Hal Linden and More Set for Pasadena Playhouse’s UNDER MY SKIN; Full Cast Announced! – BroadwayWorld.com

Monday, August 13, 2012; 05:08 PM – by BWW News Desk

The Pasadena Playhouse, in association with W.I.T. Productions, announced today the full casting, featuring Hal Linden, and creative team for UNDER MY SKIN. Single tickets are also now on sale to the public and rehearsals begin tomorrow, August 14. This World Premiere engagement of UNDER MY SKIN is written by the award-winning team of RoBert Sternin and Prudence Fraser and will be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. Performances will begin September 11 through October 7, with an official press opening on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at The Pasadena Playhouse.

“Marcia has assembled a wonderfully talented cast to bring this delicious comedy to life on The Playhouse stage,” said Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse. “I am excited to see the production grow over the coming weeks of rehearsal and eager for our audiences to enjoy another world premiere engagement on our stage.”

“I’m thrilled to make my Pasadena Playhouse debut with this hilarious comedy by Rob Sternin and Prudence Fraser,” said director Marcia Milgrom Dodge. “We’ve assembled a terrific cast who are not only funny, but gorgeous and sexy. I am so excited to play with them all.”

In UNDER MY SKIN, a twist of fate leads to love and laughs when New York’s most eligible bachelor and a single working mom hilariously experience each other’s lives and see things from a very different perspective. From the acclaimed writing and producing team of RoBert Sternin and Prudence Fraserand Tony-nominated Ragtime director Marica Milgrom Dodge, comes the world premiere of an outrageous, new, heartfelt comedy about sex love and healthcare … the three things we all need but can’t always get.

The full cast for UNDER MY SKIN features (in alphabetical order):

• Tim Bagley as “Dr. Hurtz” (“Web Therapy,” Knocked Up)
• Erin Cardillo as “Melody Dent” (“Hawaii Five-0,” “Passions,” “The Suite Life on Deck”)
• Yvette Cason as “Angel” (Dreamgirls, Ray Charles Live!, Sisterella)
• Hal Linden as “Poppa Sam” (“Barney Miller”)
• Monette Magrath as “Victoria” (“Weeds,” The Playhouse’s Mauritius)
• Megan Sikora as “Nanette” (L.A. & Broadway’s Curtains)
• Danielle Soibelman as “Casey” (The Morning After, The Chaperone)
• Matt Walton as “Harrison Badish” (Burn After Reading, “One Life to Live,” Comedy Central’s “Onion Sports Dome”)

In addition to director Marcia Milgrom Dodge, the creative team for UNDER MY SKIN includes scenic design by John Iacovelli (The Playhouse’s recent hit The Heiress), lighting design by Jared A. Sayeg (The Playhouse’s recent hit Blues For An Alabama Sky), sound design by Philip G. Allen (The Playhouse’s recent hit ART) and costume design by Kate Bergh (The Playhouse’s recent hit ART).

UNDER MY SKIN will play from September 11 – October 7, 2012 with the official press opening on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. ThePasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, Calif. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Single show ticket prices for UNDER MY SKIN range from $22.00 – $62.00, with Premium Seating available for $100.00. Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases. Rush tickets are available for $20.00 one hour prior to the performance time and are subject to availability. Rush tickets must be purchased at The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office. Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Monday from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (until September 10, the Box Office is closed on Mondays) and Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available 24 hours online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org. Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161.


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BWW Reviews: Hal Linden And David Brenner Bring Class and

Comedy To The McCallum Theatre

Friday, March 30, 2012; 04:03 PM – by David Green


Last night the McCallum Theatre played host to a double bill of music and comedy that, at first glance, seemed like a very odd pairing — a duo with nothing in common – Tony winner and multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominated stage and television actor Hal Linden and comedian David Brenner, who is best known as the comic who had the greatest number of appearances on Johnny Carson’s tonight show. But, what an incredible evening it was! The Common denominator was sheer talent and it paid off in spades for the near sell-out crowd. Each entertainer delivered a finely crafted, hour-long performance and either act, alone, would have been well worth the price of admission.

The show opened with the elegant Hal Linden, accompanied by a stellar seven-piece band, who firmly established his theme for the evening with an opening medley of “I’m Old Fashioned” and “Remember.” From the first sixteen bars he proved he is a master of his craft — an actor who truly understands the interpretation of a lyric and that every lyric is really a monologue set to music. He was sincere and engaging, and the twinkle in his eye and his sheer passion for performing pushes way beyond the footlights and embraces everyone in the theatre. And they embrace him back.

He broke the ice by raising the question he believed everyone had on their minds – “What the hell is Barney Miller doing singing?” And then he answered it — over and over again — as he turned out one outstanding performance after another, songs that he once performed with the most celebrated big bands in the country (he picked up his clarinet for a big band tribute) and on the Broadway stage, including two songs from his theatrical debut opposite Judy Holliday in “Bells Are Ringing.” Perhaps the finest moment in the show was his re-creation of his Tony Award winning performance in The Rothschilds, which began with Mr. Linden sitting at a make-up table and, as he set the scene, transforming himself into the 87 year old Mayer Rothschild for the stirring monologue leading into “In My Own Lifetime.”

He received three standing ovations, duly honoring his 65 years in show business, and graced the audience with a welcome encore of “It’s Never Too Late.” From start to finish Mr. Linden epitomized the true meaning of “class act.”

Act Two was the brilliantly funny David Brenner, the man that is credited with inventing what is known as “observational comedy,” a style also made famous by Jerry Seinfeld and the like. He delivered a sixty-plus minute comedy roller coaster ride that had the entire audience rolling in their seats, if not the aisles. Mr. Brenner’s acerbic wit hasn’t lost a beat since the old Tonight Show days – he is as fresh and funny as ever and his timing is pristine. He poked fun at everything from our nation’s obesity crisis to YouTube (“YouTube is eight years old. Can you believe that eight years ago nobody gave a sh*t that a cat could play a piano?”) and just about everything in-between. Mr. Brenner truly had the crowd in the palm of his hand and if he had determined to do additional hour of material I feel confident that no one would have left their seat.

All in all, it was another coup for the McCallum Theatre in an exceptional theatrical season and an evening in the theatre not to be missed.

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