Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cabaret Month: Carly Ozard and MORE!

What is happiness, anyhow? … so impalpable — a mere breath, an evanescent tinge.
-Walt Whitman

Happy Spring!
It's March 20th, 2018.
March 20 is the 79th day of the year. There are 286 days remaining until the end of the year.
It is a gorgeous day here in New York. My horoscope tells me that the sun moves into the most sociable area of my chart today and almost immediately I will be making plans about where to go and who to see. I've decided to stay in and chill tonight as we prepare for yet another Nor'easter here in New York!
 I'm listening to the 60s channel on Sirius XM Radio...always bridging the past with the present.

As my followers know, there is a soundtrack always playing throughout my like.  As part of my continuing celebration of Cabaret Month, today, I celebrate Carly Ozard.
Powerhouse Entertainer and actress Carly Ozard has had solo shows at The Rrazz Room, Feinstein’s
at the Nikko, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Stage 72 at the Triad and The Metropolitan Room. She works in musical theatre, cabaret, and as a FEMcee for various events. An exceptional vocalist with comic and dark sides showcasing a repertoire that includes Musical Theatre, Contemporary Pop, Classic Rock and Electric Dance Music. A newly budding songwriter and cover artist, she just released her debut recording Universal Child on iTunes and CDBaby. Having acted as head judge of The Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco as well as a judge for The Voice of Vallarta and the San Francisco Cabaret Competition, Carly has been part of every community she has performed in. Carly has shared stages with Charles Strouse, Klea Blackhurst, Rita Moreno, Leslie Jordan, Maureen McGovern, Miranda Sings! and more. She is a two time Burner at Burning Man, a proud member of AEA and The New York City Friar’s Club, and she is reinventing herself and expanding her fan base! Carly Ozard performs regularly in San Francisco and is based out of New York.

Who/What keeps you going in the creative process? 
A combination of working in the subway singing three times a week, and constant guidance from Peter Flynn, my Stella Adler Musical Theater Instructor. I also have a brand new career direction which is scary and exciting, but it's all happening. My voice teacher Badiene Magaziner stumbled upon my voice and recognized its potential to have a career in Wagner in the opera world. The connections and support have been coming through in spades, and I'm really going to give this a chance! 

What, other than performing, has inspired you recently? 
I really am inspired by creating new pieces of art whether it's jewelry for my bridesmaids, or finding things on ebay or even on the street and turning them into wall art for our new apartment.
I love designing a necklace with a person in mind and then creating the piece thinking about them and capturing them in the piece. 

Who are your biggest musical influences? 
Freddie Mercury, Bette Midler, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Snatam Kaur, EDM music by Kaskade, Aloe Blacc, Avicci, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta 

Why don't cabaret shows attract more of the public, in your opinion?
This is a loaded question. There's several components to this: 
A lot of people don't really know what cabaret is. People come to NYC to see a Broadway Show and they will visit a piano bar for that experience of singing bartenders and live music, but they don't know there's shows going on in the back. You also have Simon Cowell and other judges on singing shows put down the cabaret singer several times over, so not only is cabaret not mainstream enough, it's put down by people who are, so people aren't going to be interested in something they don't really know about or associate a negative rap with. 
Another truth is it comes down to money. An average night out to a cabaret show is at least $50 per person.
If it's not your best friend or a huge name, it gets expensive. 

Another thing is, sometimes cabaret is too sophisticated for the average attendant. People want to hear Don't Stop Believin' and Tiny Dancer, not go on a musical journey of Cole Porter's life. 
If someone like Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry did a night at the Carlyle and did an evening of standards or a tribute to Judy Garland, people would say it's edgy and unique, but a night of Judy by an experienced cabaret singer isn't going to sell seats to tourists who are in town to see Hamilton.
There's practically no newspapers left as well. That's a big part of this demise. There's no way to get the word out. 
The last thing I'm going to say about this is the same people are getting used and featured in the biggest events that cabaret has going on. Every year, the same people get to do the higher end gigs. There's rarely any room for newcomers. There's serious nepotism going on and even if the talent is good, there needs to be more radical inclusion.There's no drag, burlesque, contemporary, or other, which all fall under the Cabaret Medium. 
A lot of young people do not feel welcome at the table. If you're not welcome, you stop trying to sit down.

Tell us a secret.
I fell asleep during Blood Brothers in England, 14 years ago! 

What about your career isn't working? 
Even though I'm in the midst of a career change, I realized that I had no idea that in order to do Broadway, you have to do TV and Film. I always said "The only way you'll get me on TV is if it's a PBS Concert." I really believed that I could pursue an onstage career and have it be purely onstage. 
With Chrissy Metz blowing up the TV screen in This is Us, there are a lot of roles being written
now for plus size actresses. That's fantastic, but I was not ready to be sent in on anything. It seemed like I was going for Broadway, Off-Broadway and other contracts in musical theatre, and studying at Stella Adler to finesse my onstage acting chops and I was mainly being sent in for nothing but fat girls on TV. I am not complaining, I was not READY. I felt very unable to approach anything with film because I honestly never saw it as part of my life. The last few months have been me taking steps to get into on camera acting to try to learn something that I never saw myself doing, and then a brand new career direction landed in my lap taking me away from all of it and I've never been more relieved.
I'm not closing the door on TV/Film, but it's a "not right now." Kind of thing.
I just want to sing. I can always come back to TV/Film as a character actress.

How did you hear you’d booked your first big gig 
I guess I will go with my recent concert at the Friars' Club. I grew up with my grandmother who lived and breathed Frank Sinatra, and so being inducted into the Friars' Club as a young associate was a really big deal for me, and for my family. 
I never thought I would get to headline the club so soon, and I was ecstatic to get the phone call confirming my evening at the club last November. "Chasing Cameron Mackintosh" really introduced me to a lot of members, and it selling out was a really proud moment for my parents and grandmothers' family to see. It was serendipitous to have my singing voice change after that show closed so I could kind of start a brand new chapter pursuing life as a dramatic mezzo. 

What is your favorite event in the cabaret community? 
Michael Garin and Mardie Millet have a pop-up cabaret show at the Roxy Hotel and a show at Jacque's. I was able to participate in it and it was some of the most fun I've had in a very long time. The hotel is fabulous, and the talent was incredible, and it's basically like bringing an old New York Speakeasy to life. I absolutely loved being part of it and will go whenever they have it. 

If you could have coffee with any living person, it would be... 
RuPaul Charles. She/He (depends on the day) fascinates me. He's built an empire for himself and what he has done as a businessman/woman is absolutely inspiring.  I would love to chat with him about everything from recovery to discipline, to the fact that he really can do anything- act, sing, produce, write, be funny, and gender bend. I'm absolutely in awe of him. 

If you could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose… 
Emma Gonzalez. To be that young and that confident and full of solutions and to rise to the biggest occasion and be the face of change- it's truly inspiring.

 If there were no barriers to entry, what is one thing you would be doing?
Rescuing every animal possible. 

 If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be?


What is one instance of knowing you are living in your vision? 
Jay Binder is always there with answers when I need them. 
He's like my fairy god-father. He shows up in his forms whether it's a class, an invited audition, or we run into each other in life- he shows up, as my shoulder angel to tell me to take a load off and put it on him so I can go get the career I deserve. 

YOUR top 5 credits 
Nettie Fowler, Carousel
Ol' Mother Hare, The Golden Apple
Pardon Me, Boys! -Hosting the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Love Don't Need a Reason- 54 Below
Chasing Cameron Mackintosh- Live at the Friar's
To be successful in this business, it takes… 

Resilience. People are going to tell you you're the thing that you want to change about yourself. In my situation, people need to tell me I'm heavy and that's why I'm not on (Insert name of big singing competition here).
You have to find creative ways to say "Thank you for sharing" without killing anyone. 

What is something about you that you wish people could understand about you better? 
Appreciate the song I am singing for you right now instead of telling me what I should be doing with it.

Name one person you would like to see profiled in my blog:

What's next? 
Catch me singing in the Subway. It's my job- it's how I pay my bills! Follow me on my Facebook Fan Page and Twitter for announcements of which stations I'm in on what days. 
I'm at the Long Island Railroad in Penn Station, 53rd and Lex, Times Square Mezzanine and Grand Central Station! Come say something NICE. 
I'm appearing in 54 Sings Alice in Wonderland as the Duchess and I'm ecstatic to bring my childhood to life. My best friend Matt says that "acting is about playing cops and robbers like when you were a child." This is my "cops and robbers." I lived for Steve Allen's Alice in Wonderland, and I'm finding out how much it means to so many people now that the concert is happening! I can't wait to play! 
Wagner is next. This has been very unexpected. Basically my voice changed, and my teacher is someone who has some real pull in the opera world with Juilliard and more. She and her staff have been fostering me, and we've begun the intense training to go after a career that I didn't know
what possible until about two months ago. Stay tuned! 
Buy My Album Universal Child on Itunes and CD Baby

Buy my single "I Love The Way You Love Me" with proceeds benefiting the Brown Dog Foundation in Nashville, TN! 

Anything else you wish included?
I'm debuting my brand new EDM Single Because It's Love at an Indian Wedding in Bali in June! I'm really excited about the Punjabi Mantras I feature in it. It's a song of celebration! It will be available for download soon- it's my first original!



If you want to go see 54 Sings Alice, here's a discount code that expires on March 28th! 35% off is pretty fantastic so I hope you'll take this offer!!!! Hope to see you April 3rd! Click for tix https://54below.com/events/54-sings-alice-wonderland

Richard's Picks for Today
Verzet Amsterdam [Resistance Amsterdam] dramatizes the true story of artists in World War II occupied Amsterdam who band together to resist fascism and protect Jews from deportation and death. Written by Barbara Kahn. Directed by Robert Gonzales Jr. and Barbara Kahn. Set and light design by Mark Marcante. Costume design by Everett Clark. Sound design by Joy Linscheid. Vintage prop design by Lytza Colon. Featuring Steve Barkman, Benjamin Cardona, Robert Gonzales Jr., Carl Ellis Grant, Jared Johnston, Anya Krawcheck, Christopher Lowe, Paolo Solis, Steph Van Vlack. April 5-22, 2018. Theater for the New City 155 1st Ave (9th & 10th Sts.)
Thus-Sat. @8pm, Sun @3pm. Reservations: 212-254-1109. Advance tkts: www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

I did this one year ago today! On March 20, 2017, Anne Marie enjoys a conversation with Richard Skipper. Click HERE To see a bit of that. 

The Paley Center for Media said “Hello, Gorgeous” to their latest “Icon”: the legendary Barbra Streisand. Streisand was on hand for a conversation with Ryan Murphy as part of a special PaleyFest Icon Tribute, marking the first time the multihyphenate star has been honored for her overall body of work.                

Broadway vet Alli Mauzey (Cry-Baby) replaces Jennifer Simard in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! beginning Tuesday, March 23. Simard played her final performance as Ernestina on March 18. Read MORE.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow just landed a James Comey interview on April 19th!

 Washington, the Tony- and Oscar-winning star who is slated to return to Broadway this week in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, will be honored with the 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award by the New Dramatists organization. Washington will receive the award at the New Dramatists' annual luncheon on May 15 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for gifts you have given to the world and will continue to give

Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return!
April 8th, 2018 

Russ Woolley Proudly Presents
Richard Skipper Celebrates
Broadway and off-Broadway Firsts...and More!

1 PM Brunch Show Laurie Beechman Theater 
Lane Bradbury created the role of Dainty June in the original Broadway production of the classic show Gypsy starring Ethel Merman.
Annie Hughes off-Broadway Closer Than Ever
Lauren Mufson Broadway and National Touring companies of Mamma Mia!
Marta Sanders Best Little Whorehouse In Texas Original Company

Musical Direction Joe Goodrich with Rex Benincasa on Percussion, Steve Doyle on bass, and Erik Lawrence on Sax

With music, reminisces and an afternoon of fun and show business! 90 minutes of merriment and excitement …Right on the heels of the 2/11 Russ Woolley's CELEBRATES Richard Skipper's’ BIRTHDAY…SELL-OUT Extravaganza…

When and Where:
Sunday, April 8th - 1 PM, Doors open 12:15

THE LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE, 407 West 42nd Street (lower level of the WEST BANK CAFE) Producer: Russ Woolley $30 ticket plus $20 food/beverage minimum - exquisite and reasonably priced food and drink

Richard Skipper has assembled a great cast to entertain and honor Broadway and off-Broadway artists… RICHARD SKIPPER has become synonymous with “feel good entertainment of the highest quality”. For decades Richard has entertained thousands and celebrated the careers of many of Theatre Row’s finest and most honored stars… It is now our turn to honor artists and the roles they created and/or made their own… The afternoon will prove to be an event where all will arrive and leave with smiles! This will be similar to the old-fashioned TV specials and series where we get to chat with and honor this Entertainment Icon.

So — Order your tickets now online…

A Few Audience Testimonials
Richard Skipper and Russ Woolley, Tom and I were thrilled to see Richard Skipper Celebrates...John Kander 3/18/18- what an afternoon! My second one, Tom's first, and he is now a convert/addict too! Such talent, imagine all those wonderful performers doing a number together? The roof would blow off! Thank you for a terrific afternoon, and we can't wait for the next one! XOX 
~~John Oakley Higgins 
Another fantastic edition of Richard Skipper Celebrates 3/18/18 in honor of John Kander’s Birthday. Obviously, the music was terrific but the performances were outstanding. I loved Ms. Asbury’s YES! and Also the duet performance by Jana Robbins & David Sabella. But my favorite, (which RICHARD hinted before the show was just for me was Lucy Spina’s RING THEM BELLS (bells included) .. This show never disappoints... If you’ve attended one or several, you know what I mean, if you haven’t done so yet, you’re really missing out. ~~Avi Duvdevani, South Amboy NJ
 Wow! After interviewing Richard Skipper on our podcast Behind the Curtain: Broadway's Living Legends, I was on Cloud 9. Well, his show put me on Cloud 11! How he is able to create such magical events, time and time again astounds me. Richard Skipper is a national treasure and no one can really call themselves a New Yorker until they have seen a Richard Skipper show. 
~~Robert W Schneider, robertwschneider.com

The show is also made possible by Wright Bros. Real Estate. If you have attended Richard Skipper Celebrates, and if you haven't already, Please add your thoughts in Richard Skipper's Guest Book at RichardSkipper.com
You never Know Who You Might See There and What Might Happen!

With grateful XOXOXs ,


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Cabaret Month! Happy Birthday, Liza Minnelli...and Celebrating Award Winners Dan Ruth and Stacy Sullivan

In skating, I think it’s taboo to be gay. I know when I was younger I tried to be everything but gay. Everyone calls you gay when you’re young: “Oh you skate, you’re gay.” You’re like, “No I’m not!” But inside you’re like, yes you are, you’re very gay.
-Adam Rippon

Happy March 12th, 2018!
March 12 is the 71st day of the year. There are 294 days remaining until the end of the year.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge Hubert de Givenchy, the French couturier and nobleman who upheld a standard of quintessentially romantic elegance in fashion for more than four decades, dressing the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and memorably Audrey Hepburn, in a little black dress, in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,”. He transitioned on Saturday. He was 91.
For me, it is Liza Minnelli Day! Today is her birthday and I am celebrating her and her body of 'worth'!
Can you imagine Liza's career without John Kander! One year ago today, we celebrated Liza Minnelli's Birthday! On Sunday, we celebrate John Kander on his 91st Birthday! It will also a day of wearing green, John's favorite color! Make it a bigger celebration by joining us!
Richard Skipper Celebrates John Kander's 91st Birthday!
Reason number 6 to buy your tix today: Songs initially introduced by Liza Minnelli will be sung by Lucia Spina, Lillias White, and ME.
You also never Know Who You Might See There and What Might Happen!
We will celebrate John and his body of 'worth' six Days from today! Russ Woolley Proudly Presents Richard Skipper Celebrates John Kander. Go to RichardSkipper.com and click on the yellow star to order your tix!
Click Here To See Our Promo.
And don't forget this year's MAC Awards on March 27th!
Today, Be open to unexpected ideas and opportunities.
Speaking of Liza Minnelli and Awards, in 2009, the Bistro Awards honored Charles Aznavour and Liza Minnelli. I won mine at the 14th annual! Bobby Short won the same year.

Tonight is the 33rd annual Bistro Awards. One of the recipients tonight is Dan Ruth. He is receiving for his solo play, Life Behind Bars.
Today, I also celebrate Dan!
According to his press release, "Fermented in over two decades of booze, bars and New York City gentrification, A Life Behind Bars, directed by
multiple-MAC and Bistro Winner, Tanya Moberly, is an unapologetic, dark and funny look at what can happen when you reach for the stars and grab for the bottle instead."

What are you reading now? 
My First Hundred Years in Show Business by Mary Louise Wilson. Richard Holbrook gifted it to me when he came to the opening of my run at The Laurie Beechman Theatre last year. It’s become my inspiration-at-leisure book.  I’m so grateful to be writing a great deal myself lately.  I have a new solo show underway, I’m also writing a column called What the Bartender Saw for W42ST Magazine and a short film.  It’s not easy to find time to read but when I need inspiration, I grab for the book.

What is your bookstore wish list?
My go-to author is Greg Iles but I love The Strand’s rare book room and I’m always looking for old Victorian hard-back books and works that are out of print.  I know it’s shock and awe but I
do have a dark side, lol.  I love books that deal with the unknown; classic ghost stories, books on the industrial revolution and 18th an19th-century antiques are always on my list.  I was also recently gifted Among the Bohemians by Virginia Nicholson.  It studies and documents society life in the Edwardian era.  I’m a nut for the Victorian and Edwardian eras.  I love my rock and roll and old vinyl records but I’m also an avid collector of Victoriana, art, antique glass, mourning jewelry and other hand-made finery, so I love collector books.  With so many people giving me literature however, I think it’s a sign that I should find time to read more novels!

What is your favorite anecdote that has happened to you in your career? 
I love stage stories.  I have a great fascination, admiration and respect for Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company.  I love that he designed his plays and characters to match the “large” acting style that he possessed and over the years, I’ve recognized similar styles within myself.
I’ve gathered much inspiration from his world, including the process and stage magic of performing more than one character at a time.  I’ve been lucky enough to perform his multi-character, quick-change Victorian melodrama, The Mystery of Irma Vep on three separate occasions.   The first was at my Alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, where the show also traveled to the South Eastern Theatre Conference in Tampa, Florida the year I graduated.
In Tampa, during the entr'acte, the play changes from gaudy Mandacrest mansion, to an Egyptian tomb where I play an Egyptian guide who sells the master of Mandacrest a Mummy case.  Well, I also played the female mummy in the case so after the stage trickery, I was supposed to re-emerge from just behind the mummy case, through a trap door just stage right of the leg.
When the crew moved the Mandacrest mansion set from the first act however, they set it right on top of the trap door exit where I was supposed to re-emerge from.  After disappearing as the large-breasted mummy in the mummy case, I was literally trapped in the dark, under the set with a packed audience waiting for my “quick-change” back into the tour guide.  Fortunately, the SETC main stage was built to allow about a foot of room between stage right and the main wall of the building, so I was able to see the light emerging
from onstage.  It probably took a minute, but it felt like an hour to scramble through the dirt and dust, squeeze myself out from under the stage, change and finish the scene.

What has been your greatest experience in this profession?  
Taking the proper turn in my path.  After years of focusing on my health and doing lots of personal work on myself, I decided that it was time to return to theatre.  The day I opened up Facebook and saw that David Drake was offering a solo show class at The Abrons Center in the spring of 2014 it all changed.  Working with people like David who is, by his nature, a nurturing person was a revelation compared to the over-all cutthroat acting climate I had left back in the 1990’s.  David allowed me to break down the wall of fear that had built up after so many years; he opened the door and I jumped through with the beginnings of A Life Behind Bars.

Have you ever considered teaching a class?  
Absolutely.  I am all about sharing.  My work in itself, is meant to inspire people from all walks of life to brush themselves off and move toward working harder at what they do best.  I taught voice for the stage years ago, along with directing and character development but any class I would teach today would be far more fleshed out than my earlier teachings.

What Awards have you won and what does that mean to you to be honored by your peers? 
Well, I just won the 2018 Bistro Award for outstanding “Solo Play” and I’m also so grateful to be nominated by the MAC family for “Spoken Word Artist” and “Show of the Year.”  I feel as though I started a free-fall in 2014, I’m still in that
free-fall and it’s always at times like these when I try and focus on sticking to my path.
I am so grateful that people have supported A Life Behind Bars and have come out to see my work and what it is that I do.  Thanks to my director, collaborator and friend Tanya Moberly, I’m learning to enjoy the “moment” a little more each time because I’m usually too busy juggling hats.   Who knows, maybe she’ll convince me to start singing again because I do sing, but that's the next fear wall to come down.  Last year after I attended the MAC Awards, I was invited back to the Laurie Beechman and it was clear that I was surrounded by the crème de la crème of an incredible performance community but it was before any of them had seen my work.  I felt out of place.  This year, even if I remain a nominee, I
will be able to attend as someone who has performed, toured, crafted and shared a very personal part of my life and with the knowledge that it was embraced.  I’m looking forward to the experience!

A final statement for my blog
We need more voices and more words of inspiration both spoken and sung.  We need to constantly remind ourselves and each other of our humanity and as performers, we certainly have to ability to give, to inspire and to lift each other up.  In a world of sound-bites, fake news and phone apps that can airbrush your face and take away your flaws, I think it’s about time we start to remove our masks and show our flaws; to learn, move on and hold our light high in this increasingly dark, cold, pessimistic world.  As artists and people, I do believe that is our call.

Stacy Sullivan is one of my favorite people and singers. I've interviewed her before but she is always worth revisiting.
Vocalist Stacy Sullivan grew up in Oklahoma, the seventh of eight children in a wildly musical family, where she began performing in venues across the south and midwest at the age of five. Graduating Cum Laude from Tulsa University with her degree in Music, she left home to follow her musical and acting dreams in Los Angeles.
She appeared in numerous film, commercial, and television projects in Hollywood, (memorably creating the role of Sissel Jorgensen on the award-winning series, “Christy,” starring Tyne Daly) but career took a backseat to children for many years, leading her to keep the musical drive alive by recording five, critically acclaimed, self-produced albums.

With a move to New York in 2012, career dreams took flight in the creation of It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee, the live show, and recording that would change her life.
Stephen Holden, of  The New York Times referred to her performance as “Spellbinding,” Darkly Sultry,” and “Compelling.”
Clive Davis of The Times (London) wrote, “A commanding, willowy presence, Sullivan captures that rare combination of vulnerability and worldliness.”

“On the Air,” the show she wrote and performs for Piano Jazz creator, Marian McPartland, caught the eye (and ear) of legendary radio personality and music connoisseur Jonathan Schwartz, who presented it to New York City at WNYC’s The Greene Space, which led to a run at The York Theatre in Manhattan and the recording, “Stranger in a Dream.” The Wall Street Journal called it “Cabaret for Thinking People,” and The New York Times raved, “Sullivan transports you to a twilight zone of wistful reflection that recalls the dreamier side of Peggy Lee.”

Since You’ve Asked, her most personal live musical offering is a meteorologically themed family history spanning several decades, described by The New York Times in April 2015 as “Thrilling,” “Audacious,” “Spellbinding,” and “Stretching cabaret into a previously unexplored territory.”
Numerous awards, including The MAC Award (2015) for “Major Artist,” The Nightlife Award (2014) for “Best Female Vocalist, and The Lamott Friedman Award for “Best Recording” for “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee” give her the opportunity to tour the world with her band, as well as in a duo setting with Piano Jazz Host and Famed Pianist, Jon Weber.

Congratulations on your MAC nomination! 
Thank You!

What does THIS nomination mean to you?  
with Jeff Brown

This MAC nomination comes at a perfect time and for shows that are close to my heart. Last year was a year of extremes for me and my family, higher highs and lower lows. Our daughter got married in April to a wonderful guy, but then, we lost my brother suddenly in July. I was scheduled to perform our new Cole Porter show in September and thought about canceling. When I realized our opening night was Danny's birthday, Sept. 14th, I thought, "The show must go on. We'll drink a toast to Danny and celebrate the best way I know how...with music." Our other new show, "Fever" is a show of 16 of Peggy Lee's biggest hits, using her original arrangements. Our first Peggy Lee show was full of songs that Peggy had written and some of her "lesser known" songs.
This was a real challenge and a benefit for The Rosarito Beach "Boy's and Girl's Club," AND we raised a bunch of money for kids. So yeah, this nomination means the world to me.

What Are you reading now?
I just finished Willie Nelson's autobiography, It's A Long Story. Great read about a great musician and honest man. Oddly enough, Willie Nelson introduced me to the Great American Songbook through his Stardust album.

What is your bookstore wish list 
I'm excited about the new Joni Mitchell biography, Reckless Daughter.

What is your favorite anecdote that has happened to you in your career? 
My favorite cabaret moment is Sidney Myer walking up to me in 2007 after a benefit and saying, "You must do a Peggy Lee show." I had never met Sidney, but I was a huge fan. Luckily, I took his advice and began my journey into the life of Peggy Lee, a decision that changed my life.

What has been your greatest experience in this profession? 
with son in law Robert Peluso

Opening the Late Night Series at Cafe Carlyle was pretty awesome. Peter Gallagher made that happen and I will be forever grateful. My mom was there and Peggy Lee's Grand-daughter, Holly Foster Wells came out from Los Angeles. Marilyn Maye showed up and gave her blessing. It was a thrill. I'm still getting work from some of the people who came to those shows.

Have you ever considered teaching a class?
I'm teaching this summer! For the first time ever!
I'm very excited about it. June 7th-13th.
The Retreat at Herons Landing
Cabaret's Newest Professional Spa Retreat
Hosted by Carolyn Montgomery
with Lennie Watts, Karen Mason, Stacy Sullivan and Tracy Stark

What Awards have you won and what does that mean to you to be honored by your peers.
Nightlife, Bistro, Broadway World, MAC, Lamott/Friedman
It's a thrill to be honored, always...period.

A final statement for my blog
There have been many times in my life when cabaret and the people who support it have given me a safe place to share my stories, my joys, sorrow...and music!
Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for gifts you have given to the world and will continue to give

Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return!

Here are a Few Testimonials for Richard Skipper Celebrates: Next One March 18th 1PM Laurie Beechman Theater:

Most of the things I do musically are stylistically quite different than this but still very much the same
in one important way. Richard Skipper and the performers he chooses get right to the heart of these songs we all love. It’s our life’s breath and it is what makes us human and makes being human very special. In case I don’t get to say it over the holidays, I am truly grateful to Richard Skipper and Russ Woolley for adding my voice to what they hold so dear. It’s the greatest compliment and it always feels like my honor when someone entrusts me to hold the energy of the stage for them. Erik Lawrence, http://www.eriklawrencemusic.com

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

I have been watching Richard Skipper perform for over 25 years now and must say that there are not
many people in the entertainment business with the passion and talent that Richard has. His shows are beautifully composed and extremely entertaining! I look forward to seeing him again! We love Richard Skipper, Go Richard!!
Monica Murray, Oakland NJ
March 18th, 2018 

Russ Woolley Proudly Presents
Richard Skipper Celebrates
John Kander... On His 91st Birthday!

1 PM Brunch Show Laurie Beechman Theater  
Confirmed to perform are Tony Award winner Lilias WhiteDonna Marie Asbury currently in Chicago on Broadway, Jana Robbins (Zorba with two separate tours with Georgio Tozzi and Theodore Bikel), Lucia Spina (Kinky Boots), David Sabella (originated Mary Sunshine in the current revival of Chicago on Broadway), and Karen Ziemba (Curtains and Steel Pier)
Click HERE to see our Promo Video. 
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You never Know Who You Might See There and What Might Happen!

2018 Bistro Award Winner joins us for RSC 4/8/18 seen here with Booking Agent Kenny Bell

With grateful XOXOXs ,


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