Elise Arndt’s ‘Sing, Bibi, the Untold Story of Bibi Osterwald’ is loving tribute to grandma

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Get to know Bibi through Sun., Apr. 8 in NoHo

To be able to pay tribute to a beloved role model is a dream come true. Elise Arndt’s grandmother was Bibi Osterwald, one of the hardest working Broadway, film and television actresses ever, whose career spanned over 50 years.

As an understudy for actresses like Betty Grable and Carol Channing, Bibi rarely had marquis billing, yet had to jump into a character at a moment’s notice. Growing up, Elise only knew Bibi as “Grandma,” but later learned how well-respected her grandmother was. Elise, too, is an actress and singer, so she decided to honor Bibi with a one woman show, Sing, Bibi, Sing!, the Untold Story of Bibi Osterwald.

Okay, this could go either way. But from the moment Elise stepped on stage, she commanded it. Her voice was strong and pure, her timing was spot-on, and her love for Grandma was unmistakable. She wanted to do Bibi justice, and that she did. For the entire 70-minute show, Elise had control. She is cute and funny, and really talented. Grandma would be proud.

Elise wrote the show, directed by Christine O’Grady, and is accompanied by the Doug Peck Trio. It is a love letter to Bibi from her granddaughter. Bibi worked hard, but never became a household name. Through Elise, we know more about her. And because of Bibi, we know more about Elise. What a team.

“Sing, Bibi, Sing!, the Untold Story of Bibi Osterwald” plays though Sunday, April 8 at the Brickhouse Theatre located at 10950 Peach Grove St. in North Hollywood. Visit BrownPaperTickets.com for tickets.

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Laura Voeth has worked for some of L.A.’s most prestigious restaurants. In 2002, she began reviewing restaurants for Beverly Hills-based “Women On Top” magazine. She is also a freelance writer.

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