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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.

 


Goin Out of Business

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/


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KAYE BALLARD
“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.

Kaye Ballard in FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVEThe 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.

Kaye Ballard, Liliane Montevecchi, and Donna McKechnie in FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVEEach 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.


Kaye Ballard, Donna McKechnie, Liliane Montevecchi

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

Donna McKechnie, Kaye Ballard, and Liliane MontevecchiSANTA 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.

Kaye Ballard, Donna McKechnie and Liliane Montevecchi discuss FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE

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."

Poster for FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE"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


The Mother of All DVDs

The Mothers-In-Law Complete Series on DVD The complete series of THE MOTHERS-IN-LAW is now on DVD.

This set has been well worth the wait. Not only does it contain the complete series - all 56 episodes lovingly remastered - but is also jam-packed with extras, including a new featurette with Kaye, "Remembering The Mothers-In-Law."

The set is priced at at $39.98 SRP for 1620 minutes on 8 discs. Video is in full frame, and audio is English.

 

 

 

 

A complete list of the bonus material included:

  • Remembering The Mothers-In-Law: New Featurette with Kaye Ballard
  • Desi Arnaz, Jr. Series Introduction
  • Original Unaired Pilot (with different actress playing Eve's daughter)
  • Cast Sponsor Commercials & Billboards
  • Network Promotional Spots
  • Behind The Scenes Footage with commentary by Kaye Ballard, writer Madelyn Davis and associate producer Dann Cahn
  • Rare Eve Arden & Kaye Ballard Footage
  • Let's Talk To Lucy - 1965 Lucille Ball radio interviews with Eve Arden
  • Eve Arden Home Movies
  • Unproduced Script
  • Photo Gallery
  • Desi Arnaz Productions Pilots: The Carol Channing Show (with Carol & Richard Deacon) & Land's End (with Rory Calhoun & Martin Milner)

The set is available for purchase online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, DVD Empire, DVD Planet, and Movies Unlimited

"I'm Ready for my Close-Up, Mr. Lucas"

Close-UpsIf you're looking for more inside scoop from Kaye about The Mothers-In-Law, you can't do better than reading Close-Ups: Conversations with Our TV Favorites by Eddie Lucas. The book received 5 out of 5 stars from Sitcoms Online, and was named 'Best TV Book of 2008' by Classic Images Magazine.

The following is an excerpt from the interview with Kaye, reprinted here by kind permission of Mr. Lucas:

Tell me about Eve Arden. What was she like?
Eve was the most wonderful… (She pauses trying to find the right words.) There was never an unkind word between Eve Arden and myself.

It's nice to hear things like that.
Oh, it was a joy, a joy! The whole show was. The tragedy was when Roger C. Carmel insisted on a two-hundred-and-fifty-dollar raise. Then Desi said, "Well, I'll replace you."

Two-hundred-and-fifty dollars would be considered a joke today.
Yes! We were all supposed to get a two-hundred-fifty-dollar raise the second year, and suddenly Proctor & Gamble wouldn't do it. So Desi said, "Either you do it, or the show doesn't go on." And all this when we were still in the top ten! What was so funny was that Eve and I were telling him, "No! We want to do it!" (Laughing.) It's fascinating the difference [in salaries] today. Eve and I didn't make that much money. Eve Arden who was a big star then, made six-thousand a week, and I made two. When you compare that today to one or two million dollars an episode!! It's crazy!

What are your memories of Roger C. Carmel?
Roger C. Carmel was the most wonderful actor. Perfect for that role.

Do you feel it hurt the show when he was replaced by Richard Deacon?
Oh, I think it made a big difference. I know it made a big difference for me, because I loved working with him. It was like a perfect combination. And Richard Deacon was not Roger C. Carmel. He was a wonderful actor, but I had a chemistry with Roger C. and I could hit him, no matter how hard! But when I'd hit Richard, he'd go, "Owww!" Richard didn't really want to be there. He just did it because he wanted a job.

The writers put you and Eve into some hilarious situations. The chemistry between the two of you was superb. Perfect comic foils.
Oh, thank you. I'm glad you care about things like that. So many of the young people don't care about what was. That show was a funny show…You can't beat I Love Lucy and The Mothers-In-Law, because they were written by the same writers. And do you know that "Nick at Nite" turned it down because they said it was too dated? I mean, is Gilligan's Island dated? (She pauses.) But you know what I'm proudest of about our little show? The laughs you hear on The Mothers-In-Law were legitimate. That's one thing Desi hated. Sweetening the laughs. Desi never used canned laughter. There was no sweetening on The Mothers-In-Law. And we didn't keep taping till three in the morning, like some of these new shows, redoing takes. With Desi, there was no redoing. That was it!

You can read more by purchasing the book from Amazon.com.

 

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