Aug 10, 2011

WISHFUL DRINKING Starring CARRIE FISHER On-Sale Aug. 10 at 8 a.m. {Chicago}

2 WEEKS ONLY OCT. 4 – 16

CHICAGO (Aug. 8, 2011) Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that Hollywood film star, best-selling novelist, acclaimed screenwriter and newest Jenny Craig spokesperson Carrie Fisher is bringing her award-winning WISHFUL DRINKING to the Bank of America Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.) for a limited two-week engagement Oct. 4 – 16, 2011. The archly funny one-woman show is created and performed by Carrie Fisher.  Individual tickets for WISHFUL DRINKING go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m.

In WISHFUL DRINKING, Carrie Fisher recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend, told with the same wry wit she poured into bestsellers like Postcards from the Edge and The Best Awful. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie became a cultural icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie’s life did not stay picture perfect.  Carrie is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her “Hollywood hangover”.

The New York Times raves that WISHFUL DRINKING is, “Extremely funny full-frontal confession. Carrie Fisher makes you feel like you’ve arrived for a slumber party to swap confidences. You’re going to like it. A Lot.” Variety exclaims, "Winning and Hilarious! Carrie Fisher is witty, likable, acerbic, clever and wryly forthcoming about the warped reality of life in the celebrity bubble.”

WISHFUL DRINKING premiered in 2006, in Los Angeles, and has since completed sell-out runs in theatres across the U.S., culminating in a wildly successful engagement at Broadway's Studio 54 from October 2009-January 2010, winning the prestigious 2010 Outer Critics' Circle Award. Carrie received a 2010 Grammy Nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album category for her bestselling memoir Wishful Drinking.

Wishful Drinking the book, based on the Broadway play, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 14 weeks, and is available in paperback from Simon & Schuster.
An HBO documentary special based on WISHFUL DRINKING was taped at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey in June of 2010. It features portions of her stage show, archival footage and interviews with friends and family and is currently nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award. 
Individual tickets for WISHFUL DRINKING go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 8 a.m. A select number of premium seats will also be available. Tickets will be available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977 1710. 
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CARRIE FISHER (Creator, Performer).  Since her feature debut opposite Warren Beatty in Shampoo in 1975, Carrie Fisher has been a compelling force in the film industry.  She attained international recognition as Princess Leia, a role that made her a cultural icon, in the box office sensation Star Wars and the smash hit sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Other acting credits include The Blues Brothers, Garbo Talks, When Harry Met Sally and Austin Powers, to name a few.

Carrie became a sensation with The New York Times bestseller, Postcards from the Edge, for which she won the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Three additional bestselling novels, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma and Wishful Drinking followed. Fisher also wrote the screenplay based on her bestseller Postcards from the Edge, which starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

Ms. Fisher’s fourth novel, The Best Awful, received rave reviews and she is currently adapting The Best Awful for Lifetime and Sony with producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.

Carrie Fisher’s experience with mental illness and addiction has made her a very popular speaker on the lecture circuit as well.  She has appeared on the Senate floor urging state legislators to increase government funding on medication for people living with mental health issues. She has received dozens of various awards for her courage and commitment to fighting mental illness and the stigmas that are associated with it.

She resides in Los Angeles with her daughter, Billie, and other occasional house-guests (like you care):  Sean Lennon, Craig Bierko, Michael Rosenbaum, Garret Edington, Mary French, Marianne Faithful, Francois Ravard, Charlie Wessler, Griffin Dunne, Edgar & Rachael Phillips, James Blunt,

Greg Stevens

Oh…and her mother lives next door to her, as well.

Disclosure: While I did not receive any compensation for sharing this particular information I do regularly work with Broadway in Chicago.

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