TV legend Valerie Harper is playing Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED on Broadway. I went to last Wednesday's matinee and had a thoroughly fun afternoon.
After playing regionally in LA, West Palm Beach and D.C., LOOPED has made its way to the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. While the play itself unnecessarily turns into a little bit of "It's A Wonderful Life" in the second act, which seems uncharacteristic of Hollywood's original bad girl, it's a great time watching Valerie conquer that boozing, self-destructive, and riotously funny quip-a-minute actress. (My friend Jimmy Moon at Third Row, Mezzanine told me he was thinking "Auntie Mame", also incredulously.)
Brian Hutchison, who assumes the role of "George Bailey," and Michael Mulheren, underutilized once again and stuck in a "control booth", are the supporting cast. Tickets for this open ended run are available via Telecharge. Discounts are available via Broadwaybox.com.