Audiences following the sensational solo performance I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce to its new downtown home will now get an extra dose of vintage entertainment. Producers Just Words Productions, LLC, in association with Theatre 68 and Lenny Bruce‘s daughter, Kitty Bruce, are pleased to welcome acclaimed burlesque artist Pearls Daily as the opening act when I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce resumes performances at the world-famous theatre of varieties The Box on Friday, March 8. The eight-week engagement will play Thursday and Friday at 8pm; and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm. For full performance schedule and to purchase tickets, ranging in price from $59-$149, please visit www.LennyBruceOnStage.com. Please note, I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce runs approximately 90 minutes, explores mature themes, and includes strong language & nudity.
Transporting audiences to the downtown nightlife of Lenny Bruce‘s heyday, the “glittering and talented” (The New York Times) burlesque performer Pearls Daily will take the stage at the provocative vaudeville theatre The Box as the opening act for the transfer of I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce. Directed by multi award-winning actor and director Joe Mantegna and starring Ronnie Marmo, I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce chronicles the comedy, alleged obscenity, and tragic downfall of the most controversial comedian of all time. A downtown institution of artistic expression, The Box is a fitting home for the raucous and racy personalities of Lenny Bruce and Pearls Daily, evoking the atmosphere of clubs that the legend himself would have played in his prime.
An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film, and, of course … comedy. Lenny’s tempestuous personal and professional life was marked by great passion and great pain. His unwavering commitment to free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests, fighting all the way to the Supreme Court. Lenny has not yet been surpassed at his particular brand of art, and if he were around today, he would be in as much trouble as when he was alive.
Previews for I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce began October 23; official press opening was Sunday, November 4. It played its final performance at The Cutting Room on February 9. Performances will resume at The Box on Friday, March 8 with the following schedule: Thursday and Friday at 8pm; and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm. Please note: there will be no performances on Thursday, March 7; Thursday, March 14; Saturday, March 30; Thursday, April 11; Friday, April 12; and Saturday, April 20. For more information and to purchase tickets, ranging in price from $59-$149, please visit www.LennyBruceOnStage.com. Couple and group packages, including bottle service, are also available, ranging in price from $269-$599.
A portion of this shows proceeds will go to the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. We provide the funds for those who have no insurance or enough money to get treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. For more information please go to www.lennybruce.org. All contributions are tax deductible.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
RONNIE MARMO (Playwright and Actor) has starred in more than 60 feature films and television shows, most recently guest starring in Criminal Minds and Lethal Weapon. He also starred in Ammore E Malavita (Love and Bullets), an Italian musical film which just won the David di Donatello for best picture (the Italian equivalent to an Academy Award). Other credits include Back In The Day (on Netflix now), Deuces Wild, Crocodile Dundee in LA, West Of Brooklyn, Pizza With Bullets, Truck 20’s Location, Death Of A Tree, Irish Eyes (aka Vendetta), and Limbo Lounge. He has guest starred in several hit television shows including JAG and The Young And The Restless. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Indie Soap Awards for his role as Crotch in the series, Adults Only. Ronnie enjoyed a three-year run on ABC’s General Hospital as Ronnie Dimestico. On stage, he has starred in more than 40 plays. A few of his favorites include Bill Wilson in Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Silva in Baby Doll, Earl in the Los Angeles Premiere of The Late Henry Moss, Danny in Danny and The Deep Blue Sea, and Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Ronnie recently completed the audiobook in which he portrays Lenny Bruce in Lenny’s autobiography, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People. The audiobook is on sale now through Hachette publishing. As a director, Marmo has staged over 50 stage productions and produced upwards of 100 in Los Angeles and New York. Ronnie was the Artistic Director and Producer of the critically acclaimed first ever 13 by Shanley Festival, which enjoyed a six-month run. He received the Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award for achievements as an actor, writer, director, and producer at the 2010 Garden State Film Festival. He continues to serve at the Artistic Director of Theatre 68 (68 Cent Crew Theatre Company) in Los Angeles and New York City.
Pearls Daily, born Brianna Hurley, is a critically-acclaimed actress, comedienne, and burlesque artist based in New York City. For over ten years, Ms. Daily has accumulated numerous credits Off and Off-Off-Broadway, most notably as Mina Margery Crandon in the Drama Desk-nominated hit Play Dead, directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Todd Robbins. In addition to her stage work, Ms. Daily also has an extensive body of work in feature film, TV, standup, sketch comedy, improv, magic, and burlesque. Recently, she played Maxine in the season one finale of the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” She has been a proud member of SAG-AFTRA since 2011. She is a founding member of The House of Noire, which won Best Large Group at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2017. She was also crowned Miss Coney Island 2019.
Joe Mantegna (Director) was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. Some of Joe’s film and television highlights include House of Games, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Godfather III, his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role of Dean Martin in The Ratpack, his Emmy-nominated role of Pipi Delana in The Last Don, and the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons. For two seasons Joe starred with Mary Steenburgen and Amber Tamblyn in the critically acclaimed CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, which won the 2004 People Choice Award for best new drama and picked up three Emmy nominations. In 2008 Joe reprised his Emmy-nominated role of Lou Manahan opposite Debra Messing in the USA Network series The Starter Wife. Joe has also lent his voice to the Disney/Pixar film CARS2 and continues his 23-year run as Fat Tony on The Simpsons. In April of 2011 Joe received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joe lends much of his free time to a number of philanthropic endeavors. In May of 2012 Joe was appointed the National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army. He’s also an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation, which builds homes for wounded veterans. His passions also include working with various autism-related charities as well as being a long-time supporter of the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children. In 2014 Joe received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and craft of acting. Currently Joe stars as FBI Special Agent David Rossi in season thirteen of the Hit CBS Drama Criminal Minds and continues his hosting and producing duties for six seasons on Gun Stories for the Outdoor Channel. His newest collaboration is Hollywood Weapons: Fact or Fiction? Joe resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 40 years, Arlene, and their two daughters, Mia and Gia.
Photo by Charles Farrah