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Tony Nominated Mario Cantone's 'Laugh Whore' Debuts On Showtime May 28

Mario Cantone's Laugh Whore, nominated for a 2005 Tony Award for Best Theatrical Special Event will debut on Showtime on May 28th at 9pm. Taped live before a sold-out audience from New York's legendary Cort Theatre, comedian Cantone offers his caustic, poignant, and always hilarious take on New York cab drivers, the gay subtext of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and growing up Italian American. In addition to his comic riffs, Cantone unleashes his dead-on impersonations of some of the entertainment world's greatest divas including Judy, Liza, Tina and Cher, as well as several show-stopping songs showcasing Cantone's musical range.

"I've been a fan of Mario Cantone since his first appearance in Love! Valour! Compassion!," said Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment for Showtime. "His one-man show has been gestating for a few years and when I was approached about getting involved in Laugh Whore on Broadway, I jumped at the chance. I think people will be impressed by the range of his talents."

Produced on Broadway by Showtime, in association with Jonathan Burkhart, this marks the cable stations first foray as a theatrical producer. LAUGH WHORE is written by Mario Cantone with original musical numbers composed by tick, tick…BOOM actor Jerry Dixon, with additional music by Dixon, Cantone and Harold Lubin. Tom Kitt serves as musical director. LAUGH WHORE made its Broadway debut at the Cort Theatre in New York on October 24, 2004, under the direction of two-time Tony® Award-winning director Joe Mantello (Take Me Out and Assassins).

Mario Cantone's most recent Broadway credit was co-starring in Stephen Sondheim's Tony® Award-winning musical Assassins. He also received acclaim for his Broadway performance in Love! Valour! Compassion! and his off-Broadway performance in The Crumple Zone. Cantone is best known to television audiences for his role as Anthony Marantino, the ruthless gay wedding stylist on "Sex and the City." He got his start on television hosting the local New York children's show "Steampipe Alley." In addition, he has appeared on many programs on Comedy Central.

Airdate Schedule:
Showtime - May 28 at 9:00 PM
Showtime - May 29 at 8:30 PM
Showtime - May 30 at 9:00 PM
Showtime Too - May 31 at 9:30 PM
Showtime Showcase - Jun 1 at 10:00 PM


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