Saturday, August 17, 2019

Cabarabia: Clifford Bell and Friends, Michael Feinstein, Michael Kirk Lane...and MORE!

I have decided to stick with love because hate is too great a burden to bear - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy August 17th, 2019!
August 17 is the 229th day of the year. 136 days remain until the end of the year.

Happy Birthday, Georgia Gibbs!
Happy Birthday, Maureen O'Hara!

Due to writing a show and LIFE, it has been a while since I sat down to write, but I felt a need to write about today's topic: Cabarabia: Clifford Bell and Friends. I've done several blogs over the years on Clifford's annual celebration of all things Barbra Streisand.
From the Producer of "OUR NAME IS BARBRA", now in our 22nd year!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 at 7:30pm


Acclaimed Cabaret Producer/Director Clifford Bell hosts of an evening of his talented friends.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 - Rockwell Table  and Stage

Featuring (live always subject to change)

and more TBA!!

KIRSH on bass, TOM BOWE on drums and JULIE SAX on sax!!!!
Wish I could be there! Please GO! and leave a comment on this blog with your thoughts!

I saw this quote today and wanted to share it with you: Early in life, we follow the path mapped out by ego, a path of ambition, competition, and striving. When midlife dawns, we too often find ourselves stranded in a lonely and desolate place we never intended to visit. 
Our feelings of sadness and frustration tell us we took a wrong turn. Like a shift in the wind or a change in the tide, the yearning we feel at midlife is a call to renewal. The shift shows us the path home, the path to rediscovering our true self, our purpose, and the life of meaning that is our true calling.-Wayne Dyer 

In other News...

Liz Lark Brown
Five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein returns for his annual summertime engagement with a brand-new show of musical delights! In I Happen to Like New York, Feinstein will tip his hat in celebration of the great city of Manhattan with a special tribute to Bobby Short.
54 Below, Saturday, August 17th – Friday, August 23rd shows at 7pm nightly.

Three time MAC nominee and 2018 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award Winner for Best Show, Michael Kirk Lane's Why? Just because! at Don't Tell Mama, Monday, August 19th at 7:00pm

Max Von Essen, Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard, Plays at Birdland, Monday, August 19th
Tony Award nominated leading man, Max von Essen, will celebrate the release of his debut solo recording, Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard, (LML Music), with one show at Birdand on Monday, August 19th at 7pm. Call Me Old Fashioned: The Broadway Standard embraces von Essen’s love of the golden age of Broadway and the American Songbook.

MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), Bistro and Nightlife Award winning singer Liz Lark Brown is one of the featured guests joining piano bar entertainer and Host of Piano Bar Live, Michael McAssey tomorrow night Sunday Aug. 18th at 6:30pm at The Duplex.  I'm also part of this! 
Liz Lark Brown is a NYC-based actor/singer/voiceover artist. As a founding member of The Musical Theatre Factory, she is fortunate to have been a part of many new works by up-and-coming, award-winning composers. Liz is a longtime member of Joe Iconis & Family, and is so thankful to have a whole other family in the many wonderful and amazingly talented folks she’s worked with for years in piano bars (Don’t Tell Mama, Rose’s Turn, the Encore, Rubyfruit’s, and most recently, Brandy’s).
The other featured guests are Broadway star Karen Mason, pianist Mark Hartman and Broadway's
Gabrielle Elisabeth (Beautiful).
There is NO COVER CHARGE for PIANO BAR LIVE just a two Drink Minimum!
Please visit to reserve tickets.

Opera at SpoonfedNYC - "A Night in Disney" - Monday, August 19th - 7pm 

Songs from Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Frozen, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin

Performed by Opera New York - Diected by Scott O'Bren
Artistic Director: Judith Fredricks 
Pianist: Michael Pilafian 
SpoonfedNYC is located at 331 W. 51st (bet. 8th and 9th Aves )

$10 Cover - $24 Food/Drink Minimum
For Reservations call: 212-580-7336 

Presented by Opera New York - - 212-580-7336

“LOL Nidrei: Unforgivably Naughty Jewish Comedy” Returns to The Duplex August 22 at 9:30pm

LOL Nidrei: Unforgivably Naughty Jewish Comedy returns to The Duplex after a smash hit last year. There’s no better preparation for the Jewish High Holy Days and after seeing this show, you’ll have to repent. The show (produced by Dana Friedman) will be at The Duplex on Thursday, August 22 at 9:30pm.

Bristol Riverside Theatre concludes its Summer Music Fest series with a trip to the Great White Way...BRT style. Back by popular demand, Broadway Summer Spectacular brings Broadway to Bristol in one sensational concert, August 15-25. It'll be an evening packed with Broadway's best from composers like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, and Leonard Bernstein. Led by Keith Baker and the BRT Concert Band, the program features BRT favorites Elyse Langley, Michele Sexton, Liam Snead, and Tasha Waters. Read MORE
Birdland will kick-off their great week of programming with the following act: August 26 (Monday) at 7:00PM
Klea Blackhurst "One of the Girls"
Singer/actress Klea Blackhurst turns her long association with one of Broadway's most esteemed composers, Jerry Herman, into a brand new solo show, "One Of The Girls." The show will focus attention on the powerful, loving and memorable women in Jerry's life...both real, like his dear mother Ruth and characters like Mame, Dolly Levi and Zaza.

Jim Caruso's Cast Party will make it's Nashville debut on Saturday, September 7 at 8pm. The "extreme open mic," hosted by Caruso and accompanied by Billy Stritch, will take place at The Franklin Theatre (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN).

The balance of life and death and how life can turn on a dime was originally on a double bill at The
Public Theatre, last night it opened on Broadway at the Hudson Theater. 
Simon Stephens’, Sea Wall starring Tom Sturridge begins the evening and Nick Payne’s, A Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal finishes up this contemplative evening of masterful acting. Read MORE

John Davidson will be back to NYC at @birdlandjazz (9/9). Birdland sold out last time, so get your tickets now!

Carol Ostrow AND THE ACTORS' TEMPLE BOARD OF DIRECTORS are celebrating their 103rd year with a Fall Benefit for the temple, Mark William, COME CROON WITH ME. Mark William, an incredibly talented young singer and dancer who frequently appears on New York stages, will be performing in the beautiful shul on 47th Street. The benefit will take place on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 7:30pm-10:00pm in their very own recently renovated sanctuary located at 339 West 47th Street, NYC. $75 tickets are now on sale at

The beloved Tony Award-winning musical You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown is hitting the road beginning in January 2020. 
Directed by Michael Unger, this reimagined production will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip and the treasured characters created by Charles M. Schulz.

SAVE THE DATE: October 16th:  I am producing and moderating an event for Dancers Over 40 on October 16th in NYC celebrating Marge Champion. Can you believe she is turning 100 on September 2nd! I just had lunch with her a few months ago in LA and am happy to report she is still going strong! I have John Anthony Gilvey (Before the Parade Passes By: Gower Champion and the Glorious American Musical), Greg Vander Veer (  and Larry Fuller in place.
Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return!

Concetta Bertoldi FB Live With Richard Skipper

 NYT best selling author & medium, and talks about her new book! To watch click follow on FB Richard Skipper and click the link #ConcettaBertoldi

A Few Audience Testimonials about Richard Skipper Celebrates
Richard Skipper is a charming, endearing person, with a passion for his craft but most of
all a passion for helping others. His interview skills are flawless, seamless, and get results. We are so pleased he gave a terrific show, but even more pleased he interrupted his busy schedule to help us promote our new book! Nurses on the Inside- Ellen Matzer
Wow!!! I cannot adequately express how very much I enjoyed Richard Skipper' show on August 5th!!! He was endearing and he has amazing stage presence!!! LOVED hearing him sing!!! I realize I
have known Richard (Ricky) a long time but I had not seen him on stage for 10 years! I laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed EVERY moment! He is amazing!!! I am so deeply thankful I was able to be there for his special night!!! I look forward to his next performance!!! Giant hugs!❤️ He really is talented!!!
Vickie Byrd, NC

I was so happy to see Richard Skipper's anniversary show at St. Luke's on August 5th! He is a consummate entertainer. The show was fun and engaging. Richard is a natural entertainer who is clearly full of joy on stage. I also learned something - he and I share the same favorite movie! NYC is the better that he braved moving here 40 years ago.
-Lisa Dennett

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