NYC- The Drama Desk Award-winning Celebrity Autobiography returns with its new edition, Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, to the Triad Theater for two February shows—Monday, February 13, 2012 and a special benefit performance on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter performs at the Triad Theater, 158 West 72 Street.
The special performance on February 15, 2012 benefits SLAM (Sobriety, Learning and Motivation), a group dedicated to the creation of New York’s first recovery based high school. Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter will also perform a special Valentine’s Day edition at the 92nd Street Y on Wednesday, February 14, 2012 at 8:15pm.
The scheduled casts for the February New York performances are:
Monday, February 13, 2012 – Mario Cantone, Carol Kane, Ralph Macchio, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Sherri Shepherd, and Alan Zweibel.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – Dick Cavett, Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, and Alan Zweibel.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 –Bobby Cannavale, Andy Cohen, Rachel Dratch, America Ferrara Santino Fontana, John Benjamin Hickey, Kristen Johnston, Natasha Lyonne, Eugene Pack, and Dayle Reyfel.
Celebrity Autobiography will also be playing in several other cities during the month of February: Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at 8pm San Francisco Sketchfest Marines’ Memorial Theatre The cast is scheduled to include Rachel Dratch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (2/04 only), Florence Henderson, Laraine Newman, Luke Perry, Fred Willard, Eugene Pack, and Dayle Reyfel.
Thursday, February 16, at 8:00 pm Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, New Jersey The cast is scheduled to include Mario Cantone, Carol Kane, Ralph Macchio, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Sherri Shepherd, and Alan Zweibel
Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30pm and 8pm Indian Wells Theater, Palm Desert, California Benefits Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital The cast is scheduled to include Craig Bierko, Valerie Bertinelli, Micky Dolenz, Florence Henderson, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Eugene Pack, Matthew Perry, Martha Plimpton, Dayle Reyfel, Ryan Reynolds, and Martin Short.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter features selections from books by Justin Bieber, “The Situation,” Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny’s Child, The Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and Vanna White.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter also includes special ‘celebrity mash-ups’—Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working ‘it’ out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they “really are;” Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of ‘diva-dom;” and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night. No version of Celebrity Autobiography would be complete without some returning classics, including the infamous memoirs of Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, which are edited together to create a Rashomon-esque playlet, and the hilarious Burt Reynolds–Loni Anderson he said/she said saga.
Celebrity Autobiography and Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, feature a line-up of rotating performers who read—in both solo and ensemble pieces— the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies. Celebrity Autobiography has recently toured nationally and internationally with acclaimed performances in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago, Arizona, Austin, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Boston, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Sydney Opera House (through January 29), as well as an ongoing production at Los Angeles’s Broad Stage. The show also plays at London’s Leicester Square Theatre to critical and popular acclaim.
Tickets for Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter at the Triad Theater are $35 – $45 and may be purchased by contacting Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com, or by visiting www.celebrityautobiography.com. For group sales phone 718-631-0438. For tickets to the February 15 SLAM benefit, phone (855) SLAMNYC (855-752-6692). For information about the Valentine’s Day performance, visit www.92y.org. For more information about Celebrity Autobiography, visit www.celebrityautobiography.com.
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