On 15 May 2010, at the Cascades Casino Summit Theatre, MAE WEST, Cher, Liza Minnelli, Tina Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, and eight other famous females will share the stage — — and the voice and body of the British Columbia based entertainer Bonnie Kilroe.
• • Bonnie's revue "Vegas Meets Vaudeville" has, she said, "the glam and glitz of Vegas and the slapstick comedy/ audience participation of old school vaudeville."
• • The Canadian actress went through a similar situation as Mae West once did: tired of waiting to be cast in someone else's show, she developed her own. Though she began with impressions of the late Patsy Cline, she felt portraying only one individual was too limiting and boring. Increasing her number of characters also forced her to upgrade her wardrobe and wigs. Bookings at local saloons, war veterans gatherings, and social clubs led to fancier engagements at golf resorts, at corporate celebrations, and on cruises.
• • Bonnie, now a polished quick-change artist and seasoned impressionist, has expanded her act. "I do characters that cover every age group... Mae West and Carmen Miranda for the older generations and Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga for the youth," she explained. "And then there are characters for everyone — — Cher, Marilyn Monroe, and Tina Turner."
• • WHERE to see Bonnie Kilroe's "Vegas Meets Vaudeville" — — Cascades Casino Summit Theatre: 20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC Canada V3A 7N2; T. 604-530-2211.
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