A Babe Off-Broadway: Mickey Rooney Performs Let's Put On a Show! at NYC's Irish Rep Aug. 10-Sept. 12
Mickey Rooney has got his act together and is taking it to
Off-Broadway, starting Aug. 10.
The Tony Award nominee, best known for his puckish film performances in
the many "Andy Hardy" movies and such pictures as "Babes in Arms" and
"Babes on Broadway," Rooney will perform Let's Put on a Show!, about
his life in showbiz, at the Irish Repertory Theatre through Sept. 12.
Opening night is Aug. 12.
His wife, singer Jan Rooney, co-stars in the entertainment, which
includes songs and stories about the actor's M-G-M days, work and
friendship with Judy Garland, his sundry ex-wives and more. Film clips
are to be part of the experience, which was previously seen June 9- 12
at the Cinegrill in Los Angeles.
At 83, Rooney is an 80-year veteran of show business, having started as
a child performer. He was Tony-nommed for Best Actor in a Musical in
1980 for his shticky turn in the vaudeville-burlesque revue, Sugar
Babies, which was a smash on Broadway and on tour. In the early 1990s
he was a replacement actor in Broadway's The Will Rogers Follies,
playing Clem, the father of humorist Will Rogers.
His many film credits — for a time he was the No. 1 box office star in
the nation — include "Boys Town," "Strike Up the Band," "A Midsummer
Night's Dream" (1935), "Girl Crazy," "Captains Courageous," "Breakfast
at Tiffany's," "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," "Pete's Dragon" and many
Sam Kriger is musical director for Let's Put On a Show! It's presented
by Irish Rep and Densmore Productions.
According to the announcement, "Mickey regales with tales of studios,
movies, and, of course, the women in his life. He offers tributes to
Ava Gardner, Judy Garland and culminates with his wife of over 25
years, Jan Rooney. The show includes original music by Mickey,
interspersed with standards from the films of M-G-M. Jan, a singer of
great range, performs a wide range of styles from 'Smile' to a smashing
tribute to Patsy Cline. Together they perform some classic duets such
as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off' and 'Our Love is Here To Stay' and
'It Had To Be You.'"
Ticket prices are $60 and $65. Performances play Tuesday-Saturday at 8
PM, Wednesday at 2 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.
The Irish Repertory Theatre was founded in 1988 by Ciaran O'Reilly and
Charlotte Moore. Over the past 16 years, The Irish Rep has celebrated
the works of classic and contemporary Irish dramatists including
O'Casey, Shaw, Synge, Wilde, Dion Boucicault, Brendan Behan, Dylan
Thomas, Samuel Beckett, Hugh Leonard, Frank McCourt, Tom Murphy, Brian
Friel, Peter Sheridan, Patricia Burke Brogan, Pat McCabe, Geraldine
Aron, Jennifer Johnston, Tommy Makem, Enda Walsh and Harold Prince.
Irish Rep's home is at 132 W. 22nd Street (between Sixth and Seventh
Avenues). For information, call (212) 727 2737 or visit