To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen

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Reviews: 14

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Reviews: 29

Multi-talented performer Kiki Ebsen honors her father, entertainer Buddy Ebsen, in a multi-media show, co-designed by Kiki and her brother Dustin Ebsen. The show highlights the icon’s seven decade career during the best days of stage, film, theatre and television. From his earliest days as a New York song and dance man, Kiki takes the audience back in time as Buddy Ebsen starred in early films such as Captain January, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Banjo on my Knee and the Broadway Melody movies of 1936 and 1938. In addition Kiki will reflect on his television work in The Legend of Davey Crockett, The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones.

With heartfelt love from daughter to father, Kiki remembers her dad, singing beloved songs from Buddy’s film career, accompanied by premier jazz musicians Jeff Colella (piano), Granville “Danny” Young (bass), Kim Richmond (woodwinds) and Kendall Kay (drums).

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A nostalgic, musical and moving tribute to Buddy Ebsen. A musical tour of Buddy Ebsen, his work and family. Well worth it!

sweet - David Grimmett


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Beautiful show about the life of a great actor with refreshing back stories and inside scoops! And Kiki is absolutely amazing I love her voice!

sweet - Sita Fischer


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Children should be seen… and heard. This is especially true for “To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen” performed by his daughter, KiKi Ebsen. In a perfect mix of memories, music, multi-media, a man who was part of all our lives is given tribute. I am a fan of live entertainment but this has the added bonus of being a “lived” entertainment. It is rare treat in today’s world of canned, edited, digitally enhanced mediocre media. I highly recommend hitting the pause button on your hectic life and investing in a charming evening to add to your memories of Buddy Ebsen with his daughter and be a special guest of their family. I am reminded of those final lines of the Jed Clampett them song.
“You're all invited back next week to this locality
To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality
Hillbilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.”

sweet - Gerald Plummer


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This show! I usually don't go to see a performance more than once. I have seen this show four times.
This incredibly multi talented artist will take you on a magical time travel, dazzle you with her skills, and I mean SKILLS. Story telling, playing multiple instruments, dancing and singing. Her voice draws you in, softly will wrap around your heart. She is genuine, and her love of her Dad is inspiring. The show is performing art at its finest. A true professional, her beauty is equal to her talent. You are in for a wonderful treat seeing her live.

sweet - Gabriella Hoffman


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It was intellectually stimulating, emotional, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable. A great time watching a great show. Kiki Ebsen did a fabulous job telling us the story of her dad, Buddy Ebsen.

Loved it when audience sang along with her (Ballad of Davy Crockett and Beverly Hillbillies theme song) when she introduced these 2 segments regarding her dad's role in Davy Crockett and Beverly Hillbillies.

Also want to thank Phlash Phelps, SiriusXM "60's on 6" weekday mornings radio personality who interviewed Kiki on his radio show to talk about "To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen." Kiki, your interview on the radio could not have been better in explaining what the show is all about. Thanks to your radio interview, you made it happen - it enabled me to see your live performance.

sweet - Albert Sack


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Kiki Ebsen brings to life the beautiful story of her dad, the wonderful Buddy Ebsen, through story, song, music, and dance. Utterly charming. In addition to Kiki's beautiful singing, a highlight of the show was when tap dancer, Gregory Gast, seemingly leapt onstage as Buddy himself and did a dreamy number with her.

sweet - Rusty Frank


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This is not JUST a show of a friend of ours. THIS is master storytelling that warms our memories, touches our heart and soul and is THE best cabaret show I have EVER seen. Kiki is astounding. I smiled, I sang along in my head to the songs and wept tears evoked from her sweetness and love for her father. Kiki Ebsen is THE real deal. You MUST go, and if you know someone in the industry who can get this produced in a movie format. take them. I'll even buy their ticket. This is gold mining. And you’re about to hit a deep, rich vein of gold! #HearTheStoryOfTheOriginalTinMan

sweet - Mary Bogue


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Kiki Ebsen is fabulous in this heartwarming tribute! “To Dad with Love“ showcases her beautifully as a multi dimensional performer!

sweet - Debi Otto


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What a delightful evening! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Kiki's personal insights of her dad, the stories, songs, movie and TV clips, the ups and downs... all of which built to an excellent finale. We loved going down memory lane with her about Buddy, and learning so much more about him than we thought we knew. Kiki's a talented performer and storyteller, and the trio of musicians are terrific. The venue is intimate, which suits the show perfectly. We felt like part of the story, since we have so many memories of watching Buddy Ebsen in films and TV shows. I encourage all who admired him to see this tribute of him, warts and all.

sweet - Joel Garcia


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I found it to be a very moving production. The group I came with really enjoyed it also. One of the things I like most was the tap dance ending. What a great way to close the show!

sweet - Judi Burns


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KiKI Ebsen's One women loving tribute to her father (the amazing Buddy Ebsen) is just amazing. Kiki is amazing musician & Vocalist

sweet - Nicholas Matonak


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I thoroughly enjoyed Kiki Ebaen’s Music tribute to her father. I even came back a week later and brought my daughter because I enjoyed it so thoroughly the first time. My daughter is 23 years old and she lost her father in June of this year and Kiki’s tribute really moved her. She is also a singer songwriter and she herself has written a song about her father recently. My daughter was really able to identify with Kiki and her relationship with her father, Buddy. Thank you Kiki for sharing your memories about your father with all of us.

sweet - Carol Crnic


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It was a great tribute! It was historically educational and very well performed and presented. The band was excellent and it was fun to hear some of those old songs.

sweet - Jeff Schermer


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My wife and I both loved the show. A touching , loving history of a man so many of us loved seeing over the many years. Kiki is an accomplished singer backed by some of the best musicians around. She had us laughing and crying. It is a show that no one should miss!

sweet - Michael Sharp


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We loved Kiki’s performance. The tribute to her Dad is honest and moving. Kiki’s vocals are dynamic and touching. It was an intimate journey of love.

sweet - Mara Larsen


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Overall it was a touching evening dedicated to an under-appreciated actor who also wrote screenplays, made records for children, wrote children”s books and an autobiography.

sweet - Andrew Solomon - Santa Monica Mirror - ...read full review


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If you would like to see a show that is both touching and entertaining, please attend To Dad with Love.
I am a sixteen-year-old girl who loves jazz music, tap dancing, and Buddy Ebsen. This show included everything I love and more. It was extremely moving, so much so that it brought me to tears, which no other movie or show has done before.
Kiki Ebsen is a fantastic performer and personality. She clearly poured her heart into this show and she is refreshingly sincere with the audience. Her wit and humor helps bring light to this tribute, even in the saddest of moments. Paired with the multimedia, the jazz band, and great direction, Kiki Ebsen's show is like no other.
By the end of the show, you'll fall in love with Buddy Ebsen all over again, except, this time, you will come out with a more thorough understanding and appreciation of who he really was.

sweet - KSM


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I am sixteen years old and a HUGE Buddy Ebsen (and Barnaby Jones) fan. In one sentence, this show could be described as, "the most amazing show that I have ever seen." I not only walked out of that theater with more knowledge of who Buddy Ebsen was a dancer, actor, and person, but I was brought to tears by the way I got to do so. Kiki Ebsen is a fantastic performer with an absolutely incredible voice. You could feel the passion and emotion in her voice regarding her father and their life together so much so that it gave me chills when she sang. The use of multi-media was also perfect, and the clips shown on screen mixed with her live music was beautiful. The band was outstanding and I was left wanting more. It was a fantastic one-woman-show and I could not imagine a better tribute for such a wonderful man. This show is worth every penny and more. FULLY RECOMMEND.

sweet - LS


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The story of Buddy Ebsen’s seven-decade career over his 95-year life is told, with exceptional talent, joy, and love in story and song, by his youngest daughter, upon whom all stars shine brightly, with joy, as Kiki Ebsen performs brilliantly in “To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen.” The entire evening is “Lights Out” grand!

sweet - Dawn Lee Wakefield - The Way I See It - ...read full review


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MUST SEE SHOW ..MUSIC DANCE SONG ...KIKI IS A GREAT SINGER SHE ALSO TELLS A GREAT STORY ABOUT HER DAD THAT MANY DID KNOW ABOUT HIM AND THE BAND AND TAP DANCER AND SOUND ALL PUT IT TOGETHER AND KEEP YOU IN YOUR SEAT WITH JOY!

sweet - DAVID PACK


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This show created by Kiki Ebsen was a deep long look at her dad,late TV/film actor Buddy Ebsen who most people know from his roles as TV's Jed Clampett on Beverly Hillbillies & Barnaby Jones..It was conceived by Ms. Ebsen when she discovered an old trunk of his mementos,not having realized many details associated with his early life in NYC & Hollywood,before his TV exposure..Film clips showing him dancing/singing with little Shirley Temple goes back to 1936. He was chosen as the original Tin Man in the 1939 MGM Wizard Of Oz,but had a serious setback before being replaced by Jack Haley..Also starred w/Audrey Hepburn in the Truman Capote film "Breakfast At Tiffany's" as the sad rejected husband.Kiki is very open regarding both the joyous & the unhappy events in their relationship,as she sings & dances the many songs associated with his events throughout the show including one of her own songs.A top band backs her throughout..She had help from her brother Dustin who worked with her to refine it, & her husband,Steve,working on sound & lights..If you have time she is extending the weekend performances until the last weekend in September..It's a closeup comprehensive glimpse at a past era from a daughter who wants to share her history and mostly that of her famous father's with her totally engrossed audience who gave her a standing ovation at the end he Sunday matinee when I saw it...You'll love this journey back in time from an intimate vantage point as only a close loving relative could narrate ,show tons of insider details and describe it in it's entirety with deep devotion.

sweet - Claudia Sussman


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Pleasantly surprised & thoroughly entertained, To Dad With Love is a heartwarming recollection of wonderful memories about growing up in the Ebsen family. Kiki reminisces about her interesting childhood with her talented dad; from his early vaudeville days and extensive movie & TV career...dancing with Shirley Temple and acting in Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn , to The Wizard of Oz & The Beverly Hillbillies! Her musical numbers, with the accompaniment of her talented band of jazz musicians, are dynamically performed; sometimes funny & sometimes sad. Movie clips and family pictures help to create the mood & bring the audience back to the good old days. I was astonished to learn all the history & stories about Buddy that I had never known! Such a fabulous & endearing show. I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves great music & old Hollywood nostalgia. I'm driving up from San Diego again this weekend to see the show for the second time, bringing my husband & my sister; both musicians like myself with great appreciation for the arts. Bravo Kiki!

sweet - Sue Lucia


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This multimedia show seamlessly blends the amazing talents of a loving daughter, Kiki Ebsen, as she reveals, tells, and SINGS stories of her accomplished and talented father, Buddy Epsen. I was mesmermized by all aspects of this play and would see it again if I didn't live so far away. Definitely see it; it is a one of a kind.

sweet - Evlyn Moris


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A most entertaining sweet and sometimes bittersweet journey with Buddy Ebsen's youngest daughter, Kiki Ebsen telling the story about her father's film and dance career, very artfully performed through her personal story and her rich singing voice and dance. Clips of scenes from Buddy Ebsen's prolific career and the photos make for a heartwarming and poignant experience into their personal lives. Backed up with a terrific band - Jeff Colella (piano), Kendall Kay (drums), Kim Richmond (woodwinds) Granville "Danny" Young (bass) and Kiki (vocals and piano) adds to the musical enjoyment. Directed by S.E. Feinberg lending his expertise in making the show a wonderful balance of visuals, heart-felt stories, song and dance carried solely with Kiki's performance and an additional dance scene with Gregory Gast makes for an enjoyable show!

sweet - Lisa Yesko


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Awesome show!!! I've seen Kiki's show several times in the past, and this is by far the best rendition ever! She performs it with such grace and love and just sucks you in to her world growing up as Buddy Ebsen's daughter! I'm going to see it again! Just loved it.

sweet - Annette Lum


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I'm sure you've been seeing all the posts from the 300 or so people who filled the first three nights of Kiki Ebsen's run of "To Dad With Love: A Tribute To Buddy Ebsen" at Theatre West.
Because the show has one more 3-show weekend. I wanted to offer my thoughts on why it's an important show to see...if you love music, Hollywood, history, deep personal sharing, wise reflection on family dynamics or major Diva talent.
I first met Kiki coming on four years ago when she came onboard for one of my Variety show Benefits. The minute she arrived at soundcheck I was gobsmacked by what a unique and charismatic woman she is....sleek and stylish but cozy and homespun at the same time. I later learned that she has recorded 7 or 8 cds of original music, spent more than twenty years as an in demand musician for some of the biggest touring acts in the music business, and that she lived on a ranch with about 14 horses that she took care of, often rehabilitating some who came from bad situations and she used the horses offering therapy involving they mysterious emotional healing powers of horses.
Oh...and she is Buddy Ebsen's daughter.
At this point, I think a lot of our community has gotten hip to earlier versions of this show. It began as more of a Cabaret, showcasing the music associated with Mr. Ebsen's long and prestigious career from vaudeville to Broadway to Hollywood movies to the birth of Television. Kiki treated each of the songs to exquisite sophisticated jazz influenced arrangements and then laced them all together with a fascinating narrative about a daughter's relationship to a much older father, a sometimes troubled and distant relationship, and memories of an enchanted childhood inside of the tiny but omnipresent privileged world of Hollywood celebrity.

sweet - Clifford Bell


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I thoroughly enjoyed Kiki Ebsen's show about her father's career and rise to fame but more importantly her relationship with her dad.
The play covered all the bases for me. I laughed, got teary eyed and being a songwriter LOVED Kiki's original songs that she had interweaved throughout the show. It's the kind of show that you want to go back and see again.

sweet - James S. Holvay


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Absolutely a MUST SEE performance by Kiki Ebsen!!! The story behind the man we grew up watching as kids (Buddy Ebsen) a legend. This performance will make you laugh and make you cry! An outstanding quartet of world renown musicians. The stage setting which will make you feel like you're home with Kiki. Projected screens that capture her fathers performances. No disappointments here.

sweet - Christine Day


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Stretching the show, which already whimpers for tightening, to a second act should probably be reconsidered, and a bit more history of her father’s adventures during Broadway’s heyday and the Golden Age of Hollywood wouldn’t hurt either.
But as it stands, one would be hard pressed to totter out of Theatre West grumbling about either the show or Ebsen’s performance.

sweet - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


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It was evident on her premier that show business has always been in her blood as she wore several hats that evening, not only acting and singing but dancing, too. With grace, humor, and that beautiful voice‪ of hers,‬ Kiki Ebsen gave us an exclusive look into her life as the daughter of the famous Buddy Ebsen‪.‬

sweet - Sheryl Aronson - Agenda Magazine - ...read full review


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To Dad With Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen is beautiful tribute to one of Hollywood’s most fascinating stars and a showcase for Kiki Ebsen’s vocal talents. If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood it’s not to be missed and I’m so glad I had a chance to see it.

sweet - Melanie Kaminski - LA Explorer - ...read full review


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This production has been years in the making.  Because I saw another connotation of it last year, I can tell that it has been honed and refined and also added to since I saw it last.  It is in fact quite beautifully crafted, each moment and each song carefully chosen, photograph and film clip selected and displayed on the large screens either side of the stage is perfectly balanced and exquisitely formed.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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Her story telling feels spontaneous and her performance is relaxed and personal. Making us all feel comfortable and right at home.

Warm and engaging , Kiki Ebsen, delivers heartfelt storytelling and richly intimate vocals which created flashes of magic. The performance was complemented by a beautifully composed multimedia backdrop created by Dustin Ebsen and impeccable sound design by Steve Wallace.

We all became instant fans.

sweet - Linita Masters - The Hollywood 360 - ...read full review


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Ms. Ebsen’s smoothly produced warm hearted show is one of the best one woman shows I’ve seen in ages...

sweet - Harrison Held - Scene Around Town - ...read full review


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Her stories are humorous and poignant. By the end, she had us all in tears. It’s not easy to grow up as the child of a celebrity, and there were hurtful times, like when she found a stack of personal letters from a girlfriend that she opened and kept secret until both of her parent’s deaths.

sweet - Rebecca Forstadt-Olkowski - Baby Boomster - ...read full review


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Working together this amazing team of abundantly talented people deliver a spell binding performance on the life of one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, Buddy Ebsen, as experienced through the eyes of his youngest daughter Kiki Ebsen...

Truly I have been privileged to have viewed literally thousands of stage performances in London’s West End, on Broadway and in Los Angeles and absolutely “To Dad With Love a Tribute to Buddy Ebsen” is among the best of the best.

sweet - Ron Irwin - LA Splash - ...read full review


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This joyful yet heart-tugging showcase is super entertaining. Kiki starts at the piano with the plaintive “Missing You,” then slips into a happy jazzy “Easy To Love,” to clips of Buddy dancing with Eleanor Powell. Buddy and Shirley Temple delightfully dancing in a clip comes later. Kiki captures the crowd with showbiz and personal stories, creating an emotional journey that even includes the Reagan ranch.

sweet - Margie Barron - The Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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Another highlight is a sequence in which Kiki imagines a dance with her father (played by  Gast). It is icing on the cake--an evocative moment that must be a pleasure for Kiki Ebsen to include. Overall, it is a charming tribute to the man so familiar to us all yet one with the usual human foibles.

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - ShowMag - ...read full review


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Exceptionally directed by S.E. Feinberg, this tribute is an emotional experience and an extraordinary night of theatre...

This is, without a doubt, a show you should not miss.  Go for the music, go for the history, or go for the tap dancing.  Take your pick because it is all a powerful night of theatre.

sweet - Joe Straw - Joe Straw #9 - ...read full review


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Kiki Ebsen’s show “To Dad w/ Love", is top notch, and as well done as any Broadway Show. Kiki’s voice is superb, she is also under rated as an actress, such a moving performance, this show is such a gift to her father!

sweet - Jeffrey Dalrymple


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Fantastic show, I highly recommend you go see this, very heartfelt and down to earth. The whole production is outstanding and well done.

sweet - Sharon


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The best show in town is going to end it's three week run this weekend. The show is "To Dad With Love" starring Kiki Ebsen and it tells the story in song, story, and dance of Buddy Ebsen, his seven decade career and his life with his family.
If you enjoyed Breakfast At Tiffany's, Davy Crockett, the Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones, or if you want to hear the real story about the Wizard of Oz, you will love this beautiful theater piece.
The music is supplied by a terrific Jazz ensemble. The vocals of classic songs associated with Buddy Ebsen are performed by Kiki Ebsen -- and they are knockouts. Buddy himself can be seen hoofing and singing with the likes of Eleanor Powell, Judy Garland, Barbara Stanwyck, and Shirley Temple thanks to the multimedia by Dustin Ebsen.
There is even some tappin' by Kiki and Gregory Gast stepping in for Buddy in a particularly touching moment.
But, most of all it is a journey as Kiki brings us along on a look back on her relationship with a complex, talented man. It all adds up to a magical experience in the theater.
There are tickets available for the shows at 8PM Friday, Sept. 20; 8 PM Saturday, and the final performance at 2 PM Sunday from the ticket services and the Theater West Box Office.
I will be attending the Sunday show. It's just too great, I have to see it again.

sweet - patrick culliton


Carol Kaufman Segal

The entire production is wonderful and gratifying, but the most emotional part comes at the end when, behind a screen, a silhouoette appears in the mode of Buddy Ebsen. - Highly Recommended

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


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Overall it was a touching evening dedicated to an under-appreciated actor who also wrote screenplays, made records for children, wrote children”s books and an autobiography.

sweet - Andrew Solomon - Santa Monica Mirror - ...read full review


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The story of Buddy Ebsen’s seven-decade career over his 95-year life is told, with exceptional talent, joy, and love in story and song, by his youngest daughter, upon whom all stars shine brightly, with joy, as Kiki Ebsen performs brilliantly in “To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen.” The entire evening is “Lights Out” grand!

sweet - Dawn Lee Wakefield - The Way I See It - ...read full review


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Stretching the show, which already whimpers for tightening, to a second act should probably be reconsidered, and a bit more history of her father’s adventures during Broadway’s heyday and the Golden Age of Hollywood wouldn’t hurt either.
But as it stands, one would be hard pressed to totter out of Theatre West grumbling about either the show or Ebsen’s performance.

sweet - Ernest Kearney- The TVolution - ...read full review


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It was evident on her premier that show business has always been in her blood as she wore several hats that evening, not only acting and singing but dancing, too. With grace, humor, and that beautiful voice‪ of hers,‬ Kiki Ebsen gave us an exclusive look into her life as the daughter of the famous Buddy Ebsen‪.‬

sweet - Sheryl Aronson - Agenda Magazine - ...read full review


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To Dad With Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen is beautiful tribute to one of Hollywood’s most fascinating stars and a showcase for Kiki Ebsen’s vocal talents. If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood it’s not to be missed and I’m so glad I had a chance to see it.

sweet - Melanie Kaminski - LA Explorer - ...read full review


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This production has been years in the making.  Because I saw another connotation of it last year, I can tell that it has been honed and refined and also added to since I saw it last.  It is in fact quite beautifully crafted, each moment and each song carefully chosen, photograph and film clip selected and displayed on the large screens either side of the stage is perfectly balanced and exquisitely formed.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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Her story telling feels spontaneous and her performance is relaxed and personal. Making us all feel comfortable and right at home.

Warm and engaging , Kiki Ebsen, delivers heartfelt storytelling and richly intimate vocals which created flashes of magic. The performance was complemented by a beautifully composed multimedia backdrop created by Dustin Ebsen and impeccable sound design by Steve Wallace.

We all became instant fans.

sweet - Linita Masters - The Hollywood 360 - ...read full review


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Ms. Ebsen’s smoothly produced warm hearted show is one of the best one woman shows I’ve seen in ages...

sweet - Harrison Held - Scene Around Town - ...read full review


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Her stories are humorous and poignant. By the end, she had us all in tears. It’s not easy to grow up as the child of a celebrity, and there were hurtful times, like when she found a stack of personal letters from a girlfriend that she opened and kept secret until both of her parent’s deaths.

sweet - Rebecca Forstadt-Olkowski - Baby Boomster - ...read full review


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Working together this amazing team of abundantly talented people deliver a spell binding performance on the life of one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, Buddy Ebsen, as experienced through the eyes of his youngest daughter Kiki Ebsen...

Truly I have been privileged to have viewed literally thousands of stage performances in London’s West End, on Broadway and in Los Angeles and absolutely “To Dad With Love a Tribute to Buddy Ebsen” is among the best of the best.

sweet - Ron Irwin - LA Splash - ...read full review


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This joyful yet heart-tugging showcase is super entertaining. Kiki starts at the piano with the plaintive “Missing You,” then slips into a happy jazzy “Easy To Love,” to clips of Buddy dancing with Eleanor Powell. Buddy and Shirley Temple delightfully dancing in a clip comes later. Kiki captures the crowd with showbiz and personal stories, creating an emotional journey that even includes the Reagan ranch.

sweet - Margie Barron - The Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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Another highlight is a sequence in which Kiki imagines a dance with her father (played by  Gast). It is icing on the cake--an evocative moment that must be a pleasure for Kiki Ebsen to include. Overall, it is a charming tribute to the man so familiar to us all yet one with the usual human foibles.

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - ShowMag - ...read full review


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Exceptionally directed by S.E. Feinberg, this tribute is an emotional experience and an extraordinary night of theatre...

This is, without a doubt, a show you should not miss.  Go for the music, go for the history, or go for the tap dancing.  Take your pick because it is all a powerful night of theatre.

sweet - Joe Straw - Joe Straw #9 - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal

The entire production is wonderful and gratifying, but the most emotional part comes at the end when, behind a screen, a silhouoette appears in the mode of Buddy Ebsen. - Highly Recommended

sweet - Carol Kaufman Segal - Carol's Culture Corner - ...read full review


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A nostalgic, musical and moving tribute to Buddy Ebsen. A musical tour of Buddy Ebsen, his work and family. Well worth it!

sweet - David Grimmett


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Beautiful show about the life of a great actor with refreshing back stories and inside scoops! And Kiki is absolutely amazing I love her voice!

sweet - Sita Fischer


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Children should be seen… and heard. This is especially true for “To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen” performed by his daughter, KiKi Ebsen. In a perfect mix of memories, music, multi-media, a man who was part of all our lives is given tribute. I am a fan of live entertainment but this has the added bonus of being a “lived” entertainment. It is rare treat in today’s world of canned, edited, digitally enhanced mediocre media. I highly recommend hitting the pause button on your hectic life and investing in a charming evening to add to your memories of Buddy Ebsen with his daughter and be a special guest of their family. I am reminded of those final lines of the Jed Clampett them song.
“You're all invited back next week to this locality
To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality
Hillbilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.”

sweet - Gerald Plummer


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This show! I usually don't go to see a performance more than once. I have seen this show four times.
This incredibly multi talented artist will take you on a magical time travel, dazzle you with her skills, and I mean SKILLS. Story telling, playing multiple instruments, dancing and singing. Her voice draws you in, softly will wrap around your heart. She is genuine, and her love of her Dad is inspiring. The show is performing art at its finest. A true professional, her beauty is equal to her talent. You are in for a wonderful treat seeing her live.

sweet - Gabriella Hoffman


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It was intellectually stimulating, emotional, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable. A great time watching a great show. Kiki Ebsen did a fabulous job telling us the story of her dad, Buddy Ebsen.

Loved it when audience sang along with her (Ballad of Davy Crockett and Beverly Hillbillies theme song) when she introduced these 2 segments regarding her dad's role in Davy Crockett and Beverly Hillbillies.

Also want to thank Phlash Phelps, SiriusXM "60's on 6" weekday mornings radio personality who interviewed Kiki on his radio show to talk about "To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen." Kiki, your interview on the radio could not have been better in explaining what the show is all about. Thanks to your radio interview, you made it happen - it enabled me to see your live performance.

sweet - Albert Sack


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Kiki Ebsen brings to life the beautiful story of her dad, the wonderful Buddy Ebsen, through story, song, music, and dance. Utterly charming. In addition to Kiki's beautiful singing, a highlight of the show was when tap dancer, Gregory Gast, seemingly leapt onstage as Buddy himself and did a dreamy number with her.

sweet - Rusty Frank


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This is not JUST a show of a friend of ours. THIS is master storytelling that warms our memories, touches our heart and soul and is THE best cabaret show I have EVER seen. Kiki is astounding. I smiled, I sang along in my head to the songs and wept tears evoked from her sweetness and love for her father. Kiki Ebsen is THE real deal. You MUST go, and if you know someone in the industry who can get this produced in a movie format. take them. I'll even buy their ticket. This is gold mining. And you’re about to hit a deep, rich vein of gold! #HearTheStoryOfTheOriginalTinMan

sweet - Mary Bogue


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Kiki Ebsen is fabulous in this heartwarming tribute! “To Dad with Love“ showcases her beautifully as a multi dimensional performer!

sweet - Debi Otto


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What a delightful evening! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Kiki's personal insights of her dad, the stories, songs, movie and TV clips, the ups and downs... all of which built to an excellent finale. We loved going down memory lane with her about Buddy, and learning so much more about him than we thought we knew. Kiki's a talented performer and storyteller, and the trio of musicians are terrific. The venue is intimate, which suits the show perfectly. We felt like part of the story, since we have so many memories of watching Buddy Ebsen in films and TV shows. I encourage all who admired him to see this tribute of him, warts and all.

sweet - Joel Garcia


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I found it to be a very moving production. The group I came with really enjoyed it also. One of the things I like most was the tap dance ending. What a great way to close the show!

sweet - Judi Burns


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KiKI Ebsen's One women loving tribute to her father (the amazing Buddy Ebsen) is just amazing. Kiki is amazing musician & Vocalist

sweet - Nicholas Matonak


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I thoroughly enjoyed Kiki Ebaen’s Music tribute to her father. I even came back a week later and brought my daughter because I enjoyed it so thoroughly the first time. My daughter is 23 years old and she lost her father in June of this year and Kiki’s tribute really moved her. She is also a singer songwriter and she herself has written a song about her father recently. My daughter was really able to identify with Kiki and her relationship with her father, Buddy. Thank you Kiki for sharing your memories about your father with all of us.

sweet - Carol Crnic


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It was a great tribute! It was historically educational and very well performed and presented. The band was excellent and it was fun to hear some of those old songs.

sweet - Jeff Schermer


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My wife and I both loved the show. A touching , loving history of a man so many of us loved seeing over the many years. Kiki is an accomplished singer backed by some of the best musicians around. She had us laughing and crying. It is a show that no one should miss!

sweet - Michael Sharp


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We loved Kiki’s performance. The tribute to her Dad is honest and moving. Kiki’s vocals are dynamic and touching. It was an intimate journey of love.

sweet - Mara Larsen


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If you would like to see a show that is both touching and entertaining, please attend To Dad with Love.
I am a sixteen-year-old girl who loves jazz music, tap dancing, and Buddy Ebsen. This show included everything I love and more. It was extremely moving, so much so that it brought me to tears, which no other movie or show has done before.
Kiki Ebsen is a fantastic performer and personality. She clearly poured her heart into this show and she is refreshingly sincere with the audience. Her wit and humor helps bring light to this tribute, even in the saddest of moments. Paired with the multimedia, the jazz band, and great direction, Kiki Ebsen's show is like no other.
By the end of the show, you'll fall in love with Buddy Ebsen all over again, except, this time, you will come out with a more thorough understanding and appreciation of who he really was.

sweet - KSM


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I am sixteen years old and a HUGE Buddy Ebsen (and Barnaby Jones) fan. In one sentence, this show could be described as, "the most amazing show that I have ever seen." I not only walked out of that theater with more knowledge of who Buddy Ebsen was a dancer, actor, and person, but I was brought to tears by the way I got to do so. Kiki Ebsen is a fantastic performer with an absolutely incredible voice. You could feel the passion and emotion in her voice regarding her father and their life together so much so that it gave me chills when she sang. The use of multi-media was also perfect, and the clips shown on screen mixed with her live music was beautiful. The band was outstanding and I was left wanting more. It was a fantastic one-woman-show and I could not imagine a better tribute for such a wonderful man. This show is worth every penny and more. FULLY RECOMMEND.

sweet - LS


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MUST SEE SHOW ..MUSIC DANCE SONG ...KIKI IS A GREAT SINGER SHE ALSO TELLS A GREAT STORY ABOUT HER DAD THAT MANY DID KNOW ABOUT HIM AND THE BAND AND TAP DANCER AND SOUND ALL PUT IT TOGETHER AND KEEP YOU IN YOUR SEAT WITH JOY!

sweet - DAVID PACK


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This show created by Kiki Ebsen was a deep long look at her dad,late TV/film actor Buddy Ebsen who most people know from his roles as TV's Jed Clampett on Beverly Hillbillies & Barnaby Jones..It was conceived by Ms. Ebsen when she discovered an old trunk of his mementos,not having realized many details associated with his early life in NYC & Hollywood,before his TV exposure..Film clips showing him dancing/singing with little Shirley Temple goes back to 1936. He was chosen as the original Tin Man in the 1939 MGM Wizard Of Oz,but had a serious setback before being replaced by Jack Haley..Also starred w/Audrey Hepburn in the Truman Capote film "Breakfast At Tiffany's" as the sad rejected husband.Kiki is very open regarding both the joyous & the unhappy events in their relationship,as she sings & dances the many songs associated with his events throughout the show including one of her own songs.A top band backs her throughout..She had help from her brother Dustin who worked with her to refine it, & her husband,Steve,working on sound & lights..If you have time she is extending the weekend performances until the last weekend in September..It's a closeup comprehensive glimpse at a past era from a daughter who wants to share her history and mostly that of her famous father's with her totally engrossed audience who gave her a standing ovation at the end he Sunday matinee when I saw it...You'll love this journey back in time from an intimate vantage point as only a close loving relative could narrate ,show tons of insider details and describe it in it's entirety with deep devotion.

sweet - Claudia Sussman


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Pleasantly surprised & thoroughly entertained, To Dad With Love is a heartwarming recollection of wonderful memories about growing up in the Ebsen family. Kiki reminisces about her interesting childhood with her talented dad; from his early vaudeville days and extensive movie & TV career...dancing with Shirley Temple and acting in Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn , to The Wizard of Oz & The Beverly Hillbillies! Her musical numbers, with the accompaniment of her talented band of jazz musicians, are dynamically performed; sometimes funny & sometimes sad. Movie clips and family pictures help to create the mood & bring the audience back to the good old days. I was astonished to learn all the history & stories about Buddy that I had never known! Such a fabulous & endearing show. I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves great music & old Hollywood nostalgia. I'm driving up from San Diego again this weekend to see the show for the second time, bringing my husband & my sister; both musicians like myself with great appreciation for the arts. Bravo Kiki!

sweet - Sue Lucia


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This multimedia show seamlessly blends the amazing talents of a loving daughter, Kiki Ebsen, as she reveals, tells, and SINGS stories of her accomplished and talented father, Buddy Epsen. I was mesmermized by all aspects of this play and would see it again if I didn't live so far away. Definitely see it; it is a one of a kind.

sweet - Evlyn Moris


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A most entertaining sweet and sometimes bittersweet journey with Buddy Ebsen's youngest daughter, Kiki Ebsen telling the story about her father's film and dance career, very artfully performed through her personal story and her rich singing voice and dance. Clips of scenes from Buddy Ebsen's prolific career and the photos make for a heartwarming and poignant experience into their personal lives. Backed up with a terrific band - Jeff Colella (piano), Kendall Kay (drums), Kim Richmond (woodwinds) Granville "Danny" Young (bass) and Kiki (vocals and piano) adds to the musical enjoyment. Directed by S.E. Feinberg lending his expertise in making the show a wonderful balance of visuals, heart-felt stories, song and dance carried solely with Kiki's performance and an additional dance scene with Gregory Gast makes for an enjoyable show!

sweet - Lisa Yesko


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Awesome show!!! I've seen Kiki's show several times in the past, and this is by far the best rendition ever! She performs it with such grace and love and just sucks you in to her world growing up as Buddy Ebsen's daughter! I'm going to see it again! Just loved it.

sweet - Annette Lum


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I'm sure you've been seeing all the posts from the 300 or so people who filled the first three nights of Kiki Ebsen's run of "To Dad With Love: A Tribute To Buddy Ebsen" at Theatre West.
Because the show has one more 3-show weekend. I wanted to offer my thoughts on why it's an important show to see...if you love music, Hollywood, history, deep personal sharing, wise reflection on family dynamics or major Diva talent.
I first met Kiki coming on four years ago when she came onboard for one of my Variety show Benefits. The minute she arrived at soundcheck I was gobsmacked by what a unique and charismatic woman she is....sleek and stylish but cozy and homespun at the same time. I later learned that she has recorded 7 or 8 cds of original music, spent more than twenty years as an in demand musician for some of the biggest touring acts in the music business, and that she lived on a ranch with about 14 horses that she took care of, often rehabilitating some who came from bad situations and she used the horses offering therapy involving they mysterious emotional healing powers of horses.
Oh...and she is Buddy Ebsen's daughter.
At this point, I think a lot of our community has gotten hip to earlier versions of this show. It began as more of a Cabaret, showcasing the music associated with Mr. Ebsen's long and prestigious career from vaudeville to Broadway to Hollywood movies to the birth of Television. Kiki treated each of the songs to exquisite sophisticated jazz influenced arrangements and then laced them all together with a fascinating narrative about a daughter's relationship to a much older father, a sometimes troubled and distant relationship, and memories of an enchanted childhood inside of the tiny but omnipresent privileged world of Hollywood celebrity.

sweet - Clifford Bell


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I thoroughly enjoyed Kiki Ebsen's show about her father's career and rise to fame but more importantly her relationship with her dad.
The play covered all the bases for me. I laughed, got teary eyed and being a songwriter LOVED Kiki's original songs that she had interweaved throughout the show. It's the kind of show that you want to go back and see again.

sweet - James S. Holvay


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Absolutely a MUST SEE performance by Kiki Ebsen!!! The story behind the man we grew up watching as kids (Buddy Ebsen) a legend. This performance will make you laugh and make you cry! An outstanding quartet of world renown musicians. The stage setting which will make you feel like you're home with Kiki. Projected screens that capture her fathers performances. No disappointments here.

sweet - Christine Day


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Kiki Ebsen’s show “To Dad w/ Love", is top notch, and as well done as any Broadway Show. Kiki’s voice is superb, she is also under rated as an actress, such a moving performance, this show is such a gift to her father!

sweet - Jeffrey Dalrymple


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Fantastic show, I highly recommend you go see this, very heartfelt and down to earth. The whole production is outstanding and well done.

sweet - Sharon


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The best show in town is going to end it's three week run this weekend. The show is "To Dad With Love" starring Kiki Ebsen and it tells the story in song, story, and dance of Buddy Ebsen, his seven decade career and his life with his family.
If you enjoyed Breakfast At Tiffany's, Davy Crockett, the Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones, or if you want to hear the real story about the Wizard of Oz, you will love this beautiful theater piece.
The music is supplied by a terrific Jazz ensemble. The vocals of classic songs associated with Buddy Ebsen are performed by Kiki Ebsen -- and they are knockouts. Buddy himself can be seen hoofing and singing with the likes of Eleanor Powell, Judy Garland, Barbara Stanwyck, and Shirley Temple thanks to the multimedia by Dustin Ebsen.
There is even some tappin' by Kiki and Gregory Gast stepping in for Buddy in a particularly touching moment.
But, most of all it is a journey as Kiki brings us along on a look back on her relationship with a complex, talented man. It all adds up to a magical experience in the theater.
There are tickets available for the shows at 8PM Friday, Sept. 20; 8 PM Saturday, and the final performance at 2 PM Sunday from the ticket services and the Theater West Box Office.
I will be attending the Sunday show. It's just too great, I have to see it again.

sweet - patrick culliton