Peter Leavy & Friends


by Magda Katz


On Saturday, January 19 2019  stars of the Cabaret world paid tribute to Peter Leavy (Publisher of Cabaret Scenes Magazine) in honor of  his 90th Birthday at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, a fundraiser evening for American Songbook Association hosted by Frank Dain, editor of Cabaret Scenes. Peter was surrounded by love during the three hour Birthday party. Here’s a recap of who sang what.

Sidney Myer

Lennie Watts

Elizabeth Sullivan

John De Marco

Scott Barbarino & The Bev Naps

Scott Barbarino sang Petula Clark’s “I Know a Place.” To give it the real 50’s style his warm baritone voice was accompanied by the Bev Naps back up singers.  Comedy was provided by Mark Nadler singing his zany rendition of “Vodka” and  Ricky Ritzel telling one liners.

Ricky Ritzel

Peter Leavy with Richard Skipper

Barbara Fasano

Warren Schein

Eric Comstock

Cynthia Crane

Steve Ross

Cynthia Crane made everyone laugh with her comedic song “Jose Cuervo.”

Jamie De Roy’s “Jews Don’t Camp” was a big audience pleaser, while Sidney Myer showed his serious side with his rendition of the tender ballad “Dance With Me Slow.”


Natalie Douglas

Craig Pomranz, Carolyn Montgomery

Jamie deRoy

Lorna Dallas

Elizabeth Sullivan, talented mother of Stacy and KT Sullivan, dedicated an original song “The Door Was Open” to Peter.

Others dedicating their talents were Lennie Watts, Natalie Douglas, Richard Skipper, Warren Schein, Steve Ross, ASA Board Members Craig Pomranz and Carolyn Montgomery, Laurie Krauz, John De Marco, Lorna Dallas, Stacy Sullivan, Eric Comstock, Mary Bogue and Franz Bloem.

Marilyn Maye


The show ended on a high note when the Marvelous Marilyn Maye sang the final  “Secret O’ Life” / “Here’s To Life” medley.

The afternoon concluded as the cast joined the audience in singing Happy Birthday to Peter.

Happy 90th Birthday Peter Leavy!


Photos: Maryann Lopinto

Video: Magda Katz