Friday, October 22, 2010

Mae West: Manchester, England

It was on 21 October 1947 that MAE WEST first set foot in a playhouse in Manchester, England to present her Bowery melodrama "Diamond Lil" onstage.
• • The plan was to route the production though Manchester, Blackpool, Birmingham and Glasgow before opening in London by January 1948.
• • Playing very minor roles were twenty actresses and eighteen actors over six feet tall. Bruno Barnabe [1905 — 1998] was cast as Juarez, the Latin Lothario. The actor recalled getting the part after being asked by Mae West to clasp her breasts. He also emphasized that he drew 40 pounds a week whereas the leading lady was pulling in 2,000 pounds weekly.
• • The UK run was produced by Val Parnell [1892 — 1972] and Tom Arnold — — very shrewd fellows.
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