Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mae West: All Weekend

MAE WEST endures, in our hearts, and also onstage. In honor of her 120th birthday, a group of talented New York-based actors will perform "Diamond Lil" (last seen in a theatre in 1951). You'll want to join us. Continue reading and get the details.
• • Darling Mae, to your loyal followers, you don't look a day over twenty-six!
• • Mae West Trivia for August 17th • •
• • Two actors who worked with the Brooklyn bombshell were also born on August 17th.
• • Dewey Robinson, who was featured in "She Done Him Wrong" and "Goin' to Town," was born in New Haven, Connecticut on Wednesday, 17 August 1898. He had a heart attack and died in Las Vegas on 11 December 1950. Robinson was 52.
• • Harlan Briggs, who appeared in "My Little Chickadee," was born in Blissfield, Michigan on Monday, 17 August 1879.  Briggs died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California on 26 January 1952. Briggs was 72.
• • Save the Dates: August 17th and August 18th • • 
• • What: two more events timed to celebrate the 120th birthday of Mae West, born in Brooklyn, NY on August 17, 1893
• • There are some seats left so tell your fun-loving friends about these special dates!
• • All of the sex and none of the censorship . . . • • 
• • The novel "Diamond Lil" closely follows the 3-hour production Mae performed onstage from 1928 — 1951, and it is much more exciting than the family-friendly screen version. Playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo massaged Mae's classic opus into an 85-minute adaptation featuring all of the sex and none of the censorship. No intermission. 
• • There will be two stagings of "Diamond Lil" on August 17th and August 18th in NYC.
• • The Cast: Starring Darlene Violette as Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery and also featuring Sidney Myer, Anthony DiCarlo, Joanna Bonaro, Gary Napoli, Juan Sebastian Cortes, Kimmy Foskett, Jim Gallagher and live music by Brian McInnis
• • New Adaptation: "Diamond Lil" by Mae West in a new adaptation for the stage by LindaAnn Loschiavo — and costumed in 1890s Bowery style.
• • On Saturday, 17 August 2013 at 7:30pm on West 38th St. • •
• • One night only! • •
• • Where: John Strasberg Studios, 555 8th Avenue, Suite 2310, New York, NY 10018;  accessible to wheelchairs
• • August 17th Mae West Raffle Tickets are free
• • August 17th  Admission: $10 — must be pre-paid!
• • RSVP: Advance sale tickets: you must email MaeWestDiamondLil (at) gmail (dot) com
• • Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over)
• • Updates: facebook.com/MaeWestDiamondLil
• • On Sunday, 18 August 2013 at 7:00pm on West 46th St. • • 
• • One night only! • •
• • Where: Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, NYC 10036; T. (212) 757-0788
• • August 18th Mae West Raffle Tickets are free
• • RSVP: August 18th  Admission:  $15.00 cover charge plus a two drink minimum
• • Reservations: www.donttellmamanyc.com
• • Closest MTA subway stations: 42nd St./ Times Sq. via A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over). Join us as we turn the iconic NYC nightspot Don't Tell Mama into Gus Jordan's "Suicide Hall"!
• • Updates: facebook.com/MaeWestDiamondLil 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Come up sometime and see me."   
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Telegraph [U.K.] celebrated the 120th birthday of Mae West.
• • "Actress Mae West was born 120 years ago today and was one of the great wits of the 20th century" • •
• • Culture Editor Martin Chilton wrote:  "I used to be Snow White but I drifted," quipped Mae West, the Hollywood actress who is remembered for her Wildean wit as much as her flamboyant personality.
• • Martin Chilton continued: Mae West was born on August 17, 1893, in New York, a place where this weekend they are staging her 1928 mob melodrama Diamond Lil
• • Martin Chilton added: The death of this sex goddess from Hollywood's Golden Age was front-page news in November 1980 when she was 87. She had been 40 when she made the first of 12 films and was an important influence on the early career of Cary Grant, teaching him much about the craft of comedy in the course of appearing with him in She Done Him Wrong and I'm No Angel. It was to Grant that West uttered the famous, oft-misquoted line: ''Why don't you come up sometime and see me?''
• • Martin Chilton explained: West had been a late-Victorian stage performer and her vaudeville timing showed in the wonderful banter with W.C. Fields in the pre-war movie My Little Chickadee. By then she was world famous and during the war it pleased her greatly that the RAF dubbed its inflatable life-jacket a "Mae West". . . .
• • Source: Article: "Mae West: remembering Hollywood's wittiest sex goddess" by Martin Chilton for The Telegraph; published on Saturday, 17 August 2013
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • "Mae West Turns Sixty" • •  
• • The Horsham Times wrote: Mae West turned 60 recently. To reporters who went along to wish her many happy returns, Miss West made it plain that birthdays are one thing a lady just doesn't discuss. Fluttering her inch-long eyelashes demurely she said: "You can see for yourself, a girl's just at old as she feels."
• • Source: News Item: The Horsham Times;  published on Friday, 12 September 1952
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2719th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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1 comment:

NewYorkTheater said...

Here is the link to my story about your presentation on Mae West at the New York Public Library

http://newyorktheater.me/2013/08/17/mae-west-at-120-come-up-and-see-me-on-broadway