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Bruce Vilanch To Host Upright Cabaret’s 9th Annual A Broadway Christmas

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Broadway World
Upright Cabaret Presents 9th Annual A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS, 12/17-18
December 7, 2014

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Chris Isaacson Presents in association with Ryan O’Connor has announced Upright Cabaret’s 9th Annual A Broadway Christmas. Hosted by six-time Emmy Awardwinner Bruce Vilanch with musical direction by Gregory Nabours, there will be two performances only on Wednesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 18 at 8:30pm at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Brandon Wardell, with more to be announced.

Under boughs of holly and multi-media of silver and gold, stars and snowflakes will glitter as Upright Cabaret combines the Best of Broadway with the Carols of Christmas. Along with the extraordinary vocal talent of the performers, brassy horns and sentimental strings will create a wonderland of cheerful songs and melodies guaranteed to bring on the holiday spirit.

Host Bruce Vilanch is best known for his work as a writer on 23 Oscar telecasts. He spent six years on The Hollywood Squares and played Edna Turnblad in Hairspray on Broadway an on tour across the U.S. Musical director Gregory Nabours is a composer/lyricist and music director who recently had an evening of his original work performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He is a founding member of the Coeurage Theatre Company and is the winner of two Ovation Awards, and LA Drama Critics Circle Award, an LA Weekly Award, and the NAACP Theatre Award.

Upright Cabaret’s 9th Annual A Broadway Christmas will take place at the Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood. Tickets are $25 and $30 with a $5 discount on purchases made by December 10. VIP packages are available, and tickets purchased online receive priority seating. Single entrée or drink minimums apply. Go to or or call (866) 468-3399.

Chris Isaacson Presents is currently nominated for four Awards for its presentation of concerts this past year starring Laura Benanti, Danny Gurwin, Jeremy Jordan, and Jennifer Holliday. For more information about this and other CIP events including evenings with Mandy Gonzalez and Molly Ringwald coming up in 2015, visit

‘Scrooge & Marley’ returns Dec. 6 and 7 To Chicago’s Music Box Theatre

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Chicago Pride
Scrooge & Marley’ returns Dec. 6 and 7
Wed. November 19, 2014 9:37 AM | by News Staff

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Chicago, IL — The holiday season moves into high gear on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, when the Chicago holiday film Scrooge & Marley returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., a little more than two years from the date of its red-carpet premiere at the historic venue in 2012. Both screenings are at noon, for $10 each.

The movie, which was entirely shot in Chicago, is a modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. These matinee screenings include a festive pre-show. The swingin’ female a cappella caroling trio The Merry Janes will lead a holiday sing-a-long preceding the Dec. 6 matinee.

Audiences of all persuasions have embraced Scrooge & Marley, which stars David Pevsner as Scrooge, Tim Kazurinsky as Marley’s Ghost, Rusty Schwimmer, Megan Cavanagh, Ronnie Kroell, and David Moretti, features multiple Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch as Fezziwig, and is narrated by two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Light. Members of the cast and crew will be on hand for both screenings. Advance tickets are available at

The festive spirit continues on Sunday, Dec. 14, when the Oak Park chapter of PFLAG and OPALGA ( Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association ) co-sponsor a screening of the film at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. The free 2 p.m. screening will be followed by an after-party that will include a festive carol sing-a-long and refreshments. Members of the film’s creative team will attend the screening and party.

The Chicago Public Library will round out the season when it hosts two screenings of the film, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, at the Humboldt Park branch, 1605 N. Troy St.; and Monday, Dec. 22, at the Bezazian branch, 1226 W. Ainslie St. Members of the film’s creative team will attend the screening.

DVDs, Blu-rays, soundtrack CDs and other film related merchandise will be available for purchase at all the screenings. Scrooge & Marley, which noted film critic and Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas author Alonso Duralde has called “sweet and distinctive,” is also available for download via the movie’s website, which also includes detailed information about the film and links to other related merchandise available for purchase. Amazon has the DVD, Blu-ray and soundtrack available for quick purchase and gifting. See

Help Fund Child Of The 70’s Starring Michael Vaccaro, Bruce Vilanch, And More…

Sunday, November 16th, 2014



Hi Everyone! We’re sill busy busy busy raising money to complete season 3 of Child of the 70s! A web series is just like any independent film, raising the money ourselves in order to complete the project is a necessary evil…. eeeeevil Season 3 is shaping up to be the best yet… great scripts, great actors and a great crew… a lot of people working very hard… but in order to make it happen so all of you friends, family & fans can enjoy it, we need money. Please visit our Indiegogo campaign page and make a donation… some of the perks are Michael Vaccaro CDs (which are fantastic and you’ll love them), “Thank You” credits, signed photos, IMDb credits, various levels of Producer credits, your photo prominently displayed and your name written into the dialog in an episode, dinner with cast members (who doesn’t want to have dinner with Ann Walker, Bruce Vilanch, Susan Olsen, etc), seasons 1 & 2 DVD... many perks to choose from! No matter how much you donate you will have our love forever! Also be sure to share the link with all of your friends and help us spread the word! Let’s do this!! Donate here:

Bruce Vilanch Talks Bob Hope

Friday, October 24th, 2014

New York Post
(Bob) Hope springs eternal — new bio tells of his days on Broadway
By Michael RiedelOctober 23, 2014 | 9:00pm

Bob Hope

If you grew up watching the Bob Hope specials on NBC as I did, your image of the comedian is Mr. Southern California — a rich old Republican clad in a yellow V-neck sweater and swinging a golf club.

I met Hope once. It was 1984, and I was a page at the Republican National Convention in Dallas. The New York delegation was staying at the Stouffer Hotel and so, too, was Bob Hope, who was there to cheer on his old friend Ronald Reagan.

Hope was walking his dog through the lobby one morning. His outfit caught my attention. He was wearing a pink and powder-blue striped pantsuit. His little dog was wearing the exact same thing.

I asked him for his autograph, and he said, “Aren’t you a little young to be a Republican?”

Well, I thought it was hilarious.

I mention this little memory — thanks for the memory! — because I’m reading Richard Zoglin’s fine new biography of the comedian, “Hope” (Simon & Schuster).

I’ve just finished the early chapters, and what strikes me is how different the young Bob Hope was from the country-club Republican he became later in life.

The difference, in a nutshell, is the difference between New York and Palm Springs.

The young Hope was a Broadway star who cut a dashing, somewhat caddish figure about town. He appeared in eight Broadway shows, including “Red, Hot and Blue” with Ethel Merman.

Here’s some gossip: Hope and Merman were apparently so hot for each other they’d hook up in dark doorways along Eighth Avenue on their way home from the theater.

Hope zipped around New York in a chauffeur-driven Pierce-Arrow. He lived in a swinging bachelor pad on Central Park West. He bought a Scottish terrier, which he used to pick up girls.

“He was .?.?. great bait,” Hope said. “When the girls went by they stopped and petted him. As a result, I did a nice business with those beauties.”

He never threw away a joke. In 1973, writer Bruce Vilanch worked with Hope on a TV show. The Arab oil embargo was in the news. Hope retrieved a tin box full of gas-rationing jokes from World War II.

“He dealt them out like a deck of cards,” Vilanch recalls. “ ‘Oh, that’s good,’ he’d say. ‘Nah, not that one.’ We repurposed — before there was such a word — the good ones for the oil crisis.”

At one point Hope had to leave. He told Vilanch: “Leave the jokes with the guard.”

As for the country-club Republican he later became — a figure of ridicule to baby boomers — Vilanch has this to say:

“Bob did one of the first AIDS public service announcements. I asked him personally, and he said yes right away. He did it with absolutely no qualms.”

Photo Flash: Bruce Vilanch and More in CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY’s Benefit for A&O

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Broadway World
Photo Flash: Bruce Vilanch and More in CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY’s Benefit for A&O
October 15, 2014




Bruce Vilanch, Lily Tomlin, Mindy Cohn, Joey Fatone

The “Celebrity Autobiography” performance to benefit Actors and Others for Animals was held on Monday, Oct 13th at the El Portal Theatre. The evening featured Joey Fatone, Florence Henderson, Lainie Kazan, Laraine Newman,Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Mindy Cohn, Bruce Vilanch and Fred Willard, with special guests, Lily Tomlin, Dawn Wells, Susan Olsen and A&O President JoAnne Worley and more. Scroll down for photos!

Actors and Others for Animals (A&O), welcomes you to “Celebrity Autobiography.” Created by Emmy-nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and developed by Pack and Dayle Reyfel, “Celebrity Autobiography” is the smash comedy hit where celeb performers act out other celebrity memoirs excerpts live on stage. This evening of non-stop laughter will be performed live on-stage. Selections range from the “poetry” of Suzanne Somers to the confessions ofJustin Bieber to the most famous Hollywood love triangle in history – Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher—and it’s all in their own words.

The long running hit won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and continues to play to sold-out audiences in New York and across the country. It is one of the most critically acclaimed “buzzed about shows” of recent years according to Entertainment Weekly, and one not to be missed. You will leave the theater wondering if they really did write those things. As A&O’s board member Lily Tomlin’s famous character Edith Ann likes to say “and that’s the truth!”

Actors and Others for Animals is a California 501© (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to eliminating pet overpopulation, ensuring the care and protection of pet companions and improving the quality of life economically challenged, disadvantaged and undeserved pet guardians by providing referral and financial assistance for spay/neuter and veterinary medical procedures together with other animal/human bond enriching programs.

For more information about the event, go to or find out more about the show


Photos: Tibrina Hobson

Bruce Vilanch Joins “Hollywood Dine & Dash II” For Nov 1 Benefit

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Beverly Hills Courier
Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Hollywood Insiders ‘Dine, Dash & Dish’ for AIDS Assistance Program
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:43:21 am

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They know what tinsel-town skeletons are hanging in which closets, and are prepared to tell (almost) all in exchange for an elegant evening featuring tantalizing hors d’oeuvres, premium spirits and a gourmet dinner in the luxurious confines of an exclusive Palm Springs estate.

Sound interesting? It did to globally known celebrity photographer Michael Childres who once again thumbed through his well-worn Rolodex and is producing an evening called “Hollywood Dine & Dash II” in support of AIDS Assistance Program.

The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, and feature a cast of characters who, we are promised, will border on the alliterative, i.e saucy, scandalous, sensational and salacious.

This event will feature a knowledgeable group of talkative Hollywood insiders. Present will be “love goddess” turned comedienne Judy Tenuta; entertainment/gossip columnist Ted Casablanca; Ruta Lee, one of the most accomplished performers in Hollywood … and also one of the brightest; and, cuddly Emmy-winning comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, who has single-handily made tee-shirts the go-to attire for any occasion. And, attempting to bring some order to the proceedings as the emcee: Emmy-winner Michael Corbett.

The purpose of the evening is fun; but the mission of AIDS Assistance Program is deadly serious. Since its founding in spring 1991, the nearly all-volunteer, organization continues to provide meals to members of the community with low incomes living with HIV/AIDS. Their client base has grown from approximately 20 to 500 persons.

A five-member volunteer board manages AIDS Assistance Program. Its primary purpose is to raise the funds to support the organization and its food voucher program, currently budgeted at $600,000, annually. Support for other operational expenses are generated through its private donor base.

To purchase tickets for Dine & Dish II, call AIDS Assistance Program’s executive director Mark Anton at 760-325-8481.