Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Getting Around Town...Treating A Friend To A Show For The Holidays!

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
- Confucius

Happy Wednesday, November 8th, 2017!
November 8 is the 312th day of the year. There are 53 days remaining until the end of the year.If that doesn't scare you, nothing will. We all say it. Where does the time go? For me, it goes faster and faster. 
Part of that has to do with the fact that I am always looking ahead, but I also have a great appreciation for our past and present. 
Each month (save three months) since May of last year, I have produced a BRAND new show each month. That entails casting, song choices, lining up musicians and NON-STOP marketing.  Next one is December 3rd. 
Would LOVE to see you there! Introduce yourself if we don't already know each other.
It also entails me getting out of the house and seeing what's out there. To me, it is a requirement. Not only for me, but for those I see entertain. 
Get OUT of the house! This blog today will cover some of my recommendations. 
See The Show that Theater Pizzazz calls Intoxicating, Cabaret Scenes calls the perfect storm of entertainment, AND The Times Square Chronicles says is a MUST SEE.  November 29th at 7PM at The Laurie Beechman: My Ship: Songs of 1941 starring Dawn Derow, directed by Jeff Harnar, musical director Ian Herman, written and conceived by Dawn Derow and Jeff Harnar.  
Musical arrangements by Barry Levitt, is built up of songs composed and published in 1941. 76 years ago these songs were comforting the hearts and minds of women from that time: young brides married to soldiers headed off to fight in WW2, conventional house wives raising children alone, factory workers like “Rosie the Riveter,” and the entertainers passionately at work to raise the moral of AMERICA through this beautiful music."  -Dawn Derow

One of my favorite entertainers is Reverend Yolanda
Check this out: So In God's Hands.

Oleg Frish November 12. Become a part of his audience and enjoy his positive music! Oleg performs with a jazz septet.

Here is the link with all info about the show. 
Special guest: Jonathan Karrant (song stylist from Las Vegas) and a surprise guest!

You don't even have to pack bags to travel with Oleg around the world!
It’s the spookiest time of year and Feinstein’s/54 Below has a full lineup of Halloween concerts to set the mood from new musicals in concert to favorite standards!

Charles Baran is so excited to release the Music Video he shot in July - PELICAN!!  You’ll recognize a few of our dear MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) friends in the video - we got Robin Kradles, Bobbie Horowitz AND Sydney Myer!  Here’s the link  .

Jenifer Lewis has a new book out: THE MOTHER OF BLACK HOLLYWOOD.   Below is a couple of interviews in support of her book.
Pre-order HERE before it hits the book stores. NOVEMBER 14TH Quickly Please! It matters!
By the way the press is looooving the book. People Magazine did an AMAZING write up.
And All Things Considered on NPR interviewed Jenifer as well.

SALON – that unique, MULTIPLE AWARD WINNING, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas will return to Etcetera, Etcetera - 352 West 44th Street, NYC 10036 – on Sunday, November 12th from 7-10:00PM. (Sign-Up Begins at 6:15.)
The optional theme for the evening is “Heaven and Hell”.
Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon.
Co-Host on November 12th will be David LaMarr!

SPARKLE is back in NYC for its 6th year!
 Haul out the holly and put up the tree because the annual star-studded holiday event Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert returns to New York City on Sunday, December 3rd for its 6th consecutive year, once again benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund.
This year's all-star cast is lead by four TONY Award® nominees and includes some of today's hottest performers from the worlds of Broadway, Television, Film and the music industry all singing in the season for a great cause! Space is limited and tickets will sell out, so get your tickets today!
Buy your tix HERE.

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.

Richard Skipper Celebrates David France: How To Survive a Plague
Here are a Few Testimonials for Richard Skipper Celebrates: Next One December 3rdth 1PM Laurie Beechman Theater: Reserve HERE:
w/Bobby Belfry, Ann Kittredge, Sidney Myer, Deborah Stone, AND VERY SPECIAL GUEST STAR: Kathryn Crosby!

Just had the pleasure of attending my first Richard Skipper Celebrates at the Laurie Beechman today.  I was captivated from beginning to end. I had no expectations, I thought it was just going to be a conventional cabaret (not that there's anything wrong with that :) ) but instead it was an excellently produced, thoughtful and warm celebration of music and music-makers.  I will be back!
-Ann Kittredge
Richard Skipper Celebrates Patty Farmer: Starring The Plaza and Playboy Laughs (also pivtured Will Friedwald (photo credit Michael Lee Stever
with Lee Roy Reams and Josh Ellis
First let me say that Richard Skipper is a phenomenal host and interviewer. The other day he interviewed my dear friend and favorite singer Melissa Manchester. Such an in-depth interview, which made Melissa's answers just flow. I've known about Richard for quite a long time as an entertainer but really not as a host or an interviewer. I would have loved to be interviewed by him what fun we would have had. Thank you for your calmness, your smile, and fantastic reporting on such a major star as Melissa and so many others. I cannot wait to watch your next interview. All my best, internationally acclaimed Entertainer Marvin Nathan...

My mom, sister, daughter and I were lucky enough to see Richard Skipper and his stellar guests. We all highly recommend Richard 'a shows!
Christine Milton, Bronx NY
Sondra Lee, Beth Fowler, Lee Roy Reams: Richard Skipper Celebrates...The 53rd Anniversary of Hello, Dolly! at The Triad January 16th, 2017

23 Shopping Days until Richard Skipper Celebrates December 3rd. What a great holiday gift to treat someone to a Great Holiday filled show! Reason 23 to Buy your tix today: One Of Richard's featured guests is Ann Kittredge Wear Red and GREEN for amazing photo ops!.
In addition to Bobby Belfry , we have 4 more entertainers INCLUDING Kathryn Crosby AND it's all under the musical direction of Tracy Stark with Donn Kelly on percussion, Matt Scharfglass on bass, and Erik Lawrence on Sax. Go to and click on the yellow star to order your tix. You never know who you might see there and what might happen!
If you cannot go, treat a friend or two!
Produced by Russ Woolley

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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!
With grateful XOXOXs ,


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