Monday, June 26, 2006

American Theatre Icon Kitty Carlisle Hart to Perform in North Hollywood

American Theatre Icon Kitty Carlisle Hart to Perform in North Hollywood

Very few living theatrical legends can even come close to mirroring the sophisticated class imbued by Kitty Carlisle Hart throughout 20th Century theatre, movies and television. Now, Los Angeles audiences will have their opportunity to be entertained by this American entertainment icon August 4-6 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

Carlisle Hart may best be remembered by the vast majority of Americans for her expert quizzing of contestants on television's various versions of "To Tell the Truth." But the 95 year old entertainer is still regaling audiences with her tales of her marriage to renowned playwright Moss Hart of You Can't Take It With You and Once In A Lifetime fame, as well as her accounts of long-since departed friends like Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.

A native of New Orleans, Kitty Carlisle Hart began her Broadway career an astonishing 73 years ago this fall in Champagne, Sec (based on the operetta Die Fledermaus) and went on to perform in six more Great White Way productions through 1983's On Your Toes. Additionally, Carlisle Hart's movie career spans 59 years beginning with 1934's "Murder At The Vanities," and includes such notable films as "A Night At The Opera" (1935) with the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen's "Radio Days" (1987) and "Six Degrees of Separation" (1993).

A 1991 recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts' American National Medal of the Arts, Carlisle Hart is perhaps one of our last surviving treasures from Broadway's Golden Age. It's no wonder her acclaimed show has become so iconic for anyone who wants a moment to bask in the glory of a bygone era. You can bet I'll be making the trip to North Hollywood so I can stand up and cheer this priceless American Icon.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets (note that the premium seats also admit ticketholders to a post-performance reception with Kitty Carlisle Hart).

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