Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous, the one-man show with writer comic Vilanch riffing on his brushes with Hollywood folk, ends July 1 at the Westbeth Theatre Center in New York City.
Vilanch, the bleach-blond, thick-maned, muppet-like comedy writer who has become a celebrity for his appearances on "The Hollywood Squares" and elsewhere, made his Manhattan theatrical debut April 25 (with previews) and opened May 11 at the Westbeth. Tickets are still available for the final performances leading to July 1. The show was originally announced to June 10, but extended. Dick Gallagher is the musical director.
Conceived and written by Vilanch and directed by Scott Wittman, the show offers stories of Vilanch's brushes with the rich, famous and infamous of the Hollywood he makes his living in. Vilanch is much sought after as a special-material writer for celebrities who make public appearances. As profiled in the film documentary, "Get Bruce!," Vilanch is also a longtime writer for awards shows, including the Emmys, Oscars, Tonys and Grammys.
* Vilanch contributed to the 2000 Academy Awards show in March. Miramax released the video of "Get Bruce!" Feb. 26.
Vilanch grew up in New Jersey, wrote for the Chicago Tribune and became a comedian, performer and comedy writer. He contributes a column to the gay and lesbian magazine, The Advocate, and appears (in print) in Playboy and The Los Angeles Times. Through his writing or appearances, he raises money for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Project Los Angeles "Commitment to Life" and Project Angel Food.
As an actor, he has appeared in films and TV programs, including "It Nearly Wasn't Christmas," "Bosom Buddies," "The Morning After," "Mahagony" and "Ice Pirates."
The Almost Famous producers are Westbeth Theatre Center/Arnold Engelman (Producing Director) and Joan Hyland.
Tickets are $35-$40. Westbeth Theatre Center is at 151 Bank Street in Greenwich Village. For ticket information, call (212) 741-0391.
-- By Kenneth Jones