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Grimes, Sirola Star In LOVE FROM SHAKESPEARE TO COWARD 4/27 At National Arts

For one night only, Tony Award winner Tammy Grimes and Joe Sirola to star in Love from Shakespeare to Coward Monday, April 27 at 7PM National Arts Club

Tammy Grimes and Joe Sirola will make a command performance as they celebrate almost 50 years since they shared the stage together in the Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Just in time for spring, the duo will share a stage once again in Love from Shakespeare to Coward by Elizabeth Sharland, a collection of poems, plays, letters and diary entries creating a uniquely stimulating evening, to bring out the romantic in all of us.

On Monday, April 27 at 8pm at the historic National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South).

Tammy Grimes made her debut on the New York stage at the Neighborhood Playhouse in May 1955 in Jonah and the Whale. She made her Broadway stage debut as an understudy for Kim Stanley in the starring role in Bus Stop in June 1955. [2][3] In 1956, she appeared in the off-Broadway production, The Littlest Revue, and in 1959 had the lead role in the Broadway production of Noel Coward's play Look After Lulu!. She starred in the 1960 musical comedy The Unsinkable Molly Brown for which she won a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical). She portrayed the title character, a Western mining millionairess who survived the sinking of the Titanic. In 1964, she appeared in the episode "The He-She Chemistry" of Craig Stevens's CBS drama Mr. Broadway. In 1966, Grimes starred in her own ABC television series, The Tammy Grimes Show, in which she played a modern-day heiress who loved to spend money. It ran for only a month, although an additional six episodes had already been made. Earlier, she had turned down the role of Samantha Stephens on Bewitched for which she had the right of first refusal. Returning to the Broadway stage in 1969, Grimes appeared in a revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives as "Amanda", winning the Tony Award for Best Actress.During her career, she spent several seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario and has appeared in a number of television series and motion pictures. Grimes has also entertained at various New York city night clubs and recorded several albums of songs. Her voice can be heard in romantic duets on some of Ben Bagley's anthology albums of Broadway songs under his Painted Smiles record label. In 1982, she hosted the final season of CBS Radio Mystery Theater.

In 2003, Grimes was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

She remains active on stage. In 2004 she joined the company of "Tasting Memories", a "compilation of delicious reveries in poetry, song and prose," with a starry rotating cast including Kitty Carlisle Hart, Rosemary Harris, Philip Bosco, Alvin Epstein, Joy Franz and Kathleen Noone.In 2005 Grimes worked with director Brandon Jameson to voice UNICEF's multi-award winning tribute to Sesame Workshop.In recent years, Grimes has showcased her talents in a critically acclaimed one-woman show.

Joe Sirola: Most recently he has put that incredible voice to good use with a one-man production of Shakespeare's "Ages of Man." In "Ages," Joe performs eighteen of the bard's great characters. From "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players..." in "As You Like It," through Prospero's renunciation of his magic, and symbolic farewell, in "The Tempest," the "Ages of Man" portrays the progression of life from infancy through "second childishness and mere oblivion." The lines alternately exude bitter sadness, biting humor, intense excitement, and always an unmatched understanding of what it means to be human. Sirola's journey through the "Ages" introduces us to Hamlet and Lear, Macbeth and Mercutio, Romeo, Claudio, Petrucchio, Angelo and Lorenzo, not to mention a Clarence, Caliban and Ceasar, a pair of Richard's and a Hotspur to boot.Another recent performance was an acclaimed presentation of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," where Joe shared the stage with Tammy Grimes, whom he first worked with 47 years before on Broadway in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown!" In the James Cagney TV drama (Cagney's last), "Terrible Joe Moran," Sirola won accolades for his performance. He began his television career with a starring role in the CBS Camera Three production of Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground." On Broadway he co-starred in the Steve Lawrence-Eydie Gorme hit, "The Golden Rainbow." An even bigger Broadway smash was "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," in which he created the role of Christmas Morgan. While performing on stage with Tammy Grimes at night, he was busy days with the CBS series, "The Brighter Day" in which his role as Peter Nino was a regular for some two years. Joe's Hollywood movies include co-starring with character roles with Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida in "Strange Bedfellows"; with Clint Eastwood in "Hang 'Em High" and in such others as George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "Super Cops," and "Hail to the Chief." His latest motion picture was "Love is a Gun," in which he co-stars with Eric Roberts.Television appearances include the hit TV series NYPD BLUE where he portrayed Barney "The Rooster" Walker, an episode of ABC's SPIN CITY titled "The Mayor With Two Brains." Joe co-starred as the suave "Uncle Gino" in the ABC daytime series "The City," and received stellar reviews for his stage turn in the out of town production of "Over the River and Through the Woods." He co-starred, with Jack Scalia, in the CBS-TV dramatic series, "Wolf," and is constantly appearing on TV in guest starring roles

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