The Greg Brady Project

Welcome to the official Barry Williams' blog

My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

Archive for Category 'Ask Barry'

Q: [by lhurley] Hi Barry, I have a memory of the Ohio Players doing a song or two on one of the hour-long Brady variety series after the original run had gone off the air. Did you have a chance to meet or work with the band? What was it like having the heaviest funk guys this side of George Clinton hanging out with the Brady's? Thanks! Liam

A: It was a gas having them on the show. I was hoping we could do a song or two together. Unfortunately that was not the case. One of the cool things about doing the Variety Show was the guest stars and we had lots of them.

Q: [by dave] Dear Mr. Williams, I wanted to first thank you for all the great memories I have watching The Brady Bunch. My favorite episode is when Greg and Peter go on their "double date" and Peter's mustache comes off. You and Chris Knight were very funny together….a great "comedic" team. My question to you is this: You have done many things with your life…acting, writing, singing and playing guitar. Of all your accomplishments, what was the most challenging and how did you overcome that challenge?

A: he most challenging thing I did was my opening night on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. I was playing the role of Pippin(in the show of the same name) and I was extremely excited/nervous about starting the show. During the first song, "Corner of the Sky" the string section kicked in and because the pit is under the stage, I could not only hear them but feel them under my feet as well(I played the whole show barefoot). It was exhilarating and I was very happy that I was prepared.

Q: [by mario_elizondo] Barry, was Ann B. Davis easy to work with? I consider her as one of the greatest female comedians. Thanks.

A: When we all met Ann B. Davis she was already a star having won Emmy awards for her work on The Bob Cummings Show. She was also very much a professional. She loved her work and seemed comfortable with sharing the stage with six "kids." She also had a no-nonsense attitude and didn’t care for much horsing around. As a result she helped to shape discipline and focus, qualities that are very important on a set that has the potential for chaos.

Q: [by mholtzclaw] Yo Barry! I interviewed you and did a story on you previewing your one-man show when you played Williamsburg. Truly enjoyed dealing with you. My question: All these people are mentioning guest spots in TV shows that I *don't* recall, but am I correct in remembering that shortly after the Bradys went off the air, you did a commercial for Shasta orange soda in which you dressed in period costume and delivered the memorable line, "What are we drinking, m'Lords?"

A: Yes, you are correct. I played Lancelot and wore chain link and used a British accent.

Q: [by chinadoll23us] Hi Barry! Do you like to watch reality tv shows like survivor, The Real World on mtv, etc. Even though reality is successful do you prefer sitcoms? Can't wait for more info on your tour this summer!

A: I love the sitcom format. Fraiser, Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens are among my favorites. Reality shows often require regular viewing and because so much of my work is at night I don’t often have a chance to watch shows every week. Miss a couple weeks of "reality shows" and I feel left behind. Also reality shows aren’t as "real" as their producers would have us believe. They are ultimately all about the entertainment value and many of the situations are contrived.

Q: [by xxoo] How did you like performing in the Brady Bunch Variety Hour?

A: The show was a lot of fun to make. I think some of the things we were given to do were a bit corny and looking back at the costumes makes me want to gag. We did have some great guest stars though including, Tina Turner, Milton Berle, Farrah Faucett, Vincent Price, and Rich Little. I wonder if that format will ever come back?

Q: [by chinadoll23us] Barry, you have the most beautiful eye color! Are they contacts or are they real? Also, what is your opinion on stars getting plastic surgery to improve their chances on surviving in Hollywood?

A: As far as the eyes go they are all mine - no contacts or enhancements. Both of my brothers and I have the same eye color which is a perfect blending of our Mother’s blue and my Father’s green eyes. Surgical enhancement is a very personal choice. I have no problem with it at all but I think it is important to remember that no matter how you look it doesn’t change who you are.

Q: [by chinadoll23us] Hi Barry! I was wondering if you were going to see the Broadway Show "The Graduate" based off the 1967 movie. I hear Kathleen Turner and Jason Biggs star in it.

A: I would love to see the Graduate. I hope it is going to run for a while cause right now I am so busy with the Monkees Tour. Maybe I’ll find a night to sneak away.

Q: [by BarryJUngar] Dear Mr. Williams, I saw you tonight at Westbury Music Fair and I just wanted to say you put on a terrific show. I enjoyed all of the songs you performed. My favorite was "This Is The Moment." I can't express how impressed I was by your performance. I walked into the venue thinking, Greg Brady is the opening act but boy was I surprised. Barry, you were great! During the intermission I ran out and got your CD. I love your version of "Rhythm of the Night/All Night Long." Anyway, my question is would you consider recording a best of Broadway album? Good luck with the summer tour if you and the Monkees return to Westbury Music Fair I'll be there. Barry Ungar

A: First, thank you very much for the nice thoughts. I am delighted you enjoyed the show, you attended the first of the tour. To answer your question I am not planning a Broadway Album. There is a tremendous wealth of music to choose from but I want to do some writing of my own. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen but the timing is not right just now. Take good care.

Q: [by sara.pearson] What was your favorite "Brady outfit"?

A: Blue bell-bottomed pants with the navy blue and white stripes.

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