Tickle Your Funny Bone

By Sara Wiesenfeld

There’s nothing you love more than snuggling with a loved one, drinking some hot cocoa, and watching comedy classics when winter casts her chilly spell. Lucky for you, BroadwayHD has you covered with fun entertainment for the whole family.

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The first revival in nearly 50 years of the musical comedy masterpiece by composer Cole Porter and book writers Sam and Bella Spewack not only enchanted critics and delighted audiences but went on to triumph as one of the biggest prize winners of the 2000 season. Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, this hilarious romp recounts the backstage and on-stage antics of two feuding romances during an out-of-tryout for a musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs including “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” this is Broadway musical comedy at its irresistible best. Directed by Michael Blakemore, this Tony winner for Best Revival stars Brent Barrett, Rachel York, Nancy Anderson and Michael Berresse as the squabbling couples whose offstage disputes entangle them with a pair of song-and-dance gangsters and a pompous U.S. army general.

Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s funny, heartwarming, comic adventure Old Hats wowed audiences in New York’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Now, BroadwayHD welcomes back Bill Irwin and David Shiner in their award-winning, critically acclaimed production. Called “one of the funniest shows of the past few years” by the New York Post, this production reunited the clowns with original director Tina Landau and introduces their new songstress and comic foil Shaina Taub, hailed as “a young Judy Garland meets grown-up Lisa Simpson” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Using music, technology, and movement, Irwin and Shiner combine their inimitable magic and slapstick to create an unforgettable outing that’s fun for the whole family.

The camp cult classic from Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird is filmed from London’s West End following critical acclaim off-Broadway. Ruthless! The Musical famously spoofs Broadway musicals from Gypsy to Mame as well as iconic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Talented eight-year-old Tina Denmark will do anything to play the lead in her school musical. Anything! As Tina discovers where her talent comes from, she shows us just what it takes to succeed. Premiering in 1992, the show is responsible for discovering young performers Britney Spears and Natalie Portman. This production features Jason Gardiner as overbearing agent Sylvia St. Croix who encourages Tina (Anya Evans) to pursue her dreams of a career in show biz. Kim Maresca is Judy Denmark (Tina’s mother), the bland housewife who has ‘absolutely no talent whatsoever,’ or does she? Tracie Bennett is Tina’s grandmother, the famously spiky theater critic Lita Encore, and Harriet Thorpe is Tina’s teacher.

Sordid Lives creator Del Shores’ new one-man play, directed by Emerson Collins, proves once and for all that he is not a writer, he’s a self-proclaimed thief! In Six Characters In Search Of A Play, riffing on Pirandello’s classic title, Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven’t quite made it into one of his plays, films, or TV shows. Shores shares the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them. The audience meet Yvonne, the vegetarian-hating Dallas waitress; Sarah, the Trump-hating elderly actress with an inhaler in one hand and a cigarette in the other; Jimmy Ray, the evolving Magic Mike-loving latent Georgia redneck; Lorraine, the once-brilliant dramateacher who has lost her damn mind and is now obsessed with porn; Marsha, the monkey-hating lesbian with COPD; and Aunt Bobby, the racist Republican with a heart of gold. It’s a tour de force display of the lovable, foible-filled, larger-than-life southerners.