Sandra Bernhard's plan to celebrate New Year's Eve near Times Square in her show, 2001: A Sandra Odyssey, has been reconsidered due to expected record crowds in midtown Manhattan.
A spokesman said the iconoclastic comedy diva will play the Westbeth Theatre (Bank and Washington in the far western edge of Greenwich Village) rather than the previously-announced Town Hall on 43rd Street, a block from the engorged Times Square.
Not even Broadway producers are tempting millennial fate: Shows have been cancelled Dec. 31 due to crowd issues.
Bernhard's $125-$175 appearance is now sold out.
The Westbeth Theatre was where Bernhard's I'm Still Here...Damn It! began before playing Broadway. The New Year's show is billed as a retrospective with new material. Do not expect sentiment or "Auld Lang Syne," according a statement.
Doors opens 8:30 PM, the "odyssey" begins at 10 PM.
Bernhard's I'm Still Here...Damn It! first played Off-Broadway at the Westbeth Theatre and later on Broadway at the Booth. Her previous New York appearance was in the long-running, one-woman show, Without You I'm Nothing, which became a Grammy-nominated recording (Best Comedy Record) and a film. Her other film credits include "King of Comedy," "Hudson Hawk" and Nicholas Roeg's "Track 29," as well as the independent films, "Somewhere in the City" and "Lover Girl."
On television, Bernhard was Nancy on "Roseanne," guest-starred in "Ally McBeal," starred in her own HBO special, "Sandra After Dark," appeared in her own Cinemax special, "Your New American Actress Friend," hosted Comedy Central's "The A List" and Fox's "Mad TV" and guested on "The Larry Sanders Show," "Tales From the Crypt" and "Chicago Hope."
Bernhard will be seen this season on the acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos."
Bernhard is the author of three books, "Confessions of a Pretty Lady" (Harper & Row), "Love, Love, And Love" (Harper Collins) and "May I Kiss You On The Lips, Miss Sandra?" (Rob Weisback Books/William Morrow Publishing), which are collections of stories and essays.
-- By Kenneth Jones\