Barbara Minkus Brings 18 MINUTES OF FAME To NYC
18 Minutes of Fame: A Musical Journey with Barbara Minkus(formerly called I'm Not Famous) will have its New York Premiere on Saturday, November 10th at 7 PM at The Triad,158 West 72nd Street, NYC, and continue on Sunday, November 11th at 3 PM and Monday, November 12th at 7 PM This limited NY engagement follows two nights at The Pico in LA. Andy Warhol said everyone would have their 15 minutes of fame. Barbara's had a bit more!
You've seen Barbara Minkus --a lot: on stage, on screen, in clubs and especially on television. Other than the fact that she never became famous, she's had what most performers would consider an enviable career. Because she started out as, and remains, an accomplished singer, her show business memoir is a musical one.
Barbara's road hasn't always been an easy one but her story is wonderfully engaging and, in this intimate evening, she shares her exceptional journey of love, life and family dynamics with stories and songs both funny and poignant.
Director Susan Morgenstern describes the show as: "an intimate journey featuring a variety of show-stopping songs, both familiar and rare, with stories on how they touched Barbara's life. This one-woman 75-minute multi-media musical (with Ron Barnett on piano) incorporates films, graphics, recordings, and photos about Barbara's search for fame and finding more meaningful things in life instead. If you like show business stories with great musical numbers and insider anecdotes about the giants of the biz, then 18 Minutes of Fame is for you."
Aspiring to sing opera as a child, Barbara's teachers steered her towards musical comedy instead. Her stage career includes starring as 'Fanny Brice' in a tour of Funny Girl, a leading role on Broadway in The Education of Hyman Kaplan, plus roles Off-Broadway in Picon Pie (as Molly Picon), Don't Leave It All to Your Children, and Rondelay. She played 'Jennie Grossinger' in Saturday Night at Grossinger's in LA and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and had roles in nine feature films. Barbara was the original 'Lucy' in the recording of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown and even starred in Julius Monk's famous Plaza 9 Revue Bits 'N Pieces.
On TV Barbara appeared 25 times as a raconteur and singer on The Merv Griffin Show; performed skits and sang with Danny Kaye and Jerry Lewis; starred in 27 episodes of Love, American Style as a variety of characters; and appeared on Tosh O, Getting On, and The Tonight Show.
Susan Morgenstern is director and co-writer of 18 Minutes of Fame. Susan previously directed Barbara inSaturday Night at Grossinger's. Susan has also directed Happy Days: A New Musical at Cabrillo Music Theatre; three shows at the Falcon Theatre; and numerous other shows in Los Angeles. She is currently the producing director of Jewish Women's Theatre in Santa Monica, and also works as a show director for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
18 Minutes of Fame (then called I'm Not Famous) was first presented at The New Musical Festival at the Santa Monica Playhouse in LA in October 2016 and was immediately offered a full production by the Playhouse. The show was extended twice for a five month run and then invited back for a special limited run in November, 2017.
Tickets for 18 MINUTES OF FAME: A Musical Journey With Barbara Minkus at The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street, are $18 plus two drink minimum.
Reservations: triadnyc.com/buytickets or (212) 362-2590.