Thursday, December 28, 2006

SOB's 6 Singular Sensations Of '06 - #5: Kitty Carlisle Hart

SOB's 6 Singular Sensations Of '06 - #5: Kitty Carlisle Hart

Introduction: Throughout the course of 2006, I've had many incredible opportunities to see some of the best actors, singers and dancers of our time perform live on the stage. Rather than recap the best shows of the year (which I'll do at the close of the 2006-07 Theatrical Season), I'm devoting the last six days of the calendar year to those live performances that have stayed with me throughout the year.

One of my favorite evenings spent this year was the one spent in August in the presence of Kitty Carlisle Hart -- American theatre royalty if there ever was. And such a class act, too! As hard as it was to believe, there she stood on the stage telling personal anecdotes and remembrances about some of the greatest luminaries in 20th Century American theatre including George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, among others.

Here is what I had to say about Kitty Carlisle Hart's performance last August:

I was thrilled to be able to sit in the presence of the doyenne of Broadway society for most of the 20th Century: Kitty Carlisle Hart, an astonishing film, stage and television figure whom I’ve admired from the days of her long stint as a panelist on TV’s “To Tell the Truth” during my childhood. In the sold-out An American Icon, the nearly 96 years young Mrs. Moss Hart remains sharp as tack, graceful as American theatrical royalty and the epitome of class and sophistication. There she stood, poised on the stage of North Hollywood’s El Portal Theatre for more than one hour, regaling the enthusiastic audience with an erudite cross-section of her illustrious, captivating life.

Here's a toast to you, Kitty Carlisle Hart -- and here's to many more years!

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
An American Icon: Kitty Carlisle Hart (The SOB Review) - El Portal Theatre, North Hollywood, CA (August 7, 2006)

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At 28 December, 2006, Anonymous Esther said...

Of course, I also remember Kitty Carlisle from watching "To Tell The Truth" as a kid. She always seemed very elegant and glamorous, but I doubt I knew anything about her.

What an incredible privilege to be in her presence and hear all the great stories about all the legendary artists she knew.

It's really a unique opportunity and I'm glad you got the chance to be there!

At 05 January, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...


It's not every day in this 21st Century that we're able to still hear and learn about the greatest names in 20th Century theatre from someone who knew them all. Kitty Carlisle is the 8th Wonder of the World, and I'm blessed to have seen -- and met -- her in person.


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