Bebe Neuwirth
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Bebe Neuwirth
Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth is an American actress, musician and dancer. She has worked in television and is known for her portrayal of Dr. Lilith Sternin, Dr. Frasier Crane's wife, on both the TV sitcom Cheers (in a starring role), and its spin-off Frasier (in a recurring guest role).
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This Is The One Where The 'Friends' Cast Finally Reunited
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Bebe Neuwirth to join faculty of Manhattan School of Music
Yahoo News - over 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — Bebe Neuwirth is going back to school — the Emmy and Tony winner will be artistic adviser at the Manhattan School of Music's new bachelor's degree program in musical theater.
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Keepers of the Flame
Huffington Post - about 2 years
A muse and a mentor can go a long way toward helping an artist transform music into magic. While labanotation is a wonderful tool for documenting choreography, it can't capture the more intangible aspects of dance. How does one translate the electricity that transpires between a dancer's eyes and the gestures of his hands? How does one package the thrill of an audience experiencing a charismatic artist's performance? How does one capture the excitement of an ensemble of talented, muscular dancers as they perform seemingly impossible and highly stylized tricks of their trade? Like pheromones, these phenomena are powerful, yet often ethereal; functionally vital yet transcendent and occasionally transformative. In terms of dance, they are as precious as the smell of fresh rain on hot pavement. But how long can that last? Theatre companies may rely on dramaturgs, opera companies on musicologists, and museums on their curatorial staff. But to keep dance alive, it often ...
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Kristi York Wooten: Barry Manilow's New Musical Based on 'Backstreet Boys of the 1920s'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In 1991, Broadway lyricist Bruce Sussman saw a documentary by director Eberhard Fechner that prompted him to run to the nearest payphone and tell his writing partner, Barry Manilow, they must create a show about a forgotten 1920s ensemble called The Comedian Harmonists. That six-man German vocal group, which toured the world until being disbanded and dispersed by Nazi activity in 1934 (three of its members were Jewish), was the hottest thing going on the international music scene. Yet, today its story is little known -- even among music aficionados. Manilow and Sussman are hoping their hummable new collaboration will bring the German singers' story to the mainstream. After more than a decade of rewrites, soft starts and business snafus, the pair will open Harmony -- A New Musical, at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre on September 6. The musical is "adapted for the grasp of a 2013 audience," but inspired by the unique talents of The Comedian Harmonists, Manilow told me during a ...
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Former 'Smash' Star: 'We Didn't Stand A Chance'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK — The subject of bad dates comes up during an interview with Krysta Rodriguez, and she offers up a doozy. A few years ago, she and her boyfriend spent a ton of money on an expensive meal to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Around the dessert course, a man at a nearby table had a seizure and collapsed. An ambulance was called and the man was taken away. He turned out to be OK, but Rodriguez's romantic date was a casualty that night. "My boyfriend was so upset by it that he vomited the whole dinner. He had to run outside in the flower bed out front of the restaurant and throw up," she says, laughing. "I ended up taking care of him all night long on our anniversary while he literally vomited $400 worth of food." Rodriguez tells the story because romantic missteps are on her mind these days: The Broadway and "Smash" veteran is starring in a new musical about a blind date opposite Zachary Levi, who starred in the TV show "Chuck." In "First Date," ...
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Karen Fragala Smith: The Scent of Blue Jasmine Wafts Over the MoMA
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Serious actors, a few old-school comedians who've reinvented themselves, young beauties and some not-so-young beauties braved the rain and humidity to celebrate the New York premiere of Woody Allen's film, Blue Jasmine. The film stars Cate Blanchett, whose luminous complexion was complemented by an ice pink Balenciaga gown with appliqué flowers. Alec Baldwin proudly showed off his wife, Hilaria's baby bump. Tammy Blanchard was effervescent in a white frock with shimmering sequins contrasted by her new, glossy black coif. Louis C.K. skulked across the red carpet as if he was afraid he would be removed by security, and Andrew Dice Clay, who reached superstardom in the early '90s, followed by a series of failed sitcoms and loads of inconsequential radio spots over the last two decades, needed his own security team to protect him from the throngs of memorabilia-armed fans on the sidewalk. Certain notable names, who were less about being seen, and more ab ...
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Amazon Wades Farther Into Original Programming
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Alistair Barr SAN FRANCISCO, May 29 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Wednesday that it will make five original TV series, having used viewer feedback to pick the shows from a group of 14 pilots filmed by the world's largest Internet retailer earlier this year. The chosen series are: "Alpha House", a political comedy starring John Goodman; "Betas", a comedy about start-up culture in Silicon Valley; "Annebots", a kids' show about robots; "Creative Galaxy", an animated art adventure series; and "Tumbleaf", another kids' show about a small blue fox named Fig. These are the first TV series ever made by Amazon and represent a major foray into original programming delivered over the Internet, stepping up competition with Netflix Inc and Hulu. The new series will be shown exclusively on Amazon's Prime Instant Video service later this year and in early 2014, the company said. Prime Instant Video is fr ...
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Judging Amazon’s comedy pilots
Salon.com - almost 4 years
On Friday, Amazon made the pilots for eight sitcoms (and six kids shows) available to be streamed for free. After watching, viewers can opine and check boxes about the series in a survey, similar to a course evaluation form. Based on the responses, as well as focus group information and viewing data, Amazon will give some of these shows a 13-episode order. When ABC picks up a sitcom about two working-class guys who start to dress in drag to secure jobs, one wonders what on earth ABC executives were thinking. If Amazon picks up a musical comedy set at a faux-Huffington Post where Bebe Neuwirth plays Arianna Huffington and sings about how she is “someone with whom not to fuck,” we will only have ourselves to applaud. Continue Reading...
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Jason Apuzzo: Voices Raised in Resistance: Powerful Defiant Requiem Premieres on PBS Sunday, April 7
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If a hallmark of great art is its ability to transcend the limited circumstances of its creation, then there is no more heartbreaking realization of this than the 1944 performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Catholic Requiem by Jewish prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp Terezín. The story of Terezín and of the Requiem is told eloquently in director Doug Shultz's powerful new documentary Defiant Requiem, which premieres this Sunday, April 7, on PBS at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check listings for additional screenings on local PBS stations). It was at Terezín in 1944 that imprisoned Czech conductor Rafael Schächter led a chorus of his fellow Jewish prisoners -- most of them doomed to the gas chambers at Auschwitz -- in brazenly performing Verdi's Requiem before the very Nazis who had condemned them to death. One of the most complex and demanding of chorale works, Verdi's 1874 Requiem was originally intended as a musical rendition of the Catholic funeral mass. Rafael Schächter took Verdi ...
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Robin Gelfenbien: The Hard Truth About Sharing Your Birthday With Jesus and Baby New Year (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
As a kid, my birthday parties weren't always well-attended and two years ago, I celebrated my birthday almost two months late. Why? Because I was born on December 26, and while I did write a song called "Jesus Steals My Thunder," I realize that others might have it worse. So I asked Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth (12/31), comedian and radio host Brian Babylon (12/23), writer/producer Larry Goldstein (12/24) and the man who refers to himself as Baby Jesus' understudy, choreographer John Paolillo (12/25) how they feel about being born at this time of year. In the spirit of fairness, I've listed their responses in order from who gets shafted the most to the least (Larry said New Year's Eve was worse than Christmas Eve, so Bebe's second). Do you have any funny stories about your birthday? John: My Mom told me that when Santa was going up the chimney, I fell out of his bag of toys, and I was wrapped up in a blanket on a braided rug in front of the fireplace. A ...
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Wilborn Hampton: Welcome To The Golden Age
Huffington Post - about 4 years
At its heart, Golden Age, Terrence McNally's charming new play at the Manhattan Theater Club, is a passionate love story. Actually, it's several love stories, but what makes the play so appealing is the one between the playwright and the world of opera. It's hardly a secret that McNally is a consummate opera buff. There could be an entire subgenre of his work under the heading "the opera plays." He's written at least four - Master Class, The Lisbon Traviata, Prelude and Liebestod, and now Golden Age - that directly deal with opera themes and there are operatic references scattered throughout other works, not to mention his libretti. In Golden Age McNally is basically having some fun at the expense of opera snobs, but he also touches on the anguish that accompanies creative genius. All of the action occurs backstage of the Theatre des Italiens in Paris on the stormy night of Jan. 25, 1835 where the world premiere of Vincenzo Bellini's last opera, I Puritani, is ta ...
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Pre-Broadway Shows Lured To Chicago By Tax Credit
Huffington Post - about 4 years
CHICAGO -- The New York-bound musical "Kinky Boots" enjoyed a pre-Broadway run at a downtown Chicago theater this fall, but only after the state of Illinois lured producers with something that's scarce these days – money. The Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein production that's based on a 2005 movie, along with a second musical, "Big Fish," were the first to apply for a certificate making them eligible for a state theater tax credit. Lawmakers slipped it into a package of tax breaks approved late last year for corporate heavyweights Sears Holding Corp. and the CME Group Inc. The breaks appear to be doing their job: Producers say the credit – worth up to $500,000 per production or a cap of $2 million per year – was instrumental in their decision to bring the shows to Chicago instead of going straight to New York or previewing in Seattle, Toronto or San Francisco. In the highly competitive business of attracting big-name, revenue-generating productions, Chicago th ...
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First Look: Stockard Channing Comes To 'The Good Wife' Thanksgiving
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Stockard Channing is coming to dinner on "The Good Wife." The "West Wing" and "Grease" veteran will play Veronica, Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) mom. Veronica comes to town for Thanksgiving and in true "Good Wife" fashion, drama isn't far behind. Other guest stars include Dallas Roberts as Alicia's brother Owen, Bebe Neuwirth as Judge Friend and Brian Dennehy as Bucky Stabler. Here's how CBS describes the episode, "A Defense of Marriage": Alicia and Diane agree to let a famous liberal lawyer aid them on their latest case, but they soon realize he may not have their client’s best interests in mind. Meanwhile, Alicia’s mother arrives for Thanksgiving seeking moral and legal support from Alicia and her brother Owen, on "The Good Wife," Sunday, Nov. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Academy Award nominee Stockard Channing guest stars as Alicia’s mother and Bruce McGill guest stars as liberal crusader Jeremy Breslow. Brian Dennehy returns as lawy ...
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'Cheers' Cast Reunites After 30 Years
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Sam Malone and Diane Chambers may have had their fair share of tension as an on-again off-again couple on "Cheers," but 30 years later, Ted Danson (Malone) thinks Shelly Long (Chambers) has everything to do with the show's success. "You really put us on the map," Danson told Long at the "Cheers" 30th Anniversary Reunion Dinner, according to "Entertainment Tonight." "And this is not my opinion. This is everybody's. We hadn't seen a character like Diane Chambers for years ... You really put 'Cheers' on the map with your astounding performance." Long took home an Emmy for her performance on the sitcom, with the series earning a total of 28 Emmys over the course of its 11 seasons. 'Entertainment Tonight" had exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the "Cheers" Reunion Dinner, which took place on Sat., Oct. 6. and was hosted by the show’s creators, James Burrows, Glen Charles and Les Charles. Danson, Long and their "Cheers" co-stars Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long, George Wendt, J ...
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Weekend Planner: What's Going On This Labor Day?
Birmingham Patch - over 4 years
It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do this Labor Day weekend. Birmingham Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Arts: Stephen Gottlieb Festival of the Arts When: Now through Sunday Where: Berman Center for the Performing Arts (6600 W. Maple Rd.) Cost: Events require tickets Why Go: The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will host the Stephen Gottlieb Festival of the Arts, featuring concerts, lectures, hands-on art projects, family events, exhibits and films, and featuring Broadway and former “Cheers” star Bebe Neuwirth. The weekend culminates in a presentation of Stephen Sondheim's film Company, featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone and Stephen Colbert. For a line-up of events and ticket information, visit www.artsfest.jccdet.org. Fair: Great Lakes State Fair When: 8 a.m.-midnight, Friday-Monday Where: The Surburban Colle ...
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Nigel Lythgoe Developing a New TV Series Based on Fame
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Nigel Lythgoe Developing a New TV Series Based on Fame Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 11:53 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer behind American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, is partnering with MGM Television to create a scripted series based on the 1980 film (and later TV show) Fame, Deadline reports. Though Allen said she's unsure whether she'll be involved with the new series, she says she'll always hold a soft spot in her heart for the original. A remake of the original film version was released in 2009, starring Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth.
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Bebe Neuwirth to star in McNally's 'Golden Age'
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Bebe Neuwirth has been picked to star in the New York premiere of "Golden Age" by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally.
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Piranha 3D And Other Movie Guilty Pleasures
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
2010's Piranha 3D is a tough movie to top. It has everything you could want in a cheesy horror flick: an ass-kicking Elisabeth Shue, an adorably nerdy Adam Scott, a hilariously douche-y Jerry O'Connell and a whole lotta moronic Spring Breakers you just can't wait to see get eaten by an army of blood-thirsty piranhas. It was funny, gory and suspenseful all at once. Unfortunately, not even the King of Cheese himself, David Hasselhoff, can help Piranha 3DD live up to its predecessor. It's not all bad, though. David Koechner (Anchorman) does a good job of picking up where O'Connell left off as the sleaziest, greediest, perviest guy around. His character, Chet, has found a way to merge the most titillating qualities of a strip club with the wet 'n' wild properties of a water park in the form of an anything-goes amusement park called the Big Wet. Ving Rhames and the hilarious Paul Scheer (The League) are back for more, and provide some of the flick's funnier scenes as Rhames' character t ...
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First Look: Bebe Neuwirth Has Sympathy For the Understudy in The Standbys
Movie Line - almost 5 years
It's a tough life being a Broadway standby — knowing a part backward and forward, exhibiting months, even years of patience while literally waiting in the wings for your chance to play the role you're backing up for the star of the show. On the bright side, at least now you'd have an entire film telling your story — one for which Movieline is pleased to present a first look ahead of The Standbys world premiere this weekend in New York. Directed by Stephanie Riggs, The Standbys introduces viewers to a few of the performers who've made livings — and eventually, in some cases, made names — in some of the most thankless positions in all of theater: Standby and understudy. The documentary opens the Tony Awards Film Series this Saturday at the Paley Center in Manhattan; below, have quick glimpse at the film, featuring the sobering insights of Broadway icon Bebe Neuwirth. Here's more about The Standbys and this Saturday's screening; we'll keep you up to date about a theatrical and/or vi ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bebe Neuwirth
    FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010, she returned to Broadway to create the role of Morticia Addams in the original production of The Addams Family opposite Nathan Lane.
    More Details Hide Details Her screen credits include Green Card, Bugsy, Say Anything, Jumanji, Summer of Sam, Liberty Heights, Tadpole, The Associate, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Malice, The Big Bounce, The Faculty and Woody Allen's Celebrity.
  • 2009
    Age 50
    In 2009, she married Chris Calkins at the Players Club in Manhattan, in a ceremony officiated by actor Peter Coyote.
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    She appeared as herself in episodes of Will and Grace, Strangers with Candy and Celebrity Jeopardy! In 2009, she co-starred as Ms. Kraft in the remake of Fame.
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    In 2009, Neuwirth toured a one-woman cabaret show with pianist Scott Cady.
    More Details Hide Details The cabaret included music by Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Waits, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, John Kander and Fred Ebb amongst others.
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 47
    In May 2006, she had hip replacement surgery.
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    Neuwirth would later return to the still-running revival of Chicago in 2006, this time as Roxie Hart.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in a musical revue Here Lies Jenny, that featured songs by Kurt Weill, sung and danced by Neuwirth and a four-person supporting cast, as part of an unspoken ambiguous story in an anonymous seedy bar possibly in Berlin in the 1930s. The show ran from May 7 through October 3, 2004, in the Zipper Theater in New York City. Here Lies Jenny was also presented by Neuwirth in San Francisco in 2005.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 37
    In 1996, Neuwirth starred in a pilot for a TV series called Dear Diary for ABC which was not picked up.
    More Details Hide Details The producers had it edited slightly and put into a single theater for a single weekend in November 1996, and it became one of only two TV pilots to be nominated for an Oscar and the only one to win.
  • 1995
    Age 36
    The character also made an appearance in the series Wings and in 12 episodes of the Cheers spin-off Frasier, which earned her a 1995 Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
    More Details Hide Details Other small-screen credits include a guest appearance in the second season of NewsRadio, a small role on The Adventures of Pete and Pete (episode: "The Call"), Deadline (2000), Hack (2003), Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 as a modeling agent/suspect; 2005 as A.D.A Tracey Kibre), and the miniseries Wild Palms and the fourth season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, First Contact, as Lanel.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    She won two Emmy Awards for the role, in 1990 and 1991.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 27
    On television, from 1986 to 1993 Neuwirth played Dr. Lilith Sternin, who married Dr. Frasier Crane in the hit comedy series Cheers.
    More Details Hide Details From the fourth to the seventh season, Neuwirth portrayed Lilith in a regular recurring role, and she appeared on the show as a main star from season eight to the final season, season eleven. Like Kelsey Grammer when he started on the show as Frasier Crane, she was not immediately given star billing in the opening credits, but at the end for seasons eight and nine; she appeared in the opening credits with her own portrait in seasons ten and eleven. She auditioned for this role with her arm in a sling, following a fall a week earlier.
  • 1984
    Age 25
    Neuwirth's 1984 marriage to Paul Dorman ended in divorce.
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  • 1980
    Age 21
    Neuwirth made her Broadway debut in the role of Sheila in A Chorus Line in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details She later appeared in revivals of Little Me (1982) Sweet Charity (1986), for which she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, and Damn Yankees (1994). 1996 saw her play Velma Kelly in the Broadway revival of Chicago. That role brought her her greatest stage recognition to date, and several awards including the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on December 31, 1958.
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