|Russ Woolley, Peggy Eason, Sue Matsuki: You Gotta Have Friends!|
Happy July 23rd, 2017!
July 23 is the 204th day of the year . There are 161 days remaining until the end of the year. Once again, the title of my blog today, comes from one of my blogs.
As I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (ORIGINAL CAST
It was still on Broadway when I arrived in New York five months later and was a major hit. I still remember vividly the marquees and the TV ads. It is still a regret of mine that I did not see it at the time. There were several reasons at the time. The first was financial. When I arrived in NY on August 5th, 1979, I had $500.00 in my pocket!
I was very frugal in terms of getting by. I got my first job (as a Wall Street messenger) my first full day in New York (August 6th) for $6.00 an hour. I still had to be frugal!
The second reason was the subject matter!
However, as time has moved on, it truly is one of my favorite scores.
This might come as a surprise to all of my friends who know me, but I would LOVE to play Sweeney some day! Believe it or not, it is one of my bucket items.
|Warren Schein, Sarah Rice, David Sabella, Richard Skipper, Sharon McNight, Producer Russ Woolley. (Photo by Maryann Lopinto RSC June 18th, 2017)|
July 23rd, 1979...It was a Monday. I know that I was working at Grand Strand Amusement Park. In 13 days, I would be moving to New York and my life would be forever changed. I just got goosebumps as I typed those words.
I had NO IDEA what the world
|Carol Channing performing in the Carter White House|
Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include detective novelist Raymond Chandler in 1888; Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie in 1892; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1936 (age 81); actor Ronny Cox in 1938 (age 79); talk show host Don Imus in 1940 (age 77);
|The sun is now in Leo|
Philip Seymour Hoffman ~ Born: July 23, 1967, Fairport, NY
Died: February 2, 2014, West Village, New York City, NY.
In that special week of July people in US were listening to Bad Girls by Donna Summer. In UK Are 'Friends' Electric by Tubeway Army was in the top 5 hits. The Amityville Horror, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, was one of the most Sophie's Choice by William Styron was one of the best selling books.viewed movies released in 1979.
Number One for this week in 1981 was Air Supply with The One That You Love .
My horoscope is telling me that a friend or relative may be acting exceptionally nice, but I can’t help but wonder if there is more going on than meets my eye. Hmmm? I wonder who that could be!
I'm listening and making a LOT of changes in my life. The 'WORD for the day is INSIGHTFULNESS. Think of this word as your mantra for the day. First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day. The 'word 'for TODAY is INSIGHTFULNESS . Please pay it forward...
Thank you, Kevin Scott Hall for posting this on Facebook today:
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1923.
I Know I Am But Summer to Your Heart
Edna Saint Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
The young artist of today need no longer say "I am a painter', or "a poet", or "a dancer." He is simply an "artist". All of life will be open to him.
Thousands flooded the streets of Berlin for the annual Christopher Street Day parade in support of LGBT rights http://cnn.it/2trHLqS
Richard's Suggestions: Life IS a cabaret
Ann Kittredge is returning to Don't Tell Mama next Saturday, July 29 at 4pm. Go on over and get out of the heat!!!! :)
Peter Filichia gave Josh Ellis a wonderful opportunity to talk about the making of two-and-a-half legendary Broadway cast recordings.
Specifically: the original Broadway cast recording of 42ND STREET (1980), Yul Brynner and Constance Towers's THE KING AND I (1977) and SONDHEIM: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE (1973). The article explains the half.
As of this blog, Only 7 seats remain for Josh's show at United Solo Theatre Festival at Theatre Row on Thursday, September 14 at 9 PM.
|Stacy Sullivan: Photo by Michael Lee Stever.|
Stacy Sullivan is headed into the studio to record her 7th album...updates soon! MUCH SUCCESS, Stacy!
Encouraged by many, Stephen Mosher has written a memoir that he has designed to be like a box of candy. http://stephenmosher.com/lived-in-crazy
If you are out in LA: TONIGHTS THE NIGHT,
6 p.m social and silent auction...
7 p.m. FRITZ COLEMAN!!!
Actor and Others for Animals
At the historic El Portal Theater in NOHO.
BOBBY BELFRY with
THE KEVIN LUTKE TRIO make their NYC Debut at The Metropolitan Room, August 3, 2017 at 7PM
Multi-Award winning singer/songwriter, Bobby Belfry, along with world-class guitarist, Kevin Lutke and his Trio, have created a new set of socio-political jazz/folk/rock inspired contemporary pop music that has been burning up The Hudson Valley, with concerts at The Illuminated Concert Festival in Newburgh, Maureen’s Jazz Cellar in Nyack, and the Fanwood
The music is uplifting and empowered with a bit of humor, which is exactly what the arts need in this tumultuous political climate of our times.
Mr. Belfry has performed at The White House, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center, in addition to countless theatres and nightclubs throughout the country and abroad. He is a featured artist in the music documentary, “This Time” and has 3 albums of music on iTunes and several streaming sites. “Bobby Belfry is one to savor, embrace, and lend the hand of fame to,” said BILLBOARD Magazine.
Mr. Lutke has a Masters Degree in Jazz Guitar and composition from NYU, and has performed with countless jazz luminaries throughout his career. Kevin also has 3 CDs of original and cover music available on iTunes and other streaming services.
The group is rounded out by Jay Brunka on upright bass, and John Romagnoli on percussion.
The concert at The Metropolitan Room, on August 3, at 7pm, is the group’s NYC debut. There is a $15 Cover, $25 food/drink minimum
Please purchase tickets online at www.metropolitanroom.com
A new album of the music performed this evening is in the works on the DEKO Music Label.
This is something I wish I could go to! Oz, The National Convention.
The wonders of the White City... The fun of the Midwest Oz Festival... Find your heart’s desire in Chicago—the inspiration for Oz.
Thursday: Kick off the weekend with a party at the home of Oz collector and convention co-chairman Walter Krueger.
Friday: From a Kansas twister to the Nome King’s mines, Friday morning is filled with farm fun. In the afternoon, explore animated Oz films, followed by an evening fashion show of famous Dorothys and a live Oz music program.
Saturday: Saturday emphasizes Chicago’s many Oz connections with programs, speakers, films, and performances.
And yes, there will be cake: it’s the International Wizard of Oz Club’s 60th anniversary!
Sunday: After breakfast, enjoy the final day of the Midwest Oz Fest in neighboring Tinley Park. Join Oz friends for a bring-your-box-lunch open house at Walter Krueger’s. Optionally, sign up for a small-group Oz tour into Chicago, or head out to explore on your own.
Regroup for dinner at the Hyde Park home of Carrie Hedges as they honor her tenure as Oz Club president.
For complete information, visit OzConvention.org.
There is also the Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival!
August 4th-6th Tinley Park Illinois.
Visit Karen Armstrong Owens' sales booth at the festival - Storyland Collectables..... new and old Wizard of Oz items.
IWOC National Convention August 3-6th Orland Park, Illinois
Leanne Borghesi at Feinstein's-What Is This Swing Called LOVE?
San Francisco!! Leanne is so jazzed, she could kiss ya! Celebrate the summer of LOVE together!
Tickets are now on sale for her upcoming cabaret
Join Leanne for an intimate evening at the "Love Lounge" with a hot, snazzy swinging band! The Roger Glenn Trio (Ross Gualco piano, Ed Margolin drums, Roger Glenn woodwinds) and siren Amanda Wu on the Bass!
It is going to be a swingin' night of good music and good vibes...an intimate affair...meow!
Tickets: goldstar.com, www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1492871/tfly
|with Rita McKenzie: Richard Skipper Celebrates Hello, Dolly! January 16th, 2017|
I'm throwing back the curtain and showing my followers the little man behind the Wizard who is always trying to put forth a positive image of a man.
Let's Be Friends! I promise you a great experience!
You have the power to change anything, because you are the one who chooses your thoughts and feels your feelings.
w/Ann Dawson, Emily McNamara, Ben Rimalower... AND a Beloved Cabaret Mystery Guest
|with Wayne Gmitter, the late great Peggy Herman, Tommy Tune, and Patrick Rinn (Peggy Herman CD Release Party Feinstein's St. Regis 2015)|
|with Ellen Bullinger and Carol Siwek|
David Sabella was so moving when he was talking about his children, and the Sondheim montage was unexpectedly thrilling. I liked the little table where I was sitting because I could watch Richard Skipper's reactions to everything, and that just added to the joy. I don't think a smile left my face for the entire show. Good for Richard!!!!
Jacqueline Parker, NYC
I have had the great pleasure of seeing the show the talented Richard Skipper presents at the Laurie
Beechman. It was a delightful afternoon with so much talent brought to the stage and especially, Leslie Orofino, on the show that I attended. Richard is not only a very talented performer himself, but his knowledge of the history of the stage world is outstanding. His memories and stories recalled are a gift to us all. His manner and style of interviewing is so wise, warm and professional. I am so overjoyed to see him interview many legends and he embraces them with such care and respect. He is the ultimate showman.
Pamala Hall,Lionhawk Productions Weston, Ct.
Jacqueline Parker, NYC
|Ruby Rakos, Carole Demas, Diane J. Findlay, Sue Matsuki, KT Sullivan, and producer Russ Woolley|
Pamala Hall,Lionhawk Productions Weston, Ct.
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