Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous
Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m., $28, $38
Everyone whoâ€™s anyone turns to Bruce Vilanch when they need to be funny. Heâ€™s written for Bette and Dolly, Lily and Robin â€” and he made Billy the Oscarsâ€™ host with the most! He even made the â€œHollywood Squaresâ€ seem not so, well, square, while he was in the famous center square. Back from his recent turn on Broadway as Edna Turnblad in â€œHairspray,â€ Vilanch is more than delighted to share his unique and provocative perspective on being Jewish, gay and (gasp!) blonde.
Vilanchâ€™s career as a celebrity bon vivant began when he was writing features for the Chicago Tribune and schmoozing with whatever celebrities or semi-celebrities were in town. Thatâ€™s how he met then-struggling nightclub singer Bette Midler and the two became fast friends. It was Vilanch who gave Midler some helpful career advice: â€œYouâ€™re pretty funny. You should talk more on stage.â€