Sharon Gless Stars in ‘A Round-Heeled Woman’; Judy Garland Tribute; Openings …

by Buzzin' Lee Hartgrave on January 15, 2010


Former Cagney & Lacey alumni Stephen Macht and Sharon Gless get together again on stage as lovers in the Jane Prowse play “A Round-Heeled Woman”. Described as ‘My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance.” Gless is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress. From T.V. to Movies and Cabaret – she’s done it all. Here’s what you can expect. Lots of sexual situations – falling in love – heartbreak – falling out of love – rejection and other goodies to hot to tell you about. Now Playing at the Z Space at Project Artaud, 450 Florida St. It all starts on Jan 16 8pm.

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE! Another Alumni of Cagney and Lacy, Tyne Daly will be at the Rrazz Room today only. She is hugely entertaining. I would say Drop Everything and get to the club to see her before she leaves. That noise you hear outside the Hotel Nikko isn’t people running for another donut. No, they are running to see Tyne Daly. She Sparkles on her vocals. Daly even sings a couple of Rudy Vallee songs without a megaphone. “A Terrific Gem of a Show!” At:

Harvey Fierstein as Tevye. Photo: Joan Marcus.

ON JANUARY 27, HARVEY FIERSTEIN WILL BE IN TOWN AND ON THE GOLDEN GATE STAGE – He will be playing the role of Tevye in the ever-popular “Fiddler on the Roof”. Fierstein will certainly give the musical a new way of looking at the story. He’s bound to stretch the boundaries. And that’s a good thing. New energy is good news for any musical – and Fierstein has an abundance of that.

Pam Brooks (Center) and cast in Judy, Judy, Judy.

THE HIT MUSICAL REVUE – JUDY, JUDY, JUDY is a Cabaret Tribute to the Songs of Judy Garland. Where? At the Bankhead Theatre in Livermore. In the cast, Tielle Baker – a musical theatre and Opera star. Pamela Brooks is a Cabaret Gold-Award winning performer and Pops Symphony Artist, and ML Parr, who is an Emmy Award-featured singer who has starred in shows such as “Hello Dolly!” “Pump Boys & Dinettes, and most recently “Hats!”

RITA MORENO, LESLIE JORDAN, MAUREEN MC GOVERN, SHARON GLESS, MARIA MULDAUR, LA TOYA LONDON, NICK LAZZARINI, DAVID BURNHAM AND TEAL WICKS and TIM HOCKENBERRY. What do all these stars have in common? They are all donating their talents and time to the REAF Help in on the way – All-Star – Valentine Benefit Concert on Feb. 8, 2010 – Marines Memorial Theatre in SF. How can you not want to see this fantastic line-up of talent. Just to see Rita Moreno and Leslie Jordan would be enough – but to have all these other great talents is just too tempting for you to sit home. Take La Toya London. She has one of the most outstanding voices that I have ever heard. She doesn’t just sing – she is the song. Her heart and soul wrap around every note. Leslie Jordan is always wacky beyond belief. Just coming out on the stage gets laughs. He is one of America’s greatest talents. Sharon Gless is very busy with the new play at Project Artaud, but she is taking the time to dazzle us at the Marines Theater. There will be other surprises in the show. Make this a real memorable Valentines Day celebration. Bring your Valentine, who could be just a buddy, your mother or your lover. I can guarantee that you will find this show to be a once in a lifetime delightful, witty and inventive evenings of song, comedy, dance. This one could be your “Winter of Fun” – plus you will be helping various charities. Here is a bonus: For a few bucks more you can attend A Dessert Party with the Cast (Gala & Underwriter tix only) featuring complimentary wine, cocktails and desserts at the Hotel Monaco’s Paris Ballroom. For General seating or Gala Tickets call 415-273-1620 or


TheatreWorks, has always been the acclaimed leader in the Bay Area for bringing in new and exciting shows. Now, they have brought a new and exciting premiere musical “Daddy Long Legs” to the Mountain View Stage. This new musical romance is based on the loved novel by Jean Webster. This is a story about a young orphan sent to a prestigious college by an anonymous benefactor. (Actually, believe it or not – that happened to me.) The musical features Megan McGinnis and Bay Area favorite Robert Adelman Hancock. David
Farley has designed the sets and costumes. The musical plays Jan. 20 – Feb. 14 at TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Oh! Hit me again! A scene from the long-running “Pearls Over Shanghai.”


Out of my Top Plays in 2009, Thrillpeddlers (Pearls Over Shanghai) is in the top five. Now here is really great news. You still have a chance to get on this wild roller coaster ride since it has just been extended til April 24, 2010. Getting reservations may be a little tough, cause the show frequently sells out. This is the longest running Cockettes Musical ever. Take a look at the picture – if that doesn’t get you in, nothing will.

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Sunday Datebook and produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))



The Photo of Lee Hartgrave Boy Reporter is by Jim Ferreira – Film Noir & Hollywood Glamour.



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Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave is a longtime theater critic in the San Francisco Bay Area. His reviews appear each Friday in Beyond Chron.

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