Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Mae West: Toot, Toot

Fixated on her career as much as on her Dionysian urges, MAE WEST had a lot in common with Al Jolson, with whom she shared the stage a few times.
• • It's nice to know they both are still touring in "Jolson & Company" though some theatre reviewers mistakenly think the two vaudevillians once walked down the aisle.
• • [Geeeez. Get thee to Wikipedia or the Internet Broadway Database, New Jerseyans.]
• • The Princeton Packet's drama critic had this to say in his overview of the best dozen plays and musicals in central New Jersey during 2007.
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• • Referring to the Off-Broadsheet production of "Jolson & Company," Stuart Duncan writes: We go way back to mid-January [2007] for our first show and a terrific trip down memory lane. Al Jolson was one of the nation’s finest performers, a man of huge appetites, and his songs Mammy,” “Rockabye My Baby,” “April Showers” and “Toot, Toot, Tootsie were only some of the 17 in this biographical smash. Bob Thick played Al Jolson, using his opera-trained baritone/ bass voice exquisitely. Heather Diaforli played all the women in his life, including wives Mae West [sic] and Ruby Keeler. Peter Wright made his debut at the piano and sellout audiences roared their approval at Hopewell’s dessert theater. What a delicious beginning to the new year.
• • Source: The Princeton Packet (Princeton, NJ)
• • Byline and errors credited to Stuart Duncan
• • Published on 26 December 2007
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• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Mae West.

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