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Bruce Vilanch Will Host The Joe Layton Tribute at St.Luke’sTheater, 10/20

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Broadway World
Bruce Vilanch Will Host The Joe Layton Tribute at St.Luke‘sTheater, 10/20
September 29, 2014

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Dancers Over 40 honors prolific director/choreographer Joe Layton, who crossed all mediums to create memorable musicals, TV specials, concerts and much more, including Two by Two, Sail Away, Once Upon a Mattress, Sound of Music, No Strings, Dear World, George M!, and Barnum, just to name a few. DO40 members who have worked with Joe on multiple shows and will be panelists include Nicole Barth, James Dybas, Dorothy Frank Danner, Carolyn Kirsch, Sondra Lee, Lawrence Leritz, Patti Mariano, Lawrence Merritt and Mary Zahn.

Grover Dale, Bob Fitch, Terrence Mann, Marianne Tatum and Susan Guthrie Lowrance, former dancer in The Lost Colony and Joe’s personal friend who is preserving his history, will provide special insight into the man and his craft. Rare video footage, video tributes and performances round out the show, featuring Loni Ackerman, Jill O’Hara and Walter Willison.

Host Bruce Vilanch worked as a writer on Joe’s productions of Bette Midler’s Clams on a Half Shell and Platinum, with Alexis Smith and Lisa Mordente and will speak with Joe’s creative team at the beginning of the program (including Lynn Summerall, Fred Voelpel and some surprise guests). The Tribute will take place on Monday, October 20th, 2014, at 7 pm, St. Luke’s Theater, 308 West 46th St., NYC.

Dancers Over 40 is an all-volunteer, membership-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our mature creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers. The event will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: $45 for non-members ($65 for premium seats); $25 for members of Dancers Over 40 with discount code. Reservations: Telecharge, 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com; DO40 members call 212-947-8844 or www.broadwayoffers.com with discount code. St. Luke’s Box Office open 2 – 6pm daily, at 308 West 46th Street. For more information on DO40 and this event, call our Hotline at 212-330-7016.

Bruce Vilanch in “Rubble” by Mike Reiss at the Provincetown Theater Aug 22 at 7 PM

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Color Magazine
Bruce Vilanch in Provincetown Theater Benefit
By John Black

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In Mike Reiss’s comedy, Rubble, Alvin, an aging comedy writer with one last shot at a network meeting, is trapped under rubble by an LA earthquake.

 

It’s a strange enough idea for a play, something Samuel Beckett might have dreamed up between his tramps waiting for Godot and Krapp recording his last tape. It becomes surreal, at least it will when it is performed in a benefit for the Provincetown Theater this weekend, when Alvin is played by none other than comedy writing legend Bruce Vilanch.

 

“It’s a crazy idea for a play: It’s Becket meets Book of Mormon meets The Simpsons,” said the show’s director, James Valletti. “It’s a really dark and funny look at the entertainment industry from two people who know it all – the good and the bad – really well. Mike has been a writer on The Simpsons from the very first episode and is still there today and Bruce has written comedy for everything from The Oscars to his own cabaret act. They’ve lived it, so they’re perfect for making the show come alive – even from under a pile of rubble.”

 

Those coming to the show to see Vilanch share Hollywood stories and gossip like he does in his cabaret act (which he will be performing at the Post Office Café on Commercial St. from August 22 – August 24) will find a very different character trapped under the trash at the theater benefit. “I approach Alvin like I would any acting part,” Vilanch said in an interview with Color Magazine. “When I write comedy for somebody else, I have to write it in their voice. Material I write for Whoopi won’t work for Billy Crystal, mainly because he’s not a black woman. The same applies to playing an acting role. I can’t be Bruce Vilanch in the show; I worked with the writer and the director to create the character of Alvin.”

 

Still, both Vilanch and Valletti admit there were times during the rehearsal process when the actor and the character were not as distinct as they imagined. “There’s a great line in the play…Alvin is trapped under all this rubble and has no idea how, or if, he will get out, and he’s musing about the size of cupcakes and how they’ve gotten smaller yet more expensive. It’s delightfully absurd to hear, especially when Bruce says it.”

 

“I do love that line,” Vilanch admitted. “There are many of the lines in the show that I love. The mix of a man in such an absurd situation thinking of such mundane things is just very, very funny.”

 

Bruce Vilanch in “Rubble” by Mike Reiss at the Provincetown Theater Aug 22 at 7 PM. Tickets are $75-$100.

7 PM Lecture with Mike Reiss about “The Simpsons” and “Queer Duck

8 PM Cocktails with Mike Reiss and Jerry Adler

9 PM Staged Reading of “Rubble”

10:30 PM Talkback with Bruce Vilanch

 

For more information, visit http://provincetowntheater.org. Tickets benefit The Provincetown Theatre Foundation.


Bruce Vilanch appears at Club Cafe this Saturday, August 16th.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Bosguy
Bruce Vilanch at Club Cafe on Saturday
Posted on August 11, 2014

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Bruce Vilanch appears at Club Cafe this Saturday, August 16th.

If you are looking for a good night of laughs, I would assume this is as close to a sure thing as one can get.

Vilanch is wickedly funny, and I assume when in a room of mostly gay men his stories will make for an evening you won’t soon forget.

If you haven’t made plans already you may want to consider checking out this show.  Get your tickets ahead of time since the show is likely to sell out.  Get your tickets online from Club Cafe’s website here.

Bruce Vilanch To Appear At Stoli Original Key West Cocktail Classic

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Gay South Florida
Stoli Original Key West Cocktail Classic finale May 29-31; stars include Andrew Christian, Bruce Vilanch
May 27, 2014

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News release from Stephen Murray-Smith of Florida Keys & Key West and Key West Business Guild:

The Stoli Original Key West Cocktail Classic is a national LGBT bartending competition in partnership with the Key West Business Guild inviting trade staff from our community’s most exciting LGBT entertainment venues to showcase their skill and authenticity in creating Stoli Original cocktails in key markets across the country.

The winner of each local event will receive a Stoli Bartender Kit or gift basket, their picture and winning recipe at KeyWestCocktailClassic.com, media exposure, and an all-expense paid trip to Key West (accommodation and airfare compliments of the Key West Business Guild) for the Finale including a welcome party at Island House on May 29th and day of “fun in the sun” on May 30th. The finale event on Saturday, May 31st will be held on world-famous Duval Street on a specially constructed stage in front of the Bourbon Street Pub and hosted by National LGBT Ambassador for Stolichnaya Patrik Gallineaux and streamed live across the world. The final ceremony will run from 5 to 8 PM.

The celebrity judging panel will include star of network TV including “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Broadway, and so much more, Jai Rodriguez, clothing designer Andrew Christian, legendary funnyman Bruce Vilanch, Senior Vice-President for Stoli USA Lori Tieszen, and locally well known Key West personality and star of internationally televised annual New Year’s Eve high heel drop Sushi.

The Regional mixologist winners arriving this week to compete with their signature Stoli Key West Cocktails hail from LGBT bars in San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Provincetown, Denver, and Washington DC.

The national winner will receive the title of Stoli Original Key West Cocktail Champion 2014, a bartender “Dream Library” of 50 hand-selected essential trade books, an additional national exposure via the opportunity to design the signature Stoli Original cocktail menu for national LGBT program Stoli Guy 2014, and $5000 for the winner’s pre-selected LGBT or LGBT friendly charity of choice.

Come out Saturday May 31 at 5 PM and support Key West as the island hosts this national fun event.

Bruce Vilanch To Play Widow Twankey’ in Pasadena Playhouse’s ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

4-27-2013 3-29-19 AMBruce Vilanch has been announced to play Widow Twankey in The Pasadena Playhouse and Lythgoe Family Productions (LFP), ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, starring previously announced Ben Vereen (Broadway’s Pippin and Jesus Christ Superstar) as “The Genie,” JorDan Fisher as “Aladdin” (Disney’s Teen Beach Movie), Ashley Argota as “The Princess” (Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP) and Richard Karn (“Home Improvement”) as “The Sultan.”

Returning from last year’s hugely successful inaugural “Panto at The Playhouse” production of A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, will be director Bonnie Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance”), choreographer Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee “So You Think You Can Dance”) and musical director Michael Orland (“American Idol”). Performances will begin December 11 through December 29, with a gala press opening night on Wednesday, December 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at The Pasadena Playhouse. Single tickets are also now on sale.

Commenting on the announcement, lead producers at Lythgoe Family Productions, Kris and Becky Lythgoe said, “We are so thrilled to have Bruce Vilanch join the cast of ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH. Widow Twankey (Aladdin’s Mother in British Panto) is a role that demands expert comedic timing and improv skill, a role played by the top comedians and actors in the UK —including Sir Ian McKellen. Bruce Vilanch with his musical theatre prowess and comedic finesse was born to play the role of Widow Twankey. With Mr. Vilanch our audiences are assured a night of holiday entertainment and laughter they will not soon forget!”

Bruce Vilanch is no stranger to dressing up like a woman, on stage at least. For two years he starred as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, playing the Pantages in Hollywood and then a year on Broadway. As a man, and a man with a beard, yet, he could be found to the left of Whoopi Goldberg, if that’s possible, on “Hollywood Squares” for half a dozen years. He’s won a bunch of Emmys, and lost a bunch more, for his television writing, which includes 23 Oscar broadcasts. He is also a songwriter, a comedian with a one-man show that tours all over the place and a print model for magazines that have extra-large pages. Make that double XL. You can find him on Netflix as the star of a documentary the Weinsteins made about him, entitled Get Bruce. And he went on “Celebrity Fit Club” and lost 21 lbs, but he found them. happy new year! www.wegotbruce.com.

Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.

An updated version of the classic Arabian Nights tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH is a singing, swinging and soaring adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live pony and contemporary music from “Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire) to “Treasure” (Bruno Mars) and many more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102! Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a Citi Presents: Winter Wonderland event in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games, and photo opportunities, as well as special on-site benefits for Citi cardmembers.”

In addition to director Bonnie Lythgoe, the creative team for ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH includes choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee for “So You Think You Can Dance”), musical direction by Michael Orland (“American Idol”), book by Kris Lythgoe, scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions and LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Lythgoe and Jason Haigh Ellery.

ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH will be performed December 11 – 29, 2013 with a gala press opening on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets are now on sale. Citi cardmembers can purchase Citi Cardmember tickets with special Preferred Pricing, as well as VIP benefits and access for select shows at www.citiprivatepass.com.

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. The performance schedule is Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (Dec. 24 only); Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Friday at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Tickets for ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH range from $34.00 – $75.00, plus Premium. Child single tickets are available for Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine ranging from $25.00 – $48.00. Golden Tickets are available for an additional $100.00 each and are limited to 10 Golden Tickets per performance. A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production. Ticket price includes pre-show Winter Wonderland courtyard festivities with carolers, crafts, games, visits with Santa and other surprises. Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases.

Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available 24 hours online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For additional information visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Two student matinee performances, allowing local school children to see ALADDIN AND HIS WINTER WISH, have been scheduled for December 12 and 13. Ovation, America’s only arts network and the home of arts-centric series including “James Franco Presents” (James Franco), “The Fashion Fund” (Anna Wintour), and “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” (Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe) will once again sponsor transportation for the student matinees, allowing over 1,500 children the opportunity to experience the arts for the very first time.

Photo Credit: Rick Stockwell

Bruce Vilanch Headlines “Hollywood Dine and Dish: The Tinseltown Stories You Haven’t Heard,” on Nov. 15.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Palm Springs Life
Jackie Collins, Michael Childers, Bruce Vilanch Headline AIDS Benefit
Trio bring star power, will dish Hollywood secrets at Nov. 15 event
Oct 7, 2013

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New York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins, award winning photographer of the stars Michael Childers, and comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (pictured left) are joining forces to co-host “Hollywood Dine and Dish: The Tinseltown Stories You Haven’t Heard,” on Nov. 15.

This evening benefits the AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) in Palm Springs, and will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dinner courtesy of Brad and Lynne Toles of Savoury’s Catering. The event will take place in Rancho Mirage at the Waterford estate of Bob Deville and Bob Bennion, co-owners of Windermere Real Estate Southern California.

Proceeds from each ticket purchased will go directly to AAP, according to Executive Director Mark Anton.

Tickets are available for $1,000 per person or $1,500 per couple. The cost is tax deductible. Remaining seats may also be purchased during the live auction at the “Evening Under the Stars” gala featuring Cyndi Lauper on May 11. To attend the event, call Anton at (760) 325-8481.

Collins has been called a “raunchy moralist” by the late director Louis Malle and dubbed “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust” by Vanity Fair magazine. With more than 500 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, Collins is one of the world’s top-selling novelists.

Childers is one of the entertainment industry’s most renowned and highly respected portrait, fashion and art photographers who began his career in the 1960s and continues to influence the world of art photography today. He has been instrumental in capturing the beauty and magnetism of such explosive young stars as Mel Gibson, Demi Moore, Richard Gere, John Travolta, Sissy Spacek and Michelle Pfeiffer, Rock Hudson, Natalie Wood, and Elton John.

Vilanch is a two-faced fella: Bearded, he is one of the most sought-after comedy writers in Hollywood, winner of a bunch of Emmys, and noted as the “Hollywood Square” just to the left of Whoopi Goldberg. Shaved, he spent two years as Edna Turnblad, Baltimore housewife and superstar, on tour and on Broadway, in the smash musical adaptation of the John Waters film, Hairspray.

In addition to Hairspray, he has appeared in Ice Pirates, Mahogany, and The Morning After. A frequent guest on talk shows, Vilanch won his Emmys for co-writing back-to-back Oscar shows with Billy Crystal. He was also nominated for an Emmy as a lyricist on Eartha Kitt’s gold-selling album, “Where Is My Man”.

For more information about AAP, visit www.aidsassistance.org.