Melanie Chartoff Writing and Performing
Since starting off and on Broadway early in my career, through becoming a series regular in Los Angeles later,
I've continuously combined the disciplines of dramatic acting and improvisation with writing, performing and publishing
my own material. Below are samples of early and recent work.
I’ve been married many times and mothered many children. I’ve walked down three aisles and ran headlong down another. I‘ve worn many wedding gowns, and endured labor with a husband Lamaze’ing by my side.
At age 60 I’d given up hope that I would ever find my One, or even sleep with anyone again, as I was so set in my ways. Because I’d lived by myself so long, I slept lightly. Discerning sounds of a neighbor being normal from a murder in progress was a survival skill.
In grammar school, I sit alone at lunch. I'm stuck at the end of the row at the auditorium assemblies, never near the middle where the popular girls sit. I'm chosen last for teams. I'm skinny. I talk too fast. I'm a little nervous. I'm a little Jewish. In art class, the other kids all spell my name wrong on our homemade valentines. I am unpopular.
When I was 14, Shauna Weisman discovered me doing the "Mashed Potato" at a sock hop and mirrored me, move for move. Shauna was a blonde 16-year-old Jewish American Princess with a Mustang, a big allowance and no curfew—all the advantages of a broken home. When I mirrored her "Watusi," she asked me to do a go-go routine at an event with her.
When I was 10, I was a total tomboy. Daddy had taught me how to throw and hit a ball, and I'd go to the sandlot for softball practice after school, so I could show off for the boys, especially for Eddie.
"You hit good for a girl," he said one time, as he tagged me out at first base.
For months, I'd been ignoring the straps dangling like lazy snakes from their confines and leaving my brassiere drawer ajar. I'd stuffed them all inside it when I tidied up for the handyman and strained to shove it closed.
Starring in 'Vivian's Voice'
Martin Mull tempts Melanie as Ms. Musso on "Parker Lewis Can't Lose"
From the ABC Family show with Leah Thompson, Spring 2015
---Melanie performs her own material
From a documentary on legendary acting teacher, Stella Adler, New York City, 1976.
Melanie in her original piece at Wendy Hammer's "Tasty Words," 2015, Santa Monica, CA.
at Comedy Central's Sit n' Spin
Below sample songs sung by Melanie, lyrics by Melanie.
Melanie raps her history of how dance saved her from social ruin in childhood. Music and Back Up by Marshall and London Jones
From "Fine Lines," a play with music by Melanie Chartoff, this is the title song, sung by John Savage and Melanie. Music by Doug Katsaros, Lyric by Melanie.
From "Fine Lines," a play with music by Melanie Chartoff, sung by Melanie and John Savage. Music by Doug Katsaros, Lyric by Melanie.
From March of the Falsettos
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