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!

Message from El Portal Management

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Dear Kevin,

I would like to offer a special Premium Seating code to all of the Bea Arthur fans on your excellent site for her shows at El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles February 17 – 19, 2006.

Premium seating
Cost: $75 per ticket, guaranteed seat within first four rows of center section (10 feet from Bea!)
Includes: Complimentary champagne reception following the performance with Bea and Billy.
Code word: GOLDEN

This promotion will not be publicly advertised for at least two weeks. Right now it is only offered through our website (www.elportaltheatre.com) or through the internet. Simply type in GOLDEN in the code box. Then you may personally select your available seat within the first four rows of the theatre in the center section on the seating chart.

These tickets will go fast. I hope your audience gets some of them!

Sincerely,

El Portal Management

Cheers to 2006!

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Just wanted to wish everyone a belated happy new year! Thanks for all of your support over the past few years, as we are going on year 6 of this web site! Special thanks to Tara for the kind donation, which goes towards more years of this fan site being online!

More exciting things to come to this web site and more exciting things to come from Bea… so as always, come back for new updates, as soon as, I hear of them! If anyone is going to see Bea on the 6th and/or 7th, be sure to let us know!

Take care all,
Kev!

El Portal Pronto!

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Simply enough, if you are going to see Bea in 2006, this is the show(s) you need to go to. Do it for yourself, do it for Bea, do it for me (to report back on) and do it for the fans. Go. Go. Go. Get your clapping on DVD!

“BEA ARTHUR BACK AT THE EL PORTAL”
with Billy Goldenberg at the piano
Back by Popular Demand!
Friday February 17, 2006 at 8:00 PM
Saturday February 18, 2006 at 8:00 PM
Sunday February 19, 2006 at 3:00 PM

THESE SHOWS WILL BE TAPED FOR THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF BEA’S SHOWS ON DVD! AND PROBABLY THE DVD WILL BE RELEASED IN 2006!
The Director will be Terry Hughes.

El Portal Theatre MainStage
5269 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, California 91610.

http://www.elportaltheatre.com/elportal/
http://www.elportaltheatre.com/events/

“Bea Arthur and Billy Goldenberg return to the El Portal with their Tony nominated show. Bea Arthur recounts her celebrated career with song and good humor”.

“Book the seats early, this show is sure to sell out”.

Buy tickets or call 1-866-811-4111

Prices: Center-Center Orchestra $55.00, Left Front-Left front terrace $45.00, Left Rear-Left upper terrace $40.00, Right-Right Terrace $45.00.

Channing replaces Arthur in April

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For whatever reasons, the April 22nd show at the University of Pittsburgh has been canceled and replaced with Carol Channing instead. What really doesn’t makes sense is what the BCPAC president, Jim Guelfi said, “Bea Arthur has canceled her 2006 tour, including her spring date in Bradford… I feel bad that Ms. Arthur needed to cancel her tour for health reasons” Meanwhile, she has added dates in January, so it’s confusing that he says that Bea has cancelled her 2006 tour in general, when there are still shows going on. All we can do is wait and see about all of this, but at this point things are obviously unclear. So, as usual, keep checking back here as I will be posting updates as soon as I hear of them!

See full article here

Thanks again to Alex for the prompt information!

Bea Advanced

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I’ve been working hard on enhancing your Bea experience! Coming soon, hopefully within the next week or two, the first podcast dedicated to Bea fandom… not only will it be about what Bea is up to, but also, more importantly, it will be about you, the dedicated fans! To subscribe, click on your RSS preference icon to the right side of the page. Soon you will be also able to subscribe to the podcasts and video blogs via iTunes!

First up, an awesome video from Alan, who met Bea, Rue and Betty at last months Border’s signing in NYC! Thank god for video cell phones! And thank you Alan for sharing this with us!

Golden Girls NYC Signing [Quicktime .MOV file – 0:20 – 0.5 mb]

More fun soon, so stay tuned… literally!

Kev!

Curbed

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Last night, Bea’s wish of appearing on an episode of one of her favorite shows, Curb Your Enthusiasm, came true! In a cameo spot, Bea portraid Larry’s dead mother. A short but sweet sequence that Bea keeps true to her form! A must see! If you missed it, it will be replayed a few more times on HBO and HBO2, so check your listings! It will also be on the DVD release of the 5th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm sometime next year.

In other news, the May 6th, 2006 show in Springfield has been cancelled and replaced by Debbie Reynolds. As usual, no reason was provided for the cancellation.

If you are in NYC, it looks like Peter Mac and John Schaefer are back with their show ‘Jingle Away With Judy and Bea’. Visit their web site for more information! www.judyandme.com

More exciting things to come! Keep coming back for more!!

Success!… what’s next?

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Well, that Golden Girls signing was quite the success! Thanks for posting your comments about that… very interesting stuff there! I still was hoping that you took your cameras… not even to get a snap of the girls, but I love to see the fans just as much. YOU. I want to see YOU, too! (for the most part)

Here is a link with some new photos of the event that I hadn’t seen (thanks Alex again!)

So, what is next? Well, enjoy your Christmas parties and egg nog this month, as Bea isn’t doing anything. But, her schedule is getting full soon after in January. So, keep an eye out on the schedule guys and gals. What’s next for here? I’m debating on doing a podcast and/or video blog. I need to at least do it once to see how it works out… so stay tuned for that… could be fun!

Finally, I added some more stuff to the BeaStore. Including the pre order to Pam Anderson’s Roast DVD… uncensored version. If you want to help out the longevity of this site, simply buy your Bea DVDs and CDs through this site. I get a kick back from Amazon when you do… so you get something and in return you continue to keep this site live for all the other fans. Not a bad deal huh! Through sales of this past year, I was able to recirculate the money into another year of hosting the videos! So, the videos are back up and here to stay! So, thank you all and hope you enjoy the vids!

That’s all for now! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving (if it applies to you) and looking forward to the holiday’s coming up next month!

Kev!