Friday, November 15, 2013

Mae West: Night Work

A great girl, Diamond Lil MAE WEST, exclaimed a Hollywood boulevardier in a magazine column. No hypocrisy. A good word for everyone. Hollywood's fine. You're my pal. She writes books between scenes. Has done two. Has orders for six more. Padre Will Hays, the pontiff of the industry, objected to the title "Diamond Lil" for her screen play. Approved "She Done Him Wrong." It shocked Mae but she realizes she must be broad minded in Hollywood. A sweet girl. I'd like her in "Little Women."
• • Source: Article: "Our Hollywood Boulevardier" for The New Movie Magazine, issue dated for March 1933.
• • On Sunday, 15 November 1936 • •
• • On Sunday, 15 November 1936, the New York Times interviewed actor Randolph Scott about his new motion picture starring Mae West.  An editor paraphrased Scott's opinion and it went something like this: "Miss West is idolized by the technical crews in the studios, she is so thoughtful of them. ... her Negro maid wept bitterly during the production because she (the maid) was sick and unable to go to the studio."
• • On Sunday, 15 November 2009 • •
• • The N.Y. Times columnist Margo Jefferson delivered a speech in Chicago on Sunday, 15 November 2009 about Mae West and Hattie McDaniel.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's studio dressing-room. Like her bedroom, the color scheme here is white-gold-and-coral. When Mae is working, the pretty little three-room suite is her home. She has even slept here after a long siege of night work. A card table offers testimony she has had many meals in the small white sitting room. It is really her favorite family gathering spot.
Diamond Lil: "I knew you could be had!"
• • See "Diamond Lil" This Month! • • 
"Darlene Violette channels Mae West to perfection!" — Stu Hamstra
• • Actress Darlene Violette — — and the wonderful cast who have brought the Bowery denizens and Suicide Hall’s ne’er-do-wells to life since 17 August 2013 — — are concluding their triumphant run of “Diamond Lil” with two more evening performances at Don’t Tell Mama [343 W. 46th Street]:
• • 7:00pm on Sunday, November 17th

• • 7:00pm on Sunday, November 24th — — the last show
• • 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
• • 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 this 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: "There is only one way to get what you want — — that is, to work for it and take it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Sun Sentinel mentioned Mae West.
• • Marci Shatzman wrote: Wearing a ruffled pink gown from "La Cage aux Folles," Kimberly Wick is leading the first tour group through the $21 million Broadway show costume collection just relocated to The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum in Boca Raton. . . .  "We own 48 original Broadway wardrobes," from shows and revivals, Kimberly Wick told a tour group from Naples and Fort Myers.
• • Marci Shatzman added: Not to mention three Mae West furs on forms in an ante room, leg armor Richard Burton wore in "Camelot" and a Donald O'Connor costume from "Singin' in the Rain" in a glass case.
• • Marci Shatzman explained: With 120 docent-led tours already reserved, this is not a new business for the Wick family. Costume World owner and theater founder/executive producer Marilynn Wick has been collecting for 38 years.  ...
• • Source: Article: "New Wick Costume Museum tours up and running" written by Marci Shatzman for the Sun Sentinel; published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2789th 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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