Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

John Kander's NYC birthday bash started with a heartfelt speech by Chita Rivera shown via video at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square. Richard Skipper Celebrated the legendary composer and surviving half of Kander & Ebb, the great masters that brought us a canon of fine musical works that include Cabaret, Chicago, Steel Pier, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and Woman of the Year among others.

The afternoon festivities continued with high-energy performances by luminaries including Tony Award-winner Lillias White; Donna Marie Asbury currently in Chicago on Broadway; musical theatre veteran Jana Robbins; Lucia Spina from the original cast of Kinky Boots; David Sabella, who originated the role of Mary Sunshine in the current revival of Chicago on Broadway; and finally, multi Tony winning and nominated, Karen Ziemba.

Next month, Skipper presents an afternoon of theater veterans who put their individual stamp on roles in original Broadway productions., Heading the group is Lane Bradbury, currently making a resurgence as a cabaret singer and playwright, who originated the role of dainty June in Gypsy with Ethel Merman. Visit richardskipper.com for details.

(All photos courtesy of Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment)

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Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
Richard Skipper opens the live show after a compelling video montage.

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
Donna Marie Asbury currently in Chicago on Broadway, stopped by for a quick song or two before heading over to her matinee.

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
Musical theater veteran Jana Robbins took to the mic ...

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
before joining the great David Sabella for a clever comedic duet.

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
Lucia Spina from the original cast of Kinky Boots shared some stories and then two compelling 'story songs.

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
Tony Award-winner LiLlias White effortlessly brought down the house with a number from Chicago.

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
The afternoon came to a joyous conclusion with Broadway luminary, Karen Ziemba

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
The master at the piano for the event was Fred Barton (here with Richard Skipper)

Photo Flash: John Kander Celebrated By Richard Skipper And Company at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
One Sabella on stage and one in the house. David's famous brother, Ernie Sabella, was on-hand to lend support as well as to just plain have a great time. (here he is pictured with Richard Skipper)

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