I'm Still Here...Damn It!, a solo show by actress and comic provocatrix Sandra Bernhard, began previews at Broadway's Booth Theatre Oct. 22 and officially opens for a Nov. 5 opening. TVT Records recently inked the deal to release the show's original cast recording, due for release Nov. 24.
(The performance preserved will not be from the Broadway engagement but from the show's Off-Broadway run at the Westbeth Theatre Center. TVT spokesperson Lizbeth Cassaday also pointed out (Oct. 27) that the CD is not taken from the same performance as a Bernhard special broadcast on HBO cable television.) The CD, produced by Eve Nelson and Mitch Kaplan, will have 19 tracks of comedy and music.
Marty Callner, who staged comedian Jerry Seinfeld's Broadway concert I'm Telling You for the Last Time this past summer, returns to the Great White Way to direct I'm Still Here...Damn It!, according to Callner rep Gail Parenteau.
Callner is quite familiar with the Bernhard show; he directed and produced the HBO version of I'm Still Here, which aired in July. Callner's other television credits include specials for Bette Midler, Madonna, Paul Simon, Steve Martin and Billy Crystal, as well as the Garth Brooks concert in Central Park.
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. 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 onstage by musical director Mitch Kaplan. According to the Publicity Office, Bernhard promises the Broadway transfer includes 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.