stage and television actor Eddie Carroll's one-man show..."JACK
BENNY/LAUGHTER IN BLOOM",
goes beyond mere imitation of Benny's
familiar catch phrases and
It's a captivating evening of theater that
has Jack Benny himself leading us
on a fascinating tour of his
rich and colorful life and illustrious career that
spanned six decades...from
vaudeville to films, from the Broadway Stage to
radio and television, to
concerts and personal appearances.
Carroll, who researched and penned the
show himself, spent months preparing for the role
and perfecting every facet and nuance of Benny's persona...from
his walk, body language and gestures, to his voice, timing and
delivery. "I didn't want to just imitate
Benny or do an impression", says Carroll. "An impression is
caricature with overly exaggerated vocal traits and gestures. My
as an actor was to re-create Benny's honest reality and the true
of the man."As a result, Carroll's performance is no stand-up
act or routine, but an award winning, Broadway-quality
presentation that is in the same class as Hal Hollbrook's "Mark
James Whitmore's "Will Rogers", Robert Morse's "Tru", and
Frank Gorshin's production of "Say Goodnight Gracie".
As one critic wrote..."Carroll doesn't
just do Benny...
He IS BENNY". Before your eyes he truly becomes the
comedian, capturing his endearing nature, dwelling in his
as well as his shadow."
The show opens
with a short film of
some of Benny's funniest TV moments and ends with a
freeze-frame of Benny in his typical pose. As the image slowly
fades to the strains of "Love In Bloom", Carroll is illuminated
stage left, in the same pose we have just seen on the screen. By
Carroll takes center stage, the audience has made the transition
that Jack Benny is truly there in person. For the next hour and
forty minutes, the audience is transported on a nostalgic
as they learn of Benny's childhood as Benjamin Kubelsky growing
up in Waukegan, IL...his personal struggles and failures, and
eventual success in Vaudeville and meteoric rise in radio and
television. He also shares insights into his personal life and
hilarious anecdotes of cast-mates and other stars that fill the
theater with heart, warmth, great memories and wall-to-wall
Carroll, (who's diverse career spans
four decades in the theater, a television series, countless TV
shows and the voice of Jiminy Cricket since 1973) performed
"Jack Benny / Laughter In Bloom" for more than a decade drawing sell-out performances where
ever it played. As Eddie said, "Nothing has given me as much
pleasure as doing this show."
Jack Benny was more than a show business legend. He
became an American Institution and
enjoyed more audience identification than any other
entertainer. Even today his classic
trademarks are still recognized and known to millions.
With his incomparable approach to
comedy, no one could steal his material or copy his style
or timing. He was a class act who
stood alone and was respected and revered by his peers.
In a recent poll, he was voted as
America's most loved comedian and one of the top five
entertainers of all time.
When a man can leave as much of himself as Jack left
us, then he can never truly be gone.
He simply becomes... immortal.