Carol Channing Is One Singular Sensation Nov. 3-9 at Village Theatre

News   Carol Channing Is One Singular Sensation Nov. 3-9 at Village Theatre Carol Channing kicks off the star-studded Off-Broadway series Singular Sensations, Nov. 3 at the Village Theatre.
Carol Channing
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The new series — hosted by Glen Roven — features a different musical theatre artist each week. The show, which will play eight performances a week, will include an in-depth interview and performance from the guest star. The complete list of Singular Sensations follows:

Carol Channing: Nov. 3-9
Donna McKechnie: Nov. 10-16
Florence Henderson: Nov. 17-23
Kitty Carlisle Hart: Nov. 24-30
Lainie Kazan: Dec. 1-7
Elaine Paige: Dec. 8-14
James Naughton: Dec. 15-21
Shirley Jones: Dec. 29–Jan. 4, 2004
Betty Buckley: Jan. 5-11
Mickey Rooney: Jan. 12-18
Jane Powell: Jan. 19-25
Cy Coleman: Jan. 26–Feb. 1
Sally Ann Howes: Feb. 2-8

Glen Roven, who is also the artistic director of the series, 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.

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 Lorlei.

Singular Sensations will play Mondays at 8 PM, Wednesday through Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 and 7 PM. Tickets, priced at $50, can be purchased by calling (212) 307-4100. The Village Theatre is located in Manhattan at 158 Bleecker Street between Sullivan and Thompson Streets.

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