Friday, June 06, 2008

Mae West: Best on Broadway

MAE WEST is coming back to The Great White Way!
• • Theater veteran Kimothy Cruse is juggling several projects and one is an adaptation of Mae West’s Diamond Lil that is on the boards for the 2009 2010 Broadway season.
• • Dream big, Kimothy — — because it's better to be looked over than overlooked.
• • Eighty years ago, readers were enjoying a lengthy profile of "Diamond Lil" herself when journalist Thyra Samter Winslow provided a personal peek into the actress's life for The New Yorker [issue of 5 May 1928]. The magazine's subscribers learned that, even on days when there were no matinees, Mae West still arrived at the Royale Theatre after lunch about 2 or 3 o'clock.
• • Winslow observed: "Clubs and cards and outdoor activities do not amuse [Mae West]."
• • "Her reading is confined usually to Variety or the occasional newspaper," wrote Winslow. "[Mae West] does not even know the names of important theatrical figures unless she had come into direct contact with them. The other night, Ina Claire [18931985] came to see "Diamond Lil." When Mae West was told she was out front, she said, 'All right, bring her in. But who is she?'. . ."
• • Come up and see Mae every day online:

• • Photo:
• • Mae West • • 1928
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Mae West.

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