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All kinds of fabulous people come to Provincetown during Carnival week. Bruce Vilanch is one of the funniest and he’s got a new 90-minute show at the Provincetown Theater, Aug. 20-22. Plus, he’s bringing some special friends, the Skivvies, with him.
The Skivvies, Vilanch explains, “are a man and a woman and they play instruments and they work in their underwear. They were in the John Doyle production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ and fell in love with their instruments.”
The Skivvies have a following of Broadway friends who hang with them and also play in their undies. For this show, Nick Adams, of “Wicked” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” fame, and Randy Harrison appear with them.
Everywhere Vilanch goes it’s a party — a celebration of gay life and culture. Here is a man who doesn’t need the Supreme Court to make him feel like a real person. He’s been making queer folks laugh and feel good about themselves for years. A wickedly outrageous comic with a heart of gold, he’s the Jewish mother you always wanted.
Vilanch started out as a child actor in New York doing commercials and summer stock, never the star but always in the show. “I was never a child star or we’d be having this conversation in rehab,” he says. “My parents encouraged it. They were happy that I was happy doing it. However, they wanted me to have something to fall back on. They thought journalism would be the thing.”
After college he worked for the Chicago Tribune. While there, he interviewed Bette Midler. Before long, he was writing her act and when she hit it big both of them were off and running. He also wrote for Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams.
He was the head writer for the Academy Awards from 2000-2014 and served in the same capacity for the third iteration of Hollywood Squares.
“I’d been writing for Whoopi for years and when [‘Hollywood Squares’] made a deal with her, she said, ‘Vilanch should be the host,’” he says. “They thought she was crazy but they didn’t want to piss her off so early so they tested me.”
“They said your test is really funny but we need someone a little more mainstream to be the ringmaster in this circus,” says Vilanch. “They put me in a square next to Whoopi. They figured I could tame her, which is not a good idea because she’s really a Jewish boy and I’m a black woman. We had a lot of fun out there. All of a sudden I was on TV every night. Just like Donald Trump.”
VILLAIN: DEBLANKS – Up to Some Starry, Bi-Coastal Shenanigans
August 5, 2015
Villain: DeBlanks has (VERB)_____-ed both coasts in a week! Starring Emmy winners, Tony winners, and an array of the funniest people in show biz, these benefit shows have had audiences (and casts) literally breathless from laughing. Scroll down for photos from last night’s performance at 54 Below and last week’s show at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles!
The concert at 54 Below benefitted Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS and starred Tony-nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago), Kingsley Leggs (Sister Act, The Color Purple), Angela Robinson (OWN Network’s The Haves and the Have Nots, The Color Purple), Trent Armand Kendall (Bat-Boy, Five Guys Named Moe – West End), Carly Hughes (Pippin, Chicago), and Bernard Dotson (Finian’s Rainbow, Chicago).
Proceeds from the performance at Rockwell Table & Stage went to the ASPCA. The evening featured six-time Emmy-winner Bruce Vilanch (Get Bruce!, Hollywood Squares), hilariously versatile Lori Alan (Pixars’s Inside Out, Family Guy), NCIS: Los Angeles’ Barrett Foa (Buyer & Cellar, Avenue Q), Tony-winning funny lady Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex, Kinky Boots), omnipresent voice artist/actor Robin Atkin Downes (How to Train Your Dragon, The Strain), and keenly clever Tony-winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden, Sunday Brunch of Shame).
For more information and upcoming performances, visit VillainDeBlanks.com.
The Provincetown Theater Debuts ‘Broadway Concert Series’
July 31, 2015
The Provincetown Theater and producer Rich Aronstein debut the first “Broadway Concert Series” which started in July and continues through August with three more cabaret-style concerts featuring well-known Broadway and TV performers.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time this theater has brought in a Broadway concert series,” says Aronstein.
A quick 10-minute walk from Commercial Street, the Provincetown Theater offers a creative mix of professional, semi-professional and talented non-professional productions. The company emphasizes a mixture of staged readings, original plays and works by established playwrights, but this is something new for them. This summer’s three remaining shows offer sassy celebrities, showstoppers and even a little skin.
“The Buds of Broadway,” starring Anthony Rapp & Telly Leung, makes its world premiere for two nights only on August 14 and 15.
Perhaps best recognized for his recurring role as “Wes” in the hit Fox series “Glee,” Telly Leung recently starred in the Broadway revival of “Godspell” and originated the role of Boq in the Chicago company of “Wicked.” Anthony Rapp starred opposite Idina Menzel in the Broadway Musical “If/Then” and is best known for originating the role of ‘Mark Cohen’ in Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award-winning rock opera “Rent” for which he shares an OBIE Award with the rest of the cast.
These two buds first met on the “Rent” tour and their friendship continues with frequent collaborations. “Buds” will feature an eclectic mix of music including pop, R&B, Broadway, and rock with standout solos and duets from the show that began it all, “Rent.”
Emmy Award winning comedy writer Bruce Vilanch hits The Provincetown Theater during “Carnival Week,” August 20-21-22, with special guests The Skivvies and Broadway’s Nick Adams.
Having written for Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Paul Lynde and many others, Vilanch plans to share some of his best stories about life with Hollywood celebrities. Also a consummate performer Vilanch starred as “Edna Turnblatt” in the hit musical “Hairspray” on Broadway and appeared as himself in the documentary film “Get Bruce!”
Joining Bruce on the stage the “musically thrilling” undie-rock, comedy-pop duo The Skivvies will actually undress as they perform their distinctive mash-ups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele. This YouTube sensation has been called “smart, sophisticated…ingenious,” by The Wall Street Journal and Out Magazine says, “The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al- parody and part sexy burlesque…and unusual explosion of satire and sultry.”
The excitement doesn’t end there; “Broadway Bares’” Nick Adams and “Queer as Folk’s” Randy Harrison will join the team to fill the stage with more music and man-parts.
When Tony-nominated sisters Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway combine musical forces, their equally splendid voices harmonize in great songs and witty banter, as “Sibling Revelry” closes out the concert series on August 28 and 29. First presented in New York and now having its Provincetown premiere, this show continues to sell out halls across the U.S. and abroad.
Though they have each made name for themselves separately, Ann as an acclaimed pop/jazz singer and songwriter and Liz as a Broadway veteran and recording artist, together this duo has been called “two exuberant, limitless talents.” The show features Broadway hits from “Chicago,” “Wicked” and “Cats” to rousing renditions of jazz and pop standards.
The Broadway Concert Series is certain to become a Ptown tradition, so spend your hot August nights with glamour, comedy and music. We’re so certain that you’ll want to attend all of these events that, for a limited time, Edge Media Network is offering a pair free tickets. To get them just head over to our giveaway center and enter to win. (http://www.edgeptown.com/giveaways/theatre)
The Broadway Concert Series at The Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street
“The Buds of Broadway” runs August 14 and 15
“Bruce Vilanch and Special Guests: The Skivvies” runs August 20 – 22
“Sibling Revelry” runs August 28 and 29
For tickets and more information, call 508-487-7487 or visit www.provincetowntheater.org.