Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mae West: My Old Flame

It was on 9th February 1927 that MAE WEST was arrested in New York City. And coincidentally or not, Mae also had a lot of her screen and stage projects opening on the ninth day of February.
• • Keeping Mae in mind is the actor and vocalist Bill Krakauer [born in 1926], who will perform "Songs by Women of Tin Pan Alley" in Manhattan on two upcoming evenings.
• • The songs
— — either composed by females or performed by women — — will feature the famous Mae West number "My Old Flame" from the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties" [1934].
• • Other favorites will be "Starting at the Bottom," "Can This Be Love," and "Nobody Breaks My Heart" [1930] from "Fine and Dandy" by Kay Swift; "Baby's Birthday Party" [1930] by Ann Ronell; and "Moanin' Low" sung by Libby Holman and featured in "The Little Show" [1929]; and the stirring "Love Me or Leave me" made famous by Ruth Etting in "Whoopee" [1928]; and many more.
• • You can enjoy this salute to both famous and forgotten female songs, directed by Jonathan Cerullo, on Monday, 16 February and again on Monday, 2 March 2009 at 8:00 PM. The venue is The Cell Performance Salon, located in Chelsea at 338 West 23rd Street [between 8th and 9th Avenues], NYC 10011.
• • The Cell
— — operated by THE CELL THEATRE COMPANY — — is a new performance salon located in a former art gallery on West 23rd; it provides a space for artists from multiple disciplines to present their work.
• • For info about this show, phone 212-724-7933 — — and tell them you heard about all this whoopee from the Mae West Blog.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1934 • •
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