Penny Orloff was a working actor/dancer in Los Angeles when a Juilliard scholarship took her to New York. She had featured roles on Broadway, working for directors Harold Prince and Joseph Papp, and sang more than 20 Principal Soprano roles for New York City Opera under Julius Rudel and Beverly Sills.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, she starred in over 100 productions off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Her first solo show, “Jewish Thighs on Broadway” (based on her best-selling novel of the same name, available at, toured the U.S. for a decade, including a successful off-Broadway run in 2005.

Having outlived most of her early competition for film roles, since 2012 she has enjoyed acting in a range of interesting shorts, indie, and feature films (silver-white hair and a Botox-free face being, apparently, in short supply in LA…).

Orloff’s solo show, “Songs and Stories from a Not-Quite-Kosher Life,” will be at ASU Kerr Cultural Center on Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.

The piece premiered in Seattle just over three years ago — the subsequent tour was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that theaters have opened up again, she’s delighted to be back on the road.

Tickets are available at, at the box office or at 480-596-2660.

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