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It’s "tiny, talented terrific Barbara Minkus" (Backstage) in a dynamite world premiere musical, helmed by renowned director Susan Morgenstern, with musical accompaniment by Ron Barnett, previewing April 2 to 16. A funny, poignant and powerful evening of theatre as film, television and Broadway star Barbara Minkus shares private moments, personal tidbits, and a plethora of musical delights.
She may not be "famous," but she is certainly one of the most widely adored artists in the business. She toured as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, was Lucy in the recording of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, starred on Broadway in The Education Of Hyman Kaplan and Off-Broadway as Molly Picon in Picon Pie, was a regular on TV'S Love American Style and Curiosity Shop, with numerous appearances over the years on The Danny Kaye Show, The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Tosh O Show and HBO's Getting On. Most recently, she played both Off-Broadway and Los Angeles in Don't Leave it All to Your Children.
You’ll delight as Barbara shares hilarious and touching stories peppered with all the wonderful tunes that made her “not” famous. Like the time she was opening for Don Ho at the Greek Theatre and fell off the dark stage runway as she sang Once Upon A Time, landing in the orchestra pit on the trombone player’s lap who put her back on the stage as she kept singing without missing a note and then asked her out backstage after the show. Find out the inside story of Barbara’s six-year stint as a regular on the iconic Love: American Style television show. Follow her amazing career from Broadway to Los Angeles and back again.
Director Susan Morgenstern, an actress since the age of 5, crossed over into directing when she began staging musical theatre concert readings while co-teaching "American Musical Comedy" with Tom Lehrer at U.C. Santa Cruz. After directing numerous shows in Los Angeles, Susan met Barbara Minkus at Theatre West, where she directed Saturday Night at Grossinger's with Barbara in the starring role. Susan directed three shows at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre, as well as Happy Days, A New Musical, at Cabrillo Music Theatre's 1,800-seat auditorium. She is currently the Producing Director of Jewish Women's Theatre, based in Santa Monica at The Braid, and also works as a show director for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
Ron Barnett has been a musical director, composer and erstwhile sound designer for a quarter of a century and is currently Musical Director for the Artists' Repertory Company in North Hollywood and Director of Music and Sacred Arts at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale.
Presenter / Producer: Santa Monica Playhouse
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 310-394-9779 x1
Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica CA 90401
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 4/2/2017 - 5/28/2017
Sundays at 7:00pm
PREVIEWS: April 2, 9, 16 - all seats $20
GALA OPENING NIGHT: April 23 - all seats $40
GENERAL ADMISSION April 30 - May 28, $30 discounts available for students, teachers, seniors, current and past members of the military and groups of 8 or more
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