Broadway's Lane Bradbury Brings LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN! to Abingdon Tonight
Lane Bradbury, who created the role of 'Dainty June' in the original Broadway production of GYPSY starring Ethel Merman, stars in a workshop performance of her one-woman show, Lane Bradbury: LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN! tonight, September 15 at Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street), presented as part of Abingdon's Sunday Series. Elkin Antoniou directs.
Lane Bradbury: LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN! is a highly personal tour of Ms. Bradbury's journey from Atlanta Debutante to Broadway performer during the Golden Age of Broadway. Songs include "Gee, But It's Good to Be Here," "Corner of the Sky," and "Another Hundred People," among others, as well as four songs from GYPSY: "Broadway," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "If Momma Was Married," and, of course, "Let Me Entertain You."
The show is written by Doug DeVita and Elkin Antoniou, with additional material by Bradbury, musical direction by Jan Roper, and is directed by Ms. Antoniou.
Lane Bradbury began dancing at age five with Dorothy Alexander, founder of the Atlanta Ballet, and was made a member of the company at age twelve. By age 17, she auditioned for the Actor's Studio in New York. She was admitted, and at that time she was the youngest actor ever to achieve the honor of becoming a lifetime member. After seeing her work at the Actor's Studio, Elia Kazan cast her J.B., which opened on Broadway in 1958. She went on to originate the roles of "Dainty June" opposite Ethel Merman in Gypsy; "Charlotte Goodall" in The Night of the Iguana, opposite Bette Davis; and "The Mick" in June Havoc's Marathon '33. Her film credits include Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Hawaii, The Barony, and Consenting Adults. She has had guest starring roles in many made-for-television films, including Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring, Dial Hot Line, A Real American Hero, and To Dance with the White Dog. She has appeared in over 40 series including such classics as "Gunsmoke," "In the Heat of the Night," "Kung Fu," "The Rockford Files," "The Partridge Family," "Walking Tall," "Serpico," "The Waltons," "Police Story," "McCloud," "The Mod Squad, "and "The Streets of San Francisco." Bradbury is the artistic director of Valkyrie Theatre of Dance, Drama and Film, an organization that brings the arts to inner city and at-risk children and teens in the Los Angeles area.
Abingdon Theatre Company's Sunday Series is a great way to see the latest musicians, singers, poets, and cabaret acts being presented in New York City. Scheduled throughout the company's current 21st Anniversary Season, these shows highlight Abingdon's continued efforts to bring audiences the newest work from up-and-coming, as well as established performers. For more information, visit www.abingdotheatre.org.
Proceeds benefit Abingdon Theatre Company and Valkyrie Theatre of Dance, Drama and Film. Lane Bradbury: LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN! runs Sunday, September 15 at 7pm in Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex's June Havoc Theatre, 312 West 36th Street. Tickets are $30. For tickets, call 866-811-4111 or visit www.abingdontheatre.org.
Pictured: Photos of Lane Bradbury in LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN! Photo Credit: Angelique Hannah.