Actor, musician and writer Peter Gallagher makes his debut at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs with his one-man show, ‘How’d All You People Get In My Room?,’ tonight, February 22 at 8:00 pm. Gallagher will share real-life stories from his early days starting out as a young actor in New York, to working with legends like Jack Lemmon, Tom Stoppard,Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, Peter O’Toole and more. Joined by his band, Gallagher brings his experiences to life with songs ranging from Broadway, to music from the hit television show ‘The OC,’ to classics from Sammy Cahn, Jules Styne,Burt Bacharach and Van Morrison. Gallagher made his Broadway debut in 1977 as Danny Zuko in ‘Grease’. He later starred as Sky Masterson in the 1992 Tony-Winning revival of ‘Guys And Dolls’ , as well as the musicals ‘Pal Joey’ and ‘Annie Get Your Gun’. I had the chance to talk with Gallagher as he was preparing for his Palm Springs stint, Here are a few excerpts from that conversation.
DG: Over the coarse of your career you have been defined by critics and fans by the roles you’ve played – how would you define yourself?
PG: Huh. (a long pause) That’s a very good … actually, in a way, that’s sort of the essence of this show. How do I define myself? I would define myself as … (pause) … someone who’s very lucky to have been able to do what they love for as long as I’ve been able to do it, and to raise a family and educate them and things – you know, as a result of that work I love to do. I define myself as someone who takes my work really seriously, and doesn’t really want anybody to know that. (he laughs) Because they don’t need to. But, umm .. and, I’m someone who came along at a very interesting time when there were a lot of people still around from the theatre and the films that I admired growing up — and they were still around and I was able to see a glimpse of that world and also discover that the greater the artist the easier it was to work with them – the more fulfilling – so, I guess I would define myself as one lucky bastard. (he laughs)
DG: What would you consider to be your favorite or finest career achievement so far?
PG: (a big laugh) That I’m still doing it after all these years. And I feel like I’ve preserved the opportunity for even better things. You know, I’m crazy enough to believe that my best days are ahead of me. I feel like, in terms of film performances, “To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday” was the best role that I’ve ever had. And in terms of theatre performances “Long Day’s Journey” … and there’s been a bunch of television – wait, what was your question?
According to an interview in the LA Times, Peter Gallagher is set to join Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth in the upcoming revival of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY this fall.
The LA Times writes: “Gallagher, who last appeared on Broadway in the 2008 revival of Clifford Odets’ ‘The Country Girl,’ will return this fall to star with Kristin Chenoweth in the revival of ‘On the Twentieth Century,’ the 1978 Broadway musical that won various Tony Awards.”
Read the original report here.
As BroadwayWorld reported last summer, it has long been buzzed about that Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth would return to Broadway next in an upcoming revival of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. A production this year has long been rumoured, but nothing has yet been announced.
Gallagher has appeared on Broadway in productions ranging from the classic musical Guys & Dolls to Eugene O’Neill’s epic Long Day’s Journey into Night as well on screen in acclaimed films including sex, lies & videotape, The Player and American Beauty, among others. Currently Gallagher was recently seen on the small screen in the role of Arthur Campbell on USA’s Covert Affairs and as Whitney’s dad Vince on NBC’s Whitney.
On the Twentieth Century is a musical with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman. Part operetta, part farce, part screwball comedy, the story involves the behind-the-scenes relationship of a temperamental actress and a director. Following a Boston tryout at the Colonial Theatre, the Broadway production, directed by Hal Prince and choreographed by Larry Fuller, opened on February 19, 1978 at the St. James Theatre to mixed reviews. It ran for 11 previews and 449 performances.
The show has never been revived on Broadway; however, as part of an Actors Fund benefit, a one-night-only staged concert was held on September 26, 2005 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production starred Marin Mazzie as Lily, Douglas Sills as Oscar, Joanne Worley as Letitia Primrose and Christopher Sieber as Bruce, as well as appearances by Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Max Jacobs, Cheyenne Jackson as one of the “Life is Like a Train” porters, and Kathleen Turner as Imelda.
The actor’s cabaret show ‘How’d All You People Get in My Room?’ comes to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. He sings and tells anecdotes of showbiz legends he’s known.
Peter Gallagher looks forward to channeling his inner Dean Martin in his cabaret show, “How’d All You People Get in My Room?”
“Dean Martin was a hero of mine,” the 58-year-old actor said during a recent interview. “He made the world look like a place I wanted to be. The idea of singing songs and telling stories was really appealing to me. I have been wanting to do something like this my whole life.”
The show opens Thursday for a three-night engagement at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, then moves on to Palm Springs’ Annenberg Theater on Feb. 22.
Gallagher first did the show seven years ago. Since then, the star of such movies as “sex, lies and videotape,” the 2003-07 TV series “The O.C.” and the current USA network show “Covert Affairs,” and Broadway shows such as the 1992 revival of “Guys and Dolls” with Nathan Lane has refined the evening of conversation and music.
“I change the stories and songs,” said Gallagher, relaxing in the living room of the Brentwood home he shares with wife of 30 years, Paula. “I try and get the right kind of balance.”
Among the tunes he’ll be crooning include “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” which he sang at an open-call audition for “Grease” in New York in the late 1970s, the standard “Time After Time,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” from “Guys and Dolls.” He also sings tunes by Leon Russell and Van Morrison, and even revisits “Don’t Give Up on Me,” a song his character Sandy Cohen performed on “The O.C.”
Hello and welcome to the only fansite dedicated to actor Peter Gallagher. For some of you Peter is just the amazing dad Sandy Cohen from The O.C. or the looking-cold and precise (and sexy!) Arthur Campbell from Covert Affairs, but for me it all started with American Beauty. I have been a long term fan of Peter since that long time and always struggled on making a fansite for him, and always so surprised that actually any was already. So here I am, going for it!
The site is still a huge work in progress for it might not seem but the man has lots and lots of stuff done in the years, but I want to make this happen and work on it as hard as I can to get it completed. Enjoy what’s on for now and stay tuned (also on our twitter page: @PGallagherFan) for more updates!
Peter Gallagher read poetry, sang and watched football with Peter O’Toole.
At the start of every interaction, when asked how he was, the ”Lawrence of Arabia” star would reply, “Gruesome,” Gallagher recalled.
To the young actor, Jack Lemmon was like a second father who, with trademark generosity, gave Gallagher his first set of golf clubs.
During their regular meetings, Lemmon — ”Some Like It Hot,” ”Days of Wine and Roses” — would ask, “You got anything lined up, kid?”
When Gallagher replied in the negative, the venerable actor would say, “Me neither.”
After three-plus decades as a performer, the 58-year-old, who played Sandy Cohen in Fox Network’s “The O.C.,” is convinced that these experiences will bring smiles to his face right up until he is on his deathbed. It’s the people in the room who matter, he said, and everything else is a “crap shoot.”