Ben Rimalower

Ben Rimalower

BEN RIMALOWER is the author and star of the long-running solo plays Bad with Money (The Advocate’s #1 of 2014) and Patti Issues (New York Time Critics Pick, M.A.C. and Bistro Awards, Official Selection: Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Summer Conference), both of which he continues to perform around the world, while simultaneous productions pop up with other actors “playing” Ben Rimalower, including two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus in New York. Ben’s double audiobook recording of Patti Issues and Bad with Money is a Roven Records bestseller on iTunes, Audible and Amazon. His “Do You Have Patti Issues?” PSA with Alan Cumming and Patti LuPone was a homepage selection on FunnyOrDie. He is a regular contributor to Vulture, Playbill, Out and Decider, and his short story, “Little Old Sam,” was included in the book My Dog, My Friend. 

A sought after Master of Ceremonies, Ben has made frequent appearances on nearly every nightclub, cabaret and comedy stage in New York. As an actor, he has been seen as both Patti LuPone and Elaine Stritch in You Like Me and as a literally flaming Jack Nicholson in The Witches of East Village at the Gramercy Theatre opposite Miss Coco Peru and Chad Michaels. Television appearances include Bravo's “The Real Housewives of New York City,” “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” “Watch What Happens Live,” ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” and Billy Eichner and Rachel Dratch’s “Halloween Adventure.”

Ben directed and produced the Off-Broadway plays Joy (Actors Playhouse) and The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero (Daryl Roth/DR2 Theatre), as well as numerous off Off-Broadway plays, readings, benefits and concerts. He earned the title the “Midas of Cabaret” (The Advocate) helming a slew of solo shows for artists ranging from Our Lady J and Cole Escola to the Countess Luann de Lesseps. Ben conceived and directed Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out New York Award) and subsequently produced Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records’ long- awaited recording, “Patti LuPone at Les Mouches.” Additionally, he produced and directed audiobooks of David Gregory’s How’s Your Faith, Isaac Oliver’s Intimacy Idiot, Ryan O’Connell’s I’m Special, Sam Harris’s Ham, Carole Bayer Sager’s They’re Playing My Song Jennifer Weiner’s  Hungry Heart and Caroline Kepnes’s You—now a hit Lifetime/Netflix series.

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Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: GUYS AND DOLLSThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: GUYS AND DOLLS
Posted: Feb. 1, 2019


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Posted: Feb. 8, 2019


Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE RINKThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE RINK
Posted: Jan. 25, 2019


Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE WIZThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE WIZ
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Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: GUYS AND DOLLSThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: GUYS AND DOLLS
Posted: Feb. 1, 2019


Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: INTO THE WOODSThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: INTO THE WOODS
Posted: Feb. 8, 2019


Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE RINKThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE RINK
Posted: Jan. 25, 2019


Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE WIZThrowing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE WIZ
Posted: Feb. 15, 2019


Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE WIZ
February 15, 2019

This week's decluttering is only freeing up a tiny bit of space in my collection, but it represents an enormous place in my heart. The only version of The Wiz I have on CD is the AMAZING/IF YOU DON'T KNOW IT, YOU'RE NOT A REAL BROADWAY FAN original cast album starring Stephanie Mills. I do have the movie soundtrack in my iTunes and the soundtrack of 'The Wiz Live!' is on Apple Music, so let's dive in.

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: INTO THE WOODS
February 8, 2019

Well, my little piggies and wolves, the next CDs I'm eliminating from my apartment are all the recordings of all the versions of Into The Woods. I'm talking London cast, movie version, Broadway revival and ouch, the one that's gonna leave a gaping hole in my heart, that beautiful Original Broadway Cast Recording starring Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Tom Aldredge, Robert Westenberg and above them all as the Witch (receiving the deal-breaking top billing the producers previously refused Patti LuPone when they offered her the role) Bernadette Peters.

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: GUYS AND DOLLS
February 1, 2019

Well, next up in decluttering my apartment is clearing out the big, tall stack of different Guys and Dolls CDs I've spent a few decades collecting. I think I could hack this particular task without any tears (or maybe like you know without having to blog about it) were it not for that gorgeous black square with the orange and yellow title letters thrown into the air alongside perfect pair of cartoon dice. 1992 Grammy Award-winning New Broadway Cast Recording, it's gonna be hard to leave you, baby.

Throwing Out My CDs by Ben Rimalower: THE RINK
January 25, 2019

Ben Rimalower revisits favorite musical theater recordings as he digitizes and declutters his collection. This week's spotlight is on the Original Broadway Cast CD of The Rink starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Terrence McNally.