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Actress, Comedienne and singer Marilyn Michaels' new book, How Not to Cook, for the Rest of Your Life is an ANTI-cookbook but gives you plenty of food for thought! Equal parts biography, and scrimp-n'-save philosophy, this laugh-out-loud rant, come with humorous revelations about her experiences working with Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Ed Sullivan, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, and a whole chapter devoted to working with Jule Styne on the National Company of Funny Girl, at the same time Streisand was doing it on Broadway. Of course it tells a lot about meeting up with Streisand and everything she learned from that encounter. Marilyn made her mark chosen by composer Jule Styne for the role of original Fannie Brice in the National Tour of Funny Girl. She also appeared on Broadway in Catskills on Broadway. Her numerous TV appearances included being the only female performer in the Emmy Award winning comedy series "The Kopykats". Mark Wilk co-authored the children's book "A Dog Named Randall" along with writing several articles for the New York Times (with Ms. Michaels) and a new musical comedy, Alysha (lyrics and book) with music and book by Ms. Michaels.

The book is now available on Amazon.com


Marilyn Michaels with Rosanna Scotto, Lori Stokes, and Mark on Good Day New York Fox TV

I'm enjoying comedian and actress Marilyn Michaels' memoir, "How Not To Cook for the Rest of Your Life." Michaels landed the role of Fanny Brice in the national tour of "Funny Girl" in 1965. She became pals with Barbra Streisand, who originated the part on Broadway. But during a joint interview, Streisand bristled when the reporter aimed his questions at Michaels because her answers made him laugh. "That short-circuited our budding friendship real quick!" Michaels writes. Her memoir is breezy and funny - a good summer showbiz read.

--Michael Riedel, NY Post


with OJI... WPIX TV



Profiles TV/ NYC.GOV w/ Mickey Burns, Mark, Lea Thompson and Madelyn Deutch



Comedienne Marilyn Michaels' anti-cookbook newie "How Not To Cook, for the Rest of Your Life" is part scrimp-'n'-save philosophy, part stuff on working with Woody, Liza, Trump, Cosby, Streisand, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Ed Sullivan, Orson Welles, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and a partridge in a pear tree. Available on Amazon.com

--Cindy Adams, NY Post

Radio Interviews and PODCASTS

Mark Malkoff: The Carson Podcast http://carsonpodcast.com/marilyn-michaels/
Joan Hamburg: http://www.wabcradio.com/2015/03/26/hamburgpodcasts/





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How Not To Cook For The Rest of Your Life


Marilyn Michaels Productions

It's not that Marilyn Michaels can't cook. It's just that she'd prefer to do just about anything else. And when you're a successful actress and comedy impressionist, chances are there's people willing to cook for you, so why not?

This hilarious book is part memoir, part self-help, and full of crazy-but-true stories from Hollywood and Broadway that include the likes of Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand, Lisa Minelli, and Donald Trump (way before the White House). It won't take you long to realize why Michaels is so averse to cooking-she is having too much fun living!


To say that Marilyn Michaels is funny is an understatement. Her impressions are legendary, as are her co-stars on both the stage and screen. But her book is an absolute riot. Pick it up and you'll find yourself having to put it down to catch your breath from laughing so hard.

Michaels co-wrote the book with her son, Mark Wilk, and said the experience was a blast-well, most of it. When it came to writing about sex-and there's a lot of hanky-panky going on in her book-it was a bit tricky. As Michaels says, whether kids are young or adult, "they don't want to hear about parents' sexuality...I really pulled in the reins, but [writing the book with her son] was worth it."

Michaels makes comedy look easy, but it's an art that requires impeccable timing and a careful understanding of one's audience. And she understands where comics are coming from-even those who have behaved badly of late. She knows the desire to do just about anything to get the audience on her side... "That laugh is my survival," she says. "That laugh means I get the next job."

MM as Brooke w/ Bubble Gum all about the Playboy shoot in HOW NOT TO COOK...


Hef came out to greet me in silk PJ's-he was very friendly, unassuming and a bit childlike. The place was overrun with celebrities and beautiful women. There was no use wondering if you measured up...you didn't. Everyone was a 10. I mean, in the days before I had a baby, I looked pretty good, but it was like the old line: "Did you ever feel that the whole world was a tuxedo, and you were a pair of brown shoes?"

... they are ALL MM

"Amy Schumer, who just married a chef, might have been inspired by Marilyn Michaels' new tome, "How Not To Cook, for the Rest of Your Life." Michaels suggests you forget doctors and lawyers. "The only way to get out of cooking is to marry the chef with the tallest hat."

--Richard Johnson, NY Post


Jewish Broadcasting Service





This book is simply brilliant from start to finish. You will want to read again, just to make sure you didn't miss anything. Great and hilarious advice as well as a sneak peek behind the celebrity curtain. Yes, this book has got some great gossip. Marriage? She talks about that and so much more . This is not your typical celebrity book. You get funny and sweet advice and you will smile all the way through. This is a must own book. Buy one for a friend, if you loan this to a friend...I guarantee they will want to buy their own copy. Face it, this book is for you and everyone you know.


Marilyn Michaels is one of those rare people who are overqualified for life, accomplished in so many areas, they need to live at least three lives to do justice to their abilities. This book, written with jokes that feel as if she got into Joan Rivers' file, tells of her experiences on and off stage, carefully eliminating any time in the kitchen. After reading it, I wouldn't want to go to dinner at her house, but I'd be happy watching and listening to her forever. She makes those of us who've measured baking soda in tiny spoons and labored over white, red and brown sauces feel the time could have been better spent. The book is nothing short of hilarious.

Joanna J Pettet:

A fabulous funny read - the first read and still laughing after the 2nd read!

Revivifying the Fine Art of Paragraphing!

Patricia L. Robinson-Linder
I invested in "How Not to Cook for the Rest of your Life" and have not been disappointed. Candidly, our standards of good literary reads exclude comic work, and the art of "paragraphing" apparently died will Bill Vaughan/Burton Hillis, but you can make room for this one because it is hilarious and part of an old-fashioned genre (think of a silly Emily Dickinson), which imparts bursts of insight in every short section. It also reads in a "stream of consciousness" style, which is really fine since comic paragraphing is becoming a lost art anyway. The endeavor is not a cookbook, but a reflection on how themes of food and its preparation of it - or indeed the non-preparation of it - allows the writer to confront all kinds of issues she has faced in a successful career doing comedy of her own. There are a few surprises, such as the sense she enjoyed the attentions of many men prior to the "Me, too" and "Time's Up" movements when I avoided them as often as I could, but the book is, overall, congenial. It is Michaels's highs and lows distilled to a delicious elixir!

You'll need to order in since you won't be able to put this book down. Hysterical!

By Jeff Macauley
Marilyn Michaels is a great entertainer. We all know that. And now we know she can't cook. There are many practical tips on how not to cook which is more difficult than you wouldn't think it wasn't. This is a wonderful, rip-roaring and surprising trip through a memorable career and life with not-cooking tips sprinkled liberally throughout. You won't learn any new recipes but you'll learn how to get a quickie-Mexican divorce between appearances with Don Rickles in Vegas and filming an episode of "The Name of the Game" with Sammy Davis Jr. It's that kind of book! Which is to say, it's the most "wunnerful" kind of book, as Miss Michaels as Dinah Shore might say. Now, Dinah Shore, she could cook! And she wrote about it, too, but not so raucously as Miss Marilyn Michaels writes about not cooking. This is a great summer read. Get it, read it and you'll never have to cook again.

By William C. Montague
Marilyn Michaels and Mark Wilk have managed to write a modern-day classic that will entertain anyone with a sense of humor. It is a full-blown guide not just covering the subject of food, but also, a host of issues to form a rather complete picture of a new lifestyle.

Fun to read
By Joanne Engel
I absolutely love this book! ..... you don't have to be in show business to enjoy Marilyn's memoirs....the book is literally a laugh a paragraph. You will thoroughly enjoy it.

J. Globenfelt
t's brilliant!! My stomach still aches from laughing so hard and wasn't from the cooking.

I've read it twice! GET IT NOW! Like TODAY!
By MusicMan
Ever wanted to hire a personal chef? If so, then get this how-to, who's-who, fall-down-funny-laugh-a-second "anti-cook book") read it and you'll know what that means). It's full of terrific anecdotes, stories about some very famous people, insights into show biz, and tips on how to live a muc, much better life. Marilyn is not just one of the funniest comedians ever, but a great humor writer, too (along with her very talented son, Mark Wilk!) Okay - go out and get this book right now. No wait - get two or three - give them to your friends, give them as gifts and they will love you because, like me, they will belly laugh out loud! Another thought - give a few to your enemies - they'll die laughing.

By Marian Hailey
What a clever way to do a memoir. I can learn about this genius of a talent in vignettes. I can have an appetizer or a full meal of laughter and insight into Marilyn's life.Just like her performances one is transported. Marilyn Michaels and Mark Wilk have teamed up to give us an unforgettable experience.

Although it's not really about cooking... this book REALLY cooks!
By gooddoc
I brought my copy along to my hair appointment today; a 4 hour long extravaganza stuck in a small salon with too many women and a lot of hairsprays fumes. Within a few paragraphs, I knew that I was in for one wild ride... I had to stop over and over again to try and compose myself from laughing so hard. Tears were running down my face threatening to ruin my makeup. Soon my mother joined in the laughing and then the whole place became giggly and joyous. When someone is having a great time, it's contagious! Learning How NOT to Cook Never Tasted Funnier.

By Ellen Fein
If you're as funny as Marilyn Michaels, you shouldn't have to slave over a hot stove! She offers tips on how to save money (skip expensive makeup and dumb trips) so you can order in or pay a housekeeper to cook. Humorous advice for busy women who have better things to do than clean in the kitchen! Riveting and hysterica!!l #RULESGIRLS WILL LOVE THIS! ELLEN FEIN AND SHERRIE SCHNEIDER: AUTHORS OF THE RULES AND RULES II NOT YOUR MOTHERS RULES

By Stephen A. Kulick on June 22, 2018
I devoured Marilyn's book in less than 2 days. I could not put it down until the very last "drop". Her adventures in life and show business were like satisfying tidbits served up for our delectation. The chapters are short,breezy, light- hearted, and a great summer read. I found myself wanting more...who doesn't when it's so good Marcia K.

You Will Not Be Disappointed
By Kevin Callaway
In "How Not To Cook, for the Rest of Your Life", Marilyn Michaels brings her high energy performing talents to life on the pages of her latest book... a tour de force reading experience. May I recommend getting this book and I think the title of the post says it all.

Laughter is food for the soul and Marilyn knows how to dish it up better than anybody
By louise duart
Everything Marilyn does is hysterical! This book is no exception. I will definitely be ordering more books to give as gifts. Laughter is food for the soul and Marilyn knows how to dish it up better than anybody! Louise (DuArt) & SQuire Rushnell

By Mikephil
The most hilarious memoir I've ever read! Her incredible life from childhood to current Trump-world, interactions with over a hundred show-bizzers, politicians - all names you know - told as confirming instances of why thou shall never, ever cook. Deliberately not written in chronological order so that every page is a hysterically funny surprise. Almost impossible to put it down, you'll feel the back cover comes too soon.

Comedian dishes on that time she hit on Donald Trump"Classic comic Marilyn Michaels had a crush on Donald Trump, and may have sexually harassed him.

In her book "How Not To Cook for the Rest of Your Life" - which isn't a cookbook, but full of food for thought on famous people - she recalls of Trump: "I always had a big crush on the Donald. He once sent a helicopter for me to go to Atlantic City for an event. I was hoping he'd pay attention to me, but really, he went for 'Miss Blonde World'-type models. To get his attention .?.?. when we took a photo together I grabbed his tush. Maybe that's reversal on the #MeToo movement, but I liked him! He was kind of hot then!"

By Ian Mohr

by Cindy Adams

"Please pay attention Commedienne Marilyn Michaels' anti-cookbook newie "How Not To Cook, for the Rest of Your Life" is part scrimp-'n'-save philosophy, part stuff on working with Woody, Liza, Trump, Cosby, Streisand, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Ed Sullivan, Orson Welles, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and a partridge in a pear tree. Available on Amazon.com"

"Hey laaaaadies - you weren't left out of Jerry Lewis' 90th birthday celebration, as a crosstown tabloid erroneously reported..." "Comedian Marilyn Michaels, who we're told was "hand-picked" by Lewis to perform, joined Jim Carrey, Richard Belzer and Jeff Rodd at the Friars Club bash celebrating the comedy legend. Yet according to a New York Post source, "not a single woman" feted the funnyman. Michaels wasn't the only woman onstage, either. "She brought along some lady characters with her, including Barbara Streisand, Diane Keaton, Dr. Ruth, Lily Tomlin, Liza (Minnelli), Liz Taylor and more." The video is on YouTube."

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The New York Times

Hello, Lauren! A Former Fanny Brice on the New 'Funny Girl' in Town


In June the singer and comedian Marilyn Michaels wrote a guest Theater Talkback post for ArtsBeat about the challenges of casting the role of Fanny Brice in the musical "Funny Girl." (Barbra Streisand originated the part when the show opened on Broadway in 1964; Ms. Michaels played it in the original national touring company.) On Wednesday it was announced that Lauren Ambrose would play the role in the Ahmanson Theater revival in Los Angeles, which is expected to end up on Broadway. That left Ms. Michaels wondering: Has the right Fanny been found?

When the character of Fanny Brice speaks her first lines into the mirror, declaring "Hello, gorgeous," it registers as funny because she clearly is not pretty.

The words are self-deprecating and bittersweet, and while the audience is in on the joke, they immediately embrace Fanny for owning up to her limitations.

Coming from Lauren Ambrose, director Barlett Sher's official choice for the role of Fanny, that declaration may actually be true. With her wide blue eyes, button nose, cherubic face and red hair (quick, get the L'Oreal Chestnut Brown permanent color stay) this clearly is a very pretty girl. But is she Fanny?

She's definitely an accomplished actress (Shakespeare's heroines, "Six Feet Under") and she possesses a dynamic singing style. But it's a risky choice, casting-wise. As Fanny herself would say in her inimitable voice: "Gee vhiz, I'm a gawjus shiksa!"

There are still people alive who remember Fanny Brice. Her Yiddish expressions. The beady but twinkling eyes; the shnoz that didn't quite get "fixed" despite an archaic attempt at nasal reconstruction. In fact, her ugly duckling persona is precisely what made her so appealing.

Can this bold new gal be transformed into an authentic Yiddish dialect comedienne?

I agree, it's time for an update. Enough Barbra already. But when Barbra was chosen over such talented singer-comediennes as Carol Burnett, Eydie Gorme, Kaye Ballard and even the great Anne Bancroft, it was not just for her stunning talent and vocal prowess. The creative team of Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, Ray Stark and Jerome Robbins all knew the original Fanny; Stark was her son-in-law. Ms. Streisand was justifiably the closest and truest facsimile.

Mr. Sher has confessed that he expects to be crucified no matter whom he chooses so he's gone and plucked a most attractive plum. But Isobel Lennart's script has Fanny saying, " I'm a bagel on a plate full of onion rolls!" Ms. Ambrose does not even look to be a prune danish. She might be tasty, but is she Fanny?

True, Charlize Theron did play Aileen Wuornos and Nicole Kidman had a go at Virginia Woolf successfully. But that was on film. They say that the camera is unforgiving � but wait till they get to the New York critics!

I have a feeling we will soon be treated to Al Pacino as Abe Lincoln, and J. Lo as Elizabeth Taylor! What is the world coming to?

So as I sit here putting L'Oreal Chestnut Brown onto my presently graying roots � and Barbra Streisand, I imagine, dallies with her ducks in her man-made pond in Malibu � we, like other "Funny Girl" fans, eagerly await the metamorphosis of Lauren Ambrose. Even with enough artifice, does Ms. Ambrose have the technical and emotional know-how to make Fanny ring true?

Just in case, let's make sure that the special-effects genius who helped us suspend disbelief for the hobbits in "Lord of the Rings" is on hand.

The New York Times

Theater Talkback: A Stage 'Funny Girl' (Not That One) on Why the Role Is Hard to Cast


Courtesy of Marilyn Michaels
Marilyn Michaels in the national touring company production of "Funny Girl."
Marilyn Michaels in the national touring company production of Courtesy of Marilyn MichaelsMarilyn Michaels in the national touring company production of "Funny Girl." Over the summer, ArtsBeat is inviting members of the theater world to contribute to the weekly Theater Talkback column, alternating with the critics Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood.

This week, Marilyn Michaels, a singer and comedian known for her impersonations of Barbra Streisand and other celebrities, offers suggestions for the producers looking to cast the demanding role of Fanny Brice in the coming revival of "Funny Girl."

In 1965, when the composer Jule Styne ran up to me onstage at the Winter Garden Theater during auditions for the national company of "Funny Girl" and exclaimed, "You must do this part!," he saw qualities in me that any actress playing Fanny Brice must have to make the role believable.

Finding the right young singing-actress to play Fanny is a challenge precisely because she, unlike Mama Rose or Dolly Levi, is not one size fits all. You can't just slip any actress into it and delight in various interpretations. This is one role even Sutton Foster shouldn't play.

Fanny Brice was a comedienne who understood the Yiddish dialect. She got her start in burlesque, and created her character strongly based on her Jewish roots. Any actress playing her need not necessarily be Jewish, but must possess a genuine ear for Jewish cadences, along with the timing and ability to finesse the great comic scenes.

Barbra Streisand and I had a leg up in this respect: We both came from traditional Jewish homes, she from the bowels of Brooklyn, and me from a family steeped in Jewish theatrical tradition. In fact I grew up in the Yiddish theater, and the Catskills were my training ground. The dialects came naturally to both of us, as did our noses. Mine had already been altered, but once you're born with a honker, the "ugly duckling" feeling never completely leaves you. To play Fanny, it helps not to feel or look like Heidi Klum.

Vocally, Jule Styne wrote one of the toughest scores this side of "Evita." Whoever sings it has got to have the pipes, and the discipline to adhere to the melodies, without taking liberties and infusing it with the current fad embellishments or jazz riffs. As Jule would say, "Sing it as written and make sure to hit the last row in the balcony!" Barbra Streisand outside the Criterion Theater in New York for the opening of the film Don Hogan Charles/The New York TimesBarbra Streisand outside the Criterion Theater in New York for the opening of the film "Funny Girl" in 1968.

Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times
Barbra Streisand outside the Criterion Theater in New York for the opening of the film "Funny Girl" in 1968.
The girl who plays Fanny needs to possess an acting range that runs the gamut from impassioned teenager to a major star, wife and mother. Perhaps a young Meryl Streep would have done it justice. She even played an orthodox Jewish rabbi and made it convincing. But then again, Meryl would have required extensive vocal coaching. Tyne Daly or even Kirstie Alley can take a shot at playing Maria Callas, but with Fanny Brice, honesty is all. Playing Fanny is one thing, but "being" her is more important. It has to be organic.

People need to leave the theater after two and a half hours and say: "What a great time I had. I laughed, I cried. Then I laughed some more, and then I cried again! That girl was amazing, but now I'm out of Kleenex."

So who is on my list of contenders? Amy Winehouse (sober) might have had the goods. But she's less reliable than the rigging at "Spider-Man." Jackie Hoffman, who is an ace comedienne and can belt with the best of them, would have been perfect 20 years ago. Topping my list of contenders is Idina Menzel, who sings great, but can she handle the comedy? My first choice is Nina Arianda, who can handle the comedy, but can she sing it?

If all else fails, they might just have to bring in Harvey Fierstein, who is always game to play any part, male or female. But let's hope it doesn't come to that. Will the real Fanny Brice please stand up?


Funny Lady Marilyn Michaels and her many characters guest hosting, Playing Favorites on Siriusly Sinatra - SIRIUS|XM Radio channel 75.

Queensborough Event

Vows on NY Times

"FOR Marilyn Michaels — comedian, impressionist, actress and latter-day vaudevillian — the prospect of marrying again at 65 seemed like the set-up for a Catskills gag about old age...."
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Marilyn Michaels with Cheri Oteri

Marilyn Michaels with Cheri Oteri from Saturday Night Live.



New York Post

NY Post Article Author: Liz Smith

"... COMIC Marilyn Michaels weds Steven Portnoff on Oct. 5 here in New York, and the invite reads: "With Marilyn's intense dislike of travel, the palm tree on the upper left corner is the closest we will ever get to a honeymoon." It also specifies guest-wear: "Nothing from 'Project Runway.' "

When Hollywood Met Broadway: Great Songs From Stage and Screen, the 22nd Annual Gala Benefit Concert for The Drama League, was held on Monday, February 5 at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Joanna Gleason and Jim Dale were hosts of the event, which was written by Stephen Cole, directed by Matt August with musical direction by Matthew Ward and choreography by Dan Knechtges.

Photo: Carolyn Contino/Talkin' Broadway

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The day has gotten away from me, but I didn’t want to leave before jotting you a quick not to say how much we enjoyed having you here. It was clear that the audience was with you and enjoyed you every bit of the way. Your material and the way you worked with Eddy was just perfect for this format— part “show”, part schmooze, part nostalgia, loads of laughs and a nosh.   Doing lunch with Marilyn Michaels?? —what’s not to like??! Come back soon ‘dahling.’

Fondly and with great appreciation,

 Wendy Sabin-Lasker
Director of Daytime Programming 
The Makor / Steinhardt Center
of the 92nd Street Y
35 West 67th Street
New York, New York 10023

Marilyn Michaels

Keeper Of The Flame

The Jewish Week

Marilyn Michaels can barely remember a time she wasn’t performing in public.

“In the past five years — in therapy — I realized I was one of those little prodigy-type persons,” she says with a warm laugh. “I was performing when I was 4 years old.”

Perhaps that was to be expected. Michaels, who is giving a Mothers’ Day concert on Sunday, is the daughter of Fraydele Oysher, a star of the Yiddish theater, and Harold Steinberg, a basso in the Metropolitan Opera choir, the niece of Moishe Oysher, a mega-star of the Yiddish theater and a famed cantor, and the grand-daughter of cantors on both sides of the family.

“It’s a strange and marvelous provenance,” the singer, comedian and impressionist says of her yichus. And it has led her to strange and wonderful places.

Like the New York public schools.

“My parents wanted me to be normal,” she says. “When I turned 7, my mother would tour and she’d leave me with my father and my bubbe. I would work with her Passover and Chanukah. She didn’t want me to interrupt my school.”

What Fraydele didn’t know was that show business was already interrupting Marilyn’s school quietly. “I was always fantasizing about being in a movie or a Broadway show,” she confesses.

How could she not be? She had only to look out the window to see where she wanted to be.

“I grew up on Second Avenue,” she says. “We lived on [East] Fourth Street and my bedroom faced the side of a theater.”

She remembers the Yiddish Great White Way fondly. “It was a very rich time, the tail end of the golden era,” Michaels says. “The Yiddish theater was all along Second Avenue and these were not little houses, they were 1,500-2,000 seat houses.”

Despite the cantorial riches in her family tree, Michaels admits, she wasn’t raised in an observant atmosphere exactly. “Here’s the thing about show people,” she explains: “My uncle’s a great cantor, but being show business we couldn’t be observant. We kept kosher, but you couldn’t afford to lose business on Friday and Saturday.”

The memory of those appreciative audiences must have been in the back of her mind when she began work on one of her latest projects, “The Oysher Heritage,” a CD featuring recordings of her famous uncle, her mother and her.

“When my uncle passed away [in 1958], my mother suddenly became obsessed with documenting and perpetuating Moishe,” she says. “Now I’m like the keeper of the flame and all I can think of is, I’ve got to do this, I’ve got to perpetuate this incredible music, this heritage.”

She is passing it along, too. As you would expect from a mom whose idea of a proper Mothers’ Day is to give a concert, she has recorded a CD with her son Mark Wilk.

These days, with the Yiddish theater regrettably a distant memory (except for the Folksbiene and few other isolated survivors), Michaels is more likely to be playing a nightclub or turning up on television, although she also realized her childhood ambition, many times over, of playing on Broadway.

“There’s nothing like being on a Broadway stage, when the house is packed, it’s opening night and they go crazy,” she says. “It’s like a drug, it’s a thrill. You’re on Broadway! The downside is you have to do eight times a week.”

And it’s the same for every one of those performances. “That’s one of the reasons I love playing nightclubs,” Michaels says. “I’m very improvisational, I don’t like being hemmed in. I can just go off on a tangent. And you never know who’s going to be in the audience.”

With Michaels, you never know who’s going to be on the stage either. Her dead-on impressions run the gamut from Streisand (not surprising, since she starred in the national company of “Funny Girl”) to Jackie Mason, from Donna Summer to Bert Lahr.

She doesn’t even mind when an audience member requests someone she doesn’t do. “It all makes for comedy,” she says.

Northwood University Tribute To Marvin Hamlisch

Dear Marilyn,
Just a quick line to say THANK YOU! You were the proverbial "smash"! The Revue and your solo could not have been more wonderful....Thanks for bringing your special touch of humor, good nature and downright brilliance to the evening. You were great!

Nancy Barker
Northwood University

Mailyn and Burt Reynolds

I went to see "Catskills on Broadway," en masse. This show at the Lunt Fontanne is phenomenal, and nobody in his/her right mind would want to miss it. You don't have to be Jewish to find it funny.

Love my old friend Marilyn Michaels doing her impressions and performing the entire "Wizard of Oz" in three minutes. (Her Billie Burke is masterful)


Marilyn Michaels rewrote the classic "Cinderella" for her Resorts International show. Cinderella is Monica Lewinsky, the wicked stepmother is Linda Tripp, the misguided prince is President Clinton," my only problem was the fairy godmother," Michaels told us, her solution: Dr. Ruth Westheimer.


Metropolitan Diary by Ron Alexander

The scene is the lobby of the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Michael Pollack, attending a performance of "Catskills on Broadway," overhears the following dialogue.

Woman 1: Did you know Marilyn Michaels isn't in the show anymore?

Woman 2: No! What do we do?

Woman 1: We go in. At intermission we'll ask for a refund