Richard Skipper Celebrates January 7th, 2016!

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”
Seth Sikes
― Maya Angelou
 I'm incredibly blessed to have found a way to make a living while Living On Purpose. I "do" what I "am".
 January 7th, 2016  The end of the first week of 2016 is upon us.  Let me not miss the chance to touch base and send my blog today.
Looking back on it the past twelve months, I feel a bit like Alice through the Looking Glass, where it’s all backwards, so very different than I expected.  Too much pain in the world.  I’m just grateful to be here with my wonderful husband, my three proud-making pets and my delightful friends. Here's my blog—giving you the latest and greatest in my quest to help you find your next favorite show!
 January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
Born on this date in 1800 – Millard Fillmore, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 13th President of the United States (d. 1874) 
1873 – Adolph Zukor, Hungarian-American film producer; co-founded Paramount Pictures (d. 1976)
1875 – Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
1911 – Butterfly McQueen, American actress and dancer (d. 1995)
1912 – Charles Addams, American cartoonist; created The Addams Family (d. 1988)

In the News...
Melissa Hamilton w/John Lang and Steve Berger @ Bar Thalia.
Tonight at 9PM. Please join them for this cool Thursday night series hosted by bassist John Lang. They will be joined by Steve Berger on guitar. No cover / no minimum / great food!!

One set at 9pm with a session open to all following from 10-11:30. At Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway

Seth Sikes, of whom NY Arts Review said, "may well be one of the saviors of the Great American Songbook" will return to FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW on Saturday, March 12th at 9:30PM (EST) in a brand new show. Seth Sikes Sings Liza Minnelli, an evening of Minnelli's most popular songs will be performed on the legendary entertainer's 70th birthday.
 Cover charge starts at $25 and there is a $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 PM are only available by calling (646)476-3551. (Source:
Daniel Glass, Billy Stritch, Marilyn Maye and Tom Hubbard
Hey y'all- give yourself a New Year present and go see Marilyn Maye in concert this weekend! She's at the Metropolitan Room tomorrow through Sunday and (as some of you already know), she's as good as it gets.
She'll make you hear every song in a new light and remind you of everything you love about live performance. Go!
Tix and reservations here: those tickets before it's too late!

This is a DO NOT MISS show, and those of you who have seen Ms. Marilyn Maye in action KNOW what I'm talking about!
Saturday Afternoon in NYC!: A Very Special Afternoon with Julie Budd in Conversation with Bill Boggs at the American Popular Song Society. Local 802 - 322 W 48th St.
Also check THIS out. 
Melissa Errico will be featured at the first-ever BroadwayCon, a convention for Broadway and theatre fans!
There are a number events, from panels, to workshops, to master classes, to autograph sessions. Tickets are selling quickly and are expected to sell out; BOOK TODAY to guarantee.
Wow! Not only ME, but also Klea Blackhurst, Steven Brinberg, Jim Brochu, Diane J Findlay, Oleg Frish, Anita Gillette, Leah Hocking, Sally Mayes, Sarah Rice, Steve Ross, and Michael Lavine on piano! I am putting together an afternoon in conjunction with Peter Filichia's latest book THE GREAT PARADE. The book is subtitled "Broadway's Astonishing, Never-to-Be Forgotten 1963-64 Season,". It was the Broadway season when Barbra Streisand demanded "Don't Rain on My Parade" and Carol Channing heard the waiters at the Harmonia Gardens say "Hello, Dolly!"
From June 1, 1963 through the final day of May 31, 1964, theatergoers were offered 68 different productions: 24 new plays, 15 new comedies, 14 new musicals, 5 revivals of plays, 3 revues, 3 plays in Yiddish, 2 in French, 1 double-bill and even 1 puppet show.
Peter Filichia's The Great Parade looks at what a Broadway season looked like a half-century ago analyzing the hits, the flops, the trends, the surprises, the disappointments, the stars and even how the assassination of JFK and the arrival of the Beatles affected Broadway.
Please contact Richard Skipper Celebrates if you're interested --
Peter Filichia in conversation with Richard Skipper‬ February 13th 1:30PM. Musicians of Greater NY, Local 802 AFM 322 W 48th St. American Popular Song Society.
Rosemary Loar's new show is WATER FROM THE MOON.
At Urban Stages. What a brilliant writer she is ( aside from starring, singing, and producing this production!!). Run to Urban Stages! WATER FROM THE MOON!
Brilliant cast and band!!! Including Alicia Irving, Rich Hebert, Raissa Katona Bennett, Jeff Jeff Ganz, John DiPinto, and more!!

SAD NEWS: Pat Harrington Jr., the veteran comic actor who won an Emmy Award for playing nosy but endearing apartment building super Dwayne Schneider in the long-running TV situation comedy "One Day at a Time," died at the age of 86, his daughter said on Thursday.
Samuel French was thrilled to show Playbill around their offices in an exclusive sneak peek into the day-to-day life of their offices. Check out the video their Executive Director, Bruce Lazarus, and  Director of Corporate Communications, Abbie Van Nostrand, gave Playbill an idea of what a normal day at the office is like, until a surprise visit (and a new song!) from Amanda Green made the day much more than average. (Source: Bruce Lazarus).
It was 75 years ago, this week, on January 5th, 1941, that Broadway legend Carol Channing made her New York stage debut on the boards of New York City Center. (Source: Michael Dale,
Congratulations to Gregory Nalbone for being picked as one of the sexiest guys on Instagram in 2015.
On January 18th, Kitty Skrobela is being honored at The Metropolitan Room. It will be led by Lina Koutrakos and Marcus Simeone. NO ONE deserves to be honored more than Kitty Skrobela! Doing the honors on January 18th are Miranda Music Friends and Family: Richard Barone - Tim Di Pasqua - Joshua Lance Dixon - Kathleen France - Sean Harkness - Hilary Kole - Lina Koutrakos - Sue Matsuki - Marissa Mulder - Karen Oberlin - Maria Ottavia - Marcus Simeone - Tracy Stark - Bill Zeffiro and there could be a few other surprises and CAKE!

10 Artists I am watching In 2016

The Nunziata Brothers:
In a prelude to their upcoming January 18th NYC concert at the Highline Ballroom the Nunziata brothers performed a show for a "jury  of their peers" at the legendary Friars Club last night and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out the photos HERE.
Michael Feinstein: Just saw Michael at Feinstein's 54 Below. He never sounded or looked better. He is at the top of his game. 
The Rockland Symphony Orchestra is starting the 2016 season with a fundraiser with the Madkoi Quartet, which is, as they say, making waves in NYC and elsewhere with their interpretations of classical and contemporary music. The event is set for February 7 at 4 p.m. at the Piermont Reformed Church, Piermont. Thank you, Robert Samuels for letting us know! The program will include music by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin and Astor Piazzolla. Go to their website for more info. 

Annie Hughes. Tomorrow is Annie Hughes' Birthday. My birthday wish is to see her perform once again in NYC in 2016!
Sutton Foster: Broadway at The Nourse
Sutton Foster with Michael Rafter at the piano

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Saturday, January 16, 2016    8:00 PM   
The Nourse    San Francisco, CA 
Gary Crawford. I have been a fan of Gary's since I first heard him sing at Wednesday Night at the Iguana when I hosted that weekly variety show with Dana Lorge. He has gone on to win a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) and take cabaret by storm. 
 Lenore Stefanik: Another artist that is not well known in the cabaret community but I like her AND her voice!
Ken Lundie Great musical director and friend. I have always loved working with him. 

Marilyn Maye. Need I say more?
Julie Budd: One of the highlights for me this past year was working with Julie Budd. Be on the lookout for great things in 2016. Worth also mentioning is Karen Mason! Look at her February/March schedule:

 FEB 9 & 10  (@ 8pm)
CABARET 88 @ The Annenberg Theatre, Palm Springs Art Museum

FEB 12-19
PLAYBILL CRUISE on The Silverseas Wind

Place TBD

March 5
with Orlando Philharmonic Maestro Michael Berkowitz

March 12

"I've watched root canals more entertaining than these judges," Clay Aiken tweeted during the season premiere of "American Idol" Wednesday. Aiken was the show's season two runner-up in 2003.

Celebrating the Life of Alvin Ailey (Courtesy TheatrePizzazz)

Talented performer, comedian, tribute-artist, & singer Julie Sheppard will be performing comedy at the ProAm Show in the YooHoo Room on Friday, January 8th at 9:30pm with Laurie Kilmartin from Conan. When you call (818-845-9721) to make your reservation, please tell them that you'll be there to see Julie.
Here is a link to get half-price tickets, if you buy them in advance: * $7.50 Tix (expires 24 hours before show) -

Please join Peggy Eason, ME, and Michael Lavine on Valentine's Day in Rockland at The Helen Hayes Hospital Atrium... 

Thank to ALL that are mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give! 

Make 2016 the year of YES!
With grateful XOXOXs ,


Check out my site celebrating the legacy of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!


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

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Keeping Entertainment LIVE!

Richard Skipper,

January 13th, Julie Budd in conversation with Bill Boggs at American Popular Song Society
Local 802 AFM 322 W 48th St, New York, New York 10036  AT 1:30PM!

and her Musical Director Herb Bernstein along with Julie’s band
join  Julie Budd
The celebrity artist-in-residence of Manhattan's
Metropolitan Room talks about her career and performs
selections from her new tribute album.
Talk/Performance/CD Signing

Call Richard Skipper Celebrates at 845-365-0720 if you need more details.
Many surprises are in store. Please contact me if any questions.
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Admission is Free for Members/$15.00 for Non-Members .

Doors open at 12:30 for those who want to buy sheet music Also members can take tables and sell their stuff. 2:30 -1:30 "Flea Market" 1:30 seating - showtime: 1:45 - 3:30.


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