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.
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.
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.
Shocked to learn he's gone, but, sad to say, I'm amazed Robin Williams lasted this long. Maybe he missed his late mentor, Jonathan Winters, who carved a permissive path for him, first through talented madness, and then death. Jonathan stuck around a long time, too, considering the uphill battle he waged against his own mind.
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.
I had this friend J.J. (not her real initials). With her biological clock on alarm, this publisher, a pillar of her community, fell madly in love with the man of her dreams: tall, dark, handsome, smart, successful, loved kids...in fact, he was married and had three
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 cartoon labor with a cartoon husband Lamaze’ing by my side.
Excerpts from TV dramas with Kirk Douglas
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
Curse that Michael Rose. Small talk is impossible for this man of infectious interests and achievements. Prior conversations left me enchanted with his remarkable pictorial "Elvis" book, "Elvis: A Moment in Time, Four Days in '56," salivating for his American Diner stories....
As "Spiderman" the Spectacle careens toward its opening, despite costly delays, a cacophony of controversies, serious human and technical mishaps and injuries, it looks likely to be a critic proof hit, in terms of paying off its producers and insurance premiums.
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