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Six-time Emmy Award Winner to join The Palm’s Star-studded Season

Published Oct 21, 2013, 2:50pm -


The stars are lining up nicely over at The Palm Cabaret these days. Just added to their already impressive line-up (Leslie Jordan, Coco Peru, Michael Walters as Dame Edna, Randy Roberts) is the legendary Bruce Vilanch, the six-time Emmy Award-winning and hilarious head writer for The Academy Awards, accomplished film actor, Broadway star and television personality.  Vilanch will perform a cabaret style, one-man show starting March 18 thru 31, 2014.

As head comedy writer, Bruce has scripted most of the Academy Awar® telecasts over the last two decades, collaborating with the likes of Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and David Letterman. He’s won Emmy awards for co-writing back-to-back Oscar shows with Billy Crystal, with one of them featuring the now infamous Hannibal Lecter opening.

Vilanch is perhaps best known to the public for his four-year stint on Hollywood Squares, as a celebrity participant, also serving as the head comedy writer for the show. In 2000, he performed off-Broadway in his self-penned, one-man show, Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous. Bruce also spent two years playing Edna Turnblad, Baltimore housewife and superstar, on tour and on Broadway, in the smash musical adaptation of the John Waters film, Hairspray

In the early 70’s, Bruce met then-struggling nightclub singer Bette Midler. She hired him to write for her, which resulted in the famed Sophie Tucker material she’s used in her concerts and recordings. Over the years, Bruce has maintained his friendship with Bette, working on such projects with her as the feature film “Divine Madness”, and the TV special “Bette Midler–Diva Las Vegas”, as well as writing for her sitcom, “Bette!”  He’s also provided material to Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, Joan Rivers, Billy Crystal, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell, Paul Reiser, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and Robin Williams. 

Vilanch was nominated for an Emmy as a lyricist on Eartha Kitt’s gold-selling album, “Where Is My Man”. He’s also written for the Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards shows, and has roasted celebrities from Dame Elizabeth Taylor to President Bill Clinton. He also penned “You Made Me Watch You”, the touching Emmy winning song Bette Midler sang to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, upon his retirement in 1992.

The Palm Cabaret, currently undergoing exciting renovations, is well known for bringing top notch, cutting edge entertainment to Vallarta. Inside you’ll find an intimate, air conditioned, 90 seat cabaret with outstanding sound and lighting, comfortable, upholstered seating (new for this season!), creating the ambience of cabarets from days gone by. Shows are scheduled 7 nights per week with two different shows nightly once high season begins.  A full calendar of performances is available online at www.thepalmpv.com. The Palm is non-smoking (a patio is provided for smokers) and is located at Olas Altas 508 in Emiliano Zapata.

Source: Tracy Parks

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