Naturalist John Burroughs
Happy April 17th, 2018!
April 17 is the 107th day of the year. There are 258 days remaining until the end of the year.
It is an overcast cold day here in New York. As I sit down to begin today's blog, There's No Business Like Show Business is playing in the background.
Lots going on in the world. We live in complex times, with a lot of history. We must remember how far we’ve come, and not forget how far we can still yet go. Ideas are the lifeblood of business.
Today, I celebrate Bradley Jones.
He made his Broadway debut in ‘77. The Bus and Truck of JC Superstar landed at The Longacre Theater for the ‘78 holiday season. They ran 4 months. Thrilling to Daniel. Broadway!
He also did a lovely National Tour of My Fair Lady for a year with Douglas Fairbanks JR.
|Photo credit Michael Stever|
A Chorus Line got Bradley for the original Bus and Truck in ‘80. Michael Bennett hired Bradley. 93 cities in 9 mos. Split weeks and one nighters. It was a young company, and many of them got introduced to cocaine. That is all in his upcoming show. Broadway called in ‘81 and he stayed until ‘89. His knees blew out 9 months before the show was to close at The Shubert. Finis. Applause.
BROADWAY VET BRADLEY JONES IS JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED
HIS NITECLUB DEBUT “DR. BRADLEY’S FABULOUS FUNCTIONAL NARCISSISM” PLAYS THE BEECHMAN MAY 11and 19, AND MAMA’S JUNE 15
The veteran Broadway chorus boy Bradley Jones, who segued into a career as a psychoanalytic clinician and author, is currently in the midst of a crowd-pleasing comeback to the stage. His cabaret debut, which took off in a sold-out, one-night stand at The Metropolitan Room last year, continues for three nights this spring. “Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism: The Solo Show,” Jones’s raucously funny and insightful coming of age story that rockets through the ‘60s of his childhood, through the ‘70s and ‘80s of his Broadway years, all the way to the present, gets started for two
Jones is supported by a quartet, The Freudians, led by Mike Pettry, the show’s music director, on piano, with Alden Banta on woodwinds, Jacob Silver on bass, and Zack Eldridge on percussion.
Joined Baayork Lee's tour in ‘90 to make more money for school.He was also in the original “Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens: an AIDS Anthology” around the time of the pandemic. That show was a miracle. That was the swan song. Daniel went to undergraduate, masters, doctoral studies, and 5 years of formal psychoanalytic training.He opened s successful practice and has been doing it for 20 years.
Enjoy our Interview...
Are you unstoppable?
Oh Christ, Richard, I HOPE not! When I am inadvertently being unkind, grumpy, or overly narcissistic I hope I can either catch it myself or be open enough for someone to STOP me! In terms of my career as a psychoanalyst, I also hope I can be stopped when I am pushing a patient a little too hard, or have too much of an agenda for them.
|An early headshot|
Just do it, and see what happens.
If you had unlimitless funds, what's one purchase you would instantly make and why?
I would “buy" the “mental health" field. I would rename it “emotional health,” and I would socialize people’s access to treatment. I resent the fact that people have to pay so much money for “getting better.” I would also not put any limits on treatments. They would take as long as they need to take, and everyone would get paid.
How has the Trump Era affected your art?
I want more now than ever, to tell the truth as I see it. I want to tell my big gay ass truth about equality and the need for all of us to continue to work on developing understanding and empathy for the struggle of others. Trumpity has no empathy or concern for others. I think he should be tortured by being put into a room with nothing but unyielding love and understanding coming his way. Day after day of love and empathy. He would eventually crack, and he would suffer from the intense mourning he would have to face around the losses he has incurred around not having enough emotional care and empathy throughout the course of his miserable life. That would be an intense and vindicating way to see him get out of our hair. His brittle narcissistic shell would explode, and he would fragment into a million sad and unhappy pieces. Now that would be something to see, wouldn’t it?
Yes. I mean I am not in the business anymore, but my perspective has changed on performing. I don’t need it the same way. The desperation has been somewhat attenuated, and love the collaborative process of working on a show. I am also enjoying to process of learning to sing again. Singing has always been hard for me, but I’ve slowed down enough to be a bit more patient with the process. As a kid, I was a kinesthetic learner so dancing came easily. But singing meant I had to face a lot of shame about not being good enough for too long, and I could not tolerate it. So I would start and stop, and I was constantly getting in my own way. Now, I can tolerate the sounds that come out of my face even if they are HORRIBLE, and am learning just what there is to do to make it better. Eric Michael Gillett is a great singing teacher.
Please tell us about Bradley Jones and how you got started in this business?
I met many dancers who became my mentors, and I followed their lead to the dancing studios in NY during the 70’s. Ron Forrella, Frank Hatchet, Luigi, and Charles Kelley.
I followed Chuck mostly, because I was also an acrobat, and I got “good enough” fast. I chose not to go to college, came to NY in ’75 when I was 18, and got my first Broadway show when I was 20.
The late 1980’s really sucked, and the fact that I have survived HIV seroconversion all these years is a miracle. A goddam miracle—one I do not take for granted.
In ’87 I met a dentist—I am still with him 30years later. And I left ACL in ’89 right before the show closed at The Shubert when my knee blew out for the 2nd time.
|as The Cowardly Lion in high school|
But something had been missing, and my dearest friend in the world, KT Sullivan, has kept after me to get back on the performing horse. (I met KT at The Musical Theater Workshop in LA back in ’80, and we became fast friends.) I recently was asked to guest for someone’s cabaret show and I sang a number. I was good—really solid in front of a crowd and in my interpretation of my song. But my voice was shot, so I found my way to Eric Michael. I started to improve, and KT said, “Darling, the time is now!”
|My Fair Lady '79 standing with Don Detrich|
What sets you apart from others in this business?
What sets me apart from others in the business is that I am not in the business.
Is doing what you do at all difficult?
For me, singing is hard. But it is getting easier. And that is what singing is supposed to be. Well, maybe it is supposed to look easy. But the struggle can really mess you up! Great metaphor for our emotional lives, non?
What do you do when you’re not performing?
I see patients, I am a gym rat, and I spend time at home with my partner and my cats Rusty and Lucky. I also am an avid theater goer.
Bradley, are you a narcissist?
The answer is a rousing “I did get a dose." Unfortunately, emotional trauma is often a precursor to narcissistic vulnerability and I had plenty of that early on.
|Original Bus and Truck Company of A Chorus Line (Photo credit: Martha Swope)|
|Eric Yves Garcia|
Eric Yves Garcia. He is a talented man, with a very erudite and sophisticated personality. He seems like a class act. I would love to see you interview him if you have not done so already. He uses words gorgeously. Have you ever seen his writing? (Eric, if you see this, please reach out to me! I would LOVE to interview you).
Anything else you wish included?
I thank you for this chance for people to get to know me a bit better. My first show at The Metropolitan Room in September had three guests. I miss them and hope I can swing this show on my own.
|Daniel and KT|
Richard Skipper Also Celebrates...
Church With A Two Drink Minimum is coming up this Sunday, April 22, 3pm at Sidewalk Cafe 94 Ave. A. No cover, 2 menu item minimum, love offering to go to Candy Samples aka Will Harrell's AIDS Walk Team The Candy Wrappers. Candy will be in Georgia helping her mom, but Jesse EA Pasackow and Rebekah Seely will be on hand to share about The Candy Wrappers and get all involved!
They are also celebrating Earth Day that day with music and message by Rev. Yolanda, Rev. Glen Ganaway, Doreen Younglove Philip Carroll, Mercedes Herman, your usherette and socialite Lady D*D* aka Stephen Dunford, and special musical guest,award-winning singer-songwriter, actor, Rosemary Loar who is premiering a brand new song written especially for the occasion.
May 2nd is the last chance to see Those Girls Unplugged at Pangea, and there's a nice discount if you
Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm, the room opens 6pm
Directed by Lennie Watts and Musical Direction by Steven Ray Watkins
For tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3348487
$15 online in advance (credit card/PayPal), or $20 cash only at the door (space permitting)
$20 room min. can be food as well as beverages, and they have a terrific menu. (They are also guesting in Richard Skipper Celebrates...May 20th. Details Below).
Visit their website HERE
Lennie Watts directs; Steven Ray Watkins music directs with Don Kelly on drums and Dan Fabricature on bass.
April 21 @ 4
April 26 @ 7
April 28 @ 4
To ensure a seat:
Don’t Tell Mama — call 212-757-0788 (after 4) or go online to donttellmamanyc.com/shows and make your reservation!
100% of proceeds from the cover charge will go to MGFA (Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America). $20 cover and two drink minimum.
Dorothy clicking her ruby-red heels in The Wizard of Oz is one of the most memorable movie
In a season where Disney's Frozen is heating up the box office on Broadway and an American commoner is preparing to marry an English prince, one of Broadway's most charming princesses, two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway) is bringing her own Princess Party to Bucks County Playhouse.
The concert is being presented in New Hope as part of the Bucks County Playhouse Visiting Artist Series. Read MORE
Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return!
May 20th, 2018
Russ Woolley Proudly Presents
Richard Skipper Celebrates Liberace and Friends
1 PM Brunch Show Laurie Beechman Theater
As we Celebrate (Russ' Birthday!), we celebrate Leanne Borghesi, David Maiocco (as Liberace), David Sabella, Jim Speake*, AND Those Girls* (Karen Mack, Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Wendy Anne Russell) Tickets are now on sale! Reserve TODAY and Let's Celebrate!
So — Order your tickets now online…
RESERVATIONS A MUST!
Musical Direction Joe Goodrich with Don Kelly on Percussion, Matt Scharfglass on bass, and Erik Lawrence on Sax
*Steven Ray Watkins will accompany Jim Speake and Those Girls
When and Where:
Sunday, May 20th - 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 Celebrate and honor … 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… 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…
RESERVATIONS A MUST!
A Few Audience Testimonials about Richard Skipper CelebratesRichard Skipper has never been better--bristling with excitement and energy, and of course, love.
Keep up the great work, Mr. Ziegfeld
-Jacqueline Parker, NYC
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
It was such fun being part of Richard Skipper Celebrates.
Richard always brings together the best groups of people and I truly enjoyed being part of the festivities.
-Adam Shapiro, NYC
This Show Is Also Made Possible by Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack New York
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