Misty Rowe Will Play the Metropolitan Room, 10/4-6
This October, the television and film actress and singer Misty Rowe makes a rare New York stage appearance as she premieres a brand new club act, "Blondes STILL Have More Fun," in an exclusive four-show engagement at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street. Widely recognized in the 70's and 80's for her roles on Hee Haw, Happy Days and Mel Brooks' When Things Were Rotten, Rowe makes her well-reasoned case for blonde hegemony in a revue filled with country-tinged folk, rock and pop that makes hay of her 40+ years in show business. Joining Rowe on Friday October 4 at 7pm, Saturday October 5 at 7pm & 9:30pm, and Sunday April 6 at 7pm is the actress and singer Cindy Summers. The two have co-starred frequently in "Always... Patsy Cline," a jukebox play filled with Patsy Cline hits which has crisscrossed the country for the past ten years. The two will just have completed a week-long engagement of another Cline vehicle, "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" at The Stafford Township Arts Center in Manahawkin NJ. Rowe's long-time producer is Barry Singer, who, among other breakthroughs, had a hand in the long-running Broadway smash "Oh! Calcutta!" With the eclectic music director Michael Sansonia (Broadway's "Pump Boys and Dinettes" among others) leading a kickin' four-piece band, Rowe teases out a bushel of stories and tunes that celebrate the American legends with whom she shared the big and little screens, everyone from Ron Howard, Sid Caesar, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kathie Lee Gifford, Roy Clark and Minnie Pearl. Her band of multi-instrumentalists, playing everything from pedal steel guitar, trumpet, banjo, fiddle, bass, and drums, includes Guy "Fooch" Fischetti, Zach Jones and Broadway veteran Steve Steiner. The first to portray Marilyn Monroe on the big screen in "Goodbye, Norma Jean" (1975), Rowe also appeared in 10 feature films a variety of stage productions including "Waiting for Lefty" directed by Stella Adler in Paris, and "Lil' Abner" with Joe Namath. A prolific impresario in her own right, Rowe is also responsible for creating "A Misty Christmas... Finally a Fruitcake You Will Like" which has been staged in Atlantic City. Born and bred in San Gabriel California, Rowe was 17 when she moved to Los Angeles to study with Stella Adler with whom she remained close. While living in the Hollywood Studio Club (a residence for actresses between the ages of 17 and 25), her first professional gig was as a back-up dancer for Sonny and Cher. After landing a featured part on the new show Hee Haw, she moved to Nashville, staying with the show throughout its run and afterwords in the show's spinoff Hee Haw Honeys with Kathie Lee. During this time she also appeared as Wendy the Car Hop on Happy Days, in guest spots on Fantasy Island and Love Boat, and as a co-star on Brooks's Robin Hood spoof on ABC, When Things Were Rotten, which lasted only one season. The show's loyal fans were spoiled rotten this month by the announcement that CBS (which came to own the series) would reissue its 13 episodes on DVD. In 2007 Rowe picked up the TV Land Awards "Entertainer's Award." "Blondes STILL Have More Fun," starring Misty Rowe and her summery sidekick Cindy Summers, performs four times on three consecutive evenings, Friday October 4 at 7pm, Saturday October 5 at 7pm & 9:30pm, and Sunday October 6 at 7pm. There is a $30 music charge and a two-drink minimum. For reservations call the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues), at 212/206-0440 or to order online visit www.metropolitanroom.com.