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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Valentines Day week.

Hi Friends:

This weeks blog is short and sweet. I was planning to see Olivia Stevens in her new show PASSION, but ended up nursing a cold instead. Luckily, I can still go see Olivia next Tuesday at 7 (as well as 2/24) at the Metropolitan Room and so can you. I have not seen this show yet, but I've seen her others and know her to be a fascinating and talented performer, especially when directed by our mutual director, Eric Michael Gillett.

This cold has put behind the eight ball in my schedule and I didn't want this week to go by without recommending you go see Jenna Esposito in TAKIN' A CHANCE ON LOVE at 5 pm, Valentine's Day at the Metropolitan Room. I saw her in this show a few months ago and tell you you will have a "sweet" time of it if you go. Check out my blog from Oct. 9, 2008, to learn more about it.

If you're in CT this weekend, I'll be performing in a benefit for the Post Adoption Resource Center called, YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART, 5 pm at the Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT. You can call 1-800-286-9889 for tickets and information. I'll be performing with gal pals, Candy Benge, Kristin Huffman and Randye Kaye amoung others, and we're being accompanied by the one and only Mark Janas! Rumor has it that the handsome Dr. Garrett Bennett may join me on a tune, as well! You can find out more at: http://www.adoptlss.org/special_events.html.

Sunday will find us all at the Algonquin Salon where our favorite newleyweds, Kristin Maloney and Adam MacDonald, will be co-hosting "Love & Marriage" and "Happy Birthday Harold Arlen". I'll be filling in secretarial duties for Peter Napolitano while he enjoys the debut of the show he directed for Salon regular, Paul Bodden, FOOL FOR LOVE at the Metropolitan Room, at 7 pm. So, you can catch Paul's show, and then head uptown to the Salon! I haven't seen this show yet, (I'm going on the 28th), but I know Paul's work as well as Peter's, and I know it'll be a good time.

Finally, for those of you who have cable, I'll be the featured guest on Linda Fields' show CABARET TODAY on TWC 67 this Friday night at 8 pm. Someone tape it for me, will ya?

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

Love and light,