‘Burgh Vivant presents an Evening with Judy Knaiz

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Pittsburgh, PA  – On Sunday, March 16th, ’Burgh Vivant will host a live, on-stage interview with actress and Pittsburgh native Judy Knaiz, who is perhaps best known for her role as Gussie Granger (aka Ernestina Simple) in the 1969 film musical Hello Dolly, directed by Gene Kelly, starring Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, Tommy Tune, and Michael Crawford.  ’Burgh Vivant host Brian Edward will discuss with Ms. Kaniz topics including her career in film, stage, and television, working with such notables as Kelly and Streisand, the making of Hello Dolly, and her perspectives on Pittsburgh.  Ms. Knaiz will also answer selected questions from fans.

The event is a homecoming of sorts for Knaiz, who began her career performing in musical comedies at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, now operated by Point Park University, whose George R. White Theatre will host the March 16th interview and Hello Dolly film screening.

This special edition of ’Burgh Vivant will begin at 4:00pm on Sunday, March 16th in the George R. White Theatre of Point Park University, 414 Wood St., Pittsburgh PA, followed immediately by a screening of Ms. Knaiz’s 1969 film Hello Dolly.  Light refreshments will be provided.  The event is free and open to the public.  Reservations are encouraged.  RSVP to its@burghvivant.org.  Interview questions for Ms. Knaiz may be submitted by Friday, March 14th via email to its@burghvivant.org.  This event is produced in cooperation with The John P. Harris Society of Point Park University.

’Burgh Vivant is an online talk magazine dedicated to examining Pittsburgh’s unique arts and culture community through candid interviews with local artists, performers, entrepreneurs, and newsmakers.  ’Burgh Vivant hosts a featured guest weekly, supplemented with reviews and features in the categories of Art, Culture, Dance, Film, Food, Music, Style, and Theatre.  Viewers may subscribe for free at www.burghvivant.org and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

3 Comments

I am thrilled and excited that you will be interviewing the wonderful and under utilized actress, Judith Knaiz. I cannot WAIT to watch.

Thank you.

Might you ask Ms. Knais to talk about how Gene Kelly influenced her dancing? Perhaps ask her if he taught her any “special moves”. Thank you.

Sandy Mason

I was lucky enough to see Judy do her thing (so well) at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and to be her friend for many moons
… she’s special!

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