Richard Skipper Celebrates Richard Barclay at Don’t Tell Mama
$25.00 Cover (Proceeds go to Career Bridges)
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$25.00 cover minimum/2 drink minimum CASH ONLY.
Dick was not only a very fine director, but he was also a kind, compassionate, and generous mentor.
In the 1950s, Dick started out as a dancer performing with Mitzi Gaynor and Lisa Kirk in their club acts. He also took over at the last minute for an ailing Darryl Hickman (who had replaced Robert Morse) as J. Pierpont Finch in the Broadway production of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. After that, Dick played Albert Peterson opposite Chita Rivera and Brenda Lee in a touring production of Bye Bye Birdie and also appeared with Nanette Fabray in No, No Nanette, and Carole Cook in Kismet. In the late 1960s, he co-starred with Eileen Fulton in a regional theater production of the Bob Merrill-Michael Stewart musical Carnival“ in which Ms. Fulton played Lili and Dick portrayed Paul Berthalet, a lonely and bitter puppeteer who has become crippled because of a war injury and who falls in love with Lili. That was the beginning of a very long friendship with Eileen Fulton. In the early 1970s, Dick teamed up with Bob Deubel in forming a company called Concepts Unlimited in which they produced several documentaries for film and television. In 1972, he produced the documentary film Norman Rockwell’s World which won an Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short Subject. He and Bob also produced the TV documentary The American Woman which featured Patricia Neal as the narrator and also included Celeste Holm, Helen Gallagher, Frank Langella, Claudia McNeil, Joanna Miles, Melba Moore, Kate Mulgrew, Lois Nettleton, George Rose, and Jamie Ross. In 1983, Dick produced Verse Person Singular starring Richard Kiley. It was shown on the PBS series American Playhouse.
Career Bridges: Many extraordinarily gifted young operatic singers complete their formal training but are not yet fully prepared for a career. Lack of good training in many areas, lack of funds for further study, limited performance opportunities, and lack of guidance have stymied many of these extremely qualified singers in the pursuit of their careers, thus depriving us all of their potential greatness.