Richard Skipper Celebrates … The Songs of World War II (in honor of Armed Forces Day) Saturday May 20th

Photo Courtesy Joe Marzullo
The sounds of the big bands … Miller, Dorsey, Goodman and others kept those in service to their country entertained and gave them a connection to home. Harry James and Kitty Kallen let those overseas know that those at home indeed were keenly aware that “It’s Been a Long, Long Time”. In England Dame Vera Lynn let the Allies know that soon there would indeed again be be Blue Birds Over “The White Cliffs of Dover”. USO shows gave cheer through music to the many men and women in the armed services. …Come join Richard Skipper as he celebrates those times, those musicians, those entertainers, those lyricist/composers, those songs that spread the word that soon again a nightingale would be singing in Berkeley Square! … It’s also Russ Woolley’s birthday! …. Join an afternoon of nostalgia and fine performance as Richard Skipper, for this latest show in this ongoing series, will be joined by Diane Findlay, Sue Matsuki, KT Sullivan and a very special celebrity Mystery Guest! Musical Direction Michael Lavine – Jeff Carney on bass and Don Kelly on percussion.

Previous Mystery Guests have included Melba Moore, Anita Gillette, Hilary Kole, Stacy Sullivan, Jana Robbins and Seth Sikes.

Richard Skipper knows everyone in Cabaret and almost EVERYONE in show business! and … almost everything about them, making him the perfect host for this ongoing Classic Variety/Talk Show format .. a tour-de-force cabaret show where top names in musical entertainment meet to talk and perform, filled with songs, stories and recollections of lifetimes and moments in show business. Previous Celebrations have included a Reunion Show for Hello Dolly cast members, A Birthday Party for Liza Minnelli and A Birthday Celebration for lyricist Yip Harburg.


“We loved celebrating Yip’s birthday with you and Richard Skipper Celebrates!” – Ernie & Deena Harburg

“The 60’s variety show lives in Richard Skipper’s warm hearted joyous evenings!” – Charles Busch

“Richard Skipper knows how to celebrate, and with style! It’s a pure delight.” – Seth Sikes

“Great time, great fun, great host, great guests!” – Eileen Slater

“Nobody celebrates legends like Richard Skipper. If one of your faves is being feted, there’s nowhere on earth more fun to be. And honestly even if you don’t care about the honoree, master showman Richard and his talented crew serve up a fabulously good time.” – Ben Rimalower

Here’s What The Critics Are Saying!

“If you’re a star of stage or screen, and you plan on being honored, Richard Skipper is the man you want for the job!” Michael Barbieri – QlifeMagazine

“If there’s two things Richard Skipper knows about, it’s how to throw a party and how to entertain an audience on any topic!” Bart Greenberg –

“A facile interviewer and master at off the cuff quips!” Marilyn Lester – Theater Pizzazz

“The ongoing series Richard Skipper Celebrates is indeed itself something to celebrate. The ever-ebullient singing host— who knows that variety (shows) makes for the spice of life — brings his spicy comments and entertainment galore to any stage he bounces onto.”

Rob Lester –

$30 Cover/$20 Minimum per person
*Bottomless Brunch available. Add $20 to any brunch entree and receive unlimited mimosas, screwdrivers or bloody marys!

Previous shows in this series have SOLD OUT! Reservations a Must!

For tickets go to
The afternoon is also made possible by support from Wright Bros. Real Estate, Nyack, New York.
*Father’s Day Show (June 18th Brunch show) Cast TBA – tickets are on sale through

Richard Skipper is an artist in residence at The Laurie Beechman and will be taking a short hiatus after the Father’s Day show returning September 10th and scheduled monthly through January 31st 2018.