HOLLYWOOD —The theatrical definition of a triple threat is someone who can act, sing and dance, but Lee Roy Reams takes this definition to even greater heights by not only being a great performer, but director and choreographer as well. Last week’s performance of “An Evening with Lee Roy Reams” at Cabaret at the Castle in Los Angeles was extremely well received by an audience that included MaryJo Catlett, JoAnne Worley, Nancy Dussault, Sterling Clark, Bonnie Franklin, Rita McKenzie, Karen Morrow, Tony Charmoli, Carol DeLuise, Carole Cook, Carol Lawrence, Telly Leuoug, Jane Kean, Charlotte Rae and Alison Arngrim, to name only a few. A portion of the proceeds from this engagement will benefit the Sealed With A Wish Foundation, Inc. sealedwithawish.org
Broadway has produced some of the greatest talents the world has ever known and in this, slightly over an hour, performance given by Lee Roy Reams, we are reminded that occasionally there are those remarkable individuals who raised the theatrical bar.
With the incomparable talents of Ron Abel on piano, Mr. Reams launched the evening’s festivities with his own theatrical anthem, “Lullaby of Broadway,” then dedicated Irving Berlin’s “Pretty Women” to “”¦ all of the lovely ladies in the room ”¦ and those under suspicion.” He shared memories and anecdotes from the stage with an appreciative audience about all the leading ladies he has had the privilege of working with, an impressive list second only to Jerry Herman, including Juliet Prowse, Gwen Verdon, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Carol Burnett, Lauren Bacall, Carole Cook, Ethel Merman, Ruby Keeler and many more. Of particular interest, were the images he shared from a childhood spent in Covington, Kentucky.
Considering Mr. Reams has one the greatest resumes in Broadway history, which includes 10 Broadway hits, he could have easily kept patrons entertained for hours longer. Most recently, Mr. Reams won critical acclaim as Roger DeBris in the First National Tour of Mel Brooks’ musical hit, The Producers as well as Lumiere in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Many fondly remember his role(s) of Albin/ZaZa in “La Cage Aux Folles,” Cornelius Hackl in “Hello Dolly!” and Henry Spofford in “Lorelei” (both starring Carol Channing). As if that weren’t enough there was his appearance as Duane Fox in “Applause” starring Lauren Bacall, Will Parker in Richard Rodgers’s revival of “Oklahoma!” Bob Fosse’s “Sweet Charity” starring Gwen Verdon, “An Evening With Jerry Herman” and, of course, his TONY nominated role of Billy Lawlor in “42nd Street.”
The Magic Castle is the world’s most famous club for magicians and magic enthusiasts and home to The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc. Know worldwide as the showplace for some of the greatest magicians from around the globe, its latest artistic contribution, the Cabaret at the Castle has become the cabaret stage to appear and whose recent performers have included, Carol Channing, Florence Henderson, JoAnne Worley, Jason Graae, Ilene Graff, Rachel York and the recent addition of the popular New York hit Cast Party with Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch once a month.
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