As a special nod to his long-time radio and television career, Theatrical Outfit is pleased to announce that broadcast favorite Bill Tush will make a special appearance in the Saturday, Dec. 13th matinee of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Joining the popular ensemble cast of the play, Tush will perform the role of The Bridgekeeper; the play begins at 2:30 pm.
Tush first gained Atlanta celebrity in 1974, when he joined entrepreneur Ted Turner at his struggling television station, then called WTCG Channel 17. While there, Bill became everything from newsman to commercial spokesman and even introduced the station’s movies. He became nationally known as the wacky guy who read the news in the middle of the night, sometimes with a German Shepard at his side, on SuperStation WTBS.
In 1980, he led a cast of zany actors (including Designing Women’s Jan Hooks), in a comedy show called Tush. When the show ceased production in 1981, Bill moved to Hollywood to host a new CNN celebrity talk show, People Now. In 1993, he was appointed senior entertainment correspondent for CNN’s entertainment unit and relocated to NYC where he hosted Showbiz Today and Showbiz This Week.
In January 2002, after 28 years, Bill Tush left Turner Broadcasting System to pursue other interests, including writing and producing, and in 2003, he moved back to Atlanta where he is now working on his memoirs. He continues to be actively involved in the industry and is often called upon to comment on major developments within the entertainment community and share his encyclopedic knowledge of movie and television history. Theatrical Outfit’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, recently voted “Best Holiday Show” by readers of Atlanta Intown, runs through December 21, 2008. Performance times are Weds. through Sats. at 7:30 pm and Sat. and Sun. matinees at 2:30 pm; $10 Seniors matinee Wed., Dec. 17 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $30, with group discounts available (678.528.1497). Box office hours are noon to 6 pm Tues. through Fri.; 678.528.1500; www.theatricaloutfit.org.
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