Sparkill, New York
The trajectory of Richard Skipper's career has taken him from South Carolina to New York to Hollywood and all points in between. Known by many people in every aspect of the business, Richard Skipper is known for his hands on approach to the individuals he is working with. Look no further than Richard Skipper Celebrates! He has conducted over 700 interviews for his blog celebrating people in the arts and is currently focused on celebrations to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Hello, Dolly!, based also in part on his CallonDolly.com website chronicling the Broadway classic. In January of 2014, Richard brought cast members together from the original cast of Hello, Dolly, the Mary Martin International companies, and all other companies led by Channing for a two day special event in New York. The first was for the New York Sheet Music Society and broke all attendence records for that organization. It was all moderated by Skipper. The next day he threw a reunion party at Sardi's with spectacular results. He covered several opening nights as the voice of Feinstein's at Loews Regency and has conducted on-stage interviews with Julie Budd, Marge Champion, Carol Channing, Penny Fuller, Eileen Fulton, Anita Gillette, Jackie Joseph, Sondra Lee, Tommy Tune, Ron Young, Peggy Pope, Carolyn Quinn (author of Mama Rose's Turn), Yelena Popovic (LA Superheroes: Illegal in Hollywood), and Lesley Ann Warren Richard was the associate producer of the 2010, 2012, 2013 Bistro Awards. He produced Peggy Herman's CD Release Party at Feinsteins, directed by Peter Glebo and Tommy Tune, and it was an SRO success. He also produced Pamela Luss' run at The Metropolitan Room, NYC. Richard can be seen in Dori Berenstein's CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE. As mentioned, he has a highly successful blog called RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES (with over 1,000 000 readers!), focusing on Artists and their body of "Worth" and what makes a great UNIQUE entertainer! Richard also continues to raise money for many worthwhile causes, especially Arts in Education. Other highlights in Richard's career include performing the role of Dolly Levi as Carol Channing at Asbury Park's Paramount Theater in a special benefit performance of "Hello Dolly!" with a cast of 125 and a 25 piece orchestra; a Theatre Wing tribute to Carol Channing, Tommy Tune and James Earl Jones; benefit performances for the Dr. Carol Channing Harry Kullijian Foundation For The Arts with Carol and the late Harry Kullijian in attendance and special guest star Neil Sedaka! Richard Skipper has also performed at the 21 Club at the request of Arlene Dahl, The Regent (special performance for Carol Channing!), Le Cirque for Joey Adams' 85th Birthday; on numerous occasions for the NY Post's gossip columnist Cindy Adams; The New York Historical Society with Claire Bloom, Donna McKechnie, Hayley Mills, Tony Roberts, and George Shearing and a "Get Out And Vote" Rally for New Jersey's late Senator Lautenberg with Chad Allen.