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REVIEW OF THE DROWSY CHAPERONE…..….After performing two nights to sold-out Preview shows, and hearing all the raves and praise from those who saw it…. we were so excited to be part of the Grand Opening on March 7th! As one avid theater fan expressed (Harrell Odom), ‘It wasn’t a home run…It was a Grand Slam Home Run!!’….and that is the truth!!! Artistic director, Danny Weathers has knocked it out of the park once again with this fabulous musical at the Waterfront Playhouse! We loved every single second of it….and can’t wait to see it again! It is pure magic… the perfect cast who will sing and dance their way right into your hearts! The set, by genius, Michael Boyer is sensational! It will amaze and delight you, as the stage has a whole life of its own in this show! When you see it…and you better!!!…you will know exactly what I mean! The galaxy of shining stars in this show are all First Rate!! They are….. David Black, hysterical…. Laurie Breakwell, fabulous… J.B. McLendon & Rhett Kalman, terrific…. Jeffrey Harwell, a wonderful surprise!…. Andrew Hodge, darling & delightful…. Kristen Michelle, sensational!!! (move over Sutton Foster, here comes Kristen!!!)… Bruce Moore, adorable and superb, and what joy to have him back on the Key West stage!!!…. Kyla Piscopink, a real star babe….. Marjorie Paul-Shook, as good as it gets…. Vicki Roush, truly a WOW!!!… Carolyn Cooper, Philip Tabb, Heather-Mae Potter, Chris Tanner, Willie Alsedec…the VERY best ensemble ever!…Michael Pallansch, great fun…. and Danny Weathers, the heart of the show…who not only acted fabulously in it, but directed this very complicated and demanding Musical and who made it look seamless and easy! The creative team includes, Michael Boyer, set design…Michael Fauss, musical director…lighting by Kim Handson, props & costumes, by Carmen Rodriguez, and stage manager, Trish Manley. The costumes are gorgeous and were rented from Maine State Music Theater…..Leigh Hooten and Carmen and Ruth Cahoon have been making sure these fab period costumes look dazzling and they ARE spectacular!!!! (250 costumes in all!) I urge you to not wait until the last moment to get your tix. You will want to see it early in the run, because you WILL want to attend another performance! Bob & I saw this show in NYC and loved every minute of it and we loved this show even more!!! There is something extra special and wonderful about seeing everyone you know and love perform! Go online to or call 294-5015 for reservations! This show runs through March 30th! The ‘DROWSY CHAPERONE’ is a MUST SEE!!!!!

DEBRA & PATRICK, MARCH 8-11…Please note that Debra & Patrick will be performing every evening at 9 pm in the By George Bar at Lateda until March 11th. Dave Bootle is in rehearsal for Time Stands Still, to be presented by the Red Barn, Mar. 12-Apr. 13.

SEMINAR ON MARCH 8,9&10…..If you haven’t yet seen it, NOW is your chance!!!!! This play presented by the new FRINGE theater, has a winner here! We saw this play on opening night and it was first rate! The direction and acting were superb! It is a serious play with lots of hilarity going on. I would call it a Dramady! The sensational Key West actor, Michael Mulligan stars at Leonard, a jaded novelist, who has been hired by three aspiring students to conduct a writing Seminar! Mike is nothing short of super great as Leonard. The students are, Quincy Perkins, Hannah Citrin, Ed Porter and Bex Marsh, and each is perfectly cast. They each have a great future in store on the stage!!! The dialogue is sharp and smart….funny and real….Award winning Chicagoan, Dennis Zacek, directed Seminar, and his direction was excellent! (Each actor loved working with him and related to me that they learned so much!) Seminar is presented on the above dates, at Kelly’s Caribbean Upstairs, 301 Whitehead St. Tix are $35. You can have dinner (upstairs at 6:30 pm) & a show at $60. Showtime is 8 pm! This is a real coup for the FRINGE….This play was last seen in New York. It is most impressive that it is being seen on our little Island! Bravo FRINGE! Only 6 chances to see this impressive show….Go to or call 295-7676 to reserve your seats NOW!!!! The FRINGE is a great addition to our fabulous Theater loving town! Just to tell you how much we enjoyed it, we are going to see it a second time on March 8th!!!!

LE PETIT PARIS RESTAURANT…MARCH 10,12….Every Tues., Thurs. & Sun. this gem of a new Key West restaurant has live music. Jazz singer, Peter Diamond and guitarist Tim McAlpine play perform lovely music to dine with! Do yourself a favor and try this super place out. Great dinner selections and also breakfast & lunch….open from 8 am to midnight. Tell them I sent you!!! Owner Robert Konopka is creative and enthusiastic and has lots of great ideas….he is open to any suggestions….And great news! Robert has just announced that he has a Wine and Beer License!!!! Great location at 825 Duval St…..FREE parking is a bonus….can dine in or out!

AT THE TROPIC CINEMA….thru MARCH 14….Hyde Park on the Hudson … Amour …Django Unchained…Silver Linings Playbook.

MEL FISHER MUSEUM LECTURE & LAB TOUR, MAR. 9…Corey Malcom will conduct this lecture entitled “Solving Sunken Mystery, highlighting the grand efforts to document the wreck of the Spanish galleon, Santa Clara. 9:00 am. Cost is $20 & includes a complimentary ticket for admission to the Mel Fisher Museum.

THANKFUL ON FRIDAY…..I am thankful for every actor starring in Drowsy Chaperone at The Waterfront Playhouse, and also for the Creative Team! They will work their magic for you every night….. from March 7 thru March 30!!!! Get tickets NOW! And you will thank me for reminding you! And I am thankful for the wonderful accolades from Michael McCabe after he saw DROWSY!!!! Great to have Mike back!

ADDRESS FOR PATRICK’S FAMILY….We are all still reeling over the passing of that darling Patrick Junior Winters. He is missed here, more than words can ever say. If you would like to send a message of sympathy to his parents send to: Mr.&Mrs. Kevin Winters (Eileen) at143 Butternut Ln., Methuen, MA 01844.

DROWSY CHAPERONE ON MARCH 8…. Call 294-5015 or go online to for tix to this marvelous musical at The Waterfront Playhouse…a fantastic cast…..DO NOT MISS….runs thru March 30. Fridays are date nights at the Waterfront….ask about that when you buy your tix!

FISH FRY AT ST. MARY’S ON MARCH 8…..This is a benefit by the Knights of Columbus and all proceeds go to help the School. Served from 4:30 to 7:30 pm in the Sacred Heart Hall…all-you-can-eat fried or baked fish…and all the fixins….$12 for adults and $6 for kiddies. Family rates are available. 1010 Windsor Ln.

AT THE BOTTLECAP ON MAR. 8….From 5 to 8 pm, it is PSYCHIC NIGHT in the Groove Lounge at 1128 Simonton St. This will benefit Literacy Volunteers of America…Onhand will be clairvoyants, psychics, tarot card readers, palm readers, mind readers and more…..Celeb bartenders….cheap drinks…..ALL invited to this 4th annual event at The BottleCap! Silent Auction, drinks, food & FUN!

JOY GALLERY RECEPTION ON MARCH 8….Stop by the Gallery at 330 Simonton St. from 5 to 8 pm, and see the new series, ‘Key West Colors’ that artist Bernard Oulie will unveil! Oulie is French and his love of color is reflected in his work.

GARDENS HOTEL ON MARCH 8….It’s Michael Robinson at the piano from 5 to 7pm.

SEMINAR ON MARCH 8…..This play is winding down its great but brief run at Kelly’s Caribbean Upstairs, on Whitehead St. Go to for tix or call 295-7676.

AT THE STUDIOS ON MARCH 8 & 9… It’s the Livingston Taylor concert at the historic Armory, 600 White St. Go to or call 295-7676 for tickets or info.

AT THE BOTTLECAP ON MARCH 8…Dance the night away at Jukebox Friday Night in the Groove Lounge from 8 to 11 pm! Disco DJ…no cover!!!! All invited to DANCE!

TAVERN ‘N TOWN ON MAR.8…It’s Mike Emerson from 6 to 10 pm in the Lounge!

PIER HOUSE…MARCH 8 & 9….It’s Larry Smith entertaining in the Wine Galley starting at 7 pm!

LITTLE ROOM JAZZ BAR ON MARCH 8…..At 8:30 pm, it’s ‘Amy Lee & Her Boyz’…..Skipper Kripitz, Steve Schwartzberg and Woody Jenkins for a night of great music….821 Duval St.

SALUTE TO THE PLATTERS ON MARCH 8….This is a tribute to The Platters, the Coaster, Drifters, and the Temptations….at 8 pm at Tennessee Williams. or call 295-7676.

PIER HOUSE ON MARCH 8&9…..It’s Larry Smith entertaining at 7 pm in the Wine Galley!!!!

LATEDA ON MARCH 8…It’s Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS Show at 9 pm. Call 296-6706 for tix. In the By George Bar, it’s Debra & Patrick at 9 pm!

SCHOONER WHARF ON MARCH 8 & 9…..Noon to 5 pm, Michael McCloud….7 to 11 pm, it’s Oyster Johnny & A200 Band!!!

AT THE GREEN PARROT ON MARCH 8&9&10…It’s Spiritual Rez performing two shows on 3/8&9 at 5:30 pm and 11 pm. On 3/10, they perform at 5:30 pm only!


BRUCE MOORE’S TAP CLASS….MAR. 9 & 10….Beginner class is at 10 am & Intermediate is at 11 am on Mar. 9. On Mar. 10, Beginner class is at 11 am, and Intermediate is at Noon. Held at Body Zone South in the Winn Dixie Plaza….Call Bruce at 393-2276 for moore information!

AT MEL FISHER MUSEUM ON MARCH 9….Solving a Sunken Mystery: The Wreck of the Santa Clara….This lecture & lab tour will be conducted by the museum archaeologist, Corey Malcom. Limited seating. 9 am to Noon….Museum Library. Cost is $20 and includes snacks!

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE ON MARCH 9….Go to or call 294-5015 for tix to this fabulous musical at The Waterfront…showtime is 8 pm!

TAVERN ‘N TOWN ON MARCH 9…It’s Bobby Nesbitt in the Lounge from 6 to 10 pm!!

SEMINAR…LAST TWO NIGHTS ON MARCH 9 & 10….See what everyone in town is raving about…..This play presented by FRINGE Theater, is terrific! Showtime is 8 pm. Call 295-7676 or go online to for tix.

LITTLE ROOM JAZZ BAR….March 9th……821 Duval St…..It’s the duo of Skipper Kripitz and Din Allen entertaining at this gem of a new spot!

THE GARDENS HOTEL MAR. 9….Jimmy Olson is at the piano from 5 to 7 pm!

LATEDA ON MARCH 9….It’s Randy Roberts LIVE! At 9 pm in the Crystal Room…call 296-6706 for tix. Debra & Patrick entertain in the By George Bar at 9 pm!



TAVERN ‘N TOWN. MAR. 10…It’s Rob DiStasi from 5 to 9 pm at Beachside Marriott!

BOBBY & LIBBY AT CAFÉ SOLE ON MARCH 10….Libby York & Bobby Nesbitt make dining at Café Sole even more elegant as they entertain from Noon to 2 pm at this Southard St. Restaurant! Nothing but class…and all that jazz!

RED RIBBON BRUNCH AT MICHAEL’S RESTAURANT ON MARCH 10….This starts at 11:30 am and the menu is divine! It is a benefit for AIDS Help…cost is $65 per person and includes an open bar. Call Pam at 296-6196 for reservations!

JAZZ AT THE GARDENS HOTEL ON MARCH 10….It’s the Suzanne Doucet Trio from 5 to 7:30 pm at the Gardens Hotel!!!!

SOUTHERNMOST SPRING FASHION SHOW ON MAR. 10….This event, held at The Southernmost House at the end of Duval St…. will benefit the Sister Season Fund. Tix are $25 or table of 8, $160, which includes light hors d’hoeuvres. Cash bar….There will be entertainment…20 models…men, women & children…Doors open at 6 pm, with the show starting at 7pm. Emcee is Ed Krane…silent auction, raffles, prizes..Get tix at Call Julie Hanson at 781-956-3189 for info!

PARADISE BIG BAND ON MARCH 10….This show will be at 8 pm in the Cabaret at Tennessee Williams Theatre….The full Band with a ‘Tribute to the 40’s’…..Go to www.keystixcom for reservations or call 295-7676.

LAST NIGHT TO SEE ‘SEMINAR’…..MAR. 10…..If you haven’t seen this brilliant play, this is your last chance…..Go to or call 295-7676 for tix…Showtime is 8 pm at Kelly’s Caribbean Upstairs. $35 per ticket or $60 for dinner & show!

THE PIER HOUSE ON MARCH 10…At 9 pm, Larry Smith will Showcase that sultry dynamo, Rose Bonanza! She is hot stuff…in the Wine Galley!

SOUTHERNMOST CIGAR CLUB ON MAR.10…This was the former, Jamaican Me Hungry spot at 300 Front St….At 7 pm, Larry Baeder will be entertaining.

AT SALUTE ON MAR.10..It’s the Love Lane Gang performing on Sundays every week, from 4 to 7pm!

LATEDA ON MARCH 10…..It’s the Spring Forward Tea Dance at 4 pm! Debra & Patrick entertain in the By George Bar at 9 pm!

SCHOONER WHARF ON MARCH 10….Noon to 5 pm, Michael McCloud performs….6:30 to 11 pm, Latin Calypso Party!


LIBBY YORK AT LITTLE WHITE HOUSE ON MARCH 11….One night Only!!! The lovely and talented, Libby York, jazz singer extraordinaire, will perform her final concert of this season at The Little White House on Front St. Cocktails served at 7 pm with show time at 8 pm. Libby will be joined by jazz pianist, Chicago’s Jeremy Kahn, who has had the distinction of playing for the greats like, Aretha Franklin and Barbara Cook. The living room of the Little White House is a very special an intimate setting, just perfect for Libby and Jeremy to work their magic while they perform songs celebrating the Key West Tropical Lifestyle. Go too or call 295-7676 for reservations.

ART TALK AT HIGGS BEACH ON MARCH 11….This will take place at 6 pm at the White Street Pier….Nancy Frank, and Vera Vasek will speak about the installations of artist’s William Thompson & Gereon Krebber. There will be an after party at Salute following the talk.

LOU HARRIS AT ARMORY…MAR. 11…. Political analyst, Lou Harris will lecture at the Studios at 600 White St. on ‘How America will Solve its Crisis’….sponsored by the Friends of the KW Library….FREE to attend….6 pm…doors open at 5:30 pm!

JAZZ AT THE PIER HOUSE ON MAR. 11…..At 9 pm in the Wine Galley, it’s Larry Smith joined by Skipper Kripitz and Tim McAlpine! All musicians and singers are invited to join in the jammin’, Just let Larry know that you are there. Last week there were some super musicians, including Jeremy, the son of Evelyn Maldonado, who plays a mean bass guitar!

TAVERN ‘N TOWN ON MAR. 11….Michael Thomas entertains from 5 to 9 pm!!!!

LATEDA ON MAR.11…..At 9 pm, it’s fab duo, Debra & Patrick in the By George Bar!

SCHOONER WHARF ON MAR.11…Noon to 5, Raven Cooper….7 to 11 pm, River Underground (formerly Skraeling)


‘TIME STANDS STILL’ OPENS ON MARCH 12 AT RED BARN…. This Tony nominated play is directed by Joy Hawkins, and stars George DiBraud, Dave Bootle, Doug Shook and Amber McDonald-Good…. opens on March 12 at The Red Barn Theatre. Call 296-9911 or go online to to reserve you seats! I read about this play in Paradise today (page6) and it sounds like a super drama! Runs thru April 13. The Red Barn is located at 319 Duval, behind the KW Women’s Club.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE ON MARCH 12….Call 294-5015 or go online to for tix to this fabulous Musical…..Act NOW!

MANGROVE MAMA’S ON MARCH 12….It’s vocalist, Karen Weber performing at this MM21 restaurant/bar! Every Tuesday evening!

AQUA IDOL ON MAR. 12….Come one and all to a super Aqua Idol, now sponsored by the KW Assoc. of Realtors….Showtime is 6:30 pm every Tuesday. Bob & I were guest judges on Mar. 5 and we were impressed with the contestants, Steve Burress, Leigh Clement, Nina Crooks, Austin Ferguson, Jerry Hughes, Linda Jurin, Sugar Plum, mary Lynne Price and Al Romano. They are singing their hearts out to earn money for high school scholarships given by the Association! Randy Thompson is the emcee, outrageous as ever. Come and have fun for a good cause!

VIRGILIO’S ON MAR. 12….At 9 pm, it’s The Crizzbees, with Chris Burchard, Skippo, Rob DiStasi and Bubba LowNotes! Great dance music!

RUM BARREL ON MAR. 12…It’s John LaMere performing at 528 Front St.

TAVERN ‘N TOWN ON MAR. 12….It’s Carmen Rodriguez & Michael Thomas in the Lounge at Beachside Marriott from 5 to 9 pm!

MARC HOUSE ART DISPLAY THRU MARCH 12.…..This exhibit is at Guild Hall Gallery at 614 Duval St., and will feature art works by MARC House artists.….will include many forms of art…& will be on display until March 12!

LATEDA ON MAR. 12….It’s Randy Roberts LIVE! At 9 pm in the Crystal Room…call 296-6706 for tix. Downstairs in the By George Bar it’s Black & Skabuddah!

SCHOONER WHARF ON MARCH 12….Noon to 5 pm, Tim Hollohan…7 to 11pm, Raven Cooper performs!

MOOSE BOLES AT SOUTHERNMOST CIGAR CLUB…MAR.12,14,15&16….Moose & the Bulletproof Blues Band perform at 300 Front St., from 7 pm to Midnight!


THE DROWSY CHAPERONE ON MAR. 13-16….This is the show that the town is buzzing about….The Waterfront Playhouse’s delightful musical….Showtime is 8 pm on Wed. thru Sat. this week. Runs till March 30….Remember He who hesitates I lost! Call 294-5015 or go to for tickets.

‘TIME STANDS STILL ON MARCH 13-16….Go to or call the box office at 296-9911 for tix. I hear great things about this production and can’t wait to see it. A super cast …. A written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Donald Margulies.

BOBBY NESBITT AT AQUA ON MAR. 13….Bobby will perform at 711 Duval St., from 5:30 to 7:30 pm! Sings all your faves. Last week it was great to see Gayla Morgan there who even honored us with a few songs…..Also, Bruce Moore stopped in to sing a song before heading for the Waterfront Playhouse for Drowsy Chaperone…and also super to see Monnie and Peter King! Congrats to Monnie and taking the helm of the FRINGE Theater in Key West and doing such a marvelous job. SEMINAR, which closed on Mar. 10, was a smashing success. Shame on you if you missed this super play!

ISLE OF BONES JAZZ ON MARCH 13….This jazz trombone group gives its 8th annual concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 801 Georgia St., at 7 pm. Performing will be Joe Dallas Jr.&Sr., Georges Hemund, Harry Schroeder, Chris Burchard, Tim McAlpine, Skipper Kripitz!!!! All invited to attend!

LATEDA ON MAR. 13….At 9 pm, it’s Black & Skabuddah entertaining in the By George Bar!

SCHOONER WHARF ON MAR. 13…Noon to 5pm, Michael McCloud…7 to 11 pm, The Gary Hempsey Trio!

CONCH REPUBLIC SEAFOOD CO. ON MAR.13,14,16 …Trop-rock singer/songwriter, Don Middlebrook is performing from 1 to 5 pm at this spot at 631 Greene St.

PUN FOR YOU…He had a photographic memory, which he never developed!

TERRI WHITE PERFORMS IN SAN FRANCISO ON MARCH 13!!!!…One of our fave singers, Broadway Legend, Terri White, will be starring in her one night only show, “The Lady’s Got to Sing” at 8 pm LIVE at The Razz Room, San Francisco’s premier nightclub! If you are in the area…I urge you to get tix for this great show! Note that on May 19th, Terri will be at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal in Los Angeles!

THE GREEN PARROT, MARCH 13&14…It’s New Orleans Jam/Funk Quintet, ‘Earphunk’!!!!!

LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE… MARCH 17-APRIL 8….Carole MacCartee directs this entertaining and lighthearted peek into five women’s lives, using their wardrobes as a time capsule of events!….stars, Chris Stone, Rebecca Gleason, Melody Moore, Stephanie Sanders, and Stephanie Yosen. This play will be on Sundays and Mondays at 8 pm. Call 296-9911 or go to for tickets!

PRAYER CHAIN…..Please continue to remember the following in your thoughts and prayers……Kay Behmke…the friends and family of Patrick ‘Junior’ Winters…Joe Luczak and family…..Margo Spitz, mother of Erika Biddle…Vincent Gregory.….the Family & Friends of Valerie Carr on the loss of her father….Bob Leiby……Sal Salinero…Tom Oosterhoudt… Richard Stephens…Sue Paden…Richard Crooks……Mary Lou Ferris……Dawn Jones…Stephen Selka…Sue Lima-Fitch…Tony Freese…Alan Ferguson…Carol McNealey……John Cee…Jennifer O’Lear…Karla Muir…Margaret Taylor…Perry Jones… Tony Martinez…Carol Schenk…Stephen Elliot…Brent Ramer…Marion DePiero… Patrick Richards…Remember, there are many reasons that we pray, not just for curing illnesses. I do believe that when we all send prayers & good vibes to those in need…the many prayers mystically meet & surround those being prayed for. We are ONE HUMAN FAMILY, & we are in this thing called “Life” together…and we have power within us to help our fellow man. Bless you for remembering our loved ones!!

DINNER WITH JUDY (GARLAND, THAT IS) MARCH 20…..Spend the eve with Judy herself on the heels of the American premier of TYPHOON JUDY starring Christopher Peterson as JUDY!!!!! At the home of Bryan Green & Tony Konrath…fab food by the Iron Chefs, full bar….6 to 8 pm…..$65 per person. Tickets are still available for this sure to be sensational evening with Judy! Judy! Judy!!!!!!….Yes, you can count on JUDY being there for the WOW factor!!!!! For reservations call 294-5015 or go to!!! Act NOW!

DEBRA YATES & BENJAMIN BURLE IN MAGAZINE!!!….Check out the recent issue of Miami Modern Luxury Magazine to read about this fab Mother/Son team who are about to take Miami by storm! Go to their website at for more!

TERRI WHITE ANNOUNCES NEW CD…..The fabulous, Terri White has recorded a new CD and trust me…. it will be a knockout! It is available in pre-sale now. Go to,

RANDALL GOOSBY AT IMPROMPTU…..Just a note to rave about the amazing 16 year old rising star violinist who was featured at Sunday’s Impromptu at St. Paul’s….He was wonderful and if you didn’t stay for his encore, you missed the best of the best! Congrats to Mary Ellen Beattie and her board for this great season of music!

ADDENDUM….Go to this to read about upcoming events, shows, cabarets, etc.

Love to you & Remember… He who can take advice is sometimes superior to he who can give it!!!


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