Cloris! I'm Eighty F**ing Four & Still Going Strong, a one-woman show rarely performed by the the venerable star, will be seen in Kansas City November 7th and 8th at the H&R Block City Stage Theatre as a benefit for--and to help kick off--Padgett Productions' fifth anniversary.
The one-woman show is said to draw from the magical moments of a career and a life spent in the entertainment industry. Tickets are $125, which includes the show, as well as a post-show reception with the star that will include hors d'oeuvres, live music and a cash bar.
Leachman's most recent popularity comes from her appearances on Dancing With The Stars, which helped the public remember her portrayal of the zany, self-centered character, Phyllis on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. But Leachman's career has been a long and prolific one--she actually played her first role on film when she was seven--and has included success on Broadway opposite Katherine Hepburn in As You Like It and as lead Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, as well as on film in the Oscar-winning role of Ruth Popper in The Last Picture Show, and on television as the crotchety grandmother Ida on Malcom in the Middle. She also has a current sitcom and an MTV reality show.
Nick Padgett, Padgett Production's Producing Artistic Director, says, "I wanted someone big to kick things off for the fifth season. I knew I wanted someone that I looked up to and who truly represented what Padgett Productions is all about, and I couldn't think of anyone better than the wild and unpredictable Cloris Leachman...Padgett Productions has been known to be unpredictable in the material we choose, as we will produce anything from the most family-friendly of entertainments to some of the edgiest shows that Kansas City has ever seen. She just fits right in with what our audience's expect. I honestly can't put into words how excited I am about this, and hope that everyone will take up this rare opportunity to see her in Kansas City. It is guaranteed to be a show that you won't want to miss."
Tickets are available in-person at the Union Station Box Office, or by calling the Union Station Box Office at (816)460-2020 or online at http://www.unionstation.org/cloris.html