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Copyright: February 17, 2002
By: Laura Deni
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ALAN KING STARS AS SAMUEL
It's difficult to keep Alan King quiet. Not even when he was being treated for jaw
cancer, which necessitated his jaw being wired shut, was he silent. The entertainer, who started
out as a ventriloquist, reverted back to those days. His doctors were stunned when they called his
house to check on his progress and - King answered the phone.
King stars in the world premiere of Mr. Goldwyn, a one man show based on the
life of one of the legendary creators of Hollywood, who was every bit as outspoken and tenacious
as the man portraying him on stage. Written by Marsha Lebby and John Lollos and
directed by three time Tony Award winner Gene Saks, Mr. Goldwyn was first staged at
College/New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater.
Mr. Goldwyn is an exploration of the life of Samuel Goldwyn - nee Sam Goldfish who
from birth in Warsaw and childhood poverty in New York City to become one of the most
powerful producers of Hollywood's early days.
He's been called a one of a kind guy in a dime a dozen town. Between 1923 and 1959, he
produced eighty films, including fifty released through United Artists between 1925 and 1940.
whose name still appears on every MGM release, lost control of Goldwyn Pictures in 1922. When
corporation merged with Metro and Mayer, Goldwyn played no role in the new studio.
an aversion to partnerships, he
formed Samuel Goldwyn Productions in 1923.
Every single one of Goldwyn's own films
began with the credit "Samuel Goldwyn Presents." He paid for all eighty of his productions with
In May of 1952, when the glove salesman turned movie mogul still had that "Goldwyn touch," the
legendary producer of Stella Dallas, Wuthering Heights, The Best Years of Our Lives, The
Bishop's Wife, Guys and Dolls, and The Little Foxes was
witnessing the Hollywood he helped create fade. The reign of television had begun and the studios
In addition to creating films that have become classics, he is remembered for his twisted way
with words. Among the
"Goldwynisms" he coined are:
Include me out.
Anyone who sees a psychiatrist ought to have their head examined.
A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on.
They stayed away in droves.
Don't improve it into a flop!
I don't want yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their
Go see that turkey for yourself, and see for yourself why you shouldn't see
Alan King was born Irwin Alan Kniberg in 1928 on New York City's Lower East Side, growing
up poor in a large extended family of Eastern European Jews.
"My father was part of a wave of socially-conscious immigrants who got here just in time to walk
War I and then later, dead into a Depression. He was a man of education, but also an Eastern
labor-oriented working man who was very concerned about personal rights. He came here in the
the sweat shops and child labor and advocated things life Social Security and Medicare years
became realities. He was always a patriot but always felt he could make things a little better. He
to be concerned about the rights of the individual - what he called "the dignity of
"I started with the Major Bowes Amateur Hour at the age of thirteen." The boys high school in
thrown him out - for hitting a teacher - something that King doesn't advocate anybody
"I belted a teacher and they kicked me out," King first told me in 1969. "I hit him because he
picked on me.
I left home and went on the road with Major. I was too young for nightclubs. Even though I was
a good size
physically, I was only fifteen when I was stranded in Chicago. By smoking a cigar, however, I
looked much older.
At the age of 17 King was playing Las Vegas. He opened the show for Tony Martin at a new
hotel called The Flamingo. "The owner was a guy named Ben Siegel. People called him Bugsy,
but not to his face. One day Siegel said to me as he looked around - Kid, someday there'll be 50
hotels here and it will be the entertainment capital of America," recalled King. "And I thought at
the time, There is a reason why they call him Bugsy.'"
King went on to be not just a Vegas headliner but one of the few entertainers who
attracted high rollers in sufficient numbers to actually affect the casino drop.
In 1948 King shared a tiny room in the Bryant Hotel in New York City with Dean Martin
and four other aspiring entertainers. "Whoever came in last had to sleep in the bath tub. No
In 1952 Ed Sullivan was the first to put him on television. King did the show 90 times.
He credits the Garry Moore program with giving him confidence and freedom. In 1955 he played
the Palace Theater in New York with Judy Garland. "After I opened there a reviewer asked
'Where have you been all of these years?' I said, "Right outside the Palace looking for a goddamn
"I see life first through anger, then frustration. Then I see it as funny."
King's acting career took off in 1955 with Hit the Deck and he has continued to earn
feature roles in such films as Bonfire of the Vanities, Casino, and most recently with Jackie
Chan in Rush Hour 2.
He has produced several Broadway shows including A Lion in Winter and Dinner At
Eight. As a stage performer he starred on Broadway in The Impossible Years, which
he also co-produced. When the New York City Center revived Guys and Dolls in May,
1965 he played Nathan Detroit. Others in that cast included Sheila MacRae, Jerry Orbach, and
Anita Gillette; also starring Jack DeLon, Tom Pedi and Joey Faye with Jake
LaMotta, Frank Campanella, Clarence Nordstrom, and Claire Waring.
King also co-produced Barbra Streisand concerts.
Alan King produced Barbra's show
He is an owner and member of the
executive board of the Kaufman Astoria Studios, where interiors are shot for many
made in New York City films. He produced Memories of Me, co-starring Billy Crystal.
He is also the author of five best-selling books.
His philanthropic commitments include founding the Alan King Diagnostic Medical Center in
Jerusalem, establishing a scholarship fund for American students at Hebrew University, and
establishing a Dramatic Arts Chair at Brandeis University. He is also a member of the Board of
Trustees of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
"When I was a kid my mother used to say - Eat. They're starving in Europe.' I ate, got fat and
they were still
starving. I think when you're a person of means, and you live in a world of opulence, I don't think
eat less. But you should go out and do something to help others. You notice that the minute there
is a need
the people in show business are the first ones to come to the rescue."
My Goldwyn begins previews at the Promenade
Theatre on Feb. 26 for an opening on March 13.
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SCREEN ACTORS GUILD ELECTION
We don't know if Pat Buchanan is running on his own ticket, but the Screen Actors Guild
election debacle has similarities to your typical national election - with their
own version of a dangling chad or what was postmarked when.
In national voting completed on Friday, November 2, Melissa Gilbert was elected president of the
Screen Actors Guild, taking the position held since November of 1999 by William Daniels, who
declined to run for another term.
The former Laura Ingles of Little House on the Prairie received 12,280 of the 27,730 ballots
(45.3%) cast for President. Her opponents were SAG National Board members Valerie Harper,
who garnered 10,692 votes (39.4%), Eugene Boggs, who received 2,553 votes (9.4%), and
Angel Tompkins, who received 1,613 votes (5.9%).
The results were contested on technical grounds and a new election scheduled.
On February 10 Mike Farrell pushed that send key and fired off an articulate E mail - signed
Mike Farrell - which blasted Valerie Harper
and her followers. With both sides frequently speaking in capital letters Farrell's E mail in part
"In a few days, we'll get our ballots and AGAIN cast votes for SAG
President, Secretary and Treasurer.
"When you see WHY we're doing this, you'll realize how disgusting it
is. That's why I'm writing to you," continued Farrell.
"You've probably heard that a SAG "elections committee" has invalidated
parts of last fall's election and ordered a rerun. You've also heard,
I'm sure, talk of "problems" with that election."
Farrell's E mail continued: "What you may not know is that ALL FIVE MEMBERS OF THIS
COMMITTEE were supporters of Valerie Harper's campaign. Every single one of them
worked hard to get her elected President, then sat in judgment of
the election she lost and ruled it invalid."
"What this committee did is pathetic," continued the E mail letter. "The two "problems" they
managed to find were technical flaws that gave no advantage to anyone. One of them, a
2-day-later voting deadline for New York members, has been standard practice at SAG for over a
decade. The other, the absence of a signature line on some ballot envelopes, is utterly meaningless
since SAG has never required members to actually sign their envelopes."
"Melissa Gilbert won that election fair and square. What the committee didn't tell you is that even
if they had deducted all the votes from Melissa's total that came in during their "problematic" two
days, she still won the election. Since that obviously wouldn't do, they simply trashed the results
and are now wasting your dues money on a new election."
"Everything about this rerun decision smacks of manipulation. Not surprisingly, SAG's National
Board reacted to it by disbanding the elections committee and appointing a new truly
representative one, and the Department of Labor has initiated an investigation. But
there's no way to stop the rerun--and the expense of up to $200,000."
"Adding insult to this farce, Harper's revived campaign is spending money praising Kent McCord
and Elliot Gould for their "courage" in triggering the revote by filing election protests despite
their victories. McCord and Gould, however, were leaders of a campaign whose top priority was
getting Harper elected. You didn't cooperate, so they helped force a rerun. Courage is nowhere to
be found here."
"McCord's role is particularly disquieting. Elected Treasurer last fall, his primary efforts since then
have involved spending your money to overturn your choice for President."
"I take no delight in criticizing fellow union members, but I detest the dishonesty and the abuse of
power that's undermining our union. When I was elected 1st Vice President, I assumed that a
reasonable, respectful approach could be a steadying influence that might help focus constructive
attention on the truly important issues like runaway production, residuals and salary
"Well, I was wrong," wrote Farrell.
"McCord, Gould and the powerful cabal around them have taken the reins at SAG and will
apparently stop at nothing, no matter what it costs our union in money and public esteem, to
"Unless we take back the Screen Actors Guild, the power plays won't stop and the problems of
actors will remain secondary. Let there be no place in SAG leadership for those who don't respect
your vote and your interests."
"Vote AGAINST this chicanery. For a Screen Actors Guild that works for
you, vote FOR Melissa Gilbert, Amy Aquino and Kevin Kilner."
Ed Asner as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler
Harper's group, Actors Moving Forward, snapped back with their own E mail. Harper is
endorsed by former SAG president Ed Asner, who has known Valerie since their days together
on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
"There is a BIG difference between Valerie Harper and Melissa Gilbert," stated their release,
which basically accused Gilbert of ignoring all issues and doing nothing.
"That's why this election is so important and why the future of our union is at stake:
Right now SAG is negotiating to renew the contract between you and your agent. Right now
talent agents CANNOT be owned by third parties such as advertising agencies or corporations
like Proctor & Gamble. Ad agencies want to BUY talent agencies. If this were allowed, your
agent would be working for your you AND your employer...then who would negotiate your
"Whose side would the agent be on?"
"VALERIE HARPER says NO Agents serving as your employer is a conflict of interest.
MELISSA GILBERT says YES Ad agencies should be allowed to BUY between 10% and 49%
financial interest of your talent agencies."
"Right now your pension and health plans have bled 22 million dollars and stand to lose $35.8
million dollars in lost contributions if something isn't done about Runaway Production to Canada
and other countries."
"VALERIE HARPER says we MUST do everything we can to stop Runaway Production, that
we should explore EVERY option. MELISSA GILBERT says that we should go along with
whatever the DGA and MPAA want to do. Note: Members of the Directors Guild
currently get plenty of work IN CANADA, as do the producers who
belong to the MPAA."
"Right now there is NO THEATRICAL CONTRACT covering residuals
for shows that are MADE FOR CABLE. Producers REFUSE to
negotiate. VALERIE HARPER says we MUST not allow producers to ignore this
issue. How much longer must actors continue to get checks for a few
dollars, or in some cases, a FEW CENTS? MELISSA GILBERT remains silent."
"Right now anyone can join SAG by working only three jobs as a Background Actor, the
so-called Three Voucher Rule. This means that our union is being diluted by non-actors and the
many background actors currently in SAG can't make a living! VALERIE SAYS NO to the Three
Voucher Rule. MELISSA GILBERT remains silent."
"Right now the concerns of our minority members regarding diversity in
casting, has been put on the back burner. VALERIE HARPER SAYS PUT THE DIVERSITY
issue front and center where is belongs. She has also pledged to fight "Ageism" and the prejudice
that prevents "actors of a certain age" from getting work. MELISSA GILBERT remains
The Gilbert supporters took umbrage and countered with an E-mail endorsement sent
February 13 from; Alan
Alda, Ed Begley, Jr., Barbara Bosson, Bruce Boxleitner, Andre Braugher, Paula Cale, William
Christopher, David Clennon, Peter Coyote, James Cromwell, Dana Daurey, Jill Eikenberry,
Shelley Fabares, Morgan Fairchild, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Greg Germann, Sara Gilbert, Danny
Glover, Samaria Graham, Ken Howard, Jane Kaczmarek, Melina Kanakaredes, Don LaFontaine,
Camryn Manheim, Kathleen Noone, Seth Peterson, Paula Poundstone, Mitch Ryan, William
Schallert, Loretta Swit, Christopher Titus, Concetta Tomei, Michael Tucker, Bradley Whitford
Their E mail reiterated Farrell's E mail and while complaining that "nothing that can be done to
stop the rerun" hoped "there may yet be a silver lining. This rerun lays bare the political
gamesmanship that has been eating away at SAG for years, and gives us a clear choice between
serious, committed leadership and what has become 'business as usual.' That's why we're voting
for MELISSA GILBERT, AMY AQUINO and KEVIN KILNER. We know they'll put the Guild
to work on issues that matter to the membership."
Gov. Gray Davis
"Despite the politically motivated attack on her election, President Gilbert has kept her focus on
the business of the Guild. It's been just three months since she became President, and
already she's made great headway. She's been appointed VP of the AFL-CIO
and made a member of their Executive Council by John Sweeney, has revived
talks with agents to protect our Agency Franchise, broken the gridlock on
governance to create a smaller, more workable National Board, and worked
with Governor Gray Davis to push tax-credit legislation aimed at stopping
"Even though Ms. Aquino lost the race for
Treasurer last fall by a mere 34 votes, she adamantly opposes this rerun,
finding it unfair to the membership. She petitioned for late-arriving
ballots from anthrax-affected cities to be counted, but firmly believes
the rerun is unnecessary. With degrees from both Harvard and Yale, Ms.
Aquino has shown her commitment to the members' interests by her 8 years
as Vice President, board member, and committee head, putting our dues
money to work for us tracking residuals, hiring set reps, pursuing
deadbeat producers, and fighting runaway productions."
"An outstanding negotiator and
much-respected board member, Mr. Kilner has experience, intelligence
and the ability to lead. A former commercial banker, he serves on the
Finance, Contract Enforcement, and Performers with Disabilities
Committees, and makes his living solely as an actor. Once an Economics
major at Johns-Hopkins, his degree in Social and Behavioral Science
helps him translate the needs of performers into solid policy, resulting
in economic gains and protections for fellow SAG members."
"Political maneuvering is crippling SAG'S ability to function effectively
for its members and needs to end now."
In fact, SAG got so concerned that recipients might wonder who paid for all of the missives they
posted their own statement: "The E-mail you received from Mike Farrell dated Sunday, February
10, 2002 was a paid political announcement from candidate Amy Aquino. The E-mail you
received from Valerie Harper dated February 12, 2002 was a paid political announcement from
candidate Valerie Harper."
Gilbert's statements - posted on her website - have been simple: "It has been a rather tumultuous
couple of months and it doesn't look like it's going to let up any time soon. I'm sure that you have
the news and hoopla regarding the election at SAG. I really don't have much to say about it other
than it will
work itself out in time and whatever is meant to be, will happen."
Both Melissa and Valerie are working actors. Harper is starring on Broadway in Tales of the
Wife and Gilbert is interesting in another television series.
As Gilbert has stated,
"Contrary to what some
people might think, there is no salary for the President of SAG."
The Back Stage Bistro Awards 17th Anniversary Gala takes place at The Supper
Club in New York City on Monday, March 4.
Twenty-eight of cabaret artists will be honored including
Blossom Dearie, Sam Harris, Jay Leonhart, and Donna McKechnie.
Receiving the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award will be Blossom Dearie.
Both Sam Harris and Donna McKechnie are receiving awards for their
respective Outstanding Major Engagements. This year's Outstanding Vocalists
are Frans Bloem, Karen Oberlin, and Craig Rubano. Making his Outstanding
New York Cabaret Debut is Johnny Rodgers.
The Bistro Award for Outstanding Singer/Songwriter/Instrumentalist goes to
Jay Leonhart, and D.C. Anderson is named Outstanding Singer/Songwriter.
Gina Caruso Does Forman Brown, written and performed by Gina Caruso, wins
a Bistro as Outstanding Concept Show. Honors in the musical comedy category
go to the members of Modern Man - David Buskin, Rob Carlson, and George
Wurzbach. Also saluted is the group show Heart & Music, created and
performed by Scott Coulter, Steven Ray Watkins, and Lennie Watts.
Phillip Officer's Hoagy on My Mind
Jazz violinist Johnny Frigo is being honored with an award for Outstanding
Contribution to a Performance for Phillip Officer's Hoagy on My Mind,
and Kane Alexander and Christopher Denny will be paid tribute in the unique
category of Outstanding Collaboration on the Arrangement of a Single Song.
Lea DeLaria is the award recipient for her recording Cool, Mark McCombs
is named for Outstanding Characterization, and Colette Hawley is named
Outstanding Comedy Performer. Other recipients noted for outstanding
achievement include A.J. Irvin for Piano Bar Entertainment, Mark Janas for
Musical Direction, Jean-Pierre Perreaux for Technical Direction and Lennie Watts for
Outstanding Direction for Mark McCombs' Ten Jumps Ahead of a Fit.
George Sanders is singled out for an award for Continuing Excellence in
Piano Bar Entertainment. There are also two Special Awards: The cabaret
venue Arci's Place is being honored for its inspired programming, leading
to the club's breakthrough year, and former Back Stage columnist Roy Sander gets a Special
Bistro for his dedication to the industry.
The evening will feature performances from all Bistro-winning artists and
The event kicks off Cabaret Month in New York City, as officially
designated in previous years by the Mayor's Office. It is a month-long
celebration of this unique art form, featuring special performances, panel
discussions, and other events.
Sherry Eaker is producing and hosting the Bistro Awards, assisted by David Finkle, John
Hoglund, and Barbara and Scott Siegel. Comedian Jim David is guest emcee, and the show is
under the direction of Thomas Mills.
The Back Stage Bistro Awards evening is sponsored in part by ASCAP
(American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and BMI
(Broadcast Music, Inc).
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY
PAUL McCARTNEY hasn't exactly broken the bank in Las Vegas, but he has turned into the highest paid British performer to ever take to a Vegas stage. His engagement at the MGM-Grand will provide the lad's bank account with $5 million. Not a bad jackpot. McCartney had been seriously romanced every since Mike Tyson got KO's by Nevada officials. The resort needed somebody to appeal to high rollers and McCartney fit the bill.
OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH FUND is the charity that benefits from the Feb. 25 bash at Caroline's, staged by
John Hansbury, the attorney who was married to Madeleine Kahn who died from the disease. The
event will feature Robert Klein, Nathan Lane, Joy Behar and Mario Cantone.
THE RAINFOREST FOUNDATION
established in 1989 by Trudie Styler and Sting, helps protect the rights and environment of the
indigenous people in the world's rain forests, benefits from the first preview of Oklahoma!
this coming Saturday, Feb. 23. The fun evening kicks off with cocktails and appetizers at the
21 Club. Then the guests saunter on down to the show at the Gershwin Theatre. Honorary
Sting, Trudie, Jimmy Nederlander Jr. and William and Karen Lauder.
RUBY DEE AND OSSIE DAVIS winners of the 37th Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
have agreed to serve on the SAG
Foundation Board. They join Mitchell Ryan, Pamela Reed, Bonnie Bartlett, Tom Bosley, Esai
Morales to provide
leadership and support for the many member and community programs that the Foundation
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is the charitable arm of the Screen Actors Guild, dedicated
Guild members and the larger community.
LIZ SMITH on February 25, at
the Pierre Hotel, becomes the first journalist to receive the annual salute of the
League, a group that normally honors directors, composers, lyricists, and performers of
BILLY JOEL Feb. 25 -
MusiCares 2002 Person of the Year Tribute. The Recording Academy has named the
Grammy-winning musician the 2002 MusiCares
Person Of The Year for his professional and philanthropic accomplishments. A number of
celebrities, musicians and other members of the entertainment industry will be on-hand to
celebrate Joel's career at a tribute dinner, concert and silent auction in Los Angeles.
THE JONATHAN LARSON PERFORMING ARTS
FOUNDATION named for the late composer-lyricist,
honored five musical theatre writers and three organizations for its 2002 awards, presented at a
Valentine's Day luncheon in New York City.
The five individuals, selected from over 150 applicants, who received unrestricted cash gifts
$4,000-$15,000 are; composer-lyricist Debra Barsha, composer Peter Jones, librettist Julia
librettist-lyricist Michael Korie, and composer-librettist-lyricist Peter Mills. Institutions receiving
$2,500 each are Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, The Lark Theatre Company in NYC,
and Page Seventy-Three Productions in NYC.
QED written by Peter Parnell,
starring Alan Alda and Kellie Overbey, reopens tonight at Lincoln Center. Performances take
place Sundays and Mondays at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theatre through May
Alda repeats his performance as Nobel Prize-winning professor of physics Richard
NO SEX PLEASE,WE'RE BRITISH by Anthony Marriott
and Alistair Foot. - Directed by Patrick Fennell. This farce ran in London for eight years. No Sex Please, We're British involves a mail
order mix up that switches Scandinavian glassware with naughty
Scandinavian pictures that ends up complicating the lives of a new bride and her assistant bank
manager husband. February 22-March 10 Huntington Beach Playhouse, California.
starring Mary Wilson opens a three night engagement tomorrow night at the Cerritos Center for
the Performing Arts in Cerritos,California.
ONE MO' TIME comes to jazz
up Broadway on February 21, with B.J. Crosby, Roz Ryan, Rosalind Brown and Wally Dunn.
Bringing it to Broadway is producer Michael Ritchie who was stage manager for the original
production of One Mo' Time, when it opened at the at the Village Gate in 1979.
THE ODD COUPLE starring
Barbara Eden and Rita McKenzie stages a one nighter tonight in Alto, NM
at the Spencer Theatre. On Tues, February 19, they begin a week long engagement in Phoenix,
Arizona at the Orpheum Theatre.
AIDA the national tour Feb
20-March 10 in Pittsburgh, PA.
TEA AT FIVE
stars Kate Mulgrew, in the world premiere of a portrait of the screen legend Katharine Hepburn.
This one woman show opened at Hartford Stage in the city of
Hepburn's birth. 36 performances through March 10. Mulgrew portrays the four-time
Oscar-winner at opposite ends of her peerless career. The play was written by
Matthew Lombardo and directed by John Tillinger.
Miss Hepburn is retired at
on Long Island Sound near Old Saybrook.
ELAINE STRITCH moving on
uptown to officially open her Elaine Stritch at Liberty show at the Neil Simon
Theater on Thursday. One of the most delightful, fun, entertaining shows on Broadway -
by a woman who has anecdotes delivered in a doesn't mince words style, peppered with songs
that made her 50 year career - from Noel Coward to Stephen Sondheim. Don't miss.
BEA ARTHUR with her friend
Billy Goldenberg in Just Between Friends - another don't miss evening - have been extended for
two more weeks at the Booth Theatre, NYC through Sunday, March 24.
THE CHERRY ORCHARD by
Alan Bates opens February 22 at the
Theater. Also on February 22 , and his SFS Production Fortune's Fool starts at the
Center for the Arts.
ARLO GUTHRIE entertains February
22 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at the State Theatre. On Friday he is in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Pabst Theater.
DIANNE REEVES on stage tonight at
the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
NEIL DIAMOND is in the spotlight February 17 in Orlando, FL at the TD Waterhouse
On February 21 the entertainer is in
Miami, Florida at the American Airlines Arena and on Saturday, February 23 the superstar can be
found in Charlotte,
JOHNNY MATHIS performs
February 22 in Fort Myers, Florida at the Barbara B. Mann Hall.
DENYCE GRAVES sings Maddelena
in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City opening February 22 with
performances on February 25, March 1, 5 ,9, 13, and 15.
BARRY MANILOW has a two
nighter February 21-22 in Cleveland, Ohio at the State Theater.
GLEN CAMPBELL on stage
February 22 in Cerritos, California at the Cerritos Center.
MAUREEN McGOVERN begins a
three night engagement
February 22 in San Diego,California at the Museum of Art.
EDDIE MONEY center stage in Las
Vegas at the
Orleans Hotel February 22-24.
SAVION GLOVER the Tony Award winner dances into Salt Lake City performing in concert February 22 at
BILLY CONNOLLY a Scottish lad
who started out
as a folk singer, brings his unique brand of comedy to this side of the pond. Connolly's Wreck
Tour stops at Town Hall, NYC. Saturday, February 23.
BERNADETTE PETERS Feb. 19 at
the Grand Floridian in Lake Buena Vista, FL
JOHN BARROWMAN opens
Wednesday at Arci's
Place, NYC. He'll perform Wednesday through Saturday and then the following Wednesday
PAUL ANKA opens February 21 at
the MGM-Grand in Las Vegas. His engagement runs through March 6.
GEORGE SHEARING opens a two
week gig at Feinstein's at the Regency on Tuesday. He'll include a Remembering Mel tribute to
his friend and performing partner Mel Torme - whose sister, Myrna Williams, is an elected Las
PIFFLE AND PROFUNDITIES
GOOD LUCK TUMMY RUB
A very pregnant Anne Hecht arrived in Las Vegas to attend the Siegfried and Roy show at the
Afterwards, she visited the master illusionists backstage and
they rub her tummy to bring the baby luck.
WHEN KEN LYNCH RECORDED
Misery on February 15, 1963 Feb 15 it was the first Lennon-McCartney song recorded by
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