In a career that spans sixty years, Rita Gardner is the epitome of the word “legend”. While she is best known to audiences as The Girl in The Fantasticks, or as the hip hopping Grandma in The Wedding Singer, Rita’s career has gone from radio to television to theatre to cabaret and now to podcast!
Rita joins Rob & Kevin to discuss such topics as what it was like debuting The Fantasticks, standing by for legends like Barbara Harris, Linda Lavin, and Constance Towers, and how she has quickly become one of the world’s greatest cabaret artists.
Rita will perform her One Woman Show Much More: A Tribute to Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt at Urban Stages on December 7th at 9pm.
RITA GARDNER presents a preview of her new one-woman show celebrating the songwriting team of Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt (“Celebration,” “110 In The Shade,” “I Do! I Do!”). From her unique vantage point as the original Girl in their record-breaking classic “The Fantasticks,” Rita’s songbook draws from their hits, their rarities, their trunk songs, woven together with her personal anecdotes and insights. Directed by Jeff Harnar. JEFF HARNAR presents highlights from his Cole Porter songbook, including standards, surprises and signature Porter patter songs from such scores as “Red Hot and Blue,” “High Society,” “Anything Goes,” “Can Can” and more. Harnar is a multiple MAC, Bistro and Broadway World Cabaret award winner. “Harnar and Porter are a perfect fit.” The New York Times. Directed by Sara Louise Lazarus. Music Director ALEX RYBECK arranged and accompanies both shows on this special double bill.