Comedy star Jane Lynch performs an ‘anti-cabaret’ in Beaver Creek Sunday
If you go ...
What: “See Jane Sing!”
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: Tickets start at $98.
More information: Visit www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — Jane Lynch is funny. It says so right there on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The day she sat down for a quick chat about her Vilar Performing Arts Center show, “See Jane Sing,” was the day a study was released that insisted — in a clear and steady voice and in English, just like it was the authors’ native language — that singing show tunes prevents dementia.
Lynch smirked a little and considered that for a moment.
“I’ll have it going on forever. We should add that if you come to the show, you’ll add two years to your life,” Lynch said.
And that, more or less, is how the improv comedian launched into a description of what she calls, “sort of an anti-cabaret.”
OK, I’ll try that
A friend runs a musical theater in New York City and gave her four nights.
“I didn’t have a show, so I had to create one,” Lynch said.
And so she did.
“I had a great time. I stepped up and it went so well that my booking agent decided that I should take it on the road,” Lynch said.
And so she has.
She got together with friend Kate Flannery, part of the cast of “The Office,” and the Tony Guerrero Quintet with Tim Davis, so there’s a bunch of talent on the stage.
They’re doing sporadic dates so far. They’ll travel to Beaver Creek for their show this weekend, then head back to the West Coast because it’s a school night and they all have to work the next day. They hit the road for real in March.
Doing it all
It’s not tough to describe what she does in the show. She does everything … almost.
“I don’t dance,” she said laughing.
There are a bunch of show tunes, some standup, some musical theater. Mostly she’s hilarious and so is Flannery.
“I do what I love to do. I’ve never done a cabaret show and I wanted to give it a try,” Lynch said.
Yes, there are mountains of material she could sort through for her show, but she didn’t do that.
“Why?” we hear you ask.
She didn’t want to.
“I don’t narrow things down. I wait until it smacks me in the face and if I like it, I sing it,” Lynch said.
A little about Jane
Lynch does everything because she can. She was Sue Sylvester in “Glee,” Lucy Bobby in “Talladega Nights” and a butch lesbian dog handler in Christopher Guest’s improv mockumentary “Best In Show.”
She cut her improv teeth in Second City and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.
She’s the proud owner of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy.
Audiences and critics took notice of Lynch for her turn in Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”
She told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that the role was originally intended for a man but also that, at the urging of Steve Carell’s wife Nancy Walls, it was offered to Lynch, instead. From there the roles have kept coming.
In 2008 she narrated “Out & Proud in Chicago,” a documentary which tells about LGBT life in Chicago from the Civil War to 2008 through the stories of 20 everyday Chicagoans, from age 30 to age 80.
On Sept. 4, 2013, Lynch received the 2,505th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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