Andrea Bell Wolff in “Bad Girls Do Cry …. Especially at Christmas”
Lead Vocalist/writer: Andrea Bell Wolff
Additional Vocalists: Carolee Goodgold and Deb Lyons
Drums: Scott Neumann
Bass: Jeff Ganz
Guitar: Jack Cavari
Tenor Sax: Bob Magnuson
Musical Director/Piano: Barry Levitt
Director: Dennis Deal
Mr. Levitt will lead a quintet
Andrea Bell Wolff is a comic actress and singer with an esteemed show business history. She was a teenager attending the Professional Children’s School when she was cast as Ermengarde in the first National Tour of “Hello Dolly!” starring Carol Channing. All in all, she did five productions of “Hello Dolly!” playing both Ermengarde and then Minnie Fay on Broadway and National Tours, as well as major roles in “George M!,” “L’il Abner,” “Grease,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Funny Girl.” Her work in the revue, “Bottoms Up!” took her from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, opening for huge stars such as The Fifth Dimension and Engelbert Humperdinck, to Australia, and she toured extensively with Disney in many shows around the country. Andrea has performed at such venues as The St. James Theater, Goodspeed, The Papermill Playhouse and Sacramento Music Circus.
Her work with a show band, Your Father’s Mustache, landed her a job on the Ed Sullivan Show doing warm-ups for the audience, and in Los Angeles, she was also a regular on the Donny and Marie Show working with Sid and Marty Krofft, often playing a dancing clock. She appeared on “Emergency!” and did commercial work as well on both coasts.
Two of her fondest show-business experiences were meeting Lucille Ball during a run of “Grease” in Sacramento (Desi Arnaz Jr. was in the cast), and being sought out by President Lyndon Johnson backstage during one of her “Hello, Dolly!” tours with Dorothy Lamour.
Andrea took a long break from performing to raise two children, including a daughter with a rare and debilitating disease (she is doing very well, now!) and then returned to the stage in 2011 with a show called “Loose Screws,” a risqué, fictional biographical journey of an also-ran entertainer, Chelsea Sutton Place.
In summer 2015 Andrea will premiere “Bad Girls Do Cry” at Iridium. The show is a music and comedy tribute to the Girl Group sound of the 1960s.
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