West End Theatre Extends KURT WEILL AT THE CUTTLEFISH HOTEL; Open-Ended Run Begins 1/17
Sand, who was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Santa Monica and Silverlake (at one time as a teen he actually lived on the pier for a summer with his first girlfriend, Joan Rose, above the carousel). His parents met at a dance on the pier and he took his first steps as a baby on the pier.
Sand has had a long and impressive career on stage and in film and television. At a young age he ran away to Paris, auditioned for and got a job performing with Marcel Marceau's company in Paris.
His first paid job (in dollars) was singing and dancing with Judy Garland in her classic, "We're a Couple of Swells," that toured the west coast. Then he joined The Second City Co. in Chicago. They opened on Broadway and played for a year, which got his foot in the door of show business.
In 1966 he co-starred with Linda Lavin and Jo Ann Worley in the off-Broadway hit production, "The Mad Show," inspired by Mad Magazine.
Five years later, he received a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his work on Broadway in "Paul Sill's Story Theatre." That led to the guest role of the Tax man, the boyfriend role in "The Mary Tyler Show," then as the star of the CBS sitcom, "Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers."
He has appeared in dozens of television shows and a few movies dating back to the 1980s, including "Taxi," St. Elsewhere," "The X Files" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
"In the beginning I did everything in my career by intuition and had all these great adventures and met and worked with amazing people. Now I'm back using my intuition again and having yet another great time in my career." I have several productions in mind for our theaters future.
Sand has clear ideas of the ambience he wants to create in the new theater. He has hired well-known artist Marie Lalanne to paint dazzling murals on canvas that will be hung on the exterior and interior of the theatre. There will be a hotel sign outside featuring a red cuttlefish, and perhaps a musician from the band will playing on the deck just outside the theater before the show leading the audience - drinks in hand, if they so wish - into the "cabaret".
"I want to make it a hypnotic show," he said. "I want to get them under the spell of this show and keep them there all the way home."