BILLY VAN ZANDT & JANE MILMORE'S HIT COMEDY

DROP DEAD!

directed by Billy Van Zandt

Noho Arts Center - North Hollywood, CA

June 6 - 28, 2014

 

Producer Ronnie Marmo and Theatre 68 are proud to present DROP DEAD! - By playwrights Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore - Opening June 6th at The NoHo Arts Center. This will be the 29th anniversary of the original production, and 23 years since the Los Angeles production originally opened. Marmo and Theatre 68 are elated to be granted the rights for this show for the first time since its original premiere. Landing Van Zandt as the director was the icing on the cake.

A cast of desperate actors attempt to revive their careers in Drop Dead!, a potboiler murder mystery directed by "Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage" Victor Le Pewe. When several actors are murdered during the opening night performance, the remaining thespians must save the show and their careers, solve the mystery, and stay alive long enough to receive their curtain calls.

DROP DEAD! Opens June 6th, running through June 28th. Performances will be Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00PM, and Sunday at 3:00PM. The venue is The NoHo Arts Center, located at 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. General admission $25.00 - Tickets are available at: plays411.com/dropdead. Additional information is available at: theatre68.com or by calling (323) 960-5068.

 

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Burt Reynolds to Direct Lee Marlow in
A PROPERTY KNOWN AS GARLAND, June 10th

On Tuesday evening, June 10, the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre will present a preview of The Property Known as Garland starring Lee Marlow and directed by legendary film actor Burt Reynolds at the Lake Park Mirror Ballroom. The show, which is being performed on Judy Garland's birthday, begins at 8:00 pm. The proceeds will benefit the Burt Reynolds Institute Building Fund. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 561 743-9955. Seating is limited.

Lee Marlow, who has honed her skills as a student in Reynolds' master acting class, has been a lifelong admirer and fan of Judy Garland. She began her professional career as a dancer with a national touring company, moved to commercials and, eventually, film and television. She has performed with notables such as Don Johnson, Beverly D'Angelo, Raul Julia, Peter Falk and Bob Hope... just to name a few.

Marlow has long dreamed of bringing The Property Known as Garland to life in South Florida so that theater lovers outside the New York Metropolitan area can "visit" with Judy both behind the scenes and on stage.

In a recent interview, Marlow said, "There is no one better to direct this play than Burt Reynolds. He was a personal friend and spent time with Judy and her family, visiting her home and performing with her daughters, Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli. He knew her sense of humor. He saw her pain."

Written by Billy Van Zandt for his wife, actor Adrienne Barbeau, the show ran for 80 performances at the Actors Playhouse in 2006. Under Reynolds' direction, the play has been trimmed to a one-woman show and focuses on the most relevant aspects of Garland's life, especially those of which he has first-hand knowledge.

In discussing her relationship with Burt Reynolds, Marlow was effusive in stating that his mentorship has been a motivating force in her career. When she first approached him about the possibility of bringing Garland to the stage, Reynolds said, "I will walk with you as far as you want to go with this." "And," Marlow added, "he has not only walked with me, he has taken me by the hand and guided me every step of the way."

The Property Known as Garland will be presented for one night only on Tuesday evening, June 10, at 8 pm at the Mirror Ballroom in Lake Park - 535 Park Avenue, Lake Park, Florida.

Tickets cost $25.00 each and can be purchased at the door or by calling 561 743-9955. Credit card purchases will have an additional $2.00 service fee added to the cost.

 

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Check out some of the rave reviews YOU'VE GOT HATE MAIL has gotten!
The New York Post
Show Business Weekly
Theatre Is Easy
Huffington Post
CurtainUp
TDF Stages
Asbury Park Press
Media Mischief

Culture Catch
Single Women Rule
Single Gal in the City
Act Three
Diary of A Disillusioned Dater

Read an interview with the playwrights at
The Star-Ledger
Times Square Chronicles
New Jersey Monthly
Inside Jersey
Asbury Park Press
Connecticut Post
Huffington Post
Buzzine
Shockya

Visit the play's website for more info!

Hear what the critics are saying about YOU'VE GOT HATE MAIL - and come experience it for yourself!

"The perfect bedroom farce" - "expertly directed" - "riotously enacted by a five-person ensemble!" "The comic momentum -- there's even a chase scene -- never flags, even though all of the dialogue is spoken by performers seated in front of computers." - The New York Post

The intimate cabaret setting of the Triad is an ideal space to sip a cocktail and enjoy this witty bedroom comedy of errors. For theatergoers seeking a fun evening of non-stop laughs and pure entertainment, it doesn’t get better than this. - Show Business Weekly

... Fast-paced jokes, comedic writing, and strong performances! - Theasy.com

... A rapid-paced romp with a millennium twist.... Van Zandt is smarmy and temperamental as Richard. Milmore excels as the trim, well-off pampered wife, not street-wise but determined to save her marriage albeit with limits. - CurtainUp

Can a stage play where all the action takes place via email be funny? Actually, as the spirited comedy You’ve Got Hate Mail proves each Friday night, it’s hilarious.... Whether it’s Van Zandt’s twisting his necktie, Milmore’s fretting brow, Bonilla’s mischievous grin, Jones accenting his emails with a finger shoot, or the sly, sexy glint in West’s eyes and smile, it all adds to the fun. Under Gary Shaffer’s taut direction, the timing is razor-sharp and there’s never a lull in the proceedings. - Media Mischief

...Behind this very funny theater piece lurk many surprises. Moral: Beware what you post.
- Huffington Post

Two really funny, outrageous, off the charts writer/performers. Go see this show. - Olympia Dukakis

OUTRIGHT GUFFAWS! - Peter Filichia

A FUNNY PLAY! The verbal zingers fly fast and furious! - Asbury Park Press

LOL! The audience is guaranteed to do just that - LAUGH OUT LOUD! - Star-Ledger

I just came out of the most delightful romp at the Triad. My friend nearly peed herself laughing! Bravo! Bravo! - Toni Ryan, WPST-FM (94.5)

This show is hands down, one of my favorites! I laughed so much my stomach still hurt the next day! - Joanne Cruise, 92.7 WOBM

You've Got Hate Mail had me doubled-over in my seat, with tears rolling down my face, unable to catch my breath. Now THAT'S the way to laugh!!! - Liz Jeressi, 94.3 The Point Morning Show Co-Host

Hilarious! Riotous! I haven't enjoyed theater like this since the days of the late Charles Ludlum and his Ridiculous Theatrical Company! I can't recommend this play enough! - CultureCatch.com

You've Got Hate Mail is worthy of a sitcom...   You will laugh hysterically....  An entertaining date night of comedy! - Times Square Chronicle

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Samuel French, Inc. published a recent Q&A with Billy and Jane in which they discuss how they got started as playwrights, what working in TV is like, their influences, and other fascinating topics like horned Valkyrie helmets. Says Billy: "A hint for anyone doing our shows: be real. And listen to each other. And speed up the pace. A good farce is like a snowball going downhill, the pace gets faster and faster as you go." Full Article
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For information on Van Zandt/Milmore titles published and licensed by Samuel French, click here!

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Contact Billy and Jane at Van Zandt/Milmore Productions, 12400 Ventura Blvd, Suite #449, Studio City, CA 91604.

 

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BATHROOM HUMOR
CONFESSIONS OF A DIRTY BLONDE
DO NOT DISTURB
DROP DEAD!
HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME WISH YOU WERE HER
HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: THE MUSICAL
INFIDELITIES
LIE, CHEAT, AND GENUFLECT
A LITTLE QUICKIE
LOVE, SEX, AND THE I.R.S.
MERRILY WE DANCE AND SING (or THE NAUGHTY BOY)
A NIGHT AT THE NUTCRACKER
THE PENNIES
PLAYING DOCTOR
THE PROPERY KNOWN AS GARLAND
THE SENATOR WORE PANTYHOSE
SILENT LAUGHTER
SUITEHEARTS
TILL DEATH DO US PART
WHAT THE BELLHOP SAW
WHAT THE RABBI SAW
WRONG WINDOW
YOU'VE GOT HATE MAIL