Charles Nelson Reilly, a perennial on TV's old "Match Game" and "Hollywood Squares," is back in Hollywood — North Hollywood — for a return engagement of his one-man autobiographical show, Save it for the Stage: The Life of Reilly, playing June 19-July 15 at the El Portal Center for the Arts. Opening night is June 22.
Reilly first brought the show to Los Angeles in 2000, where it played the Falcon Theatre July 6-Aug. 27. Save it for the Stage: The Life of Reilly is directed by Paul Linke.
Reilly made his Broadway debut as Mr. Henkle in Bye, Bye, Birdie, was nominated for a Tony as the original Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, and received a Tony for his performance as the original Bud Frump How To Succeed In Business.... His first directing assignment was The Belle Of Amherst, starring Julie Harris. Harris and Reilly have worked on 12 plays together, including The Gin Game and the up-coming story of Alice B. Toklas, Staying on Alone by Bruce Kellner. Other Broadway directing credits include Paul Robeson with James Earl Jones, Break a Leg and The Nerd.
Linke, an actor for over 25 years, has appeared in over 200 television shows and is best known as Artie Grossman on NBC's "CHiPS." Linke was a founder and artistic director of the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica and a member of the Company Theatre. A writer/performer, his best- known stage piece is Time Flies When You're Alive, which became an HBO special. He currently teaches a professional acting class at the Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles.
Tickets to Life of Reilly are $45-$30. El Portal Center for the Arts is located at 5269 Lankershim Boulevard. For reservations, call (800) 233-3123. -- By Christine Ehren and David Lefkowitz