Jerry Lewis' mouth was working - his brain wasn't. Photo by Laura Deni
Jay Leno neatly summed it up when he said "He put the ass in Aspen." Leno was referring to
comments Jerry Lewis made about women comedians during a question and answer session at the
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado last weekend.
Jerry Lewis who has spent years as his own worst enemy, again put his foot in his
In the widely reported event, Lewis said, "I don't like any female comedians."
A startled Martin
Short, who was moderating the event, mentioned Lucille Ball hinting, "You must have loved her."
No," replied Lewis, "a woman doing comedy doesn't offend me, but sets me back a bit. I, as a
viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the
With that Lewis hightailed it out of town. Days later an underling lamely attempted to
pass the comment off as "kidding."
Nobody was laughing.
On Tuesday's Rosie O'Donnell Show the talk show host, who started out as a stand up comedian,
discussed Jerry's remarks when she interviewed Rob Lowe. "He's about a hundred-and-one. He's
getting up there. The poor guy," quipped Rosie. "Do you suppose he was drunk? I hope he had
had three shots of Tequila."
Lucille Ball was never a vulgar comedian.
"I think it was the altitude," responded Lowe referring to the mountain height, which can cause
lightheadedness. "I felt sorry for him."
Rosie closed her show with one of her delicious musical parodies chiding Lewis while
incorporating names of some outstanding female comedians.
Or, as one person said who E-mailed this site - "He's a pig."
What Lewis is - is troubled.
It wasn't until last Thursday, after some financial contributors to Jerry Lewis' Muscular
Dystrophy Association telethon threatened to pull their donations, did Lewis offer an apology ...
of sorts. Lewis' idea of an apology is to blame everybody but himself.
"I love Whoopi Goldberg. I adore Elayne Boosler, I think Diane Ford is brilliant, and how could I
forget the marvelous Phyllis Diller, the incredible Beatrice Lillie, the unpredictable Martha Raye
and wonder woman Carol Burnett."
Then Lewis went on.
"But when women, doing comedy, do routines written for them by drill sergeants, I take
objection. Their filth makes me and many ashamed to be in our business, and to me women doing
anything, especially comedy, are looked upon by me as one of God's greatest miracles ... they can
make a baby."
Judy Canova was a versatile comedian who
was actually trained for opera.
Lewis also blamed the press for "trashing someone to make a deadline."
Lewis comes from a generation where women were suppose to be wives and mothers. A woman
was measured by whom she married and was expected to be a stay at home wife and mother. A
man whose wife worked was considered a poor provider.
Lewis' own upbringing was one of parental neglect. It's been said that his combativeness laced
with gentleness can be traced to his youth.
He was an only child, shuttled between grandparents
and aunts. He knew the pain of never being loved by parents because they were always
"on the road." He lost his virginity at age 11 to a stripper introduced to him by his
"I got tired of my aunts, but I loved my Grandma Sarah," Jerry has frequently said.
Jerry's first wife, Patti, gave up her career as a singer with Jimmy Dorsey's band to be a stay at
home wife and mother to their six sons.
During their marriage he constantly cheated.
In his ex-wife's book I Laffed Till I Cried: Thirty
Six Years of Marriage to Jerry Lewis by Patti Lewis with Sarah Ann Coleman, the ex-Mrs.
Lewis reported that: "Frequently during our marriage, Jerry was very jealous of any other man's
attention towards me. He even accused me of having an affair with Dean Martin. I did
Rita Rudner is currently starring at the Las Vegas
Hilton through March 11, 2000.
Jerry's former secretary, Rita Stout, told the press that; "to Jerry Lewis, there were only two kinds
of women. Women like Patti, his wife of 36 years, were ladies. Then there were the
While Jerry may not have respected a lot of women, and apparently has a qualified appreciation
for female comedians, he had no problems bedding his female co-stars.
His reported affair with
Stella Stevens, his co-star in The Nutty Professor, lasted two years.
Totie Fields paved the way for female stand-up comedians in Las Vegas.
The performer has admitted that many times the Idiot Kid Lewis plays so well in pictures and "the
real person have fused." Jerry never sounded more idiotic than when he made his anti female
Although Lewis and his former partner, the late Dean Martin, didn't speak for years, Lewis now
speaks in reverent tones about him. Over the years Lewis has not been all that charitable about
fellow male comedians, either.
While many of his remarks may have valid points his approach can
be off putting because he attacks specific people.
Lewis has been called the patron saint of physical comedy. From one rubber faced comedian to
another Lewis had some harsh criticism for Jim Carrey. Lewis has never engaged in bathroom
humor and suggested that Carey would be better off taking the high road.
Jim Carry said Lewis, "is the best visual comic to come down the pike in years. If I were Carrey's manager I would have
said Jesus Christ, didn't somebody read this? All those toilet jokes? What is this? If Carrey would
like a shortcut to career suicide, get dirty, get sleazy. His longevity will be cut by 20
In speaking of his own popularity around the world Lewis credited his expertise at physical
In 1987 Lewis said; "That type of comedy transcends any language barrier that might
exist between me and an audience. The visual comedy itself becomes its own language. I know of
only a few performers who can go all over the world. George Burns, Johnny Carson and Rodney
Dangerfield are all great comedians, but they can't go to those countries where I go. What would
they do?" questioned Lewis about three superstars who had never expressed any interest in a
Lewis has been in the business since he was a kid. He's not some amateur who has never been
In participating in the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and agreeing to the question and
answer session, Lewis should have been able to anticipate most of the questions. He should have
known a name like Lucille Ball might have been mentioned.
If he had personal problems with her -
which apparently he did - he should have been professional and intelligent enough to tactfully
credit Ball for her contributions to comedy without offering backstabbing asides.
Comedian Paula Poundstone is a devoted
foster mom to several children. She does her stand up act February 26, 2000 at Sunset Station in
For anybody who sets himself out - as Jerry Lewis does - of being so important and revered by
so many, Lewis should have developed the aplomb necessary to handle an interview.
spent so many decades dependant upon press agents covering up his misdeeds that Lewis never
mastered the wherewithal of learning either verbal diplomacy or the art of keeping one's mouth
Revered in France and often ridiculed in America, Jerry's screwball persona has a life that's taken
both personal and professional pratfalls.
When it comes to the remarks Lewis made about female
comedians Jerry Lewis fell flat on his face. His apology comes off as insincere and he is
sounding like an off stage fool.
However, the individuals who benefit from monies raised through
the Muscular Dystrophy telethon are not. To threaten to pull contributions because of Lewis
punishes the wrong parties.
Fortunately, the telethon isn't until September. By then the public will
have more important things to think about that stewing over Lewis' opinion of anything.
RON SILVER STARS AS BILL
Tony Award winning actor Ron silver returns to the Los Angeles stage in the world premiere
event Bill Graham Presents by Robert Greenfield about the life of rock impresario and
humanitarian Bill Graham.
Bill Graham Presents recounts the epic story of Bill's incredible life - from his childhood
escape from Nazi Germany to his triumphant success in building an American music empire.
Silver performed Bill Graham Presents ... A One Man Show a year ago at the U.S.
Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen where it was one of the festival highlights. The showcase piece
which was developed at the Berkshire Theater Festival in the summer of 1997, documents a
day in the life of legendary late rock promoter.
The show gave anecdotes from Graham's professional experiences with legendary rock acts such
as the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane and Eric Clapton and touched on all aspects of his
personal life. It concluded with Graham's ill-fated decision to board a helicopter for Sacramento,
California in heavy fog and rainy weather.
At that time Silver received several project offers including HBO broadcasting the show, producer
Gordon Davidson talking with him about taking the show to the Ahmanson in Los Angeles and
then transferring the show to Broadway this year.
Nothing every goes according to plan or within the time frame anticipated. A hitch in those plans
was Silver signing on for a stint in the TV series Veronica's Closet. Silver who holds
a master's degree in Chinese History from St. John's University and the College of Chinese
Culture in Taiwan considered a career in intelligence. He took acting lessons while working on his
masters degree and instead of becoming a spy, turned into a highly respected actor noted for his
intense and electrifying stage and film performances.
In this production Bill Graham Presents tells how as a young man from the Bronx he
waited on tables in the Catskills and became a decorated soldier in the Korean War. Graham
finally found his calling in the world of rock promoting. Driven by demons from his childhood,
Bill used his fame and power to raise millions through Live Aid and Amnesty International for the
world's victims of injustice.
The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, named after the roll n' roll impresario, was
recently renovated. The auditorium contains 4,177 seats, a thrust stage, and semicircular seating,
with some seats no more than ten feet from the singers, 882 cushioned seats in the orchestra and
192 box seats.
Bill Graham Presents starring Ron Silver is produced by Canon Theatrical/Susan Dietz &
Joan Stein and Lou Viola. Ethan Silverman directs the one-man play with music. Preview
performances begin at The Canon Theater, Los Angeles on April 20.
FESTIVALS OF MOONDANCE AND
Moondance Jam 2000 the annual Walker, Minnesota event has announced its entertainment
lineup for the July 12-15 festival.
Signed on the dotted line are the Doobie Brothers, Styx, George Thorogood, Paul Rodgers,
Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Eric Burdon and the New Animals.
Early bird ticket prices stay in effect until Feb. 29 with $60 getting you a four-day pass. On March
1 the price goes up to $80.
In New York The Trilogy Theatre and OOBR - the off-off-broadway-review- will kick off a new
theatre festival August 10-September 3. The Trilogy Theatre was founded five years ago by
Norman Siopis. OOBR sponsors the OOBR Awards, honoring Off-Off-Broadway, held every
They're not calling themselves a "fringe" but a lot of the same principles apply. Each show will
perform seven times during the first two weeks of the festival, with the last week consisting of
evening presentations of festival hits.
Submissions should be at least half an hour long. The Festival reserves the right to combine short
pieces to make up a program. There is a $15 non refundable application fee. The application
deadline is March 31. All Festival participants receive one-third of the gross box-office receipts
from their shows.
SHAKE UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE
It's The Donkey Show and Bomb-itty of Errors presented by Daryl Roth, Jordan
Roth and The Front Row at Camp Broadway - Shakespeare Student Festival - March 7, New
This special FREE seminar is aimed at high school and college students who want to explore the
brilliance of Shakespeare's works and the exciting task of translating and reconceiving them as
modern day adaptations, while still keeping the author's original, universal themes intact.
Serving as the foundation for this year's seminar are the casts and creators of two of
off-Broadway's hit shows: The Donkey Show - which transforms the fantasy of A
Midsummer Night's Dream into the ultimate 70s disco experience currently shaking its
groove thang at El Flamingo nightclub and Bomb-itty of Errors - a hip hop version of
Shakespeare's classic mistaken identity farce, Comedy of Errors.
This new take was adapted, rhymed, flowed and rapped by the cast and was originally performed
at NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing where it was written as the cast's senior project.
Producer Daryl Roth, who has produced three Pulitzer Prize winning plays including Wit,
immediately optioned the show. Directed by Andy Goldberg the production stars Joran
Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Quiyum, Jeffrey Qaiyum, and Erick Weiner.
The Bomb-itty of Error's traces the chaotic family history of a set of male quadruplets
who are put up for adoption by their financially strapped hip-hop parents whose meager inner-city
income cannot feed and clothe four hungry boys on a "rapper's" lowly wages.
After the boys' father is arrested for small time drug dealing, their mother, a beautiful, young
thing, falls apart, splits the boys up between two foster homes and disappeared.The play is now
busting it out at 45 Bleeker Street, which is part of The Cultural Project/Salon - a producing
organization and theatre modeled after the salons of the late 19th/early 20th centuries where
artists came together to exchange ideas and view new works.
In addition to seminars exploring Shakespeare's works translated via these two shows, the
creative aspects of these adaptations will also be discussed.
Kevin Spacey currently in Las Vegas filming a
movie, is an avid theatre promoter. Photo By: Laura Deni
The Front Row at Camp Broadway began last season with The Iceman Cometh made $20
tickets available to college students. The program resulted in over 8,700 college and university
students from more than 130 school having the opportunity to experience theatre at an affordable
price. In addition to the ticket discounts, The Front Row at Camp Broadway produced a total of
eight seminars with Tony Award winner Kevin Spacey - currently front runner to snatch an Oscar
- and his fellow cast members.
Putting a modern spin on the old reliable isn't confined to Shakespeare or New York
In Los Angeles, Rigoletto that Guiseppe Verdi opera which was a rewrite of the 1851
Victor Hugo classic, has gone haute couture and Hollywood.
In this version you've got the Duke of Mantua transformed into a studio mogul. The hunchbacked
court jester is a smirking talent agent. Sparafucile the assassin is a stuntman and Guida,
Rigoletto's daughter, remains the same - the gal who is seduced and then ruined.
Giogio Armani provided the duds with L. A. Eyewear laying on the Daddy-0 eyeshades. Peggy
Hickey created the VH-1 type choreography and John Stoddart is responsible for the oh so
Beverly Hills sets. Bruce Beresford directs Frank Lopardo, Roberto Aronica, Haijing Fu, Eric
Owens and Inva Mula. The production opens March 1 at the Dorothy Chandler
A favorite singer of the British Royal Family, Lorna Dallas, has crossed the pond to entertain for
a month at the FireBird Cafe in New York City.
"I've performed really for all of the royal family - Di, Charles, the Queen," responded Lorna. As
to whether the royals request certain numbers or leave it up to the artist, "depends upon the
"Princess Margaret likes more showbizzy things. She likes broader types of songs and the
bawdy. She has a good laugh. That's her nature. Yes, she does impersonations. At the shows
there is usually a dinner and I've been at her table. She is hysterical! She has a great sense of
It has been reported that within the privacy of her own castle quarters Queen Elizabeth has been
known to literally help roll up the rugs so that the family could put on some music and dance. In
public the rules dictate her behavior. "With the Queen there is a decorum that follows. Because
of that, it is a little bit more restrained. She enjoys being Queen, as well she should. She's been
Princess Margaret with Placido
"The Queen Mum is enchanting. When I did the Royal Variety Performance, there were only four
Americans on the bill - Howard Keel, Ethel Merman, Jack Jones and myself. The Queen Mum
loves Novello, and I was asked to sing My Dearest Dear, the Queen Mum's favorite
song," explained Lorna about Ivor Novello (1893-1951) the Welsh actor, composer and
playwright who was considered Britains greatest genius of the musical stage.
Lorna's latest CD Lorna Dallas The Girl I Knew features the music of Novello and
"I think the Queen Mum likes My Dearest Dear because it had been sung at a time when
her husband was alive and the thoughts it expresses are particularly endearing to her.
"I went to Belfast to sing for a performance of their Army Benevolent Fund and Princess Anne
THe Queen Mum - her favorite song is My Dearest
Referring to reports that Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, is the hardest working member of the
Royal Family Lorna exclaimed, "Oh God, she works so hard! She has very little free time of her
own. She used to be involved with riding, and she obviously doesn't even have time for that
anymore. She is incredibly zealous in her charity work!.
Princess Anne is dedicated, hardworking and
"She's quite funny as well," continued Dallas. "I did one of the Army Benevolent Fund Concerts
in Birmingham and someone had told her beforehand that I can't eat before a show. That night
the show was somewhat long. Of course, afterwards there is the protocol of meeting them. There
was a buffet laid out, but no one could go near it because we had to be presented to her and
the others before hand.
"She came straight up to me and said: - Now, I know you don't eat before the show, so lets get
this over with. She chatted with me and then she said - 'Come with me, the others can wait.' She
took me straight to the buffet, saying - 'I want to make sure you eat. I don't want you to faint.' She
practically waited of me, filling up my plate for me, serving me. Then she went back and started
Ivor Novello standing in front of a portrait of
"At various times I've seen her since then. She's looked at me and said: - Hmm, now have you
eaten? She remembers these things. She's just lovely.
"The Duchess of Kent is another one that is great. She'll turn to you and say - Call me
Catherine. She's very down to earth. She's a pretty darn savvy lady. She's had a lot of health
problems, but she's great. When she lost the last baby she was going to have, it sort of triggered
off a lot of things. She's a terrific lady. I like her very much."
As for Prince Charles, Lorna reported, "He is more outgoing than people give him credit for. I
like him very much."
How this Carrie Mills, Indiana born American became the toast of London is not your run of the
mill singer success story.
Lorna and Cleo Laine
After graduating with honors from Indiana University School of Music, Lorna headed for The Big
Apple where she successfully auditioned for The Metropolitan Opera National Company, making
her debut as Susannah in Marriage of Figaro.
The role of Magnolia in Showboat at the Adelphi Theatre in London with Cleo Laine
led to a love affair with Great Britain and a lifelong friendship with Laine and her husband, John
Dankworth, who perform March 18-20 in Florida.
Showboat ran for two years and three months, at that time, the longest running show
in the world. Lorna also starred in West End shows and had her own BBC series, backed by
a 72 piece orchestra.
"No, you couldn't do anything like that in America," she acknowledged. "The BBC has contract
musicians, that's the only way around it. It has been whittled down a lot, but there are still
contract musicians - the BBC Orchestra. But, it used to be the BBC Radio Orchestra, the BBC
Concert Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the BBC Band and the BBC Midland Orchestra. All of
those were contract musicians through the BBC. Economic changes forced that to be cut back to
only one orchestra."
The soprano admits that not every singer is going to be so embraced on foreign soil. "I have been
very fortunate. I do enjoy working there very much. It felt like home, but it was not that easy at
times. Obviously, the work restrictions were extremely tight. They have eased them a hell of a
lot over the last few years. I've been a campaigner for that because I think it is terrible wrong to
restrict the flow of artists back and forth. I think a lot can be learned from both sides in an
NEXT WEEK: LORNA DALLAS DISCUSSES VARIOUS TYPES OF CABARET ACTS,
VENUES AND HOW A CABARET ARTIST CAN SELL RECORDS
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Cows on Parade, the famous Chicago event that features moo critters created and then sold for
charity is auctioning off Toreador's Song, the Lyric Opera's beautiful cowloratura.
This masterpiece has been grazing peacefully in the Rice Grand Foyer of the Civic Opera Light
House throughout the opera season. Robert Perdziola, the renowned set and costume designer and
director was asked to clothe the cow. Perdziola's works have been seen in Washington's
Shakespeare Theater, American Ballet Theater and Miami City Ballet and well as numerous
Chicago productions. He also directed the films Interview with a Vampire, The Age of
Innocence and Meet Joe Black. He spent about $6,000 giving this cow a dramatic
glam job intricately painting it as a traditional toreador, complete with a rose on its cheek. The
cow was contributed by Perdiola and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Opening bid is suggested at
$15,000. Fax bids to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wine Auction 2000 (312) 332-0304.
will be honored at
the annual American Museum of the Moving Image Gala March 3 at the Waldorf-Astoria, NYC.
Lorne Michael serves as chairman of the event.
Expected to be on the dais saluting the
multi-talented Martin are Mike Nichols, Martin Mull, Sarah Jessica Parker and Christine
LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO
This all male comedic ballet troupe spoofs modern dance and
ballet. Featured "men in tutus" - all classically trained dancers as well as practitioners of "high
camp" - cast includes Mikhail Mypansarov and Raisa Legupski. February 26-28 at the Jackie Gleason
Theater, Miami Beach, Fl.
THE WASHINGTON BALLET
under the direction of Septime Webre, at The Joyce Theater, NYC Feb. 22-27. There will be a
post performance discussion on February 23, as part of the theater's Humanities Series.
JEKYLL & HYDE that
evocative tale of romance and the never ending battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde
brings new life to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic. Currently in its third smash year on
Broadway with book and lyrics by Academy Award winning lyricist Leslie Bricusse, and a score
by Grammy Award-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn. February 22-27 at the Civic Auditorium,
BUCK CREEK PLAYERS will
kick off their 2000-2001 season with Lizzie Borden, The Musical with the community
theater world premiere of the musical about the famed ax murderer.
( See Broadway To Vegas column of January 25, 1999 )
Book and lyrics by Christopher McGovern and Amy Powers with music
by McGovern. The production premiered in October 1998 at American Stage Company in
Teaneck, N.J. with Alison Frazer in the title role. The original cast album was released in
December, 1998. McGovern is the resident composer and lyricist for Stages of Imagination in
Philadelphia. Lizzie Borden: The Musical will open September 22.The production will be
directed by D Scott Robinson, who has a reputation as a "a Lizzie Borden fanatic."
THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur
Miller is the explosive drama about the Salem witch trials of 1692 when children's lies led to
nineteen executions. This gripping historical play is also a timely parable of contemporary society
where reputations and lives can be destroyed by mere rumor. February 22-27 Pearce Auditorium,
HOTEL SUITE composed of
scenes from three Neil Simon plays begins performances May 19 at the Gramercy Arts Theater,
presented by The Roundabout Theater Company. John Tillinger directs.
NOEL COWARD SUITE IN TWO KEYS opens April 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, NYC. The production has a
heavyweight cast: Judith Ivey, Hayley Mills, and Paxton Whitehead.
IRISH STRAWBERRIES by
George Bamford will have its world premiere - presented by The Colleagues Theatre Company -
at Theatre Three, NYC Feb 25-March 12. The Colleagues Theatre Company was formed in 1995
by Producing director Catherine Wolf to commission and produce plays that celebrate the mature
life experience. Irish Strawberries is set on Mother's Day, 1968, when Julia awaits the
arrival of her son Jake, his wife Annie and their new baby. Family relationships are shaken and
lives changed forever as secret memories are revealed. Directed by Thomas S. Waites, the drama
features Meg Mylers who appeared in the original Broadway cast of Enter Laughing, as
Julia. Bamford who has acted on Broadway in Arsenic and Old Lace, Sweet Bird of
Youth, and Precious Sons plays Stu, the Father with Tom Biglin as Jake and Annie
McGovern as his wife, Annie.
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE The
Songs of Leiber and Stoller, starring Gladys Knight takes center stage when the touring company
begins an eight day run Feb. 22 at the Wang Theatre, Boston. The show had been slated for a
March 14-19 engagement. Gladys will bring the production into Vegas for an April 17-19 stay at
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY Feb 22-March 5, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas.
CSNY2K that would be Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young February 26 at the Target Center, Minneapolis. As to all of the headlines
surrounding the disclosure that he was the sperm donor for the two children being raised by
Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher, David Crosby says: "The idea is to get it all done and over
with now and get all the hoopla past, so when the kids get to be bigger and go to school and stuff,
it's all ancient history."
DOUGLAS SILLS the original
leading man in The Scarlet Pimpernel does a limited engagement with the national touring
company. He's Percy/The Scarlet Pimpernel beginning February 20 at the Shubert Performing Arts
Center in New Haven, CT production. That run ends March 4. Sills stays with the show for only
for only 17 weeks.
MAYNARD FERGUSON AND HIS BIG BOP NOUVEAU BAND
Tuesday at the Palm Bay High School Auditorium, Melbourne,
BILLY STRITCH in Songs From
The Last Century with David Finck on Bass. Arci's Place, NYC. February 22 through March
JULIE WILSON at the Algonquin,
NYC through March 4.
ROBERT KLEIN brings his sense of
humor to the Gotham Comedy Club, NYC. The comedy legend is there every
JAMES GALWAY performs at the
Morrison Center in Boise, Idaho on February 29.
exquisitely playing the violin, backed by Lambert Orkis on piano. Davis Symphony Hall, San
Francisco. February 26.
KAREN MASON who was named
one of the top cabaret acts of 1999 has been guest starring on the soap As The World
Turns playing social worker Frances Ellison. On February 28 the three-time Bistro Award winner
will be performing at The Bistro Awards.
CHARO the gal that made cuchi cuchi
a household expression, wiggles her way through a concert February 26 at the Sundome, Phoenix,
Ariz. Charo, who always insists that raisins be placed in her dressing room, brings her unique
style to Las Vegas March 9-11 at Harrah's Hotel.
THIS AND THAT
LIZA MINNELLI'S latest release
Minnelli on Minnelli a live recording of Liza's tribute to her father recorded last Dec.
27-28 at the Palace Theatre, NYC, is out on Angel Records Feb. 29. The set is co-produced by
Stritch and Phil Ramone. Directed by Fred Ebb, with musical arrangements by Marvin Hamlisch.
Rex Reed did the liner notes.
SPEAKING OF REX REED The
film critic who just got busted for shoplifting Mel Torme and Peggy Lee CD's blamed his
problem with a memory lapse which he called a "senior moment." He did remember to catch
Lucie Arnaz's show at Feinstein's. She introduced him and then told the crowd that everybody
takes things from time and time. Meanwhile Miss Lee was so moved that Reed was such a fan
that he's risk jail for her music, that she is sending him a complete set of her waxings. Mr. Torme
would probably have done the same, but he's deceased.
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
held a super secret by invitation only run through of his new musical - a rock opera called The
Beautiful Game about the loves, lives and games won and lost of a soccer team. Those in
attendance were told to keep their lips zipped. The off the record whispers indicate that Webber
has another hit. The production opens in London the end of this year with the usual
intent in mind
- that the show moves to New York next year.
CATS which has lapped up the milk
at the Winter Garden Theatre in NYC seemingly forever -that's 18 years - is looking for a new
litter box. The scoop out takes place June 25, after 7,397 meows.
RICH LITTLE in Las Vegas
performing at the Riviera Hotel, has written a Broadway play called The Presidents. The
shows begins with Kennedy and advances through Clinton with Little "doing seven presidents in
two-and-a-half hours." The impressionist intends to take the show on the road for a year before
transferring it to Washington, D.C. with the final destination on Broadway. Before then, Little
makes a stop in Palm Springs this coming week-end to entertain at President and Mrs. Ford's
benefit for the Betty Ford Center.
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