AT THE BEACON THEATRE ONE NIGHT ONLY FRIDAY DECEMBER 7 2012
“Never trust a man, who when left alone with a tea cozy... doesn't try it on.” Billy Connolly
“Bladder-challenging tour de force” Evening Standard (London)
“PRICELESS! Nonstop laughter verging on tears” Hollywood Reporter
New York, NY - Billy Connolly will bring his uncensored, uncut and unpredictable stand-up to New York this winter when he plays the legendary Beacon Theatre on Friday December 7 with his show, BILLY CONNOLLY: THE MAN LIVE. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. Other cities will be announced in the future.
His tours in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have sold out within hours, and he last played the US six years ago, enjoying a hit New York engagement in 2006. Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, voted best comedian of all time by the UK’s Channel 4, and included as one of the Huffington Post’s favorite UK comedians, he’ll next be seen in The Hobbit, and in Quartet directed by Dustin Hoffman.
Billy Connolly is a standup comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter and artist. Born and raised in Glasgow and after serving his apprenticeship as a welder, he became a professional performer in 1962, forming “The Humblebums” band with Gerry Rafferty, before pursuing a solo career as a comedian. Aside from starring in numerous films and TV series, Billy has toured worldwide continuously for the last 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10,000,000. Billy was awarded a CBE in 2003 and was given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 2010.
Perhaps best known for his moving performance as the loyal servant John Brown in the highly acclaimed Mrs. Brown opposite Judi Dench, Connolly’s other theatrical film credits include Gulliver’s Travels, The X-Files, I Want to Believe, Fido, Garfield2, Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Last Samurai, and Timeline. His previous film credits include Peter Kosminsky’s White Oleander, Troy Duffy’s The Boondock Saints and the sequel All Saint’s Day, Stephen Metcalfe’s Beautiful Joe and Barry Levinson’s An Everlasting Piece, Stanley Tucci’s The Impostors, Absolution with Richard Burton, Bullshot and Water with Michael Caine, Crossing the Line with Liam Neeson, the Muppet movie version of Treasure Island, Gabriel and Me, Gentlemen’s Relish and The Man Who Sued God, as well as the acclaimed BBC productions “Down Among the Big Bad Boys” and “The Life and Crimes of Deacon Brodie.” His voice is also featured on the animated films Pocahontas and Open Season and the recent Disney Pixar animation Brave. He will next be seen in Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman and co-starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay, as well as the two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit directed by Peter Jackson.
Billy is most recognizable from his hit television series “Head of the Class,” which was later spun off into his own series “Billy.” He also hosted “Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland,” a six-part TV series documenting a tour of his beloved homeland, a theme continued later in his world tours of New Zealand, Australia and England, Ireland and Wales. More recently, Billy has hosted television series “Journey to the Edge of the World” and “Route 66.” Other television specials include “Pale Blue Scottish Person,” “A Scot in the Arctic,” “The Bigger Picture” and “An Audience with Billy Connolly.” Connolly has also made a variety of television guest appearances, including “House M.D.,” “Third Rock from the Sun,” and “Veronica’s Closet.” In 2012, Billy added another facet to his eclectic career when an exhibition of 50 of his original drawings, along with several limited edition prints, was displayed at the Halcyon Gallery in London prior to being sold at art galleries throughout the UK.
For more information and to purchase tickets to BILLY CONNOLLY: THE MAN LIVE, please visit: www.Ticketmaster.com, call Ticketmaster 866-858-0008 or visit any Ticketmaster outlet, The Beacon Theatre or Radio City Music Hall box offices. For more information on Billy Connolly, please visit www.billyconnolly.com.
WESTBETH ENTERTAINMENT, Arnold Engelman—President, is a producing organization that has successfully and consistently produced critically acclaimed, financially successful, groundbreaking entertainment for 30 years. From Billy Connolly to Eddie Izzard, John Leguizamo to The Jim Henson Company, Lewis Black to The Family Guy, WestBeth has been the creative catalyst, partner and producer of some of the most innovative productions in North America. Currently WestBeth is producing British comedian Simon Amstell’s one man show NUMB in New York and other cities around the county. Most recently, WestBeth produced the live production of Eric Idle’s What About Dick? at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, the Stuffed and Unstrung national tour, and the international tour of John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown. Other recent productions include Ghetto Klown on Broadway, Eddie Izzard’s Stripped to the Bowl at the Hollywood Bowl and Stripped to the Shore at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, and the four month Off-Broadway run of Stuffed and Unstrung in New York City. Past productions include Eddie Izzard’s Dress To Kill, Circle, Sexie, and Stripped —a 35 city US Tour, and his 2010 US Arena tour, Billy Connolly’s Too Old To Die Young tour in America and Canada, Lewis Black’s Nothing Sacred show at New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as Lewis’ Dual Citizenship Tour in Canada, Tommy Tiernan’s US dates, Christopher Titus’ NEVERLUTION, Shaun Majumder’s Canada Tour, Dylan Moran Live in Los Angeles and San Francisco and Billy Connolly Live in Seattle, Boston, Chicago and his 2010 tour The Man Live. www.westbethent.com