Thursday, August 24, 2017

Introducing Richard's Round-Up!

Life Begins when a person first realizes how soon it will end.
-Marcelene Cox (American Writer)

Happy August 24th, 2017!

It is a gorgeous day here in New York. Today is the 236th day of the year. There are 129 days remaining until the end of the year.
SAD NEWS: Actor Jay Thomas, whose most famous roles include that of TV talk show host Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown” (for which he won two Emmy Awards) and hockey player Eddie LeBec on “Cheers,” has died. He was 69.

My Horoscope Tells Me that news of an unexpected career break could come my way! I'm READY!
The 'WORD for the day is INVIGORATE  .  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 INVIGORATE . Please pay it forward... 
As I sat down to begin my blog today, I was listening to That's All. I've included Michael Buble's version here, but I'm sorry but I don't recognize who the singer is.
Ray deForest as Doris Dear will be a future Mystery Guest!Which show? I won't tell!
I've been thinking a lot lately about transitions and trying to remain and stay in the moment. Right now, August is dwindling down. And with that, the end of summer. I've had 'moments' of summer; a boat road, a barbeque, a trip to the Botanical Gardens, but that's it!
I'm secretly thrilled about the prospect of tossing out my schedule and simply starting over from scratch. I had worked myself into a corner by putting so much on my calendar that the slightest deviation could
I LOVE Ann Dawson!
bring it all down like a house of cards. Nevertheless, once you had a clean slate, you still needed to recreate the series on a bigger and better scale and I think I am succeeding. You, my audiences, however will be the ultimate decider. THIS is just the beginning! 
I took off, for the most part, from performing this summer. My producer, Russ Woolley, God Bless Him!, said that if I desired to keep my series, Richard Skipper Celebrates..., going through the summer, he would support me, but it might be a good time to take a break. He was right!
September 10th, 1977 was the last execution by Guillotine. Did you know that? In OUR Lifetime!

The truth of the matter is that it has just been a chance to regroup. I'm very excited about the direction everything is going in and I feel that this next season is going to be even more successful than
I am excited to be celebrating with Ben Rimalower on September 10th
this past season....which is saying a lot because I have shared the stage with some of the best artists around. Those artists are both on stage and behind. As our TRUE POTUS said, 'it truly does take a village'!
Let's start with the cast! I have Ann Dawson, Emily McNamara, Ben Rimalower, and a MUCH BELOVED award winning entertainer as our Mystery Guest. Please add to that mix three top notch musicians Rex Benincasa on percussion, Jeff Carney on bass, under the direction of musical director Rich Siegel.
We will be celebrating milestones of September 10th. I hope you'll join us!
I cannot wait to work with Emily McNamara
September 10 is the 253rd day of the year. While we are waiting to get there, please go out and support the artists you read about in this blog. This is a New feature called Richard's Roundup, celebrating the best in Entertainment. Thank you, Russ Woolley for the name AND the suggestion!

Justyna Kostek as Marlene Dietrich
On Thursday, August 31, Oliver Conant (co-writer/director) and Justyna Kostek (co-writer/star) will host the world premiere of the one-woman tour-de-force musical, Dietrich Rides Again, about the life and times of Marlene Dietrich. Playing for three weeks through Sunday, September 17 at The Medicine Show Theatre (549 West 52 Street – between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), the show is choreographed by Madeline Jaye. Musical direction and arrangements are by Jono Mainelli. Miss Kostek’s costumes are by Derek Nye Lockwood. Read more HERE

Reverend Yolanda thanks all for the support shown for Royal Stories- a benefit for Drag Queen Story Hour. Don't forget that Rev. Yolanda's Church With A 2 Drink Minimum starts back up on Sept 17 3pm at The Sidewalk Cafe

Singing impresario Randie Levine-Miller hosts a special edition of her long-running Showstopper Divas/Divos series at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday September 18, at 7pm.  Benefiting The Actors Fund, this year’s annual concert features a roof-raising line-up of entertainers singing showstopper songs from the Broadway Songbook, including the Broadway stars Beth Fowler, Lee Roy Reams, and Adam Grupper; the actress and singer Barbara Minkus; ME, and two recent “Tomatoes Got Talent” competition winners, Susan Vardy, and Kathleen Waters.  Paul
Chamlin is the evening’s music director on piano.
Randie Levine-Miller’s “Showstopper Divas/Divos,” the double-barreled evening blending gals and guys, performs one-night only at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, on Monday September 18, at 7pm. Tickets are $45 with a two-drink minimum.  A portion of the evening’s proceeds goes to The Actors Fund to support their vital social services work for those in the entertainment industry. 
To order in advance call 888-596-1027, or visit  

Debra Vogel is returning to Don't Tell Mama on September 22nd with a new show entitled, Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries.

Richard Whiting and his equally talented lyricists will be honored on October 19 at Jazz Center, NYC as part of the
MABEL MERCERFOUNDATION'S CABARET CONVENTION. The night will be shared with the music of Hoagy Carmichael. Klea Blackhurst is the hostess with the mostess. It's all TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS.

The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new. - Socrates

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.

Ben Rimalower
Here are a Few Testimonials for Richard Skipper Celebrates: Next One September 10th 1PM Laurie Beechman Theater: Reserve HERE:
w/Ann Dawson, Emily McNamara, Ben Rimalower... AND a Beloved Cabaret Mystery Guest

Richard, Fabulous...I want to thank you for such a wonderful Halloween extravaganza at The Triad in New York. I so enjoyed performing for your wonderful audience and you are a true Master of Ceremonies! Every single guest was superb, unique and blew me away with such diversity and the musicians top notch. Keep entertaining is so very needed. Lots of love!  
Sincerely, Leanne Borghesi

Richard Skipper is a lovely, talented, brilliant soul.  His ability to connect with his audience, and his cast of singers and musicians is authentic and genuine.  He has a gift of making each person feel comfortable and welcomed.  He treats all of his guests with respect and makes working with him an absolute pleasure.  
I would work with Richard again and again!  Richard also has an amazing talent...his singing is entertaining and his humor brilliant.  The Richard Skipper Celebrates series is something that everyone should experience.  You will NEVER be disappointed...
Cathy Szabo: Monroe, CT

Richard Skipper Celebrates... at the Laurie Beechman Theatre is a delight of a show. You are always guaranteed stellar performances, wonderful stories, and a lot of belly laughs. I walk away from every show having received an education - finding new appreciation for the music
featured that month.
A most exceptional entertainer presents an incredibly satisfying series. I always look forward to the next one.
Abby Judd, Lights and Sound at The Laurie Beechman Theater
Sondra Lee, Beth Fowler, Lee Roy Reams: Richard Skipper Celebrates...The 53rd Anniversary of Hello, Dolly! at The Triad January 16th, 2017

17 Days till Showtime. Richard Skipper Celebrates September 10th! Check out The Promo:  

Sit Back! A New News Cycle Is About to Begin!

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 ,


From Donna Murphy (used with permission) on Twitter: 2 honor 2night's #princeofbroadway opening @MTC_NYC -a #tbt 2 #HalPrince's #LoveMusik-'twas a joy 2 work w/ Hal & play #Lenya 💖🎭 📸:@amyarbus
 (Editor's Note: Of course, Donna appears as Dolly Levi every Tuesday Night on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!)
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