Pin It
Favorite

Grand Vapids: Celebrity Autobiography 

click to enlarge stage_rev2-1.jpg

The premise behind the off-Broadway hit Celebrity Autobiography is as simple as it sounds: people reading aloud from the literary works of the famous — and the more fatuous and self-indulgent, the funnier. (Did Diana Ross really describe her rained-out Central Park concert as a "wet dream"? Yes, she did.) Developers Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel brought the show to Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre July 11 as a benefit for the Greater New Orleans Foundation's Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, assembling an amazing cast. Bryan Batt opened the show as Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White describing the surprising difficulties of her job, which segued into Jay Thomas' reading of Kenny Loggins' unctuous public love letter to his wife ("I want to hold really still and let the us of us in"). Ryan Reynolds and Mario Cantone brought down the house as Geraldo Rivera and Liza Minnelli, respectively, describing a mutual sexual encounter in a bathroom at Studio 54, and Cantone killed as Zsa Zsa Gabor, describing the tortures of her infamous 72-hour jail stint, during which she washed her face with Evian water and read Town & Country magazine. Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson's autobios were read in counterpoint by John Goodman and Jennifer Coolidge, who put just the right deadpan dim-blonde spin on lines like "I didn't know whether to levitate — or cry." But the funniest interlude included the men in the show as the five members of 'N SYNC, describing their most embarrassing moments; watching Goodman and Batt enact the roles of teenage boy-band members was worth the price of admission alone. All this hilarity raised more than $10,000 for the Gulf, and after the show producer Pack said he'd like to bring Celebrity Autobiography back to town for a proper run. Two words — Ricky Graham. Imagine the possibilities. — Kevin Allman

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Submit an event Jump to date

Latest in Stage Previews and Reviews

  • Review: Lizzie

    Concert meets theater at See ’Em On Stage’s ax murderer musical
    • Aug 22, 2016
  • Review: Ragtime

    Cripple Creek hits the notes of rapid, sometimes violent change at the turn of the century
    • Aug 15, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Spotlight Events

  • Karatefight @ The Broad Theater
    636 N. Broad St. http://www.thebroadtheater.com

    • Last Sunday of every month
  • Close Me Out @ Hi-Ho Lounge
    2239 St. Claude Ave. http://www.hiholounge.net

    • First Saturday of every month
  • St. Claude Second Saturdays @ St. Claude Arts District
    2820 St. Claude Ave.

    • Second Saturday of every month
    • 4 going/interested

© 2016 Gambit
Powered by Foundation