A comedian who owes his snappy stage name to MAE WEST is appearing onstage in the coastal corner where "Sex" made a splash in 1926 — — Bridgeport, Connecticut.
• • According to staffwriter Joe Meyers of News Times: The performer got his name from Mae West back in the 1950s when he opened for the star at the Sahara — — "Joseph Charles Tafarella" overshadowed her name on the marquee, so she shortened it — — and over the next two decades he would come to know and perform with all of the show business greats from Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole.
• • Joe Meyers adds: Steve Rossi [birthdate: 25 May 1928] is excited about being in a new show about the life of exotic dancer Sally Rand, who [sic] he met in the 1940s. "Fandance" allows Rossi to show off comic timing he has been honing for more than 50 years, as well as to sing some great tunes.
• • Performer Sally Rand was born in Missouri in April — — on 3 April 1904. "Fandance" will entertain an East Coast audience all during this month through 25 April 2010 at Bridgeport's Downtown Cabaret Theatre at 263 Golden Hill Street. If you are a fan of Sally Rand, then check out this production.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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