The Drama Desk Award-winning Celebrity Autobiography returned to Stage 72 (formerly the Triad Theater), 158 West 72 Street, with its new edition, Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, on March 11, 2013. The cast featured Mario Cantone, Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Carla Hall, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel, Michael Urie, and Alan Zweibel. BroadwayWorld has photos from the show below!
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, The Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and VAnna White.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter also includes special 'celebrity mash-ups'-Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working 'it' out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are;" Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of 'diva-dom;" and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.
No version of Celebrity Autobiography would be complete without some returning classics, including the infamous memoirs of Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, which are edited together to create a Rashomon-esque playlet, and the hilarious Burt Reynolds-Loni Anderson he said/she said saga.
Celebrity Autobiography and Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, feature a line-up of rotating performers who read-in both solo and ensemble pieces- the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.
Celebrity Autobiography has recently toured nationally and internationally with acclaimed performances in Pittsburgh, New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago, Arizona, Austin, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Boston, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Sydney Opera House, as well as an ongoing production at Los Angeles's Broad Stage. The show has also played London's Leicester Square Theatre to critical and popular acclaim.
Photo Credit: Andrew Werner
Rachel Dratch reads Ethel Merman
Janeane Garofalo, Dayle Reyfel, Carla Hall, Rachel Dratch and Mario Cantone read "Momoirs".
Mario Cantone and Alan Zweibel read Geraldo Rivera and Liza Minnelli.
Carla Hall and Eugene Pack
Dayle Reyfel, Mario Cantone, Carla Hall and Eugene Pack
Janeane Garofalo, Alan Zweibel, Dayle Reyfel, Mario Cantone, Carla Hall, Eugene Pack and Michael Urie
Rachel Dratch and Eugene Pack