Thursday, March 23, 2006
Mae West: Casino Theatre 1918
In 1918 MAE WEST gave several free performances on Sunday nights to cheer up military men who were in New York on leave during the final months of the first World War. As the Armistice approached, soldiers and sailors wanted a good time, which meant (among other things) taking in a show.
• • Clad in a jaunty sailor hat and middy blouse, Mae looked younger than 25 years old during these shows at the Casino Theatre. It's so rare to see Mae West without a smile, isn't it?
• • Built in 1882, the Casino Theatre was a top-ranked venue for musicals, especially operettas. Its distinctive Moorish design elements added style to the corner of Broadway and West 39th Street. There aren't too many photos of this playhouse, which was demolished in 1930.
• • Photo • Mae West • in 1918 free performances to cheer up the military