January 31st, 2018
Richard Skipper Celebrates Carol Channing's 97th Birthday
8PM Laurie Beechman Theater
featuring Diane J. Findlay, Wendy Scherl, Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh
Richard Skipper will be celebrating Carol Channing's life and career through the songs she sang. All under the musical direction of Michael Lavine with Rex Benincasa on percussion, Erik Lawrence on Sax, and Maryann McSweeney on bass.
Richard Skipper Celebrates LEGENDS like no other!
Richard Skipper Celebrates is where the entertainment world comes together
"I had the immense pleasure of performing in Richard's Nov. 5th show. Richard's introduction of me was so lush, that I was looking behind myself to see who he was talking about! So, with his wonderful band behind me, I hope that I gave the folks something to 'write home about"! By the end of the evening, I felt as if I had been missing out on a tradition that is integral to show biz!! Before I could even get through the doors of the theater, I was warmly greeted by people who had seen me perform in other venues but were "fierce cheerleaders" of the 'RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES MOVEMENT' ...YES..I see this as a 'MOVEMENT', a wonderful way to keep us 'Baby Boomers' connected to iconic shows that set a standard for every show that would come down the pike ! Richard's show took me back to the grand days of variety shows that drew you in and held on to your heart for 60 to 90 minutes every Saturday and Sunday evening. Hey Richard, I could've sworn that I saw Pearl Bailey, Perry Como & Dinah Shore sitting at a table in the back of the room ! If you ever need me again, just remember the lyrics of that famous Michael Jackson song and "JUST CALL MY NAME AND I'LL BE THERE"!"
~~Denise Spann-Morgan, Brooklyn NY"It's a joyous holiday time year round when Richard Skipper Celebrates!. . . Mr. Skipper offers his own brand of entertainment creating a warm and fuzzy atmosphere. Richard Skipper Celebrates is a memorable experience you’ll happily want to repeat many times".
"Richard Skipper Celebrates is a talk/variety show that encourages people to celebrate each and every day and each other. I had never been to on of Richard's "Celebrate" shows, so when he invited me to perform, I didn't really know what to expect. Wow! It was a great show. It's not just a show - it's a production! I had such a nice time, and the audience was having a lot of fun. Richard is a great interviewer and his ability think on his feet, joke, and make the audience feel comfortable is a talent. Congrats!"
~~Shana Farr, New York, NY
You Never Know Who You Might See There
and What Might Happen!
From Dec. 5th: (L-R) Tracy Stark, Deborah Stone, Sidney Myer, Richard Skipper, Ann Kittredge, Kathryn Crosby, Russ Woolley, Bobby Belfry (Photo credit: Michael Lee Stever)
Multi-award winner and critically acclaimed Richard Skipper has an almost 40 year career which has taken him from South Carolina to New York to Hollywood and all points in between. He is an entertainer, raconteur, arts advocate and theater historian. Under the guise of Richard Skipper Celebrates! he has conducted over 700 interviews celebrating people in the arts. Recent interviews have included Joyce Bullifant, Kathryn Crosby, Linda Purl, Don Most, Melissa Manchester, Lesley Ann Warren, Loretta Swit, Tippi Hedren, Rich Little, and David France, author of "How To Survive A Plague", Patty Farmer, author of "Starring the Plaza" and "Playboy Laughs". He is currently artist in residence at The Laurie Beechman Theater in NYC presenting a monthly talk/variety show called Richard Skipper Celebrates produced by Russ Woolley.
"First let me say that Richard Skipper is a phenomenal host and interviewer. I've known about Richard for quite a long time as an entertainer but really not as a host or an interviewer. Thank you for your calmness, your smile, and fantastic reporting on such a major star as Melissa and so many others. I cannot wait to see your next show".
The music charge is $30, plus a $20 food/drink menu minimum.
For information, or to order online,
visit http://www.westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre or call 845-365-0720.
The Laurie Beechman Theater is at 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC 10036 | 212.695.6909
This series is Partially sponsored by Wright Bros. Real Estate – Nyack, NY
Please visit www.RichardSkipper.com for more info
In April of 2017, Richard was chosen to introduce 1938's Jezebel starring Bette Davis on stage at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as part of the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival with Tiffany Vazquez after sending in a screen test. (available for viewing on YouTube)
Richard was the associate producer of the 2010, 2012, and 2013 Bistro Awards. He produced the late Peggy Herman's CD Release Party at Feinstein's, directed by Peter Glebo and Tommy Tune, and it was an SRO success. He writes under Richard Skipper Celebrates celebrating artists and their body of "worth" with a huge readership, also a monthly Facebook LIVE Roundtable celebrating the best that cabaret and the theater has to offer.
The music charge is $30, plus a $20 food/drink menu minimum. For information, or to order online, visit http://www.westbankcafe.com/laurie-beechman-theatre or call 845-365-0720. The Laurie Beechman Theater is at 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC 10036 | 212.695.6909
This series is Partially sponsored by Wright Bros. Real Estate - Nyack, NY