Thursday, April 10, 2014


You might remember her best as the wise-cracking waitress Alice on the sitcom of the same name who tries to start a new life for herself and her young son at a diner known as Mel's.  The crabby, ill-tempered Mel was the proprietor of the greasy spoon that makes Alice wonder why she is in Phoenix and not pursuing her dream of a singing career.

Linda Lavin is both an actress and a singer who has honed her skills on Broadway in such plays as "Broadway Bound," "The Sisters Rosensweig," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "Gypsy" and "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife." In films and television, she is noted for "Damn Yankees," "The Nurses," "Rhoda," "Barney Miller," "The Muppet Show," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "Touched by an Angel"  and "The Sopranos," to name drop a few.

To get up close and personal with this versatile lady, attend the Sacred Heart University's American Legends Series for an intimate conversation with Linda Lavin on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.  Executive director of the Edgerton Center, Jerry Goehring will conduct an "Actors Studio" type interview that will feature video clips of her stage, television and film career as well as questions and answers about her varied and illustrious show business career.  The audience will also have a chance to chat.

Ms. Lavin, who was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in New York City in January 2011, is currently in rehearsal for an upcoming Off-Broadway premiere of "Too Much Sun" by Nicky Silver at the Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th Street, New York.  She will play a celebrated actress Audrey Langham whose life unravels as she prepares to play the lead in a new production of "Medea."  She flees and seeks sanctuary at the home of her married daughter whose welcome is forced and less than cordial.  Her relaxing summer by the sea is like a stormy ocean, not calm and peaceful as she expected it to be.
"Too Much Sun,"  under the direction of Mark Brokaw, will begin previews on May 1 and officially open May 24.

In addition, Ms. Lavin performs regularly with her trio in her hit nightclub concert "Possibilities" and recently released a CD with the same name.

For tickets ($25, seniors, faculty, staff, alumni $15, students $10), call the Edgerton Center, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield  at 203-371-7908 or go online to

Let Linda Lavin entertain you with tales of her fascinating career, all the way from Alice to Audrey, and beyond.

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