A Short Biography. . .
2019 mark's Richard Skipper's 40th year in New York (from South Carolina). . He is an entertainer, raconteur, arts advocate and theater historian. Under the guise of Richard Skipper Celebrates!, he has conducted over 700 interviews celebrating people in the arts. Recent interviews have included Joyce Bullifant, Linda Purl, Don Most, Melissa Manchester, Lesley Ann Warren, Loretta Swit, Tippi Hedren, Rich Little, and David France, author of "How To Survive A Plague", Patty Farmer, author of "Starring the Plaza" and "Playboy Laughs".
He is about to complete a very successful artist in residence at The Laurie Beechman Theater in NYC where he presented a monthly talk/variety show called Richard Skipper Celebrates produced by Russ Woolley.
Under Richard Skipper Celebrates! , Richard's guests included Beth Fowler, Anita Gillette, Hilary Kole, Marilyn Maye, Melba Moore, Lee Roy Reams, Jana Robbins, and Stacy Sullivan among others. A tour-de-force Cabaret show with top names in musical entertainment meeting to talk and perform, with songs, stories and recollections of lifetimes and moments in show business, each show was designed around the particular date when it was scheduled, and featured special guests who choose songs from the past and recent history of both Cabaret and Broadway that had a relationship to that date, and shared their own stories and journeys in an intimate cabaret setting. Beck Lee from Media Blitz described the experience as, "Joel Grey crossed with Charlie Rose, with a soupcon of Bette Midler thrown in for good measure." As of this writing, Richard's last scheduled show will be May 5th, 2019.
Richard was chosen to introduce 1938's Jezebel starring Bette Davis onstage at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood as part of the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival with Tiffany Vazquez after sending in a screen test. (available for viewing on YouTube)
Richard was the associate producer of 2010, 2012, and 2013 Bistro Awards. He produced the late Peggy Herman's CD Release Party at Feinstein's, directed by Peter Glebo and Tommy Tune, and it was an SRO success. He writes under Richard Skipper Celebrates celebrating artists and their body of "worth" with a huge readership.
Richard also continues to raise money for many worthwhile causes, especially Arts in Education and The Actors Fund.
This site is a Living book on the history of Hello Dolly! from the opening with Carol Channing to the current National tour starring Betty Buckley. Check out www.CallOnDolly.com for more information. Richard is available for lectures on the history of this show.
Also, save the date! Richard will be at St. Luke's in NYC on August 5th celebrating the 40th anniversary of his arrival in NYC with a new solo show co-written and directed by Jay Rogers and produced by Russ Woolley.
Check www.RichardSkipper.com for updates.