Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fri, Sept 24 @ 5:30 P.M: BRUCE KIMMEL Indie-Film Legend Talks About His Life & Career at The Drama Book Shop

Bruce Kimmel will read & sign copies of his new book: There's Mel, There's Woody and There's You: My Life in the Slow Lane

Bruce Kimmel is an actor, writer, director, composer, and two-time Grammy Award-nominated record producer. Kimmel wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed cult movie hit, "The First Nudie Musical" co-starred Stephen Nathan, Cindy Williams and featured Ron Howard as well as a host of other instantly recognizable actors of the time. He also co-created (with David Wechter) the story for the hit film, "The Faculty", directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Salma Hayek, Josh Hartnett and Elijah Wood. As an actor, Kimmel guest-starred on most of the long-running television shows of the 1970s and 80s, including "The Partridge Family" (recurring), "Happy Days," "Laverne and Shirley," "MASH," "Alice," and many others. After seeing the first cut of his nudie musical, a high-powered executive at Paramount called Kimmel and said "Bruce, there's Mel (Brooks), there's Woody (Allen) and there's you;" hence the title for his current book about his journey in entertainment during that time.

Since 1993, Kimmel has been one of the leading producers of theatre music, having produced over 180 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for producing the revival cast album of "Hello, Dolly!" and his album with jazz pianist Fred Hersch, I Never Told You, was also nominated for a Grammy. He has produced solo albums for Petula Clark, Helen Reddy, Jason Graae, Liz Callaway, Christiane Noll, Rebecca Luker, Brent Barrett, Sally Mayes, Judy Kaye, Judy Kuhn and many others. Kimmel's label, Kritzerland ( regularly releases Broadway music and soundtracks.

"Bruce Kimmel takes you into his confidence (and into his heart) as your first-person tour guide on the thrill ride of his acting career, with several of this planet's most ridiculous and unimaginable decades as backdrop for his story. His careening and caroming adventures move at a breathtaking pace and, as ever, Kimmel's endearing, self-effacing tone evokes Saroyan and Salinger, even as his book is populated with more familiar names than a fruitcake has raisins. Daft, deft, constantly touching and ultimately moving, our hero's effort to find his life, his love, and his "light" makes for a rare showbiz story that trades in tinsel and glitter for tenderness and hope."-- RUPERT HOLMES, Tony and Edgar award-winning playwright and novelist

There's Mel, There's Woody and There's You:
My Life in the Slow Lane

by Bruce Kimmel



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