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Tickets on Sale Now for Reel Hope Boulder: Behind the Screen with Bruce Vilanch

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Tickets on Sale Now for Reel Hope Boulder: Behind the Screen with Bruce Vilanch
Alaina Green ??August 28, 2017 – 6 Elul 5777

Bruce Vilanch

Boulder Jewish Family Service (JFS) will host its fifth annual fundraiser, “Reel Hope Boulder” on Saturday, October 14 at the Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Avenue. Guests will enjoy an entertaining evening with award-winning writer, comedian, songwriter, and actor Bruce Vilanch. Ron Bostwick, a freelance event producer and announcer, will interview Vilanch to showcase a “behind-the-screen” account of Bruce’s storied decades-long career. Bostwick has interviewed numerous celebrities at the Boulder International Film Festival, as well as featured speakers at three Reel Hope Boulder events.

The evening’s schedule will be:

7:00 p.m.: Sponsor reception with Bruce Vilanch for all sponsors

7:30 p.m.: Wine-and-beer reception with substantial kosher-style hors d’oeuvres

8:30 p.m.: Program

Tickets are $90 and sponsorships start at $540. All proceeds support the life-transforming work of Boulder JFS. For tickets, sponsorships, and more information, visit www.jewishfamilyservice.org/reelhopeboulder or contact Bonni Raderman at 720.749.3404.

With his unmistakable presence—characterized by a big-girl figure, oversized red glasses, a shaggy blonde mane, and usually a hilarious T-shirt—Bruce Vilanch has been one of Hollywood’s most colorful characters for decades. His campy presence and outrageous apparel only heighten his broad appeal.

He’s known to many as an onscreen character actor and comedian, but Vilanch achieved his biggest successes as a writer for stand-up comics such as Bette Midler, Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin, and Rosanne Barr. For many years, he was the go-to comic for stand-up sets and a first-choice writer for events, including the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony telecasts.

A native of Paterson, New Jersey, Vilanch attended Ohio State University as a theater and journalism major. After graduation, he moved into show business professionally, with comic roles in features such as the 1975 Mahogany (as a fashion designer), the 1984 Ice Pirates, the 1986 thriller The Morning After, and the 2008 Adam Sandler comedy You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. On the side, Vilanch did frequent uncredited rewrites of Hollywood features and enjoyed a lengthy and productive tenure as a writer of features for the Chicago Tribune. Vilanch’s professional mainstay, however, remains comedy writing. He was the subject of the all-star 1999 documentary Get Bruce! and played an unforgettable Edna Turnblad in the long-running Broadway musical Hairspray.

Darren Criss, Bruce Vilanch, Among a Cast of 14 in WordTheatre’s In the Cosmos

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Theatermania
Darren Criss, Bruce Vilanch, Among a Cast of 14 in WordTheatre’s In the Cosmos
Kenji Fujishima • Los Angeles • Aug 23, 2017

4-27-2013 3-29-19 AM

Darren Criss (GleeHedwig and the Angry Inch) will be among a cast of 14 participating in WordTheatre’s In the Cosmos, to be performed on Saturday, August 26, at 8pm at Ford Theatres.

The event is described as “a wild ride through the universe. From creation myths to the Big Bang to alien life forms, a constellation of actors will bring to life the story of the Cosmos in the words of the great poets, astronomers, comics, philosophers and more. Accompanied by rousing renditions of classical and contemporary music, we will contemplate our galaxy with such visionaries as David Bowie, Elton John, Monty Python, Copernicus, Galileo, Einstein, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, and Diane Ackerman.”

In addition to Criss, the cast will include film and television stars Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Chris Bauer (True Blood), Bruce Vilanch (Hairspray), Ryan Michelle Bathe (Army Wives), Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Stephen Tobolowsky (Silicon Valley), Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water), Rhashan Stone (Mass Effect: Andromeda), Joey King (Fargo), Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Sarah Clarke (24), and Gil Bellows (Patriot). The show is created, produced, and directed by WordTheatre artistic director Cedering Fox.

For tickets and more information, click here.

The annual celebration of New York City nightlife, featuring Amra-Faye Wright, Bruce Vilanch, and more, will be held October 16–19

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Playbill
The annual celebration of New York City nightlife, featuring Amra-Faye Wright, Bruce Vilanch, and more, will be held October 16–19
BY ANDREW GANS
AUG 16, 2017

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Details have been announced for the annual Cabaret Convention, which will feature more than 60 performers. Presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation, the celebration of New York nightlife will be seen October 16-19 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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.

KT Sullivan, artistic director of the Foundation, said in a statement, “Whatever we do, we take pride in assembling an amalgam of songs and styles. Our 2017 performers range from teenagers to senior citizens, and as ever, we have at least ten people on the roster who are brand new to the Cabaret Convention. It’s a feature of our charter that we introduce our audiences to entertainers they might well not have already seen or heard – and we love doing that.”

The current lineup follows:

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


October 17: S’Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin, hosted by Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci. With Karen Akers, Anna Bergman, Celia Berk, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Dominic Ferris, Shauna Hicks, Clint Holmes, Nicolas King, Stearns Matthews, Martin Milnes, Marissa Mulder, Mark Nadler, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Ross, Jennifer Sheehan, Deborah Silver, Gabrielle Stravelli, Jon Weber, and Aaron Weinstein.

October 18: Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of Cabaret, hosted by James Gavin. With Joanne Beretta, 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, and Ronny Whyte. (This evening is dedicated to Barbara Carroll, “The First Lady of the American Keyboard.”)

October 19: Too 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, Stacy Sullivan, Carol Woods, and 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. Presale advance tickets are now available only through The Mabel Mercer Foundation by calling (212) 980-3026, faxing (212) 980-3049, or emailing info@mabelmercer.org. Prices are $100, $50, and $25, and Premium Patron Seating is also available at $500 ($350 of which is tax-deductible).

Beginning September 5, remaining tickets will be available for sale only through Jazz at Lincoln Center by visiting JALC.org or their box office.

More Than 60 Artists Announced for Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Playbill
More Than 60 Artists Announced for Cabaret Convention at Jazz at Lincoln Center
BY ANDREW GANS
AUG 16, 2017

4-27-2013-4-01-43-AM

Details have been announced for the annual Cabaret Convention, which will feature more than 60 performers. Presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation, the celebration of New York nightlife will be seen October 16-19 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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.

KT Sullivan, artistic director of the Foundation, said in a statement, “Whatever we do, we take pride in assembling an amalgam of songs and styles. Our 2017 performers range from teenagers to senior citizens, and as ever, we have at least ten people on the roster who are brand new to the Cabaret Convention. It’s a feature of our charter that we introduce our audiences to entertainers they might well not have already seen or heard – and we love doing that.”

The current lineup follows:

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


October 17: S’Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin, hosted by Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci. With Karen Akers, Anna Bergman, Celia Berk, Eric Comstock, Barbara Fasano, Dominic Ferris, Shauna Hicks, Clint Holmes, Nicolas King, Stearns Matthews, Martin Milnes, Marissa Mulder, Mark Nadler, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Ross, Jennifer Sheehan, Deborah Silver, Gabrielle Stravelli, Jon Weber, and Aaron Weinstein.

October 18: Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of Cabaret, hosted by James Gavin. With Joanne Beretta, 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, and Ronny Whyte. (This evening is dedicated to Barbara Carroll, “The First Lady of the American Keyboard.”)

October 19: Too 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, Stacy Sullivan, Carol Woods, and 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. Presale advance tickets are now available only through The Mabel Mercer Foundation by calling (212) 980-3026, faxing (212) 980-3049, or emailing info@mabelmercer.org. Prices are $100, $50, and $25, and Premium Patron Seating is also available at $500 ($350 of which is tax-deductible).

Beginning September 5, remaining tickets will be available for sale only through Jazz at Lincoln Center by visiting JALC.org or their box office.

Why The Show “Silver Foxes” Would Be Great For Television

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

TV On Demand
Why The Show “Silver Foxes” Would Be Great For Television
By Dana Hanson-Firestone
August 11, 2017

4-27-2013 3-29-19 AM
A new show has been created but it is struggling to get noticed by Hollywood. “Silver Foxes is a sitcom that is patterned after the long running and beloved “Golden Girls.” It is a reboot of the show and the rumor is that George Takei is set to star in it. The creators of the show are disappointed because their work is not getting the attention that they had hoped for. So far, nobody has picked the series up. Here is a little more about the show and the reasons why it would be great for television.

The creators

Stan Zimmerman and James Berg and the screenwriters responsible for bringing the concept to script form. The series takes place in Palm Springs, California and it is about four older men who are gay, living together. It definitely has taken its’ inspiration from “The Golden Girls,” but it is not a spinoff. Zimmerman disclosed that he and Berg are experiencing a total shutout from Hollywood. Zimmerman is the writer for several episodes of “Roseanne,” “The Gilmore Girls,” and the movie “A Very Brady Sequel.” He believes that there is a degree of homophobia and ageism involved in the block.

Proposed cast members

Should the series be granted the opportunity to air, it will Star the famous George Takei, Todd Sherry, Bruce Vilanch and Leslie Jordan as the four main characters. The cast was assembled in 2016 and here a year later, there is no move to make the show a reality.

Why the show should air








The show would be funny

We could all use some great humor. Why can’t we as entertained by four guys as we were by four women? The answer is, that we could. It would be a lot like a double dose of “The Odd Couple.” While there are serious legal battles going on to protect the rights of LGBTQ people, The show would be a timely addition to the lineup of favorites. Who knows…perhaps it would be a bit hit that would give a network’s ratings a good healthy lift.

Takei’s thinking on the matter

George has shared the fact that he is frustrated over the hold placed on “Silver Foxes.” He hit the nail on the head when he discussed the show as a “commentary on contemporary life.” It could represent a challenge for networks that have a large homophobic viewing audience. Producers are having a rough time making the decision to take the project under their wings.

Will the show fade into obscurity?

Zimmerman is optimistic about the chances that the show will eventually get air time. If all else fails, he may resort to a streaming service. There are plenty of fans who would appreciate the show and it sounds like something that would draw a huge audience. We’re all hoping that there will be a change in Hollywood and that they’ll at least give the series its’ shot.

Bruce Vilanch by Sage Inn and The Landing Bistro and Bar, Provincetown, August 18-19th

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Bruce has put something into a lot famous mouths—
Jokes! Stories! Filthy Songs!

You’ve probably seen him in a square, on broadway, or on stage—
Tonight he tells you all about everybody and everything, from Whoopi the star to Jabba the Hutt. And he’ll dance. Really.

LOCATION


Sage Inn and The Landing Bistro & Bar

336 Commercial Street

Provincetown, MA 02657

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