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‘Sam Bendrix’ hits the highlights of a heyday
By Alice T. Carter, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Last updated: 1:38 pm
Luke Macfarlane wants to make one thing clear about “Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir.”
“It is not a cabaret act,” he says. “It’s a beautiful, delicate play, a one-man show disguised as a cabaret act.”
Some confusion is inevitable.
The play takes place in 1958 in the Bon Soir, a legendary nightclub where performers including Barbra Streisand and Phyllis Diller got their starts.
The Bon Soir was a smoky, intimate venue where well-dressed, diverse audience — blacks and whites, straights and gays — gathered to hear music by legendary songwriters such as Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and the Gershwins. It was an era before rock ‘n’ roll, the Stonewall riots, the Civil Rights struggle and the Vietnam War changed the world.
“It was an intimate world — a club where so many different parts of New York could get together,” Macfarlane says.
Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir article
City Theatre is bringing a world premiere production to its intimate Southside-based Lester Hamburg Studio Stage. The latest play to mark its 37th season, Keith Bunin’s Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir, will transport audiences to a highly creative and influential moment in American history.
The year is 1958, the setting the legendary Bon Soir club in New York’s lively Greenwich Village. At the bustling cabaret-style club, charismatic musician Sam Bendrix and his talented band are about to take the stage for what will be their final riveting performance. Underscoring the cultural, political and societal shifts brewing beneath the surface of modern America, the new play weaves a “tale of an era not yet ready for the revolutionary changes on the horizon.”
Luke Macfarlane along with playwright, Keith Bunin, were interviewed on channel 2 news, Pittsburgh. The interview revolved around the musical play, Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir. For those who haven’t seen the video, you may watch it after the jump.
City Theatre will be conducting an interview with Luke Macfarlane on his upcoming reprisal of Sam Bendrix in Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir. You can submit questions to Luke Macfarlane via this website they have posted up. The interview will be posted on City Theatre’s facebook page. If you haven’t “liked” them yet, please do so now to support this endeavor! :)
Luke Macfarlane will be reprising his role as Sam Bendrix once again this year. This time, the stage event for Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir, written by Keith Bunin, will be held at the City Theatre, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The play will run from November 12, 2011, to December 18, 2011, at the Hamburg Studio. Tickets run from $30 to $60 (USD) and can be purchased online via City Theatre’s Online Ticketing.
Address to the Hamburg Studio is 1300 Bingham St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203.
Saturday, November 12 at 5:30 pm; Sunday, November 13 at 7pm;
Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 16 at 7pm;
Thursday, November 18 at 8 pm
PRESS / OPENING NIGHT
Friday, November 18 at 8 pm
Regular Run Schedule
Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 pm; Wednesday at 1 pm;
Thurs. and Fri. at 8 pm; Sat. at 5:30 & 9 pm; Sun. at 2 pm