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WISHFUL DRINKING’s Carrie Fisher on “Letterman” tomorrow night

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

WISHFUL DRINKING

 

Creator & Star 

Carrie Fisher

will be featured on

 

CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman”

 

Tomorrow, November 24th between 11:35AM-12:35AM  

on Channel 2

 

“Extremely funny full-frontal confession. Carrie Fisher makes you feel like you’ve arrived for a slumber party to swap confidences. You’re going to like it. A Lot.” 

 -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

  

on Broadway at Studio 54

Tomorrow, November 24th, Carrie Fisher, star of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Wishful Drinking, will appear on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” between 11:35AM-12:35AM on channel 2.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price & Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is proud to present the Broadway premiere production of Wishful Drinking, created and performed by Carrie Fisher and directed by Tony Taccone at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St).  

 

Wishful Drinking opened officially on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. The limited engagement has been extended through January 17th, 2010.

 

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend, told with the same wry wit she poured into bestsellers like Postcards from the Edge. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon when she starred as “Princess Leia” in the first Star Wars trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie’s life did not stay picture perfect.  Fisher is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Wishful Drinking plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.  Prices range from $31.50-$111.50.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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WISHFUL DRINKING with Carrie Fisher extends to Jan. 17, 2010

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

announces

 

TWO WEEK EXTENSION!

Through January 17, 2010

 

 

WISHFUL DRINKING

Created and performed by

CARRIE FISHER

 

Directed by Tony Taccone

 

“Extremely funny full-frontal confession. You’re going to like it. A Lot.” 

-Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

“Winning and Hilarious! Carrie Fisher is witty, likable, acerbic, clever and wryly forthcoming about the warped reality of life in the celebrity bubble.”

-David Rooney, Variety

 

“Broadway’s new Queen of Comedy!” – Pat Collins, WWOR TV

 

on Broadway at Studio 54

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price & Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is pleased to announce a two-week extension of Wishful Drinking, created and performed by Carrie Fisher.   Directed by Tony Taccone, the Broadway premiere production will extend through January 17th, 2010.

 

Wishful Drinking opened officially on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St).  This limited engagement has been extended through January 17th, 2010.

 

Alexander V. Nichols provides the scenic, lighting and projection design.

 

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend, told with the same wry wit she poured into bestsellers like Postcards from the Edge. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon when she starred as “Princess Leia” in the first Star Wars trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie’s life did not stay picture perfect.  Fisher is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover.

 

TICKET INFORMATION & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

 

Through January 3, 2010: Wishful Drinking will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.  Beginning January 6, 2010Wishful Drinking will play Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM. 

 

Wishful Drinking the book, based on the Broadway Play, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 14 weeks, and is available in paperback from Simon & Schuster.

 www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

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WISHFUL DRINKING & BYE BYE BIRDIE in Wall St. Journal

The Wall Street Journal

November 6, 2009

 

A Dressing Room of One’s Own

For stars like Carrie Fisher and Gina Gershon, the backstage getaway gets a makeover

By ELLEN GAMERMAN

Never mind the star on the door. Actors on Broadway are getting something even better with their dressing rooms: their own interior designer.

 

With celebrities continuing their steady march to Broadway, the drafty dressing room with exposed pipes and worn carpet is getting an upgrade. Productions are helping provide their star performers with lush, professionally created backstage getaways. The dressing-room makeover serves several purposes: a perk for the actor, exposure for the show and a marketing opportunity for interior designers who are trying to build a brand.

This season, the press office for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Wishful Drinking” brought in HGTV interior designer and architect John Gidding to personalize a space for actress, author and “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher during her current one-woman show at Studio 54.

Ms. Fisher relaxes backstage amid candy-colored stripes on the walls, an electrified neon strip in the bathroom (a nod to the theater’s disco past) and “Star Wars” kitsch scattered around, including a painting of a white poodle with Princess Leia buns. Mr. Gidding recalls Ms. Fisher telling him she has pictures of funny-looking kids in her Los Angeles home, so he also hung up a photo of a child with big ears. “It’s someone’s baby that someone I know knows,” he says, adding that the parents don’t know their child’s face has been repurposed as dressing-room décor.

 

“He took a room that looked like an emergency room and made it into a playroom, with emergency room overtones,” Ms. Fisher said in an email. “A place where I have room to grow.”

Unlike a trailer on a movie set—often just a locker room between takes—theater dressing rooms can be second homes, personal spaces about as big as the New York apartments of many aspiring actors. In these rooms, actors entertain, get into character, eat and nap between eight performances a week. When Marléne Danielle left her dressing room after 18 years in “Cats”—the only cat to last the full run—she found the move emotionally wrenching.

“It was … a very, very comforting, secure place,” Ms. Danielle says of the dressing room she shared with more than a dozen other women. “You may come to work feeling horrible—’Oh my God, I don’t want to perform today.’ You have a chance to speak to someone who will get you through whatever you’re going through: breakups, deaths, marriages, sicknesses, you name it.”

Gina Gershon, who stars in “Bye Bye Birdie,” felt claustrophobic in her dressing room below street level at Henry Miller’s Theatre. She was horrified by the harsh fluorescent lighting and gray walls. “It literally looked like a prison cell,” she says. So she worked with interior-designer and artist friends to brighten the room, including placing a movable window frame over a large photo of the ocean to create an “ocean view.” She added a machine that plays sounds of seagulls and crashing waves. “It’s like a psychological thing,” she says. “It helps me feel calm instead of feeling like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t breathe.'”

“Birdie” co-star John Stamos favored an “old Broadway look” for his dressing room, whose makeover was occasioned by a segment on the “Rachael Ray Show.” HGTV host and interior designer Carter Oosterhouse turned the drab room into a red-and-black lair, then added a framed Playbill from the 1960 Broadway production signed by original cast members Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera. (On “Rachel Ray,” Mr. Stamos vowed to kiss the picture of Ms. Rivera before every show.) Mr. Oosterhouse was able to collect about $10,000 in mostly donated furnishings for the project, and in turn he promoted West Elm products in the segment.

Click here to read the full article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703574604574501690415706508.html 

 

 

Carrie Fisher on Broadway & NY Times Best Sellers List

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Celebrates

Carrie Fisher

and her best-selling memoir

Wishful Drinking

as it hits #7 on the

New York Times

Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers List

on October 18th.

Wishful Drinking opened to rave reviews on Broadway

in a limited engagement through January 3rd, 2010 at Studio 54  

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Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price & Berkeley Repertory Theatre, celebrate Carrie Fisher and her best-selling memoir Wishful Drinking (Simon & Schuster) which will hit #7 on the New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers List on October 18th

The stage production Wishful Drinking, created and performed by Carrie Fisher and directed by Tony Taccone at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St) opened to rave reviews on Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company.  Wishful Drinking opened officially on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. This is a limited engagement through January 3rd, 2010.

The Simon & Schuster published book, which has received accolades from reviewers across the country, has 100,000 paperback copies in print after 3 printings.

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend, told with the same wry wit she poured into bestsellers like Postcards from the Edge. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon when she starred as “Princess Leia” in the first Star Wars trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie’s life did not stay picture perfect.  Fisher is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Wishful Drinking plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.  Prices range from $31.50-$111.50.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

Wishful Drinking’s Carrie Fisher and Ragtime’s Savannah Wise in the news

CARRIE FISHER, STAR OF ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY’S WISHFUL DRINKING

AND RAGTIME’S SAVANNAH WISE

FEATURED IN THE DAILY NEWS

Carrie Fisher, currently starring in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Wishful Drinking and Savannah Wise, who plays legendary Vaudeville actress Evelyn Nesbit in the upcoming revival of Ragtime are featured in The Daily News in an article on daughters of performing parents who are following in their footsteps.

Daughters of B’way

Showbiz may be in their genes, but it still takes hard work to succeed.

By Patrick Huguenin

Even in entertainment, there’s such a thing as a family business and, for three women taking the New York stage this fall, the business is Broadway.

Carrie Fisher, Savannah Wise and Vivian Nixon were born to performing parents and chose to follow in their footsteps. Fisher, 52, is the most established of the three and stands solo in “Wishful Drinking,” which opens tonight. She’s been famous since she played Princess Leia in “Star Wars” and has since spent three decades on stage, screen and TV. She’s written screenplays, books and sitcoms.

In her one-woman show, she reveals her parents gave her more than a passion for performance, they gave her material. Fisher grew up fascinated by her movie-star mother, Debbie Reynolds, and her father, the singer Eddie Fisher, who divorced Reynolds when Fisher was 2 to marry Elizabeth Taylor. Though Reynolds hasn’t appeared on Broadway since 1983, and Fisher has been absent from the New York stage for even longer, her prominent parents are omnipresent in Fisher’s play.

“My parents had this incredibly vital relationship with an audience, like muscle and blood,” Fisher says in the show, which is based on her memoir of the same name. “This was the main competition I had for my parents’ attention, an audience.”

If the competition was stiff, it was inspiring. For Fisher, a true daughter of Hollywood, life was lived on display. Wise and Nixon, both in their 20s, knew they were similarly destined. Wise is the daughter of Scott Wise, a Tony Award winner who met her mother, Kiel Junius, then a dancer, on the Broadway tour of “A Chorus Line.”

“She was playing Maggie and my dad was playing Mike,” says Wise. “They got married, my dad moved on to the Broadway company as Mike and she followed soon after as Tricia and understudied other roles. Very soon after she started into ‘A Chorus Line’ on Broadway, she discovered she was pregnant.”

TO READ THE REST OF THE FEATURE, CLICK HERE.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for WISHFUL DRINKING are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

www.roundabouttheatre.org

Tickets for RAGTIME are available by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

www.ragtimebroadway.com

WISHFUL DRINKING reviewed in The New York Times

The New York Times
October 5, 2009

Just Me and My Celebrity Shadows

By BEN BRANTLEY

You have probably wondered what it would be like to walk a mile (or a light-year) in the hair coils of Princess Leia, the intergalactic pinup girl from the original “Star Wars” movies. O.K., so you haven’t.

But Carrie Fisher has arrived on Broadway with the intention of clamping those unflattering Danish-pastry-shaped pieces right onto your head — I mean, figuratively, of course, though in the case of one (un)lucky selected audience member per show, literally. What’s more, you’re going to like it. A lot.

Ms. Fisher — an actress, writer and sometime heroine of the tabloids — is the creator and cast of “Wishful Drinking,” the brut-dry, deeply funny memoir of a show that opened on Sunday night at Studio 54, directed by Tony Taccone. And for her first-act finale, she surrounds herself with images of merchandise inspired by Princess Leia, a role she created for George Lucas’s box-office-breaking “Star Wars” trilogy when she was in her early 20s.

So there, coming into focus like the last merciless visions of a drowning science-fiction geek, are projected giant photographs of the Princess Leia action figure, the Princess Leia Pez dispenser, the soap bar, the shampoo bottle, the too-anatomically-correct porcelain figurine and — my goodness — the life-size Princess Leia sex doll.

That last item shows up on stage in the semiflesh, and Ms. Fisher, who at 52 has redonned her old Leia coif for the scene, admits she doesn’t have the equipment to deal properly with her made-for-pleasure alter ego. That’s where the male volunteer comes in. And, oh yes, the other Princess Leia wig.

Whether or not you are the audience member anointed to model the Leia hairdo, you will by now have started to see the world through the self-dissociating eyes of the woman who first wore it. Ms. Fisher, daughter of the movie star Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, cannot be said to have had an Everywoman’s life. Yet “Wishful Drinking” makes you believe, for a couple of hours, that Carrie Fisher is you.

That’s quite an achievement when you consider the Bizarro Land labyrinth of Ms. Fisher’s very public existence: a childhood disrupted when Dad left Mom for Elizabeth Taylor; a Broadway debut at 15 in the chorus of Mom’s musical “Irene”; the mind-bending fame that came with “Star Wars”; a bumpy marriage to the singer Paul Simon; a reputation as a party girl who could match John Belushi in hedonistic excess; another marriage to a Hollywood agent who left her for another man; and, in 2005, the experience of waking up to find a close friend, a 42-year-old Republican operative named R. Gregory Stevens, dead in her bed beside her.

That last event being the most recent and rawest, it is dealt with early in “Wishful Drinking,” when Ms. Fisher throws open the floor to questions from the audience about Mr. Stevens’s death. “Hit me with your best shot,” she seems to be saying, meeting each question with a bullwhip quip. “I can take it.” But you don’t feel she’s trivializing a tragedy. What she is doing, most cannily, is letting you see the Carrie Fisher Defense System in action. I mean the one that’s built on the transformational power of epigrams instead of pills.

Anyone who achieves or is hit by great fame, especially early in life, develops a sense of a separate self that exists slightly to the side of the real thing. Jacqueline Onassis spoke about this phenomenon, as have countless movie stars. But if you’re going to stay in the game, and not wind up like Marilyn Monroe, you learn to make that separate self your servant.

Though cursed with an addictive personality and, it turned out later, bipolar disorder, Ms. Fisher was blessed with a sense of the howling absurdity built into fishbowl lives. And long before she created “Wishful Drinking,” which was first seen in Los Angeles in 2006, she had channeled that sensibility into wry, autobiographical novels, most notably “Postcards From the Edge.”

Click here to read the full review:

http://theater2.nytimes.com/2009/10/05/theater/reviews/05brantley.html?ref=theater

Broadway is STARRIER THAN EVER!

 Broadway is STARRIER THAN EVER!

2009-2010 Season 

Click here to find out about all the

stars and new shows coming to Broadway this season:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXwpX3Z2NU4  

New Stars Added! 

New stars and shows have been announced for this season!

Joining previously announced productions are A Little Night Music, Million Dollar Quartet, Next Fall and Sondheim on Sondheim.

Here are some of the amazing stars who are performing this season on the Great White Way:

Dennis Boutsikaris (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Barbara Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim), Alan Cumming (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Anya Garnis & Pasha Kovalev of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Burn The Floor), Mara Davi (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Melissa Errico (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Carrie Fisher (Wishful Drinking), Nolan Gerard Funk (Bye Bye Birdie),  Victor Garber (Present Laughter), Ana Gasteyer (The Royal Family), Gina Gershon (Bye Bye Birdie), John Glover (The Royal Family), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music), (Rosemary Harris (The Royal Family), Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles), Dee Hoty (Bye Bye Birdie), Jayne Houdyshell (Bye Bye Birdie), Bill Irwin (Bye Bye Birdie), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music), Jude Law (Hamlet), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still), Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family), Laurie Metcalf (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Sienna Miller (After Miss Julie), Jonny Lee Miller (After Miss Julie), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Larry Pine (The Royal Family), Tony Roberts (The Royal Family), Reg Rogers (The Royal Family), Alicia Silverstone (Time Stands Still), John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie), Evan Rachel Wood (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim), Tony Yazbeck (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Catherine Zeta Jones (A Little Night Music).

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BROADWAY SEASON ALREADY ANNOUNCED

                                                        FIRST PREVIEW                      OPENING NIGHT

BURN THE FLOOR                   July 25, 2009                                       August 2, 2009

WISHFUL DRINKING              September 22, 2009                             October 4, 2009

HAMLET                                     September 12, 2009                             October 6, 2009

THE ROYAL FAMILY               September 15, 2009                             October 8, 2009

BYE BYE BIRDIE                      September 10, 2009                             October 15, 2009

AFTER MISS JULIE                September 18, 2009                             October 22, 2009

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS October 2, 2009                                October 25, 2009

RAGTIME                                October 23, 2009                                November 15, 2009

IRVING BERLIN’S
WHITE CHRISTMAS           November 13, 2009                             November 13, 2009

BROADWAY BOUND            November 18, 2009                             December 10, 2009

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC           TBA                                                     December TBA

PRESENT LAUGHTER            January 2, 2010                                    January 21, 2010

TIME STANDS STILL             January 5, 2010                                    January 28, 2010

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE        TBA                                                     March 4, 2010

NEXT FALL                                        TBA                                                    March 11, 2010

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM          March 19, 2010                                 April 22, 2010

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES                   March 2010                                         April 18, 2010

SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK     February 25, 2010                               TBA

COLLECTED STORIES                   April 6, 2010                                        April 28, 2010

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET                  TBA                                                    TBA