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Cabaret Ultra Suede
661 North Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
323-960-4410
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You probably remember Paul Lynde best as the Center Square on original Hollywood Squares
!“Michael Airington nails the essence of the late, great Hollywood Squares comedian!” —Advocate
3 stars
“He is convincing that, in some existential way, Paul Lynde is really the one standing on stage. In some ways he is.” —IN LA Magazine

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Best known as the (off) center square on the original Hollywood Squares, Lynde began his career as a stage performer, costarring in the Broadway and film versions of Bye Bye Birdie and moving on to cameos on TV sitcoms, including a recurring role as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched. Lynde’s uniquely queeny and outre wit, which would ordinarily have kept him on the fringes of show business, made him a star who enjoyed mainstream success. (He was so popular on Squares, for instance, that Greta Garbo wrote him a fan letter!)

Michael Airington successfully portrays Lynde, who died in 1982 of a heart attack—his swinging ‘70s lifestyle and drinking took their toll—in “A Night With Paul Lynde,” a Los Angeles cabaret act paying homage to the famous comedian. Billed as a re-creation of Lynde’s 1976 one-man show and boasting the actual orchestrations from that show, this production showcases songs associated with Lynde’s varied career, including “Kids” from Birdie, “I Feel Pretty,” and “The Man in My Life” (sung to a photo of his dog Harry), along with a recitation of Lynde’s own poems.

The show sports a few updates—Airington opens with “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from the stage musical Sunset Blvd. and the appropriate “I’m Coming Out.”

Warbling his ditties and launching into the kind of stories audiences expect from zany comic legends—while pausing for a generous swig of the “scotch” off to the side of the tiny stage—Airington offers a tribute to “ambiguous queens” everywhere, all the while battling interruptions from the disembodied voice of Squares host Peter Marshall. The taped-off-TV host asks set-up questions from the show and offers the audience a chance to hear Lynde’s famous zingers in action.

A Night with Paul Lynde

has received the exclusive rights, approval and cooperation from the Estate of Paul Lynde.

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