Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Josephine Sanges, Sally Darling, Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism...and More!

All your sorrows have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched.
as told to his mother in his extraordinary letter on resilience in the face of loss.

Happy Tuesday, October 30th, 2018!
October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 62 days remaining until the end of the year.
I'm listening to I'll Get By by The Ink Spots.
"You'll learn as you live a bit longer that there are very few people who are really interested in who you are and what you're doing:
That handful who do care and who do want to see you do well are treasures. Hold them very dear and very close to you.
Forgive them almost anything. Be there for them. But most of life is solitary and hard--you work and you study and you fail and you do the damned things over and over again.
And this is your responsibility. Most people, as I've said, are stupid and lazy and really only concerned with getting through the next couple of hours with silliness and stimulation and something to eat. Be polite. Look ahead. Ignore them. Do the work. Move forward."--Katharine Hepburn/Interview with James Grissom

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Thinking of Pittsburgh.
"May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwells in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants-while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid."
~ George Washington

I am beginning today's blog by introducing you to my new feature in Cabaret Hotspot. My first feature is Josephine Sanges. Click HERE to see the article.

And at her request, next Monday, I will celebrate Sally Darling. She will be returning to Don't Tell Mama on December 16th with her amazing celebration of Beatrice Lillie.
Here are a few things happening around town as we slip into November.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Don’t Tell Mama and Dr. Bradley Jones will present a special performance of the hilarious and moving coming-of-age story, "Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism," to benefit the American Songbook Association (ASA) on October 31, 2018* at 7pm at the legendary theater district cabaret, where Dr. Bradley has been packing in SRO audiences for months. The ASA is committed to sustaining and forwarding this living legacy of American song and its many genres, which is loved and performed in every corner of the earth.
“The music of the Great American Songbook is imbued with our deepest longings and wishes,” says Dr. Jones.

“As a child I sought refuge there and as I say in ‘Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism,’ these songs have the power to repair! Their preservation and promotion are critical, and I’m compelled - and delighted - to support the efforts of the ASA.”

Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism…The Psychoanalytic Odyssey of a Once Glorified Chorus Boy regales us through 70 minutes, with Jones applying a rapier wit to true tales of his early childhood as a budding theater queen, nearly ten years on Broadway in A Chorus Line, backstage life and excessive drug use, living through the AIDS pandemic and making his decision to pursue a new career. The show features mainly the music of Jones’ milieu: Broadway standards including the songs of Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Harold Arlen, Ray Heindorf, Brian Yorkey and more.

“Dr. Bradley wielded his psychological prowess like a surgeon’s scalpel, with the exquisite timing of a Borscht-Belt comic.” – David Sabella, CabaretHotSpot

Tickets for this special event are $50, with all of the proceeds going to support the ASA.
Reservations are absolutely required for this performance. Don’t Tell Mama is at 343 West 46th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.
For online reservations visit: https://donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/4880-dr-bradley-s-fabulous-functional-narcissism-10-31 or call 212.757.0788. Don’t Tell Mama is a CASH ONLY room.

Happy Early Birthday, KT Sullivan
The show is directed by *KT Sullivan, artistic director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation, and an internationally renowned performer. Jones is supported by The Freudians, a quartet led by Mike Pettry. *Yes it is Halloween, and it is also KT Sullivan’s Birthday.
"The Doctor is IN. IN-sync. IN-spiring. And just the teeniest bit IN-sane. Dr. Bradley Jones (yes, that shingle is real) has just the right amount of observation, rhythm and razzle-dazzle to charm anyone within earshot.” - Tulis McCall, The Front Row Center

The American Songbook Association Inc. (ASA)—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in New York State—seeks to preserve, promote and advance the legacy of American popular music, the Great American Songbook (classic and new), and the unique art form of cabaret.
The ASA publishes the long-established Cabaret Scenes magazine, conducts educational programs in New York City public schools, and creates performances serving its audience of seniors, students and others.
We strive to inspire, transform, empower and create torchbearers for future generations so they may understand, appreciate and embrace the historical and cultural importance of America's rich musical heritage.

Established in 1982, Don’t Tell Mama is celebrating over 35 yeaworld-famousd famous entertainment destination. Located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s theater district, Don’t Tell Mama is one-of-a-kind – a veritable nightlife mall with four individual spaces: a piano bar, a restaurant and 2 separate cabaret showrooms: a cineplex of cabaret! Countless luminaries have come through our doors such as Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler, Rosie O’Donnell, Chita Rivera, Kathy Griffin, Audra MacDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Mario Cantone, & Cuba Gooding Jr., to name but a few.

The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced additional
special guests for its 35th Annual Benefit Gala: A Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring film, television, theater icon and three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane. Celebrating Nathan Lane’s career in theater, film and television, including this last season’s Broadway revival of Angels in America, the gala will feature a one-night-only musical tribute in Mr. Lane’s honor – the new additions to the roster of program participants are Terrence McNally, Andrea Martin, Billy Eichner, Santino Fontana, Jarrod Spector, Teal Wicks, and Jerry Zaks. Previously announced gala participants include host Matthew Broderick, Christine Baranski, Mark Linn-Baker, Alex Newell, Ernie Sabella, and Susan Stroman.
The Drama League of New York, since 1916, has been at the forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programs, initiatives and events, The Drama League serves over 3,000 artists and 15,000 audience members each season with over 150 events and programs. Visit www.dramaleague.org for more information, or contact The Drama League at 212.244.9494.
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I have exciting news to share!!! Marieann Meringolo's critically acclaimed album Marieann Meringolo “Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Songs of Alan & Marilyn Bergman” is being considered for 2 GRAMMY Awards for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Album Notes.” If you are a voting member and/or have friends who are voting members...I wanted to share this very exciting news with you!!! The voting for the 1st round for eligible voting Grammy members ends on October 31st.

On Monday, November 12 at 7 pm, Sandi Durell be hosting composer David Friedman who'll
be talking about and reading from his new book How They Met (which I am in!)(for sale with a 17
song CD), and then providing entertainment with some singers.

The event is FREE, but it's always nice if you can make a $5 donation to The Lambs
Foundation. However, since space is small on the 5th fl. at 3 West 51 Street, where
The Lambs has its offices and rooms, reservations are essential. Please RSVP to
212 586-0306 or email: RSVP@The-Lambs.org and write David Friedman, Nov 12th in the
subject line with your name.


November 14th 7pm and 9:45pm

Kelli Rabke (Joseph, Les Miserable, Children of Edeb)
Todd Buonopane (Spelling Bee, On the 20th Century)
Brian Charles Rooney (Pal Joey)
Dara Paige Bloomfield
Dara Paige Bloomfield (Ragtime original company) ,Rachel Zatcoff (Phantom of The Opera, Fiddler)
Maggie Hollinbeck (Once), Adam B. Shapiro (Fiddler)
Sean Patrick Murtagh
Carly Ozard
Christian Sineath 
Les Grant

Garrett Taylor, Musical Director 
More casting to come
(Performers are subject to change)
Tickets: $30 + $10 food & drink minimum
An evening of music inspired by one of Broadway most beautiful and beloved leading lady, Marin Mazzie.
Marin Mazzie with Daniel Dae Kim in a revival of “The King and I” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 2016. It was her last appearance on Broadway.CreditCreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund works tirelessly to provide hope, treatment, resources and community for those dealing with Ovarian Cancer while at the same time leading the charge to affect change in the field of research.
If you are unable to go and would like to make a donation, or if you CAN come and would still like to make a donation, please follow this link:
Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return! 


With grateful XOXOXs,


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  Keeping America great through Art!     

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Richard Skipper Celebrates Mary Elizabeth Micari...and More!

Next to ingratitude, the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
Mary Elizabeth Micari

-Henry Ward Beecher, American Clergyman ((1813-1887)

Happy Saturday!
It is an overcast morning here in New York. October 20 is the 293rd day of the year. There are 72 days remaining until the end of the year.
Happy Birth of the Bab Day! As the name implies, Birth of the Bab celebrates the birth of the Bab, a prophet and forerunner of the Bahá'í faith. It is a Bahá'í holy day, and one of three dedicated to the Bab, along with the Declaration of the Bab and Martyrdom of the Bab.
Siyyid Ali Muhammad was born in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), on October 20, 1819, and became known as the Bab, which means "gate" in Arabic. He is believed to be from the line of the Prophet Muhammed. His father died when he was young, and he was raised by his maternal uncle, Haji Mirza Siyyid. Possessing a great depth of knowledge of the Qur'an and spirituality, he began his ministry in 1844. He traveled to Mecca, eventually was imprisoned in a mountain, and was executed by a firing squad in Tabriz in 1850.
Jamie Brickhouse
As I sit down to write today's blog, I have limited time before heading into the city this afternoon to see Jamie Brickhouse in his one-man show, I Favor My Daddy. I interviewed him earlier this week. Then, tonight, we will be seeing Mary Elizabeth Micari. Rev. Mary is the Lady in Black!
Rev. Mary (a.k.a. singing artist Mary Elizabeth Micari) takes a break from her bawdy tunes to serenade her audience with vintage songs from the heart made famous between 1910-1950. Some tunes are familiar, some haven’t been heard in a century. Mary is a singer who specializes in Jazz and Blues.
In addition to Don’t Tell Mama, Mary has also appeared at
Rev. Mary is “The Lady in Black,” Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at 7 PM at Don't Tell Mama
The Duplex, Pianos, Freddy’s, Otto’s, and even The Augusta Music Festival “Blues Week” in West Virginia.
She enjoys making her own healing music (including original compositions) using traditional instruments like harp, drums, bowls, and tuning forks as well as her voice. She is a co-founder of Genesis Repertory

Ensemble, a classically-based non- profit arts and education organization designed to make quality theatre – including Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as the Greeks –
accessible to new audiences. She currently serves as its artistic director and has directed and performed in numerous works.

For a long time, her “day job” was doing makeup and hair in live theater and film. Her credentials in that area include nearly a dozen Broadway shows, independent films, as well as events at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Roundabout Theater.
Mary also has a rich spiritual life as well. She is a healer and an ordained Minister utilizing Reiki, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Acupressure, Sound Healing and more. Her nickname, “the singing sorceress,” comes from her roots in the Pagan community and the work she does with cool things like Tarot, Astrology, and Magickal work. “The Magic Apothecary” is her line of magickly-infusedproducts for health and healing.

You can visit her website HERE to learn more about her but I had some questions of my own.
I hope you'll enjoy this interview and that you will join me tonight at Don't Tell Mama as I continue to celebrate her.

Where are you from originally? 
I am from Brooklyn, New York. Bensonhurst to be exact!

When you first arrived in New York, what were your aspirations?
To Grow up!

What was the most memorable moment in your career?  
I have so many memorable moments! Each time I perform, it’s a sacred thing!
I’d have to maybe go back to my very first show when I was a child.
Being on the stage as one of the kids in The King and I.

It was the first time I discovered my true home. Everything was special, as though I had been transformed and moved into space the Gods inhabit.  I was only 10 and it was a tiny show but to me, it was the beginning of my life’s work.
Seen here with publicist extraordinaire, Jay Michaels

Who is your Musical Director? Can you please say something about working with them?  
Musical Director is Dan Furman
I have been working with him for over 5 years now. 

He’s worked with me in my vocal studio, recordings and now live Cabaret shows.  
He’s amazingly talented. He can play anything and because he is also a composer he knows how to really work with harmony, orchestration and he’s got a great eye for a stage picture and is very good at finding and using songs I’d never hear of to add to the work. 
I am entirely comfortable on stage with him.
He is really the most adept and supportive pianist I have ever know, not to mention is jazz work on stage and the beauty of the solos I am sure to make sure he gets in every show!

What were a few of your first jobs before you got into entertaining?
I have had many day jobs WHILE entertaining.
I worked in bars, strip joint bars, waitressing and for 10 years in Veterinary Hospitals.
I also did a 7-year stint working backstage on Broadway and in Films and TV doing wigs, hair, makeup and FX Make Up.
Now I am a full-time Voice Teacher and Acting Coach.

In the scheme of things, How important is what you do? 
It's not going to save the world…or is it? I think that giving people a place to relax, laugh and
remove themselves from the ordinary is kin to being a Priestess!

I am there as a healer or souls and minds. So, in the vein that is important.

As you are continuing to move forward, what is something that might inspire the next generation of artists?
I teach …a lot.  I have a full studio at the moment and do classes and lectures as well.  I find the most important thing to say to them is that they CAN do this and that the world wants them.
I also believe that fame in the large scale is for a select few and that being a working artist is the best thing there is. We are here to be a light in the dark. That is the job of a performer.

How successful have you been in getting yourself “out there” and into the clubs and on the stages beyond your comfort zone? 
'Out there' is where I live!  I love to try anything new…at least once.  I have really no fear on the stage.
Just did a Burlesque class and yes…got naked in front of a huge audience of screaming people I loved it.

Tell me about your experience with the next
generation of entertainers and what your legacy to them will be? 
As I said, I teach so I am with the next generation of entertainers much.  I have worked with many young actors as well. I think it's about what I learned listening to an interview with Paul Newman many years ago, Tenacity.  I also say, never ever give up. Always move forward.
Never stay still. Be there and ready for anything. Never be fearful and always know that the audience, for the most part, loves you.
That is what I hope I can impart.

What’s a Bette Davis movie you can watch over and over again and never tire of? 
All About Eve

What do you do to keep fit? 
I do water aerobics, walk and try to bike!

A favorite indoor game? 
Aside from sex? Backgammon or Monopoly.

Name one person you would like to see profiled in my blog 
Becca Kidwell or anyone new to the world of Cabaret…. (Here is the blog I've already done on Becca Kidwell!)

Anything else you wish included? 
We are good!

Aside from these talents, Mary is a trained opera singer, having performed with some of NYC’s most respected opera companies for more than 14 years. Ironic, since she began her singing career in a
band doing Jefferson Starship as well as many years doing musicals. I hope that you'll join me this evening at Don't Tell Mama as I continue to celebrate Mary Elizabeth Micari!

Also Recommended...
If you are in Germantown, Maryland this eve, Please check out Jeff Harnar and Sally Mayes in Double Take (with Alex Rybeck). I saw this show at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and I highly recommend it.
"Two powerhouse performers giving it all they've got is more than anyone has a right to hope for in the world of entertainment. 'DOUBLE TAKE' is a double dose of wit, sparkle, savvy and music, stirred with love, laughter and a lifetime of dedication to show business sensationalism! I absolutely loved every enchanting minute of it!" Rex Reed

Sally Mayes & I bring DOUBLE TAKE to The BlackRock Center For The Arts in Germantown MD this Sat Oct 20th with our amazing trio Music Director Alex Rybeck, Bob Renino (Bass) and Dan Gross (Drums).


Buy Tix to Fringe NYC Performances of I FAVOR MY DADDY
When: Sat., Oct. 20, 2:30pm; Thurs., Oct. 25, 6:30pm: Sat., Oct. 27, 2:45pm
Where: FringeHUB, 685 Washington Street at Charles, NYC
Why: Because it's gonna be good.
New Circle Theatre Company in midtown Manhattan will present 5 performances of IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WOUND.  Performance times are:

Thu Oct 25 at 7 pm
Fri Oct 26 at 7 pm
Sat Oct 27 at 3 pm and 7 pm
Sun Oct 28 at 3 pm

You can make a reservation by using the password SANDBOX HERE

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WOUND is the true story of Rich Orloff's adventures in underground therapy using MDMA (a.k.a. Ecstasy) and psilocybin mushrooms, based on cutting-edge experiments designed to help people heal from deep emotional wounds.  Rich describes the piece as one person's journey towards reconciliation with the soul... with a short detour for an appendectomy.

Inspired by the autobiographical monologues of Spalding Gray and Mike Daisey, my goal with IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WOUND is to take the audience through the experience with me, in a vivid, compelling and honest way.

Please observe this courtesy:  If you make a reservation and later realize you can't attend, PLEASE CANCEL THE RESERVATION.  This will allow others to see the show.  Thanks!
Feel free to share this blog with friends.

Coming up:
written and performed by Rich Orloff
Oct 25 - 28 at New Circle Theatre Company in NYC
For information and tickets, visit beautifulwound.com

We are made up of the people we've met and the places we've been. Join Kenneth Gartman on a musical journey to some of his favorite places as he shares his passion for culture, language and people.

Lennie Watts, Director
Troy Fannin, Music Director/Guitar
Marcel Hamel, Bass
Mike Shapiro, Drums

KENNETH GARTMAN - Kenneth performed in the National Tour of THE MUSIC MAN. He has also performed internationally on a Live BBC Broadcast of Simply Sondheim and throughout Ireland in A New York Songbook: Way Off Broadway. Kenneth has appeared as both a singer and a pianist in the country's finest concert halls. Gartman’s work in cabaret garnered nominations for Best Music Director and Best Male Debut in the 2012 Broadway World New York Cabaret Awards. 

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Mercedes Herman at Church With A 2 Drink Minimum
-Its Church-Its Trans-tastic Church Lady Realness-Its Brunch-Its, not a parody! Sunday, Oct 21, 3-5pm at Sidewalk Cafe 94 Ave A East Village NYC. www.yolanda.net/church

Another FUN afternoon tomorrow!
This month, they are fresh on the heels of Reverand Yolanda's autobiographical musical "The Passion of Rev. Yolanda"... so their theme is PASSION!
Freddy Freeman aka Goldenheart and his wonderful husband Jay Freeman are the musical guests this month. Goldenheart is an amazing singer-songwriter, CDs Country Gospel Kirtan vols 1 and 2, and creator of Bearapalooza and Bear Your Soul!

Also their regulars Doreen Younglove on vocals, Mercedes Herman Woman of Wisdom/Storyteller, Lady D*D* hostess with the mostess, and Rev. Glen Ganaway with the message.
The love offering this month will go to Bearded Lady Productions LLC. Bearded Lady Productions produces all of Rev. Yolanda's events and services. They provide Wednesday night Miracles study group, as well as workshops, speaking and singing engagements, events, weddings, funerals, baby blessings, and more. See details: www.BeardedLadyProductionsLLC.com 

Sunday, Oct 21, 3-5pm no reservations, no cover, 2 food or drink minimum, love offering taken, 94 Ave. A , East Village NYC at the Sidewalk Cafe.

Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return! 
A Few Audience Testimonials of Richard Skipper Celebrates
Richard and Russ, your show this past Sunday, Oct 14, was spectacular. I have enjoyed many a
Sunday in your theatrical care, and the two of you understand the point of putting together a show -- it is to ENTERTAIN!!!!!!!! It was on the one hand so well produced and directed that an audience immediately feels taken care of, but then the consummate mastery of Richard's hosting skills to embrace the audience and the moment(s) and harvest such humor and pleasure from the unexpected.  
Do I really have to wait until February for another one?  LOVE this series, and so grateful for the laughs and the heart. Thank you.
With grateful XOXOXs,
-Ann Kittredge, NY

RichardSkipper was born to this mantle. What a spot-on splendid job he does. Always a treat to hear those glorious pipes when he sings AND now add to that this charming, spontaneous yet thoroughly primped, delightfully funny role as Host. What a gem of an entertainment he has concocted ... I was honored to be a part of the festivities
(He had me from the “Opening Credits!” Abundantly BRILLIANT) 
Jeff Harnar, NYC

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!  
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