"What's My Line? - Live On Stage"

Dear Journalist,

You are cordiallly invited to attend a performance of "What's My Line? - Live On State" Mondays only at 8:00 pm beginning March 24 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Hosted by J. Keith van Straaten (Comedy Central’s “Beat The Geeks” and VH1’s “Best Week Ever”) the panelists for the next two weeks include:

March 24th





March 31st





You have to attend to learn the identity of the suprise "Mystery Guest!"

A press release with complete details and a link to photos follows.  Please don't hesitate to contact me directly to make your reservation.  I look forward to seeing you at the theater.

Stephen Sunderlin
Sun Productions

(212) 799-3753


Sun Productions

2162 Broadway • 4th Floor • New York • NY • 10024-6620 • Phone: (212) 799-3753


For Immediate Release, Please
Contact:      Stephen Sunderlin  (212) 799-3753
March 10th, 2008  

“What's My Line? - Live On Stage”

Line Up Set

March 24th


March 31st







van Straaten Entertainment, inc. is pleased to announce the East Coast debut of What’s My Line? – Live On Stage, a live, non-broadcast stage presentation of the popular game show that ran on American television for over 25 years.  J. Keith van Straaten (Comedy Central’s “Beat The Geeks” and VH1’s “Best Week Ever”) hosts a panel of noted personalities along with weekly surprise celebrity “Mystery Guest.”  Past Mystery Guests have included Larry King, Drew Carey, and Shirley Jones.  Departing from the 30-minute format of the original television series, the 75-minute stage version will also feature live music and performances. “What’s My Line? – Live On Stage,” which had an initial run of six shows in November and December of 2004 in Los Angeles and ran over three years, will open Monday, March 24th with its 75th installment and play Monday evenings at 8:00 pm through April 28th.  All tickets are $25.00.  For tickets and information call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.Telecharge.com.  The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue, South of Christopher Street.  The show website is www.whatsmyline.org.

Upcoming panelists for Monday, March 24th include: BETSY PALMER - Longtime regular panelist on TV's "I've Got a Secret" and recurring panelist on original "What's My Line?,"   MICHAEL RIEDEL - New York Post theatre columnist and co-host of "Theater Talk" on PBS,  STEPHANIE D'ABRUZZO - Tony-nominated star of Avenue Q and  BARRY SALTZMAN- Los Angeles stage actor and most frequent panelist on Los Angeles production of "What's My Line? - Live On Stage." 

Scheduled to appear March 21 are PIA LINDSTROM - Emmy-winning journalist, 23-year veteran of WNBC-TV, guest panelist on original "What's My Line?," FRANK DeCARO - Host of "The Frank DeCaro Show" weekdays on Sirius Satellite Radio, LAURIE KILMARTIN - Comedienne and writer, regular panelist on VH1's "Best Week Ever" and blogger for 236.com  and JONATHAN AMES  - Award-winning author (The Extra Man, Wake Up Sir)  

“What’s My Line?” premiered on CBS on February 2, 1950 and became an instant classic, running for 25 years on American television.  The stage version follows the basic format of the classic TV game show: Four celebrity panelists try to guess the occupation of a guest, asking only yes-or-no questions. The guests are all regular folks with unusual occupations --plus an appearance by a special celebrity mystery guest. This stage show, however, is not broadcast; the only audience is the folks who show up in the 199-seat theatre.  It’s a real game with real people with real occupations and genuine celebrities --the show is not scripted and runs approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission.


During its three-year run in Los Angeles, “What’s My Line? – Live On Stage” garnered such praise as:  “This should be an L.A. institution!... Amazingly, this doesn’t parody the original show but offers a replica sample from a vintage pop culture [providing] a window onto the decorum and spontaneous, champagne wit of a bygone era…  GO... Take your out-of-town guests.” --LA Weekly.    “Witty... Charming... Stays true to its TV show roots...stemming from nostalgia for a time when reality show contestants didn't have to eat squid guts to impress us.” --L.A. Times.  “Spontaneous fun!” --Paper Magazine. 


Past installments of “What's My Line? - Live On Stage” featured stars such as Rose Marie, Nanette Fabray, Jose Canseco, Larry King, Drew Carey, Noah Wyle, Alan Thicke, Amy Brenneman, Andy Dick, Ann Magnuson, Brett Butler, Bruce Jenner, Bruce Vilanch, Camryn Manheim, Danny Bonaduce, Dick Van Patten, Ed Asner, Ed Begley, Jr., Elliott Gould, Fred Willard, George Takei, Hector Elizondo, Jasmine Guy, Jayne Meadows, Joan Van Ark, Julie Newmar, Laraine Newman, Lea Thompson, Lee Meriwether, LeVar Burton, Leonard Maltin, Lindsay Wagner, Lisa Loeb, Lorenzo Lamas, Melvin Van Peebles, Michael & Kitty Dukakis, Monty Hall & Carol Merrill, Peter Falk, Paul Williams, Rip Taylor, Sally Struthers, Sean Young, Sharon Lawrence, Shelley Berman, Shelley Long, Sherwood Schwartz, Shirley Jones, Tara Lipinski, Ted Lange, Tom Bergeron, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Wink Martindale.


J. Keith van Straaten, the panel moderator and co-producer of “What’s My Line? – Live On Stage” hosted Comedy Central’s “Beat The Geeks” game show, and had a long and successful run as creator and host of L.A.’s talk-show-in-a-theatre, the critically acclaimed The J. Keith van Straaten Show.  Best known from TV as a panelist on VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and E!’s celebrity countdown shows, J. Keith also blogs the Oscars for Yahoo! Movies and writes their seasonal movie guides.  His personal website and blog is at www.jkeith.net.


Note: This production is unrelated to and unaffiliated with any previous stage adaptation of “What’s My Line?” that played in New York.

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