Dick Van Dyke set for one-night performance in Malibu

Dick Van Dyke at the Geffen Playhouse.
(Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

At the ripe age of 86, Dick Van Dyke is having an eventful year, both professionally and personally.

The “Mary Poppins” actor is scheduled to appear in a one-night live performance in September that will benefit the Malibu Stage Playhouse. The Sept. 12 performance is to feature Van Dyke alongside the Vantastix, a vocal ensemble, at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University.

Earlier this week, the Screen Actors Guild announced that Van Dyke will receive its Life Achievement Award, which will be handed out during the guild’s January ceremony.


And earlier this year, Van Dyke married Arlene Silver, a makeup artist who is more than 40 years his junior. It is the second marriage for the actor.

Van Dyke, with his brother, Jerry, performed at the Malibu Stage Playhouse in 2011 in a limited-run engagement of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys.” The year before, the star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Diagnosis: Murder” had to cancel a planned autobiographical musical revue at the Geffen Playhouse following an injury to his Achilles tendon.

Among Van Dyke’s many professional awards are a Tony Award for the 1960 Broadway production of “Bye Bye Birdie” as well as multiple Emmys for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Tickets for the Malibu Playhouse benefit are $65 and $85 and available on Ticketmaster.


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