Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mae West: Michigan Mischief

This weekend Michigan-based impressionist Michael Holmes will delight audiences as MAE WEST, Peggy Lee, Pearl Bailey, and — — most especially — — as Judy Garland.
• • This Friday and Saturday the Illinois-native, who fell in love with the theatre arts as a high school boy, will take to the stage at The Red Barn [Saugatuck, MI 49453], after being transformed by wigs and wizardry to resemble Judy Garland. “The Judy Show” builds its concept around Garland’s signature 1960’s TV series; the theme gives Holmes the flexibility to portray a rainbow of glammed-up celebrity guests including Mae West, "Hello, Dolly!" star Carol Channing, songbird Peggy Lee, bewitching Pearl Bailey, and others.
• • Unlike Mae, who wrote "The Drag" in 1926 and who was delighted by drag queens, the talented Mr. Holmes dislikes the label "drag" and is offended when people label him a "drag queen." His perspective is this: “What I do is theater. I just happen to do female characters. My show is a completely theatrical production with audience interaction and improvisational comedy, so every show is different. It’s really a celebration of the glory days of Hollywood.”
• • After this weekend's finale, Holmes will pack up his heel heels and wig boxes and head to the West Coast for an extended supper club engagement in Palm Springs. For details about his Red Barn extravaganza, telephone (269) 857-5300.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:
Add to Google
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •
• • Feed — —
Mae West.

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of Judy Garland this week over at The Judy Garland Experience they have gone Hollywood!

    Among the rare recordings posted are not one, but two, saucy and spicy Poland Springs commercials by none other than Mae West!

    There are also incredibly rare and blue outtakes from Orson Welles, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sharon Tate, and Col. Sanders.

    Frances Faye stops by and sings a few standards in her unique and entertaining way,

    Marilyn Monroe is revived and remixed, and the great Nina Simone performs live at the Hollywood Bowl!

    As for Judy, excerpts from her appearance at the Hollywood Bowl can also be heard, as well as the complete broadcast of Good News Of 1938 starring Judy, Sophie Tucker, Jeanette McDonald, and a host of others.

    The complete recording of Judy’s 1969 appearance at the NFT has also been posted, along with excerpts from her latest CD JUDY GOES HOLLYWOOD. There are tons of other rare recordings posted, but you will just have to come visit TJGE to see what they are:

    If you are not familiar with TJGE it is the worlds largest and most exciting Judy Garland group. Our files include thousands of the rarest Judy Garland photos found anywhere, as well as the rarest of the rare Garland audio recordings (which incidentally are changed weekly).

    The membership of The Judy Garland Experience includes Garland family members, people who knew and worked with Judy, other celebrities, authors of books on Garland, people who have made films and documentaries abour her, and fans from all levels, and all walks of life. The only one missing is you!

    Here is the link: