"Match Game" Favorite Brings Acclaimed Solo Show to the Duplex

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Brett Somers, the stage and screen star who was a regular panelist on TV's "Match Game" game show, is scheduled to bring her critically acclaimed one-woman show to the Duplex Cabaret Theatre.
Brett Somers (left) and Jack Klugman
Brett Somers (left) and Jack Klugman Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Somers, who was the top-row center panelist on CBS-TV's long-running "Match Game" program, will offer An Evening With Brett Somers Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 7 PM and Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and 11 at 9:30 PM. The evenings are described as "a musical memoir of a life in and out of show business — the act contains hilarious and poignant moments of romance, marriage, career and, of course, 'Match Game.'" Somers co-wrote the program with Mark Cherry, her musical director and arranger. Among the songs Somers interprets are "Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "It Never Entered My Mind" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light."

About her cabaret debut at Danny's Skylight Room in July 2003, Somers told Playbill On-Line, "It never occurred to me in a million years that I'd be doing a cabaret show. I was standing backstage [at Danny's], and I thought, 'You're an older person. You should be lying down somewhere in a nice cool bed watching TV!' And I went out there, and I just had a great time. . . . Oh, you'll never get an audience like that as long as you live! They were fabulous! You couldn't make a wrong move. They were the best audience I've ever had in my whole life — they clapped, they laughed, they hooted. It was really just marvelous."

Best known for her "Match Game" appearances as well as her stint as Mrs. Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple," Brett Somers has also appeared in the films "Getting There," "The Great American Beauty Pageant," "Bus Riley's Back in Town" and "A Rage to Live." Her stage credits include Maybe Tuesday, Happy Ending, Mine Prince Mine King, Night Fishing in Beverly Hills, The Country Girl and a tour of Seven Year Itch with Art Carney and Lee Remick.

"Match Game" is popular again due to its exposure on The Game Show Network.

The Duplex Cabaret Theater is located at 61 Christopher Street. There is a $20 cover and a two-drink minimum; call (212) 255-5438 for reservations.

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