Lee Radziwell, Jean Harlow, Cabaret Month...and MORE!

Regrets? I think everyone has regrets, and people who say they haven't are either liars... or
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and sister Lee Radziwell
narcissists. Lee Radziwill

Happy March 3rd, 2016!
March 3 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 303 days remaining until the end of the year. I hope you are having a great day. It may be a little chilly and a little windy, but it is glorious. Tonight I have a rare night to be at home before a roaring fire. We are expecting snow. I look forward to these types of evenings from time to time. 
Today, I urge ALL who read this to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy a life less ordinary!  
Everyone mentioned in this blog either did that or are STILL doing that!
Today is World Book Day. Find, buy, and read the books that best focus on your niche audience or topic.
Race, race, race. There's the race for the White House, for one, and the race for the soul of Donald J. Trump -- assuming there's actually one in there somewhere. There's race on the Academy Awards, in the form of #Oscarssowhite and Chris Rock's hosting. And there's the race to not excuse Meryl Streep's comments on race! (Source: The Clyde Fitch Report...Read MORE). 
Speaking of the Oscars, this was sent to me by my dear friend Josh Ellis: Here are the names that ran
Charles Karel, Josh Ellis, Richard Skipper surrounding their favorite Dolly
through my mind in the hours after Oscar ran the dagger through once again: Joan Leslie, James Best, Jayne Meadows, Setsuko Hara, Dick Van Patten, Betsy Drake, Gunnar Hansen, Dickie Moore, Fred Thompson, Franco Interlenghi, Colin Welland, Abe Vigoda, Tony Burton, Elizabeth Wilson, Wally Cassell, Marty Ingels, Geoffrey Lewis, Marjorie Lord, Grace Lee Whitney, Jack Larson, Nicholas Smith, George Cole, Patrick Macnee, Ron Moody, Nigel Terry, Nova Pilbeam, Kevin Corcoran, Betsy Palmer, Al Molinaro, Jean Darling, Monica Lewis, Angus Scrimm, Richard Dysart,
Betsy Palmer with Richard Skipper
Glenn Frey (songs and soundtracks for films including Beverly Hills Cop and Thelma and Louise), Wayne Rogers, Colleen Gray, Martin Milner, Gerald O’Loughlin, David Canary, Amanda Peterson, Gene Saks, George Gaynes, Jacques Rivette, George Winslow.

I don't desire to live in President Donald Trump's America any more than you do.

As I sat down to begin my day, Debbi Bush Whiting, Margaret Whiting's daughter, was spinning her favorite songs on Sirius XM on Siriously Sinatra. I can't think of a better way to start my day.
Happy Birthday, Bobby Driscoll

On March 3, 1847, Alexander Graham Bell, the Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone, was born. 
He passed on Aug. 2, 1922. 
Today, I celebrate the birthday of socialite Lee Radziwell
Caroline Lee Bouvier is an American socialite, public relations executive, interior decorator, and former actress. She is the younger sister of the late First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and sister-in-law of President John F. Kennedy. 
Her niece Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is named after her. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1996.

Today is also the birthday of Jean Harlow.

When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.Jean Harlow

Bobby Driscoll was born on this date in 1937. He passed on in 1968.
Other Famous Birthdays Today

1940 – Perry Ellis, American fashion designer, founded Perry Ellis (d. 1986).
1942 – Mike Pender, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Searchers and Mike Pender's Searchers).
Hattie Mae Winston
Hattie Mae Winston is an American television, film and Broadway actress best known for her role as Margaret on Becker and as a prominent cast member of the PBS children's series The Electric Company.

Transitions on this date
1966 – William Frawley, American actor and singer (b. 1887).
1966 – Alice Pearce, American actress (b. 1917).
1987 – Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1913).
1991 – Arthur Murray, Austrian-American dancer and educator (b. 1895).
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, which proposed by Thailand,[1] to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.

Saint Katharine Drexel, S.B.S., (November 26, 1858 – March 3, 1955) was an American heiress,
philanthropist, religious sister, educator, and foundress. She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 2000; her feast day is observed on March 3.
Early life== Katharine Mary Drexel was born Catherine Mary Drexel in Philadelphia on November 26, 1858, the second child of investment banker Francis Anthony Drexel and Hannah Langstroth.
Her family owned a considerable fortune. She was born into a tradition of philanthropy. Her uncle was the founder of Drexel University.

Hinamatsuri (雛祭り Hina-matsuri?), also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day, is a special day in Japan.Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on March 3.Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō?) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.
On March 3, 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.
1845    Florida became the 27th state.

Kristine Zbornik
It is Cabaret Month here.

March is Cabaret Month, a celebration invented by cabaret owners in New York City as a way to draw attention to this intimate entertainment form just as Manhattan begins to emerge from the slow months of winter.

Today, I would like to celebrate a few of my favorite entertainers.
My hope is that you will commit to going out to see them.
There is a trickle down effect and we ALL benefit. GO SEE A LIVE SHOW!

In October of last year, WABC-TV Eyewitness News Entertainment Reporter and Movie Critic Sandy Kenyon (who is one of the nicest people) graciously took the time to interview Richard Holbrook just before his Richard Rodgers show was to premiere at The Metropolitan Room.  

Also included in the footage was Richard singing at The Metropolitan Room with his wonderful pianist and musical director Tom Nelson as well as a short interview with his fantastic director Richard Barclay. 

Sandy is not only a first-rate television reporter but also a classy gentleman. 
When Richard sent Sandy a holiday greeting last Christmas, he wrote Richard back stating that their interview was one of his favorite segments on Eyewitness News in 2015. What was deleted in the segment because of time was the fact that in Richard's research on Richard Rodgers, he found out that Mr.
Richard Rodgers
, himself, underwent the same cancer Richard did. So, Richard really feel an affinity with the man and his music. 

He was thrilled with the news segment. He hopes it helped and inspired other people who are going through tough times. 
Richard says he is so blessed to be working at The Metropolitan Room. The staff is just first-rate all the way. Bernard Furshpan, who is the Managing Partner and Booking Director; Joanne Furshpan, Bernie's wife, who is the General Manger; and Joseph Macchia, who is the Host and Booking Manager, were so wonderful that day in not only providing Sandy, Dick Barclay, and himself with the space to do the interview, but also in making them feel so welcome and at home. Richard is looking forward to reprising the Rodgers show at The Metropolitan Room on Monday, March 14th at 7:00 P.M. The reservations are already coming in so if you're interested in going to his show, you can reserve by calling this number - (212) 206-0440 or buying your tickets online at www.metropolitanroom.com. Richard hopes to see you there. Can't wait!!
 For those of you who did not see this segment, just click HERE and enjoy!!

Today, I also celebrate Tanya Moberly who is nominated for a MAC Award.
Tanya Moberly hosts The Salon along with Mark Janas at Etcetera Etcetera

What are you currently working on?
A new four-show series with four different musicians beginning in June at Don't Tell Mama.

What does this time in your life mean to you?
It means knowing who I am and only doing the things that really make me happy. 

Tanya Moberly 

Bistro Award Winning Performer
Six-Time MAC Award Winning Producer
If you could go outside of your nature as an artist and tackle a different performance medium what would it be? 
Stand-up Comedy.

Finish this sentence: It's time to panic when...I'm dead.

Finish this sentence: If I had another chance...I'd be born wealthy.

Compliment three people right now. : Kristine Zbornik, Sharon McNight and Lennie Watts. All fearless performers.

What is the biggest challenge you face each
Paying my rent.

Do you plan your days the night before? 

I plan my year the year before.
How old were you when you knew what you wanted to do for the rest of your life and why? 

Please visit TanyaMoberly.com for more info 
and reserve TODAY to see her LIVE at Don't Tell Mama on March 25th in Ricky Ritzel's Broadway. Order tickets HERE.
Directing: Marnie Klar in Tuned In - April 8th at 7pm and May 3rd at 7pm at
Don't Tell Mama. Order Tickets HERE.
 Cabaret Cares - April 30th at 9:30pm at The Metropolitan Room.
A Benefit For God's Love We Deliver - May 1st at 4pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
Producing: Salon - Every Sunday at Etcetera, Etcetera (March 27th)
 March 13, 2016
Theme: The Art Of Compromise
Guest Host: Brett Kristofferson
Co-Host: Jerry Phelps
Salon Spotlight: Celia Berk

Today, I also celebrate Jim Speake who's latest CD, Sweet Life, is nominated for a MAC Award. Here is my Mini-Interview with Jim.
 On March 11th, the Bistro Awards and MAC are joining forces for a very special event that is taking place at Barnes & Noble Upper East Side (86th and Lexington). 
Jim has been asked to be a part of that evening. 
 I asked Jim what this event means to him.
The Barnes & Nobel event is very exciting because it includes both Bistro Awards winners and MAC nominees in the recording category. It offers the possibility of exposing our music to a new audience who may not frequent the clubs and be familiar with cabaret.

What is one of your fondest memories in this business?
One of my fondest memories is my first cabaret show in 2005.
It was a family and friends show to celebrate my 60th birthday. I had friends from Alabama, Washington DC and Georgia  who attended. I believe there were close to 60 out of town guests who made the effort to come to NYC in February. 

With the NY friends who attended, there was standing room only. That was a lot of love and support for my first cabaret show. I felt very blessed.

Where does your motivation come from?

My motivation comes from my love for music. I also love the creative process and enjoy rehearsing almost as much as a performance.

What advice would you offer my readers desiring to pursue a career as an entertainer?
I would advise young people who want to pursue show business to only do it if they feel the fire in the belly. 
It is full of excitement and joy, but also disappointment and rejection.  The earlier you can focus on your goal the better. Get as much training as possible and be prepared to work hard. If you love music and acting and are most happy when acting and singing, I say go for it.

What is your major goal right now and how do you go about achieving it? 

My key goal is to keep on keeping on. I have high hopes, but temper that with a realistic attitude.
Do you have any advice for someone desiring a career on Broadway? 
As far as being cast on Broadway, I don’t have personal experience there. 
I have great respect for those who get to work there, but realize it has
always been a long shot and today seems to be even more so. You have to be at the right place at the right time and you have to be in shape and well prepared to get the job. I know so many talented, well trained and diligent actors who have not yet reached that brass ring. 
Thankfully there are many other outlets for performing, so we can stay busy and keep our skills sharp. If you act and sing for the joy of performing, then it does not really matter where you do it. The key is to do your best and feel good about your work. 

For more information on Jim Speake, please visit his website at JimSpeake.com and reserve TODAY to see him LIVE at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on April 12th in Sweet Life. Order tickets HERE

Suzanne Goulet as Liza Minnelli

3,000 Miles Off-Broadway Productions proudly presents LIZA & JUDY: Together Again starring Suzanne Goulet and Denise Rose at the historic El Portal Mainstage Theatre, in the NOHO Arts District, North Hollywood, CA. This special 3 show only engagement will be presented March 18, 19 and 20, 2016.

LIZA and JUDY: Together Again stars Denise Rose as Judy Garland and Suzanne Goulet as Liza Minnelli as the most famous mother and daughter entertainers the world of show business.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Suzanne began tap dancing at the age of 3. After studying ballet and jazz with Eddy Toussaint for many years, she joined his dance company. She appeared on several TV shows in her homeland before Miller-Reich hired her as a lead dancer for shows in the USA. She starred in Fantastique for a long run at the Sheraton Bal Harbour in Miami Beach, then at the Sands Casino in Atlantic City and at the Condado Plaza in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She then joined a show called “Hooray for Hollywood” that went on an international tour to Spain, Switzerland and Japan. She also choreographed a show in which she danced on the “Song of America” cruise ship from RCCL.

Suzanne debut’s in John Stewart’s world acclaimed “Legend in Concert” show was in 1996 at Bally’s Grand in Atlantic City. In 2001, she has an 8 month run with the show at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas where she received rave reviews. For a few months every year, she still joins the cast of Legends in Branson, MO, Myrtle Beach, SC, and at Foxwoods Casino in CT.
In 1997, Suzanne produced and choreographed her self-contained show, “A Moment with Liza” with The Cabaret Dancers which debuted at The Estrel Hotel in Berlin, Germany. After presenting the show at the Alhambra Casino in Aruba, it moved to the famous Holiday Inn Casino of the same island for 6 months. Performances in Florida followed before she got busy with a new show in 2003. To Book Suzanne for your next event, CLICK HERE

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I'd like to leave you with this thought today:  A quote is from Sun Tzu--Opportunities multiply as they are seized. I find much truth in this.

Keep the faith.

Thank you to all of the artists mentioned in this blog,for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give!
March 12 th: Will Friedwald and Lynn DiMenna celebrate Dinah Shore
Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM

322 W 48th St, New York, New York 10036
Lynn DiMenna
Meredith DiMenna
Margi Gianquinto
Kimberly Hawkey
Jeff MacAuley
and your host, Will Friedwald
Music Director: Paul Greenwood
Bass: Tom Hubbard
Drums: Eric Halvorsen

Dinah Shore was one of the most beloved female pop singers of all time. Whether she was singing on the radio, hosting her own variety show or TV's talk show queen, she was "America's Sweetheart!"
Please join Will Friedwald, Lynn DiMenna and a cast of "Dinahphiles" to celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Doors open at 12:30. Program promptly at 2PM
$15.00 at door for NON-Members/$50.00 to join
Richard Skipper is the EXCLUSIVE publicist for American Popular Song Society. For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720

NEXT UP April 9th

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Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
-Carol Channing

With grateful XOXOXs ,


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


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

Jim Speake

New CD information:
“Sweet Life” title song and video:

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Sarah Rice, Broadway's original Johanna of Sweeney Todd, will sing a Valentine's Day concert of songs from the operetta, classical and musical theatre repertoire, with Paul Jackel, in upstate New York, Feb. 14. - See more at: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/kiss-me-sweeney-todds-sarah-rice-sings-of-love-with-paul-jackel-feb.-14-111546#sthash.bYCP2Q2p.dpuf

MARCH 19th in NYC

David Meulemans returns in Lucky To Be Me! Directed by the incredible Sally Mayes with great musical direction by Tex Arnold. David will take all of us on a great musical romp through the ups and downs of his life.David Meulemans combines a love for the American Songbook with his classically trained voice to entertain audiences from Miami to New York, London and around the nation.
In a recent review, Charles Truenski describes David’s performance of “Lucky to Be Me” at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room, as “a perfect night of cabaret” stating this is the kind of cabaret New York City needs more of.  A popular leading man in South Florida musical theatre, David brings his comfortable style, passion for music and remarkable vocal talents to every project he tackles, with humor, heart and joy.   
This show WILL sell out! So reserve today and be a part of his star studded audience!
This is a CD Release Event! ALL in attendance rwill receive complementary copy of Lucky To Be Me: Recorded LIVE at the Metropolitan Room August 22nd, 2015

Richard Skipper Celebrates is the publicist for David Meulemans and Lucky To Be Me at NYC's Metropolitan Room. For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720

Regrets? I think everyone has regrets, and people who say they haven't are either liars... or narcissists. Lee Radziwill
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  1. Thanks for the shoutout, Richard. Glad you enjoyed the show and great to see you there.


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