A Note From Wanda

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Hello all! Yes, there hasn’t been much news on the Bea front. Unfortunately, no new shows have been added to the schedule either. However, there are always other things to do as Bea fans. So, in that event, I want to share with you an awesome letter that I received from a super Bea fan in Canada, Wanda. She mailed me her story and photos, so I scanned them in and retyped her letter for all of you. It’s a great story, so I hope you take the time to read and enjoy it!

A Note From Wanda

So, hang in there Bea fans, hopefully more news soon on new appearances. I also wish I didn’t make posts at 1:15 in the morning :) Thanks again Wanda for your story!

P.S. It has come to my attention that the comments system is not working at the moment, I will look into it sometime next week! Sorry!

UPDATE :: The comment system should be back working again. Let me know if you have any problems.

SPECIAL UPDATE :: I just want to give an extra special thanks to Wanda for making a wonderful contribution to the longevity of this web site. I and all of the rest of Bea’s fans thank you!

Bea Fandom in full effect

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Over the years I have received some fun Bea fandom from Bea’s fans around the world. I have once again received a wonderful piece created by Elizabeth in Atlanta, Georgia that I wanted to share with you all. I am not only a huge fan of Bea Arthur, but also the fictional character Aeon Flux. So, when Elizabeth sent me this I became extremely delighted. It kind of represents the ‘long live Bea’ and the strength of Bea. Check it out ::

Also, I have added a new feature in addition to the subscribe RSS feeds, you can now subscribe to the news posting via email. (see to the right). This is different from the LimeLetter, where it will email you when there are posts to the news section and news section only.

… it’s time for another Happy Bea-day!

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Just a quick happy birthday to Bea today!

Other quick news includes :: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Season 5 will be released on DVD August 1, 2006! In the final episode, Bea gives a quick but memorable appearance!!

Also, be sure to get your copy of GG Season 5, due to come out this Tuesday!!

Slow, yes, the end, no way

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Yes, there hasn’t been any shows added lately, but no reason to give up hope. Just sit tight and we’ll see what happens. Remember, I have no inside info, so there is no reason to email me asking for it! That’s why I have this site… no secrets, it’s all here… in all of it’s horrible usage of English grammar :)

And now some news bits and reminders ::

Don’t forget to pre-order Golden Girls Season 5 for it’s May 9th release! Just click on the right side icon. You also help support this site by doing so! You can also further support the costs involved of this web site (hosting) by donating via paypal, by clicking the donate button above. Tara donated a dollar a few days ago, and that meant a lot to the site! So thank you Tara… it all adds up!

In other related news, found by the Mr. Alex Google himself…

“A special dedication of a plaque to the Golden Girls series will be held on the original Sunset Gower Studio sound stage in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon, May 4 2006 with cast members Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, guest stars and other members of the Golden GirlsTV family invited to attend, according to series producers Paul Witt, Tony Thomas, Susan Harris and Sunset Gower CEO Robert Papazian who will also host a cast reunion and luncheon.
Golden Girls ran on NBC television from 1985 until 1992 in its Saturday night time slot and was an immediate hit for the network. It brought to the TV screen one of the first representations of working, energetic women in their senior years, functioning as a family, sharing their daily lives and dreams, together”.

[update 04.19.06] Golden Girls cast reunion will be at 11:30am at the Sunset Gower Studios in Los Angeles. Stalking phone number is 310.248.4478. Cast members honored at luncheon and dedication series sound stage [/update]

Bea will be a part of a new movie titled “Broadway Beyond the Golden Age” by Rick McKay which is slated for completion in 2007.

Now, something a little different….
Bea provided the voice of the Magic Fairy in “The Velveteen Rabbit,” a new musical based on the classic story by Margery Williams; Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Family Theatre October 24 – November 4, 2006. Link and another Link if you want to read more!

Check out this article/blog… somebody was actually nice to me! Rare indeed! (just kidding, I love you all)

Ok, I checked in :) Hope you are all enjoying Season 1-4 in the meantime on DVD… I know I am more then you could ever imagine… they are helping me get through some hard times in life… just as they did in the 80s and 90s… that is why we apprecaite Bea and the gang, right! So it’s all worth it! Take care all!

Chicago success, fan stories

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I have already received a few emails from fans who saw Bea last night at her (close to) Chicago performance. Sounds like there were a few hiccups in the show with the audio, but the show still went on in full force and the fans loved her show once again.

Over the next couple days, I will be posting the new fan stories and fan photos… so be sure to check back to those pages often!

Thanks to everyone who has and will send their stories to share with everyone else. Special thanks to Andy, Andrew, Scott, Debbie… and always to Alex!

Take care all,
Kev!

Now this is a fan review!

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Had to share this awesome review from Bea fan, Neal, with all of you ::

Hello, all!

Today’s matinee of Bea’s One Woman Show, was, in a word……..devine! This was the 3rd time that I have seen the show. The first time was when the tour first started a few years back in Thousand Oaks, California, at The Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center. Then I saw it again 1 & 1/2 years at The El Portal Theatre in N Hollywood, CA…..where I saw it today.

The El Portal Theatre was built as a Vaudeville House in the 20’s and then later turned into a movie theatre. The theatre went into disrepair after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and has since been restored to a legitimate theatre.

It was posted on line that the performances at The El Portal were being filmed for a dvd release. There were no cameras in the theatre today. Perhaps it was filmed earlier this week during the Thurs, Fri or Sat shows.

Conrad Bain, Bea’s co-star from “Maude,” was in the audience this afternoon – 4th row center.

As the lights went down, Bea walked out on stage to huge applause, introduces Billy Goldenberg, and the show begins. I have the cd of the show that came out a few years ago. Since the cd is edited for time constraits, it’s so nice to hear and see the show in it’s complete entirety.

It’s changed a bit from the 3 times that I’ve seen it. The first time in Thousand Oaks, there was no intermission. 1 & 1/2 years ago at The El Portal, there was an intermission. At this performance there was no intermission.

Since the Mae West story isn’t on the cd, it was nice to hear it again, and to see Bea imitate Mae West….looking up at her. Very, very funny. Perhaps the funniest part of the show is when she is saying that many people asked her why she would do a 1 woman show when there we so many parts out there for a woman her age! Ha,ha..

My favorite part of the show is the song that she sings about owning a 2nd hand furniture store. Hysterical!! Her “twist” on the words in the song is wonderful!

Her timing and delivery is impectable. When she tells of her stories and experiences, it’s as if she is telling them for the first time. She’s so excited to tell us, the audience, all the amazing people that she has met or worked with.

The moment she mentions Lotte Lenya from “The Three Penny Opera,” her eyes instantly well up with tears. It’s very obvious that Bea adored and respected that woman. Her memories of that show, bring her the most joy!

She also sang “If He Walked Into My Life Today” from “Mame.” Her performance was extraordinary! I’m sure she would have killed to have played the part of Mame Dennis in “Mame” instead of Vera Charles.

Her stories of her audition singing “Summer Time,” Jerome Robbins, Tony Curtis, “Maude,” Talluhlah Bankhead and others are so fresh and detailed in her memory, it’s as if it just happened.

Today’s performance was sold out. The theatre was selling “overflow” seating……the top section of the balcony had folding chairs to see the show.

A screaming, standing ovaition closed the show. The audience roared with laughter when she announced that she was NOT going to sing “I’m Still Here.” She closed the show with “The Man On The Moon” from “Mame.”

One thing that was so nice was that Bea completely shared the stage with her pianist Billy Goldenberg. She constantly spoke to him, acknowledged him and thanked him. Many artists don’t do that. Sure, they will thank them near the end of the show. But, he was featured CONSTANTLY! Which is a very nice thing for her to have done.

Well, that’s about it. I certainly hope that a dvd of the show comes out. The theatre was selling autographed cd’s of the show in the lobby.

Thanks for reading.

Neal

El Portal performance almost here!

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Only a couple more weeks until the making of history happens during the El Portal performance! If you are wondering how these particular performances are history making, all I can say is go see for yourself! Anyone going, please email me with your own personal story and any photos you might get! For more discussion and/or questions you have be sure to head over the the Yahoo Group and ask the other fans. I still recommend you going over there, rather then emailing me as you will more likely get a quicker response. I noticed today that I’m over a month behind in replying to the emails that I have received lately. Shame on me :)

Other news, if you haven’t heard yet, Season 5 of the Golden Girls DVD release date has been announced for May 9th, 2006. Reserve your copy today, but clicking on the icon to the upper right.

Also, yet another Golden Girls reunion will take place as part of the 23rd Annual WIlliam S. Paley Television Festival which takes place between February 28 and March 15 in Hollywood. For more information and how to get tickets you can visit their web site at www.mtr.org. It looks like The Golden Girls panel will be on March 10 at 7pm. Looks like a great panel with not only the three girls but Susan Harris and more attending! Again, let me know if you can be our eyes and ears for this event as well! Exciting stuff!

Also, the Chicago performance is coming closer to happening, as well, in March. I am not going to be attending the show itself, but if you are and are going to be skipping around Chicago, let me know… always love to meet other fans of drinks or coffee!

Until next time…
Kev!