Friday, January 9, 2009

A (belated) New York report and WHAT's NEXT!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL from AUSTIN CABARET THEATRE!
December of 2008 brought laughter and tears, both.
The loss of the extraordinary (and ACT alum) Eartha Kitt was a blow.
(see previous blog)
However, in E.K.'s celebratory spirit, we press onward and upward. And one of the most soaring, life-altering shows I've seen in a long time was LIZA'S AT THE PALACE. It went beyond my wildest dreams, and prominently featured ACT's next stellar entertainers,
JIM CARUSO
&
BILLY STRITCH
who grace our stage JANUARY 29-30 with
JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY!
This crazy, no-holds-barred evening of entertainment will feature the wildly talented Jim & Billy, as well as some of Austin's best crooners, belters, and entertainment oddities!
ORDER YOUR TICKETS AT 453-ACTS.
Show at 8:30, Scrumtious dinner by Sterling Affairs starts at 7:00.
Mention you saw the info on the blog and get a discount on your show ticket!!! Call me for more info.
Ok, back to New York...
With raised eyebrow and crossed arms I took my seat at All My Sons, thinking "Ok, Mrs. Tom Cruise, let's see how you fare with real actors." I had to revise that line of thinking. John Lithgow, brilliant. Dianne Wiest, heartbreakingly real. Patrick Wilson, transcendant. Katie Holmes, terrific. I got to go to the opening night party for the show back in the Fall, and am thrilled I finally got to see it.
I took in the new Roundabout Theatre production of Pal Joey. Stockard Channing was not only stunning, but perfect in the role of Vera Simpson. And Martha Plimpton was hysterical--and brilliantly bitchy--as Gladys Bumps. Matthew Risch--replacing the injured Christian Hoff permanently in the production--did the best he could with an unlikeable character, Joey. Gorgeous show, as all are at Roundabout, but not my favorite thing they've ever done...
We found ourselves at the DUPLEX to catch Michael Holland and Karen Mack (also ACT alums and chums) and had a ball. Or was it a high-ball? or four?
Love them.
Naturally, it wasn't the Holidays without the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. If you have never gone, just book the trip now. I promise you it's worth it.
Joe's Pub brought us the most irreverant, dirty, politically incorrect, HYSTERICAL and FABULOUS show, Jackie Hoffman: Scraping the Bottom--the Hannukah Show.
And I desperately want to book it for ACT.
So...now you're caught up!
Don't forget to order those CAST PARTY tickets. We'll see you at the Cabaret!
XOXO
Stuart

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