Thursday, April 30, 2009

GOOD BYE APRIL SHOWERS...HELLO, MAY FLOWERS!

Hello and Happy Thursday,

As we head into May and eventually into June, we are moving towards the theatre's awards season! The Drama Desk Awards normally give a few clues towards what the Tony race will look like. Well, here goes...
Musical "9 to 5" leads Drama Desk nominations!
Musical "9 to 5" racked up 15 noms for the 54th annual Drama Desk Awards, the most of any Broadway or Off Broadway production ever nominated by the legit org.



Sad news...The theatre lost three very influential people right at the end of April.
Bea Arthur, Marilyn Cooper, and Tharon Musser.
Tharon Musser, 84, a Tony-winning lighting designer of more than 100 Broadway shows, including such legendary musicals as A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Mame, and 42nd Street, has died.
http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20090423_Tharon_Musser___Broadway_designer__84.html
I was lucky enough to see Marilyn Cooper in WOMAN OF THE YEAR with Raquel Welch. She stopped the show with "THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER" by Fred Ebb and John Kander.
She won a well-deserved Tony for that role. Marilyn Cooper (December 14, 1934 – April 22, 2009)[1][2] was an American actress, known primarily for her work on the Broadway stage.



And then there's Bea.
I actually remember that incredible appearance on ALL IN THE FAMILY where we were introduced to Maude Findley. Her performance was so well-received that Norman Lear immediantly went into production on Maude starring Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Baine, Rue McClanahan and Andraine Barbeau. We sadly lost Bea last week.
"Fiddler on The Roof", "Mame", "Maude" and "The Golden Girls" are what she was most known for.

"And when we die
And float away
Into the night
The milky way
You'll hear me call
As we ascend
I'll say your name
Then once again
Thank you for being a friend" -- Andrew Gold
--

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS





LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Beatrice Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress whose
razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines made her a TV star in the hit shows
''Maude'' and ''The Golden Girls'' and who won a Tony Award for the
musical ''Mame,'' died Saturday. She was 86.

Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at herside, family spokesman Dan Watt said.
She had cancer, Watt said, declining to give details.


''She was a brilliant and witty woman,'' said Watt, who was Arthur's
personal assistant for six years. ''Bea will always have a special place
in my heart.'' Arthur first appeared in the landmark comedy series ''All in the
Family'' as Edith Bunker's outspoken, liberal cousin, Maude Finley.
She proved a perfect foil for blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll
O'Connor), and their blistering exchanges were so entertaining that
producer Norman Lear fashioned Arthur's own series. In a 2008 interview with The Associated Press, Arthur said she was lucky to be discovered by TV after a long stage career, recalling with
bemusement CBS executives asking about the new ''girl.''

''I was already 50 years old. I had done so much off-Broadway, on Broadway, but they said, `Who is that girl?
Let's give her her own series,''' Arthur said.

''Maude'' scored with television viewers immediately on its CBS debut in
September 1972, and Arthur won an Emmy Award for the role in 1977.

The comedy flowed from Maude's efforts to cast off the traditional restraints that women faced, but the series often had a serious base.
Her husband Walter (Bill Macy) became an alcoholic, and she underwent an
abortion, which drew a torrent of viewer protests. Maude became a
standard bearer for the growing feminist movement in America.

The ratings of ''Maude'' in the early years approached those of its
parent, ''All in the Family,'' but by 1977 the audience started to
dwindle. A major format change was planned, but in early 1978 Arthur
announced she was quitting the show.

''It's been absolutely glorious; I've loved every minute of it,'' she
said.
''But it's been six years, and I think it's time to leave.''
''Golden Girls'' (1985-1992) was another groundbreaking comedy, finding
surprising success in a television market increasingly skewed toward a younger, product-buying audience.
The series concerned three retirees -- Arthur, Betty White and Rue
McClanahan -- and the mother of Arthur's character, Estelle Getty, who
lived together in a Miami apartment. In contrast to the violent ''Miami
Vice,'' the comedy was nicknamed ''Miami Nice.''


As Dorothy Zbornak, Arthur seemed as caustic and domineering as Maude.
She was unconcerned about the similarity of the two roles. ''Look -- I'm 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice and I have a way with a line,'' she told
an interviewer. ''What can I do about it? I can't stay home waiting for
something different. I think it's a total waste of energy worrying about
typecasting.''
The interplay among the four women and their relations with men fueled
the comedy, and the show amassed a big audience and 10 Emmys, including
two as best comedy series and individual awards for each of the stars.
McClanahan said Arthur felt constrained by the show during its later
years and in 1992 she announced she was leaving ''Golden Girls.''
''Bea liked to be the star of the show, she didn't really like to do
that ensemble playing,'' McClanahan said.

McClanahan first worked with Arthur on ''Maude,'' playing her best
friend, Vivian. The women quickly became close friends in real life.
McClanahan recalled Arthur as a kind and caring person with a
no-nonsense edge. The three other stars returned in ''The Golden Palace,'' but it lasted
only one season.

Arthur was born Bernice Frankel in New York City in 1922. When she was
11, her family moved to Cambridge, Md., where her father opened a
clothing store. At 12 she had grown to full height, and she dreamed of
being a petite blond movie star like June Allyson. There was one
advantage of being tall and deep-voiced: She was chosen for the male roles in school plays.

Bernice -- she hated the name and adopted her mother's nickname of Bea
- overcame shyness about her size by winning over her classmates with
wisecracks. She was elected the wittiest girl in her class. After two
years at a junior college in Virginia, she earned a degree as a medical
lab technician, but she ''loathed'' doing lab work at a hospital. Acting held more appeal, and she enrolled in a drama course at the New School of Social Research in New York City. To support herself, she sang
in a night spot that required her to push drinks on customers.

During this time she had a brief marriage that provided her stage name
of Beatrice Arthur. In 1950, she married again, to Broadway actor and
future Tony-winning director Gene Saks.
After a few years in off-Broadway and stock company plays and television
dramas, Arthur's career gathered momentum with her role as Lucy Brown in the 1955 production of ''The Threepenny Opera.''

In 2008, when Arthur was inducted in the TV Academy Hall of Fame, Arthur
pointed to the role as the highlight of her long career.
''A lot of that had to do with the fact that I felt, `Ah, yes, I belong
here,''' Arthur said.
More plays and musicals followed, and she also sang in nightclubs and
played small roles in TV comedy shows.
Then, in 1964, Harold Prince cast her as Yente the Matchmaker in the
original company of ''Fiddler on the Roof.''
Arthur's biggest Broadway triumph came in 1966 as Vera Charles, Angela
Lansbury's acerbic friend in the musical ''Mame,'' directed by Saks.
Richard Watts of the New York Post called her performance ''a portrait
in acid of a savagely witty, cynical and serpent-tongued woman.''

She won the Tony as best supporting actress and repeated the role in the
unsuccessful film version that also was directed by Saks, starring Lucille Ball as Mame. Arthur would play a variation of Vera Charles in
''Maude'' and ''The Golden Girls.''

''There was no one else like Bea,'' said ''Mame'' composer Jerry Herman.

''She would make us laugh during `Mame' rehearsals with a look or with a
word. She didn't need dialogue. I don't know if I can say that about any other person I ever worked with.''

In 1983, Arthur attempted another series, ''Amanda's,'' an Americanized
version of John Cleese's hilarious ''Fawlty Towers.'' She was cast as
owner of a small seaside hotel with a staff of eccentrics.
It lasted a
mere nine episodes.
Between series, Arthur remained active in films and theater. Among the
movies: ''That Kind of Woman'' (1959), ''Lovers and Other Strangers'' (1970), Mel Brooks' ''The History of the World: Part I'' (1981), ''For
Better or Worse'' (1995).

The plays included Woody Allen's ''The Floating Light Bulb'' and ''The
Bermuda Avenue Triangle,'' written by and costarring Renee Taylor and
Joseph Bologna. During 2001 and 2002 she toured the country in a
one-woman show of songs and stories, ''... And Then There's Bea.''
Arthur and Saks divorced in 1978 after 28 years. They had two sons,
Matthew and Daniel. In his long career, Saks won Tonys for ''I Love My Wife,'' ''Brighton Beach Memoirs'' and ''Biloxi Blues.'' One of his Tony
nominations was for ''Mame.''

In 1999, Arthur told an interviewer of the three influences in her
career: ''Sid Caesar taught me the outrageous; (method acting guru) Lee Strasberg taught me what I call reality; and ('Threepenny Opera' star)
Lotte Lenya, whom I adored, taught me economy.''

In recent years, Arthur made guest appearances on shows including ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' and ''Malcolm in the Middle.'' She was chairwoman of
the Art Attack Foundation, a non-profit performing arts scholarship
organization.
Arthur is survived by her sons and two granddaughters. No funeral
services are planned.
Rest in Peace, Bea. You brought joy to so many.


"It is never too late to be who you might have been" --anonymous

Tomorrow night, I'm getting a group together to go see
Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore at Theater Ten Ten in NYC. If you would like to join us, please call me at 845-365-0720.

CAROL CHANNING NEWS

The Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Foundation is currently
producing a PSA with confirmed participants including Alec
Mapa, Florence Henderson, Kevin Sorbo, Kate Linder, Donna Mills, Stefanie Powers, Lily Tomlin, JoAnne Worley and, of
course, Carol Channing.

As one of the PSA participants Florence Henderson said
"Anything we can do these days to support our youth and
encourage their education is too important to ignore," who
recently had a very positive result when over 700 students and
parents showed up for an appearance she at La Quinta Middle
School in San Diego to encourage the children.

The PSA will be edited and delivered for its premiere at the
national PTA meeting on May 2nd when they honor Carol Channing. It will then be distributed through both local and national
PTA offices as well as through out the California school system
by CSU Stanislaus with the help of former CA Secretary of
Education, Dave Long.





Remember to GO SEE A LIVE SHOW THIS WEEK!

Contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/Foundation.htm

With grateful XOXOXs for your support!

Richard Skipper

Saturday, April 25, 2009

How much would you pay for Oklahoma?

(pictured with Parker Scott and Miles Phillips from CAROL CHANNING PLUS TWO)

Exciting week ahead! We are going to reach 80 degrees here in New York today and possibly 85 tomorrow! If you are in NY and looking for something to do tomorrow, please come see me perform!

I'm appearing as myself! I'm very excited to be hosting nationally known comics Michelle Balin and Ian Harvey in Rockland County.
Apr 26th at 6pm
NYACK CENTER, 58 Depew Ave. Nyack, NY 10960
Come join VCS Gay Pride Rockland for laughs during their 3rd Annual LGBT Comedy Night

Michele Balan was one of the four finalists on NBC's 2006 "Last Comic Standing," and she is "The Last Woman Comic . . .. " Voted one of the "Top 10 Comics" by Backstage Magazine in 2004, Michele is a brash, NY stand-up comedian who has performed on Comedy Central, in top comedy clubs, theatres, festivals and on cruises all over the country. Often told she was naturally funny, the Brooklyn native left a high-paying executive position at a computer company to pursue comedy - even though comedy has never proved as lucrative - and she has been performing ever since.
Quite possibly the most unique stand up comic in the country"...Ian's not "just" a gay comedian- he's the world's first transgender comic..." -Frontiers Magazine No matter who you are, who you love or where you come from, Ian Harvie will make you feel as though you are family. Everyone will be able to relate to his observations about life, relationships, and the routine challenges we all face from day-to-day. His wickedly funny stories are couched in an amiable personality that could put any audience at ease, while his folksy, ingenuous delivery almost - but not quite - tempers his zinger punch lines .
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Purchase them online at http://www.gaypriderockland.org/ or over the phone by calling 845-634-5729 Free Snacks! Cash bar (beer, wine, soda, water). Do you know where you were on this date April 25th, 1993? I do! On this day in 1993, a large number of people attend March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Just how large that crowd is depends on whether you believe the estimate of the organizers (1,000,000) or the National Parks Service (300,000). We know they want it "now" ... but what do they "want"?


How much would you pay for Oklahoma?


R&H . . . sold! Read here: http://tinyurl.com/cmr3ef (Thank you, Ken Davenport, THE PRODUCER'S PERSPECTIVE). Follow Ken's blog if you're not already. I have learned so much from that man.And speaking of Oklahoma, an early birthday greeting to Celeste Holm. Celeste has a birthday later this week. So does Tracy Stark! Happy early birthday, Tracy! If you don't know Tracy, you should! Please visit

http://www.tracystark.com/.
Sign her guestbook. Tell her I sent you. And a belated Happy Birthday to Shirley MacLaine who turned 75 this week!

Liza Minnelli WILL be visiting Good Day New York Monday morning!






MYFOXNY.COM - Liza Minnelli has Tony, Oscar, Emmy and Grammy awards under her belt and now she's getting special recognition for her lengthy career as a cabaret icon. On Monday's Good Day New York, Liza will talk about her career and we'll find out more about her new CD, "Liza at the Palace." Which I have! A MUST HAVE!! Saw the show in December. Talk about a comeback!






On Tuesday, Back Stage will honoring her with a Bistro Award, which recognizes cabaret artists. She will receive the Enduring Artistry Bistro Award.
You can also check out Liza at two upcoming area performances:

May 23 -- Guild Hall, East Hampton, N.Y.

June 5 -- Mohegan Sun, Conn. LIZA MINNELLI ONLINE
Liza's new CD, "Liza' at the Palace" is available now. CLICK HERE TO BUY
Liza's new CD, "Liza' at the Palace" is available now. CLICK HERE TO BUY




HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! KING DAVID




Check out KING DAVID'S review on Backstage.com!!! http://www.backstage.com/bso/news_reviews/nyc/review_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003963796




Please don't forget my workshop on Thursday!


"It is never too late to be who you might have been" --anonymous

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or
richard@richardskipper.com
APRIL 30th, 11am - 2pm
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I am bringing years of experience to this workshop. The cost of the workshop is ONLY $100 for three hours. Please call (845) 365-0720 for more information and to reserve your space and/or create a specific workshop for YOUR needs (ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL OFFER!). My one-man show continues to be a wonderful success around the country, and as I continue learning how to make my career the best it can be, I look forward to sharing my experience with others.

This workshop will focus on how to get you the attention that you need. Topics will include how to use the internet to your advantage in marketing; how to get your name "out there"; cold calling; creating a contract specific to your needs; how to create a press kit that shows you to your best possible advantage and more! I get a sense of the various levels of each workshop and custom makes, on the spot, a class catering to the needs of the actual group in the room. I am able to ascertain YOUR needs prior to the workshop beginning so that each participant will leave with all of their questions answered, so come prepared!

I am also available for one-on-one consultations which afford you the personal time with myself catering specifically and only to your needs.
On board with me is my graphic designer, GLEN CHARLOW, who brings over 15 years in the business to the participants of this class and who will discuss the concept of image; how to use the internet effectively and how your website "sells" you even before you pick up the phone. To read more on Glen Charlow please visit: www,gcdtp.com.

For general information on workshops or Career Coaching, please contact Richard Skipper directly at 845-365-0720 or Richard@RichardSkipper.com.

Are you familiar with THE SINGING EXPERIENCE? Run by Linda Amiel Burns,the next workshop begins on May 19! Only a few places left……"SAY IT WITH MUSIC" MAY/JUNE Workshop begins on TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 19 - Workshop #439.





Rehearsals: at Nola Studios-244 West 54th Street Tuesday evenings:May 19 – May 26 – June 2 - June 9 from 6:30-9:30PM.Performance at the Triad on Tuesday, June 16Showtime: 7:30PM (tech 5:30-6:45PM).VideoViewing Party and Celebration – June 23There is still time to register….call me at 212 315-3500.Directed by MAC Award Winning Director Linda Amiel BurnsMusical Director: Richard Danley Associate Director: Joan AdamsCabaret legend, Julie Wilson:“This is the best cabaretperformance workshop there is! Linda performs magicin her classes – the results are remarkable!”





Good News! Judy Shepard has waited more than 10 years for this moment. Congress could vote as soon as NEXT WEEK on the hate crimes bill that would give LGBT people the protections they need and deserve, and honor the memory of Judy's son.









More Good News. If you've been following my blog's, you know how I feel about the importance of arts in education. You knowIn honor of William Shakespeare's 445th Birthday, Lantern Theater Company is proud to announce that, for the third year in a row, they will be the recipients of a $25,000 grant to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation, a major initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest. In 2010, Lantern Teaching Artists will lead classroom lessons at schools throughout Philadelphia in conjunction with the Lantern's production of Henry IV, Part I.
Following the lessons, students will attend matinee performances of Shakespeare's play at the Lantern in April and May, 2010. The award supports activities targeting Philadelphia students who would not otherwise have arts exposure in school and provides the entire program, including tickets and transportation to Hamlet, at no cost to participating schools or students. The Lantern is one of only 37 theater companies in the nation to receive this prestigious grant and the only company in Philadelphia to participate for consecutive years.

Remember to GO SEE A LIVE SHOW THIS WEEK!

Contribute to the DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/Foundation.htm

With grateful XOXOXs for your support!

Richard Skipper

Monday, April 20, 2009

ARTS IN EDUCATION


"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-wing-
ed bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes, (1902-1967)




As you may or may not be aware, I have been working along side Carol Channing and her husband, Harry Kullijian on the DR. CAROL CHANNING ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
http://www.drchanningfoundation.org/
or http://www.channingarts.org/
Check out this link for foundation info
Please check out: http://www.richardskipper.com/foundation/index.html.
My goal is to make the importance of Arts in Education a national campaign. The arts contribute so much to the economy, to the education, to the cultural life of this city, and I'm not convinced that everybody is always totally aware of that.



Any ideas and/or suggestions you may have are greatly appreciated!


We have raised $650.00 through my FACEBOOK page! I would love to double that by the end of the month!



Can you help? Any dollar amount helps! Please tell AT LEAST 25 of your friends about our cause today!



Thanks in advance! Carol, Harry, and I thank you!You can make a donation here: https://www.causes.com/fb/donation
Music in high school was the highlight and joy of every day I was there.



My fondest memories were my drama class and chorus. It changed my whole high school experience. I couldn't imagine a school without the arts. How did we do it in the 60's? And why is it on the chopping block today. I don't get it. In my town, a town full of parks and ball fields complains of money to education constantly.


However the town is YET planning another park and more ball fields.



My friend, Shawn Ryan BEAT MERYL STREEP! He reached the Number One Spot this Week on Broadway's Cafe Society Radio!





Right above Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin's "My Minnesota Home".



Go To http://www.shawn-ryan.com/ to Purchase "Blue Skies" which includes the Number One Hit "I've Never Been in Love Before"! Go to http://www.broadwaycafesociety.com/. I have this CD and it is one of my favorites.
Tell Shawn I sent you.


CAROL CHANNING NEWS







History Shown at Fox Theater This past weekend.Tony Award winning actress Carol Channing was a special guest and spoke about how as youngsters she and her husband Harry Kullijian visited a Fox Theater while growing up in San Francisco.

Walking down one of the aisles of Pomona's Fox she remembered San Francisco's Fox.
"This is like deja vu," she said.
Kullijian and Channing spoke about their work promoting the use of fine arts in school curriculum.
Seeing what has been done with Pomona's Fox Theater is is a sign that Pomona value the arts, he said.
After their remarks Channing sang a signature tune for the audience.
"You have to forgive me but I'm still in love with the Broadway musical," she said before singing part of "Hello Dolly!"
She sang and then invited the audience to sing along which the crowd did filing the Fox the song for the first time in years.
At the end the audience gave her a standing ovation. See full story here: http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_12178826

The Beales of Grey Gardens continue to fascinate!


Did you see Grey Gardens Saturday night? Kudos to Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, and everyone involved. I see Emmys galore for this production. Especially for Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange!Ihighly recommend renting the dvd of the documentary Grey Gardens and watching it before you watch the movie. Though, it was done so well, it could stand on its own.




My friend Jim Gavin, who also wrote INTIMATE NIGHTS (among others), has a new book coming out on Lena Horne. Being a huge Lena Horne fan, I can't wait. See what Liz Smith had to say about Jim's book here: http://www.wowowow.com/entertainment/liz-smith-lena-horne-biography-james-gavin-rage-live-267401











In my last blog, I wrote about the saga of SORDID LIVES: THE SERIES. Here is a great interview with Del. http://www.daytimeconfidential.com/2009/04/dc-exclusive-sordid-lives-creator-del-shores-sets-the-record-straight Keep writing to LOGO.



Are you around Wednesday night in NYC?
Apr 22 7pm
THE PLAYERS THEATRE, 115 Macdougal Street (below West 3rd)
CABARET: ECONOMICAL LAUNCHING PAD FOR NEW WORK?
Co-moderated by Sherry Eaker, editor-at-large of Back Stage. Featuring Suzanne Adams, Opening Door Theatre Company (Closing Notice Series at the Duplex); Sharon Carr, producer (Glimpses of the Moon at the Algonquin); Bill Daugherty, self-producing artist (Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? at the Triad); Richard Skipper, self-producing artist (CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT STARRING RICHARD SKIPPER!); Lee Sommers, General Manager/Booker Triad Theatre; others to be announced.
Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm. FREE for TRU members; new pricing - $12 for non-members. Please call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUnltd@aol.com




DON'T FORGET:
Apr 3011am-2pm
AXA ADVISORS, 1633 Broadway, between 50th and 51st St., 3rd Floor
MARKETING AND PROMOTING YOURSELF: GETTING THE VISIBILITY YOU DESERVE!


http://www.richardskipper.com/workshop/index.html

This past week will be remembered as the week we came to know Susan Boll. Susan Boll was all over the media this week! When someone described her to me, she asked "Did you see the ugly woman who sings so beautifully?" I said why describe someone like that!?!?! On Anderson Cooper afterwards Friday night was the story of a 12 year old in Springfield, Massachusetts who committed suicide earlier this week because kids were making fun of him in school and calling him "gay". When does this prejudice and hatred stop!?!?! Susan teaches us that we can still, regardless of our ignorances, see and appreciate true beauty, beauty of the human spirit and soul ~ music connects all peoples and all souls, as with the theatre, it is about CONNECTION with each other ~ Brava, Susan!




Remembering Columbine 10 years later. Everyone personally affected by this tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers.




Remember to GO SEE A LIVE SHOW THIS WEEK!
Contribute toDR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/Foundation.htm

With grateful XOXOXs for your support!
Richard Skipper

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

GO SEE A LIVE SHOW THIS WEEK!

(pictured with Linda Kosut and Chita Rivera, September 2008 at The Fairmont Hotel in SF honoring Carol Channing)






Baby Jane Dexter is back in town! Presented by Donald Schaffer. Baby Jane Dexter returns with IF TONIGHT IN NYC!

April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, May 2, 2009

Metropolitan Room
34 West 22 Street (212) 206-0440 all shows at 7:30PM




"... Dexter's brand of entertainment is arguably the most compellingly, refreshingly honest there is." Jazz Times, June 2008 GO SEE HER!




Del Shores' fought a good, hard fight, but at this time, there will be no Season 2 of "Sordid Lives: The Series" starring Jason Dotley and Leslie Jordan and he has no answer about Season 1 DVD. It is all a big mess that he can't discuss at this time, but someday, we will know everything.
He will continue to write and entertain us. He appreciates our loyalty and support. You have no idea! Go to his website and show your support, http://www.delshores.net/. Del says
"My friend, my fans. In no way to I endorse the publishing of email addresses of the executives at LOGO or the producers of the series. I kindly ask that please remove them from pages all your pages. I thank you for your support, but please please email all your comments to:

http://www.logoonline.com/about/contact.jhtml -- you will get a standard response, but in that, you are heard.

xox Del"

And I am in agreement with him. The more professionally this whole thing is handled, the more likely it will have a positive outcome..


Just wanted to let you know that Carol and Harry mentioned me on The Fruit Salad Show last week!!! So sweet!!!
Listen here: www.fruitsaladshow.com (Search for Carol Channing)
My new webpage has launched! (UPDATED 4/15/09)
Check out: http://www.richardskipper.com/foundation/index.html
Please let me know your thoughts


Fellow C.C. illusionist, Jordan L'Moore is hosting a cover model contest to benefit Theatre Rhinoceros this Sunday at Truck Bar in San Francisco! Go to http://www.facebook.com/inbox/readmessage.php?t=1115416854932 for more details. Tell Jordan I sent you. Jordan won a Carol Channing look a like contest in September. I was one of the judges. He is great!




'EVERY Little Step," the documentary about the casting of the 2006 revival of "A Chorus Line," is a superb chronicle of the struggles, the desperation, the crushing defeats and the giddy triumphs of life in the theater. READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE: http://www.nypost.com/seven/04152009/entertainment/theater/steps_live_as_lyrics_fade_164525.htm?CMP=EMC-email_edition&DATE=04152009


Are you familiar with Cafe Cino?
Joseph Cino (1931-April 4, 1967), was an Italian-American theatrical producer and café-owner. The beginning of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre movement is generally credited to have begun at Cino’s Caffe Cino.

There are now !!!59!!! Caffe Cino Picture Pages, with hundreds and hundreds of images of the first Off-Off Broadway theatre and the birthplace of gay plays. And they now take Comments, so please leave plenty. http://caffecino.wordpress.com./
And the Cino Wikipedia page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Cino



Are you a fan of Doo Wop and Girl Groups? Here's your chance to hear some hit songs of the 40s, 50s and 60s sung by THE DECIBELLS and it's FREE! FREE wine, beer and hors d'oevres too!Thursday, April 16th 6pm SHARP! NoHo Artwalk reception ~ Hear some great music; see some great art! Lobby of the TD North Bank,Broadway and Bond St in NYCA cappella music ~ 4 Hot Babes in 4-part Harmony!http://www.myspace.com/TheDecibelles



Last Wednesday night, I did HUMP NIGHT AT THE IGUANA in NYC. Sue Matsuki did an incredible job subbing in for Joan Crowe. Joan has had a couple of rough weeks attendance-wise (rainy night and Passover) but you all know how management at most of these places is, they are talking about pulling the plug if their bottom line doesnt improve over the next 2 weeks.

So I am appealing to you to help Joan keep this night going so we all have a fun place to play. So she is offering you all a comp cover if you go and take someone with you. ( or 2 for one however you want to look at it). My objective in posting this is to get people in there eating and drinking and enjoying great entertainment in the process. If you can help spread the word or have any ideas for Joan, we would greatly appreciate it.




It is never too late to be who you might have been" --anonymous


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Next Workshop - APRIL 30th, 11am - 2pm
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1633 Broadway,(between 50th and 51st St., 3rd Floor)
MARKETING AND PROMOTING YOURSELF!
I am bringing years of experience to this workshop. The cost of the workshop is $100 for three hours! Please call (845) 365-0720 for more information and to reserve your space and/or create a specific workshop for YOUR needs (ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL OFFER!). There is a Paypal option on the left of the page to reserve your space now. My one-man show continues to be a wonderful success around the country, and as I continue working onmaking my business great, I look forward to sharing my knowledge with others. This workshop will focus on how to get you the attention that you need. Topics will include how to use the internet to your advantage in marketing; how to get your name "out there"; cold calling; creating a contract specific to your needs; how to create a press kit that shows you to your best possible advantage and more! I am able to get a sense of the various levels of each workshop and customize on the spot a class catering to the needs of the actual group in the room. I will ascertain YOUR agenda prior to the workshop beginning so that each participant will leave with all of their questions answered, so come prepared! I am also available for one-on-one consultations which afford you the personal time with him catering specifically and only to your needs.On board with me is my graphic designer, GLEN CHARLOW, who brings over 15 years in the business to the participants of this class and who will discuss the concept of image; how to use the internet effectively and how your website "sells" you even before you pick up the phone. To read more on Glen Charlow please visit: http://www.gcdtp.com./



For general information on workshops or Career Coaching, please contact me directly at 845-365-0720 or Richard@RichardSkipper.com









CAROL CHANNING NEWS
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The Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian Foundation is currently producing a PSA with confirmed participants including Alec Mapa, Florence Henderson, Kevin Sorbo, Kate Linder, Donna Mills, Stefanie Powers, Lily Tomlin, JoAnne Worley and, of course, Carol Channing. As one of the PSA participants Florence Henderson said "Anything we can do these days to support our youth and encourage their education is too important to ignore," who recently had a very positive result when over 700 students and parents showed up for an appearance she at La Quinta Middle School in San Diego to encourage the children.The PSA will be edited and delivered for its premiere at the national PTA meeting on May 2nd when they honor Carol Channing. It will then be distributed through both local and national PTA offices as well as through out the California school system by CSU Stanislaus with the help of former CA Secretary of Education, Dave Long.





Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you'll become a follower if you haven't already. We now have over 25 members. Please drop me an e-mail, Richard@RichardSkipper.com. Let me know your thoughts.




Remember to GO SEE A LIVE SHOW THIS WEEK!




Contribute to
DR. CAROL CHANNING & HARRY KULLIJIAN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.carolchanning.org/Foundation.htm




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With grateful XOXOXs for your support!




Richard Skipper

Friday, April 10, 2009

"We are young; heartache to heartache, we stand. No promises, no demands.Love is a battlefield. We are strong, no one can tell us we're wrong"

(Pictured: Appearing at Erving Drake's 90th Birthday celebration at The National Arts Club April 6th, 2009)

Wow! What a week! So many things happening in the world. This blog covers important things going on in the world which are affecting our lives, things I've been up to, things that are happening, and things that are coming up. Last week the Obama administration took tough, decisive action with the auto industry, forcing the resignation of the CEO of General Motors and Vermont Legalized Gay Marriage! This is a rare blog – one where we celebrate another huge step towards marriage equality not in a matter of months or years, but literally days.
Equality is on a roll!!! With the recent win in Iowa and now Vermont, we look to New Jersey and New York - both having bills pending in legislature -and to the governors of both states to sign those bills once they reach their desks, as promised.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/The Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry 100 - 49, and passed a bill starting gender neutral civil marriage equality!!!!
Vermont is now the fourth state on the right side of this issue and the first to do so through the legislature. In 1999, the Vermont Supreme Court directed the state to provide marital protections and benefits to same-sex couples. Vermont became the first state to create civil unions in 2000. This vote by the Vermont legislature validates the fact that civil unions are second class rights and marriage is the only way to full equality for all families.

Marriage Equality New York congratulates Vermont Freedom to Marry for their continued hard work over the last few years and their victory today.

Maine is next up, holding hearings this month on a marriage bill. Marriage activists also await a decision from the California Supreme Court on the challenge to the discriminatory Proposition 8 brought by a number of civil rights groups.

Carol and Harry mentioned me on Fruit Salad this week!!! So sweet!!!
Listen here: www.fruitsaladshow.com


Monday night, I was part of Ervin Drake's 90th Birthday celebration at The National Arts Club featuring Chareles Grobin and Leslie Uggams. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UDAZoLprXs


Wednesday Night, I was lucky enough to have been asked to be a part of HUMP NIGHT AT THE IGUANA, hosted by Sue Matsuki (subbing for Joan Crowe). Brave, Sue! You did a wonderful job! Yesterday, I served on the ARTS COUNCIL OF ROCKLAND Scholarship Panel! Here are the details: ACOR awarded$14,000 to graduating Rockland high school seniors going on to further their artistic educations in a public or private conservatory, university or college located in NYS. I am thrilled to be asked to be a part of this for the second time. http://www.artscouncilofrockland.org/
JACK WRANGLER (pictured with wife, Margaret Whiting, and unknown) , the man who invented porn stardom, has died in New York, "peaceful and comfortable," according to his doctor, Wendy S. Ziecheck. Jack, a Hollywood child (Marilyn Monroe baby-sat him), was getting nowhere much as an actor when a porn movie was offered him. He consulted with his father, a producer of "Bonanza," who told him "just be the best." Jack took his screen-name from his jeans and became the first identifiable personality on the tiny, blurry screens of gay porn. At a time when most "adult" actors wore socks and even masks, he created a persona modeled on the Marlboro man -- butch. beautiful, and unashamed. And imitated! The gay "clone" look (plaid shirt, jeans) was inspired by Jack' and s all but to the Awards.



Bistro Awards Update:

*Marilyn Maye , Billy Stritch, and Seth Rudetsky have joined the roster of talent that will be at the 24th Annual Bistro Awards show honoring Charles Aznavour and Liza Minnelli and 30 other cabaret artists.
*Bistro Awards After Party at nearby restaurant!
*Bistro winners to appear on Joey Reynolds show April 20, 21, 22, and 23 at midnight!
*Meet the recipients! Check out our Performers’ Gallery tab on the Bistro website: http://www.bistroawards.com/.

50 TICKETS REMAIN! Go http://www.bistroawards.com/, or call 646-654-5725.

Hope to see you on Tuesday, April 28!










Jim Bailey to Mark 40th Anniversary of Garland's Death with West End The 40th anniversary of the death of Judy Garland will be marked in London by one of the late star's most famous impersonators, Jim Bailey.Garland, who would have been 87 years old on June 10, died on June 22, 1969. Jim Bailey as Judy Garland – the 40th Anniversary Concert will be staged at the West End's Leicester Square Theatre, beginning performances June 9 for a run to June 14 only.Bailey, who was named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year four times over, made his debut there in the late 60s. Garland herself saw him many times in 1968, and in the 1970s he performed two concerts with her daughter, Liza Minnelli, and they became friends. In England he did many "Sunday Nights at the London Palladium" TV specials and because of that success, he did two seasons at the London Palladium in 1977 and 1984. He last played there in 1995.In the show, Bailey will be singing all of Garland's greatest hits, including "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away" and some rare gems.The show is produced by David Shepherd and Brian Daniels for D&B Productions Ltd in association with Live From Leicester Square. To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 847 2475 or visit http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/.

As you may know, I am a strong advocate of arts in education and LIVE PERFORMANCE! Economics are always the bottom line. The arts pay. Many examples exist. The one closest to home is Beacon NY which was a ghost town until DIA museum opened. It is now a flourishing community of other museums, galleries, restaurants, and theater.
emember to support live theatre! Go see a LIVE perforfance this week. Also, remember to support The Dr. Carol Channing Endowment For The Arts. Let's keep Arts in Education. If you're not a follower of this blog, I hope that you'll join. As I write this, I have 25 followers! Please help me to get up to 30 this week!
Happy Easter, Passover, or whatever you choose to celebrate this week.
Till Next Time,
Richard Skipper

Sunday, April 5, 2009

HAPPY SUNDAY! APRIL 5th, 2009!

(pictured with Cynthia Crane congratulates John Wallowitch and me at The Friar's Club
on "our" 27th birthday!)



Thought for the week: Just keep checking your little plan off each day off and you will see results.




PUT ON YOUR SUNDAY CLOTHES...Here it is! The much anticipated next Blog! Here you'll find the latest happenings, the hottest news, insider gossip, exclusives and much more! You are going to love this. When President Obama met the Queen last week in England he gave her an IPod with his favorite songs and the first one she turned on and played was Carol singing "Diamonds Are A Girls best Friend!". Dont' you love it!!!! Read more about it here:
President Obama Gives Queen of England the Gift of Broadway http://www.broadway.com/President-Obama-Gives-Queen-of-England-Gift-of-Broadway/broadway_news/5024600
Very exciting news, this year's BISTRO AWARDS are honoring Liza Minnelli, Charles Aznavor and 30 other artists. Go to http://www.bistroawards.com/ to order your tickets. 24th ANNUAL BACK STAGE BISTRO AWARDS GALA
At Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St., NYC - Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 pm. Sherry Eaker always does an incredible job with this event. And speaking of Sherry Eaker, we are in negotiations to appear together on a panel for TRU (THEATRE RESOURCES UNLIMITED) Keep checking the schedule page on my website for details: http://www.richardskipper.com/schedule.html
A little over a month ago, I heard about a benefit in Mesa, Arizona. The ONEHEART UMBRELLA CAMPAIGN, a fundraising effort launched by the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre to raise funds and awareness for Emma and Taylor Bailey and the Two Sisters - One Heart Foundation.
Emma and Taylor are two beautiful little girls who were born as conjoined twins. They share one heart and are in urgent need of medical attention. I called up and asked if there was anything I could do to help. They told me about a celebrity auction that they would be doing on e-bay and asked me to take part! I went on the site and my heart goes out to these poor children. How awful to be forced to live that way and if they try to separate them, with only one heart, you can guess what might happen.

The Broadway Palm dedicated their current production of Singin' in the Rain to raising awareness of this effort and asked celebrities from film, television, sports, music and theatre to donate autographed umbrellas to be auctioned on eBay. CHECK THIS OUT: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320355024337


The auction ends on the 8th. PLEASE PLACE YOUR BIDS! IT'S FOR A VERY GOOD CAUSE!

God Bless you, Gary Kimble!

Spoke with Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian on Friday. They both are great. Look for some exciting developments over the next few months.



Below is the link to the article Carol did for Reminisce Magazine (1.2 million subscribership and owned by Readers Digest) -http://images.reimanpub.com/newsletters/REM/2009/03/newsletter.html





Last week, I posted on FACEBOOK, " Success is sharing your profits with all your associates, and treating them as partners. Because this quote was from Sam Walton, founder of Wal-mart, a few people focused on the negative aspects of Wal-mart. Then I read this: NJ CEO gives employees $1,000 from his pay. Read the story here. http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/04/02/ap6246110.html Jack Windolf is my hero!




GOOD NEWS FOR BROADWAY! Just heard that Finian's Rainbow is going to Broadway right after Labor Day. I am so happy for Terri White. It's about time!




Went back to Weston, Connecticut yesterday to see the closing performance of Weston High School's production of HELLO, DOLLY! Great work Damian Long (director), Helen Story (costumes),Samantha Rehr (Dolly Levi) and the entire cast and crew. I was lucky enough to help support this production. It only brings home once again the importance of ARTS IN EDUCATION. Please help our mission by contributing to THE DR. CAROL CHANNING FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS: http://www.channingarts.org/


I have been asked to serve on the scholarship program in Rockland County for Rockland Council For The Arts.




Exciting week ahead! Tomorrow night:
Aprl 6 at 6:30pm
THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South at 20th St., NYC
ERVIN DRAKE, ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY
A tribute to Ervin Drake who will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. Performances by John Gabriel, Christine Lavin, Valerie Lemon, KT Sullivan, Leslie Uggams, and yours truly as Carol Channing.. The guest Speakers Tovah Feldshuh, Charles Grodin. Musical Director John Weber. 6:30 pm cocktails, dinner at 7:30. $85 per person, including tax and service charge. RSVP a MUST and should be made by April 2nd. Members of the club may charge to member accounts, non-members may pay at the door by cash or check. Please call (212) 475-3424 for reservations and information.




Wednesday Night: April 8 7pm-11pm IGUANA VIP LOUNGE (upper level)/ www.iguananyc.com/ 240 WEST 54TH STREET & Sue Matsuki is taking over for the evening for Hump Night at The Iguana! I am being featured along with some of the most handsome and talented male singers in cabaret today with a few sexy and sassy gal pals coming in as well. ME (AS ME!) accompanied by Christine Talbott-Sutin on piano, Rob Langedar, Edd Clark and a real "find" from Sue's Vocalese gigs, Kristopher Lowe are the special guests AND Sue has called in favors from the delightful Jenna Esposito, Maureen Taylor, Gretchen Reinhagen & Sarah Rice to also sing for you all. Other singer/drop ins are welcome. Just bring your music and they'll try to squeeze you in.

The Iguana is located at 240 W 54th Street right off of Broadway. You will see the sign there at the bottom of the stairs around the bar. Just come up to the 2nd floor. There is a WAY CHEAP cover of just $10 and NO MINIMUM!!! However, I have heard that the food there is fantastic and moderately priced and the Margaritas are out of this world! I've just heard!
Things kick off at 8:00 pm and go until 11:00. Bring a joke for the "joke off" part of the evening and win a FREE CD! Please come join us and turn a Wednesday from a "hump night" to a really fun night. OK - sing with me now (to the theme of "Show Time at the Apollo") - SHOW TIME OF THE IGUANA!




DON'T FORGET:
Apr 3011am-2pm
AXA ADVISORS, 1633 Broadway, between 50th and 51st St., 3rd Floor
MARKETING AND PROMOTING YOURSELF: GETTING THE VISIBILITY YOU DESERVE!
Get more than your 15 minutes of fame. In this workshop, Richard Skipper and Glen Charlow will hone in on the areas specific to YOUR needs. They will tailor make the workshop and create a game plan that will create the highest visibility for you! What are you waiting for? GET TRAFFIC to your site and get your name out there! SPECIAL RECESSION OFFER: ONLY $100.00. YOU CAN'T BEAT THIS PRICE! RESERVE TODAY! Or call 845-365-0720 for info on setting up additional classes or private coaching.
On board with Richard is graphic designer, GLEN CHARLOW, who brings over 15 years in the business to the participants of this class and who will discuss the concept of image; how to use the internet effectively and how your website "sells" you even before you pick up the phone. To read more on Glen Charlow please visit: http://www.gcdtp.com/.
Reservations are a MUST. Limited to 15 people. PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP!






Till Next Time, GO SEE A LIVE SHOW!


With grateful XOXOXs!


Richard Skipper 845-365-0720

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


HAPPY APRIL!

I am often overwhelmed by all that New York has to offer as far as entertainment in this city. Why, then, do so many people stay in? My own stimulus plan is for people to go out and see AT LEAST one LIVE show this week.
Monday night, we went to Birdland to see Jack Donahue. Great on the ears and eyes. Catch him next time he’s around. Jim Caruso sets the standard high at Birdland. And I, for one, am grateful. You know you will ALWAYS get quality there. Trust me, you’ll thank me.
Yesterday Mitzi Gaynor and the cast of the ORIGINAL “South Pacific” were at BARNES & NOBLE LINCOLN TRIANGLE. Great turn out. Thank you Bart for all you do there. It was fun to see Dick Barclay who was one of Mitzi’s dancers in Vegas in the 60s. It was obvious she was glad to see him. Wow! She looks amazing. Also, Iva Withers who was in the original SOUTH PACIFIC. What a thrill to meet Mitzi Gaynor. South Pacific is a 1949 musical with music byRichard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The story draws from James A, Michner's Pulitizer Prize-winning 1949 novel, Tales of the South Pacific, weaving together characters and elements from several of its stories into a single plotline. The musical won the Pulitizer Prize for Drama in 1950. The issue of racial prejudice was sensitively and candidly explored, particularly for the 1949 stage work.
Afterwards, I headed over to David Friedman’s class. What a nurturing environment for singers no matter what level. I don’t know what took me so long but I’m having a great time.


It's beginning to feel like Spring here in New York with temperatures in the low 50's. There are beautiful daffodils and hyacinths popping out of the ground. The weather is beautiful this week, but April in New York can bring much cooler weather as well, so I am enjoying each day as it comes and it is delightful!

I am thrilled to be performing as Carol Channing at the National Arts Club on Monday night. Here are the details.
Aprl 6th at 6:30pm
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South at 20th St., NYC

ERVIN DRAKE: ON THE OCCASION OF HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY
Ervin Drake will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. Performances by Leslie Uggams, Anna Bergman, John Gabriel, Christine Lavin, Valerie Lemon, Daryl Sherman, myself, KT Sullivan. With Guest Speakers Tovah Feldshuh, Charles Grodin, Rex Reed. Musical Director John Weber. 6:30 pm cocktails, dinner at 7:30. $85 per person, including tax and service charge. RSVP a MUST and should be made by April 2nd. Members of the club may charge to member accounts, non-members may pay at the door by cash or check. Please call (212) 475-3424 for reservations and information.

Today is my final class at Primary Stages. Where did the past six weeks go? Andrew Leynse and fellow class mates, THANK YOU for an incredible journey!
Am going to a seminar at 8AM tomorrow morning on marketing for actors. And please remember, I am conducting my own class on April 30th. Seats Going Fast so RSVP ASAP. Contact me for details.

Am going back on Saturday to see HELLO, DOLLY! At The Weston High School in Connecticut. Go see this show. These kids are incredible. One of the most successful musicals that ever appeared on Broadway is taking Weston, Connecticut back to the 1890s.
The High School Fine Arts Department will present the show on Friday night at 8PM and Saturday at 3PM. Please join me Saturday afternoon.
These extensive productions are special said Damian Long, performing arts teacher. The band, drama and dance programs work together to put on a full musical.
I think most people seeing this show will really understand that this is a privilege.


Remember how important it is to keep ARTS IN EDUCATION! Please contribute to the Dr. Carol Channing Foundation today!
http://www.channingarts.org/
And that is the way it is!
With grateful XOXOXs! Richard Skipper