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I HAD A BALL NOT A LOT OF
LAUGHS FOR CREATOR
I Had a Ball starring Buddy Hackett in his only Broadway
appearance, would have enjoyed a longer Broadway run had Hackett not been so difficult,
divulges creator Jack Lawrence.
The original cast recording been re-released on CD by Decca Broadway. This CD includes an
informative booklet in which Jack Lawrence candidly
writes about his experiences creating
the production, which also starred Tony Award winner Richard Kiley with Karen Morrow,
Steve Roland and Luba Lisa, who would be tragically killed in an airplane crash.
Music and lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Stan Freeman, the show was tailor made for comedian
I Had a Ball is the comedic tale of Garside the Great (Hackett,) a con man turned Coney
Island clairvoyant. His world turns upside down when he discovers that his crazy crystal ball
actually does predict the future. I Had a Ball opened December 15, 1964 at the Martin
Beck Theatre where it closed six months later.
Lawrence and Freeman had worked together composing songs for Vic Damone and Frankie Laine
when they decided to venture into the Broadway arena. Jerome Chodorov, who had written such
great shows as My Sister Eileen, Junior Miss and Wonderful Town was signed to
do the libretto.
Decca Broadway has re-issued the original cast recording which has been out of print for years.
One of the first producers they auditioned for was Joe Kipness, a Damon Runyon kind of guy
who became involved in producing Broadway musicals after achieving success with a trucking
"It was Joe who came up with the idea of casting Buddy Hackett in the role of Garside," wrote Lawrence about the wanna-be
actor who began auditioning for Broadway roles at the age of eleven. "Hackett was
in the scatological prime of his career in Vegas and night clubs. He had very little stage experience however, and was an
undisciplined performer. Joe assured us that he would keep Buddy in line and signed him for the run of the show."
Hackett made his professional debut as a stand-up comic on the
Borscht Circuit and went on to become a popular nightclub headliner around the country. As early as 1956 he had opened for
Vic Damone at the Copacabana.
In Las Vegas the inventive storyteller was one of the top draws. Always on the edge, the
Sahara Hotel placed a sign at the showroom entrance announcing that no minors would be
admitted because of Hackett's offensive material. At that time, his act consisted of exactly one offensive word - ass -
which Hackett explained is a medical abbreviation for the base of the spine.
His Chinese Waiter routine - to name only one - was passed down to his son, Sandy, who lives
in Las Vegas and owns a Comedy Club in Laughlin, Nevada.
Hackett, a rotund creative genius, was noted for his temper as much as his ability to draw
high rollers. One instance involved throwing a glass of grapefruit juice on the stage curtain when
he got irritated at a stage hand.
Hackett's comedic success led to a starring role in the road production of Call Me Mister
Hackett also starred in Lunatics and Lovers (1954-55) for which he won the Donalson Award. That show also featured Dennis King, Sheila Bond, and Vicki Cummings.
That enjoyed a successful run at the Broadhurst Theatre.
Jeannie played by Karen Morrow leads the cast in
the title song
While the officials of I Had a Ball had no problems casting Karen Morrow and Luba Lisa
they were "having difficulties casting an important starring part, Garside's con-man friend, Stan
the Shpieler. Day after day agents would bring different leading men to audition for us, among
them Elliott Gould and Buddy Greco, a pal of Buddy Hackett's. They were all unsatisfactory and
we had to turn them down," wrote Lawrence.
Who they wanted was Richard Kiley and much to their surprise the Tony winner agreed to take
the second billed part of a down on the heels con man. It seems Kiley's wife had had a dream
that Kiley would be "playing a kind of racket guy on the wrong side of the law."
Kiley, who passed away in 1999, agreed to the part with one demand. He wanted the song
I'm An All American Boy because he thought it would be
a show stopper. Freeman and Lawrence explained they couldn't
do it - the song was written for another character but
promised Kiley they'd write him a hit.
"Rehearsals with the entire cast went smoothly except that
Buddy Hackett was not a musical comedy person and had
difficulty with pitch and timing. Reluctantly, we had to drop
two or three songs we had written for him. I have to give
Hackett credit, however. As Garside the Great, he was quite
funny. That is, as long as he played the part as written."
After opening at the Martin Beck Theatre Hackett became upset with the press and according to
Lawrence "went on a crusade to denounce the critics."
"After the curtain came down Buddy would come out and assemble the entire cast behind him.
Each night, however, his curtain speech grew longer and he segued from his diatribe against the
press into his solo nightclub routine. Throughout, the cast awkwardly remained on
Shortly after opening Hackett wanted some time off and the producers begged Hackett to wait
until a suitable replacement could be found - they were hoping for
"Hackett refused to allow anyone else to play the role,"
continued Lawrence. "Joe argued, pleaded, reasoned - to no
avail. Apparently the argument became ugly and escalated
into flying fists. Joe, who had been an amateur boxer told me
that he had knocked Hackett out cold. Buddy Hackett left the
show and we closed on June 15, 1964 after 199
A few years ago Hackett announced his retirement while performing at the
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Following
a show he simply told the audience he was retiring from
show business. The only times Hackett now performs on stage
are for Singita Animal Sanctuary benefits, an organization
founded by Buddy and his wife, Sherry, after they took a trip
to Africa. Singita, which means Miracle, is the "first new
no-kill, cage-free animal sanctuary built in Los Angeles
County in over thirty years."
I Had A Ball, the first time on
CD, features a total of 22
tracks including four rare bonus
tracks. The bonus tracks are I Had a Ball and
Almost performed by Karen Morrow. Two songs cut from the show
prior to it's New York opening are Lament and
Be a Phony, performed by Lester Lanin and His Orchestra.
It is worth the price of the CD just to be able to read the enclosed booklet.
Listening to the clever, zippy tunes is a rousing enjoyment.
SPREADING THE WORD
GUY MADDIN IN PERSON WITH DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY Canadian director Guy Maddin will present a special preview screening of
his new film Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary
on Monday, May 12, at The American Museum of Moving Image in New York,
The subject of a Museum retrospective in 1998, Maddin makes unique, dreamlike movies in
a style that reinvents the language of early cinema. In this new effort cult auteur Maddin
transforms the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's sensual version of Bram Stoker's classic novel into a
ravishing, erotically charged black-and-white-and-red silent movie. With choreography by Mark
Godden and set to the music of Gustav Mahler, the film is bursting with Gothic opulence,
cliffhangers, dark humor, and stylized camerawork.
Maddin was born in 1956 in Winnipeg (Canada) where he studied Economics at the university,
worked in a bank and as a house painter before he made his first film - The Dead Father in
Dracula opens at Film Forum on Wednesday,
ART AND ABOUT
Michael Tilson Thomas Music and theater in the form of 184 performances of 35 productions
from a dozen countries at the 31st Vienna Festival which began Friday continuing through June
The focus of the festival is not on name performers, but on interesting productions with an
emphasis on modern interpretations of the past. Two festival-commissioned works are world
premieres: Massacre, a music drama by Wolfgang Mitterer; and Untertagblues (Down
Day Blues), a drama in stations by Peter Handke. Among other programs are Francesco
Cavalli's renaissance opera La Calisto; Helmut Lachenmann's 20th-century opera The
Little Match-Seller; and Stockholm Dramaten Theatre's Romeo and Julia, a circus
acrobatic-inspired inspiration of the famed love story.
Participating orchestras include the Czech Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw and the San
Francisco Symphony. On Wednesday, led by their music director, Michael Tilson Thomas, the
San Franciscans begin a 15-concert, 10-city European tour through May 25, which will take them
to Dublin, London, Brighton, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Vienna, Prague and
Tilson Thomas began his tenure in September 1995 as the
San Francisco Symphony's 11th Music Director in a contract
that extends through the year 2005. He and the orchestra
also signed an exclusive five year contract with BMG
Classics/RCA Victor Red Seal which will yield 15
recordings. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director
of the New World Symphony.
SPREE Las Vegas hotel mogul Steve
Wynn was the high bidder on two paintings this past week
in Manhattan. An 1882 Pierre-Auguste Renoir portrait of a French gentleman's wife titled
In the Roses (Madame Leon Clapisson) for $23.5 million at Sotheby's and a self-portrait
by Paul Cezanne for $17.3 million gaveled down at Christies. That work hasn't been publicly
displayed in more than six years. The paintings were immediately shipped to Las Vegas and are
on displayed at The Wynn Collection, a gallery located at what was the Desert Inn hotel-casino.
ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Ancient meets modern in the new home of the Asian Art Museum
located in San Francisco.
In an eight-year, $160.5 million
project, architect Gae Aulenti, the genius behind the
conversion of a Paris train station into the Musee d'Orsay,
had added contemporary elements in transforming the city's
former Main Library's 1917 Beaux Arts style building.
museum, one of the world's largest devoted exclusively to
Asian art, has more than 14,000 objects covering 6,000 years
of history. Now it can exhibit more than 2,500 treasures,
doubling the number at its 35-year location in Golden Gate
Park. Paintings, ancient sculptures, carved jades, ceramics,
and textiles are among the objects in 33 galleries in the
29,000 square feet of exhibit space.
To help visitors
appreciate the museum, separate daily tours focus on the
collections and architecture.
ROGER MOORE'S ATTENTION
That James Bond guy, Roger Moore, who enjoys being the surprise guest star in the hit
production The Play What I Wrote, added a different twist to the quirky show when the
veteran actor collapsed during last Wednesday's matinee.
The British comedy, which stars the team
of Sean Foley and Hamish McColl, features a mystery guest
star at every performance, who takes part in a play-within-the-play
entitled A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple.
Moore, 75, began experiencing breathing difficulties
but elected to go on with the show. He then collapsed during
the energetic dance number in the second act. The New York
City Fire Department report states that EMS personnel responded to the Lyceum Theater at
about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and transported an unconscious
patient to St. Luke's-Roosevelt
Reports indicate that Moore was listed in stable condition and then
received a pacemaker at Beth Israel Medical Center being released
on Friday. Statements relate that Moore had been aware
that he was in need of the device. The actor then attended
a benefit dinner Friday night, accepting an award on
behalf of UNICEF from the French-American Aid for
Children Organization. Moore has served as a UNICEF
goodwill ambassador for 12 years.
His first James Bond film was Live and Let Die in 1973, and he went on to star in six
other Bond movies: The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974, The Spy Who Loved
Me released in 1977, Moonraker in 1979, For Your Eyes Only a 1981 release,
Octopussy in 1983 and A View to a Kill in 1985.
Before he became Bond, Moore was well-known to television viewers as Beau Maverick, the English cousin of James
Garner's character on Maverick, and as detective Simon
Templar in The Saint.
2003 TONY NOMINATIONS
will be announced on Monday, May 12th.
Melanie Griffith and last year's Tony Award winning Best Actor
in a Musical, John Lithgow, will be at Sardi's to make the
announcements. The Tony Awards are presented by the League of American Theatres and
Producers and the American Theatre Wing. Broadway To Vegas will list the nominations shortly
after they are announced.
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a Las Vegas resident, who has been starring in the
national tour of Some Like It Hot,
receives an honorary doctorate in dramatic arts from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode
Island on May 17.
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WAYNE NEWTON'S WANDERING
It is sooo embarrassing when your kangaroo gets loose and
goes hopping around the neighborhood.
There was Wayne Newton down at Animal Control identifying and taking home, Priscilla, his
escaped pet wallaby.
Priscilla, an adult female wallaby, which is a powerful marsupial with clawed fingers and powerful
legs, was first spotting at about 6:30 a.m. last Thursday hopping down a busy street. An hour
long chase ensued involving police, animal control officers and a local, self described cowboy -
Harry Sullard - who ultimately lassoed Priscilla after getting a rope from his truck. Sullard, 49,
a local plumbing contractor who was raised in Kansas, calls himself a redneck cowboy, was
praised by officials.
Officials speculated that Priscilla was able to hop out of the performer's walled, residential
compound at Sunset and Pecos roads, because of a botched attempt to either kidnap or steal
Priscilla was unharmed and Newton personally claimed the animal. Mr. Las Vegas is currently
starring at the Stardust Hotel. No word on whether he plans to add the Australian folk song
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Boys to his repertoire.
THE 75th ANNIVERSARY
OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE
one of the country's top acting schools,
will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with a star-studded evening
on Monday, May 19 at the Kaye Playhouse At Hunter College.
The event will be highlighted by the popular and uniquely
entertaining presentation of the Atrainplays.
Many illustrious alumni of the Neighborhood Playhouse School
will participate in the performance including Dabney Coleman,
Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach, Tony Randall, Christopher
Meloni, Sheri Rene Scott, Siobhan Fallon Hogan,
Donovan Patton, John Leone, and others.
The evening includes a reception following the performance at the Seventh Regiment
Developed and produced by Lawrence Feeney in association with
the Workshop at the Neighborhood Playhouse, the Atrainplays
are created by six teams while traveling the entire route of the A train from 207th
Street & Broadway to Far Rockaway.
On Saturday afternoon, May 17th, three librettists will
hop on the A train at 207th Street and begin writing the books for three 15-minute musicals, all
set on the A train. Before each of the teams begin their journeys, they pick a number between 3-5
to set the number of characters, then chose that number of headshots through a blind draw to
determine who is in each piece.
When the librettists reach the Far Rockaway stop, they randomly select their collaborative
lyricists, composers and choreographers, who have been awaiting their arrival at a nearby
At Far Rockaway, three playwrights join the train for the journey back to 207th Street while
creating their own 10 minute one-act plays, also set on the A train. Six directors meet the
creators at 207th Street and they all proceed to Columbus Circle
where they meet the pre-selected
actors, decipher their scribbles, copy the scripts and begin
They have until
showtime on Monday night to develop these works into the six
new theatrical experiences.
Some of the writers participating include six-time Emmy
winner Lanny Meyers, 2002 Richard Rodgers Award winners Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler,
recording artist Jeremy
Schoenfeld, and choreographer Edie Cowan.
Founded by philanthropist sisters Irene and Alice Lewisohn,
pillars of the Henry Street Settlement
and founders of The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, The Neighborhood
Playhouse trains in the tradition of Martha Graham,
Louis Horst and Sanford Meisner, who taught acting at the
school for fifty-three years.
Notable alumni include Robert Duvall, Sydney Pollack, David
Mamet, Diane Keaton, Joanne Woodward, Allison Janney, Sherie Rene Scott, Dabney Coleman,
James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Randall, Eli Wallach, Leslie Nielsen,
Anne Jackson, Mark Rydell, Illeana Douglas, Christopher Noth, Gregory Peck, Martin
Henderson, Griffin Dunne, Leslie Moonves and Marian Seldes.
Tickets for the performance and reception are $250.00 and $150.00. Ticket for the performance
only are available for $75.00.
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB SPRING GALA 2003
Lynn Meadow kicks off the celebration of MTC's
new Broadway stage opening
in October and honors Artistic Director Lynne Meadow's 30 years of extraordinary artistic
MTC’s Gala is one of the largest theatrical fundraisers in the nation.
Cocktails precede a silent auction, where you can bid on items such as rare autographed
Broadway memorabilia to a walk-on role on a hit television show. An elegant sit-down dinner is
followed by the hour-long performance. Alec Baldwin, Lynn Redgrave, Swoosie Kurtz, Tony
Roberts, Kitty Carlisle Hart and the casts of La Boheme, Movin' Out and
Hairspray perform. Treat Williams hosts.
Monday, May 12th at 7 o’clock at the New York Hilton’s Grand Ballroom. Table prices for
this event are $10,000 (Benefactor), $15,000 (Angel) and $30,000 (Anniversary).
ONE COOL NIGHT
an Alzheimer's benefit took place at The Venetian Hotel in
Las Vegas last week. The event was a success, raising more
than $2.5 million. Some of the auction items included Las
Vegas builder and Rio hotel developer Tony Marnell winning
a lunch with Secretary of State Colin Powell for $200,000.
A Siegfried & Roy birthday party was gaveled down at $45,000
to winner Miriam Adelson.
THE BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB stages
Reaching Forth, an evening of stellar music to benefit
JazzReach Performing Arts & Education Association, Inc. Featuring a live performance by the
critically acclaimed young pianist and Blue Note recording artist
Jason Moran and his trio Bandwagon with Tauras Mateen on bass and Nasheet Waits drums.
Tickets: $125 includes a three course dinner, one complimentary drink and the performance. All
Proceeds to be donated to JazzReach. Wednesday, May 14 at the
Blue Note in New York City.
ACTORS FUND BENEFIT in New
York City tonight Sunday, Mother's Day. Baz Luhrmann's production of
Puccini's La Boheme at The Broadway Theatre.
STAND UP FOR MADELINE (KAHN) BENEFIT FOR OVARIAN
CANCER takes place Monday with Robert Klein hosting. This
second annual comedy event, at Caroline's on Broadway, will feature Joy Behar,
Judy Gold, Peter Boyle and Mario Cantone, friends of the late
great Madeline Kahn.
STARS AND PARS
Michael Douglas and Friends 5th annual charity golf weekend
takes place May 14-16 in Las Vegas with Caesars Palace and
Cascata golf course hosting. The event benefits the
Motion Picture and Television Fund. 12 motion picture
and television stars will participate in a 9-hole scramble,
In addition to the action on the links, the weekend festivities
will also include a special performance of A New Day. . .
featuring Celine Dion at the Coliseum in Caesars Palace, and several charity auctions and
celebrity receptions hosted by Douglas and his wife.
Expected to attend; Marc Anthony, Jim Belushi, Jimmy Buffett, Jackie Chan, George Clooney,
Jamie Lee Curtis, David Duchovny, Clint Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Elton John, Tea Leoni,
Heather Locklear, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Miller, Mike Myers, Dennis Quaid, Ray
Romano, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, Justin Timberlake and Mark Wahlberg.
The Michael Douglas & Friends tournament will be televised on ABC on Sunday, July 20th,
following the British Open.
The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) began in 1921 as a “relief” fund for those in the
film industry who had “fallen on hard times. Today, more than 82 years later, MPTF is a major
service organization promoting the well-being of the entertainment community. Health care,
childcare, retirement and social/charitable services are provided with compassion and respect for
the dignity of the whole person. Care if offered through the MPTF 256-bed Hospital, five health
centers, financial assistance and community outreach programs, a retirement community and the
Samuel Goldwyn Children’s Center. In 2003, MPTF will provide more than $9 million in
services to over 100,000 entertainment industry members and their families.
AT WIT'S END Book and Lyrics by Cheri Coons. Music by Michael Duff. Directed
by Joe Leonardo. Northlight Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of this
production beginning May 14.
It's 1929, and the members of the famed Round Table are performing a play in the
lobby of New York's Algonquin Hotel to commemorate the tenth anniversary of
their first luncheon there.
Acting as a Greek chorus, the Round Tablers present At Wit's End, the story of how
New York Times theatre critic Alexander Woollcott's love for Jane Grant and rivalry
with her husband Harold Ross provided an essential spark to the birth of The New
Yorker magazine. The story of the famed Algonquin Roundtable, Alexander
Woollcott is the center of New York Society wielding his pen and his influence with
vicious verve and venom. Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufmann, Edna Ferber,
Helen Hayes, Marc Connelly and Tallulah Bankhead are all here spouting wit and
May 14-June 22. Northlight Theatre in Chicago.
LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Eugene O'Neill's 1941 autobiographical masterwork now in revival at the
Plymouth Theatre, NYC is one of the few offerings that is worth the price of the ticket. A must see for anybody who is
studying acting or simply wants to experience exceptional theatre.
This piercing production, which will stay with you long after you leave the theater, stars Brian
Dennehy (James Tyrone), Vanessa Redgrave (Mary Cavan Tyrone), Philip Seymour Hoffman
(James Tyrone Jr.), Robert Sean Leonard (Edmund Tyrone) and Fiana Toibin
Expertly directed by Robert Falls, who also directed Dennehy in the Tony Award-winning
Death of a Salesman in 1999.
Looking up the word "perfect" in the thesaurus there are 72 words listed. The total production of
Long Days Journey Into Night and in particular each member of the cast, have earned all
Sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, lights by Brian
MacDevitt. Performances at the Plymouth Theatre, through
RAIN DANCE Originally commissioned and performed by Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose
Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, this newest work of Lanford Wilson is directed by Purple
Rose Artistic Director Guy Sanville.
The production stars James Van Der Beek of Dawson's Creek fame. Joining Van Der
Beek in Rain Dance are Randolph Mantooth, Harris Yulin and Michigan actress Suzanne Regan,
who created the role of Irene at the Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Rain Dance is set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1945, on the eve of the birth of the atomic
bomb. Amidst the tranquil beauty of the desert, four individuals involved in the historic project
count down to its inevitable conclusion. As the culmination of their work approaches, each
wrestles with the weight of responsibility for an event that will change the world
On May 13, May 28, June 11 and June 18th there will be post-performance "talkbacks."
Performances at Signature's Peter Norton Space. NYC. Rain Dance continues to June 29.
CAN'T LET GO by Keith Reddin
is toplined by two-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker.
The quirky drama concerns "a young woman trying to keep her life aligned in an office going
slightly crazy." Also in the cast are Cheyenne Casebier, Glenn Fleshler, Brian Hutchinson and
Greg Stuhr. Carl Forsman directs.
Scenic design by Nathan Haverin, costumes by Theresa Squire, lights by Josh Bradford, sound
by Stefan Jacobs.
The world premiere presentation from the young Keen Company, will run May 30 to June 22 at
the East Village space, The Connelly Theatre. NYC.
MISS SAIGON with a cast of 38
and an orchestra of 14 is headed to Las Vegas. Seven 53-foot trucks are required to move the
staging. It will all be up and running for performances Tuesday through May 18 at the Aladdin
Theatre, Las Vegas.
BRING IN 'DA NOISE, BRING IN 'DA FUNK
stars Savion Glover, the show's original star and choreographer. The
1996 Tony-winning Broadway musical plays May 13-18 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center's
Jackson Hall in Nashville.
Directed by co-creator George C. Wolfe, artistic director of the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in
The new touring production reunites the original creative team, including set design by Riccardo
Hernandez, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer and costume design by Paul
Tazewell. Choreography by Glover. Reg. E. Gaines' poetry and music by Ann Duquesnay, Zane
Mark and Daryl Waters
SAM HARRIS moves
his critically acclaimed show, which he performed at the Canon Theatre, to the Coronet Theatre
in West Hollywood. Sam begins previews on Thursday, May 22nd opening on Saturday,
May 31st for five weeks through Sunday, July 6th. Music director Todd Schroeder is set to
again accompany Harris. Rick Siegel and Craig Dorfman of Marathon Entertainment are
producing. This is Marathon Entertainment's first Los Angeles stage production since producing
My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sam first splashed into the public eye as the grand champion of
Star Search in its premiere season. On Broadway, in addition to his recent stint in The
Producers, Sam received a Drama Desk nomination for his role in Tommy Tune's
Grease and a Drama-League Award as well as Tony, Outer Critic's Circle and Drama
Desk nominations for his work in Cy Coleman's The Life. He has also starred in such
musicals as Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Hard Copy, The Jazz Singer, Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, his one man show, Revival, and the record breaking
Los Angeles Reprise Production of Hair.
KEELY SMITH one of our favorites
- see Broadway To Vegas column of February 2, 2000, is swinging Basie style at
Feinstein's at the Regency, NYC through May 17.
performs tonight in Des Moines, Iowa at the Greater Civic Center.
ARLO GUTHRIE on stage Monday,
May 12 in Glenside, Penn at the Keswick Theatre.
PRESERVATION JAZZ HALL BAND opens a two nighter Friday in Dallas, Texas at the Meyerson Symphony
WILLIE NELSON AND BILLY BOB THORNTON at the
historic Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater which is staging a comeback as an active outdoor
musical venue beginning Mother's Day with the Nelson/ Thornton billing. PM Group recently
contracted to manage and operate the venerable facility for the next five to 10 years.
PM Group also plans to upgrade and renovate the stage, backstage area, concessions and grounds
and is seeking a naming-rights sponsor to help fund the improvements.
The facility was built adjacent to the Oklahoma City Zoo by the Civil Conservation Corps in
Other scheduled shows include the B.B. King Blues Festival on May 25, Atlanta-based rapper
Ludacris on May 31, an evening with Crosby, Stills and Nash on June 13 and Destiny's Child on
BEN VEREEN performs
Wednesday, May 14 at the Sycuan Casino in El Cajon,
California. On May 17 he is at Artpak in Lewiston, New York.
TONY BENNETT center stage May
17 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
JOHN PIZZARELLI in a two nighter
Saturday and Sunday at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri.
STEVE & EYDIE at the Westbury
Music Fair, May 14th-18th.
AN EVENING WITH CAROL CHANNING
starring Richard Skipper will feature a different guest star each
week! On May 12th it's Mary Stout, from Broadway's Jane Eyre
and Beauty And The Beast. She is one of our favorites. See Broadway To Vegas column of January 14, 2001. On May 19th it's the
multi award winning Lennie Watts and on May 26th the show will feature MAC award winners Scott Coulter and
Audrey Lavine. Directed by Jeff Matson. Musical Direction by John Bowen. Arrangements by David
Maiocco & William Waldinger. Special Material by Karen Benedetto & Jeff Matson. Shows at The Duplex in NYC.
General admission is $20.00. MAC Members, Friars, students, seniors are $12.50.
On May 18 at 2:30p.m. it's Broadway in the Bronx, hosted by Diana Templeton and featuring Linda Fields, Sidney Myer,
and Richard Skipper as Carol Channing. A portion of the proceeds from this show go to benefit Broadway To Vegas.
Call Diana Templeton 718-325-8307 for more info.
BOBBY SHORT returned
to the Cafe Carlyle last Tuesday, beginning 35th consecutive
year of sophisticated cabaret entertainment. He is accompanied
by a nine-piece orchestra. Through June 28.
TONY DANZA opens a three night
stand Friday in Las Vegas at the Sun Coast Hotel.
CASSANDRA WILSON performing
Saturday as part of the Jubilee Jam in Jackson, Mississippi.
SMOKEY ROBINSON in a two
nighter Friday and Saturday at
Harrah's at Lake Tahoe.
KT SULLIVAN in her Vienna to Weimar show
at the Neue Gallery in New York City May 16th and 23rd.
MICHAEL FEINSTEIN in the
spotlight Saturday, May 17, at Schneider Hall in Providence, Rhode Island.
HERBIE HANCOCK on stage
Thursday, May 15, at Massey Hall in Toronto.
JERRY SEINFELD telling stories
Friday at Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida. On Saturday the laughs will be in
Orlando, Florida at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.
DRINK AND MAKE UP
President Chirac of France sent the Prime Minister of
Britain, Tony Blair, six bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild as a birthday present. Blair's
birthday was last Monday. He celebrated with a private family dinner.
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