Richard Skipper Celebrates John Kander

Richard Skipper Celebrates John Kander

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Russ Woolley Proudly Presents Richard Skipper Celebrates... John Kander on his 91st Birthday with a cavalcade of Tony-winners, icons, and American musical theater notables from Broadway - today and yesteryear.

Brunch Show: Sunday, March 18 @ 1:00 p.m. (Doors open 12:15 p.m.)

Laurie Beechman THEATRE 407 West 42nd Street (lower level of the WEST BANK CAFE) $30 ticket plus $20 food/beverage minimum - exquisite and reasonably priced food and drink. Online reservations a must -- and can be made by visiting and clicking the Yellow Starburst Link

Renowned entertainer, Richard Skipper, on the heels of a phenomenal birthday celebration of Carol Channing brings together an exciting group of stars to sing "Happy Birthday" to John Kander - one of the most influential voices of the American musical theater. Richard Skipper's joyous afternoon of musical moments and memories includes appearances by an array of acclaimed theater artists, including

Tony Award-winner Lillias White (winner, featured actress in The Life and nominee for featured actress in Fela!; Donna Marie Asbury currently in Chicago on Broadway; Jana Robbins, who appeared with Georgio Tozzi and Theodore Bikel in two national tours of Zorba and with Jose Ferrer in Man of La Mancha's national tour as well as playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret at the Westchester Dinner Theatre; Lucia Spina, from the original cast of Kinky Boots; Sandy Stewart (the legendary singer will perform "My Coloring book," the first song written by Kander and Fred Ebb). Ms. Stewart will be joined by Two-Time Grammy Winner Bill Charlap. Finally, David Sabella who originated the role of Mary Sunshine in the current revival of Chicago on Broadway.

The event includes the Richard Skipper Celebrates Band: Fred Barton, conductor/ musical direction; Rex Benincasa, percussion; Steve Doyle, bass; Erik Lawrence, sax.

Beginning as a rehearsal pianist for the original West Side Story, eventually writing the show's dance music, John Kander - along with writing partner - the late Fred Ebb, created some of Broadway's most memorable musicals, including Cabaret, Chicago, Woman of the Year, Zorba, And The World Goes 'Round, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Steel Pier, Fosse, Curtains, The Visit, and let's not forget, it was John Kander and Fred Ebb who wrote the iconic song, "New York, New York."

Richard Skipper has devoted his life and career to celebrating the theater's finest and most-honored stars. His monthly series, Richard Skipper Celebrates... is a 90-minute variety/talk show format reminiscent of the classic television specials baby boomers grew up with. Aside from quality musical entertainment, the audience gets a glimpse into the lives of the people behind their iconic presence.

He now adds John Kander - on his actual birthday - to that illustrious list.

This afternoon is also made possible by Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack. For more information of Richard Skipper Celebrates, visit

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