STAGE TUBE: CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY Tributes the Tonys!
The 2009 Drama Desk Award winner Celebrity Autobiography performed a special one-night-only Broadway themed edition-Celebrity Autobiography Salutes the Tony Awards-on Monday, June 6 at New York's Triad Theater with a cast including Mario Cantone, Rachel Dratch, Tovah Feldshuh, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Julian Sands, Sherri Shepherd, Carol Kane and Alan Zweibel. Click below to check out the performance!
(The 2011 Tony Awards will air live on CBS, on Sunday, June 12th 8:00 - 11:00 p.m-ET/PT time delay-and are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.)
Celebrity Autobiography Salutes the Tony Awards included classics and favorites interspersed with celebrity mash-up readings of Broadway performers and legends-from the contemporary David Hasselhoff, Susan Lucci, and Madonna to a ‘Broadway Melody' mash-up with ping-ponging excerpts from the memoirs of Great White Way legends like Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, and Lauren Bacall.
Last year Celebrity Autobiography was chosen to perform live on stage at Radio City Music Hall during the Tony Award presentation and wowed the live audience with selections from many of the show's favorites, including Ethel Merman and David Hasselhoff.
A portion of the proceeds from this special performance benefitted The Felix Organization/Adoptees For Children whose mission is to provide inspiring opportunities and experiences to enrich the lives of children growing up in the foster care system. For more information, visit www.adopteesforchildren.
Celebrity Autobiography began its national tour summer 2010 with acclaimed performances in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago, Arizona, and Austin, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as an ongoing production at Los Angeles's Broad Stage. The show also recently opened at London's Leicester Square Theatre where it received rave reviews and continues to play to sell-out audiences.
The comedy sensation Celebrity Autobiography, created by Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, features a line-up of rotating performers who interpret the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous, in both solo and ensemble "chamber" pieces. Some of the "authors" that are featured include Ivana Trump, VAnna White, Mr. T, Star Jones, Kenny Loggins, Tommy Lee, Sylvester Stallone, the Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, David Cassidy, Neil Sedaka, Britney Spears, Madonna, Tiger Woods, Justin Bieber, Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson, as well as the infamous memoirs of Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, which are edited together to create a Rashomon-esque playlet in the participants' own words.
Celebrity Autobiography is playing to sell-out audiences and rave reviews at New York's Triad Theater. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the show "big-yuks entertainment" and a "merry compendium of the witlessness and wisdom of the rich and famous." Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News called it a "potent comic cocktail...you weep with laughter." The New Yorker called it "inspired." And Sam Thielman of Variety wrote, "Audience members hyperventilate. It should lead a long and happy life." The show has been featured by numerous media outlets, including ABC's "The View" and "Nightline," NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly," CBS's "Sunday Morning," NPR's "Morning Edition," CNN'S "American Morning," New York 1, WNBC'S "News for New York" at 11pm, and Bravo's "A-List Awards."
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