Russ Woolley and The Laurie Beechman Theater ANNOUNCE The Cast of the next edition of Richard Skipper Celebrates… CELEBRATING BROADWAY Actress Carol Channing

Russ Woolley and The Laurie Beechman Theater ANNOUNCE The Cast of the next edition of Richard Skipper Celebrates… CELEBRATING LEGENDARY BROADWAY Actress Carol Channing JANUARY 31 8PM Laurie Beechman Theater featuring Christine Pedi, Diane J. Findlay, Wendy Scherl, Karen Saunders and a SURPRISE guest to be announced January 5th!

It’s a Carol Celebration! The Laurie Beechman Theater (Kenny Bell, Producing Artistic Director) and Russ Woolley start the new year with the first of the Richard Skipper Celebrates…series celebrating the life and career of the legendary Broadway actress Carol Channing. The show features Christine Pedi, Diane J. Findlay, Wendy Scherl, Karen Saunders, and a special guest to be announced January 5th. All under the musical direction of Michael Lavine with Rex Benincasa on percussion, Erik Lawrence on Sax, and Maryann McSweeney on bass.

$30.00 cover/$25.00 Food Drink Minimum

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.    

-Theater Pizzazz

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

This format ensures that every show is different – featuring The Richard Skipper Celebrates band (also new every month). January’s show features Michael Lavine on piano; percussionist Rex Benincasa, bassist Mary McSweeney, Erik Lawrence on Sax.

You Never Know Who You Might See There and What Might Happen!

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. This is part of a series that launched in May of 2016. Since starting this series, Richard Skipper Celebrates has done tributes to the 53rd anniversary of Hello, Dolly! last January, birthday celebrations of Liza Minnelli, EY Yip Harburg, and many others. Richard is artist in Residence at The Laurie Beechman and currently booked through June of 2018.

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.

Richard Skipper Celebrates!

A delightful celebration of cabaret, beautiful voices, and Richard Skipper being the ultimate host! Beautifully produced by Russ Woolley.

What a wonderful way to share a joy filled 90 minutes!

Pat Palumbo, Amawalk, NY

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.

Marvin Nathan

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 http://www.RichardSkipper.com for more info

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