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PEOPLE, CELEBRITIES: THE GRAPEVINE

…and the livin’ is easy

by Paulette Attie

Photo: Richard Skipper with Dan Sherman. Perfect duo par excellence. Yep, they look good to me!!

It’s summertime and a highlight of the season is RICHARD SKIPPER and DAN SHERMAN’s annual SUMMER BARBEQUE at their beautiful Rockland County home. They were also celebrating their 17th anniversary! Richard is such a bigger than life star he often eclipses everyone around him, especially in a cabaret venue.

 Experiencing Dan’s warmth and glow in the setting of his home was a special treat. They’re both pictured with their dog, Horace, named after Horace Vandergelder, the principle male character in, you guessed it, Hello Dolly.

 

 

Photo: Cynthia Crane.

CYNTHIA CRANE, fellow songbird and fellow Friar was the first person with whom I spoke. I love that gal! She has a heart of gold, a head full of knowledge, and is a wonderful singer, with lots of CD’s to substantiate the latter. She was accompanied by TED STORY, director, writer, actor, and Cynthia’s handsome husband. Cynthia and MARYANN LOPINTO filled me in on the recent losses to the cabaret world: BOBBI BAIRD, JEAN BEAUVAIS, J.D. BRADLEY, HOPE HARDCASTLE, and TOMMY WALSH. These were all within a scant three weeks of each other. It served as a reminder that our cabaret community care about one another. It’s like one big family, minus the bickering (well, much of the time). You can count on Maryann to know what’s going on, where it’s happening, and who’s doing it, literally and figuratively.  

 

 

 

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Photo: Sydney Myer with Paulette Attie. Paulette was booked by Sidney when he ran the elegant East 57th Street cabaret, Panache.

RONNY WHYTE and JACK BURNS were there. Ronny resumes producing his Midtown Jazz at Midday at St. Peter’s Church on September 5. Ronny and Jack wrote a song I’d heard a few weeks earlier at the New York Sheet Music Society that delighted me called, “Hampton’s Blues.” As Ronny put it, “rich people can have the blues, too.” We’re talking here about the East, South, West, etc. Hampton set, but Beverly Hills dwellers would also serve as appropriate prototypes. LINDA AMIEL BURNS, president of the NYSMS is a regular at Richard and Dan’s parties and makes any event she attends so much the better.

Photo:  Jana Robbins is pictured here with Bob Ost, who publishes TRU, the online newsletter which “offers postings of jobs, goods, and services for the performing arts community…and our friends!”  Richard Skipper has served on TRU’s Board of Directors. 

JANA ROBBINS, was recently back from a cruise to end all cruises. Think Barcelona, the Greek islands, Rome, and Athens. Caring soul that she is, Jana took her mother on the trip with her. I had the good fortune to see Jana on Broadway when she played the lead role in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, by Charles Busch. And you thought she was just a fabulous singer.

Seen and definitely heard was Dana Lorge, who took the photos for this article. She’ll be hosting an open mike night at the Triad on Wednesdays, beginning July 11. Miles Phillips, jazz singer from Massachusetts, has shows coming up at the Metropolitan Room. JUDY BARNETT, salt-of-the-earth jazz singer, and beautiful chanteuse JEANNE MAC DONALD with producer DIANE TRINKAUS were there, as was everyone’s cabaret favorite and Don’t Tell Mama’s booker, SIDNEY MYER .

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Photo: Richard with Paulette Attie. Making her presence felt is Miss Channing herself, with her red feather boa and Hello Dolly poster.

Sydney booked me when he ran the elegant East 57th Street cabaret, Panache. At the same time, I was cast to play a leading role in the TV movie, Mercy or Murder, to be filmed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I had to fly back and forth twice to fulfill my Panache engagement. Much thanks to Sidney, who helped make that engagement such a pleasure.

Then, there were friends of the cabaret community, like sculptor MARTIN GLICK, BABS CASBAR, SASHA BAUER, and JASON MC KAMEY and DON DEL BELLO. JOE and PAT SOPIAK kindly drove Jana and me to and from the party. Joe worked with Dan, even before Richard entered the picture. It was another added attraction to learn more about one of our two marvelous hosts. If your name isn’t mentioned, it’s because we missed chatting. Here’s to the next fantastic time we’re together. Joe worked with Dan, even before Richard entered the picture. It was another added attraction to learn more about one of our two marvelous hosts. If your name isn’t mentioned, it’s because we missed chatting. Here’s to the next fantastic time we’re together.  

Show tunes wafted in and outdoors throughout the afternoon and early evening. Everyone stayed late, waiting for the well timed presentation of the Viennese pastry table. Wow! What an array of deserts. Mind you, I’m a fresh fruit fanatic. The only thing that could entice me to succumb to the desert table was something with fruit on or in it. I can still taste the luscious blueberries on top of and mixed into a cheese cake with a graham cracker crust. Mmmm, good.