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Copyright: March 3, 2002
By: Laura Deni
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THAT LONG TOBACCO ROAD -
FROM PICKING TOBACCO TO PLAYING CAROL CHANNING
Richard Skipper and Carol Channing in San
Francisco last week
Carol Channing is 81 years old. She's been in show business for over 60 years. She's just penned
her autobiography. Last weekend she was honored in San Francisco. Richard Skipper honors
her every time he takes the stage performing as Carol Channing. This past weekend they
performed on the same stage.
Broadway To Vegas spoke with Skipper after he returned to his home in New York.
Channing appeared with Skipper and sang with the Gay Men's Chorus at the Palace of Fine Arts
to raise cash for gay youth programs. She refused to accept a fee.
"San Francisco proclaimed it Carol Channing Day. She was given a proclamation and she spent
the day at City Hall and then attended 5:00 p.m. rehearsals. She is incredible!," exclaimed
Channing was a definite hit with the Board of Supervisors. The graduate of Lowell High received
not only the proclamation, but applause and admiration from the elected officials. She delivered
extended remarks, offering to cut short her thoughts quipping to President Ammiano - "Anytime
you'd like me to stop, just say so."
"I wouldn't dare," he replied.
The auditorium at Lowell High is named in Channing's honor. "What I like best about that," she
said, "is that my name doesn't come down when I'm not appearing there."
Jerry Herman and Carol Channing
"Never in a million years do impersonators get the opportunity to share the stage with the person
they impersonate," continued Skipper. "There I was standing in the wings while she was doing
Skipper is in an awkward performance hard spot. "Gay venues strangely enough are afraid that
audiences aren't going to be interested in Carol Channing and straight venues are afraid of getting
the gay groups that you see on the Jerry Springer Show," explained Skipper.
"I never do anything off color or anything that would be offensive to anyone in the audience.
Booking people are so closed minded that they think they know the audiences better than the
audiences do," Skipper complained. "If you attract an audience that is over thirty-five the
booking agents aren't
interested. Yet, the vast majority of people attending shows are over thirty-five."
"What drives me crazy is to watch entertainment videos where everything is 15 to 20 second
thoughts and then the camera angle changes. "You can't focus on anyone's face. That is what
made the Garland show so great," he said referring to the Emmy award winning show based on
the book by Garland's daughter Lorna Luft.
"There have been reports of studies where students watched that show and they are amazed at the
results. The students said they were better able to understand the character, get a good sense of
who Judy Garland was, because the camera angles weren't choppy. In a live performance the
audience gets a chance to really focus on the character," elaborated the performer.
Richard Skipper as Judy Garland
"I did Judy Garland before I developed Carol Channing. My concern with Carol was whether an
audience would be interested in a full show," he said referring to his act which was created while
Channing was between runs of Hello Dolly and doing her club act. "The problem of most
impersonators is that after the initial look - what do you do?"
What Skipper did was to focus on the multi talented career of Channing and know the lady almost
better than she knows herself.
"When Gracie Allen was dying she asked Carol to go on tour with George and Carol appeared all
over the road doing the George and Gracie routines," continued Skipper. "People should study
what she did in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is under appreciated as a movie
Before Skipper could launch his tribute to Channing he needed to run the routine past the
That took place when a friend insisted that he attend - dressed as Channing- an event honoring
the real McCoy. Reluctant at first to show up where he hadn't been invited, he put on the
Channing get up and showed up. He was seated at Channing's table. He offered to do his act for
her and when she agreed they went into a room where Skipper not only did his
tribute but found himself bombarded by questions from Channing about her career and life.
Skipper never faltered and passed the Channing test.
"After appearing as Carol Channing for Carol and
winning the Bistro Awards I knew I was going in the right direction," said Skipper who has just
been nominated for another MAC Award.
"My goal with the Carol show is to eventually get it to Broadway. I avoid the word impersonator
in any of my press. I refer to my show as a loving tribute."
It is partially an audience interactive show. Question cards are passed out for people to ask
questions about Carol's life.'
Carol once made headlines claiming she had sex only twice in her marriage. Does that question
ever come up? Skipper replied, "In every show somebody will ask about that. I never see those
cards. The questions are screened. I don't want my show to go in that direction. That is where
the camp element ends. My performance is a 90 minute party celebrating Carol's life.
Finding a place to throw the party isn't necessarily a piece of cake.
"Booking agents say to me - Can you shake up the character a bit?"
His answer is -"No!"
He indicated that he receives numerous offers from radio stations asking to him to guest on
over the edge morning programs where listeners and the hosts would be subjecting his Channing
Carol Channing performing at Caesars Palace, Las
Vegas in 1974
"I do not make fun of her," emphasized Skipper. "That is not what I am about. I have the
utmost respect for her. I will continue to take the high road," said Skipper who often donates his
time for benefit performances including fund-raisers for TOPA (Towards Older Person
"Last week Carol did a new routine about how she built San Francisco. She is now capitalizing
on her age. She is 81 and proud of it. She talks about how she put the cement down for the
Cathedral and was one of the first people to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Recently she
went into a self-imposed exile to write her autobiography. It's called Just Lucky I Guess,
coming out in September."
We threw out an idea that Skipper team up with Channing in some fashion on her book
tour. With no reflection upon any authors, book publishers or the book sellers, frequently
book signing events can result in nobody showing up. Stores will order extra books that are even
autographed by the author. After the author exits the store, the books are boxed up and returned
to the publisher.
Skipper could perform in a venue with Channing in
attendance and then following his show autographed books would be sold.
From picking tobacco to performing as Carol Channing - it's been a long tobacco road for
"I started acting when I was 13 years old. I come from a blue collar background. My father was
a welder. My father and both of my grandparents grew up on tobacco farms in South Carolina,"
said skipper who doesn't smoke.
The life of a tobacco farmer is a hard one. One of four children, Skipper grew up working in the
"A typical season is you lay the tobacco beds.
Once the tobacco stalks start to grow, then pink
flowers appear. When they are in full bloom you know you it's time to succar the tobacco which
means you cut the top of the stalks. Then you go through the fields and break off the bottom
leaves. Next week you go back and do that to the next level. You keep doing that week after
week. It's a full summer program. I did that for four summers and hated every
A boy holds a rack of tobacco leaves in South
"On August 5, 1979 I announced to my family that I was going to New York. I had never flown
or been to New York and I had $500 in my pocket.
"Right before I came to New York I was packing my things. It was Friday night and I was
leaving on Sunday. My mother said - You're serious aren't you? That's how much in denial
that were. My father said - You'll be back home in three weeks."
Although his parents haven't seen him perform as Channing they have attended his Judy Garland
performance. His sister whom Skipper calls "very supportive" has traveled to Atlantic City to
watch his act.
Skipper, who performed in Carnegie Hall last December, frequently speaks to groups of aspiring
entertainers and sometimes what he says makes
the parents cringe. "Many times teachers, parents and friends tell the person to have something
else to fall back on. A lot of parents don't like it when I say this - but if you have something to
fall back on changes are you'll fall back," he related regarding a safety mattress that has no
Without a safety net Skipper had a greater focus on creating his Carol Channing and succeeding
as an actor.
"I went to every audition, did whatever it would take, took any role that came along. That doesn't
mean that I didn't do the survival jobs," he quickly added. "I've waited tables and done temp
work. But, I was always focused on my performing career."
Skipper beings his fourth engagement at Windsor Casinos with Undercover Girls starring
Richard Skipper with Tommy Femia (as Judy Garland), Scott Cooper as Marilyn Monroe &
Bobby Bruno as Mr. Joan Rivers. March 10th - 31st Casino Windsor, Windsor Ontario,
Canada. You can visit Richard's website at www.RichardSkipper.com
LOVING LUCY ENOUGH TO PAY THE
Realtors are having trouble getting the childhood home of Lucille Ball off the market. Having
been put up for auction on EBay, the property a two story, three-bedroom, 11/2-bath frame house in Celoron,
N.Y. about 70 miles from Buffalo, where I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball spent her childhood, had
people loving Lucy enough to place bids that met the minimum. The problem is that the deadbeat bidders didn't
The first time it was on EBay, it was as an auction. Real estate agent Bruce Turner said there
were a few bids in excess of $100,000. But after the auction, the bidders didn't follow through.
This time it is listed under Real Estate and the the asking price is $98,500.
The house, which dates back to 1890, once belonged to Ball's maternal grandparents, Fred and
Hunt, and is where Ball lived from the age of 8 until midway through high school, when she left
York to attend drama school in Manhattan.
The house is touted to still have a rod on the first floor that held a curtain for Ball's impromptu
performances when she'd bring friends home from high school and entertain them.
The real estate agent handling the property informs prospective buyers that you can even bathe in
used by the young Lucy, because the second-floor bathroom appears intact from the time she
Tragically, her grandparents lost the house after she moved away as a result of a backyard
Fred Hunt had been outside the house showing a rifle he'd bought to Ball's little brother Fred
when the gun
accidentally discharged and paralyzed a boy who lived next door. The Hunts were soon forced to
house as a result of the ensuing lawsuit. Only one family has lived in the house since then. Turner
only one family has lived in the house since then. But the last remaining member of that family is
now in a
nursing home, and her sons are selling the house on Lucy Lane.
Last year this house was featured in a CBS network special timed for the 50th anniversary of I
Turner and his real estate partner, Dave Anderson, figure the place hasn't sold sooner because the
connection prompted the owners to raise the asking price. It's about double the price of
in the village of Celoron.
"I'd have had it sold for $30,000 a dozen times over," Anderson said.
After months of trying to get this place off the market Turner has turned to the sacrilegious. "I
said to one of
my buddies that we should buy it and take four inches of wood at a time and put them on EBay,"
said. "We'd probably make a fortune."
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Karen Mason, Louise Pitre, and Judy Kaye in
from Mamma Mia! Photo by Joan Marcus
Song and dancing were replaced with reading and rhyming last Friday morning when Louise Petri,
currently staring in Mamma Mia! celebrated the NEA's read Across America with
preschoolers at Homes For The Homeless Clinton Family Inn.
Louise and her husband, actor Joe Matheson, joined million of others of their peers across this
country to celebrate the joy of reading in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Petri has received rave reviews for her high voltage portrayal of feisty single mother Donna
Sheridan in the musical Mamma Mia!
Homes for the Homeless is dedicated to reducing homelessness and poverty by providing families
with the education and training that will enable them to build independent lives. HRH is the
single provider of transitional housing in New York City, serving over 450 homeless families daily
in four American Family Inns.
ACTORS UNION WITHDRAWS FROM
Actors' Equity Association, with 41,000 members nationwide, was listed first among seven
signatories in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Wednesday supporting former University of Utah
theater student Christina Axson-Flynn's right to make "modest script modifications" to eliminate
the offending words. (See Broadway To Vegas column of August 5, 2001
A statement released on Friday indicates the group's support was based on misleading
information. Representatives of Actors' Equity said they thought Axson-Flynn was asking for
alternative scripts rather than omissions or changes.
"The brief as published does not reflect representations made to us when we were recently
contacted particularly regarding the student's attempt to change the script. . . . Based upon this
new information, we are withdrawing from the brief and any support in this matter," the statement
Axson-Flynn's attorneys have requested a meeting with Actors' Equity executive director Alan
Eisenberg and will ask him to reconsider his position before formally withdrawing with the 10th
Circuit Court of Appeals.
When first learning that Actors' Equity was supporting Axson-Flynn, the theater department
Chairman David Dynak said he found it "highly unlikely that Actors' Equity would ever support a
case that ultimately rested on an actor's right to change language."
The case has never gone to trial, as U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell granted summary
judgment to the faculty members, essentially dismissing the case. Should Axson-Flynn win on
appeal, the case will go back to federal court for a trial on the merits.
PAUL McCARTNEY tickets for his
April 6-7 engagement at the MGM-Grand in Las Vegas will top out at $350.00. Cheap seats start
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Monday, March 4.
Susan Stroman Photo By: Laura Deni
is honored by the Stage
Directors and Choreographers Foundation's annual "Mr. Abbott" Award. The five-time Tony
saluted for her "extraordinary body of work" of staging/choreography.
The evening, which includes a "star studded performance honoring Ms. Stroman," will include
from her current shows, The Producers, Contact and Oklahoma! and from past
Steel Pier, Thou Shalt Not and A Christmas Carol.
Producers expected to attend, including LCT's Andre Bishop and Bernard Gersten, Harold Prince,
Harvey Weinstein, Michael David, Ed Strong, Elizabeth Williams and Anita Waxman.
Founded in 1985 to honor the late playwright and director George Abbott, the prize has
previously gone to
such notables as Trevor Nunn, Jerry Zaks, Gillian Lynne, Lloyd Richards Graciela Daniele,
and Mike Nichols. This year, a portion of the proceeds from the ceremony will go to benefit the
newly-created Mike Ockrent Fellowship, named after the London-born director and Stroman's
late husband. The
Fellowship allows a young director to work with an established musical-theatre director on a
show, "from casting to opening night."
Tonight, Sunday March 3 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.
HAL DAVID subject of a tribute
The ASCAP Foundation on March 6 at the DGA with its Music Business 101 series.
David Kenney's Everything Old is New Again tonight features the music of
Ann Hampton Callaway. Cabaret Month is kicked off with an Interactive On-Air Interview with
Cy Coleman, prior to his engagement at Joe's Pub.
Also on the bill is a panel discussion
on the state of Cabaret with: Wayman Wong, Editor New York Daily News Stu
Hamstra, Editor Cabaret Hotline Online and author and free-lance Cabaret Critic
Everything Old Is New Again can be heard every Sunday 9-11 PM(EST)
over WBAI 99.5 FM and on the Internet at: www.2600.com/offthehook/hot2.ram
THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING
seminar moderated by Pia Lindstrom with panelists; actress Michele Lee, producer Liz McCann,
Peter Stone, publicist Chris Boneau and theatre critic Linda Winer. The topic is Broadway Today.
Monday, March 4 in the in Port Jefferson's Jeanne Rimsky Theatre. A reception follows at the
MANHATTAN ASSOCIATION OF
CABARETS AND CLUBS KICKS OFF CABARET MONTH BY ANNOUNCING
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) kicked off cabaret month March 1 by
their nominations The MAC Awards will be presented Town Hall in New York City on April
MAC will honor master jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pizzarelli will perform a special tribute to his father and present him with his coveted
The MAC Board of Directors Awards will go to Karen Akers and the monthly publication
Among those performing will be Chris Calloway, Peter Cincotti, Scott Coulter, Baby Jane Dexter,
Gamsu, Debbie Gravitte, Audrey Lavine, Heather MacRae, Donna McKechnie, Mark Nadler,
Martin Pizzarelli, Craig Rubano, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, and other special guests.
Presenting awards will be Bill Boggs, John Bucchino, Jim Caruso, Angela La Greca, Margaret
Julie Wilson, and Jack Wrangler, and more. MAC Award-winning comedian, Ron Poole, will
master of ceremonies. D. Jay Bradley is musical director.
MAC Awards producer Barry Levitt and director-choreographer Pamela Sousa are
The 2002 MAC nominees are:
Klea Blackhurst, Danny's, Jack Rose
Jeanne MacDonald, Bradstan, FireBird, Odette's
Julie Reyburn, FireBird, Judy's
MAJOR FEMALE VOCALIST
Karen Mason, Arci's
Donna McKechnie, Arci's
Julie Wilson, Algonquin, Cinegrill, Plush Room
D.C. Anderson, Don't Tell Mama, High Spirits, Downstairs Cabaret Theatre
Craig Rubano, Laurie Beechman
Marcus Simeone, Danny's, Don't Tell Mama
MAJOR MALE VOCALIST
Jeff Harnar, Laurie Beechman
Sam Harris, Arci's
Phillip Officer, Arci's, Laurie Beechman
FEMALE MUSICAL COMEDY
Leslie Anderson, Judy's
Natalie Blalock, Don't Tell Mama
Joan Crowe, Arci's, Don't Tell Mama
MALE MUSICAL COMEDY
Jim Caruso, Arci's
John Flynn, Don't Tell Mama
Michael Vaccaro, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's
FEMALE JAZZ/POP/R&B VOCALIST
Mary Foster Conklin, Danny's
Natalie Douglas, FireBird
Sue Matsuki, Arci's, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's
MAJOR FEMALE JAZZ/POP/R&B VOCALIST
Lea DeLaria, Joe's Pub
Baby Jane Dexter, Arci's
Carol Woods, Arci's
FEMALE NEW YORK DEBUT
Jeanne Resula, Danny's, Don't Tell Mama
Stacy Sullivan, FireBird, Danny's
Anne Steele, Don't Tell Mama
MALE NEW YORK DEBUT
Rock Albers, Don't Tell Mama
Eric Pickering, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's
Johnny Rodgers, Arci's
FEMALE STAND-UP COMEDY
MALE STAND-UP COMEDY
Paul J. Williams
MAJOR STAND-UP COMEDY
Michael Barbieri, Judy's
Robert Kneeland, Don't Tell Mama
Shawn Moninger, Don't Tell Mama
Lina Koutrakos: Rick Jensen, Sally Mayes, Johnny Rodgers
Erv Raible: Tessa Bell, HeartSong: The Heroes' Concert, Nan Selle Lennie Watts: Karen
Mack & Michael Holland, Mark McCombs
Christopher Denny: Kane Alexander, Steven Brinberg, Karen Mason
Dick Gallagher: Eric Michael Gillett, Craig Rubano, Maureen Kelley Stewart
David Maiocco: James Beaman & Goldie Dver, Eric Pickering, Tommy Femia & Christine Pedi,
Tommy Femia: Judy Garland
Christine Pedi: Multiple Celebrities
Richard Skipper: Carol Channing
Jamie DeRoy & Friends
Late Breaking Stories: Mark Hartman
Poole Party: Ron Poole
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT INSTRUMENTALIST
Bobby Peaco, Don't Tell Mama, Rose's Turn
Jerry Scott, Danny's
Tracy Stark, Don't Tell Mama, Judy's, Rose's Turn
PIANO BAR/RESTAURANT SINGING
Jennifer Kruskamp, Don't Tell Mama
Trudi Mann, Chez Suzette
Eric Pickering, Don't Tell Mama
John Bucchino, FireBird
Tim Di Pasqua, FireBird, Don't Tell Mama
Rick Jensen, FireBird
The Accidentals, Bottom Line, Don't Tell Mama
Karen Mack & Michael Holland, Don't Tell Mama
Modern Man, Laurie Beechman
REVUE OF THE YEAR
James Beaman & Goldie Dver, Crazy World: Songs of Leslie Bricusse
D. Jay Bradley, D. Jay Bradley's Christmas Show
Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler, Make Your Own Party 2002
SPECIAL PRODUCTION/MUSICAL COMEDY
Tommy Femia & Christine Pedi, Judy & Liza Live!
Ron Poole & Comapny, The Next Big Broadway Musical
Lennie Watts, Scott Coulter, Heart & Music
FEMALE ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Natalie Gamsu, Weave
Heather MacRae, Songs For My Father
Sue Matsuki, A New Take
FEMALE MAJOR ARTIST RECORDING OF THE
Betty Buckley, "Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at the Donmar"
Liz Callaway, "The Beat Goes On"
Karen Mason, "When the Sun Comes Out"
MALE ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
D.C. Anderson, "All Is Calm, All Is Bright"
Jim Caruso, "Caruso Live and In Person"
Tim Di Pasqua, "Monster Under These Conditions"
Sammy Goldstein, "So Far It's Wonderful"
MALE MAJOR ARTIST RECORDING OF THE
Jeff Harnar, "Sammy Cahn All the Way"
Phillip Officer, "Hoagy On My Mind"
MULTIPLE ARTISTS RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Babbie Green, "Soldiers of the Heart: More Songs of Babbie Green"
Jamie DeRoy & Friends "Tis the Season"
The Lounge-O-Leers, "Now That's What I Call the Lounge-O Leers
SONG OF THE YEAR
"The Boy For Me," music and lyrics by Michael Ogborn
"I Believe," music and lyrics by Ben Moore
"Seventeen on Mars," music by Louis Rosen, lyrics by Thom Bishop & Louis Rosen
"Welcome the Rain," music by Zina Goldrich, lyrics by Marcy Heisler
"The Whole Wide World," music & lyrics by Brett Kristofferson
SPECIAL MATERIAL OF THE YEAR
"The Drinking Song," music by David Maiocco & Michael Conley; lyrics by Michael Conley
"Over-Estimated," music by Curtis Moore; lyrics by Amanda Green
"Where's Shirley," music by John McMahon; lyrics by Jay Jefferies
MISS EVERS' BOYS
Melting Pot Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of this play by David Feldshuh,
suggested by the book Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.
It is a fictional account of a true government study carried out from 1932-1972 on what untreated
syphilis will do to the Africa American male.
Miss Evers' Boys was nominated for the Pultizer Prize and won seven Emmy Awards as
an HBO movie.
Directed by Kent Cash, who is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Alliance Theater
Company in Alabama.
The production stars: Terry Alexander, J. Paul Bochmer, Chad L. Coleman, Helmar Augustus
Copper, Byron Easley, Daryl Edwards and Adriane Lenox.
Sets by: Emily Beck. Lighting by William H. Grant III, and Costumes by Earl Battle.
Previews begin March 6 with an official opening slated for March 13. At the McGinn/Cazale
Theatre in NYC.
THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA by Edward
Albee opens at the John Golden Theatre on March 10. Bill Pullman and Mercedes Ruehl
by Richard Greenberg starring Peter Frechette and Reg Rogers opens March 5 at the
Gramercy Theatre. The New York debut is being directed by David Warren. The Dazzle
revolves around the eccentric Collier brothers, Langley and Homer,
a successful pianist and his equally wealthy brother who live in isolation until they bring a
beautiful young socialite home one night.
ONE MO TIME the New Orleans
jazz musical revue conceived, written and directed by Vernel Bagneris opens March 6 at the
Longacre Theatre. The company features Rosalind Brown, B.J. Crosby, Wally Dunn, Roz Ryan,
and Bagneris as Papa Du.
Designers are Campbell Baird (set), Toni-Leslie James (costumes), John McKernon (lighting) and
Kurt Kullenberger (sound). Eddie D. Robinson choreographs.
One Mo' Time opened
Off-Broadway at the Village Gate in 1979 and ran for three and a half years. The show is
preserved on a cast album.
One Mo' Time opened the 2001 Williamstown Theatre Festival's mainstage season. The
Williamstown Theatre Festival is presenting the Broadway production.
HAR HAR: AN EVENING WITH HARBURG
HARRISBRANDT the 2001 FringeNYC Excellence Award for Solo Show winner
---Written & Performed by Joseph Langham / Directed by Richard Hinojosa will stage
performances Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays, March 7th through March 30th at The St. Marks
Theater, NYC. Joseph Langham wrote & performs this award-winning one-person show.
Harburg is a singer-songwriter afflicted with an
extreme case of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). He's got a gig in a Lower East Side dive. It is
Harburg's intention to perform a set of songs he has written for his audience---but constant
distraction, a missing set list, and the most wandering of minds makes this an intensely difficult
Hinojosa's film Trapped in Freedom was recently shown at Sundance.
THE CARPETBAGGER'S CHILDREN by Horton Foote is making it's New York debut. Produced by Houston's
Alley Theatre last June, will begin previews March 7 and open March 25 at the Mitzi Newhouse
Theater in Lincoln Center.
The production stars Hallie Foote, Roberta Maxwell and Jean Stapleton under the direction of
Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson.
Unfolding as the monologues of three sisters, Children depicts the offspring of a Yankee
carpetbagger who moved to Texas after the Civil War, and how his outcast status affects his
who starred on
Broadway in Bells Are Ringing and Wildcat winning a Tony Award for his
performance in The Rothschilds,
makes his New York nightclub debut at Feinstein's at the Regency March 5-16.
Although the great masses learned of Linden through Barney Miller the entertainer's show
at Feinstein's will spotlight the Great White Way.
Titled "Back to Broadway," the show
will feature a collection of songs and memories culled from Linden's extensive Broadway
Linden has starred in Las Vegas several times, his last gig being Chicago at Mandalay
and his Trio will
perform at Joe's Pub for two nights, four performances only, on March 8 and 9.
Coleman's new Sony CD, It Started With a Dream, features
Tony Bennett and Lillias White along with Cy.
NEIL DIAMOND begins a two
nighter this evening in Wilkes Barre, PA. On March 6 he is in Providence, RI and the following
night Diamond will shine in Hartford, CT. He closes out this week March 9 in Charleston,
JOHNNY MATHIS center stage at the
Westbury Music Fair March 8-9.
JOHN PIZZARELLI performs
tonight at The Forum in Harrisburg, PA. On Thursday he opens a four night engagement at
Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington.
TONY BENNETT performs March 9
in Clearwater Florida in Ruth Eckerd Hall and then stages a two nighter at the Van Wezel
Performing Arts Hall in
Sarasota, Florida on March 9-10.
BARRY MANILOW March 7-9 at the
Playhouse Square Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
DON RICKLES opens Thursday at
the Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas. Sharing the bill with Mr. Warmth during the four night
engagement is Peggy March, who debuted at the age of 15 as Little Peggy March with the
nation's best-selling single I Will Follow Him.
BOBBY VINTON stars tonight in
Glenside, PA at the Keswick Theatre. He center stage at the Riviera BlackHawk Casino in Clack
Hawk Colorado Saturday and Sunday.
KEELY SMITH center stage at
Sculler's in Boston March 7-9.
GLEN CAMPBELL performs
March 7 in Plant City, FL at the Strawberry Festival. On Friday he can be found in Gulfport,
MS on stage in the Grand Casino Gulfport.
PIFFLE AND PROFUNDITIES
CBS SOAPS such as As The
and Guilding Light are
staging focus/research study groups to help determine the direction of the long running
soap operas.The opinions of regular viewers are being documented - provided the person is
under the age of 54. The soaps intends to try to skew younger and nobody over 54 is permitted to
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