West Coast Premiere Of SING, BIBI, SING Opens March 30 at Write Act Rep Brickhouse Theatre
Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica with Write Act Repertory are pleased to present the West Coast premiere of Elise Arndt's award-winning one-woman show SING BIBI SING! The Untold Tales of Bibi Osterwald. Opening at Write Act Repertory's home, the Brickhouse Theatre, in North Hollywood on March 30th, at 8 p.m. for seven performances, after a sold out run in New York. The musical is written by and stars Elise Arndt, the granddaughter of the late Bibi Osterwald. The show is directed by Christine O'Grady, (HAIR, tick, tick...BOOM!), with musical direction by Doug Peck and The Doug Peck Trio. (Winner: six Joseph Jefferson Awards for his musical direction, two After Dark Awards, The Guy Adkins Award, and the Sarah Siddons Award). Tickets will go on sale next week with Brown Paper Tickets.
SING, BIBI, SING! - Chronicles the untold tales of Bibi Osterwald, veteran actress of stage and screen. As the renowned standby for Hello Dolly, Bibi worked with some of the biggest names in the biz and bequeathed her legacy for her granddaughter to carry on. Elise cracks open Bibi's songbook and weave together their two stories to celebrate the triumphs and trials forging a career in the musical arts. Tonight's musical lineup spotlights popular jazz standards, go-to staples from Bibi's nightclub act, and of course, some Broadway medleys.
Bibi Osterwald was an actress and singer whose career on stage and screen spanned over fifty years. Her long and fruitful career in New York includes the Broadway productions of: Sing Out, Sweet Land!; Three to Make Ready; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Look Homeward, Angel; Bus Stop; The Vamp; Family Affair; The Golden Apple (Outer Critics Circle Award); and the First National Tour of 42nd Street. Bibi was the standby for Hello Dolly for the likes of Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers, Phyllis Diller, Martha Raye, and Pearl Bailey and played the role many times. Film and Television highlights include: The Ed Sullivan Show; The Imogene Coca Show; Love Boat; Murder She Wrote; Remington Steele; Tales From The Crypt with Tom Hanks; General Hospital; Parrish; The Tiger Makes Out; The World of Henry Orient; A Fine Madness with Sean Connery; Caddyshack II; As Good As It Gets with Jack Nicholson; and Moving with Richard Pryor. Bibi moved permanently to Toluca Lake from New York City in 1976 to work in TV and Film.
Elise Arndt is a NYC-based actress (although born in California), graduated from American University with a BA in musical theatre. She starred in The D* Word (from the creator of Menopause the Musical), and was featured in Footloose (Seven Angels), Briar Rose and the 13th Fairy (NYC premier), and Love, New York (music by Rob Rokicki). She has done countless workshops, readings, and festivals in the New York and DC area, and is a resident co-host and special guest performer at La-Ti-Do, a premier cabaret series based in DC. When not performing, Elise loves to travel the world, teach, and nurture the next generation of young performers. For more information, please visit www.elisearndt.com.
Sing, Bibi, Sing! will open March 30th through April 8th, 2018, at Write Act Rep at The Brickhouse Theatre. Located at 10950 Peach Grove Street, North Hollywood, CA. 91601. Performances will be: Friday, March 30 @ 8:00PM, Saturday, March 31 @ 8:00PM, Sunday, April 1 @ 7:00PM, Friday, April 6 @ 8:00PM, Saturday, April 7 @ 4:00PM and 8:00PM and Sunday, April 8 @ 7:00PM. Running time is 70 minutes.
General admission $20 Online / $25.00 at the door - Tickets will go on sale next week with Brown Paper Tickets on March 7th, 2018.