Based on Channing's recent appearance in Glen Roven's short-lived Off Broadway series Singular Sensations, the 8 PM evenings will feature Roven prompting Channing with questions about her award-winning career. The two concerts will also feature musical numbers, sentimental stories and Channing's impersonations of Ethel Merman, Sophie Tucker and Ann Miller.
ACT Artistic Director Carey Perloff said in a statement, "We are thrilled to present this unforgettable piece starring one of the strongest, funniest, and most delightful entertainers the world has ever seen in performance on our Geary stage for the very first time."
One of the true superstars of the American musical theatre, Carol Channing published her autobiography — "Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts" — on the Simon & Schuster label. In addition to her many triumphs — including her Tony for Hello, Dolly! and her Academy Award nomination for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" — Channing's tome also details some of the obstacles she endured, including her long-term food addictions, her battle with cancer and her first marriage to a struggling novelist, Ted Naidish. Channing's other Broadway outings include Lend an Ear, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Lorelei.
Glen Roven began his career while in high school as a rehearsal pianist for Stephen Schwartz's Pippin. At 19 he became the conductor for Broadway's Sugar Babies, and since that time he has written, produced and conducted for such artists as Julie Andrews, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Placido Domingo, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Bob Hope, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, Shirley MacLaine and Luther Vandross. He is also the recipient of four Emmy Awards.
The Geary Theater is located in San Francisco at 415 Geary Street. Tickets, priced $20-$70, are available by calling (415) 749-2228 or by visiting www.act-sf.org. There are also a limited number of tickets priced at $125, which includes orchestra seating, a signed poster from the show and a post show reception with Channing.