Cabaret Act Special for Christine Ebersole

By Eberson, Sharon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), April 7, 2013 | Go to article overview

Cabaret Act Special for Christine Ebersole


Eberson, Sharon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Christine Ebersole was in an airport a couple of weekends ago when she spotted a book by her late "Camelot" co-star, Richard Burton. "I saw 'The Richard Burton Diaries.' It's like a 700-page book, and I got it! I'm in his diaries!" she said, her enthusiasm spilling out over the phone line. The actor was suffering with an injury during the 1980 revival at Lincoln Center, but he wrote only nice things about his young co-star. "I adored him," she said. "He was in a lot of pain, and he talked about that in the diaries. His shoulder was really out."

Ms. Ebersole had just a couple of Broadway shows under her belt at that time. She went on to be a two-season regular on "Saturday Night Live" and a stalwart of the New York stage, winning two Tonys as best actress in a musical -- for her 2001 performance as Dorothy Brock in the revival of "42nd Street" and for her "dual role of a lifetime" as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in "Grey Gardens."

She has a movie opening April 26, co-starring with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon in "The Big Wedding," and she is a regular on the Pittsburgh-set "Sullivan & Son," none of which has slowed down her concert schedule. On Monday, she returns to the Cabaret at Theater Square as part of the Trust Cabaret's one-night- only series.

Ms. Ebersole, 60, has received many rave reviews, but her cabaret shows have really brought the superlatives out of New York music and theater critics.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, "Listening to the range of her technique packed into her unmissable cabaret act pushed my admiration into something like awe." Steven Holden, reviewing the cabaret show "Age Before Beauty" -- which she will share with Pittsburgh audiences Monday -- declared it "brilliant." Both men wrote of the multitude of voices and personalities she is able to project in her cabaret acts.

She crisscrosses the country for work these days but has a longer break than expected from her role on the TBS comedy "Sullivan & Son," where an injury to star and Hampton native Steve Byrne has shut down production for nine weeks. Before she knew the break in TV action was coming, she had fit the Pittsburgh gig and one in Palm Springs, plus a premiere of "The Big Wedding," into what she calls "a hiatus. …

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