Date of Death: May 25, 1999
BWW Interview: Actress Christine Pedi Talks S.T.A.G.E. Benefit IDOLS & ICONS To Be Performed One Night Only on May 13
by Don Grigware - Apr 26, 2017

Actress Christine Pedi is well known for her theatre/cabaret appearances as well as TV and SiriusXM radio. Her finest hour has come in Forbidden Broadway with her glorious singing impressions. She took time out from her busy schedule to talk about her upcoming appearance in LA for the last S.T.A.G.E. benefit on Saturday May 13 at the Saban Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: KIRK FREDERICK Launches his WRITE THAT DOWN! at ONE Archives
by Don Grigware - Mar 14, 2016

On Friday March 11 Kirk Frederick's new book Write That Down! The Comedy of Male Actress Charles Pierce was launched at ONE the Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries on North Adams in downtown Los Angeles. The sellout event was a benefit for ONE Archives. There were scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, followed by a presentation, which included a video slide montage, a 5 minute film clip from Pierce's appearance, in the early 80s, on The Dick Cavett Show, and then an interview with Kirk Frederick by moderator/ USC professor of English Chris Freeman. Then came a Q and A with the audience and a book signing. (more...)

Author, Actor, Icon! Charles Busch Brings His One-Man Show to The COPA Palm Springs This Weekend
by David Green - Oct 16, 2015

CHARLES BUSCH, author and star of such plays as Psycho Beach Party, Times Square Angel, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, You Should Be So Lucky, Shanghai Moon and The Divine Sister brings his iconic Cabaret stylings to The COPA Palm Springs for two 'sure to be sell-out' performances, October 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm.   Born in New York City, he began his theatrical career shortly after graduating from Northwestern University in 1976.  After spending two years in Chicago working with different local theatre companies, he returned to his home town of New York City with a solo play called Hollywood Confidential, which he performed as a weekend late show at Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company's theatre at One Sheridan Square.  (more...)

Author, Actor, Icon! Charles Busch Brings His One-Man Show to The COPA Palm Springs, 10/16-17
by David Green - Oct 12, 2015

CHARLES BUSCH, author and star of such plays as Psycho Beach Party, Times Square Angel, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, You Should Be So Lucky, Shanghai Moon and The Divine Sister brings his iconic Cabaret stylings to The COPA Palm Springs for two 'sure to be sell-out' performances, October 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm.   Born in New York City, he began his theatrical career shortly after graduating from Northwestern University in 1976.  After spending two years in Chicago working with different local theatre companies, he returned to his home town of New York City with a solo play called Hollywood Confidential, which he performed as a weekend late show at Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company's theatre at One Sheridan Square.  (more...)

BWW Interviews: Illustrious DICK CAVETT in Hellman v. McCarthy
by Don Grigware - Jan 29, 2015

Author/actor/TV talk show host Dick Cavett will star at Theatre 40 in the controversial play Hellman v. McCarthy beginning February 6. Cavett is best known for his TV talk shows from the 70s to present time on CBS, ABC, PBS, USA Network and currently on TCM hosting reruns of his classic 70s interviews. He is known for his laid-back conversational style with such celebrities as Groucho Marx, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Jack Benny and Mel Brooks among many others. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner. He also currently writes a blog published by the New York Times. (more...)

TV Host and Comic Skip E. Lowe Dies at 85
by TV News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Skip E. Lowe, the comic, raconteur and perennial TV host whose weekly public access cable program has been airing in Los Angeles, New York and other major markets for more than 35 years--the longest in television history--and is generally credited as the inspiration for the Martin Short character “Jiminy Glick,” died in his home at Kingsley Manor Apartments in Hollywood on Monday, Sept. 22. He was 85 and had been suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments, though he never smoked, but blamed years of working as a comic in smoke-infested nightclubs. Lowe had conducted more than 6,000 interviews, often two a week, with guests that included Orson Welles and Bette Davis. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BLOWN BY THE WIND - A 5 Star Hilariously Naughty Night
by Jimmy Ferraro - Jun 21, 2013

'BLOWN BY THE WIND'...well, the title of this entertainment alone, set me up for what was to be a hilariously-naughty night! I was holding my sides from laughter, in hysterics. as tears rolled down my face. I could barely catch my breath. (more...)

New Showroom at French Quarter Gives Peter Mac a Show Palace for Judy Garland
by Don Grigware - Jan 30, 2012

Some great things are already happening at the very beginning of 2012. Peter Mac now has his very own showroom inside the French Market Place on Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of WeHo called the French Quarter Restaurant Showroom. The room seats 65 and has the warm atmosphere of a small Vegas-like show palace but with a definitely distinctive Hollywood air, as portraits of the greatest Hollywood stars surround you. Opening night was Friday, January 27; the show was simply amazing, and the room was SRO. It was very exciting with Mac in top form, giving it his all, as the crowd hung on every word/note. I am so pleased that this terrific tribute artist is finally starting to get the attention he so richly deserves. Winning two Eddon Awards for Best Cabaret Artist-Male and Star Making Performer, Mac should be ranked among the best in his field, which includes the likes of Charles Pierce, Jim Bailey, Jimmy James and Steven Brinberg. He has a great singing instrument, is very funny and charismatic - and what amazing acting chops! Just when your sides are splitting as Judy Garland tells a riproaringly riotous anecdote about Noel Coward, you suddenly find yourself moved to tears, when Garland talks about the price a celebrity pays, her insecurities, but always triumphing over them and coming back a winner. This a great opening show with the promise of a sensational year ahead for Mac and his new venue. (more...)

Tribute Artist Peter Mac Talks Judy and Other Audience Favorite Divas
by Don Grigware - Nov 3, 2011

Tribute artist Peter Mac happens to be one terrific actor/singer who does his very best work in a dress. In our interview, he talks about how it all started, the characters he honors and his gig at the Gardenia over the next year. Like Charles Pierce and Jim Bailey before him Peter Mac is keeping the art of creating impressions alive and vibrant. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Peter Mac Becomes JUDY
by Don Grigware - Sep 13, 2011

Female impersonators dress in drag and sing or tell jokes, and that's the show. Jim Bailey sings. Charles Pierce was funny in a dress with a joke or anecdote. Peter Mac is much more. His impersonation becomes theatre with a mission. Becoming Judy allows him to portray Judy Garland and also to sing as himself, but way more than that, it offers a message of hope for all gay men trying to cope and make sense of their lifestyle. (more...)

Peter Mac Does a Stunning Turn as Kate Hepburn in A Date with Kate @ the Gardenia
by Don Grigware - Aug 8, 2011

A devoted fan of Charles Pierce and his unforgettable Katie Hepburn illusion, I'm forever curious as to what new artists will do with this icon and her astonishing career and life - will they simply steal from others or really endeavor to put their own creative stamp on it? Peter Mac, who has been wowing audiences as Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli for the past few years, is memorable in his world premiere theatrical piece A Date with Kate. How does his Kate stand out? He does have the quaky voice, shaking head and walk down pat; the wig, the turtleneck with over the shoulders red sweater and kaki slacks getup hit the mark, but in the final analysis, what makes it all click? Somehow, someway he is able to create an illusion that is so totally honest that after five minutes, you swear you are in the company of dear Kate. Mac goes for genuine integrity and telling the stories as frankly as Kate herself told them in her autobiography Me, Stories of My Life, and it is this truth and his versatile and inimitable acting talent that win us over. Funny, yes! Heartbreaking, yes! This is not a campy impersonation, but the real thing... as Hepburn herself once said, 'I'm absolutely fascinating!' - and we are no less than completely convinced via the magic of Peter Mac. (more...)

Peter Mac Takes the Stage as Judy Garland At The Gardenia June 18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2011

Here's a chance to take another trip over the rainbow with everyone's favorite diva, Judy Garland! (more...)

Calvin Remsberg to Direct Los Angeles Premiere of GLORY DAYS Opening 3/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2011

Bella Vita Entertainment, with Anthony Gruppuso, Calvin Remsberg, and Tricia Stabile announces the Los Angeles premiere of Glory Days. Glory Days has music and lyrics by Nick Blaemire and book by James Gardiner, and will be directed by Calvin Remsberg. Glory Days will preview at 8 pm on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 with opening night at 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 19 and run through April 24 (Thursday through Sunday) at the Lillian Theatre. (more...)

Calvin Remsberg to Direct Los Angeles Premiere of GLORY DAYS this March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2011

Bella Vita Entertainment, with Anthony Gruppuso, Calvin Remsberg, and Tricia Stabile announces the Los Angeles premiere of Glory Days. Glory Days has music and lyrics by Nick Blaemire and book by James Gardiner, and will be directed by Calvin Remsberg. Glory Days will preview at 8 pm on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 with opening night at 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 19 and run through April 24 (Thursday through Sunday) at the Lillian Theatre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HEPBURN SINGS! @ MACHA
by Don Grigware - Jun 8, 2010

In a thoroughly engrossing and original piece, actor Kevin Dulude portrays Katharine Hepburn in selected highlights throughout her long career. Each segment includes a song from that time period, which though Hepburn never sang originally, adds mysteriously fascinating luster to the Hepburn mystique. If she had recorded an album of these songs, each would punctuate to perfection a feeling, mood or opinion that was undeniably Hepburn.This portrayal is not an impersonation, mind you, but a loving and moving tribute - both humorous and poignant - and, remarkably well etched. (more...)

Comedian Rip Taylor Offers Serious Reflection in It Ain't All Confetti
by Don Grigware - May 25, 2010

Comedian Rip Taylor has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years with a fast-paced delivery of stupid jokes and hysterical one-liners accompanied by a visual menagerie of props that won't quit. You really have to focus in to keep up with him; once he lets loose with a punchline, that's it; whether you caught it or not, it's on to the next, in a barrage of 50 or more, shot out and sprayed around in machine gun style. As Charles Pierce used to say, 'I hope you're wearing pampers, my dear, because you're going to pee!' Taylor is a scream and audiences have always had a ball. (more...)

Baby Jane Crashes Sunset Boulevard
by Don Grigware - Mar 23, 2010

The hit films Sunset Boulevard and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? have so much in common. They are both set in humongous decaying Hollywood mansions inhabited by faded movie stars. Mad About the Boy Productions has very entertainingly connected the two scripts for an onstage parody @ the Macha Theatre - and has succeeded quite well in satisfying our appetite for bizarre camp. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Devlin Makes New York Cabaret Debut
by Walter McBride - Mar 27, 2007

West Coast singing star Devlin made her New York cabaret debut on Saturday, March 24th at Helen's Restaurant, Cabaret and Piano Lounge (more...)