Thursday, May 3, 2018

Richard Barclay NYC Tribute Show to Feature Soap Opera Legends Eileen Fulton & Ilene Kristen

In October, the entertainment industry lost a powerful friend, Richard Barclay, a celebrated singer/actor and producer/director who passed away after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. On May 26, Richard Skipper is presenting a celebration of Barclay's life and reuniting two soap opera legends in the progress. The Richard Barclay Memorial show will feature Frank Basile, Julie Budd, Eileen Fulton (Lisa, As the World Turns), Richard Holbrook, Ilene Kristen (Delia, Ryan's Hope; Roxy, One Life to Live) sharing memories and musical entertainment, led by musical director Rolf Barnes.

The Saturday night show will start at 8 p.m. at Don't Tell Mama in New York (343 W 46th St). There is a $25.00 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum per person. Proceeds will benefit Career Bridges. Reservations can by made after 4 p.m. daily at (212) 757-0788 after 4 PM or online at

Barclay was more than a great artist ... he was a kind, compassionate, and generous mentor.

Richard Barclay started his long career in the 1950s as a dancer performing with Mitzi Gaynor and Lisa Kirk in their club acts. He 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, Barclay played Albert Peterson opposite Chita Rivera and Brenda Lee in "Bye Bye Birdie"; appeared with Nanette Fabray in "No, No Nanette"; Carole Cook in "Kismet"; and with Eileen Fulton in dark musical, "Carnival," the beginning of a very long friendship between the two.

By the early 1970s, Barclay teamed with Bob Deubel to form Concepts Unlimited, which produced several documentaries for film and television. He produced the documentary, Norman Rockwell's World, winning an Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short Subject. He and Bob also produced the TV documentary, The American Woman, narrated by Patricia Neal and featured Celeste Holm, Helen Gallagher, Frank Langella, Claudia McNeil, Joanna Miles, Melba Moore, Kate Mulgrew, Lois Nettleton, George Rose and Jamie Ross. They also produced Verse Person Singular, starring Richard Kiley, and shown on PBS' American Playhouse.

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