Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Sad Truth Is People Can Be Pretty Shallow

Cover of Time Magazine July 20th, 1961
I want to live my life, not record it.- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Happy Wednesday, July 20th, 2017!
July 20 is the 201st day of the year. There are 164 days remaining until the end of the year.
My goal today is to make YOU feel better! It is an extremely hot day here in New York and as I sat down to begin today's blog, I was listening to the 70s channel on Sirius XM Radio, most specifically, Cheryl Lynn's Got To Be Real from 1978.
July 20th, 1978 was a Thursday as well. Most likely, I was working at Grand Strand Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I'm sure that the above mentioned song was wafting throughout the park from the Himalaya, one of my favorite rides in the amusement park.
Swamp Fox Roller Coaster, Grand Strand Amusement Park, Myrtle Beach, SC
Even as I write these words, a flood of memories are racing through my head. 

Believe it or not, the title of today's blog is the first line of one of my horoscopes today. It goes on to say that as much as I could use some appreciation and acknowledgement, I'll mostly be judged on how I make others feel about themselves. I'll take that. Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, I am finding that there are daily lessons available to us.
As a matter of fact, I am finding that clues and lessons are being presented to me daily on so many levels. I just have to be open to them. These life lessons come in conversations, situations, and various other situations. When your mind is clear and focused, and your body is relaxed and calm, you can access information, both internal and external, that can help you make better decisions.
Go out and enjoy dinner with friends: Please note: No phones on table!

Danny and I have been having dinners lately with really good friends and we are making new friends as well. For some, it is the first time that we all sit down to break bread together.
I like to sit down with no devices and have great conversation! I love covering a myriad of topics and sometimes I don't desire to leave.
One such topic that seems to resonate most with me these days, besides politics, is the subject of communication in today's world. The song that runs in a continuous loop in my head is I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore.

Speaking of communicating with each other, what does my blog offer you? I hope it offers a lighthearted way of looking at the things that affect our lives on a daily basis. I love social media but it sometimes becomes a big distraction in our lives...on so many levels.
I got a call from a friend of mine earlier this week who was feeling down on several things happening that were truly coming from outside sources.
The Internet is giving us access to whatever everyone is doing no matter where we live. Please know, however, that we are getting this 'news' based on what OTHERS desire to share.
Why do we put so much emphasis on what others are doing with their lives?
Imagine if we focused on ourselves instead of
what our 'Facebook friends' or our favorite celebrity was/is doing with their lives.
Well, I am going to focus on ME while celebrating the achievements of others! I'm happy and excited when I see what they are doing!
I'm taking a few moments today and visualizing myself reaching my goals.I am imagining how it will feel to accomplish my goal. I'm picturing my future self: what will be different after I succeed?
I am making my visualization as specific as I can.

She Doesn't Play With Dolls Anymore (Photo credit: Ivan Farkas)
(Photo credit: Ivan Farkas)
I feel like a proud papa today! What a thrill it was to bring Peggy Eason back into cabaret last night in celebration of her 71st Birthday! I give credit where it is due and that goes to Russ Woolley who suggested it and got the wheels rolling! Once we had an idea of the date, we called Kenny Bell at the Laurie Beechman (pay attention cabaret rooms on how to really run a cabaret room!). Once we had a date, we reached out to one of the best musical directors on the scene today, Tracy Stark. (On a side note, Tracy will be the musical director for the December 3rd edition of Richard Skipper Celebrates...)She elevated Peggy to a whole new level.
I then asked Peggy to send me at least 20 songs that she would like to do and we shaped that (with a few eliminations) into a show. I was thrilled to be asked by Peggy to join her for a duet. She also wanted Sue Matsuki to join her.
Once you get Sue involved in a project, she throws herself in 150 % and does what she can to ensure success on every level! Their duet last night rocked 42nd Street! Kenny, Abby Judd, Michael Kirk Lane, and the entire staff at The Laurie Beechman are so phenomenal that they make it difficult for any other venue I work in. A+++++ Then there are those doing the work behind the scenes: Daniel Sherman, Michael Lee Stever, Scott Barbarino: HUGE THANK YOUS!
Then there are those of you who CHOSE to spend a Wednesday night with Peggy. We know there are so many options in this great city so thank you for choosing us.
Bosom Buddies: Sue Matsuki and Peggy Eason Photo credit: Ivan Farkas
Peggy was at the top of her game. Voice was glorious and she was VERY FUNNY! She was quite the comedienne.

Her gown was gorgeous. She was relaxed and truly at the top of her game. Again, I am very proud! Russ, YOU are the real deal! Thanks for a night I won't forget for a long time. As you know, I needed it!

From Sue Matsuki: Regarding Peggy Eason's show last evening at The Laurie Beechman Theater: How does one put into words the joy of joy? To see a friend, Peggy Eason who has not been able to do a show due to finances (like many of us at times) be gifted a show by two other friends, Richard Skipper and Russ Woolley at the Beechman last night was beyond what I can express in words.
Photo credit: Ivan Farkas did a really good thing here! My heart was so full watching Peggy just glow on stage. I cried happy tears and lost it when she sang "Defying Gravity" while showing a flim of her sky diving. This was a 2 lb. blind baby that was not supposed to live and here she was in all her glory...defying the odds. I lost it! I have heard her sing many times but I never saw her do a whole show. 
With Tracy Stark on the keys and working with Peggy, she took her to yet another level, it was bliss. To then be asked to do a duet with her (Bosom Buddies) was just icing on the cake. 
Congratulations Peggy. I hope you are still over the moon today. You earned it!

Earlier this week, The Signature Theater in Washington DC started their 28th season as they began rehearsals for
  A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Florence Lacey Stella has joined the cast!
This will be Eric Schaeffer's 28th Sondheim production that he'll direct and the first time doing NIGHT MUSIC. As he says, "Some things are worth waiting for". I wish all involved a very successful run.
Who would like to join me for a road trip?
                  appearing at Nino's                   Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
            Performing The Great American Songbook.................................           
            7:30PM to 10:30PM
                          1354 First Avenue, New York, NY 10021                               (between East 72nd and 73rd Streets)
                 Reservations: 212-988-0002

New Plays and Musicals can sometimes take years to nurture before making it to a professional stage with paying customers.
One such play opening at the 2017 NY Summerfest July 31 at Hudson Guild Theatre has had a 15-year journey; Jack Dyville's My Stage Daddy. (Read MORE)

Actor's Equity Actors. Join the Equity's Stage Door  page on Facebook. It's a place to share
your feelings about your professional
experiences and all things union.

Michael Masci with Michael Feinstein Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Kindly take a moment to listen to Jim Caruso's New York Minute on Palm Beach's Legends Radio to hear all about our new celebrity in NYC, Michael Masci  AND my Video guru! Michael does all of my promotional videos as well as the opening montage videos for my Richard Skipper Celebrates...series.
I'm overjoyed to announce that since the airing of this radio plug, Michael Masci Trio will perform at Cafe Carlyle July 23rd (on their daughter Felicity's 15th Birthday) and his contract is extended for three additional Sundays in August
Michael Masci with Avery Sommers, Sunny Sessa, Terence, Michael Feinstein, Matt Baker. Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Michael Masci Trio will be performing at Cafe Carlyle for two of those August performances, but you'll just have to come in to The Carlyle find out which Sunday!  God is good!  Keep ya comin' back for more!

Michael Masci Entertainment

Eric Michael Gillett
Ricky Ritzel's 2017 MAC Award Winner for Best Recurring Series returns for it's July edition. Now entering the third year, the show features Broadway's Eric Michael Gillett with Sean Bernardi, Fran Leonardis, Sue Matsuki, Ann McCormack, Tara Moran, Aaron Morishita, Sidney Myer and Jay Rogers. with songs from La Cage Aux Folles, The Grand Tour, and Woman of the Year.
Fashioned after Sylvia Fine Kaye’s Musical Comedy Tonight PBS programs from the 70's,
each show highlights songs and stories from 2 or 3 Broadway musicals with a star studded
revolving cast. Ricky Ricky, last seen on Broadway hailing a cab, will give wry commentary as well as accompanying on the piano.
$20 cover/$15 MAC 2 Drink minimum, Cash only.
DON’T TELL MAMA   call 212-757-0788  or for reservations.

Lorna Luft, out for dinner at Spago with her big sister Liza's step mother, Lee Minnelli, 1989.
An Evening With Lorna Luft, a new show from the  acclaimed stage, screen, and television actress and vocalist, will take place Monday  evening at 8 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor as part of its Music Mondays cabaret series. The show will feature music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway classics, shows in which she has starred, and a few songs from her show business legacy as the daughter of Judy Garland and Sidney Luft and half-sister to Liza Minnelli. Ms. Luft has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages, among them the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, the London Palladium, and L’Olympia in Paris.
Tickets range from $55 to $85.

Hello, Dolly! has been a sold-out hit that, nevertheless, has been greeted skeptically by some aficionados. 
Bette Midler is a crowd-pleasing artist, and her persona seems a perfect fit for the role of the enterprising matchmaker, Dolly Levi. Yet there are those who say her voice isn’t large enough for Dolly’s big songs. (Read MORE)

The Sad Truth MIGHT be that people can be pretty shallow...but I've been very lucky with the people in MY life!

I was recently lucky enough to attend *Richard Skipper Celebrates the Songs of World War II,* held on Armed Forces Day in May. Richard is in his element as the perfect host – welcoming, relaxed, knowledgeable, and funny. Joining Richard’s party were Diane J Findlay, Sue Matsuki, and KT Sullivan, plus mystery guests Carole Demas and Ruby Rakos. They were first-rate, and sang the heck out of their vintage selections, including some expected classics, and some less well-known songs. Richard Skipper Celebrates is clearly inspired by the old TV variety shows, and by Richard’s intense love for music, performers, and entertainment history. The brunch show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre left me happy, informed, and wanting to celebrate with Richard Skipper again and again. [The next installment is on June 18 for Father's Day!] Most of all, I was reminded of exactly what it was that I loved about Cabaret as a genre: at its best, there is an intimacy about it that leads to an intense bond between performer and audience that I have seldom seen elsewhere.
Maya Amis, Jackson Heights, NY

Though I have not have the great fortune to see Richard's show's live (Please come to Vegas!!!)   I do have the great fortune of calling him one of my dearest friends. And that dear ones, is  a great blessing indeed.   Richard is a blessing to all who he encounters.   His positivity   will help you through the hardest of days.   Truly one in a million :)  May God continue to bless all you do!

Jamie Farrar

What a wonderful afternoon at "Richard Skipper Celebrates" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on June 18th.
Do you remember Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show or WNEW AM from years ago.This show brought me back to those days. Besides being a wonderful entertainer, Richard is an fascinating interviewer. His guests in this show included Sarah Rice and Mark Watson, David Sabella, Warren Schein and special guest Sharon McNight.
It's been such a long time since I have seen such a wonderful show.
Richard has this event as a Sunday Brunch once a month. He is taking the summer off but will return with a blockbuster show on Sunday September 10th. If you are in the New York area please join me to witness talent that is rare seen any more. (September 10th, brunch at the Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street)
Elaine Marlowe Mitchell, NYC
with Russ Woolley, Peggy Eason, Sue Matsuki

If you are in the New York area please join me to witness talent that is rare seen any more. (September 10th, brunch at the Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street)
Elaine Marlowe Mitchell, NYC

Sit Back! A New News Cycle Is About to Begin!

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

With grateful XOXOXs , 

There are very few individuals who know more about Dolly Gallagher Levi than I … Oh, and Jerry Herman, of course.  However, Richard Skipper certainly comes close.  When it comes to the history of Jerry’s brilliant production, beyond the 5000 plus performances of my own, even I turn to Richard Skipper when I have questions about the remarkable ladies who followed me in the role that the world fell in love with over 50 years ago.   From the world’s second Dolly, Carole Cook, to the original Broadway production’s last Dolly, Ethel Merman, and all of those talented ladies in between.  
 Pearl Bailey, who made the role of Dolly her own, Phyllis Diller, who has often been mistaken for me and I her, and Eve Arden, who wore the exact same size as I and stepped in for me so I could film Thoroughly Modern Millie.  Oh, and don’t forget JoAnne Worley, who so patently waited in the wings as my standby and did such a remarkable job of it when she eventually donned Dolly’s red gown for herself.  Dolly is America’s Hamlet and should be treated with the same respect and played by everyone.  I am so glad that Richard has taken the time to chronicle the history of the Dollys.  She is theatre’s ultimate Broadway Baby … with all due respect to Maria Van Trapp, Eliza Doolittle, Sally Bowles, Mama Rose and Mame. – Carol Channing


Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!   

Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Richard Skipper,


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Letting Go of those that have a Problem For Every Situation

Life Is a Banquet and More Poor Sons of Bitches are Starving To Death!
-Mame Dennis

Happy Sunday, July 16th, 2017!
Today is the 197th day of the year. There are 168 days remaining until the end of the year. As I sat down to begin my blog today, I was listening to Linda Kosut sing I Cover The Waterfront. It is a soulful rendition and really sums up where I am, where I've been, and where I desire to go.

The time has come to let go of things, and people, that are no longer of any real use to me. One of my horoscopes is telling me that new projects and new partnerships are coming into being when the Sun changes signs on the 22nd, so clear as much space in my life as I can...and I am! I believe that.
And I refuse to stop growing.
Life is boring if you never improve at anything.

Carleton Carpenter: One of the many players of Call on Dolly!

Trying to rigidly cling to an unmanageable agenda only makes matters worse now.  I am following the course of least resistance and allowing  EVERYTHING to fall like a house of cards.This way, I'm able to pick up those 'cards' that are going to benefit me on some level.   Once the stress of keeping up appearances is gone, I'm available to recreate my life to your liking. Sometimes it takes an unexpected breakdown to experience an undeniable breakthrough. That has been happening over the past few weeks!

I want to begin by telling you about the past two weeks. On July 1st, Danny and I drove up to Buffalo for our nephew's wedding (on Danny's side of the family). When Danny and I met 27 years ago, Joey was running around in diapers.
It was heartwarming to see him start out on the next chapter of his life with his wife after a few missteps along the way.
It was a beautiful wedding on a beautiful day.

Why did I gravitates toward Hello, Dolly! rather than Funny Girl? It starts with Carol Channing!
I flew back to New York the next morning so that I could devote a week alone to work on my book, Call on Dolly! :From Carol  Channing to Bette Midler and Beyond.
Jerry Herman!
A dear friend picked me up at JFK and I came home excitedly to focus on my book. I took a nap when I got home and woke in the afternoon to get going. I've spent seven years on this project.
That has included over 500 interviews and many trips and, thank you, Danny, sitting through MANY productions of Dolly on every level of the spectrum.
So on Monday of last week, I sat down at my computer, booted it up, and I could not access my data base!

I was desperately trying to figure out why I could not get in. Danny's brother, David, who is an IT guy was able to reconstruct it AND retrieve my data base!

 It didn't stop there. My external drive could not be detected.

My entire book project was there! As well as my head shots, family photos, friends, celebrities, interviews, everything! My heart stopped. It truly crippled me. Last week was a lost cause. It was the darkest place I think I have felt in a long time. It zapped my energy. I became lethargic and had no sense of direction and/or what to do next.

My best FRIEND, Russ Woolley, suggested calling a friend of his who is also an IT guy.
He came over and could not figure out the problem.

Another FRIEND, Lisa Egidi-Martinez, contacted a data retrieval company in
Jerry Herman and Lucille Ball as Mame
Stony Point, Rockland County Computer Repair, and they came and picked it up.

I received a text Monday AM of this week that it was looking good and that they were cleaning up some 'junk'.
I'm not exactly sure what that meant. I asked for prayers, positive energy, AND positive thoughts.
Yes! I do believe in that. Well, it worked.
It was returned yesterday and EVERYTHING is intact! Not only did he save all my files, they are now downloaded on to my computer and he even freed up space on my computer ensuring me that I still have plenty of space still on my computer and that I truly don't even need an external drive at this point, a fallacy I have carried around AND been taught for several years.

I am tired of taking one step forward, then two steps back!
Perhaps this is the Universe's way of telling me to step back and take a break.
Ginger Rogers
I was still cautiously optimistic but I breathed a little bit better. So my computer had a near-death experience!
I took the summer off from performing my show to focus on my book and regroup.

I started working on this project in 2011 when my career took an unfortunate turn.

I was trying to figure out what the next chapter would be for me. I had spent 20 years performing as Carol Channing.
It was TIME to move on.

Thus was born Call on Dolly!
Danny and I were vacationing in Palm Springs where the idea hit me like a bolt of energy. 

As soon as I announced on Facebook that I was going to write this book, a friend suggested I contact Roberta Olden, who was Ginger Rogers' personal assistant the last
10 years of Rogers' life. (Today, by the way is Ginger Rogers' Birthday)
I desired to become a writer, blogger and author.

It was never my dream. But it is NOW! I can see it clearly . . .
taste it, smell it, feel it.
I asked where she was and I almost plotzed when he said she was in Palm Springs! He said he would make the introductions.
She called me and told me that she was managing a country club and that would be the best place for us to meet.
Broadway's latest Dolly! Donna Murphy! A holy grail interview
Danny and I went there and I was shocked and  amazed to see she was my age. I expected a much older woman. We sat down to talk and I began to ask her questions. After about 15 minutes, she invited us back to her home.
There she shared so much including Rogers' mom's journal! This detailed an opening night and closing night account of Rogers' run on Broadway. She even had Roger's Harmonia Gardens gown hanging in her closet. It was a great interview and I was off and running!
So for the past seven years,
David Merrick's Bio in the Playbill of the current Broadway Revival

I've been churning out the work through my blogs and the CallonDolly website.
I also have a very big presence on social media. I'm feeling clear, energetic, courageous and that is resulting in
super productivity!
My fans are clamoring for my book to be released or my next blog post to be published based on the emails I receive. I am living my passion and purpose . . serving others . . . fulfilling my potential. Living the dream makes life great. I feel enthusiastic, joyous, and confident. But, so far, my dream of this book being published has remained just that . . . a dream. I haven't achieved my writing
goals or reached the level of success I desire - personally or professionally.

My horoscope today is telling me that I can’t prevent my schedule from falling apart today; random changes demand radical solutions.
I'm listening and making a LOT of changes in my life. The thought for the day is INNER PEACE . Think of this word as your mantra for the day. First apply the word to yourself, THEN apply this word to EVERYONE YOU meet. Think of this word as you respond to EVERY POST you see throughout the day. The thought for TODAY is INNER PEACE . Please pay it forward...
I've been doing a LOT of soul searching lately. Over the last year, I have really been putting together a SUCCESS team, a team of those that support my dream and are propelling me in the RIGHT direction.
Some have been added to that team that are now being removed as I move into the next season of Richard Skipper Celebrates...(the LIVE show).
Did they move me to a new level or bring me down? It is time for me to reevaluate most or there will be NO growth! The foundation of my plan is networking.

Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

Once you know the combination, the lock will open for you and I am finally figuring out that combination.

When I was in high school, my Biology teacher, Miss. Gerald, ended EVERY single class with, "Read, re-read, and take notes."
Doing the Red Carpet at The Bistro Awards (seen here with Dee Dee Bridgeater)
Even as I write these words, I can see her round tomato face
Who would have thought that my life path would have led me to Carol Channing!
pushing up her glasses and saying those words before we were able to get out of our seats and leave the room.
I had another mentor, Miss Florence Epps, who gave me a high regard and respect for ALL that has gone before me. I have written about Mss Epps many times and if you follow this blog, it may seem repetitious. To those of you who follow me, rather than apologizing, I believe it bears repeating.
Mame was my first show with a theater company and truly began to shape the entertainer I am today.  In Miss Epps' backyard, she had built a little playhouse, a mini-theater.
No one is going to rain on my parade
Miss Epps was called the Fairy Godmother of our local theater in Conway, South Carolina, The Theater of the Republic (TOR). She took me under her wing after my appearance in Mame.She saw opportunities in me and became the first to really believe in my ability.
And before I knew it, not only was I becoming my popular with TOR but other theaters started seeking me out.
The next company I became involved with was Coastal Carolina's Upstage Company. I recently wrote about the events that led up to my doing Marat/Sade with that company. To reiterate, I was given a whole new level of confidence that I truly never had with TOR. I had a great time with TOR, but looking back, I realize I always remained an outsider. I still feel that to a certain extent.

A few years ago, I used to still receive my hometown paper due to a gift from a now departed friend. One day while

reading the paper, I discovered that for the first time in the theater's history that they had hired an artistic director to elevate the status of the theater and elevate the theater to a new level. I went on to read that the theater had several fundraising efforts to raise money for the theater to reconstruct the balcony due to damage from a fire.
I called the lady who was always (and probably still is!) considered the 'first lady of our hometown theater.
She talked for 25 minutes about herself, never once asking me anything about my life since leaving Conway. I listened and then realized that in her life I was insignificant. At the end of the conversation, not once asking me about any other aspect of my life, she asked me if I was still performing! I told her to google me before ending the call!
It reminded me of an interview that Katharine Hepburn gave with Phil Donahue when her book, Me, came out. This interview was rare and a big deal for Mr. Donahue.
At the end of the interview, he asked her to autograph his copy of the book. She asked him whom she should make the book out to. He said to her, "You have no idea who I am, do you?" She did not! When he told her he was Phil Donahue, she didn't believe him! HERE.
She went on to say, "It's pretty humbling, isn't it?" I remember watching that incredulously as my jaw dropped!
No matter how big or important we are, there are MANY who have no idea who we are or what we have accomplished (and/or not). I once asked Carol Channing what advice she had for me. She imparted two important pieces of advice for me. I will share one with you.  She said to me to accept  that for every person who likes me, there are an equal number who don't. That was advice that was given to her by Anita Loos when Carol was slammed by Dorothy Kilgallen over Carol's performance in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Broadway. Carol was the toast of Broadway. She was on the cover of Life and Time magazines at the same time. She was only the second actress to have that accolade. The first was Tallulah Bankhead, who also shared a birthday with Carol, by the way. Kilgallen decimated Carol in print and it really brought her down. Loos assured Carol that it was ONE WOMAN'S opinion and who cared anyway? Broadway LOVED HER! Still does! The current revival of Hello, Dolly! never would have happened if Carol had not made it such an American institution!  
Some 'critics' think that because they can put pen to paper and make words come out, these words can be compelling, valuable, page turning.

To be continued...Remember, this is a stream of consciousness blog and I am a work in progress!

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

Today's blog is dedicated to Ginger Rogers. Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in
Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!

On June 18th, 2017,  I had the great good pleasure of singing in one of Richard Skipper’s
Celebrating Scott Barbarino in April 2017, Metropolitan Room
Extravaganzas par Excellence at the Laurie Beechman Theater. This one celebrated Father's Day. It was a  terrific show and Richard was, as always, a wonderful host and singer.   The show ran smoothly and professionally and the performance level was exceedingly high.  Upbeat and fun it reminded me of those wonderful TV variety shows of my youth.  But it isn’t an imitation of one of them, it is Richard’s own, unique creation.  If you have never been to one, I recommend it highly, if you are one of the regulars, you are already hooked.

 Mark Watson

With Rick McKay
Dearest Richard,
Thank you for organizing and producing such an amazing show to open our Rockland County Pride weekend. Everyone was blown away by the talent of all the performers! You truly made the weekend of Pride one to be remembered. Your continued support and affirmation of our LGBT Community and the Rockland County Pride Center is something we are eternally grateful for.
Thank you!!

Diana Wilkins,

 Dear Richard,
With the late great Tammy Grime, Sondra Lee, and Nancy Anderson

Thank you for the tribute to Judy Garland in honor of her birthday for the American Popular Song Society on Judy Garland's Birthday (6/10/17). The entertaining film clips, the guest performers and your interviews all made for a memorable afternoon.

Ann Dawson, NYC

Sit Back! A New News Cycle Is About to Begin!

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

With grateful XOXOXs , 

With Peggy Eason: Please join us on Wednesday Night as Russ Woolley and I Present her at The Laurie Beechman Theater...Click HERE

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!  

Keeping America great through Art!     

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!

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Keeping Entertainment LIVE!


Richard Skipper,