The new act that veteran comedian Joan Rivers is currently presenting at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre in New York City may bow on Broadway sometime this coming season. The New York Post reported June 11 that Rivers is readying the show for a possible Broadway run, though the same paper ran a fairly negative review of the routine.
Rivers, who received a 1994 Tony nomination for her work in Sally Marr . . . and her escorts, played the Duplex June 5 and will return 10 PM June 13. Rivers will perform new material during her one-hour show, which will benefit God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
A stand-up comic who rose to fame guest-hosting "The Tonight Show," Rivers also hosted her own talk show, "The Joan Rivers Show," for FOX TV. She made her Broadway debut in Fun City in 1972 and later received critical acclaim when she stepped into the Neil Simon play, Broadway Bound. Although its run was brief, her work in Sally Marr — which she co-wrote — earned her a Leading Actress (Play) Tony nomination. Rivers, with daughter Melissa, is a regular contributor to the E! Entertainment Network.
The Duplex is located at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $25 cover charge (purchased in person at the Duplex) and a two drink minimum.
—By Robert Simonson
and Andrew Gans