Theatre By The Sea is thrilled to welcome three of Rhode Island’s most popular comedians, Poppy Champlin, Doreen Collins, and Frank O’Donnell as the hosts of the Late Night Cabaret, held …
Theatre By The Sea is thrilled to welcome three of Rhode Island’s most popular comedians, Poppy Champlin, Doreen Collins, and Frank O’Donnell as the hosts of the Late Night Cabaret, held at the theatre’s on-site restaurant, Bravo By The Sea.
Poppy Champlin is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in Theatre. She went on to the famed Chicago Second City, and then won the title of America’s Funniest Real Woman on “The Joan Rivers Show.” With a stellar stand-up career ranging from Rhode Island to New York to California, Champlin uses all of her God given talent on the stage. Poppy is thrilled to be back at Theatre By The Sea and the Late Night Cabaret, because musical comedy is really where she thrives. Another milestone for Poppy: on May 20, 2023, she was inducted into the Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame.
Doreen Collins, an NYU theater major and 40-year SAG-AFTRA member, is the first female inducted into the Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame. She is the producer of the annual all-female comedy show, The Ladies Room, promoting female comics and female owned businesses. Doreen produced, directed, and hosted the award-winning late night comedy show, “Rhode Bytes,” as well as “The UnReal Deal,” for WJAR NBC10. Doreen was a cast member of the long-running political musical satire Charlie Hall’s Ocean State Follies. She and Charlie still perform together doing a comedy cabaret called Aging Disgracefully. She also recently published her first book, Confessions of a Working Girl or How to Get Laid (OFF).
Frank O’Donnell is excited to return to the Late Night Cabaret. Inducted to Rhode Island’s Comedy Hall of Fame in 2014, Frank has been performing stand-up comedy for more than 40 years. He’s opened for acts like Chicago and Michael Bolton, and he’s written jokes for the late Bob Hope and the current Jay Leno, (but many years ago). Frank is also an actor, with three professional shows and countless community theater performances under his belt. Favorite roles include Big Jule in Guys & Dolls, Joseph Pulitzer in Newsies, and Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar. Frank has written and directed several holiday shows which have been produced at area theaters. He is president of the Keri Anne O’Donnell Memorial Fund, providing scholarships and grants to young people with a passion for performance. www.KerisFund.org. #KeepingPassionForPerformanceAlive.
Poppy Champlin, Doreen Collins, and Frank O’Donnell will be hosting the popular Late Night Cabaret on alternating weekends at Bravo By The Sea following evening performances at Theatre By The Sea on select Friday and Saturday evenings beginning on June 23. Reservations are strongly recommended for the cabaret and can be made by calling (401) 789-3030.
Tickets for productions being presented as part of Theatre By The Sea’s 90th Anniversary, including Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Bodyguard, and Jersey Boys, are currently on sale at the box office Monday through Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and performance days from 11:00 am until curtain, (performance Sundays 12 noon until curtain), online 24-hours-a-day at www.theatrebythesea.com and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 782-TKTS (8587).