Thursday, August 08, 2013

Mae West: Grant Gordon

The headline read: "MAE WEST — Summer Theatre to Open Monday" and this was a 1952 return of the enchanting adventuress Carliss Dale. In the cast of 18 was the actor Grant Gordon.
• • Princeton, NJ — Herbert Kenwith, producer-director of The Princeton Summer Theatre, will present Mae West in "Come On Up — Ring Twice!" as the gala opening attraction of his sixth season at the New Jersey playhouse for one week beginning on Monday night, June 23 through Saturday night, June 28, 1952. 
• • The nightly performances will be at 8:30 with  matinees Wednesday and Saturday. Miss West, will play the role of Carliss Dale, a flamboyant adventuress in present day Washington, D. C. She will be supported by a cast of sixteen men and two women, among whom will be Howard Miller, Saul Davis, Albert Bergh, Grant Gordon, Howard Ledig, Therese Quadri, Willis Claire, Rand Elliott, George Gilbreth, Allan Furlan, Steve Parker, Richard Bowler and Rosetta Crawford.
• • Source: Article: "Mae West — Summer Theatre to Open Monday" in Raritan Township and Fords Beacon;  published on Thursday, 19 June 1952
• • Grant Gordon [22 April 1908 — 6 August 1972] • •
• • Born in Bolton, New York on 22 April 1908 was Grant Gordon.
• • His interest in the dramatic arts led him to study classical theatre. By 1930, the 28-year-old was on Broadway in Shakespearean favorites such as "Twelfth Night" and "Hamlet" at the Shubert Theatre.
• • From 1930 — 1961, Grant Gordon participated in a dozen plays on The Great White Way, taking modest roles in "Romeo and Juliet" and "Mourning Becomes Electra," or working as a stage manager/ understudy.
• • In February 1947, he registered copyright on his own stage play "Now Is the Time"; it remained unpublished, however.
• • In 1952, Grant Gordon had the privilege of working with Mae in a summer stock revival of "Come On Up — Ring Twice!" at The Princeton Summer Theatre.
• • From 1949 — 1968, Grant Gordon was seen on four TV shows such as the popular "Naked City."  He had uncredited minor bits in two motion pictures "Six Bridges to Cross" [1955] and "The Subject Was Roses" [1968], a screen version of the durable Broadway drama by Frank D. Gilroy. Gordon was 60 years old by then and, after that project, he retired.   
• • Grant Gordon died in New York City on Sunday, 6 August 1972. He was 64.
• • August 1956 in Hush-Hush Magazine • •
• • Hush-Hush Magazine (Vol. 2, No. 8, August 1956 issue) contained the article "Show Biz Buzzer: Mae West versus Marilyn Monroe."
• • Save the Dates: August 12th and August 17th and 18th • • 
• • What: three events timed to celebrate the 120th birthday of Mae West, born in Brooklyn, NY on August 17, 1893
• • On Monday, 12 August 2013 at the Hudson Sq Library • • 
• • One afternoon only! • •
• • When: Monday, August 12, 2013 from 4:00pm — 5:45pm [Seating from 3:45pm]
• • Where: Hudson Branch Library, 66 Leroy St., New York, NY 10014; NOT accessible to wheelchairs 
• • Who + What: "Diamond Lil" by Mae West as a Reader's Theatre Experience with words and period songs and live music — a unique, unforgettable presentation
• • Cast: Costumed in 1890s Bowery style, actress Darlene Violette and actor Sidney Myer present the 1932 novel "Diamond Lil" written by Mae West in Mae's words — enhanced with period songs and live music by Brian McInnis.  At intervals, historian and playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo leads an "Armchair Tour" through the boisterous Bowery and Chinatown of the 1890s with rare vintage images you have never seen before. 
• • What else: The ever-popular Mae West Raffle. 
• • August 12th Admission and Raffle Tickets: FREE. 
• • RSVP:  Email  MaeWestDiamondLil (at) gmail  (dot) com
• • Closest MTA subway stations: Christopher St. or West Fourth St.; or the M7 bus. 
• • Closest PATH station: Christopher St. 
• • The public is invited (suitable for age 18 and over)
• • The library has a spacious auditorium so tell your fun-loving friends about this!
• • 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 1928 Bowery melodrama in three acts into a pared-down 85-minute adaptation featuring all of the sex and none of the censorship. No intermission. 
• • There will be two stagings of "Diamond Lil" on Saturday, August 17th and on Sunday, August 18th in Manhattan, both in midtown. Tickets will go fast. Don't miss out.
• • Find out more details (both addresses, performance times, ticket prices, cast) here: 
• • Updates:
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I give 'em what they want to see."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Motion Picture Daily wrote about Mae West.
• • "Mae West in September" • •
• •  Motion Picture Daily wrote: Indicating Paramount's anticipation that the Mae West film will be dry cleaned sufficiently for release in the fall is a September date set aside for the picture at the Paramount here. .. .
• • Source: News Item in Motion Picture Daily; published on Tuesday, 24 July 1934 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2711th 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.

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