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Valentine's Day is the biggest day for weddings in Las Vegas. With a divorce rate topping
fifty-percent, many couples are risking ruining a perfectly good holiday by promising to - cleave only
Meg Ryan, who has recently been in Las Vegas, researching her role as boxing manager, Jackie
Kallen, for the upcoming movie, Against The Ropes, was married on Valentine's Day 1991 to Dennis
Quaid. That marriage was KO'd.
Jennifer Lopez is denying rumors that she intends to legally make actor Ben Affleck her future
ex-husband on Valentine's Day.
Carmen Electra and her fiance, ex-Chili Pepper and Jane's Addiction guitar ace Dave Navarro, are
planning an engagement party in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day. Don't expect an invitation. The
event is for close friends and family.
Many couples are opting to take the marriage ceremony and turn it into a good party theme.
Getting married by "Elvis" is extremely popular.
Jeff Daniels and his wife spent their 14th anniversary renewing their marriage vows in Las Vegas.
Officiating was an Elvis impersonator who told them this was serious to him, so they should stop giggling.
Then he stopped in the middle of the vows - so he could sing Love Me,
Darren Lee officiates as Elvis
In Sin City you can take your pick of Elvis weddings.
Cupid's Wedding Chapel features a Renew Your Vows With the King ceremony
Officiating is Darren Lee, winner of the 1997 Best Elvis contest at Graceland in Memphis. Among
things the package includes; "Elvis" performing the ceremony, entertaining with three songs and
The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel is internationally famous for their themed
weddings. One of
the most popular is their Elvis/Blue Hawaii Wedding Package. The chapel is decorated in honor
King. Then Elvis, which is Ron DeCar, who has starred at the Tropicana Hotel, performs the
ceremony and sings Presley's most memorable tunes. Thank you very much.
The $700 wedding package includes; memorabilia, Hawaiian sets and props, one Elvis
Minister, two Hula Dancers or Showgirls or Priscilla impersonator, theatrical lighting and fog.
Daryl Wagner as Liberace
A glitzy Liberace Wedding Package is available for $800. Liberace impersonator, Daryl
serenades the couple with his selections for the bride's entrance down the aisle and performs the
ceremony. The couple lights the unity candle on his famous candelabra. "Liberace" will sing
during the lighting of the candle and play the recessional.
There are shotgun wedding and then there are shotgun weddings.
The Sopranos is big. And, after all, Valentine's Day is the anniversary of that famous
For a mere $650 you can step back into the 40's with the Mafioso theme wedding. Let the
Godfather/Minister open the door to wedded bliss, accompanied by two bodyguards, of course,
Waiter/Soloist singing softly in Italiano.
This theme wedding package includes the usage of the Gangster wedding chapel, all decor
check cloth covered tables, candles, theatrical lighting and fog.
Additional characters for
each themed wedding are available at $150 each. Impersonators, for
example, Marilyn Monroe, Cher or Donna Summers, pending availability are $250.
Bridal couple enjoying
gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel
Photo By: Laura Deni
The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas offers lovers the opportunity to get married in a gondola. The
Viaggio de Gondola wedding takes place in an authentic Italian gondola large enough for the
witness and minister. Features of the gondola wedding ceremony include a singing gondolier,
bouquet, photos and a groom's boutonniere. The cost: $650.
Or, you can have your wedding on the Rialto Bridge in St. Mark's Square, with all of the
finery, followed by a gondola ride accompanied by a singing gondolier. That is $1,650. All of the wedding packages
additional $300 fee on weekends and holidays.
Disney World Cinderella Wedding
Want something a little more storybook? There is always a Cinderella wedding. The Disney
know how to create fantasy. If you have the money, they have the coach. Your Disney
Certificate will even be signed by Mickey & Minnie
Cinderella's Coach is $2,500 which includes four Dappler gray horses and three costumed
If you just want the pictures but don't want the ride, then Cinderella's Coach for Photos Only,
No horses or footmen.
You can really get into the spirit of the day with some romantic add-ons; 1 Disney
2 Characters, $1,020; 3 Characters, $1,385; Major Domo (in full regalia), from $600; English
Butler, from $600; Herald Trumpeter (for fanfare), from $600; Trumpet Duo, from $950; and
Confetti Cannons, from $500.
Ritz-Carlton in Las Vegas has a
$95,000 wedding package
If you'd rather have classy than cute and you have $95,000 per couple - tax and charges
excluded - consider the
Valentine's Day packaged offered by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Las Vegas. The nine-story resort
is set on the shores of the Mediterranean-style MonteLago Village in Lake Las Vegas, about 17
miles from the famed Strip.
Come up with the money and they'll provide:
Three nights in the 2,400-square-foot Presidential Suite. A welcome extravaganza of chocolate,
champagne, cigars and caviar for two. Breakfast in bed every morning.
Unlimited use of Spa Vita di Lago. Services of a personal butler throughout the weekend. Two
days of unlimited golf at The Falls
Golf Club. Oh, yes - his and hers
Bvlgari watches and a brand-new
Mercedes SLK convertible. Any groom who intends to spend his honeymoon smoking cigars and
playing golf ought to be expected to cough up a watch and a car.
Only two of these packages are available so - don't dawdle.
For the absolute ultimate in a romantic experience, it's a honeymoon in one of the Caesars
Resorts. It's been a tradition for generations - thanks to that heart shaped pool and champagne
The world's first, heart-shaped tub, was created by
the resorts' founder and president/CEO Morris B. Wilkins
The minute Life printed a picture of that heart shaped tub in 1971,
lovebirds began flocking to Pennsylvania - transforming Cove Haven, and subsequently Paradise
Stream, Pocono Palace, and Brookdale, into the world's most famous destinations for
honeymooners - earning the reputation as The Honeymoon Capital of the
While, the heart-shaped tub endures as a signature amenity in many of the suites at Caesars
Pocono Resorts nearly 40 years later, the most unique and popular
attraction is the 7-foot-tall Champagne Glass Whirlpool Bath for Two, which was also created by
There are 176 suites at Caesars Pocono Resorts that feature the 7-ft-tall Champagne Glass
which holds 125 gallons of water.
Prefer the real thing? Okay, but it would cost more than $50,000 dollars to fill the whirlpool
with Dom Perignon Champagne. You'll save on soap, though, because only one capful of bubble
bath is needed for a whirlpool for two.
The resort reports that the most commonly asked question is: How do you get in the
You don't shinny up the stem.
"Absolutely not," laughed Caesars Pocono Resorts executive Cheryl Trecsoke
when Broadway To Vegas asked about their facilities. "There are
stairways to the left or right of the column, depending upon which room it is in - whether it's a
left hand room or a right hand room. To the one side of the 7- foot-champagne
glass is a set of stairs. It goes up to the next level of the accommodation, because these suites are
four levels. Walk up the stairs and there is a living room area. Walk up a couple more steps and
there is a glass enclosed pool area. That is one area. Walk up a couple more steps and
there is the level where there is the sauna and bathroom. Then the entrance to the
7-foot-champagne glass is in
that fourth level."
In other words, it is exactly like stepping into a sunken bathtub.
Hotel officials report they see many
only twice - at check in and at check out.
Considerations for lovebirds surpass a simple do not disturb sign.
"We have what we call the Champagne Honeymoon Experience," continued Trecsoke. "We
have personalized honeymooner concierges. They are solely dedicated to serving and catering to
the honeymooners. They walk them through a special check in process, because they have
gone through a very overwhelming time period in their life recently, with all of the wedding plans
and all of the
travel plans. So, when they arrive at their properties they need some help. They need some
assistance to be reassured that they are going to have a hassle free, worry free type of stay. They
can relax and not have to worry about anything."
That includes annoying maids suddenly barging into a room yelling "room check!"
"First of all, that isn't even our style at all!" she exclaimed. "We have a totally different type of
service plan in place."
It can be romantic. Is can also be reflection and renewal. Marriage have been both begun and
"People have been proposed to in the 7-foot-champagne glass, as well as the heart shaped
swimming pool," related Trecsoke "You have honeymooners. You have romantic getaways. I had
a couple walk up to me and say - I have to tell you, this saved our marriage. We decided
that this was going to be our getaway and, if we couldn't work it our during this getaway, we
were going to end our marriage. They said this was the best destination that they could have
chosen to try and get their marriage back on track."
"There are people who renew their vows on a regular basis and come here. We have couples who
here five years after they have been married. They say they never really had a honeymoon. They
didn't have the time or the money to take a honeymoon. They finally decided on their fifth
anniversary that it was time to really have a honeymoon. And, they feel it is just like getting
married all over again."
Don't expect to find a 7-foot-champagne glass tub at Caesars in Las Vegas or Atlantic
"First of all, this is a world exclusive to the four Caesars Pocono's resorts," she elaborated. "And,
are no longer a part of Caesars Palace. About three or four years ago Starwoods purchased
Sheraton-ITT, which owned Caesars World," said Trecsoke referring to Caesars being bought
by ITT Sheraton Corporation in July of 1995. In 1997 the Starwood Hotel and Resorts
acquired control of ITT and therefore Caesars. "Starwoods then turned around and sold the
properties to Hilton. So, we were retained by Starwoods. We are with the company that owns
Westin, St Regis, Sheraton."
"People come here specifically for these suites," she emphasized. "That is the predominate driver
to come here. People have never seen anything like it anywhere in the world."
If you'd like something at the other end of the country, consider the Nisqually Valley, four
miles from the main entrance to Mt. Rainier, which has many hidden
secrets for lovers.
Promoters promise; "In addition to your extremely private place, the cabin or B&B will
stem roses, candles throughout, sparkling apple cider w/glasses,
beautiful and colorful rose pedals on the bed,
godiva chocolatier placed on the pillow. A beautifully decorated can of whip cream
optional - all to enhance your romantic night or nights."
You can purchase whipped cream cans in flavors of pina colada, strawberry, chocolate and
cherry for the
ultimate of what is billed as "the love sundae."
Then there is that old stand by
"let the fun out."
Reddi-whip whipped cream was introduced in 1948 created by Bunny Lapin, who also
concept on other products. His dream was to dispense ketchup and mustard from an
but his dream fizzled when his experiment with cinnamon margarine and pancake
DODY GOODMAN PROVES SHE
The report that listed Dody Goodman as deceased was premature. The comedienne that Jack
Paar fired because she was too funny is not only still kicking, but performs February 18, as part of
Carol's Cabaret Cavalcade starring Richard Skipper as Carol Channing, at The Triad. The sharp-as-a-tack redhead lives in New
York City and spoke with Broadway To Vegas about
her incredible career and active life.
She remembered her days with Paar. She had come to his attention while he was the host of
The Tonight Show. He was enchanted by her ditzy persona and spontaneous malaprops and
invited her to become a semi-regular. Her popularity grew and her comments started upstaging
Paar, whose ego wasn't amused.
Commenting on another guest one evening, Paar quipped "Give
them enough rope."
"And they'll skip!" ad-libbed Goodman brightly. Paar summarily dropped her in 1958.
Goodman holds no hard feelings.
"I think about him often," Goodman told Broadway To Vegas. "He gave me a very big chance. I'll
always be grateful to him. I wanted to write to him and ask him how he is. I heard that he hadn't been well.
So, I wanted to at least touch base with him and tell him that I wish him the best."
The Columbus, Ohio born and raised performer first gained success as a dancer. She began
dance lessons at the age of eight, headed for New York City after graduation from North High
School, and was soon dancing on pointe for the ballet companies of the Radio City Music Hall and the Metropolitan Opera. From there she
was dancing in such Broadway hit musicals as High Button Shoes, Call Me Madam, Miss Liberty, and
"I always wanted to be a ballerina," said Goodman. "As a child I read a lot about ballerinas and it
always seemed like such a glamorous life. I cut out all the pictures of ballerinas that I could find So, I
really wanted to go to dancing school."
She discovered that the glamour can be smoke and mirrors.
"It's a lot of hard work. And, you wonder if it really ever pays off. But, you have a lot of
It was George Abbot and Imogene Coco who recognized the star potential in Goodman and
pushed her into the spotlight.
"My first speaking part was a comedy part in Wonderful Town with
Rosalind Russell. George Abbot gave me that part. I had worked with him in shows before as a
dancer and he gave me a part of Violet. I had two scenes. Then in the summer I was with
Imogene Coca in Texas. She was doing the Rosalind Russell part. That is how I met her. She
used to have so many parties after the show and they were such fun. She suggested that I should
comedy. So, I went into revues," she said referring to Julius Monk's Four Below
Shoestring Revue of 1957.
The lady with the quick with and sharp mind didn't know the strength of her own abilities.
"I really didn't know that I had a flare for comedy," Goodman insisted. "I did know that I always
hear people laugh. But, I didn't know that I could make them laugh until I did."
Influenced by Lucille Ball, Gracie Allen, and Spring Byington, Dody developed her own unique
Dody Goodman as Martha
Shumway on MaryHartman, Mary Hartman!
As Mary Hartman's addled mother, on the satiric soap opera for two years - the character who
yelled "Mary Hartman! Mary
Hartman! - the voice of Dody Goodman resonated as one of the most unusual and distinctive
sounds in show
Of course, Goodman isn't really aware of that, since it's the only voice she has ever had.
"It's normal to me," related Goodman. "Occasionally, I will hear myself on the telephone
machine when it doesn't shut off fast enough. I think I sound like an old farm lady."
Her ability to sound like a variety of ages and characters makes her a natural for voice over
shame that somebody printed she was dead. That obit slowed down the job offers.
"I've been trying to correct that misconception," quipped Goodman.
"I did Alvin and Chipmunks. I did Miss Miller, the chipette's baby sitter. The son of the
started Alvin and the Chipmunks and his wife liked my voice and they hired me as Miss
"I went to Spain for some voice over work and then a report came out that I was dead."
What may have caused people to assume Goodman was in the here-after was that by-pass
"I had a by-pass in August, 2001, so I was sort of out of it for almost a year," she admitted.
"Suddenly I got
very breathless, so the doctor took an X-ray and said there was something
there, in one of the heart chambers, and said I would need an operation. I know so many people
who have had a by-pass You're not anybody unless you've had a by-pass. It's become a
symbol. I was in my elevator and I was walking with a cane. A man said to me, Oh did you sprain
your ankle? I said - No, I had a by-pass. He goes - Oh, my best friend had a by-pass..."
Goodman not only successfully survived the status operation, she is part of the in crowd that has
and a trainer.
"I exercise a lot. I have a trainer. I go to place called Body Strength. I do the Pilate's floor class.
But the only
thing is - the exercises you do to make you strong - you have to be strong to do them! So, it is
sort of a
Catch 22. But, just getting down on the floor and back up again is a lot of
"I'd like to do more voice over work. People say I should do more of that," continued
Richard Skipper and Dody
Goodman will perform together February 18th
As part of the February 18th Carol's Cabaret Calvacade, Goodman is
part of a lineup that includes; Francesca Blumenthal, Shelly Cullin, Michael Mc Quary, Sigrid
Charles Wallritch and Richard Skipper as Carol Channing. Goodman will be singing three
She also hopes there is a part with her name on it in another version of
"I did Nunsense and then I did Nuncracker at Christmas with
Jeff Trachta from The Bold and the Beautiful and Mary Ann from Gilligan's
did that in Detroit.
Dody Goodman in
"They have written a third version of Nunsense. It's Meshuggah-Nuns. Somebody
given the nuns a cruise to the Holy Land. On the cruise ship they are doing Fiddler on the
cast gets sick - all but Tevye. So, the nuns have to put on Fiddler on the Roof. Danny
man who wrote it, wants to meet with me, so I hope he has some offer. I just listened to the
The multi-faceted performer has also been on the other side of the footlights, writing
She penned, produced and starred in a one-hour documentary film entitled Women, Women,
Women!, which takes a comedic look at women's struggles for emancipation; and she wrote a
version of the film, which sold out of two small printings.
She also authored Mourning in a Funny Hat, the story of a widow's struggle to develop an
independent lifestyle, which starred Shirley Booth in a stock company tour.
Goodman would like to see the play revived.
"Well, the thing is, I had a reading of it a couple of years ago. It was really for
backers, but nothing seemed to happen."
Actually, something did happen - September 11th.
Goodman is hoping that interest will be rekindled.
"It has to have a star that would push it. I don't think it would have ever been done if it hadn't
for Shirley Booth, who was looking for a play," Goodman recalled.
"Shirley told this young man that he could produce a play for her if he ever found a play that she
she liked my play."
"It had a tour of about nine weeks in summer stock. Of course, there are very
few summer stock places any more. Paul Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, has a place in
would be good in it."
"Mourning in a Funny Hat was about my mother," continued Goodman. "My parents were
modern people. They loved shows. We had a theater in town called the Hartman Theatre. You
read cheap seats in the balcony. My mother would drag us up there to see plays. I also had a high
school teacher that, if anything was very important - Shakespeare - she would take the class. So,
really very nice going to school in Columbus, Ohio."
"I know the very first time I went to Las Vegas was because my mother wanted to
see Elvis. My mother was crazy about
Elvis. She really enjoyed the show. She had so looked forward to it, because
she had seen him a couple of times on television. A couple of friends
drove us there."
"I've been to Las Vegas a couple of times," added Goodman, who delights that she actually hit a
"I won!" she exclaimed. "I was playing the quarter machines. I won a $300 jackpot. Of course,
you start putting it right back in.
There was a man next to me. He said - Are you going to put that right back in? I said - Well, I
guess I am.
He said - Why don't you go to bed and keep your money. So, I did."
Goodman, who was born in 1915, has lived through numerous military conflicts and remembered
in World War II.
"There was a shortage of nurses at New York's Bellevue Hospital. My roommate was also a
dancer and later went
overseas with the Red Cross. The Red Cross was searching for nurses aides. They gave you a
course in it.
You would learn how to wash the patients, make them comfortable, change their bedding and that
thing," she explained.
"Then you helped out at Bellevue. So we did that. We worked on the men's ward. I remember
there was a
girl who was a stripper. Her name was Margie Hart," said Goodman referring to famed New
York City burlesque stripper Margaret "Margie" Hart Ferraro, who was born
September 28, 1913 in Edgerton, Missouri and passed away January 19, 2002 in Los
"When the patients heard that Margie Hart was there, their mood really improved. They all
Margie to wash their face and - ah - feet."
"I have had an interesting career," Goodman reflected. "I am able to go through all of the ages.
am alive and I'd like to work."
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MABEL MERCER CHICAGO
CONVENTION: WITH A SONG IN THEIR HEARTS
The Second Cabaret Convention opens in Chicago on Valentine's day with two cabaret
sweethearts, Andrea Marcovicci and Julie Wilson.
With A Song In Our Hearts serves
as the theme for a black tie opening gala at The Empire Room. Fourteen preeminent vocalists will musically celebrate the holiday for all those who are in love, all
those who were once in love, and all those who hope someday to be in love.
The four evenings and five
completely different programs will feature some of the best cabaret has to offer.
Marcovicci will, at the same time, make her only Chicago performance of the season by
bringing to The Park
West her new and acclaimed one-woman presentation, So In Love: The Love Songs of Cole
Porter, with Shelly
Markham as musical director.
On February 15th, 16th, and 17th The Park West
will also play host to three additional, completely different cabaret concerts, each featuring at least
a dozen exemplary performers. All of them are specialists in the delicate art form of cabaret,
bringing to vibrant life the melodies and lyrics that comprise the greatest and best-loved songs of
American popular music.
Among those appearing at either The
Empire Room or The
Park West during the Chicago convention are; legendary jazz artist
Barbara Carroll; Rita Gardner, the original "Girl" in off-Broadway's extraordinary The
Fantasticks, BJ Crosby the show-stopping Broadway star of Smokey Joe's Cafe and
most recently Harlem Song at The Apollo Theatre; Chicago legend Audrey Morris;
San Francisco native Denise Perrier; and Avery Sommers fresh from the record-breaking tour of
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Ann-Margret.
"We're the only music festival of this kind in the world," explained director Donald F. Smith from
the New York offices of The
Mabel Mercer Foundation - an organization named for the remarkable woman whose musical
memory is sustained by the ongoing kind of performance and repertoire to which she dedicated
This is not a merely a cabaret get-together to mutually admire each other. Rather, it's a serious
attempt to infuse life into the cabaret business.
And that means opening doors for cabaret artists.
Rick Meadows, executive assistant to Smith, also serves as the stage manager for the
conventions, spoke with
Broadway to Vegas about the event generating interest in cabaret performers. "It seems
to have happen for a couple of the artists last year in Chicago. They couldn't get seen by any of
the major newspapers when they did their act at Davenports. Then after they appeared at last
year's convention they got major press coverage, so that helped."
"There is a young lady that has a company called Cabaret Connections. They have every CD
known to man that is put out by these people, which you cannot find in Tower Records or any of
the big, major record stores. If your not Andre Marcovecci or Wilson they don't have you music.
At the end of the concerts there is a big table with these CD's. People walk out after hearing
these people. They enjoyed the music and they buy bags full of these CD's. That is a big help. 90
percent of cabaret stars have CD's," he said referring to a product which is usually self
Staging a cabaret convention involves months of planning and negotiations.
"Chicago has been just delightful both years," he stressed. "It's easier for us this year, because we
have already done it. But, as far as last year was concerned, Chicago was heavenly."
More than fifty topflight singers and musicians -
both local and international names of supper club and night club entertainment will perform.
The entertainers include; Lisa Asher, Judy Barnett, Anna Bergman,
Dina Joy Byrd, Chris Calloway, Barbara Carroll, Eric Comstock, Mary Foster Conklin, Brian De
Lorenzo, Pamela Sue Fox, Rita Gardner, Francine Griffith, Jeff Harnar, Justin Hayford, Cory
Lynn Loosier, Shelley Mac Arthur, Sylvia McNair, Anika Noni Rose, Craig Rubano, David
Staller, KT Sullivan, Joyce Breach, Jennifer Chada, Mark Coffin, BJ Crosby, Joan Curto, Natalie
Douglas, Colleen McHugh, Nan Mason, Audrey Morris, Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Patty
Morabito, Sidney Myer, Phillip Officer, Karen Oberlin, Georga Osborne, Denise Perrier, Johnny
Rodgers, Julie Reyburn, Jeanne Scherkenbach, Spider Saloff, Daryl Sherman, Avery Sommers,
Lucia Spina, Kat Taylor, Lumiri Tubo, Paula West and Bobbi Wilsyn.
"We get them (the performers) to Chicago and set them up for the two nights. The night before
they sing and the night they sing," explained the New York City based executive.
That means working with different venues.
"They venues all pretty self sufficient," continued Meadows. "It is made easy by the venues."
Neither the organization nor the performs come in with trucks of equipment. "No, there is none
of that, but we rent the pianos," he
continued. "We demand good pianos and they are tuned every day."
"We are going to Palm Springs three weeks later," he continued. "The Cabaret Convention there
is March 7-9 at the
Annenburg Theatre in the Palm Springs Desert Museum. There will be some of the same talents
and some different
talents from Palm Springs as well as some different talent from New York"
PAUL ANKA headlines the Cal Poly Pomona's Founders Celebration 2003: A Notable Night this
evening, Sunday February 9.
He will perform at the university's educational support fund- raiser at the Pacific
Resort in Industry. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and academic enhancement at Cal Poly.
Television personality Stephanie Edwards will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the
event, which will honor those involved with supporting the university's educational mission.
Pacific Palms Resort in Industry, California.
CURSE: A VALENTINE CABARET SALUTE TO RICHARD RODGERS
benefits The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association Greater New York Chapter, otherwise
known as ALS-NY.
The honorees are Good Housekeeping's Ellen Levine and BBDO's Andy Knipe, with a salute to
the late Richard Rodgers. Alec Baldwin, Kitty Hart, New School Universities' Bob Kerrey and Sen.
Charles Schumer, Marylou Berk, Teresa Hargrave and Faith Lewis are the chairs.
Those taking part include Rebecca Budig, Jeff Correia, Catherine Crosby, Holly Cruikshank,
John Dossett, Sandy Duncan, Eric Fennell, Marvin Hamlisch, Sheldon Harnick, Tripp Hornick,
Cady Huffman, Peter Jason, Nicholas King, Kathleen Landis, Jose Llana, Andrea Marcovicci,
James Naughton, Robert Newman, Marni Nixon, Charles Osgood, Michele Pawk, Dennis
Parlato, Dana Reeve, Tony Roberts, Lea Salonga, Tamara Tuni, Phoebe Wadon,
Kim Zimmer and the cast of
Off-Broadway's Forbidden Broadway. February 10 at The Richard Rodgers Theatre,
BILLY CRYSTAL HONORED by The American Museum of the Moving Image. Jeffrey Bewkes,
Robert De Niro, Michael Ruchs, Jane Rosenthal and Robin Williams co-chair the black
tie gala. Kevin Spacey, Jack Palance and a host of Williams fans are expected
February 12 at the Waldorf-Astoria.
The American Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to educating the public about
the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media, and to
examining their impact on culture and society.
It achieves these goals by maintaining the nation's largest permanent collection of
moving image artifacts, and by offering the public exhibitions, film screenings, lectures,
seminars, and other education programs.
KEVIN SPACEY appointed
artistic director of London's Old Vic Theater. The Oscar winner is first American to head the historic 185-year-old
theater, once home to Laurence Olivier's National Theater Company. Elton John, chairman of the Trust,
which purchased the theater in 1998, announced the appointment. Spacey, 43, has been a member of the
board and consultant for the Old Vic Theater Trust since 2000.
SPREADING THE WORD
THE DARK SIDE OF COMEDY Writing for the Theatre is a free panel discussion that takes place Monday, February 10 at
Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I at City Center
Join David Lindsay-Abaire author of Kimberly Akimbo, Christopher Durang who penned
Beyond Therapy, David Ives writer of Polish Joke, Wendy Wasserstein of The Heidi
and other contemporary playwrights get together for a funny, thought-provoking and entertaining
chat about the elusive nature and many faces of modern American comedy.
KIRK CAMERON who was Mike
Seaver on Growing Pains, and starred in the Left Behind movies has a new career. He teaches
people how to become evangelists. He has teamed up with New Zealand minister Ray Comfort to form Living
Waters, which trains Christian people who want to evangelize. Last night (Saturday) they
seminar in Minneapolis. This week they will be attending the religious broadcasters
convention in Nashville.
HOUSE OF FLOWERS
with music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote with a book by Truman
is spotlighted as the 10th anniversary season opener for City Center Encores! Great American
in Concert. This wonderfully lush 1954 musical is set in the French West Indies, marked the
debut of Diahann Carroll.
City Center Encores! Director-in-Residence, Kathleen Marshall, will direct and
Set on a tropical Caribbean isle somewhere in the French West Indies during Mardi Gras
musical is a story of a trade war between two brothels. The music included the songs Two
Ladies in De
Shade of De Banana Tree and A Sleepin' Bee. In addition to Carroll the original cast
Pearl Bailey, Alvin Ailey, Carmen De Lavallade, Geoffrey Holder, Arthur Mitchell, and Ray
Messel won the 1955 Tony award for his scenic design of this show.
February 13 February 16.
Set in 1918, a young African-American woman's affair with a white man creates
her neighborhood. Previews began February 6. Officially opens February 16 with
through March 30. Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago.
TONY & TINA'S WEDDING
Originally produced in New
York City by Joe and Dan Corcoran, Tony n' Tina's Wedding is the longest running
comedy ever -- 15 years
and counting -- playing to sell-out crowds across the USA, and abroad.
Brides and grooms with Valentine's Day wedding licenses will be admitted free to see
Tina's Wedding at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. In New York the production celebrated the
start of its 16th year, February 6. That makes the production Off-Broadway's longest-running
comedy and the second longest-running show in Off-Broadway history.
TARTUFFE being thoroughly
Kelsey Grammer. If it's hypocrisy, greed and seduction you're looking for, look no further
than Moliere's most famous farce. The production stars
Henry Goodmann, Smith-Cameron and Brian
at the American Airlines Theatre, NYC.
ALMA AND MRS. WOOLF by
award winning French-Canadian playwright Anne Legault, translated by Daniel Libman with direction by Jim
Pelegano will conclude the 15th season of the Blue Heron Theatre. A musical prodigy from Western Canada,
Alma Rattenbury (1897-1935) led and intriguing life of celebrity and scandal. Accused of murdering
her third husband, a jury in a sensational trial acquitted her. She nonetheless found herself publicly reviled
and friendless. In Alma and Mrs. Woolf, Alma finds himself, shortly after her trial, imprisoned
in a library reading room with none other than the distinguished British feminist essayist, critic and novelist
Virginia Woolf. Joan Grant and Nicole Orth-Pallavicini will portray Virginia Woolf and Alma Rattenbury
respectively. The production opens March 7 at the Blue Heron Theatre in NYC.
Lindsay-Abaire. Starring h
Marylouise Burke, John Gallagher Jr., Saturday Night Live veteran Ana Gasteyer, Jodie
Markell, Jake Weber. Directed by David Petrarca. Presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York
City. Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Barry Grove, Executive Producer.
David Lindsay-Abaire won the 2001 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Playwright for
Kimberly Akimbo at South Coast Repertory, which commissioned and originally produced the play. His
newest work reunites the playwright with Fuddy Meers' director David Petrarca and one of its stars,
Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke.
Set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a hilarious and heartrending
play about a teenager with a rare condition, progeria, which causes her body to age at an accelerated
rate. While she is a typical New Jersey high-schooler, her outward appearance is that of an old lady..
When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to
reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt,
her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.
The production features Marylouise Burke (Kimberly), John Gallagher, Jr. (Jeff), Ana Gasteyer
(Debra), Jodie Markell (Pattie), and Jake Weber (Buddy).
The design team includes Robert Brill (set design), Martin Pakledinaz (costume design), Brian
MACDevitt (lighting design), Bruce Ellman (sound design), and Jason Robert Brown (original
MAC SALUTES THE
The Grammy Awards returning to New York is being celebrated with a series of performances
Grammy-winning music of the past half century. Co-sponsored by MAC (Manhattan Association
and Cabarets) and NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, who present the
awards show), the series will feature different performances in various clubs and venues
York during the week of February 8 15.
THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE
will present a program with an emphasis on Grammy-winning Broadway cast albums. Featured
tunes from such celebrated Broadway musicals as Hair, Les Miserables, Funny Girl, Godspell,
Woods, Aida, Passion, Dreamgirls, Ain't Misbehavin', Guys and Dolls, Chicago and
The cast of the Duplex program includes a cross section of New York's most respected and
recognizable cabaret performers, including: Lisa Asher, Bobby Belfry, Kristy Cates, Brandon Cutrell, Barbara
Fasano, David Gurland, Maria Gentile, Leslie Kritzer, Robin Lyon, Craig Rubano, Marcus Simeone, and
Walker Vreeland. Monday, February 10 at The Duplex Cabaret.
WEST BANK CAFE 7-time
MAC award recipient Jamie deRoy & friends sing Grammy hits of the past 40 years. Featured
performers include special guest 1990 Grammy Award-winner Julie Gold, The Accidentals, The
Rio Clemente Trio, Eric Michael Gillett, Rick Jensen, Jenifer Kruskamp, Heather Mac Rae,
Teri Lynn Paul, Chuck Sweeney, and Melanie Vaughan. Directed by Barry Kleinbort and music
directed by Lanny Meyers. February 15th at the West Bank Cafe's Laurie Beechman Theater,
A VALENTINE'S DATE WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH all 4-feet-11-inches, 93-pounds of her, performs as part of the Kennedy
Center's National Symphony Orchestra's Pops series. Marvin Hamlisch conducts. February 13-15.
In March, Chenoweth begins rehearsals for a new Broadway musical
Wicked, a novel take on The Wizard of Oz, seen from the witches' point of view. Chenoweth stars as
Glinda the Good.
CAROL'S CABARET CAVALCADE starring Richard Skipper as
Carol Channing with Michael Lavine on
piano. Carol's 42nd birthday bash for Richard featuring Glen Charlow, Joan Crowe, Gerta
Grunen, Sue Matsuki, Georga Osborne, & Vickie Phillips.
Richard Skipper is 21 - again. "Yes," he laughed. "I'm going to be 42, so that does make me 21
again," he answered when Broadway To Vegas kidded him about getting older. An
Aquarius, he blows out the candles during the run of Carol's Cabaret Cavalcade, in which
Skipper as Carol Channing hosts a different group of talents. Displaying a have-fun-with-it
attitude, Skipper is doing just that.
"It's a running gag throughout the show. The performers come on and ask about Richard
Skipper," he explained about the set up that then leads the
singers into an age related number. "I've asked each of the performs to do a song having to do
with age. So, it going to be a running gag. Gerta Grunen and I do Almost Young from
Mrs. Santa Claus. And then one of the songs that she does is I'm Young and
Healthy. Glen Sharlow and I are doing Hey, Look Me Over. So, we have
this running gag throughout the evening.
Performers February 11
include; Glen Charlow, Joan Crowe, Gerta, Grunen, Sue Matsuki, George Osborne and Vickie
Phillips.The Triad Theatre, NYC.
REGIS PHILBIN on stage at
the EXF Theatre at the MGM-Grand Hotel, Las Vegas February 15-16.
Valentine's weekend -
Friday and Saturday at the Belterra Casino in Vevay, Indiana.
PAT BOONE that
Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn, singing about those
Love Letters in the
Sand, in an engagement running through Sunday.
BILL COSBY is the
Valentine offering at the
Paramount Arts Center in Aurora, Illinois. On Saturday he's telling stories at the
Emens Auditorium in
WINSTON performing Monday at the Empire Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. On
Wednesday he's on stage at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston and he'll be singing for lovers Friday,
14 at the Centroplex Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
DIANE SCHURR opens a
six night engagement
Tuesday at the Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, Washington.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK on
stage Valentine's Day in Savannah, Georgia at the Baptist Church. On Saturday they
perform at Spellman
College in Atlanta, Georgia and next Sunday are in the spotlight at the Davis Theatre
otherwise next Sunday at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.
WILLIE NELSON opens
Valentine's Day at Harrah's
Tahoe at Lake Tahoe. He'll be singing You Were Always On My Mind
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED is the Valentine offering of the Santa Ana Casino in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Friday,
LYLE LOVETT on stage
Thursday at the Luther
Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, California.
February 14 at the Bottom Line in New York City.
February 14-15 in Stephen Schwartz and Friends at the Edison Theatre at
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
February 14-16 at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA.
February 14 at the Proctor's Theatre in Albany, New York.
February 14-16 at the Marcus Center with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,
GLADYS KNIGHT and
on stage Friday, February 14 at the
Located in Universal City, California.
ALICE RIPLEY AND ROBERT EVAN in an evening of Broadway Romance. A mix of theatre tunes backed by the Alabama Symphony
Orchestra. February 14 at the Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
JOHN McDANIEL makes his solo New York
cabaret debut at Joe's Pub. He'll perform February 15 and 16.
CASSANDRA WILSON with
Brandon Ross on guitar, Jeff Haynes percussion, Calvin Jones bass and Gregoire Maret harmonica.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with the bluesy, down-home artist Time Magazine named "America's Best Singer."
February 13 - February 16
The Jazz Standard in New York City.
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR February 10
at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, Florida. On February 11 the show is in the Ruth
Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida. On the 13th they can be enjoyed at St. Patrick's Church in Fayetteville,
North Carolina. The Valentine's Day show is in Danville, Virginia at George Washington High School.
THE JUILLIARD STIRNG QUARTET performs works by Mozart, Schiller and Beethoven at 8 p.m., Alice Tully
Hall, on February 11.
THE RIVIERA HOTEL'S WEDDING CHIP
On February 14, for the 2nd year, the Riviera will issue its Wedding
Chip - and a few days later - its Divorce Chip.
According to the hotel's publicity director John
Neeland; "If it goes anything like
last year, the chips will be gone at the end of the day and they'll be
trading on eBay the following weekend."
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