTAINING...PICCO TAVERN WEDNESDAY'S 7-10PM 160 Prospect Ave Hackensack NJ 07601
201-880-8750
Great restaurant and Bar...food can be ordered at the Bar.
Beautiful surroundings.
Free Valet Parking under building.
Celeste is really enjoying her gig there. Sound system is nice.The food is great and the staff are professional. Best Meatballs she's ever had besides her own. Picco Tavern on Facebook too.
http://piccotavern.com
(Lexington and 3rd Ave.)
Saturdays from 8 to 11 pm.
Reservations: 212. 582.6900. There is a lot of strife in the world right now and we have to celebrate whenever and however we can.
Leslie Orofino


Countdown....In 2 Days....Thurs. April 20 at 7:00. Go celebrate Cole Porter with Leslie Orofino and her fabulous trio. Daryl Kojak on piano, Boots Maleson on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums. Directed by Louis Pietig and dedicated to Julie Wilson. Don't miss out. Call 212- 757-0788 after 4 pm today or go to www.donttellmamanyc.com. Details www.leslieorofino.com.


Congratulations to Dan Goggin! The Little Sisters of Hoboken are coming to the small screen! The first episode of NUNSENSE: the TV Series debuts April 25. Learn more and sign up get an email when it's available to watch at nunsensetv.com.

Thank you, Tina Marie Casamento Libby for posting this on
Facebook today:
As a new show opens daily this season, remember to go and see shows for yourself before relying on reviews. This was the 2003 review for WICKED:
An “overproduced, overblown, confusingly dark and laboriously ambitious jumble,” ruled Newsday. “The show’s twenty-two songs were written by Stephen Schwartz, and not one of them is memorable,” wrote The New Yorker.
Perhaps The New York Times carried the most damning review: “Wicked does not, alas, speak  hopefully for the future of the Broadway musical.”
And Clive Barnes on LES MIZ in 1987:
"...found the score monotonous, the book full of "brutish drama and tear-stained sentiment" and the show in general "instantly disposable trash."
One man's "disposable trash" is more than a million others "treasure".

As an industry, let us embrace the art we are creating, and accept that Art is subjective. Buy your tickets, and enjoy this incredible season!
Bobbie Horowitz returns on May 15th on the latest installment in her  MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) series, It's Just a Number, and I'm in it celebrating Peggy Eason! Also being feted that evening are Rian Keating and Tex Arnold! Can't wait!
Caissie Levy and Patti Murin
(Photo: Disney Theatrical)
Frozen Broadway Musical Sets Its Cast; Rob Ashford Aboard In Choreographer Shuffle. He has replaced Christopher Gattelli. Caissie Levy will play Elsa, and Patti Murin will play Anna. Disney’s new musical is aiming for a spring 2018 Broadway bow. They topline a principal cast that includes Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, Greg Hildreth as Olaf, John Riddle as Hans and Robert Creighton as Duke of Weselton.


Cabaret Cares is the not for profit organization that helps and assists children, teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. This series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children, teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York Cabaret Community.Cabaret Cares 12 will be hosted by John DeMarco, winner of the 2007 MAC Award for Jazz Vocalist and 2008 MAC Award for Best Jazz Record. Lead singer
for Follies Bergere in Paris and Las Vegas and has played all the major cabaret rooms throughout the country.

Also Performing are Julie Gold, SIDNEY MEYER,KAREN SAUNDERS, MICHELE BALAN,  and TONY CORRAO.

 

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!


Sit back! A new news cycle is about to begin!



Announcing that I have two shows left in Richard Skipper Celebrates this season...May 20th and June 18th (Father's Day). We will take off July and August and will return on September 10th and play once a month through January...All brunch shows except January 31st 7PM show celebrating Carol Channing's birthday with an all star cast! Thank you, Kenny Bell and Russ Woolley!



Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 




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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! 

Great time, great fun, great host, great guests.
-Eileen Slater: Woodbourne, NY
Announcing Next Edition of Richard Skipper Celebrates...May 20th Laurie Beechman Theater 1PM Brunch Show
Let's Celebrate: May 20th at 1PM at The Laurie Beechman Theater. Russ Woolley proudly presents Richard Skipper Celebrates The Music of World War II. Richard will be joined by Diane J. Findlay, Sue Matsuki, KT

-Eileen Slater: Woodbourne, NY

KT Sullivan
Sullivan...AND a Mystery Guest All under the musical Direction
of Michael Lavine with Jeff Carney on bass and Don Kelly on Percussion . This is a 1PM SHOW! (90 minutes) At The Laurie Beechman Theater Reservations a Must! Please Reserve Today. 
$30 Cover and $20 Minimum per person
Diane J. Findlay

You Never Know Who You Might See There and what might happen!

Go To RichardSkipper.com and click on
Sue Matsuki
the Yellow Star to Order Your Tickets Today
This afternoon is also made possible by Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack, NY
*Previous Mystery Guests have included Anita Gillette, Hilary Kole, Melba Moore, Stacy Sullivan, Jana Robbins, AND Seth Sikes

Keeping America great through Art!     


Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Marcus Simeone, Dan Ruth, Lisa Jason...and MORE!


Sunday: April 30
Time: 7:00pm
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
-John Lennon

Happy Saturday, April 15th, 2017!
April 15 is the 105th day of the year. There are 260 days remaining until the end of the year.
It is a gorgeous day here in New York. It is the kind of April day we sometimes get in New York; crystal blue skies. a few wispy white clouds, 72 and sunny.  
This is a sad day in our nation's history.
President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, dies from an assassin’s bullet. Shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington the night before, Lincoln lived for nine hours before succumbing to the severe
I will be seeing Broadway's latest Dolly on Thursday night!
head wound he sustained.

As I begin my blog today, I'm listening to Tyne Daly singing Some People from 1990's Gypsy. I saw that show six times with her. WOW! Still resonates as one of the best performances I saw on Broadway! 
On this date in 1964, the first Ford Mustang rolls off the show room floor, two days before it is set to go on sale nationwide. 

You have three days left to file with the IRS.
Once again, I'm surrounded by music on this Easter weekend. Later today, I'm looking forward to seeing Deborah Stone at Don't Tell Mama and then breaking bread with wonderful friends visiting here from out of town. 
Tomorrow, I'm cooking for 12! Looking forward to the week ahead. Great events this week. Will tell you more in upcoming blogs.  It feels good.
Here are a few of my recommended shows.
Coming Soon! Cannot wait!
Please go out and support these artists. They are truly working to make the world a better place. We ALL have to support each other.

Being an artist means believing you are an artist; making a living as an artist means mastering many of the skills and professional attitudes shared by successful self-employed persons engaged in other occupations. The artists mentioned in this blog are a stunningly accomplished bunch. Never one to let the green grass grow under their feet, they are all out there creating great art.  
 

See Hilary's show tonight. She is excellent. It is always a joy to be in any room she is performing in.
Looking for something to do tonight? 
Go see The Cyndi Hazell Duo Featuring Rick Laban on Guitar Vocals...We have been performing together for about a year, playing songs from the 60's to today with various genres of music from Carol King/James Taylor (we also do a tribute show to them) to Diana Ross, Aretha, etc. to Natalie Imbruglila.

There is also Hilary Kole!

 



 MONDAY APRIL 17 SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT at Don’t Tell Mama
Go hear Mary Riley,  Dana Gross, Rob Davis,  Shana Kahn,  Frank McDonough, Bernie Boroson sing songs from the American Songbook, songs by pop icons, and original material.
$20 cover with 2 drink minimum.
$5 off the cover for Mac Members.
Music calms the soul and soothes the senses. Escape the dreaded news with song!



Nice write up in Between My Stage Life with Anna Lively. Please read and if you live in the tri state area you don't want to miss her show at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York this Wednesday April 19th at 9;30 singing the tunes of Doris Day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd at 4:30At some point in life, everyone needs to let go of something and that is what Marcia Roney is doing in her new solo show. LETTING GO!
Although she may be new to some of you, she is not new to cabaret. 

She did her first solo show at the Metropolitan Room and has performed in many group shows at the Laurie Beechman,Theater, The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama and Rose's Turn.
 

She is delighted to be working with multi- award-winning director Peter Napolitano and acclaimed musical director Mathew Martin Ward . She extends a special invitation to all MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) members to join her as she explores things she has already let go of, still need to let go of and the fear of future things she may have to let go of even though they may or may not happen. She is a good story teller and has lots of stories to tell!
DON'T TELL MAMA CABARET:343 West 46th Street, NYC Reservations:  212-757-0788 (after 4 PM) www.donttellmamanyc.com
$15 cover charge/MAC $10/ 2 drink minimum CASH ONLY.

Dan Ruth, is performing his spectacular show, A Life Behind Bars, at my cabaret home, the Laurie Beechman Theatre in April and May. 
He has already received two extremely favorable reviews for this gritty, funny, rollercoaster real life tale of addiction, gentrification (YES THAT’S
Dan Ruth and Director Tanya Moberly, photo by Rolando Pellot
RIGHT!), sobriety and survival. Directed by Tanya Soberly. Read the reviews here, and please come out to support Dan Ruth:
 

This is a funny, wet-your-pants show, with an outstanding performer and a comical but powerful message. - Steve Nardoni, Theater Pizzazz
 

His quicksilver changes of character, mood and setting warrant comparison to the great
Lily Tomlin, and that is praise I do not give lightly. - Gerry Geddes, BistroAwards

Remaining shows are: Tuesdays April 25th and May 9th at 7PM and Wednesday, May 17th at 9:30PM.
To purchase tickets, please visit: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/968687
Sunday: April 30 (Please join our party)
Time: 7:00pm
SEAN HARKNESS AND MARCUS SIMEONE
Multi award winning MAC and Bistro Award winning performers join forces and present an acoustic set.
Come and experience an evening of exciting music and stories, unplugged!
You wont want to miss this!

Director: LINA KOUTRAKOS
Don't Tell Mama 343 W42 Street NYC  $20.00 cover

Plus Two Beverage minimum
($10.00 MAC Discount)
In the Brick room
 Reserve HERE
Or reserve by phone (after 4pm daily)
212-757-0788
Other show dates:
(Showtimes are all at: 7pm)

 Sunday May 28 AND Sunday June 18
Sunday July 23 
Lisa Jason

May 1 at 9:30pm, Lisa Jason:
Rock Singer/Songwriter Joins Forces With Broadway Stars, in her New Show, "Another Hundred People" at Feinstein's/54 Below.

Lisa Jason: Another Hundred People
featuring Broadway Guest Stars from  A Bronx Tale, Les Misérables, Lion King and South Pacific
Musical Director, Luke Williams
Monday, May 1st @ 9:30pm (doors open 8:45pm)
Feinstein's 54 Below 254 W. 54th Street, bet 8th Ave and Broadway.

$25-$35, plus $25 Food and Beverage Min. Tickets and Info: 646-476-3551
Trains: N,R,Q to 57th St B,D,E to 7th Ave, or C,E,1 to 50th St.


American Popular Song Society
Don't miss Sandi Durell's 13th annual "Songwriter Series" at the American Popular Song Society on Saturday, May 13th!  

It will be a gala afternoon of brilliant music and song with many surprises. 
The cast will be announced soon! No reservations necessary - just show up
from 1:00 pm on and you will be welcome.
Happy Birthday, Bessie Smith

APSS Members: no charge.  Guests: $15.
However, if you join at this meeting, this fee will be credited to your membership for next season!
Visit: APSSinc.org for more info and to read monthly newsletter and those from their thirty year plus year history!
  
 The road from love to hate is easy. The one from hate to love is more difficult, but brings peace.
-Pope Francis


Excitement continues to mount on The Great White Way as Hello, Dolly! opens at the Shubert
Theater. This revival of the beloved musical stars none other than Bette Midler. The book is by Michael Stewart with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. It is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks with choreography by Warren Carlyle. The show is the first new production of Hello, Dolly! to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago.

It pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer, Gower Champion, a staging that has long been considered one of the greatest in musical theater history. The Schubert Theater is located at 225 West 44th Street. Visit: http://hellodollyonbroadway.com.

Pansy Power!  One hilarious bouquet of rainbow-colored comics in riotous bloom.  Wed. May 3.  Starring the great KATE CLINTON (first lady of out comedy, legendary star of stage, screen, blog and bookstore)


  Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!


Sit back! A new news cycle is about to begin!



This blog is based MOSTLY on my opinions



Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!


With grateful XOXOXs ,
 



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NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.  FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES
One of World War IIs most famous pin-ups! (Broadway's 4th Dolly, Betty Grable)
ONLY!



Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help! 

Great time, great fun, great host, great guests.
-Eileen Slater: Woodbourne, NY
Announcing Next Edition of Richard Skipper Celebrates...May 20th Laurie Beechman Theater 1PM Brunch Show
Let's Celebrate: May 20th at 1PM at The Laurie Beechman Theater. Russ Woolley proudly presents Richard Skipper Celebrates The Music of World War II. Richard will be joined by Diane J. Findlay, Sue Matsuki, KT

-Eileen Slater: Woodbourne, NY

KT Sullivan
Sullivan...AND a Mystery Guest All under the musical Direction
of Michael Lavine with Jeff Carney on bass and Don Kelly on Percussion . This is a 1PM SHOW! (90 minutes) At The Laurie Beechman Theater Reservations a Must! Please Reserve Today. 
$30 Cover and $20 Minimum per person
Diane J. Findlay

You Never Know Who You Might See There and what might happen!

Go To RichardSkipper.com and click on
Sue Matsuki
the Yellow Star to Order Your Tickets Today
This afternoon is also made possible by Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack, NY
*Previous Mystery Guests have included Anita Gillette, Hilary Kole, Melba Moore, Stacy Sullivan, Jana Robbins, AND Seth Sikes

Keeping America great through Art!     


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