Friday, October 18, 2013

Mae West: Enjoy a Yellow Diamond

MAE WEST had a mixologist create a special drink to serve her guests — — once Prohibition was repealed.
• • Nanette Kutner wrote:  Repeal is here, and The New Movie Magazine takes great pleasure in being first to present you with the favorite cocktail recipes of your pet stars.
• • Mae's Drink Recipe for the Yellow Diamond • •
• • Visitors at Mae West's place will be served the famous "Yellow Diamond." It goes like this . . . and just wait until you see the color!
• • 1 part yellow chartreuse
• • 1 part Italian vermouth
• • 1 part gin
• • 1 olive dropped into each glass
• • Source: Article: "Now You Can" by Nanette Kutner for The New Movie Magazine; published in the February 1934 issue.
• • On Friday, 18 October 1918 • •
• • In Billboard's review of "Sometime" printed on 18 October 1918, they reserved several sentences filled with praise for Mae West.
• • On Sunday, 18 October 1931 • •
• • The Herald Tribune reviewed Mae's Harlem play on Sunday, 18 October 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 18 October 1932 • •
• • On Tuesday, 18 October 1932 Will Hays wrote to remind studio boss Adolph Zukor that he must not register the titles "Diamonds" or "Diamond Lady" for any film project with Mae West.
"Diamond Lil" has its own Q-R Code
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Autumn! • • 
"Darlene Violette channels Mae West to perfection!" — Stu Hamstra
• • 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:
• • 7:30pm 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:
• • 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.
• • Watch a short clip: Diamond Lil meets Pablo, a gigolo
• • Read a Review of "Diamond Lil" • •
• • L'Idea Magazine's editors attended four times and had a lot to say. Here's the link:
• • Staying faithful to the gritty themes in the novel, LindaAnn Loschiavo trimmed the work to 85 minutes for a cast of eight.
• • Audience Comments about "Diamond Lil" • •
• • Gigi Garcone said:  Just saw "Diamond Lil" — — a very entertaining production! This tribute to the sultry, irresistible diva Mae West is a must see! All the actors are very talented and you can see they put their hearts into their roles. I especially liked Darlene Violette as Mae West and Joanna Bonaro as Rita, a madam from Rio. Darlene encompassed the whole persona of Mae and Joanna was sublime as the madam — — she really has such a presence on stage. Very enjoyable performance and it's worth the trip!
• • Rick Baynes of Baltimore said: I second Gigi's comments. "Diamond Lil" brings the fabulous Mae West back to life. The wonderful Darlene Violette is spot-on in her portrayal of the lusty, bawdy Mae. Do yourself a favor and go see this lovely production.

• • Mrs. Jean McLoughlin of NYC said:   I recently saw "Diamond Lil" and loved every minute. The entire cast was top-notch, and I was impressed with their creative use of the entire space. The characters really came to life and I was transported back to the raunchy days of Mae West. Darlene Violette gave a great performance as Diamond Lil  — — but Joanna Bonaro really shone as the sultry, venomous Rita. Joanna commands attention and I was more than willing to give it. Fantastic show, I highly recommend that everyone see it! Even my husband, who does not like theater, really enjoyed it.
• • At Jefferson Market Library in NYC next month • • 
• • Mae West's legal woes inspired the stage play "Courting Mae West." See it on 23 November 2013 in the very same room where Mae faced off with Judge George Donnellan and 12 jurors. 
• • Darlene Violette stars as Mae West and the rest of the cast will soon be announced. 
• • The play, based on true events, is set during the Prohibition Era when Mae's plays were padlocked and she was sent to jail. Talk about a woman who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.. 
• • This free event is open to the public and there is ample seating. [Note: The humor and adult themes are not suitable for children under 13.]
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Keep outta my room! I've got to have some place that's all my own — — where I can go and shut the door and be by m'self!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Movie Magazine interviewed Beverly about her sister Mae West.
• • "Because . . .   Mae West Isn't Diamond Lil" • •
• • Hester Robison wrote: Irony of ironies! On the very site where Mae West was born there stands an imposing church. The grounds of her former Brooklyn, New York homestead is the yard of a house of worship.
• • Hester Robison wrote: And, looking back beyond the days when "Sex" was Mae West's forte, one sees a chubby, flaxen- haired baby received as the favorite at church socials. Surprise! Surprise! Down came our blinders for a better — — and unique — — look at Mae West as provided by her sister, Beverly, also an actress.
• • Hester Robison wrote: We went to see Beverly because we were told that she understood and loved her sister but saw her with unprejudiced eyes. Another reason we went to see Beverly, instead of going directly to Mae, was because we were wise to the exponent of sex in the theater and the movies.  She likes you to think she is really tough. She wants you to believe she's part and parcel of the thing she represents as an actress — — and it isn't so at all! You don't know the real girl!  . . .
• • Source: Article: "Because . . .   Mae West Isn't Diamond Lil" written by Hester Robison for The New Movie Magazine; published in May 1933
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2767th 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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