I'm Still Here...Damn It!, a solo show by actress and comic provocatrix Sandra Bernhard, will close sooner than expected. Bernhard, who began previews at Broadway's Booth Theatre Oct. 22 and recently extended until Feb. 28, will now close up shop Jan. 2, 1999.
Show spokesman said the rescheduling was done in order to take advantage of interest on the road. Bernhard will proceed from Broadway to San Francisco's Theatre in the Square, where she will open Feb. 2, 1999. (No closing date has been determined.) From there, the tour will travel to Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago and Boston. Dates for those stops will be announced at a later date.
I'm Still Here, which Bernhard calls, "a funky, juicy, raw taste of life in the 90's," opened Off-Broadway at NYC's Westbeth Theatre Center Nov. 11, 1997, (originally titled Standing on My Own) and extended twice, closing Feb. 14, 1998. The solo has since been produced in Boston and San Francisco, where it was taped for HBO. The production includes her commentary on the hip and famous, fashion, rock and religion, punctuated by songs, some classic, some original.
Bernhard will be joined on stage by musical director Mitch Kaplan. The Broadway transfer included 30 to 40 percent new material, both from the Off Broadway production and from the TV special.
Her 1988 Off-Broadway Without You I'm Nothing was a hit at the Orpheum Theatre. That production was made into a film, and the CD version got a Grammy nomination as Best Comedy Record. Other Bernhard films have included King of Comedy, Hudson Hawk, Track 29, Lover Girl and the upcoming Wrongfully Accused. She's written three books: "Confessions of a Pretty Lady," "Love, Love and Love," and the forthcoming "May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra." I'm Still Here...Damn It! is produced by Delsener/Slater Enterprises, Contemporary Productions and Arielle Tepper.