Tuesday, May 21, 2019

JUST ANOTHER NIGHT IN LA WITH MARLO THOMAS,PACINO, DE NIRO



           AMERICAN ICONS AWARDS



I truly just went to LA to escape the horrible winds and allergies in Palm Springs. My friend, Marlo Thomas invited me to dinner. Sounded good to me.


I have known Marlo and her entire family for decades. They are yet another group of people who "adopted" me. Their love of family and their commitment to St. Jude remain constant inspirations. Turned out this dinner was the American Icon Awards where St. Jude was being given significant money.

Oh...yeah. DeNiro was presenting an award to Pacino. Stallone, Evander Holyfield, and Laila Ali were there, too, along with Robin Thicke who "sang a few songs." David Foster and Katherine McPhee were also there having just picked up their marriage license. It was just a simple night......




Marlo and Al

Rehearsing

Marlo and her brother, Tony

Marlo and Phil


Al was in rare form. After thanking everyone, he stayed on stage and randomly started doing monologues from Tennessee Williams, e.e. cummings, and Shakespeare which DeNiro laughed and then left the stage to Al.





Thursday, May 9, 2019

ONE NIGHT ONLY WEEK IN THE DESERT


           
                                                   



EACH YEAR MICHAEL CHILDERS PRODUCES A CHARITY EVENT THAT IS A CROSS BETWEEN THE TONY AWARDS AND A WEEK-LONG PARTY.

One of the best things about living in the desert is that many artists from New York are always here visiting and performing. The week of ONE NIGHT ONLY, it is a glorious madhouse. There are parties every night, and, usually one or two artists from ONO play The Purple Room right after.

This year, Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill happily ended up with Ann Hampton Callaway, Christine Andreas, and Linda Purl as houseguests. I can only tell you that each night we all gathered around the piano to watch them sing alone and together. Literally. Sometimes, we all joined in. Ann and Christine decided to do LA VIE EN ROSE as a duet at Ann's Purple Room engagement and we saw the rehearsal at Lucie's AND an unexpected one at David Zippel and Michael Johnston's house. In addition that that, Ann created on-the-spot, a beautiful song to bless their house. We are all so blessed to live in a magical place.

ONE NIGHT ONLY was a sensational show, BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS, featuring some songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and others from the best Broadway shows ever.

It's not fair to talk about stand-outs in a show like this, where everyone volunteers their time so money can be raised for the Barbara Sinatra Home for Abused Children. I just have to say that everyone was wonderful, but I can't stop thinking about Lucie, Ann and Liz, Valarie Pettiford, Christine, Karen Ziemba doing "With One Look," and a newcomer named Laura Dickinson.

Chairs of the show were Terri Ketover, Barbara Fromm, and the late, extraordinary Barbara Keller. The entire evening was dedicated to her.

Michael Childers, director Larry Fuller, and the cast

Michael and Larry--above-John Barrowman, Lucie, and Scott Coulter




There is also a wild after party where all the sponsors have dinner, and then the singers  from the show get up and sing whatever they want, accompanied by the amazing Todd Schroeder. It's a Broadway dream.

The singers are here all week, but the first official party is at Helene Galen's house for the sponsors and singers. It was a bit subdued this time, because everyone was upset about Barbara Keller. But, God Bless Ann Hampton Callaway, who sang a song for Barbara, where everyone was crying, and then went right into "You've Got A Friend." We all were singing along and holding each other.

The next two nights after the ONO show, Ann played The Purple Room and we all went, and then Christine Andreas played it, and we all went. We should have just slept there.


Helene's living room

John Monahan, Helene Galen, Barbara Fromm

Susan Stein and Tom Truhe


Bernie Fromm

Donna MacMillan and her guest, John Monahan, Debbie Green Miller and Doug Miller

Ann Hampton Callaway


Then, of course, Michael Holmes did his JUDY SHOW where he impersonates Judy Garland, Bette Davis, and Pearl Bailey, and knocks it out of the park each time. He is an extraordinary talent--in drag or out. We love him.





LUCIE AND LARRY'S HOUSE AND THE PURPLE ROOM:

Ann and Christime Andreas

You never knew who would show up in the living room

Im with Bradley James

Christine Andreas with us



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OH.....WHO CARES? I'M ADDING IN JOHN MONAHAN'S EASTER, AND MY SPEAKING AT THE RANCHO MIRAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY!!!!



Jill and Patty. Patty cooked almost everything! Yummm

John's decor was fabulous!



OK. I had to.

Check out the egg in Lucie's mouth

Chuck Yates

Steve Rose

Larry Luckinbill, Michael Childers, Jules and Brett

Don Amendolia loved Easter



Thank you, Debbie Green and T.J. Hicks..... Over 150 people showed up!




Friday, April 12, 2019

WATCH ABC'S 20/20 TONIGHT. I'M ON IT HONORING REBECCA SCHAEFFER







ABC'S 20/20-----REBECCA SCHAEFFER


PLEASE WATCH TONIGHT AT 9 PM. THE MURDER OF MY FRIEND, 20-YEAR-OLD ACTRESS REBECCA SCHAEFFER WAS ONE OF THE DARKEST PERIODS I CAN EVER REMEMBER.

THANK YOU 20/20 FOR HAVING ME ON THE SHOW AND KEEPING HER MEMORY ALIVE.

REBECCA WAS THE CO-STAR OF MY SISTER SAM, WHO WAS MURDERED BY A FAN.

IT IS A CAUTIONARY TALE OF WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ANSWER A LETTER FROM A FAN.

Monday, April 8, 2019

MICHAEL CHILDERS ART SHOW AT MELISSA MORGAN GALLERY



DISTORTIONS IN MY MIND, BY MICHAEL CHILDERS IS AN EXHIBIT FEATURING HIS PHOTOS OF BODIES AND FACES, BUT STRETCHED PHOTOGRAPHICALLY IN WILD WAYS. I JUST LOVE MICHAEL'S WORK.








So many friends of Michael celebrated him----Martin Wiviott, Lucie Arnaz, Larry Luckinbill, Deborah Deja, Bernie and Barbara Fromm, Dolores Robinson, Frank Goldstin and Paul Cowlings, Larry Fuller, Gay Aguilera, and Jeff Barnett--just to name a few.

It truly was a party.

Gay Aguilera, Michael, yours truly, Dolores Robinson

ONE NIGHT ONLY  director Larry Fuller



DESERT HAPPENINGS. IT WAS A BUSY WEEK.



ANNENBERG THEATER COUNCIL'S 
TAKE YOUR SEAT PARTY

HIGHLIGHTED BY A "LYRICS BY DAVID ZIPPEL" CONCERT

The Anneberg Theatre Council's "Take Your Seat" campaign raised $300,000 for improvments for the theatre. It was underwritten by John Monahan, and so capably run by Terri Ketover, David Zippel, Tom Truhe, and Sid Craig.

As a thank you to the donors, the ATC put on a free evening for them featuring drinks and hors d"oeuvres, followed by a dynamite show starring David Zippel with Brent Barrett, Tami Tappan Damiano, and David Burnham. The show featured all songs with lyrics by the multi-nominated in every field--David Zippel. David told stories and ran clips, and it all was tied together by fantastic performances. It truly was an evening of love.




David Zippel

David with Brent Barrett

Tami Tappan Damiano

David Burnham



Ann Sheffer and Sid Craig

Terri and David


John Monahan and Terri Ketover
Yours truly





Randy Doney and Larry Fuller

Gary Hall, Garry Kief, Debbie and Doug Miller


Garry, Gary, and Lucie Arnaz

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HUGH PANARO STARRED IN THE LAST ATC PERFORMANCE SERIES OF THE SEASON AT THE ANNENBERG.


Hugh Panaro--the handsomest, most talented male singer I've ever heard.....the nicest human being ever. EVERYONE in the Anneberg  fell in love with him and his voice.

And, let's Not forget is MD Ron Abel, who sounds like an entire orchestra and is also fabulous to watch on stage.

There was a private reception for Hugh back stage, and then Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill gave an even more private one back at their house.


Hugh and Terri



Evening sponsor Donna MacMillan

Old friends Hugh with Michael Childers

Michael and Hugh

Ron Abel, Michael, Jay, and me




AND, FOR NO REASON AT ALL.......HERE'S DON AMENDOLIA







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CAROLE COOK AT THE PURPLE ROOM---A LEGEND IS A LEGEND

Carole (and her husband, Tom) are very special people. She is 95 years old, and owns that stage. Se is quick-witted, tells hilarious and poignant stories, and is quite a chanteuse. It was a fantastic night.



Yours truly, John Monahan, Dick Taylor, and Sharon Gless