Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Making Life Beautiful through Music: Betty Buckley, Jeff Harner, Sean Harkness...and More!

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
-Moshe Dayan

Happy Wednesday, June 13th, 2018!
June 13 is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 201 days remaining until the end of the year.
It is a rainy spring day here in New York and as I sit down to begin today's blog, I'm listening to Betty Buckley's latest CD, Hope.
In a word, it is sublime.
I was lucky enough to attend Betty's sold out concert at Joe's Pub Saturday night. I have seen Betty several times in concerts and in shows.
She, too me, is a consummate entertainer and every song is a three-act play. Get this CD. You will thank me. She is off soon to begin the National tour of Hello, Dolly! I'm anxious to see her interpretation of Dolly.
I'll be heading to Cincinnati in October to experience this. I will keep you posted.
I'm focusing on those things that make my life beautiful and the one thing that makes my life beautiful is music. I celebrate the artists mentioned in today's blog and I hope you will to.
Go see them! If you cannot, treat a friend. Let's ALL strive to make our lives and life on this planet beautiful by supporting each other.
Grow everyday on your path to personal excellence. Join a community that'll support you on your road to success, helping you get where you want to be, do and have in life.

We are halfway through 2018. The mid-point of the year is a good time to take stock of what is working and what isn't - in your life.

Jeff Harnar and Alex Rybeck Celebrate 35 Years of Collaboration TONIGHT, June 13th

For three and a half decades, Jeff Harnar and Alex Rybeck have been collaborators on cabaret shows of their own and for others. The duo are celebrating their 35th Anniversary Show exactly on the date that they began all those years ago: June 13, 1983.
The fete begins at 7 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in the West Bank Cafe, with a set of highlights from their shows and recordings, including Cole Porter, Comden and Green, Sammy Cahn, Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman and “1959” Songbook shows and more. Read more here

“DUOS” Host, Guitarist/Composer Sean Harkness, Welcomes Vocalist, Janis Siegel and Trumpeter,
Warren Vache to Birdland on June 14th
Continuing his DUOS series, guitarist Sean Harkness, performs duets with nine-time Grammy winner (with 17 Grammy nominations), vocalist Janis Siegel, plus trumpet/cornet/flugelhorn player, Warren Vache on June 14 that 6:00 PM at Birdland Jazz Club, 315 West 44th St., NYC.  DUOS with Sean Harkness will also play on August 23 and September 13, 2018, each with a different roster of guest artists. Read more here

One of the most gorgeous voices in New York belongs to Corinna Sowers Adler, who returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below in Something Beautiful, which debuted last fall in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s majestic Appel Room. Filled with magical songs by Billy Joel, Ahrens and Flaherty, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Elton John, Stephen Schwartz, and others, Corinna Sowers Adler will mesmerize and delight while packing an emotional punch with the songs of Something Beautiful. Corinna, a three-time Tony Award nominee for Excellence in Theatre Education, will include a chorus of NiCori Teen Ensemble singers in Something Beautiful. Saturday night, June 16th

Bobbie Horowitz is part of a benefit for The Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ Youth - that Ann McCormack and Woody Regan are presenting this Sunday (June 17th) at Above 53!

Next Monday, June 18th, 7pm at Pangea Restaurant, JERSEY GIRL starring Lisa Yaeger is back for one more show! Go celebrate the incredible musical legends who all hailed from Lisa's home state of New Jersey!  Join her with her musical director Rick Jensen on piano, Matt Sharfglass on Bass and Sean Harkness on Guitar. Tickets are on sale now HERE. $25 cover plus $20 food and drink minimum. ($30 cash at the door) $5 off cover for MAC/SAG/AEA with the code: JerseyG.
If you are in LA, go to the multi-award-winning Life Behind Bars starring Dan Ruth.

Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return!

June 24th, 2018

Russ Woolley Proudly Presents
Richard Skipper Celebrates
New York and Pride

Last Show of this Season

1 PM Brunch Show Laurie Beechman Theater 
As we Celebrate Pride, we celebrate Michael Kirk Lane, Sue Matsuki, Marieann Meringolo (joined by Doyle Newmyer), Tanya Moberly, and Sheree Sano
Tickets are now on sale! Reserve TODAY and Let's Celebrate! 

So — Order your tickets now online… RESERVATIONS A MUST!

Musical Direction Matthew Martin Ward with Rex Benincasa on Percussion, Steve Doyleon bass, and Erik Lawrenceon Sax.
With music, reminisces and an afternoon of fun and show business! 90 minutes of merriment and excitement …Right on the heels of the 4/8 Richard Skipper Celebrates Life in the Theatre 
When and Where:
Sunday, June 24th - 1 PM, Doors open 12:15

THE LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE, 407 West 42nd Street (lower level of the WEST BANK CAFE) Producer: Russ Woolley $30 ticket plus $20 food/beverage minimum - exquisite and reasonably priced food and drink. 

Richard Skipper has assembled a great cast to Celebrate and honor . . . RICHARD SKIPPER has become synonymous with "feel good entertainment of the highest quality". For decades Richard has entertained thousands and celebrated the careers of many of Theatre Row’s finest and most honored stars… The afternoon will prove to be an event where all will arrive and leave with smiles! This will be similar to the old-fashioned TV specials and series where we get to chat with and honor this Entertainment Icon. 

So — Order your tickets now online…

A Few Audience Testimonials about Richard Skipper Celebrates

Hi Richard :-) 

LOVED your birthday show for Russ!! You were so funny with the
little boy - was any of that planned? He was so cute!
Also, it's nice to see you performing as yourself - you really sparkle -
:-) Sheree Sano 

We saw Richard Skipper Celebrates on April 8th and loved it. Richard's guests were wonderful (there was a wide variety of performers, songs, styles, and many great stories), his band was terrific, and Richard was so warm and inviting. He made us feel part of something very special. Loved the way he incorporated the NY newbie Kristina, an audience member, into the show - genius! Looking forward to the next time!

I had the pleasure of being a part of Richard Skipper's Birthday celebration for John Kander. What I
noticed immediately was the amount of passion Richard has for what he does! You are guaranteed a great time if you go to one of his shows. So go!
Donna Marie Asbury, Bloomfield, NJ

Season Three Begins September 9th!
This Show Is Also Made Possible by  Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack New York

With grateful XOXOXs,


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