Meet the Authors of “What the Bellhop Saw”

Billy_Van_Zandt_and_Jane_MilmoreBILLY VAN ZANDT (Playwright) Billy fell in love with Lucille Ball and her brand of physical humor in junior high, which launched him into writing and starring in a series of. After his feature film debut as a character in Jaws 2, the success of his plays (written with partner Jane Milmore) brought him to the attention of Bob Newhart, who hired him as a writer for the acclaimed Newhart television series. A career lasting well over two decades of producing and writing for television has ensued. Between TV assignments, Billy produces, co-writes, and stars in his plays, including acclaimed Off-Broadway productions of You’ve Got Hate Mail, The Property Known as Garland, Silent Laughter and Drop Dead! Billy’s biggest career thrill was acting alongside his idol Lucille Ball on her final television series. A year after Lucy’s passing, Billy and Jane were nominated for an Emmy for writing and producing a television special where they unveiled the original pilot episode of I Love Lucy for the first time in 40 years. Billy is married to actress Adrienne Barbeau. They live in New Jersey and California with their sons Walker and William.

JANE MILMORE (Playwright) Jane began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughleys, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also appeared in the television movies If Things Were Different, Desperate Lives, A Cry for Love, and the film A Wake in Providence. Jane began her writing collaboration with Billy Van Zandt with the 1979 play Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. Jane has created and developed television series for Brooke Shields, Martin Lawrence, Don Rickles, Richard Lewis, Jamie Lee Curtis, DL Hughley, Jean Smart, John Goodman, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Mulligan, Penny Marshall, David Krumholtz, Valerie Bertinelli, Andrew Dice Clay, Cathy Moriarty, and the Wayans brothers. Jane, the oldest of five girls, was born in Laramie, Wy., and raised in New York and New Jersey. Jane makes her home in Beverly Hills and Rumson. 

Reviews for What the Bellhop Saw:

“The laughs keep on coming!”—News Tribune

“A rip-roaring good time!”—Broadway Stage magazine

“A light, fluffy sex comedy. Take one Salman Rushdie-like author-in-jeopardy, a shrewish wife who wants blood; a bimbo maid who wants the spotlight; a bimbo secretary who wants love; an inept CIA agent who has trouble hanging onto his gun; an inept assassin who has trouble hanging onto his bomb; and an inept accountant who has trouble hanging onto his pants. Mix them all up, stick half of them in matching bellboy outfits, add some balloons and a whole lot of visual humor, and you have What the Bellhop Saw. A crowd leaser!”—Julie Kistler

“A winner!”—Stage Directions magazine