Cabaret Singers

Soap Star Eileen Fulton Performs at The Metropolitan

Soap Star Eileen Fulton Performs at The Metropolitan

Update; From my inbox:

I just found out that we are going to have to postpone Eileen and Richard’s event due to a scheduling conflict. The charity event that you kindly posted has now been moved to 2/16/13 7PM. I’m thrilled. Now I think I can go.

When I saw an e-mail about soap star Eileen Fulton in my in-box yesterday, I put everything aside to read it. When I owned my art gallery Fulton used to perform cabaret in New Hope and she would stay at the B&B next to my gallery and we got to know each other in passing and she turned out to be one of the warmest, nicest, people that ever crossed through my doors. I’ve seen her perform here, and in NY, and her shows are excellent because it’s not the typical cabaret venue you would expect. Fulton doesn’t just sing old standards. She chooses interesting works and acts them out on stage. She’s also a romance author, which gave us even more to talk about. Unfortunately, fifteen years ago we didn’t have cell phones with cameras to take photos.

I’m posting a press release now about a show Fulton is doing for charity that’s going to help Habitat for Humanity. I posted about Fulton here on the blog a while back.

From my inbox:

RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES: EILEEN FULTON from As The World Turns LIVE AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM To benefit Habitat for Humanity

CONTACT: Richard Skipper(845)-365-0720

Sparkill, New York 10976

Richard@RichardSkipper.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24th, 2013 7:00PM The Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY $25 cover to benefit Habitat for Humanity (2 drink minimum) For Reservations: (212)-206-0440 In an exclusive event at The Metropolitan Room, successful entertainer and celebrity interviewer, Richard Skipper, will be sitting down for an intimate chat with Soap Star, Eileen Fulton. Discussing her career, personal endeavors, and the many talents she has worked closely with, the final fifteen minutes of the event will be dedicated to Ms. Fulton addressing questions directly from the audience members. After the event, Eileen will also be available in the downstairs area of the venue, for an opportunity to meet and greet fans and friends. This extraordinary interview and performance is one too reckon with! Imagine: Inside the Actor’s Studio; embellished by and carefully crafted with Richard Skipper’s dynamic, energetic, and unforgettable style.

A Background: Fulton and Skipper…If we were going to crown a queen of daytime drama, Eileen Fulton would be the obvious choice. As a star from As The World Turns for 50 years, she brought life to the scandalous and popular character audiences loved to hate – Lisa Grimaldi. After studying with some of New York’s top acting teachers and making memorable stage, film and TV appearances, Fulton was cast on the CBS soap, As The World Turns, in 1960. In 2003, Fulton was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime EMMYs, and remained a lovely fixture of daytime television until the show’s final broadcast in September, 2010. Richard Skipper is a popular entertainer, theater historian, and pop culture blogger. Having conducted over an impressive 525 interviews for his daily blog celebrating people in the arts (RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES), he is currently writing a book to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Hello, Dolly!; based also on his award-winning callondolly.com website chronicling the Broadway classic. Skipper has covered several opening nights as the voice of Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and has conducted on-stage interviews for Julie Budd, Carol Channing, Jackie Joseph, Yelena Popovic, Carolyn Quinn – author of Mama Rose’s Turn – Tommy Tune, Ron Young, and Peggy Pope. Richard has also worn the hat of associate producer of the 2010, 2012, 2013 Bistro Awards, and has recently produced Peggy Herman’s CD Release Party at Feinsteins; an SRO success.

Skipper is also featured in Dori Berenstein’s documentary, CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE. Please call Richard Skipper for Press Inquiries 845-365-0720 A few Testimonials…Last night’s (Nov. 1, 20 book-signing by Carolyn Quinn of her book, “Mama Rose’s Turn”) had a full-to-capacity crowd in attendance as she gave an excellent interview and extended a tantalizing invitation to read her fact- filled and intriguing book. She also introduced to many of us, for the first time – Richard Skipper.

“His thought-provoking questions and comments, wittiness, sense of humor, and wonderful speaking voice made you feel like you wish you could have sat there for at least another hour…Kudos to Carolyn and to a new fond acquaintance, Richard Skipper”. -Tina Padas-Mavroudis. Elizabeth, New Jersey

“I was very glad I went to Richard Skipper’s event with Julie Budd at the Laurie Beechman Theater. Julie was the perfect guess — and she and the audience couldn’t have had a better interviewer than Richard. I felt like I was a guest at a fabulous luncheon and was privy to the Julie’s best stories and memories of her life as a person and entertainer. It was a great treat to see video clips and, of course, to hear Julie sing for all of us in attendence. She was glorious. AND this event celebrating Julie was a benefit for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please be on the lookout for Richard Skipper’s future celebrations”. -Vicki Stivala, NYC

“Was such a pleasure attending your talk with Carolyn Quinn, Author of MAMA ROSE’S TURN! Very fun and informative. Keep up the great work Richard!” – Christophe Caballero, NYC

“A most wonderful evening with Richard Skipper celebrating Jackie Joseph! Time spent at these interviews gives one the opportunity of seeing a glimpse into the personal side of personalities that would never have the chance to… Thanks for a great time!” -Leslie Alter,

“NYC Richard Skipper did a great job November 1st, 2013 at Barnes & Noble, interviewing author Carolyn Quinn at the signing of her new book “Mama Rose’s Turn”! The evening came off brilliantly for both Carolyn and Richard. BRAVO!” – Loria Parker, Mineola, New York

New Publisher: Riverdale Ave Books; Gay Cabaret Singer Michael Ferreri

In this ever-changing world of publishing there’s now a new publisher in New York that will be publishing LGBT books among other things, Riverdaleavebooks.com. You can get there from here, and here’s part of the who, what, where, and why…from their home page.

Riverdale Avenue Books (RAB) is at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. We publish ebooks and audio books monthly under five imprints: Riverdale Pop, pop culture titles; Riverdale/Magnus Books, a joint venture with award-winning publisher Magnus Books, LGBT titles; Riverdale HSF, a horror, science fiction and fantasy line; Riverdale Truth, an erotic memoir line; and Riverdale Desire, an erotica and erotic romance imprint.

The owners are Don Weise and Lori Perkins. I’ve worked with both before and I’ve only had excellent experiences with them. Don is the former Publisher of Alyson Books, an LGBT publisher I worked with many times in the past. In fact, Alsyon was one of THE first LGBT publishers ever. He’s also worked as Senior Editor for Carroll & Graff and Cleis Press. I haven’t worked with C&G, but I have worked with, and I’m part of a new book coming out soon, with Cleis Press. Cleis is another of the first in LGBT publishing to pave the way for many LGBT authors when no one else was giving them a chance.

I’ve also worked closely with Lori Perkins as an editor. Although she’s a literary agent, my only working experiences with her have been author/publisher related. Those experiences have been excellent. Not one complaint. As an editor, Lori has a way of challenging authors and getting them to do things they normally might never have done.

An imprint of Riverdale is also going to be associated with this monthly event, below. I’m going to make a point of going to one of these myself very soon.While I’m not fond of doing book readings because of the nature of what I write, I love going to them. Especially in those little out of the way places in Manhattan.

Between the Covers is our branded erotica and erotic romance reading series held in the legendary East Village nightclub, Happy Endings, 302 Broome St, 8-10 p.m. the first Friday of every month. If you will be in NYC at the time we are holding a reading event, we would love to feature you. The reading series is open to all authors of erotica and erotic romance at all publishers. Please contact us at BetweenTheCovers@RiverdaleAveBooks.com. If you or your publisher would like to sponsor an evening, please contact Lori@RiverdaleAveBooks.com.

I think Riverdale looks like an exciting new venture. And most of all, I like the fact that the owners are experienced publishing professionals. I’m planning something new and exciting of my own in the coming year. It’s not as ambitious as Riverdale, but I’m taking my twenty years experience as an author and editor and putting it to work in a very different capacity than what I’ve done in the past. I’m still working on all the details, but I’ll talk about it very soon. I can say this: I’m more focused on quality and helping new authors get into e-publishing than anything else.

As for the Riverdale web site. It seems to be one of the cleaner, easier web sites around. I didn’t have any issues navigating to get information. And whoever designed it did a great job. I’ve also read and reviewed the first book up on the web site, Deeply Superficial, and I loved it. That book is what gay non-fiction should be all about. So based on that book, I hope to see more quality books coming from Riverdale. The one thing I didn’t see was m/m romance as a sub-genre. I saw LGBT fiction, but no m/m romance. I’m not anti-m/m romance, not by any means. I write it and I’m not one of those who talks against it. But I do think the market is saturated at this point. And I think for gay authors to survive…and be considered relevant…they are going to have to take different roads in the future. The former “Chick Lit” genre is a good example of what I’m talking about. I like that Riverdale seems to be offering gay authors something new, and there don’t seem to be any strings attached.

And now for Michael Ferreri, Gay Cabaret Singer:

I know I’ve posted before about how I’m not fond of show tunes, and I don’t always run to see cabaret shows. But this past weekend I went to a Christmas Party about three miles from my home, and the hosts hired LGBT entertainer, Michael Ferreri. I’d only heard his act in passing before this past weekend. And even I have to admit that when I had a chance to really sit down and listen to him, I was amazed at how much I enjoyed him. It’s like this new world opened up for me. It’s not the kind of cabaret you normally hear. There’s something different about it that’s hard to put into words. He’s not hokey or trite like so many others. I found Michael to be more cool New Orleans jazz mixed with cabaret…from the music he plays to the way he plays it. He’s also adorable and just as nice offstage as he is onstage. After his set, he came upstairs and sat down in the living room and spoke with a few of the remaining guests. Just the sweetest guy I’ve ever met! And he gave me a whole new outlook on cabaret.

You can check out his web site here, where I think you can order CDs (I recommend them without concern) and you can see more photos of him. I’ve posted his bio below. And he’s also on facebook.

Pianist/singer Michael Ferreri is a musician and entertainer of exceptional talent whose outstanding musicality and seemingly endless repertoire have made him a consistently popular and working performer in cabarets, clubs and concert dates. His talents have also garnered him a devoted fan base in New York, in London, and across the United States.

His debut CD, Michael Ferreri: Sweet Dreams is an ethereal collection of songs that tell a story–songs perfectly suited to Michael’s intimate phrasing and musicianship. The CD contains 12 cuts showcasing his engaging and highly personal style of performing, including “Move On,” by Stephen Sondheim; “Sweet Dreams” and “A Dream” by John Bucchino; and “Lullabye” by Billy Joel.

Michael has appeared in concert and in galas with such celebrated performers as Michael Feinstein, Andrea McArdle, Beth Fowler and Greg Edelman. Other concerts include a “Tribute to Sondheim” at Primary Stages and a benefit concert version of “Into the Woods” chaired by Stephen Sondheim. He has performed in the Musicals Unlimited revival of Pipe Dream and the acclaimed Lincoln Center production of The Happy End, produced by the Kurt Weill Foundation. Michael has also been given the unique honor of performing at an intimate New York reception for HRH Prince Philip of England.

His solo cabaret engagements have been enthusiastically received, including a sold-out cabaret show with Meg Flather at one of New York’s cabaret epicenters, Don’t Tell Mama. His engaging playing and ability to establish immediate rapport with his audience have made him one of the most popular musicians at such New York landmarks as One if by Land, Two if by Sea and Tavern on the Green and at the clubs Eighty-Eights and The Townhouse.

A New York resident since 1986, Michael is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

The photo above of Michael is from my own collection, and if you’d like to share it feel free. I’m not that grand that I’m going to sue anyone for sharing anything I took with an iPhone. And I swear, I won’t call you a “sook” or a plagiarist…SMILE.