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Richard Skipper Celebrates


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    Richard Skipper Celebrates Rob Russell (11/24/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 66:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/svHf6iV9xsM Dear Richard, I can't thank you enough for having me on your show! It was such a wonderful chat…you remind me of a young Mike Douglas! He used to be a frequent guest at my nightclub! Thanks again for a great experience! Best, Rob Russell   Rob Russell was born and raised in Babylon, New York. He studied musical theater and business administration at the State University of New York at Fredonia with the outstanding Rockefeller Arts Center. After struggling as an actor (modeling, bartending, singing etc.), Rob eventually landed in the hospitality and hotel business where he co-founded and managed the renowned Royal Room Cabaret at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach for nearly 20 years. Rob recently recorded an album and is presently writing a book about his life in Palm Beach working closely with numerous celebrities. He now performs regularly at the Pelican Cafe in North Palm Beach and can be heard on Legends Radio.  

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Calmfidence with Patricia Stark (11/23/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 66:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/CQJzf028fVo  www.calmfidencebook.com Learn how to communicate —inside and out—with calm, confidence, no matter the circumstances, with a collection of tips, tools, natural remedies, client stories, and on-the-spot exercises from PATRICIA STARK, Communication Expert, and Personal and Professional Development Trainer. CALMFIDENCE: How to Trust Yourself, Tame Your Inner Critic, and Shine in Any Spotlight By Patricia Stark Just Released! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Patricia Stark is President of Patricia Stark Communications and Calmfidence® Workshops. Clients include, ESPN, NASA TV, Glamour, Amazon, BET, Turner Broadcasting, CBS, OWN, NASCAR, Conde Nast, Spotify, Quaker Oats, Discovery Channel, E! News, NASCAR, and the Miss American Organization. Patricia works with closely with celebrities, corporate executives, authors, news anchors, social media influencers, and others whose careers rely on their ability to communicate confidently. Patricia has extensive experience as a Health and Wellness Anchor and Television Host, National & International News Anchor and has served as a contributor for the History Channel and the Huffington Post as well as a guest television expert. Patricia is a guest lecturer at colleges and universities including Fordham University and LIU on the topics of Communication Skills, Calmfidence®, Public Speaking Skills, Interpersonal Skills Interview Skills and Stress and Anxiety Busters. She lives in New York. For more, see PatriciaStark.com and Calmfidencebook.com Praise for CALMFIDENCE “A unique take on self-help that everyone should read. 

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Harvey Korman's Son with Chris Korman (11/22/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 65:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/v5P8_6hD-W4 OMG! It's Harvey Korman's Son is a funny, heartwarming tale of what it was like to grow up in Hollywood with his famous cross-dressing comedian Dad, while trying to overcome his learning disability. Humor was his Dad's weapon of choice to help his son deal with celebrities, charities and straddling a double life between glamorous Hollywood and navigating through his struggles. Chris Korman (producer) The son of beloved comedian Harvey Korman, Chris has fifteen years experience in the entertainment industry, working with artists in various capacities, including brand building and agenting. A graduate of Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, where he studied theatre history, he received training in stage management at Colorado Mountain College under Thomas Cochran. Following in the tradition of his father, Chris has supported such charitable organizations as the non-profit Marianne Frostig Golf Tournament, which he co-hosted and served on the board for twenty-two years; Keshet of Chicago, for which he served as spokesperson in 1997; and the Learning Disabilities Association of America, for which he gave a keynote address in 2017. Chris has worked behind the scenes of TV Confidential since 2016.Chris's first book OH My God its Harvey Korman's son was released in 2020 by Bear Manor press. https://www.amazon.com/OMG-Its-Harvey-Kormans-Son/dp/1629336181 "Richard has many admirable skills one is that he care about his guests and he leaves his ego at the door. He celebrates his guests with passion and humility which is rare in a world of self promotion. Its a honor to call Richard a brother from another mother." Christopher Korman

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Michael Anastasio and Richard Eric Weigle (11/17/21)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 72:00

    For Video Edition, Please Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/c7Z5Y8ShqDc Michael Anastasio: https://www.amazon.com/Gay-Boys-Life-Surviving-America/dp/B099HX1SPZ Born in Louisville, KY on September 4, Michael Anastasio lived there until 1975 when he relocated to Indianapolis for nearly four years, then on to Chicago for another four, then nearly three years in San Francisco, Boston for another ten, and for the past twenty-seven years, New York City. I have had a near fifty year career as a retail store and residential interior designer. That is a long time to do anything. It is no longer his passion and try as he may to pull out, his clients keep dragging him back in. Writing is his primary interest now. He has co-authored a few screenplays and has written a book, “Gay Boy's Life,” which he self-published on Amazon in July of 2021 just ahead of his 70th birthday.  While writing is Michael's current passion, he admits to having been slightly bitten by the acting bug. I have made eight videos for an NBC/Comcast site called “I'm From Driftwood.”  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLssNIALOFZCSJAcAf6_UijlaiHtH0Bend I currently live in Greenwich Village with Richard, my husband of twenty-two years. We have been married for six of those years. Together with two other filmmakers, they run The Greenwich Village Film Festival. They are very active in their block association of which Richard is President. They travel quite frequently to Europe and have a large international group of friends—a family really.

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Mark Bego and Freda Payne (11/15/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 68:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click Here and Subscribe: https://youtu.be/yXzbuUE8Duc Band of Gold is the exciting story of singer and actress Freda Payne. While she is best known for her 1970 Number One hit "Band of Gold", and her 1971 Grammy nominated album, Contact, her story is an inspiring adventure, lived alongside the "who's who" of the show business world including Duke Ellington, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey, Omar Sharif, Quincy Jones, Liza Minnelli, and Sarah Vaughn. Freda's compelling memoir is a celebration of a glamorous life well-lived. Freda Charcilia Payne is an American singer and actress. Payne is best known for her career in music during the mid–1960s through the mid–1980s. Her most notable record is her 1970 hit single, “Band of Gold“. Payne was also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show. Payne is the older sister of Scherrie Payne, a former singer with the American vocal group The Supremes. Mark Bego is the author of 66 books on rock & roll and show business, including two “New York Times” Best-Sellers, a “Los Angeles Times” Best-Seller, and a “Chicago Tribune” Best-Seller, a Nashville “Tennessean” Best-Seller, three multi-million-sellers, and two half-million selling titles. With over 12 million books in print, he is acknowledged as the best-selling biographer in the rock and pop music field. His biographies have included the life stories of some of the biggest stars of ROCK and Country. He has also written about film and television stars as well. https://www.amazon.com/Band-Gold-Mark-Bego/dp/1954095813


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Hirschfeld's New Season with David Leopold (11/12/21)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 63:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/4S8qoVnSzVw With a new season of the arts finally happening and audiences back in theaters, concert halls and museums, we wanted to explore how Al Hirschfeld viewed a new season. What did he draw, and what does it tell us about that season? For more than sixty years, Hirschfeld showed us the people and the productions we should look for as the season unfolded. Ten times over twelve years, Hirschfeld produced the faces of the new season as the cover of special sections for the paper that covered, theater, film, dance, television, music and the visual arts. David Leopold is an author and curator who has organized exhibitions for institutions around the country including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, and the Field Museum in Chicago. Internationally, he has curated shows for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt and Berlin. He organized the archive of Al Hirschfeld's work for the artist, visiting Hirschfeld in his studio at least once a week for thirteen years until the artist's death in 2003. Leopold is now the Creative Director for the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. His latest book, The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age, published by Alfred A. Knopf to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society has won universal acclaim. He has also authored a number of monographs on under-appreciated artists for various museums.

    Creativity In The Age of Covid with Dr. Judi Bloom & Richard Skipper (11/11/21)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 60:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/ZHxIHUnatmM The show in which the Arts and Therapy come together to try and make sense of it all! Hosted by Dr. Judi Bloom and Richard Skipper Dr. Judi Bloom is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist specializing in relationships and in navigating through major life transitions. Carole Monferdini's career highlights include long runs in three Off-Broadway hits, an OBIE award for playing a man, standing by for Dame Diana Rigg with the National Theatre of Great Britain, playing a vampire with Charles Busch's Theatre in Limbo. https://www.carolemonferdini.com/ Craig Pomranz arrived in New York like a wunderkind. The city threw open its arms to the fresh-faced triple threat, and it wasn't long before he was playing to sold-out crowds at three clubs at once: Freddy's, East Five Three and Mickey's. He performed at Ted Hook's Onstage, The Duplex, The Ballroom, The Horn Of Plenty, and (pre-comedy) Caroline's. Café Réginette next to her famous Park Avenue nightclub, Régine's.  https://craigpomranz.com/ With 42 years in the entertainment industry under his belt, Richard Skipper has excelled in most areas of show business. From Conway, South Carolina, he moved to NY in 1979 to pursue a career as an actor. www.RichardSkipper.com

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Kevin Winkler (11/ 10/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 69:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/TdXaB8vhEqs For two decades, Tommy Tune was the maestro presiding over a string of glittering Broadway musicals that took the tradition of complete musical staging by a director-choreographer into a new era defined by spectacle and technology. He was last in a grand lineage led by Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, and Michael Bennett, but also provided a link to a new generation of choreographers-turned-directors like Susan Stroman, Jerry Mitchell, and Casey Nicholaw. Unlike his fellow director-choreographers, Tune also maintained a successful performing career. His nine Tony Awards (plus a tenth, for Lifetime Achievement) were earned across four categories, not only for choreography and direction, but also as both featured and lead actor in a musical, for Seesaw and My One and Only--a distinction no one else can claim. Everything is Choreography: The Musical Theater of Tommy Tune is the first full scale book about the career of this prodigious artist. It celebrates and examines with a critical eye his major projects, and summons for readers a glorious period of dance, performance, and theatrical imagination.  Now available for Pre-Order: https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Choreography-Musical-BROADWAY-LEGACIES/dp/0190090731/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3KWXUZQAC37QX&dchild=1&keywords=kevin+winkler+tommy+tune&qid=1627771116&sprefix=kevin+winkler+tommy%2Cstripbooks%2C148&sr=8-1  


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Renée Taylor (11/09/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 62:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/RRe3aT2kTfQ Renée Taylor was born in the Bronx, New York to Frieda (née Silverstein) and Charles Wexler. She grew up in South Beach Florida where eventually, after years of success, she was given the key to the city. She worked as a comedian in the early 1960s at the New York City nightclub BonSoir where her opening act was a then unknown Barbra Streisand. Taylor earned notice for her portrayal of Eva Braun in Mel Brooks' The Producers (1967), and continued to act in several film, television, and theater productions. However, despite an impressive 50-year resume, she is best remembered as Sylvia Fine, the overbearing, classic Jewish mother of Fran Drescher's title character in The Nanny. After marrying actor Joseph Bologna in 1965, Taylor and Bologna co-wrote the Broadway hit comedy, 'Lovers and Other Strangers' and received an Oscar nomination for writing the 1970 film adaptation. They wrote and co-starred in the romantic comedy, Made for Each Other (1971), and won an Emmy for writing the 1973 TV special, Acts of Love and Other Comedies (1973). They also co-directed and co- starred in the film, It Had to Be You (1989), adapted from their play. Their famous interfaith marriage was blessed by the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Marianne Williamson. She has one son, Gabriel Bologna (b. April 1, 1969), who directed his parents in the newly released interfaith, dance comedy film, Tango Shalom, Joseph's last performance. The elder Bologna also co- wrote the script. Taylor currently lives in Los Angeles and recently became a great grandmother. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0853041 https://www.tangoshalommovie.com/


    PUNCILITIS and Other Diseases Curable of Course with Alyce Finell (11/08/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 62:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/J9mewZUufXk PUNCILITIS and Other Diseases…Curable of Course by Punicillin (The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing, October 2021) is the brainchild of two clever, creative, and very accomplished octogenarians who came together to create their first book. Emmy® and Ace Award-winning TV producer Alyce Finell's witty and clever puns, combined with the illustrations of Ed Kurtzman, one of the foremost fashion illustrators, has given birth to a book that will make you smile, laugh, and be happy! Some people consider a pun to be the highest form of humor. Some people consider a pun to be the lowest form of humor. You decide. This book is perfect for all occasions. An excellent hostess gift. Keep a couple on hand for emergencies. Excellent for your favorite reading room! More About the authors Alyce Finell is an Emmy® and Ace award-winning TV producer and writer who's held major network TV executive positions. She was responsible for the development and production of more than 40 TV series. THE THREE TOMATOES BOOK PUBLISHING – PUNCILITIS AND OTHER DISEASES by Alyce Finell has created a musical fantasy titled “Mabel's Place,” her own love song to the cabaret community. It has been described as “American Idol meets The Fantasticks and Ed Sullivan!” Ed Kurtzman is a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and established himself in New York as one of the country's foremost fashion illustrators. His work has been featured in ads for many luxury retail stores, national magazines, and Vogue Patterns. http://https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/puncilitis-and-other-diseases-alyce-finell/1140383942

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Matthew Martin Ward (11/07/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 65:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/GIRI4D9bTNo Just concluded my conversation with Richard Skipper as the subject of his Celebrates series.(11/7/21) So much fun to do, and Richard has the knack of asking insightful questions leading to forgotten yet cherished moments of my life. Bravo! Matthew Ward, NYC   Matthew Martin Ward has played in the Broadway orchestras of many shows, including Avenue Q, Tarzan, La Cage Aux Folles, Urinetown, Tommy, State Fair, and Blood Brothers. He was the musical director of two editions of the long-running Off-B'Way hit Forbidden Broadway (Strikes Back and Cleans Up its Act) and can be heard on those cast albums (DRG). Other Off-B'Way hits include Whoop-Dee-Doo (RCA records), Nunsense and Ruthless. His longtime collaboration with Christine Pedi has taken him all over the world including London, South Africa (3 times!) and cruises on the Baltic and Mediterranean seas. He is the music director for her two albums Great Dames and Good to Mama. Mr. Ward is the composer of After the Fair, (book & lyrics Stephen Cole) which has been produced here at the York Theatre (Outer Critic's Circle nom.), Dallas (multiple Leon Rabin Awards) London, Chicago, Seattle and more. The cast album featuring the York cast has been recorded on Fynsworth Alley. Casper (w/Cole) about the ghost, toured with the legendary Chita Rivera as star, and was later adapted for the Cincinnati Children's Theatre. The Lady in Penthouse B (book and lyrics Peter Napolitano) was presented at the York Theatre and Urban Stages with Tovah Feldshuh, Nancy Dussault and Klea Blackhurst in the title role. https://www.facebook.com/matthew.m.ward.1

    Richard Skipper Celebrates A Look Back at The Life of Mitch Douglas (11/06/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 72:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/EZ-hf40zqlU During a thirty-year tenure at ICM, Douglas represented books, plays and musicals by Tennessee Williams,Arthur Miller, and many literary giants. He represented memoirs by Shelley Winters, Lana Turner, Maurice Evans, Eva Le Gallienne, Eartha Kitt, Lillian Gish, Peter Marshall, Hermione Gingold, Michael Crawford, Rose Marie, Judy Carne, the 21 original cast members of A Chorus Line (On the Line: The Making of A Chorus Line). and biographies by J. Randy Taraborrelli(including the current best seller, Elizabeth (Taylor), Anne Edwards, Hollis Alpert, Elaine Dundy, Jonny Whiteside, Charles Higham, Roy Moseley, Maurice Zolotow, Peter Brown, Al DiOrio and Robert and Jan Lowell on the lives of Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Shirley Temple, Ronald Regan, Margaret Mitchell, Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe, Howard Hughes, Elvis Presley, Jane Russell, Rose Maddox,Johnny Ray, Queen Elizabeth, Maria Callas, Barbra Streisand, and Maria Callas.Calvin Mitchell (Mitch) Douglas passed from metastatic brain cancer on November 5th, 2020 at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY. He was 78 years old. Virtually, many of his friends, family, and colleagues will join me to celebrate a rich life and legacy. Mitch was born on March 27, 1942 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Beginning in an entry level mailroom job, Mitch Douglas quickly rose up the agency ladder and became a veteran literary agent, spending 30 years as a literary agent at International Creative Management (ICM).  Mitch also championed many Off-Broadway successes, including Nunsense, Boobs! The Musical, Bat Boy and Song Of Singapore.  Speaking: Stephen Currens, J Mary Wickliffe Bishop, John DiLeo, Donald Jackson, Lawrence Leritz, Bill McCauley


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Linda Purl: In The Mood (11/05/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 58:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/cWYaL-fvFYU Linda Purl New York theater credits include Broadway productions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending and the Off-Broadway production of The Baby Dance. Among regional productions have been Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Hedda Gabler, The Real Thing, The Glass Menagerie, The Little Foxes, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Road to Mecca (with Miss Julie Harris), A Doll's House, Dinner with Friends(original production), The Year of Magical Thinking (originally for ETC), Hippolytus, Camille, Same Time Next Year, The Miracle Worker, Little Murders, All the Way Home, Nora, Copenhagen, Beyond Therapy, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Oliver, Grease, On a Clear Day, Threepenny Opera And The King and I. Partial film credits include Mighty Joe Young, The Walking Major, Leo and Loree with an upcoming release of Paul's Promise. She has had recurring roles on Homeland (Elizabeth Gaines); True Blood (Barbara Pelt); The Office, (Helene Beasley) and Hacks. She has starred in over 45 made-for-TV movies, and is especially known for Charlene Matlock on Matlock and Ashley Pfister (Fonzie's fiancée) on Happy Days. Ms. Purl currently tours with her solo concerts and as a recording artist, has released solo albums that include Alone Together, Out of this World, Midnight Caravan, Up Jumped Spring and Taking a Chance On Love. Past concert venue appearances include Feinstein's/54 Below, Lincoln Center Jazz, Naples Philharmonic, Catalina Jazz Club (LA), Crazy Coqs (London), Club Raye (Paris) and Satin Doll (Tokyo). https://www.lindapurl.com/

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Deborah Grace Winer (11/03/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 76:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/ZKLTr7-5T7U Dramatist and theatre artist Deborah Grace Winer is a leading expert and author on Broadway musicals and the American Songbook. The Wall Street Journal recently named her book on pioneer woman songwriter Dorothy Fields (On the Sunny Side of the Street: The life and lyrics of Dorothy Fields, Macmillan) one of the Five Best books on American songwriters of all time. She has collaborated with leading institutions such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, and top tier artists from Broadway and the music world. Her acclaimed musical revues include Baby, Dream Your Dream, a celebration of women songwriters, and New York Big City Songbook, which the New York Times called, “A triumph,” becoming a monthly highlight at New York's Birdland Theater. For a decade she was artistic director of the 92Y's famed American Songbook concert series, Lyrics & Lyricists, steering the 50-year-old N.Y. tradition to rejuvenated success and creating original musical shows teamed with the top creative and performing talent from Broadway and beyond. She went on to create the Classic American Songbook Series for Feinstein's/54 Below supper club, which also ran to critical acclaim. An O'Neill finalist, her plays, including The Real Tabasco, Little Shows and others have been developed at institutions such as Lincoln Center Theatre, Primary Stages, the Women's Project, and the Westport Country Playhouse; her work has been produced Off Broadway and regionally.  https://www.deborahgracewiner.com/  

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Meg Bussert (11/02/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 62:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/Y6-S06y557w Meg Bussert is an award winning musical stage actor, Associate Professor, Mom, Grandmom, and Arts Advocate. In the 80's and 90's, Meg was a busy leading lady on Broadway and the Regions in a slew of revivals and new shows: The Music Man, Camelot, Brigadoon, H.M.S Pinafore, The New Moon, Firefly, Damn Yankees. the East Coast Premier of Phantom (Yeston/Kopit), Closer Than Ever, 24nd Street, Promises, Promises, Cabaret, Barnum,The Most Happy Fella, Firefly, The New Moon, H.M.S Pinafore. Awards and recognitions include the Theatre World Award, a Tony Nomination, and a CableACE Nomination. She shared the stage with Dick Van Dyke, Richard Harris, Richard Kiley, Ron Moody, John Reardon. In the 70's, Meg moved from Illinois to New York and in 4 months landed a job in a Broadway chorus,. This period of on-the-job training included such shows as Lolita, My Love (a fabulous flop), a national tour of Applause, an extended out-of-town tryout prior to the opening of Irene, replaced in Lorelei, understudied in Gorey Stories and Something's Afoot, interspersed with regional excursions with On Shiloh Hill, Love's Labour's Lost, Kiss Me, Kate, Hello ,Dolly, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Brigadoon, Promises, Promises. In addition to this hands on training, she studied acting (HB Studios), Voice (Marge Rivingston) and Dance (everywhere). From 2001 to 2020, Meg was full time faculty at New York University / Steinhardt teaching Acting and Musical Theatre Studies in Vocal Performance programs both graduate and undergrad. Meg is continuing to give workshops, coach, and perform. Now on a more flexible schedule!


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Julie Halston (11/01/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 70:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/HsXh5HMsFvw JULIE HALSTON was awarded the 2020 Isabelle Stevenson TONY Award for her advocacy with The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Last seen co-starring in Tootsie on Broadway, she also received the Richard Seff Award for her performance in You Can't Take It With You. Other Broadway credits: Hairspray, Gypsy, Anything Goes and The Twentieth Century. A founding member of Charles Busch's theatre company, she co-starred with him in numerous productions including The Divine Sister (Drama Desk Nom), Red Scare on Sunset (Drama Desk Nom) and The Lady in Question. Television credits include “Gossip Girl,” “The Good Fight,” “Almost Family” and “Divorce.” She is reprising her role as Bitsy Von Muffling in the “Sex and The City” reboot. Her YouTube series “Virtual Halston“ became a pandemic hit with over 40 episodes.

    Creativity In The Age of Covid with Dr. Judi Bloom and Richard Skipper 10/28/21

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 66:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/DK1N_rORoFE Dr. Judi Bloom is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist specializing in relationships and in navigating through major life transitions. For 26 years she has treated patients of every background and helped them work through a wide variety of personal challenges. In this episode, we celebrate The Skylight Run Concert Series. Our Guests for This Episode are Carole Demas, Ian Herman, and Sarah Rice. Carole Demas: stole the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her captivating and critically acclaimed creation of Sandy in Broadway's iconic, original GREASE. Her 60-year career has included thousands of leading role performances on and Off-Broadway and in regional theater.   Sarah Rice: With Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince she became part of theatre history, cast as the original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway – winning a Theatre World Award. She originated the role of Marianne in a musical adaptation of THE MISER - HANG ON TO YOUR RIBBONS, Off-Off Broadway. Next cast as Luisa in the original Off-Broadway production of THE FANTASTICKS.  Ian Herman: Award-winning Musical Director, pianist, and composer. His career spans decades in the theater community including Broadway shows, Off-Broadway Shows concerts and cabaret work. Skylight Run Productions was created as a production company focused on live streamed and hybrid events featuring Broadway and TV stars in concert. Their first event was on the first Friday of October 2020. 2021 marks Richard Skipper's 42nd year in New York. He is an entertainer, MC, HOST, and Conversationalist. His show, Richard Skipper Celebrates Streams almost daily on YouTube and most podcast platforms. He has had over a thousand public conversations celebrating people in the arts and other walks of life.

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Desirée and Nicolas Dromard (10/27/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 68:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/RMR6hmioETE First created in 2015, Superheroes in Love started as an autobiographical story of how the couple met, fell in love, and are real-life superheroes. Since the pandemic, their show has evolved online into a residency in their living room or wherever they are, ever-evolving into a full hour variety show, often including their 2-year-old daughter (who usually steals the show...). Superheroes in Love is filled with Broadway-worthy performances that are sure to please all ages and make you tap your feet. Also always appearing in their variety show is Liza with a Baby Z, where we get an inside look at Liza Minnelli raising her Baby Z... Nicolas Dromard and Desirée Davar join forces to bring Superheroes in Love to Feinstein's/54 Below! Known for their roles in Jersey Boys, Disney's Mary Poppins, Wicked, and West Side Story, this married dynamic duo will share their intimate story of how they met, fell in love, and how their love blossomed through an evening of song and dance. Featuring a range of songs from classic Broadway to pop music, mixed with a few surprises, this love story is one not to be missed. Come spend a night with these Broadway superheroes to celebrate life, love and the start of the holidays!! https://54below.com/events/live-from-feinsteins-54-below-nicolas-dromard-and-desiree-davar-superheroes-in-love/ https://www.superheroesinlove.com https://www.nicolasdromard.com http://www.desireedavar.com

    Richard Skipper Celebrates James Beaman...On His Birthday (10/26/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 75:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/Ri8XL4xqLSo ,www.jamesbeaman.com  James Beaman has been working professionally as an actor for 34 years. His work has spanned the worlds of cabaret, female impersonation, classical theatre, Broadway musicals, independent film and episodic television. He has starred opposite such stars as Richard Chamberlain, Gary Beach, Sally Struthers, and John O'Hurley. As a teacher and coach, he has brought his vast knowledge and diverse skills to master classes and intensives for Goodspeed Musicals, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and to students of the Punahou School in Hawaii. His private coaching clients include Emmy nominees, Metropolitan Opera stars, Broadway veterans, rappers, nightclub singers and 13 year-old powerthouses. This fall, he formalized his coaching business, The Work with James Beaman, bringing his unique and winning approach to performers in the US and abroad. He's the writer of the feature screenplay, "The Girl in Green" (WeScreenplay Competition Quarterfinalist), the short screenplay "T," (Winner, HollywoodJust4Shorts and Big Apple Film Festival) and his latest, the dark comedy series "Wisenheimer." James is the recipient of the MAC Award, the Bistro Award, and the IRNE Award. He trained at Boston University and the Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. THANK YOU, Richard, for reaching out to invite me to join you in conversation in celebration of my birthday. Bravo to you for all you do. James Beaman,  

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Michael Colby (10/25/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 63:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/LW-JAVnn6ok  www.michaelcolby.com MICHAEL COLBY is the librettist/lyricist of such musicals as CHARLOTTE SWEET (Drama Desk Award nomination), TALES OF TINSELTOWN (Jay Records) NORTH ATLANTIC (Show Business Award), SLAY IT WITH MUSIC (off-Broadway & London), and THEY CHOSE ME!, (originated at TADA!). Upcoming: LUDLOW LADD (December, Urban Stages) and DANGEROUS (March 2022). COSMIC CONNECTIONS: THE LYRICS OF MICHAEL COLBY, a MAC Award nominated show with Maureen Taylor, is due as a CD. Among those for whom Mr. Colby has written: Angela Lansbury, Linda Lavin, Tony Yazbeck, Andrea McArdle, Robert Cuccioli, Savion Glover, Susan Stroman, Cicely Tyson, and Michael Feinstein. A member of BMI, The Dramatist Guild, and TRU, Colby wrote the popular book, The Algonquin Kid. As a special Halloween treat, you can now reserve a visit to the magical, whimsical, mysterious world of MRS. McTHING.   Tickets are on sale at this link ($50 general, $30 students): https://tadatheater.secure.force.com/Events/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a1g5c00000Aquk2AAB In 1954, Mary Chase wrote her most successful play outside of HARVEY, her Pulitzer Prize winner.  Starring Helen Hayes, MRS. McTHING became the first Broadway play seen by countless children of that generation.  Before she passed away, Mary bequeathed the musicalization rights to composer Jack Urbont (2-time Emmy winner and composer of MARVEL SUPERHEROES themes) and Michael Colby (me, a Drama Desk Award nominee).

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Richard Maltby Jr and David Shire (10/23/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 65:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/A8gVGocnIU4 Richard Maltby, Jr. & David Shire (2021 Oscar Hammerstein Award Recipients) have been writing together since 1958, making theirs the longest-running collaboration in musical theater history. They've written the scores for more than a dozen musicals, including Broadway's Baby (Best Musical and Score Tony nominations) and Big (Tony nomination for Best Score.) Two landmark revues played Off-Broadway: 1977's Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination) and 1989's Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical and Score; The York's five-month 2012 revival won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival). Other musicals include The Sap of Life, Love Match, How Do You Do? I Love You!, Take Flight, Sousatzka, and the forthcoming The Country Wife and Dancers at a Waterfall. Their songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Barbra Streisand and Melissa Manchester to Billy Preston and Syreeta. Maltby conceived and directed two Tony-winning Best Musicals: Ain't Misbehavin' (also Tony for Best Director) and Fosse, as well as Ring of Fire. He co wrote the lyrics for both Miss Saigon (Tony nomination for Best Score) and The Pirate Queen and the lyrics for Nick and Nora (Tony Nomination for Best Score). Shire's more than 150 film and television scores include Norma Rae (Oscar for the song “It Goes Like It Goes”), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, All the President's Men, The Conversation, Zodiac, Return to Oz, Farewell, My Lovely, and Saturday Night Fever (two Grammy nominations.)  www.yorktheatre.org Twitter: @yorktheatrenyc www.facebook.com/yorktheatrecompan

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Billy Gilman (10/22/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 64:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/VTx9qkYOuZ8 Billy Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single “One Voice.” His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. He has sold ten million albums worldwide and garnered awards and nods from The Grammy's, the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Billboard Magazine, and the American Music Association. Now, Gilman is eager to come back and share his new music and his new sound with his fans after soaring to the finale of NBC's THE VOICE. “It took me a good while to figure out exactly who I was, musically speaking. As a little kid, sometimes I was just told what to sing. But now I have enjoyed coming into my own and discovering what it really is that I want to sing. And I think that my fans will dig what they hear. He shared that he is drawn to the country genre once again since the songs are storytelling tunes, and that's who he is, musically and artistically. "I'm making my transition back home, that's why I calling my newest of concerts 'Coming Home'," he said.  “Music is my life, and it is always what I will be doing with my life. Releasing his newest anthem “Soldier” and 20th anniversary edition of his hit “One Voice” with vocal group HOME FREE, Gilman is more confident than ever standing behind a message he feels this world needs to hear. “We all need to be Soldiers in every way to create a kinder world where we all are one voice.” https://www.billygilman.com

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Jim Colucci All in the Family (10/21/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 61:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: http://youtu.be/SWd0WAMrETA About The Author Producer, philanthropist, and activist Norman Lear has the distinction of being among the first seven television pioneers inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. He won his first two Emmy® Awards in 1971 (for All in the Family's premiere season) and his most recent one in 2020, for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ”All In The Family” and ”Good Times.” His memoir, Even This I Get to Experience, was published in 2014. Jimmy Kimmel is the host and executive producer of the Emmy® Award–nominated Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC's longest-running late-night talk show. Also a comedian and writer, he has hosted some of the biggest events in pop culture, including the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the American Music Awards, and the ESPY Awards, as well as executive-produced and hosted the Emmy Award–winning Live In Front Of A Studio Audience: “All In The Family” and “The Jeffersons” and Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “All In The Family” and “Good Times.” Veteran television historian Jim Colucci covers television and other entertainment media on his blog Must Hear TV. He is the author of the authorized companion book Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored (2004), The Q Guide to the Golden Girls (2006), and the New York Times best-seller Golden Girls Forever (2016). https://www.amazon.com/All-Family-Changed-Television-UNIVERSE/dp/0789339730  


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Mary Jo Catlett (10/19/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 69:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/uIzOkvICWWw Mary Jo Catlett has been part of the main voice cast on SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) since its premiere, playing SpongeBob's teacher, Mrs. Puff. She is an unmistakably happy and hearty veteran character actress and comedienne who has found success in all three mediums (stage, film and television) with her trademark flowery voice, giddy demeanor and ever-cheery disposition. Having made her off-Broadway debut in 1963, the endearing Mary Jo Catlett is now broaching six decades in the entertainment business. Catlett was born on September 2 in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Robert and Cornelia (Callaghan) Catlett. A graduate of Loretto Heights College in Denver, she was drawn to acting quite young -- musical comedy, in particular. While she made her off-Broadway debut in a 1963 melodrama, "Along Came a Spider", which opened at the Mermaid Theatre, the following year Mary Jo was right back in her tuneful element scoring as Ernestina in the original Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" starring Carol Channing. It was not until the mid-1970s that she began making the normal rounds with dozens of appearances on the sitcom circuit, including roles on "The Bob Newhart Show", "M*A*S*H", "Mr. Belvedere", "Night Court", Gimme a Break", "Saved By the Bell", "Maude" and "Welcome Back, Kotter". In 1982, she joined the cast as a housekeeping regular for television kids Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato on Diff'rent Strokes (1978) and found plentiful work on lightweight dramatic series too such as "Murder, She Wrote," "Matlock" and "Fantasy Island". In daytime, she was nominated for an Emmy Award during the 1989-1990 season of General Hospital (1972).  

    Richard Skipper Celebrates The Music of Mike Renzi w/Special Guests (10/18/21)1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 61:00


    For Video Edtition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/Bi3h3HdGKv8 Michael Ernest Renzi (April 28, 1941 – September 28, 2021) was an American composer, music director, pianist, and jazz musician. We celebrate his rich legacy with a few of those who worked with him and knew him best. Nicolas King was among the guests to appear. An immensely talented musician, Renzi was influenced in his early years as a pianist by Bill Evans. After living and working in and around Providence, he graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1973 and Berklee College Of Music the following year. During these years of study he worked with local bands and as accompanist to visiting artists. Among these was Sylvia Sims and it was as a direct result of this engagement that he was hired to work with Mel Tormé. In 1976 he moved to New York City and from the late 70s onwards through the next two decades and into the early years of the twenty-first century, he appeared on scores of albums, sometimes only as pianist but most often also as arranger. Renzi also plays keyboards and occasionally guitar. Developing his own, hard bop style, Renzi also became a much sought after arranger. As a brief listing of the numerous artists with whom he has worked will show, many of them are singers with whom he established a special rapport, and in some cases has acted as musical director: Ruth Brown, Laverne Butler, Ann Hampton Callaway, Diahann Carroll, Freddy Cole, Cynthia Crane, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Blossom Dearie, Scott Hamilton, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Jack Jones, Eartha Kitt, Steve LaSpina, Cleo Laine, Peggy Lee, Jay Leonhart, Gloria Lynne, Maureen McGovern, Liza Minnelli, Gerry Mulligan, Mark Murphy, Houston Person, John Pizzarelli, Annie Ross, George Shearing, an eight-week tour with Frank Sinatra, Carol Sloane, Grady Tate.


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Avery Sommers (10/14/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 62:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/ABpQmmDcSfU AVERY SOMMERS is an award-winning actress, singer, and director whose voice has been described as a “powerhouse” by The New York Times. Avery appeared on Broadway in Ain't Misbehavin', Show Boat, and Chicago. She delighted audiences in the national tour of Chicago with Chita Rivera and Joel Grey. Her portrayal of Matron Momma Morton garnered her the L.A Ovation Award for that production of Chicago. She performed the role of Jewel in the first national tour of The Best Little Whore House in Texas with Ann-Margaret. Avery made her debut in Carnegie Hall as the narrator in Christmastime in the City produced by the Continuo Arts Foundation. IN 2016, she sold out her show For Sentimental Reasons in Persson Hall, both the Kravis Center. Also in 2018, Aver was the guest soloist with the Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Conductor Ramon Tabor at the Meyer Amphitheater. Avery was nominated for a Carbonell Award, which honors the finest in South Florida Theatre, for her portrayal of Bessie Smith in The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith. She was presented with the Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Contribution to the South Florida Theatre Community for this role. Avery performed her cabaret shows For Sentimental Reasons and Love. . . It's Magic to sold–out houses - all at Arts Garage. Avery has a loyal following amongst South Florida audiences who never miss an opportunity to see her perform. She has been nominated multiple times for The Carbonell Award. She won the award for her one-woman show But Not for Me at The Coldwell Theatre.   

    Richard Skipper Celebrates the release of Merry Witchmas (10/12/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 71:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/H4ea2L75biY ABOUT MERRY WITCHMAS Ginger the Halloween witch has a big Christmas wish–a visit from Santa Claus. But Santa doesn't believe in witches–until Ginger's letter to him magically appears on his desk! Ginger spends a lot of her time creating spells, and flying through the night on her broom. But she is different from the other witches — because she also ADORES Christmas!  Tess La Bella is an award-winning, SAG-AFTRA voice-over artist, actor, comic, producer and chef. Though theater and storytelling, Tess combined animation voice-over with her passion for children's literacy. She's personified everyone from the big bad wolf to Mrs. Claus.  Petrell Marie Özbay does her best work on the back of a napkin. With a background in public affairs, she has written everything from speeches and scripts to toasts and tech pieces for c-suite executives and global thought leadership events.  https://www.amazon.com/Merry-Witchmas-Petrell-Ozbay/dp/1635923182/ref=asc_df_1635923182/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=495021564461&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7666718589912550582&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9004300&hvtargid=pla-1161773926208&psc=1

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Kicking Through The Ashes w/Ritch Shydner (10/11/21)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 63:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/29hNwWcfbd In the 1980's, Ritch Shydner made numerous appearances on TV, including “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show” with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He also did an HBO half-hour special, “One Night Stand.” He played Al Bundy's coworker on “Married with Children”, and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as “Designing Women” and “Roseanne.” Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin's, 'Roxanne,', and Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop II,; before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. He wrote for sitcoms such as 'Roseanne', 'The Jeff Foxworthy Show', and HBO's “TheMind of the Married Man.” Ritch wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy's Grammy nominated comedy albums, “Totally Committed,” and “Big Fun.” He also wrote for Ron White and Jay Leno. In 2006 he was co-author of a book on stand-up, “I Killed”. In 2010 Ritch produced and performed in an award-winning documentary on the world of stand-up comedy, “I Am Comic.” In 2016 he wrote a movie adaptation for HBO of Bill Maher book, 'True Story' In 2017 his book,'Kicking Through the Ashes - My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Boom” was published. Ritch is currently performing, “America's Reflection in the Funhouse Mirror, A History of Stand-up Comedy,” to small, masked, socially distanced audiences. Ritch continues to work hard at avoiding work. He has given up any dreams of stardom for the satisfaction of not being an aging Uber Driver. http://www.ritchshydner.com/


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Kathleen Nolan (10/10/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 60:00


    For Video Edtion, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/lzIsVyYT3H0 Equally known as a comedienne and a dramatic actress, Kathleen Nolan's range of artistry has enabled her to sing, dance and act for most of her life in the theatre, movies and television without ever becoming a typecast and remaining remarkably versatile. It all began on the ‘Goldenrod', a Mississippi River Showboat that was her home during her formative years making her performing debut at the age of 13 months. Her father, Steve Ellsworth, was a fine television character actor and her mother, Clara Kennedy, was a successful agent in New York. Kathleen was accepted to study under Sanford Meisner in New York and became a member of the Actor's Studio. She landed her first starring role in a Philco Playhouse production. She next enchanted audiences on Broadway as ‘Wendy' in the production of “Peter Pan” with Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard, for which she won two major theatre awards. Judy Garland was responsible for getting her seen for this audition! Kathleen's activities in television have been staggering. She has made guest star and series appearances on more than 800 shows from the early “Playhouse 90” to the “Movies of the Week.” In one single year she guested in 27 shows in an age range from 18 to 35, from singing with Andy Williams to playing a dope addict on a dramatic series. Her role as “Kate” in “The Real McCoys” was a long-running ABC-TV series that established her as one of the major female TV earning two Emmy nominations as best supporting actress in 1959 and 1960 and the TV Guild Editors Limelight Awards. The role stands the ‘test of time' as an integral part of the golden age of television.   Special appearances by Sondra Lee (Tiger Lily) and Spencer Garrett


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Briana Cash (10/08/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 60:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/NeX6n_c16cE Briana Cash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and philanthropist. Her music has been licensed on multiple TV networks, films and in shopping malls and airports globally. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Guild of Music Supervisors, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, The Alliance for Women Film Composers, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and a voting member of The Recording Academy. Her music considered in eight categories for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Briana's song, “Cranberry Lake” is in the award-winning film, Aga. Written and directed by Milko Lazarov and produced by Veselka Kiryakova. Bulgaria's submission into the 2020 Oscars best international feature category. The film premiered at the Berlin international film festival in 2018. Aga went on to be screened at a number of international film festivals, including Sarajevo and Valladolid, where it won awards. In October 2018, Aga was the main winner at Bulgaria's Golden Rose film festival, collecting awards in the best film, best director and best cinematography categories. Briana had the honor of working with award winning composer Penka Kouneva. Her eclectic writing technique and diverse sound covers a lot of ground. Her main styles as a performer are Jazz, Pop / Adult Contemporary, R&B and Adult Alternative, similar to artists such as Norah Jones, Sade, Amy Winehouse and Sting. Briana has her own unique sound regardless of genre. This former classically trained vocalist believes all styles have a way of crossing over and are interconnected. https://www.brianacash.com  

    Creativity In The Age of Covid with Dr. Judi Bloom and Richard #22 (10/07/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 58:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/2sHp877nwTw Dr. Judi Bloom is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist specializing in relationships and in navigating through major life transitions. www.drjudibloom.com Antonia Kasper is a producer, writer, actress, and director. She is a Tulane University Theatre/English Graduate and has had several years as a Stand-Up Comedienne. Kasper has performed and written for film/television and theatre. Her new production company, Kasper Productions, focuses on women geared material. https://our.show/kasper-productions/6... Robin Lyon-gardiner closed the original company of A Chorus Line- Maggie, Bebe, Diana, Val Aspects of LoveShe played opposite Donny Osmond in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.  Ann Talman, is a stage, TV and film actor, singer, storyteller, award winning documentary filmmaker, and four-time Broadway veteran. 2021 marks Richard Skipper's 42nd year in New York. He is an entertainer, MC, HOST, Interviewer. His show Streams on Most platforms.

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Davis Gaines (10/06/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 67:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/XDCWQMtU1_8 DAVIS GAINES performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, (where he remains LA's longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco, (where he received the Bay Area Critics' Award for Best Actor). Subsequently, he was chosen by Hal Prince and Lloyd Webber to play the leading role in the World Premiere of Whistle Down the Wind. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), Camelot (with Richard Burton) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (with Alexis Smith). Gaines' Off-Broadway appearances include Des McAnuff's The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, the Maury Yeston/Larry Gelbart musical One Two Three Four Five, Stephen Sondheim's Assassins, She Loves Me and Forbidden Broadway. He made his New York City Opera debut in The New Moon and appeared in the concert versions of Parade, Sitting Pretty, The Cat and the Fiddle, Pippin and the Encores production of The Boys from Syracuse. Additionally, Gaines has sung for six U.S. Presidents and with every major symphony orchestra in North America, including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. He has performed in cabaret in New York at ‘Feinstein's at Loews Regency' and ‘Rainbow and Stars', Hollywood's ‘Cinegrill' and San Francisco's ‘Plush Room'. Gaines currently resides in Los Angeles and is a frequent singer of our National Anthem for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Dodgers. www.facebook.com/DavisGainesActor

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Angela Bacari (10/05/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 63:00

    For Video Editon, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/Dy09XBW-PmA Angela Bacari returns to the New York stage for the first time in almost 40 years on October 12, 2021 at Don't Tell Mama! Angela Bacari has spent years gracing stages from New York City to Las Vegas as an accomplished vocalist. She is known for the song, “Baby I'm' Yours.” Some of her many television appearances include: The Tonight Show, the Dinah Shore Show and The Merv Griffin Show. Angela has opened for several Hollywood veterans including Rodney Dangerfield, Phyllis Diller and Pat Cooper to name a few. She has served as vocal coach for last 20 years show business luminaries such as: Liza Minnelli; grandson, Nicolas King; Marisa Berenson; worked extensively with Deana Martin preparing for her new album; and has been training and managing Billy Gilman (runner-up of The Voice). She is a private vocal coach at her local, home studio in Rhode Island. Angela still performs at special venues throughout the year and can be seen at Birdland in NYC with Nicolas King. https://donttellmamanyc.com/shows/main/6352-angela-bacari-one-night-only-10-12-21 https://www.youtube.com/user/angelabl1/featured https://twitter.com/angelabl1?lang=en

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Jamie Lee Farrar (10/04/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 62:00


    For Video Edtion, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/Qu8hpSBWzik Jamie Lee Farrar is a 34 year old burn survivor who just happens to been born with Cerebral Palsy. She holds a BSW in Social Work and is a crosswalk safety advocate. She was born 'pre maturely". Her first memoir, "Roll On" details the last 5 years of her life from the day of the accident (Jan 3rd ,2013 until her graduation from UNLV in 2017 with an epilogue in 2018 ) It's been a very cathartic and lengthy process, but Ms. Farrar hopes to have the book out soon.


    Richard Skipper Celebrates The Era I Almost Missed with Ron Aprea (10/02/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 63:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/fhidKvftVpI Ron Aprea grew up in Astoria, NY and clearly remembers seeing Pete Fountain playing the clarinet on television. Inspired to play, Ron went to his elementary school band director, Mr. Cahill, and asked to play what he thought was Pete's instrument, a saxophone. So that's what the school gave him. That little mistake has given the world of Jazz an artist that contributes to the genre with exceptional skill to this day. Continuing to play throughout his school years, Ron finally got his own alto saxophone at age 16 and started taking lessons in a studio across the street from Radio City Music Hall. It was also during this time that Ron would frequent the famed Birdland Jazz Club on Broadway. He spent a lot of time soaking up inspiration from all of the Big Band and Jazz legends that played the club – such as Count Basie and Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Both would prove to be major influences in Ron's career. It was at Birdland that Ron met Frank Foster, who played with and arranged for Count Basie; the two became lifelong friends. One of many prized items in Ron's memorabilia is a collection of original arrangements that Frank had written for Basie's band and then gave Ron copies for his band. Ron has spent years perfecting his musical prowess. He's played with legends like Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Billy May, Skitch Henderson and Lionel Hampton. While playing with Hamp, he had the opportunity to do a recorded performance at the Smithsonian Institute, where Ron's solos were taped and placed into their Archives. As part of an All-Star band, Ron played at a 2001 Charlie Parker Birthday Tribute in Harlem. He has also been featured during performances at the Paramount Theatre and the world famous Apollo Theatre. 

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Sarah Dash: A Life Well Lived! (9/30/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 67:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/Qopj7go7--Q Last year, Richard Skipper had the pleasure of celebrating Sarah Dash! Sarah reached out to Richard to do a follow up and they were excitedly planning the follow up. Sadly and unexpectedly, Sarah passed away on Monday, September 20th, 2021 Richard is honoring Sarah's request and as planned, Richard will be joined by some of Sarah's nearest and dearest friends to celebrate a Life well lived! Sarah Dash, the singer and co-founder of the all-female singing group Labelle, best known for their 1974 hit "Lady Marmalade," died Monday at the age of 76. I have decided to honor Sarah's wish and go on and celebrate her as she should be celebrated. As an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, motivational speaker, educator, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Sarah is a unique force whose voice has touched millions of listeners around the world. From co-founding Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles and making history as a member of Labelle to becoming the very first Music Ambassador (2017) of Trenton, New Jersey, Sarah has blazed a trail in every facet of her remarkable career. Music has been a constant source of inspiration in Sarah's life ever since her childhood in Trenton. The seventh of thirteen children born to Elder Abraham Dash and Mother Elizabeth Dash, Sarah sang in the Trenton Church of Christ Choir as a young girl and entertained her classmates with renditions of standards like "With These Hands." The radio dial introduced her to everything from R&B and rock 'n' roll to country and polka, with the voices of Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, and Smokey Robinson shaping some of Sarah's earliest influences alongside albums by Mahalia Jackson, Nat "King" Cole, Andy Williams, and her brother's jazz collection.  


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Who Are You in 4 Words with Rob Shuter (9/29/21)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 66:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/Qopj7go7--Q WHAT: If you are not living the life you want to live—the answer is just four words away. Imagine what would happen if you discovered the truth about yourself, for just the cost of a book and the time it takes to read it. You would become a star in your own life. That is exactly what The 4 Word Answer will give you. Working for some of the biggest stars in the world, officially as a publicist, but in reality, as a confidante, Rob Shuter has seen it all. Being involved with the best and brightest people in the world, Rob quickly discovered that it wasn't talent all of his super successful clients had in common. Rather what they all shared was the knowledge of exactly who they are in just four words. WHO: Called “America's Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer, Rob “Naughty But Nice” Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com. He also breaks celebrity news on shows such as Good Day New York, the Today Show, The Talk, The Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra, and Z100's Elvis Duran. Before becoming one of the world's most successful entertainment reporters, Rob was a publicist working with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, and Jon Bon Jovi. WHY: Featuring social media posts, emails, and conversations that really happened, the book shares the secrets celebrities and brands spend millions of dollars to discover. The 4 World Answer will help every reader learn to become totally comfortable in their own skin and find the success and happiness they desire. https://www.amazon.com/Word-Answer-Who-Are-Words/dp/1637580223


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Michael McAssey (9/28/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 71:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/2dh7hwfOh9U MICHAEL McASSEY is a 4 time MAC and BISTRO Award winning entertainer recently heralded by BROADWAY WORLD as “The clown prince of New York cabaret!” He currently hosts OPEN MAC LIVE! at Brandy's Piano Bar every Monday night. “Mac” has been a popular member of the New York Piano Bar & Cabaret communities for over 35 years, whether at the piano or standing center stage. In NYC he opened both DON'T TELL MAMA and EIGHTY-EIGHT'S, and he appears regularly at clubs in Chicago, Provincetown, Puerto Vallarta, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Atlantic City to name a few. An accomplished conductor & music director, Mac divides his time between onstage and off including conducting the Broadway National Tours of AVENUE Q, TITANIC: THE MUSICAL, PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT and appearing onstage as Edna Turnblad in 2 companies of HAIRSPRAY and as Max Bialystock in 3 different companies of Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS. (www.michaelmcassey.com) “One of cabaret's most talented troubadours with the pianistic finesse of Michael Feinstein, smooth phrasing of Tony Bennett and the bawdy wit of Bette Midler!” BROADWAY WORLD “Non-stop entertainment, punctuated as often by his dazzling vocal prowess as it is by his comic genius” NEW YORK POST “He manages to somehow be both cabaret's most accomplished balladeer, and it's wildest, most uninhibited musical clown!” VARIETY “McAssey is the love child of Robin Williams and Mae West, and the grandson of Mel Torme!” NiteLife EXCHANGE


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Publicist Risa Hoag (9/24/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 61:00

    For Video Edtion, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/qcZ0umZxipQ Risa Hoag has more than 35 years of experience in public relations and marketing. Prior to founding GMG Public Relations in 1991, she was a Director of Public Relations with Ernst & Young with responsibility for media placement, writing feature articles and press releases, developing and coordinating special events, market research, and the design and placement of advertising. In 1991 she started Global Marketing Group which was eventually renamed GMG Public Relations. Risa has been active with numerous not-for-profit organizations. She is a co-founder and the current Vice President of the Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce. She serves as President for the Rockland Business Women's Network (RBWN) and is a board member for Meals on Wheels in Rockland and Chair of their annual gala. She has held numerous board positions with the Westchester Association of Women Business Owners (WAWBO) over a fifteen-year period including President and twice received the organization's President's Award. She has also served as Vice President for the WAWBO Education Fund and for the Partnership For A Better Westchester, an organization she helped launch in 1997. She is a past Public Relations Chairperson for the Advertising Club of Westchester as well as a past Vice President of the Tappan Zee International Trade Association. She has served on the board of the Orange & Rockland Community Investment Committee, and recently chaired the Marketing and Communications subcommittee of the Clarkstown Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee. She has also served as a mentor to Rockland Community College students and to female students through The Gerald P. Buccino Center for Leadership Development at Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business. 

    Creativity In The Age of Covid #21 (9/23/21)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 64:00

    For Video Edtion, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/Cn9mIWwttSk The show in which the Arts and Therapy come together to to try and make sense of it all! Hosted by Dr. Judi Bloom and Richard Skipper Dr. Judi Bloom is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist specializing in relationships and in navigating through major life transitions. For 26 years she has treated patients of every background and helped them work through a wide variety of personal challenges. She is originally from New York and did her undergraduate work at Cornell University. She received her Master's Degree at Antioch University, and went on to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Her private practice has always been the center of her work. Beyond that, she has taught parenting at Santa Monica College for ten years, gave psychological advice for five years as co-host of a morning drive-time radio show in Southern California, and has been featured on national, local, and cable television programs. https://www.drjudibloom.com/Philip Carrubba is currently in partnership with Richard Hillman Public Relations a boutique agency located in the heart of the Theatre District that specializes in press, public relations, media campaigns, and special events for theatrical stage productions, cabaret, music recordings, cultural institutions, and celebrities. With more than 20 years' experience working on commercial and not-for-profit productions on Broadway and Off-Broadway, he takes a hands-on approach to building a strong working relationship with every client. He carefully defines each client's goals and works to meet them by crafting effective media campaigns tailored to each client's unique needs.     

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Never Be Wrong Again & Michael Angelo Costa (9/21/21)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 69:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/WN1BxtQQGWY America's Decision-Making Expert Michael Angelo Costa is an international bestselling author, speaker, coach and consultant to some of the world's leading organizations and individuals. Michael has more than 33 years of international business experience as a lawyer, investment banker, and advisor working with C-suite executives and people in charge of highly impactful decisions. He held senior executive positions with two of the largest global investment banks and was a partner at one of the world's largest advisory firms. As a partner with Ernst & Young, Michael served in several leadership roles, including Chairman of the Capital Markets Think Tank. He left to join UBS, where he was co-head of the Global Structured Products Group. He returned to Ernst & Young and later joined Deutsche Bank as Managing Director. Michael also served as Special Counsel to the law firm of Miller & Chevalier. In 2015, Michael published his first book, Never Be Wrong Again – Four Steps to Making Better Decisions In Work and In Life. The book became an instant bestseller in four countries and landed the #1 spot as a Hot New Release on Amazon. Michael now presents his thought-provoking decision-making formula to live audiences and appears on various media outlets as America's leading expert on decision making. America's Decision Expert holds B.A., M.B.A., J.D., and LL.M Degrees. How do you go about making important decisions? Do you go with your gut reaction? Do you make Pro vs. Con lists? Do you consider all options then choose the best one? Considering all options and choosing the best one is the definition of good decision making, but it is not a method for how to make good decisions. https://www.amazon.com/Never-Be-Wrong-Again-Decisions-ebook/dp/B00XEHLAWI

    Full Moon Positive Book Club: Friday Forward with Robert Glazer (9/20/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 58:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/qVZAn38pR3s Bob Glazer is the founder and CEO of global partner marketing agency, Acceleration Partners. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of BrandCycle. A serial entrepreneur, Bob has a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to elevate.  Under Robert's leadership, Acceleration Partners has become a recognized global leader in the affiliate and partner marketing industry, receiving numerous industry and company culture awards. Bob was also named to Glassdoor's list of Top CEO of Small and Medium Companies in the US, ranking #2. Bob shares his ideas and insights via Friday Forward, a popular weekly inspirational newsletter that reaches over 200,000 individuals and business leaders across 60+ countries. He is the host of the Elevate Podcast, where Bob sits down with CEOs, authors and thinkers to discuss personal growth and helping others live their best lives. Bob is also the #1 Wall Street Journal, USA Today and international bestselling author of four books: Elevate, Friday Forward, Performance Partnerships and How To Thrive In The Virtual Workplace.  A regular columnist for Forbes, Inc. and Entrepreneur, Bob's writing reaches over five million people around the globe each year who resonate with his topics, which range from performance marketing and entrepreneurship to company culture, capacity building, hiring and leadership. Worldwide, he is also a sought-after speaker by companies and organizations, especially on subjects related to business growth, culture, mindful transitions, building capacity and performance.  Outside of work, Bob can likely be found skiing, cycling, reading, traveling, spending quality time with his family or overseeing some sort of home renovation project. https://www.robertglazer.com/fridayfwd/


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Jen Donohoo (9/16/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 56:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/VQ2Z1cLzg7s t was so fantastic to hang out with Richard tonight! (9/16/21) Incredible interviewer and made me feel at ease right off the bat. Really appreciated the research that he did and the thoughtful questions that he asked. You can tell he takes pride in the work that he does and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the work that he does. Thank you Richard!   -Jen Donohoo, Vice President and Program Director of Off The Lane Jen Donohoo is a producer and director currently residing in NYC. In addition to serving as the Vice President and Program Director of Off The Lane, a NYC based Non Profit, she has worked in venues across the US and Europe on a wide range of projects from intimate private events to large scale arena tours. Favorite credits include: Associate Director of Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes, Associate Choreographer/Director of Marriott Theatre's Evita, Associate Choreographer of Goodspeed's Guys and Dolls, Executive Producer for Dancing For Democracy, Creative Producer and Associate Choreographer for Lisa McClowry's The Beat Goes On Show, Associate Choreographer for Summer Nights Live with Freckled Sky, and Resident Choreographer for Royal Caribbean's OceanAria. Off The Lane launched in 2019 and is a licensed 501(c)(3). We are an organization founded by artists with a passion-driven interest to develop programs that empower artists and creatives. Our community ranges from college students and early career artists to seasoned professionals looking to give back through mentorship, interactive panels and master classes. Our goal is to create an inclusive and accessible support system that continues to invest in new initiatives to meet the ongoing needs of the creative community.

    Little Girl Blue : The Life of Karen Carpenter with Randy L. Schmidt (9/13/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 63:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/ZYZneSuM0H4 Little Girl Blue : The Life of Karen Carpenter is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar. Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970s, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen's heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; her love for playing drums and her frustrated quest for solo stardom; and the ups and downs of her treatment for anorexia nervosa. After her shocking death at 32 years of age in 1983, she became the proverbial poster child for that disorder; but the other causes of her decline are laid bare for the first time in this moving account. Little Girl Blue is Karen Carpenter's definitive biography, based on exclusive interviews with her innermost circle of girlfriends and nearly 100 others, including childhood friends, professional associates, and lovers. Randy L. Schmidt is the author of the critically-acclaimed LITTLE GIRL BLUE: THE LIFE OF KAREN CARPENTER, a New York Times Editor's Choice and Wall Street Journal Best Seller. He has served as creative consultant for several television documentaries on the Carpenters, including the E! "True Hollywood Story," A&E's "Biography," and VH1's "Behind the Music." , and was a contributor to the award-winning podcast, DOLLY PARTON'S AMERICA. Schmidt is a music educator in Denton, Texas. https://www.amazon.com/Little-Girl-Blue-Karen-Carpenter/dp/1569768188

    Richard Skipper Celebrates David Josef...Exactly One Year later (9/10/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 64:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/UNpquwZVjdc David Josef and Richard Skipper sit down and revisit each other exactly one year from their first interview. Waltham, Massachusetts-based fashion designer David Josef creates wedding dresses and gowns for Broadway glitterati. https://www.facebook.com/David-Josef-Fashions-129646380414411/ "I first started sewing when I was seven years old. No one taught me — I just decided to be a little shit and sit at my mother's sewing machine and see what I could do! No one knew that I was doing it until I started producing backyard plays for Jerry Lewis's muscular dystrophy telethons. My mother, of course, would attend those little plays and noticed that the costumes on all the princesses look like her sheets. They were her sheets! LOL! And that's how it all began."

    Creativity in the Age of Covid #20 (9/09/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 60:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/9MzIoErxOzg The show in which the Arts and Therapy come together to to try and make sense of it all!  Hosted by Dr. Judi Bloom and Richard Skipper  Dr. Judi Bloom is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist specializing in relationships and in navigating through major life transitions. For 26 years she has treated patients of every background and helped them work through a wide variety of personal challenges.  Claudine Cassan-Jellison's theater credits include Maltby & Shire's Closer Than Ever (Cherry Lane), Peter Pan (Peter, NY & Moscow), Godspell (National), Candide (Arena Stage), among others.  As a solo artist Claudine performed in venues some standing, and some unfortunately are gone. In 2012 Claudine returned to cabaret at the Metropolitan Room with, “Yes, and…”, musical director David Gaines, director Barry Kleinbort, and was invited to participate in the O'Neill Cabaret Conference. Undergarments are the foundation upon which we build our wardrobes, and Lori Kaplan, affectionately known as The Fairy Bra Mother, has been supplying costume and wardrobe basics to the heavenly bodies on stage and screen for 4 decades.   With a professional career spanning over 15 years, Leah Sprecher has appeared on TV, in Film, and in some of the nation's most prestigious theatres and music halls. After earning a B.A. in Theatre from UCLA's Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program, she joined multiple national tours including 42nd Street, Happy Days, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Hechter Ubarry (9/08/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 60:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/a0I3JuTDtoc Hechter Ubarry began his professional career after graduating from the High School of Performing Arts in 1965. He left high school a month early to perform with Raul Julia in a production of Bye Bye Birdie in San Antonio, Texas. Returning to New York he was cast in a new Broadway show, The Royal Hunt Of The Sun starring Christopher Plummer.  During his stint in Spanish theatre he learned about a bus and truck production of Man of La Mancha. He auditioned for its choreographer Jack Cole and was hired. He then joined the Broadway production of La Mancha and was invited to do every major production of Man of La Mancha which lasted almost 3 decades. Ubarry continued with his Broadway work as the Prince's brother in Chu Chem, the first Chinese/Jewish musical. He got his first film role as Moonlight in The Cross And The Switchblade with Pat Boone and Erik Estrada directed by film actor Don Murray. His film career has led him to work in Europe with international film stars such as Dominique Sanda, Helmut Griem and Jean Pierre Leaud, (Ubarry spoke his lines in English and each Star spoke in their native language). He may be best known, however as Rico the drug kingpin in 1988's blockbuster Crocodile Dundee II. Ubarry 's cabaret performances began at Danny's Skylight Room in 2002. In 2011 Ubarry met Barry Kleinbort and Christopher Denny and another musical adventure began. Their first collaboration Call Me Papo is now available on youTube. This musical team is now working on their next show, Hechter Ubarry: On Stage which premieres at The Green Room 42 at the Yotel Hotel on Saturday, Oct.16 and Sunday Oct.17 at 7:00 pm. 


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Cheryl Benton and the Three Tomatoes (9/03/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 58:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/EdjxIZh00k4 Cheryl Benton is an entrepreneur, publisher, author, public speaker, an advocate for women and girls around the world, and a cheerleader for grownup women. After a successful career in the New York City ad agency business, she started The Three Tomatoes, a lifestyle guide (web site, newsletters, events, and podcasts) for women over 40. After successfully self-publishing three books, “Can You See Us Now?”, “Martini Wisdom,” and “More Martini Wisdom”, she started The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing to help other women tell their stories. She has now published 21 titles under her imprint and several audiobooks. She is a recipient of the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Adelphi University. She was named a top CEO by SmartCEO magazine and a recipient of their Brava Award. In 2000 she received The G.D. Crain Award in recognition for career achievement in business-to-business marketing communications and exceptional service to the Business Marketing Association.

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Cheryl Benton and the Three Tomatoes! (9/03/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 58:00

    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/EdjxIZh00k4 Cheryl Benton is an entrepreneur, publisher, author, public speaker, an advocate for women and girls around the world, and a cheerleader for grownup women. After a successful career in the New York City ad agency business, she started The Three Tomatoes, a lifestyle guide (web site, newsletters, events, and podcasts) for women over 40. After successfully self-publishing three books, “Can You See Us Now?”, “Martini Wisdom,” and “More Martini Wisdom”, she started The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing to help other women tell their stories. She has now published 21 titles under her imprint and several audiobooks. She is a recipient of the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Adelphi University. She was named a top CEO by SmartCEO magazine and a recipient of their Brava Award. In 2000 she received The G.D. Crain Award in recognition for career achievement in business-to-business marketing communications and exceptional service to the Business Marketing Association.

    Richard Skipper Celebrates Adam Chester! (8/29/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 61:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/S89wuulRMRk Talking with Richard on his show made me think about things I haven't thought of since, oh, well at least, last Monday. And even though the interview might have started early in the morning for me, I never felt like it was too long, inappropriate, or just not fun. It was truly a blast to do! Made me smile! Thanks Richard!  Adam Chester,  www.adamchester.com   Since 2005, Adam Chester has been privileged to work with Sir Elton John and his band, who fondly refer to him as the “Surrogate Elton.” Adam has the distinct honor to sit in for Elton John, basically as Elton John, at the piano, playing and singing Elton's parts for his band rehearsals so Elton doesn't have to be there. Adam has also composed, arranged and conducted choir and string parts for various live performances for Elton. Adam performed on stage at Madison Square Garden with Elton John's band during the program “Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute” at Madison Square Garden, which aired on CBS in April 2018. While Elton proudly watched from the audience, Adam played piano, accompanying major artists including Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Marren Morris, Sam Smith, and Keith Urban. Adam's Quaranchella concerts received national and international press coverage including CBS This Morning with Gayle King, and has featured numerous guest musicians including Michael McDonald, Lisa Loeb, Davey Johnstone, Dave Koz and many others.   Follow Adam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adamjchester


    Richard Skipper Celebrates Adam Chester (8/29/2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 61:00


    For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here:  https://youtu.be/S89wuulRMRk Talking with Richard on his show made me think about things I haven't thought of since, oh, well at least, last Monday. And even though the interview might have started early in the morning for me, I never felt like it was too long, inappropriate, or just not fun. It was truly a blast to do! Made me smile! Thanks Richard!  Adam Chester,  www.adamchester.com   Since 2005, Adam Chester has been privileged to work with Sir Elton John and his band, who fondly refer to him as the “Surrogate Elton.” Adam has the distinct honor to sit in for Elton John, basically as Elton John, at the piano, playing and singing Elton's parts for his band rehearsals so Elton doesn't have to be there. Adam has also composed, arranged and conducted choir and string parts for various live performances for Elton. Adam performed on stage at Madison Square Garden with Elton John's band during the program “Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute” at Madison Square Garden, which aired on CBS in April 2018. While Elton proudly watched from the audience, Adam played piano, accompanying major artists including Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Marren Morris, Sam Smith, and Keith Urban. Adam's Quaranchella concerts received national and international press coverage including CBS This Morning with Gayle King, and has featured numerous guest musicians including Michael McDonald, Lisa Loeb, Davey Johnstone, Dave Koz and many others.   Follow Adam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adamjchester


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