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Bruce Vilanch Will Be Performing Oct 18 At The Cabaret Convention At The Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz At Lincoln Center.

October 13th, 2017

Rush Ticket Policy Announced for Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center
OCT 10, 2017

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A rush ticket policy has been announced for the 2017 Cabaret Convention, which will feature more than 60 performers. Presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation, the celebration of New York nightlife will take place October 16-19 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The same-day rush tickets, available to those holding a student ID or a membership card from MAC (the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), will be sold at the box office beginning at 10 AM on the date of each performance. Tickets, priced at $13.50, must be purchased in person, and there is a limit of two tickets per person. The offer is good for any remaining seats in the $100, $50, and $25 tiers.

In a statement, Artistic Director KT Sullivan said, “The Mabel Mercer Foundation sees this offer as an extension of our charter, by which we might provide students—and other performers and musicians—an affordable opportunity to enjoy the great popular songbook, both traditional and present-day. Mabel Mercer herself reveled in singing both the old and the new across her entire 70-year career; she never stopped adding contemporary material to her presentations.”

The gala opening will be followed by evenings that pay tribute to George Gershwin; Hoagy Carmichael, and Richard Whiting as well as the “golden age” of Manhattan’s supper clubs, boites, bistros, and piano bars. Show time each night is 6 PM.

The current lineup follows:

October 16: Gala Opening Night, hosted by KT Sullivan. With Corinna Sowers Adler, Danny Bacher, Carole J. Bufford, Joshua Lance Dixon, Tommy J. Dose, Greg Gropper, Luba Mason, Marilyn Maye, Tanya Moberly, Karen Oberlin, Lyric Peterson, Vivian Reed, Adam Shapiro, Jacob Storms. Presentation of The Donald F. Smith Award, underwritten by Adela and Larry Elow. Presentation of The Mabel Mercer Award to Vivian Reed.

October 17S’Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin, hosted by Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci. With Karen Akers, Anna Bergman, Celia Berk, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Shauna Hicks, Nicolas King, Stearns Matthews, Marissa Mulder, Mark NadlerT. Oliver Reid, Steve Ross, Jennifer Sheehan, Deborah Silver, Gabrielle Stravelli, Jon Weber, Aaron Weinstein.

October 18Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of Cabaret, hosted by James Gavin. With Barbara Brussell, Charles Busch, Charles Cochran, Natalie Douglas, Laura Kenyon, Carol Lipnik, Maude Maggart, Nellie McKay, Sidney MyerMolly Pope, Ricky Ritzel, Spider Saloff, Bruce Vilanch, Ronny Whyte. (This evening is dedicated to Barbara Carroll, “The First Lady of the American Keyboard.”)

October 19Too Marvelous for Words/Stardust: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael & Richard Whiting, hosted by Klea Blackhurst. With Matt Baker, Joie Bianco, Shana Farr, Liam Forde, Eric Yves Garcia, Gregory Generet, Valerie Lemon, Kristoffer Lowe, Tammy McCann, Todd Murray, Josephine Sanges, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan, Carol Woods, Amra-Faye Wright. Presentation of The Margaret Whiting Award, underwritten by My Ideal Music. Presentation of The Julie Wilson Award, underwritten by Linda and Peter Hanson.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall is located at Broadway and 60th Street. Prices are $100, $50, and $25, and Premium Patron Seating is also available at $500 ($350 of which is tax-deductible). Tickets are for sale through Jazz at Lincoln Center by visiting or their box office.

THE MESHUGANUTCRACKER! Comes to Cinemas for One Night Only; Bruce Vilanch to Appear During Screening

October 13th, 2017

Broadway World
THE MESHUGANUTCRACKER! Comes to Cinemas for One Night Only; Bruce Vilanch to Appear During Screening
by BWW News Desk Oct. 9, 2017


Presented by Fathom Events, in partnership with Guggenheim Entertainment, “The MeshugaNutcracker!” will be shown in U.S. cinemas for one night on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. local time. During this screening, Emmy Award-winning and Broadway star Bruce Vilanch will appear on screen as a special guest.

Tickets for “The MeshugaNutcracker!” can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 350 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“It’s a show that’s really never been done before,” says Susan Gundunas, one of the stars of the ensemble cast. “Not just because there’s finally a big, beautiful show about Chanukah in the same way there are big, beautiful shows celebrating Christmas, but also because the cast is singing an amazing challenging score that was originally intended for musical instruments! We get to sing the piccolo line and clarinet line of melodies you’ve had in your head forever but that have been wordless for hundreds of years. It’s a real treat to sing such melodious, grand music.”

“The MeshugaNutcracker!” showcases eight stories that pay tribute to the first celebration of Chanukah in the new state of Israel, as well as Judah Maccabee’s triumphant saga and accounts of perseverance. Written and directed by Scott Evan Guggenheim, Shannon Guggenheim and Stephen Guggenheim, the full-length musical comedy features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools), underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Alongside original lyrics in honor of Chanukah, “The MeshugaNutcracker!” includes dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot and special guest stars bringing audiences delight as they celebrate this holiday season.

“We are always thrilled to embrace the holiday spirit with audiences and celebrate such a special time of year, and this year there’s no better way than watching a fun twist on a beloved classic,” Fathom Events VP of Programming Kymberli Frueh said. “This performance is a fun way for audiences to learn more about the history and traditions of Chanukah in a kitchy spin, using the Nutcracker’s classic music in a way they’ve never experienced it before.”

“No matter what religion you are, no matter what you celebrate this time of year – it’s about finding the light in people, finding light in yourself, letting the holidays truly illuminate everything around you,” Shannon Guggenheim, lyricist and one of the co-producers, said. “And yes, it does sound schmaltzy but that’s why we balance it with a lot of schmaltz in our show! That really is what we’re trying to do: give families something bright and fun but also poignant and meaningful to celebrate this time of year.”

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like “Canelo Álvarez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr.,” concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series, inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Facing Darkness, and anime titles such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 897 locations and 1,387 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit

About Guggenheim Entertainment

Guggenheim Entertainment, Inc. is a theatrical Production Company based in California’s San Francisco Bay Area celebrating 30 years of producing musical theatre, events, and serving the needs of clients throughout the West Coast. The team at the helm of Guggenheim Entertainment is composed of directors, producers, writers, performers, and designers who produce and present full length and one-act musicals; design and teach classes for students of all ages; provide custom event design for a variety of clients; and originate educational arts programming. Since 1986, the Guggenheims have been at the forefront of Theatre In Education, having won an Antoinette Perry Award (giver of the coveted Tony Award) for Excellence in Theatre in Education. They’ve made “The MeshugaNutcracker!” available to non-profit organization as a fundraiser helping raise over $250,000 for West Coast non-profit organizations. In 2009, Guggenheim Entertainment opened The Retro Dome and premiered their original musical, “Thanks For Playing…The Game Show Show!” The team will open a venue in Downtown San Jose on New Year’s Eve 2017: 3Below Theaters & Lounge will offer the Bay Area another opportunity to enjoy live theater, interactive movie experiences, theatre conservatory for aspiring young actors, intimate operas, and film festivals. Visit for more information.

Find Out Why the Funniest Comics Get Bruce

September 29th, 2017

Boulder Jewish News
Find Out Why the Funniest Comics Get Bruce
By Kathryn Bernheimer ??September 25, 2017


Why the title “Get Bruce?”

The title has two meanings. The first is a command issued by any high-ranking comic in need of a good joke. As in, “I have just been invited to host the Oscars! Get Bruce!

The other is a question: Do you get Bruce? Do you get his humor?

The documentary, being screened at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Wednesday at the Boulder JCC, makes sure we do get Bruce, a flamboyant, sweet, outrageous giant of humor. He appears in person at Reel Hope on October 14 at the Boulder JCC. The ACE screening is in anticipation of the Jewish Family Service fundraiser.


Best known for writing the best lines and gags at the Academy Awards, where he has been head writer since 2000,Vilanch supervises the entire telecast. He is also in high demand for roasts and other Hollywood extravaganzas where actors try to be funny, and comics try to top them. Vegas shows and touring acts also demand his talent.

His jokes are told by legions of stars, including Bette Midler, Robin Williams, Elizabeth Taylor, Lily Tomlin, and Billy Crystal.

Vilanch spent his first 20 years as the king of the one-liner, comfortably behind the scenes, his name and face known only to the comic elite who employed him.


That invisibility ended when he was promoted from a writer on Hollywood Squares to having his own box as a celebrity, right next to long-time customer Whoopi Goldberg.

“Get Bruce” solidified his status as a celebrity writer, quick with a quip, a role he plays with relish.

He has since appeared on Broadway as Edna Turnblad in “Hairspray,” and is regularly recognized at airports.

He also continues to be a gay icon, long celebrated for his openly gay status in closeted Hollywood. (Read a 2013 Westword interview here.)

Prepare to meet Bruce by watching this hilarious 1999 documentary, which is filled with celebrity interviews. Prepare to be in on the joke, a comedy fan who “gets” Bruce.

Bruce Vilanch To Attend The LGBTQ Palm Springs Film Festival

September 23rd, 2017

Desert Sun
Xochitl Pena, The Desert Sun Published 5:29 p.m. PT Sept. 15, 2017


When Cinema Diverse premiered in 2008, the lineup was 15 films, including “Shelter,” a coming-of-age romance produced by J.D. Disalvatore.

Ten years later and with 91 films, the line-up has grown significantly, but it still includes a screening of “Shelter,” a coming-of-age romance produced by J.D. Disalvatore.

Resurrecting the inaugural event film is part of the special programming intended to help celebrate the LGBTQ film festival’s 10th anniversary, Thursday through Sept. 24 at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, said Michael C. Green, Cinema Diverse festival director and executive director of the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

“It’s interesting because J.D. Disalvatore just passed last week … and she was such an icon in Los Angeles in terms of lesbian filmmakers and was just really such a part of our history. And we’ll have a special moment before we screen that film to kind of honor her memory,” he said.

Another “big deal” festival event is a planned appearance by Armistead Maupin, the immensely popular author of “Tales of The City” series of novels which spawned a few television miniseries.

The opening night will feature a screening of “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin,” a film by Jennifer Kroot which tells the story of the renowned author from conservative to gay rights pioneer and includes interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. It will be followed by a Q&A with Maupin and a presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award. He then will sign copies of his new memoir, scheduled to be released in October.

“We’re getting advanced copies of his new memoir that’s coming out. We’re going to have it early so he’ll be signing copies of that. I’m really excited,” said Green “That’s going to be the big big deal.”

Right before the Maupin screening, audiences will see an 8-minute short called “Zeitgeist 1977,” a tribute to the first gay and lesbian film festival in San Francisco 40 years ago.

“So that’s kind of fun. It was the first in San Francisco, they were using Super 8 film and they were mostly getting it developed in Harvey Milk’s photo shop and (there’s) just a lot of history with it. It’s kind of cool and it’s ironically the same exact time Armistead started writing and got his first book published,” added Green.

While last year saw many films that addressed the divide between mainstream religion and the LGBTQ community, this year has a prominent selection of movies that touch on the international treatment of the LGBT community.

“I think a lot of it is immigration being a big topic. There are so many people from so many parts of the world that are trying to immigrate,” said Green. “They are escaping persecution because they are LGBT. It’s a very poignant topic.”

The film festival closes on Sunday, Sept. 24, with a full slate of films including the Palm Springs premiere and 10th anniversary of the docu-comedy “Laughing Matters …The Men,” from filmmaker Andrea Meyerson and featuring six comedians including Bruce Vilanch and Andre Kelly. Meyerson, Vilanch and Kelly are all expected to attend the festival, said Green.

“It was actually filmed in Palm Springs at Gay Pride in 2006 and it came out as a film in 2007 but it never has screened in Palm Springs ever … so that’s gonna be a lot of fun too,” he said.

Another closing day highlight is the screening of the third season of the Emmy-nominated “Eastsiders” produced by Kit Williamson and John Halbach, who married in Joshua Tree, live in Silver Lake and enjoy weekend trips to Palm Springs. The screening includes four episodes filmed on location in 16 different states from New York to Silver Lake and one episode shot in Palm Springs in July.

The filmmaking duo, who also appear in the show, are excited to bring most of season three to Cinema Diverse after a screening at OutFest in Los Angeles and a sneak peek at SeriesFest in Denver. They appreciate the interaction with other filmmakers and like-minded filmgoers.

“When you go to film festivals like these it’s a great way to meet other filmmakers who are passionate about the same kind of work. It’s also a great way to connect with audiences who are specifically seeking out LGBT content like ours. So they’ll come to this festival knowing that they want to see gay stories and if they weren’t familiar with our show before they could find our show there,” said Halbach.

“Yeah, we’re in a vacuum as filmmakers, as the storytellers … and I think it’s important to stay connected with the people that engage your work,” added Williamson who also writes and directs the series.

READ MORE: Popular LGBT series ‘Eastsiders’ films episode in Palm Springs

The show, which started as a web series on YouTube in 2012, follows gay couple Cal, played by Williamson, and Thom, played by Van Hansis as they deal with infidelity and life. Halbach plays a straight guy named Ian. Other show characters include Constance Wu from “Fresh of the Boat” who plays Kathy, Stephen Guarino of Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” who plays Quincy, Willam Belli who plays Douglas and Traci Lords who plays Cal’s mother. Season 2 is currently available on Netflix.

The season 3 episode filmed in Palm Springs follows couple Quincy and drag queen Douglas, whose car breaks down in the desert while on their way to a drag gig. The idea for this episode came after a fan of the show, who owns a vacation rental in Palm Springs called The Burton House, reached out to them via Instagram and said he’d love to host them for a filming of the show. So Williamson came up with this Palm Springs-specific episode.

This will be Williamson’s second time to Cinema Diverse. He starred in a movie “Kiss Me, Kill Me” which screened there about two years ago.

“We love to go to festivals like these and I think it’s really important to support other people’s work. Having been making the show for five years now we understand what a miracle it is that anything ever makes it across the finish line and I think when anything gets done that should be celebrated,” said Halbach.

If you go

What: Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival, presented by the Palm Springs Cultural Center

When: The film festival runs Sept. 21-24 at Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs. The Best of the Fest screenings is Sept. 29 and 30 at Mary Pickford Theatre, 36850 Pickfair St., Cathedral City.

Tickets: VIP Pass $279, Producer Pass $229, Director Pass $199, Cinema Six Pack $72, Opening night screening and after party $35, individual screening tickets $13.25

Information: (760) 880-4921 or (760) 324-7333 or