Seeing Lainie Kazan during night of tunes from “Beaches” & other Garry & Penny Marshall movies
Had the most fun night at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz seeing the show For the Record: the Marshalls.
My pal, Trevor Daley, put together a dinner group of people who didn’t really know each other and that was really fun – especially since I was sitting across from Robert Lee King who directed one of my all-time favorite flicks Psycho Beach Party and was sitting next to Chad Molnar who works for LA Councilman Bill Rosendahl. Also in our group was Ted Holmquist who co-chaired last weekend’s HRC dinner in LA.
Believe it or not, the show we watched after dinner is built around live music and moments from movies directed by Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall.
At first you think, “Huh?”
But then you realize those movies include Pretty Woman, Big, A League of Their Own, The Preacher’s Wife, Riding in Cars With Boys and, best of all, Beaches.
There’s a lot of great music and scenes from those movies and there’s also a TV Medley highlighted by the Laverne and Shirley theme song.
Some bits work better than others but the cast is first-rate throughout – a maga-talented and attractive ensemble.
My favorite part was the second half of the show and that had everything to do with the fact that it featured several scenes and songs from Beaches.
Before the encore, the show’s host announced that in the audience was Lainie Kazan, the great star of such films as My Big Fat Greek Wedding and My Favorite Year and who played Bette Midler’s mother, Leona Bloom, in Beaches.
I had seen Lainie just a week ago at opening night of End of the Rainbow but wanted to get a photo with her and chat about Beaches. I dragged Ted over there with me and he took the photo then it’s all a blur.
Next thing I know, Lainie and I are doing all some of her lines from Beaches including: “What are you, a camel?” “Take a dip!” “I’m schvitzing from here to Hyannis Port!”
I couldn’t find a YouTube clip of her scenes but I did find a nice tribute someone did.
Anyway, go to the Rockwell home page to find out more about the terrific shows they do there – many others planned for this year!