|Three Legends of comedy: Channing, Betty White, Lucille Ball|
April 26, 2019!
April 26 is the 116th day of the year. 249 days remain until the end of the year.
I want to take you back 30 years. I was 28 and living on my own in New York
I was living on 33rd Street in Manhattan. I was up for a role in John Glines' new show, Men of Manhattan (which I got!).
She was still there when I came along in 1961 and continues to be here.
I Love Lucy was shown in the early evenings in syndication when I was growing up in South Carolina and we used to watch as we were getting ready for supper. No matter how many times we watched those shows, we still laughed at the same routines over and over.
In the summer, The Lucy Show was on in the mornings and I used to watch all of them as well.
Here's Lucy was on from 1968-1974. My grandmother Skipper had a color television and we used to watch there on Monday nights. When this series went off the air in 1974, I was 13 and depressed. Luckily for all of us, she was still contracted to do a few television specials. 1974 was also the year I made my stage debut and it was in Mame, the same year of the movie version starring Lucille Ball. I don't remember it coming to my home town. I didn't see it until it aired on NBC for the first time several years later.
On September 26th, 1986, there was a lot of hoopla when Lucy returned to network television in Life With Lucy.
|Life with Lucy|
I was doing stock in Massachusetts. I settled into my hotel room and wanted to get a bite to eat. I ran across the Massachusetts turnpike to a restaurant across from the hotel, grabbed something to go, and almost got arrested trying to cross back over. The policeman told me I could've gotten killed but because I was from out of town, I didn't get arrested. All I had on my mind was Lucy's return to network television! Unfortunately, this series was short lived and that was sad. It was Lucy's first 'failure' as far as a series is concerned.
It was anything but funny. It dealt with the homeless situation here in New York. It was sad to see Lucy like this but we were able to see what a great dramatic actress she was. She WAS a great dramatic actress. Watch The Big Street tonight opposite Henry Fonda.
Not a trace of Lucy Ricardo in that performance!
Lucille Ball also had a major impact on me in my life. My introduction to Carol Channing came through Lucy when she portrayed her on The Lucy Show. At first, I thought Carol was a fictitious character because of this way over the top portrayal. When I did discover Carol, a lifelong love affair began!
Speaking of Glen Charlow, the biggest Lucy fan I know. He takes fan worship to a whole new level. His home is a virtual museum to Lucy. He is also featured in the A and E Biography of Lucille Ball.
I'm sure that many who read this blog have similar stories to tell.
|Carol Channing and Lucille Ball Impersonator from Universal Studio– Stock Editorial Photography|
In June 1984, in New York , Lucy spoke at The Museum of Television and Radio and it is a huge disappointment that I didn't get there.
The closest I came to seeing her LIVE was when I saw Diane Findlay portray her years ago in I
|with Suzanne LaRusch|
The 61st Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was on March 29, 1989. That was Lucille Ball's last television appearance. She, along with Bob Hope, introduced a segment called The Stars of Tomorrow. That year's broadcast was also produced by Alan Carr and is infamous because it included the bizarre opening of Rob Lowe and Snow White which probably put the nail in the coffin of production numbers at the Oscars.
Lucille Ball is STILL being celebrated.
Last night, It was a crowd of more than 200, including family, fans and over 50 industry personalities, that gathered as The Hollywood Museum (1660 N. Highland Ave (Highland and Hollywood Blvd) opened its Lobby Tribute to
|Jeffry Denman and Diane Findlay in the world premiere of "I Loved Lucy."|
|One of Lucille Balls Emmys for "I Love Lucy": Bill Dow Photography|
Among those who attended were an eclectic group including Kate Luckinbill-Conner (Lucille Ball's granddaughter), Alice Amter (Big Bang Theory), Barry Livingston (My Three Sons/Argo/Social Network), Bob Bergen (Voice of Porky the Pig), Carolyn Hennesy (GH/Cougar Town/True Blood), Conner Dean (9-1-1), Drew Seeley (Dawson's Creek/Glory Daze), Elaine Ballace (The Rich & The Ruthless), Erin Murphy (Bewitched), Geoffrey Mark (Author of “The Lucy Book”), Hunter Payton (A to Z), Jack Betts (Batman), Jaime Monroy (Comedian/TV Host), Jax Malcolm (Conservation Invasion), John Bowab (Director), Jorge Del Busto (Designer), Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair), Judy Tenuta (Comedienne), Kacey Fifield (Clique Wars), Kate Linder (The Young & the Restless), Kathy Garver (Family Affair), Kevin Spirtas (currently Emmy
|Barry Livingston, Donelle Dadigan, Kate Luckinbill-Conner, Bob Bergen: Bill Dow Phoyography|
|Frank Sheffel, Susan Olsen and Teresa Ganzel|
|Barry Livingston speaks about working with Lucy: Bill Dow Photography|
Long live The Hollywood Museum!! - Barry Livingston (My Three Sons/The Lucy Show)
What a wonderful tribute to Lucille Ball at the Hollywood Museum! I so enjoyed the exhibit of memorabilia, costumes and photos which were all beautifully presented.
The experience is truly a 'family affair!' I love Lucy!! - Kathy Garver (Family Affair)
|Dress pictured from The Celebrity Next Door Photo: Bill Dowd|
The memorabilia was truly wonderful. As were the speakers. Lucille Ball's granddaughter's tribute to her mom was especially beautiful. So funny and brought a tear to the eye. - Teresa Ganzel (The Toy / The Duck Factory)
Thank you Hollywood Museum! What a joy to see the young and never old Lucy thru your incredible exhibit. It is a must see for Lucy fans and who isn't? Producer/Director John Bowab
Where else but at the exceptional Hollywood Museum could you find an extraordinary salute to Lucille Ball, and then find exhibit after exhibit showcasing the entire breadth of classic Hollywood history? A visit to the Museum is a must for anyone interested in the best that Hollywood had to offer, curated in the lovingly restored and iconic Max Factor building!
- Geoffrey Mark (Emmy Winner.Grammy nominee and Author of "The Lucy Book"
As a fellow redhead I love Lucy! She drove Desi crazy with her nonstop antics to get into show biz
|Jax Malcom, Donelle Dadigan and Conner Dean Bill Dow Photography|
|Melody Scott, Kate Luckinbill-Conner, Donelle Dadigan Photo Bill Dowd|
The Lucille Ball Tribute at the Hollywood Museum delivers a close up look to memories and laughter that has touched us all! Long reign the queen of comedy! Comedian Jaime Monroy (Life with Lucy). - Jaime Monroy (Comedian/TV Host)
There is so much to love about Lucy at The Hollywood Museum. The tribute to the red headed legend
|Kate Linder: Photo Bill Dowd|
To the nation she was a TV treasure. To her family she had the starring role of mom and grandma. - Bob Bergen (Voice of Porky Pig)
The Hollywood Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that houses over 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures spotlighting more than 100 years of Hollywood history - from the Silents to Talkies, to Hollywood's Golden Era, Film Noir, Television and its Pioneer Years, through the rebellious 60s, special effects 70s, evolving 80s, involved 90s, technological 2000s, and beyond to current day heartthrobs!
The Hollywood Museum's exhibits showcase the best in film, network and cable television, and new digital platforms featuring iconic and fan favorites! Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave - The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is the Official Museum of Hollywood and offers visitors the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world featuring the glamour of Hollywood legends and stars - past, present and in the making. The museum offers one-of-a-kind
|Rex Smith and Donelle Dadigan Photo Bill Dowd|
Just a few steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum has been named the #1 top tourist attraction in Hollywood by LA Weekly, and one of the “Top 10” Museums in LA by the LA Tourism and Convention Board and Trip Advisor.
REGULAR HOURS: Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
TICKETS: $15 Adults: $12 Seniors (62+): $12 for students with ID and $5 Children under 5.
|Donelle Dadigan and Alice Amter Photo: Bill Dowd|
MUSEUM INFO: www.TheHollywoodMuseum.com or Tel: (323) 464-7776
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Thanks to Harlan Boll for info and photos on last night's event.
And Keep in Mind...
Phoebe Snow' also passed away on this day. One of my favorite singers!
Phoebe Snow (born Phoebe Ann Laub; July 17, 1950 – April 26, 2011) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her 1975 song "Poetry Man". She was described
Sandi Durell (Theater Pizzazz)will be appearing on the "Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone" radio show and podcast this Saturday, April 27 from 9-10 AM EST
How to listen:
The show airs on radio from 9-10 in the morning in New York on WNYM-AM 970
Available to listen to online at www.am970theanswer.com
Available on Alexa - in New York area ask Alexa for "AM970 The Answer", outside of the NYC metro area ask Alexa for "WNYM Radio"
|Faye Menken Schneier, Peter Filichia, Randie Levine Miller, Cheryl Benton, Sandi Durell, Roni Jenkins,Valerie Smaldone|
Mark Nadler (pictured) is also mentioned and he is one of my featured guests on May 5th!ANN KITTREDGE: AN EVENING OF AHRENS and FLAHERTY
I'm happy! Thank you, Sandi Durell for all you do in covering cabaret. See HERE
I'm happy! Thank you, Sandi Durell for all you do in covering cabaret. See HERE
FANCY MEETING YOU HERE
MAY 29, 2019
For the first time since winning the 2018 MAC Award for Best Debut, Ann Kittredge returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with her new show, Fancy Meeting You Here: An Evening Of Ahrens and Flaherty.
Remember Betty Buckley is touring the country in an amazing production of Hello, Dolly! Click HERE to see if this production is coming near you.
Sinatra and Mercer....What a perfect pair! While Richard Shelton, widely regarded as the world's best interpreter of Frank Sinatra and nominated ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for playing Sinatra, takes you on a journey of Sinatra with his music and stories, 'Opera Great turned Jazz Great' Rose Kingsley, returns to Lincoln Center, with songs and stories of the Great Johnny Mercer. All Mercer songs have been arranged for Rose by, Bob Corwin, who was Johnny Mercer's Musical Director and Pianist for 20 years. This special event is supported by the Mercer Family in an effort to keep his music alive for future generations. More info HERE
Aunt of the Year
Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, April 18, 2019
Reviewed by Marilyn Lester for Cabaret Scenes
Not too far into Aunt of the Year you might start thinking about how to convince Katie McGrath to be your aunt too. Lucky are her many nieces and nephews (14 of ’em); Auntie is a warm and loving charmer, and she’s funny to boot! Read MORE
I must say how grateful I am for the support I am being shown from the Cabaret community and the MAC members who are helping light the way for me as I have been making my inaugural voyage into the world of nightclub performing.
Sidney Myer could not be more loving and supportive in his efforts to bring THE STORY TELLER to
And looking out into the audience and seeing people like MAC nominee Leanne Borghesi, MAC winners Anita Gillette and Tim Cahill and the always supportive King of Positive Energy Richard Skipper didn't scare me like I thought it would .. it made me calm and strong. I am overwhelmed by the welcome this community has given me, a cabaret neophyte. Thank you, Georga Osborne for being the person who told me to just shut up and do it - some of the best advice I ever got.
I am really looking forward to my last two shows at Don't Tell Mama on May 1 and 7. I can't wait to see what comes next.begging for more!"
Judi Mark – Performer, Producer, Professor
Judi Mark was born in Chicago to a musical family and encouraged to express herself creatively. Her dynamic range of training included ballet, modern dance, jazz, theater, voice and piano which set the stage for a successful performance career spanning over decades with appearances on concert stage, regional theater, cabaret, and the high seas. While studying acting with Bill Hickey, she performed in Off-Broadway productions, film and television. Her vocal studies with many world-renowned professionals based in NYC prepared her for work at dinner theaters, cabarets and distinguished venues such as The Algonquin, The National Arts Club, The Triad, The Laurie Beechman Theater, The Metropolitan Room, The Iridium, Sweetwater’s, Sign of the Dove, Judy’s Chelsea, Cabaret in the Museum and Florida nightclubs; Les Violins, The Copacabana, and the Konover Hotel. Read MORE
RUTH CARLIN, a singer-songwriter, was born in Brooklyn and has lived in and around New York City most of her life. Growing up, her parents loved theatre (her mother is an actress) and they made it a priority for her to experience a variety of theatrical productions. Happy Birthday!
This Sunday! Join The Lounge-O-Leers for a special, one-night-only, live performance with special
The Lounge-O-Leers Celebrate the Sounds of the Sixties at Pangea on Sunday, April 28 @ 7pm, presented by TWEED Theater Works, Kevin Maloney, artistic director.
Remember, seating is limited, so buy your tix today! Reserve online (and save some bucks) at: brownpapertickets.com/event/4105201.
For more deets: https://www.facebook.com/events/264808484438957/
Now, go and do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return! Treat Them to Two Tix to Rose Kingsley and Richard Shelton at The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center on May 10th as they celebrate Johnny Mercer and Frank Sinatra
Order Tix HERE
Order Tix HERE
Thank you all! Here's To a Great End of April/Beginning of May!
|Max Factor's Redheads Only Room, where Lucy's famous look was created Photo: Bill Dow Photography|
Richard Skipper Celebrates May Flowers on May 5th Laurie Beechman Theatre. This is the last show in this series...For Now
featuring Dawn Derow, Ann Kittredge, Judi Mark, Sue Matsuki, Reggie Whitehead, and special guest stars Mark Nadler and KT Sullivan
Bass: Skip Ward
Sax: Andrew Gutauska
Drums: David Silliman
AND Tracy Stark
Tickets Now On Sale! Wear Blue, Green, or Purple for great photo ops!
1 PM Brunch Show Laurie Beechman Theater
With music, reminisces and an afternoon of fun and show business! 90 minutes of merriment and excitement . . .As we Celebrate the Present, we Honor the Past!
Sunday, May 5th - 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.
A Few Audience Testimonials about Richard Skipper Celebrates
Richard's interview with Tom Wopat was personable and fun...I love how Richard tuned in to Tom, along with knowledge as to where Tom will be performing in the near future. It was thrilling as to how Richard remembered Tom presenting Richard with his first MAC award...You never know what exciting revelations turn up on these fascinating interviews...
Yvonne Marie McQuade Rockaway, New Jersey
Richard Skipper was born to this mantle. What a spot-on splendid job he does. Always a treat to hear those glorious pipes when he sings AND now add to that this charming, spontaneous yet thoroughly primped, delightfully funny role as Host. What a gem of an entertainment he has concocted ... I was honored to be a part of the festivities
(He had me from the “Opening Credits!” Abundantly BRILLIANT)
Jeff Harnar, NYC
Thank you for your wonderful shows, Richard! They truly are
celebrations and bring much joy!
|with Bryon Sommers and the late great Esther Goodhart|
Kati Neiheisel, New York, NY
With grateful XOXOXs,
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