Phyllis Diller News

JEKYLL AND HYDE, Bill Cosby, Wynton Marsalis, Cirque Dreams and More Set for Tobin Center's Inaugural 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts today announced the performance calendar for its inaugural 2014-15 season, with a total of 33 productions, performing groups and individual artists - exclusive of September grand opening events and subscription performances by its resident companies. The initial schedule totals 73 performances. And, there are more to come. (more...)

Broadway's Philip Wm. McKinley to Direct THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Starlight this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

Internationally known Director Philip Wm. McKinley will direct The Sound of Music at Starlight Theatre, July 25-31. McKinley previously directed Broadway's Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman, as well as the internationally acclaimed 'Mozart L'OPERA ROCK' which premiered last year in Tokyo, Japan. (more...)

Mike Birbiglia, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan and More Join The Mirage's ACES OF COMEDY, May-June 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

The Mirage just added two new Aces of Comedy programs to its entertainment roster for 2014. Details below! (more...)

Colin Quinn, Robert Irvine, THREE PHANTOMS and More Set for Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts rings in the New Year with performances in comedy, cooking, and music in the newly renovated Ruth Finley Person Theater (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa). The 2013-2014 season continues with a line-up of renowned comedians, including Colin Quinn's Unconstitutional (January 16), Larry the Cable Guy (January 29) and Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again (February 15). The star of TV's Restaurant: Impossible will cook up an entertaining evening in Robert Irvine Live! (January 17), while a legend of romance, Engelbert Humperdinck (February 9), and legends of rock, Chicago (February 11), perform just in time for Valentine's Day. Additionally, the 9th season of the Symphony Pops Series continues with Three Phantoms in Concert on February 23. (more...)

BWW Interview: Carol Channing- 50 Years After DOLLY!
by Joseph F. Panarello - Jan 15, 2014

Fifty years after HELLO, DOLLY! opened on Broadway, Carol Channing returns to New York for one night only. (more...)

Sandy Hackett to Bring MY BUDDY to Kravis Center, 1/16-19
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Legendary Comedian Buddy Hackett is brought to life in this live musical, theatrical production, told by the person closest to him… his son, Sandy Hackett. 'MY BUDDY" premieres at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts January 16-19. (more...)

World Premiere of HARRIS CASHES OUT! Set for Meadow Brook Theatre, Now thru 2/2
by BWW News Desk - Jan 08, 2014

In 'Harris Cashes Out!' we meet Harris Wellborn who wrote a musical that lasted for just one performance off-Broadway…40 years ago. Now he's barely getting by, surviving on the charity of his overbearing sister and living in a run-down apartment. Then a wacky neighbor enters his life, and her conniving boyfriend has got the perfect plan to cash in on Harris' near-fame. (more...)

World Premiere of HARRIS CASHES OUT! Set for Meadow Brook Theatre, 1/8-2/2
by BWW News Desk - Dec 31, 2013

In "Harris Cashes Out!" we meet Harris Wellborn who wrote a musical that lasted for just one performance off-Broadway…40 years ago. Now he's barely getting by, surviving on the charity of his overbearing sister and living in a run-down apartment. Then a wacky neighbor enters his life, and her conniving boyfriend has got the perfect plan to cash in on Harris' near-fame. (more...)

The Philhallmonics Presents Holiday Concert, MAN WITH THE BAG Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 07, 2013

Join The Philhallmonics swingin' and singin' their way through holiday favorites in 'Man With The Bag' presented by The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and The PhilHallmonics (www.philhallmonics.com) today, December 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center (entrance at 65th St & Amsterdam). The PhilHallmonics is led by founder, Broadway conductor and composer, Phil Hall and directed by Broadway choreographer Sharon Halley. (more...)

Colin Quinn, Robert Irvine, THREE PHANTOMS and More Set for Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts rings in the New Year with performances in comedy, cooking, and music in the newly renovated Ruth Finley Person Theater (50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa). The 2013-2014 season continues with a line-up of renowned comedians, including Colin Quinn's Unconstitutional (January 16), Larry the Cable Guy (January 29) and Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again (February 15). The star of TV's Restaurant: Impossible will cook up an entertaining evening in Robert Irvine Live! (January 17), while a legend of romance, Engelbert Humperdinck (February 9), and legends of rock, Chicago (February 11), perform just in time for Valentine's Day. Additionally, the 9th season of the Symphony Pops Series continues with Three Phantoms in Concert on February 23. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Encore Offers A Sinatra Christmas Songfest Through the Holidays
by Don Grigware - Dec 03, 2013

Singer Henry Prego wanted to produce a staged Christmas show that is reminiscent of the nostalgic 60s TV specials at the Hollywood Palace with himself as host singing Frank Sinatra holiday favorites and introducing some talented guest star acts. Well, that he has achieved with A Sinatra Christmas currently onstage at Encore Dinner Theatre in Tustin through December 29 only. It's an overall fun entertainment replete with dancers and kids - what's Christmas without kids! It may be missing a beat or two here and there, but fun just the same. (more...)

The Philhallmonics Presents Holiday Concert, MAN WITH THE BAG, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

Join The Philhallmonics swingin' and singin' their way through holiday favorites in "Man With The Bag" presented by The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and The PhilHallmonics (www.philhallmonics.com) on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center (entrance at 65th St & Amsterdam). The PhilHallmonics is led by founder, Broadway conductor and composer, Phil Hall and directed by Broadway choreographer Sharon Halley. (more...)

Kathleen Madigan Set for Paramount Theatre, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

Kathleen Madigan's Madigan Again tour is coming to Paramount Theatre Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 - $39.50(price inclusive of parking/facility fee) and go on-sale Friday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at www.tickethorse.com, the Pepsi Center Box Office or by calling 303.53.HORSE. (more...)

Pink Martini to Bring Holiday Show to Gallo Center, 12/3
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2013

They get their wish at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, December 3, when Pink Martini, with singer China Forbes, will present a holiday show that deftly mixes American standards including "White Christmas" and "We Three Kings" with holiday songs from such countries as Italy, Israel and the Ukraine. (more...)

The Four King Cousins Reunite for First Concert in Three Decades
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2013

The Four King Cousins featuring Tina Cole (My Three Sons), the dynamic vocal quartet who captivated audiences on television for more than two decades on The Tonight Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Jonathan Winters Show, and on their family's classic musical variety series The King Family Show, amongst countless other appearances, have reunited for a special concert performance in support of their new retrospective CD release, More Today Than Yesterday: Classic Songs of the 60's & 70's. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at the Star of Cutting Ball Theater's SIDEWINDERS, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2013

Cutting Ball Theater opens its 15th season with the World Premiere of SIDEWINDERS by Basil Kreimendahl. M. Graham Smith makes his main stage directing debut at Cutting Ball with SIDEWINDERS, featuring DavEnd, Sara Moore, Donald Currie, and Norman Muńoz. SIDEWINDERS plays tonight, October 18 through November 17 (Press opening: October 24) at the Cutting Ball Theater in residence at EXIT on Taylor (277 Taylor Street) in San Francisco. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the star below! (more...)

UCLA to Host An Evening with George Chakiris, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2013

UCLA Film & Television Archive salutes the extraordinary career of actor, singer and dancer George Chakiris in this exciting screening and discussion. Trained in Los Angeles, Chakiris first distinguished himself as a dancer in Hollywood films, displaying an athleticism and grace that helped bring renown to West Coast dance styles. Best known for his Academy Award-winning performance in West Side Story (1961), Chakiris has enjoyed a multi-faceted, international career on stage, screen and television. This program assembles a selection of his sparkling television appearances drawn from the Archive's holdings, including excerpts from "The Garry Moore Show" (1961), "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" (1962) and "The Andy Williams Show" (1967), followed by a screening of Jacques Demy's The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), foregrounding Chakiris' command of song, dance…and our attention. Chakiris won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for the role of Bernardo in the film and in Nov 2012, Chakiris received what many refer to as the highest honor in Hollywood - His Hand & Foot Prints were placed in cement (with colleagues Rita Moreno and Russ Tamblyn and placed along side friend and co-star, Natalie Wood) for all history in connection with the 50th anniversary of classic film West Side Story which premiered at Grauman's 50 years ago. (more...)

Famed Female Impersonator Returns to San Fran with RANDY ROBERTS LIVE!, Now thru 11/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

Famed female impersonator Randy Roberts returns to San Francisco by popular demand with two not-to-be-missed shows in two different venues. Beginning with a limited engagement of only 12 performances of Randy's signature show RANDY ROBERTS LIVE! at the Alcove Theatre - 414 Mason St. (at Geary St.), 5th Floor, in SF 94102 - Oct. 10 - Nov. 2, 2013 (Thurs. Fri. & Sat. - 9:00 pm). (more...)

Julien's to Auction PHYLLIS DILLER Memorabilia, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

Julien's Auctions, the world's premier celebrity and entertainment memorabilia auction house, announced the exclusive auction of property from the life and career of the first lady of stand-up comedy, Phyllis Diller on Sunday, September 22, 2013. (more...)

Comix At Foxwoods Welcomes Back Kathleen Madigan Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

Last appearing at Foxwoods Resort Casino in September 2012, the hilarious comedy veteran, Kathleen Madigan, will return for one standup performance tonight, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. (more...)

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