Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Jeff Harnar, Karen Mason, Daryl Glenn...and MORE!

Interviewing Ann Kittredge in Richard Skipper Celebrates December 3rd

Friends are the siblings that God never gave us 
- Mencius
Happy Tuesday, December 12th, 2017! 
December 12 is the 346th day of the year . There are 19 days remaining until the end of the year. It is also the first night of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish family and friends. Wishing you a heart, a home and a future filled with love.Wishing all of those celebrating Hanukkah around the world a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love.
As I sit down to begin my blog today, I'm listening to Francis Albert Sinatra singing What Now My Love? on Sirously Sinatra on Sirius XM Radio. oday is Frank Sinatra's Birthday and they are playing his music all day. That is the perfect soundtrack to a cold rainy day in New York. He was one of a kind and we will never see the likes of him again. 
I Am God, and all whom I see do I love, for I Am all I see and I love what I Am.
Ramtha
Today, I want to celebrate a few of my favorite artists. Please go see their shows, buy their cds, support LIVE entertainment. How lucky are we in NY that we have so many options on any given day. I hope that my NY friends who read this realize that and take advantage of all that NY has to offer. 
One of the biggest challenge that ALL artists face is getting the exposure they deserve and seek.
Getting media attention can be the key to gaining considerable exposure for their/our work. My horoscope today tells me to
devote my energies to human psychology today.
Did you see my blog yesterday celebrating Linda Amiel Burns? Read it HERE
It's interesting, a friend told me that he started unfriending people on Facebook who don't uplift him. I have been doing the same. Life is precious and unfortunately social media is sucking the life out of many of us. I am concentrating my efforts on those who I can help. Get out of the house!
In fact, there is some chance you'll meet an especially dynamic person who can lead you into some fascinating, unexplored territory. Sit down with your partner or best friend and map out at least one night a week that you are going to see a show and commit to it! The overall experience will be great. You have the ability to be an effective and practical ally to your artist friends. Don't just earn favor with people and do nothing. The results will be fantastic.
Here are some of my Holiday suggestions
CD HOLIDAY DEAL CONTINUES!
Karen Mason has a special holiday deal for her Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! CD. This happens to be one odf my favorite Christmas CDs.
And there are two NEW videos from Karen.
Plus--don't miss Karen in a city near you in Love Never Dies!
Purchase any TWO ALBUMS BY DECEMBER 15 FROM THE ZEVELY RECORDS STORE AND GET A FREE CHRISTMAS ALBUM!
Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! is one of Karen's best-selling albums and is sure to add joy to your holiday season.
Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! is one of Karen's best-selling albums and is sure to add joy to your holiday season.
See all of Karen Mason and Paul Rolnick's albums HERE and receive this free CD ($18 value) when you purchase any two other albums.
Keep it for yourself or give all three CDs away for the ultimate gift!
Check out I Made A New Friend
Lorna's Here 
People are calling It's About Time, "The best Karen Mason CD ever!" Get yours today.
Love Never Dies is coming to a city near you!
Don't miss seeing Karen in this epic musical.


Tomorrow night, Jeff Harnar and KT Sullivan return to The Laurie Beechman Theater.


40 Songs in
7 Pieces in
1 Hour =
#SONDHEIMmontage
Wednesday December 13 @ 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.
Music Director JON WEBER      Director SONDRA LEE


“Two Singers Transformed By Sondheim”
THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Exploring the roads less traveled on the familiar Sondheim journey, the Sullivan-Harnar team solves a few mysteries and offers many surprises...The result is fresh, exhilarating and delightful!”
REX REED

MAC DISCOUNT CODE:
KTJEFFMAC

For Tickets:
https://m.ovationtix.com/pr/982939

For information:
http://www.westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre
Jeff, Sondra Lee, KT, Jon Weber


KT Sullivan and Jeff, together with Music Director Jon Weber and Director Sondra Lee, have taken the best of our two award-winning Sondheim shows (Our Time and Another Hundred People) and woven those fragments into a new tapestry: #SONDHEIMontage
Their final performance of 2017 is Tomorrow night Wednesday December 13 at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

If you were not doing cabaret right now, what would you want to be doing?  Directing cabaret! 

This has been a bountiful year of directing shows for Tovah Feldshuh, Dawn Derow, Margo Brown, Deborah Silver ... and on Friday December 15th my current project takes a final bow at Urban Stages: TOGETHER: The Five Nominated Female Vocalists of 2017 (and they are Celia Berk, Sally Darling, Meg Flather, Josephine Sanges, and Lisa Viggiano). Set to open in early 2018 are new projects with Rita Gardner and her Schmidt and Jones Songbook (MUCH MORE) and Josephine Sanges with a Harold Arlen Songbook (COME RAIN OR COME SHINE).
TOGETHER: The Five Nominated Female Vocalists of 2017

What is it about cabaret that keeps you doing it? For me, cabaret is the fullest marriage of creativity, craftsmanship, camaraderie and personal expression all in the service of illuminating the human experience for others that I’ve experienced in the performing arts.  When all that’s in alignment it’s extraordinarily joyful and deeply fulfilling.
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?  In the context of #SONDHEIMmontage, it was meeting Mr. Sondheim himself.  I’ll cherish the memory of the night he came to the show. 
KT and I trembled giddily back stage, laughing over one of the lyrics in our opening number, “It’s our heads on the block ...”
Of the show he said, “I loved the changes; I wish there were more.”   Kudos to Jon Weber for making those changes so musically thrilling.
What's the best thing you've seen in NYC and why? Perhaps it was the first Broadway musical I saw at the age of nine, back in 1968, The Happy Time. With that marvelous Kander and Ebb score that I had memorized beforehand, the thrill of Robert Goulet, David Wayne and Michael Rupert’s performances, and the dazzle of seeing children my age on the stage and wanting to be one
of them, it was transformative.  There was bliss. 
If you could perform with one person, who would that be?On December 13 it’s KT Sullivan.  


I also am profiling Daryl Glenn today!
DARYL GLENN is an award winning performer who has appeared on the stages of New York's most impressive cabaret venues including Don't Tell Mama, The Triad, The Metropolitan Room and Feinstein's at the Loews Regency Hotel and more recently Feinsteins/54 Below in his own full length productions. He has also appeared as a guest in shows at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, The Galapagos Arts Center and The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel . Mr. Glenn (with his co-star JO LYNN BURKS) is best known for his "Triple Crown" (MAC [Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs], Bistro and Nightllife awards) winning tribute to Robert Altman's classic 1975 film NASHVILLE, which was Mr. Glenn's NY cabaret debut and the first ever to win all three coveted awards for a single show. Daryl presented a highly regarded tribute to Stephen Sondheim (DARYL SINGS STEVE-SONGS BY SONDHEIM) on the occasion of Mr. Sondheim's 80th birthday. He is returning to Urban Stages on December 17th with his brand new show, a tribute to obscure movie musicals co-starring the marvelous Nellie McKay, Molly Pope, and Mardie Millit. They will be doing songs from the obscure movie musicals, Charlotte's Web, Lost Horizon, and Popeye.

with JO LYNN BURKS
If you were not doing cabaret right now, what would you want to be doing? 
I've taken a very lengthy break from auditioning for musical theatre but I'm about to take the plunge again! I think.

What is it about cabaret that keeps you doing it?
I love creating my own work on my own terms and choosing the people who I want to collaborate with.
I adore the rehearsal process and collaborating with other talented and open-minded artists. My immediate response to "that's not the way it's done" is to do just the opposite of the norm.
By the way, I will be singing the entire score of Robert Altman's POPEYE with Nellie McKay and special guests Lennie Watts and Jay Rogers in April 2018 at Feinsteins/54 Below.

Who is the most famous person you have ever met?  
This one is rough because there are so many.
Because of the places I have worked I have had the thrill of meeting and sometimes befriending some of the people I grew up admiring.
The one that sticks out the most is Cher. She was doing a signing for her book and the Believe album which had just been released.
The line stretched far around the block at the Barnes and Noble in Chelsea and it was obvious not everyone was going to get in.
Against the wishes of her 'people' she said "these guys went to the trouble to see me and they are going to see me!"
And she proceeded to walk up and down the line greeting each and every single person.
That's class. That's how you appreciate your fans.

What's the best thing you've seen in NYC and why?"
I have always loved about New Yorkers (contrary to popular belief and despite the tough shell you need to survive here) is the generosity I very often see. Especially assisting pregnant women, people with strollers, the handicapped and the elderly (for example) who may be having trouble navigating the crowded streets and multiple stairways. Oh, and joyfully giving directions to tourists!

If you could perform with one person, who would that be?
Well, to anyone who knows me even slightly (social media included) the answer is more than obvious.
To stand in the same room and sing with Barbra Streisand would be the culmination of everything I have striven to be, largely because of her.

If you are available Sunday afternoon, please celebrate with us! SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 at 6:30
ST. CLEMENT'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW
St. Clement's Church –  W. 46 Street (West of 9th Ave.)
Just $5.00 - FREE holiday cookies, snacks, coffee, tea, wine and juice!
There will also be a raffle.

This is another annual fundraising show that co-Producer John Fitzgerald and Sue Matsuki offer to help supplement St. C's soup kitchen and all the other wonderful outreach programs they offer to the community. I am part of an amazing ALL-STAR Cast featuring:
Robin Baxter, Edd Clark, John Fitzgerald, Sue Matsuki, Carolyn Montgomery, Sidney Myer, Julie Reyburn, and ME with the incredible Tracy Stark on the keys!

Two more chances to catch Gretchen Reinhagen's incredible show. I saw it opening night and highly
recommend this!



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Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
-Oscar Wilde

I'm throwing back the curtain and showing my followers the little man behind the Wizard who is always trying to put forth a positive image of a man.

Let's Be Friends! I promise you a great experience!

You have the power to change anything, because you are the one who chooses your thoughts and feels your feelings.

Here are a Few Testimonials for Richard Skipper Celebrates: Next One December 3rd 1PM Laurie

Beechman Theater: Reserve HERE:
January 31st 8PM Russ Woolley proudly presents Richard Skipper Celebrates Carol Channing's 97th Birthday (on her actual Birthday!) at 8PM at The Laurie Beechman Theater featuring Diane J. Findlay, Karen Saunders, Wendy Scherl, Christine Pedi, and a SPECIAL guest to be announced January 5th!  We will be celebrating Carol Channing's life and career through the songs she sang. All under the musical direction of Michael Lavine with Rex Benincasa on percussion, Erik Lawrence on Sax, and Maryann McSweeney on bass. $30.00 cover/$25.00 Food Drink Minimum 

My February Show 2017
If I believed in magic, I would say that the transformation of the Laurie Beechman Theater to a combination of Hollywood sound stage, Broadway musical, and Golden Age TV variety show was the result of supernatural powers. RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES, expertly produced by Russ Woolley, and starring Richard Skipper is a marvelously entertaining safe haven for audiences, performers, and musicians to express themselves in an atmosphere of community and love. Richard is a true show business master who makes everyone in the room feel important. That’s because he truly believes it, but more than that, he lives it every day. Do NOT miss an opportunity to experience the unique joy of any RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES show!
Larry Kerchner Wilmington, DE

 First let me say that Richard Skipper is a phenomenal host and interviewer. The other day he interviewed my dear friend and favorite singer Melissa Manchester. Such an in-depth interview, which made Melissa's answers just flow. I've known about Richard for quite a long time as an entertainer but really not as a host or an interviewer. I would have loved to be interviewed by him what fun we would have had.
January 2017: Sondra Lee, Beth Fowler, Lee Roy Reams
Thank you for your calmness, your smile, and fantastic reporting on such a major star as Melissa and so many others. I cannot wait to watch your next interview.
All my best, internationally acclaimed Entertainer Marvin Nathan

It was my pleasure to be celebrated in a unique interview with Richard Skipper on July 22nd, 2017. He is the consummate host. I had a wonderful time!  
Medium Tracey Lockwood, https://traceylockwood.com

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Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!

With grateful XOXOXs ,


 




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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Richard! You are gem and we all appreciate the support you give our community! Cheers!

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