Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mae West: Theron Bamberger

In 1928 MAE WEST introduced her new play "Diamond Lil."  The credited cast and company included Mr. Theron Bamberger as the Company Manager and Press Representative.
• • Theron Bamberger [1894 — 14 September 1953] • •
• • Born in 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Theron Bamberger was involved with Mae's Broadway production of "Diamond Lil" in 1928 when he was 34 years old.  He continued to gain traction in the entertainment world as a producer, manager, or a press agent.  He helmed a few shows on Broadway and did one film.
• • Theron Bamberger died in New York City on Monday, 14 September 1953. He was 63.
• • On Monday, 17 September 1928 • •
• • "Pleasure Man" by Mae West moved (for another try-out) to the Bronx Opera House on Monday, 17 September 1928.
• • On Sunday, 17 September 1933 • •
• • On Sunday, 17 September 1933 readers of the New York Herald Tribune read this prediction: "It will not be at all surprising when Mae West's name and face are as popular a commercial trademark as Mickey Mouse," wrote J.C. Furnas.
• • On Wednesday, 17 September 1947 • •
• • Mae West attended a Press Reception at The Savoy Hotel in London on Wednesday, 17 September 1947.
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Autumn! • •
• • By popular demand, actress Darlene Violette — — and the wonderful cast who brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life — — will return in “Diamond Lil” for several evening performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street] on these dates in 2013:
• • 7:00pm on Sunday September 22nd. 
• • 7:30pm on Sunday October 27th — Hallowe'en Party — come in 1890s costume!
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 3rd — vote for Gus Jordan for Sheriff Night.
• • 8:30pm on Sunday November 10th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 17th
• • 7:00pm on Sunday November 24th
• • Phone after 4pm to reserve a seat: 212-757-0788; RSVP online: 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"! 
• • 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
• • Director: Co-directed by Dena Tyler, The Actors Studio, and Darlene Violette.
• • Come up and see for yourself. You might even win a swell Raffle Prize.
• • Read a Review of "Diamond Lil" • •
• • L'Idea Magazine's editors attended four times and had a lot to say. Here's the link: http://www.lideamagazine.com/usa-still-entertaining-mae-wests-diamond-lil-makes-new-fans-in-new-york-city/
• • Staying faithful to the gritty themes in the novel, LindaAnn Loschiavo trimmed the work to 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Do the best you can with what you've got."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Ashland Daily Tidings announced a new show about Mae West.
• • "Spotlight on Mae West" • •
• • Teresa Thomas wrote: The brassy and flamboyant Mae West was once quoted saying, "If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning."
• • Teresa Thomas wrote: An actress, singer and sex symbol of the early 20th century, West was recognized for her clever humor and bawdy double entendres, as well as for her strong personality as a liberated female.  "She never showed any skin, used swear words or mentioned any body parts," says Gwen Overland, who stars as West in Camelot Theatre's "Spotlight on Mae West." "She knew how to not say anything and get the full message across."
• • Teresa Thomas wrote: The production previews Thursday, Sept. 16, and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 26.
• • Teresa Thomas wrote: Overland wrote the script for the production, which will feature some narration, a short biography, 18 songs sung and popularized by West, as well as two radio snippets from when West appeared on "The Chesterfield Supper Club," an NBC music radio program hosted by Perry Como.
• • Teresa Thomas wrote: Of the 18 songs featured in the spotlight, West wrote "Put Off Till Tomorrow" and "That's All, Brother, That's All." Other scores featured include "Come Up and See Me Sometime," "My Old Flame" and "They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk." ...
• • Source: Article by Teresa Thomas for the Ashland Daily Tidings; published on Thursday, 9 September 2010
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2743rd 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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1 comment:

  1. Robin2:57 PM

    Hello! I'm doing some research on Mae West and was wondering if you could help? Do you know what songs were cut from "The Pleasure Man" when it first was produced on Broadway?