― Elbert Hubbard
Happy December, Everyone! It is International Tea Day. December 15 is the 349th Day of the year. 16 days remain until the end of the year. It is National Egg Nog Month! On this day in 1944, Glenn Miller was due to fly from the United Kingdom to Paris to make arrangements to move his entire band there in the near future.
His plane, a single-engine UC-64 Norseman, departed from RAF Twinwood Farm in Clapham, on the outskirts of Bedford, and disappeared while flying over the English Channel.Miller spent the last night before his disappearance at Milton Ernest Hall, near Bedford. Miller's disappearance was not made public until December 24, 1944, when the Associated Press announced Miller would not be conducting the scheduled BBC-broadcast "AEF Christmas Show" the following day; the band's deputy leader Sgt. Jerry Gray stood in for Miller.
Today in 1969 John Lennon played what would be his final ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEF 'Peace For Christmas' benefit.
Happy Birthday to Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) and Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five)
Two's Company starring Bette Davis opened on Broadway (1952)
I Had A Ball starring Buddy Hackett opened on Broadway (1964)
Charlie Girl is a musical comedy which premiered in the West End of London at the Adelphi Theatre on December 15, 1965 and became one of the most successful theatre shows of the day, playing for 2,202 performances, closing on March 27, 1971.A Joyful Noise starring John Raitt on Broadway (1966)
Mary Poppins opened in London (2004)
Today, I celebrate everyone's art.
Have something to promote? Post it here! Now, go out and so something nice for someone without expecting anything in return!
Celebrate the gifts you have to offer the world! Did you do your Morning Pages? Have no clue what I am referring to? Today, celebrate your crazy ideas and surround yourself with those who will support those ideas! Make it a great weekend!
Recommended reading: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
Today's Top 10 Things On My Mind
Saturday, December 21, 2019
2PM “LIKE A PERFUMED WOMAN” and “RISE UP SINGING”
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Starring: Joanne Halev in Like a Perfumed Woman
The Band: Alex Rybeck (Musical Director), Ray Kilday (Bass) and Ari Axelrod (Conga)
Directed by: Lina Koutrakos
Blending stories of scent memory and the passionate world of fragrance creation with songs of Porter,
Loesser, Mercer, Bucchino, McBroom and more, Ms. Halev takes the audience on a journey from Mumbai to Madagascar, Sao Paulo to Haiti, Bangkok to Brooklyn.
Joanne Halev makes her solo cabaret debut with Like a Perfumed Woman. She has appeared in group shows at Don’t Tell Mama, Davenport’s, and The Duplex.
Mentors include Lina Koutrakos, Sara Lazarus, K.T. Sullivan, Andrea Marcovicci, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway and Beckie Menzie. Ms. Halev continues to play a role in the world of global
|Joanne Meltzer Halev|
Starring: Susan Winter in Rise Up Singing
The Band: Alex Rybeck (Music Director), Ray Kilday (Bass) and David Stillwell (Violin)
Directed by:Barry Kleinbort
We are living in a period of time where what is ordinary has shifted and we are all being called upon to adjust to a new normal.
As we recover from each calamity that bears down on us, we feel a great need for healing. Music is that healer. Award-winning singer, Susan Winter was commissioned by the Kupferberg Holocaust Center in Queens, NY to create a program which demonstrates how music has been used to raise awareness as political, social and cultural commentary; as well as to enlighten and uplift. Susan is delighted to reprise it for Urban
Susan Winter is a native New Yorker vocalist and entertainer, Susan Winter, has been compared to the best in the business, honing her craft performing with jazz trios, big bands and Top-40 groups. Susan has made a name for herself in the NYC cabaret world.
She has been nominated for 8 MAC awards beginning with her ‘debut’ performance of Million Dollar Matinee. This was quickly followed by winning a Bistro Award as “Outstanding Vocalist” and then a MAC Award for Best Recording and a Broadway World Award for Direction. In making the Metropolitan Room her home, Susan co-produced and hosted an Open Mic with the best pianists NYC had to offer, giving novices and pros a chance to hone their art in one of the city’s best rooms.www.facebook.com/susanwintersings
2. Christine Pedi
Longtime Sirius XM RADIO personality and musical theater
|Christine Pedi Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy|
3. Dancers Over 40 LEGACY AWARDS FILLED WITH LOVE AND LAUGHTER
AT LIPS RESTAURANT, DECEMBER 9, 2019
I hosted ( seen here holding Kathryn Doby’s
Cheryl Clark, Candy Brown, Michon Peacock and speakers Dennis Grimaldi,
Eden Lane and Cristine Dhimos.
The 11th Annual DO40 Legacy Awards were awash in laughter, tears, sentimentality and hilarity all at the same time! All of the honorees received standing ovations after their acceptance speeches – a first for DO40!
Candy Brown, Cheryl Clark, Kathryn Doby and Michon Peacock were honored on December 9th at LIPS restaurant to a packed house of friends and family – and so many fellow dancers we couldn’t keep count.
4. "Baring It Slightly" Episode #1: Melissa Errico
In this mini episode of Baring It All with Call Me Adam, entitled Baring It Slightly, Adam chats with Tony nominee Melissa Errico, live from Feinstein's/54 Below press day, about her Feinstein’s/54 Below show, An Even Grander Affair (November 7-9), as well as the upcoming release of her album Legrand Affair: The Songs of Michel Legrand (Deluxe Edition), released 11/8. Listen to the Podcast HERE
5. MR. MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
Join The Actors Fund for a special concert presentation of the holiday classic Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol! Proceeds from this one-night-only event will benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund.
The evening will be directed by Carl Andress with choreography by Nathan Peck, based on original choreography by Marcos Santana. Grammy Award® and Emmy Award® winner John McDaniel has written new orchestrations for the score, and will serve as the evening’s music director. The concert will star Gavin Lee, Klea Blackhurst, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Sierra Boggess, Jennifer Cody, Clifton Duncan, Ali Ewoldt, Edward Hibbert, Jeff Hiller, Byron Jennings, Don Darryl Rivera, John Scherer, Matthew Scott, Kyle Selig with Aiden DeJesus Alberto, Natalie Ballenger, Cameron Mitchell Bell, Allison Marie Carr, Finn Douglas, Ian Fitzgerald Gallagher, Ta’Nika Gibson, Alexandra Frohlinger, Roddy Kennedy, Emily Larger, Kevin Ligon, Colby Lindeman, Jillian Louis, Gloria Manning, Aisha Mitchell, Joe Moeller, Addie Morales, Robert Pendilla, Shane Pry, Jody
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol features a score by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill, with original orchestrations by Walter Scharf. The musical is a delightful retelling of the Dickens classic, featuring the comically myopic cartoon character Quincy Magoo. Order Tickets HERE
6.SAVING RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL : A Dancer's True Story, published by TurningPointPress.
Rosemary Novellino-Mearns tells the true story of how Radio City Music Hall, an Art Deco masterpiece and New York City's premiere tourist attraction for generations, was saved from demolition.
Robin Westle: IN THE SUMMER OF ‘69
SEX DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL!!! .....And what happens to a 15 year old girl when her summer camp takes her to WOODSTOCK!
Join Robin Westle, with musical director Tracy Stark and Owen Yost on bass, as she celebrates the music of a generation and the fiftieth anniversary of a once-in- a-lifetime experience.
Directed by Eric Michael Gillett Order Tickets HERE
8. Lea Michele
Brian Scott Lipton's quick catch-up with TV and Broadway star Lea Michele in anticipation of her NYC concerts this week. Read it HERE
9.Please check out the books, "The Power of Acknowledgment" and "Grateful Leadership"
by Judith W. Umlas,
Senior VP, Author, Trainer, IIL
10.Hillary Rollins Presents MaryJo Mundy In THE RIGHT TO CABARET At The Gardenia Supper Club
Hillary Rollins Presents: MaryJo Mundy in "The Right to Cabaret" Monthly Residency continues at The Gardenia Supper Club in West Hollywood. with 2nd night, Saturday, December 21st, 2019. Tickets are $15 plus a 2-drink minimum. Advance reservations suggested (seating is limited): RSVP at 323-467-7444.
Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return!
|I just heard that Lori Donato just passed away! God, do I love her and the pain is intense! Here we are with Tessa Bell when Danny and I were in LA on our honeymoon! Sleep well, Lori! You ARE one of the good ones! Carpe Diem!|
This blog is dedicated to Lori.
A Few Audience Testimonials about Richard Skipper Celebrates
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Leanne Borghesi, SG and NYC
What a joyous, moving, and utterly expiring show! Warmest congratulations on your truly triumphant performance. It was mesmerizing.
We were very impressed and more importantly, quite touched by Richard Skipper's remarkable story/journey.
Yes, he definitely belong in front of an audience.Maureen Kelley Stewart
Richard Skipper's recent one man show, "From Conway to Broadway," is a wonderful, creative job of
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