|Bette Midler in Dolly: Bridging the past with the Present|
-Theodor Fontane, German author (1819-1898)
Happy Monday, August 7th, 2017!
August 7 is the 219th day of the year. There are 146 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today's blog is a stream of consciousness blog. random thoughts on a Monday.
I know exactly what she means!
Nothing seems to be going my way today. I, however, am not regretting or turning back.My horoscope tells me that I'm facing a time of challenging communications, especially in the realms of work and money. It goes on to tell me that creativity is flowing thick and fast, but it will be harder than usual to be heard. I hope that is not the case! It also goes on to tell me that today's planetary movement exerts an energy that might make me feel like my dreams are just out of reach. Aargh! In addition to the weather, am fighting the flu and as I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to Barbara Fasano's CD, Written In The Stars.
|Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce entertaining the lucky ones who can afford a ticket|
There are many artists thriving here in New York City that are not known on a wider spectrum.
It is all because of the times that we live in and the way that the entire sphere of entertainment is so fragmented.
At another time, Barbara would have been a household name.
|with Natalie Douglas|
Another singer that would also have been a household name is Natalie Douglas. She and beau Billy Joe Young are celebrating twenty five years today. Love them both!
Natalie is going to be a Mystery Guest in Richard Skipper Celebrates!
One of these dates: September 10th, October 8th, December 5th. You'll have to be there to find out which one!
In the early days of Barbra Streisand's rise, for
|Liza in the 70s proving that Life really is a Cabaret|
How I would love to go back to the days of Ed Sullivan in which a family (now also fragmented) would sit together on a Sunday night to see the eclectic mixed bag that Mr. Sullivan would present.From Avi Duvdevani: 42 years ago, that August of 1975, when Liza substituted for five weeks for GWEN VERDON, appearing in the Broadway run of the hit show, CHICAGO, opposite CHITA RIVERA.
With only one week of rehearsal time and no public announcement, other than this announcement at each curtain: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. At this performance, the role of Roxie Hart, normally played by Gwen Verdon .....will be played by LIZA MINNELLI!" And the audience went nuts)
Liza played to standing-room audiences, garnering critical and public acclaim.
Can you imagine?Donna Murphy is not as well known as Bette Midler outside of theater circles but she should be getting the same kind of response. She IS that good! I love her in the role and it is a shame that she is not getting the same kind of acclaim as Bette. Her vocals are so strong that a second CD should be made. Tickets are easier to get on the nights Donna is on. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself. You will thank me!
|Broadway Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ With Donna Murphy: Variety|
My horoscope today also indicates that I may have extra money in my pocket.
|LL Cool J and Carol Channing on the Tonys several years ago bridging the past with the present|
|Looking forward to sharing a stage with Ben Rimalower on September 10th!|
I am much happier sacrificing my own gratification for the satisfaction of others. I make a point to get together with close friends and loved ones AT LEAST once a week.
I am passionate about helping others. I am using the transit to get in touch with what I really desire, so that I am able to take appropriate steps toward achieving that. See, there are daily lessons to be gleaned from our horoscopes whether you believe them or not. I use my horoscopes as daily guidelines. It also tells me that the stars are working in my favor this week and I'm driven to try new things. I signed on, along with my producer Russ Woolley today with a new marketing firm to promote The Richard Skipper Celebrates Show. We will be utilizing them for our September show. If we see major results, we will utilize them all season. I'm really hopeful! It's time to branch out.
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Anais Nin
Thoughts are whirling around in my head and I know I need to change my outlook.
Seven years ago, I was traveling all over the country as Carol Channing. Now, that is very much a part of my past.
However, today, I found an article that puts things in perspective for many. I reached out to my friend Doris Dear, for 'her' perspective. Doris Dear is going to be a Mystery Guest in one of my upcoming shows (see above with Natalie Douglas). You'll have to attend to find out which one. Perhaps we will discuss this!
Well depends on who, I think. I never refer to my professional cabaret self as a drag queen. It reduces me to a bar maiden!
I get marginalized enough for wearing a dress. I am an actor, have been professionally making my living that way for 38 years now.
To reduce me to that is not what I want suddenly because I wear a dress for some of my shows.
But then again, saying you do drag immediately puts it in a place that people understand.
Female Impersonator always makes me think you are impersonating someone specifically
like Cher or Dolly
Never let a bad situation bring out the worst in you. Be strong and choose to be positive.-Megan Fox
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. - African Proverb
200th Day of our Potus' Presidency and what do WE have? YOU tell ME!
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.
w/Ann Dawson, Emily McNamara, Ben Rimalower... AND a Beloved Cabaret Mystery Guest
Thank you for the tribute to Judy Garland in honor of her birthday for the American Popular Song Society on Judy Garland's Birthday (6/10/17). The entertaining film clips, the guest performers and your interviews all made for a memorable afternoon.
Ann Dawson, NYC
See Ann Dawson as part of Richard Skipper Celebrates September 10th
Though I have not have the great fortune to see Richard's show's live (Please come to Vegas!!!) I do have the great fortune of calling him one of my dearest friends. And that dear ones, is a great blessing indeed. Richard is a blessing to all who he encounters. His positivity will help you through the hardest of days. Truly one in a million :) May God continue to bless all you do!
Jamie Farrar, Las Vegas
What a wonderful afternoon at Richard Skipper Celebrates! I'd had a very trying morning on Sunday, and I wasn't in the best of moods when I arrived, but within seconds of the show starting, all tension slipped away and I could feel the smile creeping across my face, a smile I kept for days after.
Doug Devita, NYC
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Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!
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