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Vilanch, Gold team up to perform at Alden inside the McLean November 7

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Washington Blade
October 28, 2015 at 1:57 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Vilanch, Gold team up


Stand-up comedians Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold perform at the Alden inside the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, Va.) onSaturday, Nov. 7 at 9 p.m.

Vilanch, who is gay, has been a series regular on the television show “Hollywood Squares” and has written for numerous awards shows including the Academy Awards. Gold, a lesbian, has co-hosted “The View” and worked on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Vilanch and Gold will give separate stand-up performances. General admission tickets are $35. Tickets for McLean Community Center tax district residents are $20.

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Save The Date: Bruce Vilanch’s Musical “Sign Of The Times” Part Of Goodspeed Musicals’ 2016 Season

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Goodspeed Musicals’ 2016 Season has something that will appeal to everyone—young and old—and continue the extraordinary legacy that has made Goodspeed Musicals the “Home of the American Musical.” We are excited to announce that the season will include classic musicals that have never appeared before on our stages along with new musicals at both of our theatres—The Goodspeed in East Haddam and The Terris Theatre in Chester.


Season Tickets and single tickets are available to the general public beginning Feb 14.


Listing_A Sign of the Times






Dates: July 28 – Sept 4 2016

Original Story by Richard Robin
Original Book by Bruce Vilanch

1965. The pulse of a changing era lures Cindy from Middle America to the swirl of Manhattan. Unexpected friends, lovers, careers and conflicts are all a subway ride away in a pop-fueled new musical featuring songs made famous by Petula Clark and other hit-makers of the day. “I Know a Place,” “The Shoop Shoop Song” and “If I Can Dream” are among the fabulous favorites on an eye-opening ride from innocence to experience. Forget all your troubles, forget all your cares — go “Downtown” and find out who you are!

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Bruce Vilanch Attends The Opening Of ‘Carrie The Killer Musical Experience’

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Actor/producer Joe Everett Michaels, actor/writer Bruce Vilarich and producer Bruce Robert Harris arrive at ‘Carrie The Killer Musical Experience’ Opening Night Red Carpet at Los Angeles Theatre on October 8, 2015.


Comedians Judy Gold & Bruce Vilanch Coming to The Alden in McLean, 11/7

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Broadway World
Comedians Judy Gold & Bruce Vilanch Coming to The Alden in McLean, 11/7
October 8, 2015


The Alden in McLean bring the NSFW (not safe for work) humor of Judy Gold and Bruce Vilanch for a late show at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $35, $20 for McLean Community Center (MCC) tax district residents. The Alden is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, inside MCC.

In the show, entitled “An Evening with Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold,” the comedians pair up for separate stand-up sets united by their gay, Jewish identities and raunchy, sidesplitting observations. One of the most sought-after jokesmiths in the entertainment industry, Vilanch has become a recognizable face in his own right, thanks in part to his stint as a regular on the television show “Hollywood Squares,” for which he also served as head writer. He has written for virtually every awards show and Hollywood comedian, including most of the Oscar casts over the past 20 years-his Jack Palance-inspired jokes have famously passed through the lips of Billy Crystal.

Gold gets around, everywhere from her Comedy Central and HBO specials to cohosting “The View,” to starring Off-Broadway in her two acclaimed long-running hit shows, including “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.” She has won two Emmy Awards for her work on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Gold is an observant Jew, 6 feet 3 inches tall and a lesbian mother of two.

Together, Vilanch and Gold will fill the order of making the audience laugh and laugh.

Please note: This show is for mature audiences only.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

Bruce Vilanch Attends The “Kingdom” Premiere

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter
‘Kingdom’ Creator Celebrates His “Visceral Family Drama” at Second Season Screening
by Bill Higgins

4-27-2013 3-56-01 AM

Joking that the event was “a sucker punch into the belly of Hollywood,” AT&T’s SVP of original content Chris Long hosted a screening and after-party Oct. 6 at the Pacific Design Center celebrating the launch of Kingdom’s second season on DirecTV (since July the satellite broadcaster has been an AT&T subsidiary.)

The sucker punch image went along with Kingdom being based in the world of mixed martial arts. “The show is a snapshot into American life for blue collar have nots,” said Long. “You talk to any fighter who isn’t Floyd Mayweather and they say they fight to eat.”

After the screening, Bruce Vilanch joked that “not since Real Housewives of New Jersey have I seen such violence” but despite the show’s pugilistic setting the screening was civilized enough. (Though the PDC’s screening room could use more space between aisles. Being on a Spirit Airlines flight comes to mind.)

At the after-party, Kingdom creator Byron Balasco described his show as a “visceral family drama that extends into the fight world.” He added that world inside the ring is simple “it’s binary. You win or you lose. It’s outside the cage that things are complex.”

Bruce Vilanch To Join Post Discussion On Sophie Tucker At Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival November 8, 2015

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

David Broza headlines Silicon Valley film festival
by dan pine, j. staff
October 2, 2015

At this year’s Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, attendees will see the powerful 2014 documentary “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem,” in which Israeli singer David Broza brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American musical artists to create bridges of understanding. Broza will answer questions and perform after the screening.

“The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” traces the star’s rags-to-riches story.

“The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” traces the star’s rags-to-riches story.

And that’s just the opener. With 25 documentaries, dramas, comedies and children’s films on tap, the festival includes offerings from Israel, France, England, Germany, the United States and more. The films touch on many aspects of the Jewish universe, from the Holocaust to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Hollywood legend Sophie Tucker.

The 24th annual festival runs Oct. 10 to Nov. 8 at the AMC Saratoga 14 in San Jose and the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.

For his part, Broza will answer questions about the making of “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem.” Though ostensibly about the recording of an album, the film underscores the tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, and how fraught it can be simply to make music together, especially in Arab East Jerusalem where the musicians gathered.

“This film is not about painting a rosy picture of Israeli-Palestinian relations,” he told an audience at a screening last year.

Broza (with guitar) made “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem” with diverse musicians.

Broza (with guitar) made “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem” with diverse musicians.

Broza is not the only notable person who will appear at the festival. Director Roberta Grossman will be on hand for the Oct. 25 centerpiece screening of her documentary “Above and Beyond,” which tells the story of a group of World War II-era pilots who went on to fight in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence.

On Nov. 1, screenwriter Sayed Kashua, best known for his Israeli sitcom “Arab Labor,” will attend the screening of his new film, “A Borrowed Identity/Dancing Arabs,” a coming-of-age story about an Israeli Arab youth attending a Jewish boarding school. Kashua will stay for a Q&A after the screening.

Other noteworthy titles in the festival lineup include the Canadian drama about Hassidic life “Félix et Meira,” with an appearance by star Luzer Twersky; “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem,” a tribute to the late actor and late folk singer; the taut French thriller “The Art Dealer,” about a woman’s search for family paintings stolen by the Nazis; and the closing-night documentary “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker,” about the famed Jewish star whose career spanned vaudeville and Hollywood. Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch will join others in a post-film discussion.

For ticket information and a complete list of films, dates and venues for the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, go to — dan pine