Bea Arthur, known the world over as the gravel-voiced star of “Maude” and “The Golden Girls,” makes her Smith Opera House stage debut this fall. On Saturday, Sept. 24, for one night only, The Smith presents “An Evening with Bea Arthur.”
Reserve seated tickets for “An Evening with Bea Arthur” go on sale June 1 at noon. They are $35, $25 and $20 each. A limited number of $100 VIP sponsor packages, featuring premium seating and a post-show reception, will also be available.
With its acerbic view of life, Arthur is reprising her one-woman Broadway show, in which she talks candidly of her life, career and friends, and sings a variety of show tunes. She is accompanied at the piano by her musical director Billy Goldenberg, the multi-award-winning composer of the musical “Ballroom.”
Arthur has appeared in many television series, including six seasons of “Maude” and seven seasons of “The Golden Girls.” Her hugely varied stage career includes starring opposite Angela Lansbury in the original Broadway production of the legendary musical “Mame” in 1966. As the actress herself puts it, “My training has been total; I’ve done everything except rodeos and porn.”
Still going strong at 82 (she just celebrated her birthday on May 13), Arthur has done occasional film and theatre projects since leaving “The Golden Girls.” She’s an avid supporter of gay rights and animal rights and is involved in several AIDS charities. In 2001, she created the one-woman show and took it on the road, including two months on Broadway the following year.
Tickets may be purchased by calling The Smith box office at 315-781-LIVE or toll free at 1-866-355-LIVE. They will also be online at www.thesmith.org.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. “An Evening with Bea Arthur” is generously supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, National Bank of Geneva, Barnard Auto Group and Belhurst Castle.