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Posts Tagged ‘Bruce Vilanch’

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

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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 www.actorsandothers.com or find out more about the show atwww.celebrityautobiography.com.

 

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.

Bruce Vilanch and Joey Fatone Join CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY to Benefit Actors & Others for Animals, 10/13

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Broadway World
Bruce Vilanch and Joey Fatone Join CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY to Benefit Actors & Others for Animals, 10/13
October 10 2014

 

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Bruce Vilanch and Joey Fatone have joined the cast of the “Celebrity Autobiography” to benefit Actors and Others for Animals on Monday, Oct 13th at the El Portal Theatre.

They will appear alongside previously announced performers Florence Henderson, Lainie Kazan, Laraine Newman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Mindy Cohn, Fred Willard, and special guests, Lily Tomlin, Dawn Wells, Susan Olsen and A&O President, JoAnne Worley and more.

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 of Justin 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.

It all takes place on Monday, October 13th, 2014. Schedule: 7:00pm – VIP Reception and Silent Auction; 8:00pm – Curtain. At the El Portal Theatre, located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601. Tickets: $50, $75 $100 and VIP for $150 (includes VIP Reception). Available by calling 818-508-4200 or visiting www.elportaltheatre.com. For more information about the event, visit: www.actorsandothers.com or the show at www.celebrityautobiography.com.

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.

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.