MAE WEST is one of many pop-culture references in “Shine: A Burlesque Musical,” now being staged at La MaMa Etc. as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. The cast's lines will call to mind Sally Rand, Marlene Dietrich, the Pussycat Dolls — — and also the down-and-dirty burlesque movement of The Big Apple's juicy pre-Giuliani past. Critics are saying the show needs work. Let us know what you think.
• • Noticing this article on 13 August 2010 was quite sad: "Mae West ate here: Brooklyn Arby's shuts, landmark building stays." Writing for Examiner.com about the storied destination eatery of long-ago Gage & Tollner, Jane Lasky noted: "Yesterday, after just seven months on its landmark building, a beautiful Brooklyn Arby's shut down. . . . The former showplace where Mae West ate (Jimmy Durante, too) at 372 Fulton Street will rise again as it has before. ..."
• • Spiritual Uplift (Gone Gaudy) at Actors Temple • •
• • But here in Gotham yesterday, the weather was ideal as gentlefolk along The Great White Way looked agog as the gilded hoofbeats grew louder, and then a gorgeous ivory brougham turned onto West 47th Street, halting in front of Actors Temple at 9:30 PM on Saturday, 14 August 2010 — — and a caped footman gallantly escorted The Gaudy Girls into the ancient tiled foyer.
• • Portraying Mae West and Sophie Tucker at the Annual Mae West Birthday Tribute were the beautiful cabaret stars Anne Marie Finnie and Maggie Worsdale, respectively, garbed in seductive glitter, couture millinery, and sequined gowns.
• • There shall be more to tell on a future post.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • Annual Mae West Tribute in NYC • •
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