Vilanch’s Almost Famous Revived!!: Nov. 8-20

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By Andrew Gans
June 27, 2005

The Empire Plush Room — located within San Francisco’s York Hotel — will reopen in September with a brand-new act from Tony Award winner Linda Lavin.Lavin will kick off the new season at the cabaret room, which is now under the management of Rrazz Productions, Inc. The singing actress, who scored a Tony Award for her work in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, has titled her program The Song Remembers When and will be accompanied on piano by jazz artist Billy Stritch. Lavin plays Sept. 6-18.

Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winner Rita Moreno will follow Lavin, playing Sept. 20-Oct. 9. Entitled Between Love and Fascination, Moreno’s act will highlight her decades-long show-business career.

Debby Boone, who recently made her New York City cabaret debut with Reflections of Rosemary, will bring that Rosemary Clooney tribute to the Plush Room Oct. 25-30. Hairspray’s Bruce Vilanch will then offer Almost Famous Nov. 8-20. Vilanch’s show, according to press notes, examines his encounters “with the glamorous, ego-driven, pansexual denizens of Tinsel Town.”

The fall season at the Plush Room concludes with former Supremes star Mary Wilson. Wilson, who recently completed a tour of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, will perform Up Close & Personal Nov. 29-Dec. 11.

Subscription tickets for the Empire Plush Room season will go on sale July 1 by calling (415) 885-2800. General tickets will be available beginning Aug. 1. For more information visit