Bruce Vilanch Plays The Rrazz Room May 12-17, 2009

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Bruce Vilanch and Sharon McNight
May 12-17, 2009

Bruce Vilanch has become a recognizable face, thanks to the feature-length documentary “Get Bruce!” (1999) and his stint as a regular on “Hollywood Squares” (1998), for which he also served as head writer. Vilanch contributed to Academy Awards telecasts, collaborating with the likes of Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and David Letterman, and graduated to head writer in 2000. He has roasted celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and President Clinton. He provided the notorious material Ted Danson performed in blackface at a 1993 Friars Club roast of his then-girlfriend Goldberg, but his resume also includes “You Made Me Watch You”, the touching Emmy-winning valedictory Midler crooned as a send-off to Johnny Carson.

Sharon McNight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites, creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony Award nomination as “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Broadway Debut” which waspresented to her by Carol Channing. New York Magazine’s John Simon said “Sharon McNIght is a winner” and Al Hirschfeld did a caricature of her.

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