A CONVERSATION WITH KAYE
Legendary Stage and Film Actress Shares Her Memories from Gilbert & Sullivan’s
The Pirates of Penzance.
September 6, 2016 — This New Year’s Eve, American musician and composer Adrian D. Holmes will release his debut album titled The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited, a completely electronic re-imagination of the score from William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s classic operetta The Pirates of Penzance. As we countdown to December 31, Adrian has been spending time with various artists who have appeared in major productions of The Pirates over the years. The first to be featured is none other than Ms. Kaye Ballard, the beautifully talented actress whose dazzling career has spanned over seven decades.
In this interview, Kaye shares her memories of working alongside major stars like Rex Smith, Kevin Kline, Treat Williams, and Maureen McGovern; of coping with only two weeks of rehearsals to prepare for a challenging fifty-three week Broadway run; and even of nearly forgetting the lyrics to an entire song in the middle of a performance!
Experience these and other memories from Kaye, as she takes Adrian and the rest of us on a rip-roaring high-seas adventure through what has been lauded “the very model of a modern major musical.”
Read the interview for yourself today at http://www.adriandholmes.com/news--notes/a-conversation-with-kaye.
Kaye Ballard’s “Going Out of Business!” Farewell Show
Jan. 24, 2014 -
Veteran actress, Kaye Ballard, is happy to present her “Going Out of Business!” Farewell Show. The “Going Out of Business!” Farewell Show will be hosted at Camelot Theatres on Tuesday, March 11th beginning at 7pm. The show will be almost two hours of live entertainment, with a 15 minute intermission. “There’s lots of singing and entertainment,” Ballard continued. “Plus some very special guest appearances and, of course, some fun surprises along the way!”
Ballard has been performing for more than sixty four years! To say she is a survivor is a bit of an understatement! But now, at eighty eight, Kaye has decided to retire. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Kaye’s giving Palm Springs area audiences one last chance to see her. “I wanted to do one last show before I retired,” Kaye said recently. “But the only business I know is show business, so I decided to just say I was going out of business!”
The show, aptly entitled “Kaye Ballard…is Going Out Of Business!,” is scheduled to take place on March 11, 2014, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. “It’s one show only,” Kaye says. “None of this coming and going and coming and going for me. This is really it!” The show, which features almost two hours of live entertainment, begins at 7pm, and will include one 15 minute intermission. “There’s lots of singing and entertainment,” Ballard continued. “Plus some very special guest appearances and, of course, some fun surprises along the way!”
For info and tickets, visit www.camelottheatres.com/2014/01/24/kaye-ballards-going-out-of-business-farewell-show/
“MAYBE THIS TIME”
One Night Only at
FEINSTEIN'S at LOEWS REGENCY
Sunday, Jun 17, 2012: 8:00PM
This will be Kaye Ballard first appearance in New York in well over a decade. Ballard's show "MAYBE THIS TIME" referring to the song which was written for her, and she introduced, will discuss her experiences in show business during these first 70 years of her ongoing career, culminating in a salute to her mentor Henny Youngman.
More information and tickets.
FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE
Sunday, December 5, 2010; Posted: 06:12 PM - by BWW News Desk
Last night in Santa Fe at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center Kaye Ballard, Donna McKechnie and Liliane Montevecchi were greeted by an 'SRO' crowd in a one-night-only gala performance "From Broadway with Love". The Broadway performance benefited Animal Protection of New Mexico, a non-profit organization that has been challenging historic and widespreal cruelty in New Mexico for more than 30 years.
The show, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, with musical direction by Christopher Marlowe, and lighting and sound by Matt Berman, received 3 standing ovations and the crowd went wild for the three ladies. In addition to numbers that they performed together, they each headlined their own section for an audience that seemed hungry for "From Broadway with Love". Each actress had their own showstopper within their section, with Liliane performing 'Folies Bergere' from NINE for which she won a Tony Award, Donna McKechnie with 'Music and the Mirror' from A CHORUS LINE for which she won a Tony Award and Kaye Ballard stopped the show cold singing 'Lazy Afternoon' and telling an extraordinary story about her opening night in THE GOLDEN APPLE, which was one of the earliest musicals to ever win a Pulitzer prize. Ballard told the audience that she hadn't sung the song in over 40 years.
Each actress has a distinctive style and the audience ate them up. The show closed with a poignant film of before-and-after pictures of abused animals, while the girls sang Stephen Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around." The audience was literally in tears, and another ovation followed. A very glamorous party was held down the street at the Eldorado Hotel, which coincidentally, is a pet friendly hotel - one of many in Santa Fe.
In attendance were many prominent Santa Feans, including Ali MacGraw. People also flew in from all over the country, including artist Hillary Knight, who designed the show's glamorous poster, which is also available for sale, signed by all three ladies. There is already talk of a possible tour, very much in the style of '4 Girls 4' which toured the US extensively back in the late 70s.
A TRIPPLE THREAT I'm excited to announce that I'm in rehearsals for a show with Donna McKechnie and Liliane Montevecchi entitled From Broadway with Love to benefit Animal Protection of New Mexico. The show is directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, who - among other things - staged concert productions for performers like Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters. The show is set for December 4, 2010 at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico for one performance only.
UPDATE (press release via PRNewswire):
Hollywood and Broadway Award-winners Perform "From Broadway with Love" to Support Humane Treatment of Animals
SANTA FE, N.M., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood and Broadway legends Kaye Ballard, Donna McKechnie and Liliane Montevecchi will star in a one-night-only gala performance "From Broadway with Love" at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Broadway performance will benefit Animal Protection of New Mexico, a non-profit organization that has been challenging historic and widespread animal cruelty in New Mexico for more than 30 years. Hilary Knight, internationally renowned illustrator, will design the art for the event.
Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, "From Broadway with Love" will reunite Ballard, McKechnie, and Montevecchi since performing in Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" in 1998. The show will begin with Ballard, McKechnie and Montevecchi performing together with music, comedy and dance. It will continue with individual performance, and they will reunite in the show's finale.
View the video of Kaye Ballard, Donna McKechnie and Liliane Montevecchi discussing FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE
Ballard starred on Broadway in "Gypsy," "Funny Girl," and "Nunsense." She has been in numerous films and has guest starred in a variety of television programs. Her NBC sitcom "Mothers-in-Law" was re-released on DVD in July.
Recently completing "My Musical Comedy Life" in New York and Australia, Tony Award winner McKechnie is best known for her role as Cassie in the musical "A Chorus Line." In addition, McKechnie has starred in numerous Broadway productions including "Promises, Promises," "State Fair," and "On the Town." Receiving a Tony Award for her portrayal of Liliane La Fluer in "Nine," Montevecchi began her career as a prima ballerina. Inspired by dance, she began a film career in the 1950s only to leave Hollywood for a leading role in "Follies Bergere." Montevecchi's Broadway credits include starring in "Grand Hotel," and "La Plume de Ma Tanta."
"From Broadway with Love" will take place on December 4, 2010 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street, in Santa Fe, NM at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range in price between $35 and $400. The $400 priced seats include a post-show champagne reception and vegan dinner attended by the cast and crew, as well as an oversized autographed print of the playbill cover.
Tickets are available at www.TicketsSantaFe.org, or by calling the box office at (505) 988-1234.
SOURCE Animal Protection of New Mexico