MAXIM’S PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF
ONE-WOMAN MUSICAL ABOUT SARAH BERNHARDT
World’s first superstar tells all in
Bernhardt on Broadway,
September 23, October 7, October 21, October 28
The Nancy Goldberg International Center and the Chicago Department of
Cultural Affairs will present the world premiere of
Bernhardt on Broadway, a one-woman musical about Sarah
Bernhardt, who was arguably the most famous actress who ever lived. Set
in the 1890s at the height of her career, the show is the story of the
world’s first superstar, the daughter of a Jewish courtesan who
overcame countless obstacles, formed her own theater company, and
traveled the globe performing (in French only) to sold out crowds.
The show will be presented at
on four Thursday nights over five weeks: September 23, October 7,
October 21, and October 28. Tickets cost $30. Reservations are required
and can be made at 312.742.TIXS (8497) or online at
www.maximschicago.org. Maxim’s is located at 24 E. Goethe Street.
Bernhardt will be portrayed by Carol Dunitz, who wrote the script, music and lyrics for
Bernhardt on Broadway. Dunitz
read over eighty books about Bernhardt and her times in English and
French, as well as countless articles and reviews before starting work
on the project. “All my research enabled me to develop a very clear
picture of Sarah Bernhardt and the demons that drove her to persist
against all odds,” Dunitz said.
the show, Bernhardt addresses the audience in a relaxed and forthright
manner, talking and singing about her present life and reminiscing
about her past, both personal and professional. Twelve songs seamlessly
contribute to the story as it unfolds. Dunitz is accompanied by Phil
Pennington who also produced the arrangements for the
Bernhardt on Broadway CD.
For more information about
Bernhardt on Broadway, visit www.bernhardtonbroadway.com.
About Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt was born Rosine Bernard on
Oct. 23, 1844, in The Netherlands, and later moved to
Paris with some of her sisters. Her mother, recognizing that the
Paris smart set was Catholic, had her baptized. Nonetheless, she faced anti-Semitism throughout her life.
Although Bernhardt was not observant, she did acknowledge, “I am a daughter of the great Jewish race.”
At the age of 13 she entered the drama school of the Paris Conservatoire.
the early 1870s, “The Divine Sarah” was considered the greatest actress
and one of the most magnetic personalities of her time, beloved for her
golden voice and for the scope and emotional power of her acting.
In1880, Bernhardt formed a theatre company of her own that traveled to far off destinations such as
Brazil, Australia, and
Russia. She made
nine extended tours of America; a savvy self-promoter, she called most of the tours “farewell tours” as a way to encourage people to buy tickets.
said “I adore Chicago. It is the pulse of
performed over 150 parts during the course of her career. She starred in
Queen Elizabeth, the first full length silent film. Receipts from this film’s distribution in the
United States enabled Adolph Zukor to co-found what is today known as the Paramount Pictures Corporation.
The world’s first superstar, Bernhardt initiated celebrity product endorsements and hobnobbed with royalty on a regular basis.
Berhardt died on
March 26, 1923.
About Carol Dunitz
the afternoon Carol Dunitz accompanied her mother to a matinee of
“Gypsy” starring Ethel Merman, she has been captivated by the musical
theatre. Dunitz started composing music as a youngster. She has written
several books including the critically acclaimed, “Louder Than
Thunder,” numerous speeches and scripts, and extensive marketing
materials over the years. She speaks professionally in costume, sings
original songs, and uses different accents as needed.
To learn more about Carol Dunitz, visit
The Nancy Goldberg International Center is a meeting and reception
facility operated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. It was
originally built as a restaurant, and duplicated the art nouveau scroll
work, plush red banquettes and rich mahogany tones of the famous
Maxim’s restaurant in
The department presents three unique entertainment series in Maxim’s
intimate and elegant dining room. For more information, visit,
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to promoting an
ongoing celebration of the arts and supporting the people who create an
sustain them. Offering more than 2,000 free cultural programs each year
including exhibitions and performances at venues like Millennium Park
and the Chicago Cultural center, DCA supports the work of artists and
cultural institutions in neverfy community and affirms the value of the
arts to the social and economic vibrancy of the city.