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I’ll Say She Is — Getting Great Notices!

Posted in Comedy, Comedy Teams, Indie Theatre, Marx Brothers, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2016 by travsd

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A little more than midway through our announced run of  I’ll Say She Is, our revival of the lost 1924 Marx Brothers Broadway musical, notices have begun to pile up and it’s a most exciting general vote of approval!

Fresh off the presses is Neil Genzlinger’s rave in the New York Times just out today! Read it here. 

Then there is the Adam Gopnick essay in The New Yorker which hit a few weeks back. I’d long known Gopnick to be an aficionado of classic comedy — we spent a good deal of time together when he wrote this piece about new burlesque in which I was featured back in 2002. The I’ll Say She Is piece is here.

Then there were the two major preview features, one in the Wall Street Journal and one in Jewish Week.

And there’s a bunch more! See the full round-up here. 

Also, New Yorkers, be sure to watch On Stage on NY-1 this Wednesday. A little birdie told me David Cote’s review will air then (and I believe online afterwards as they normally do). Can’t wait!

Tickets are nearly sold out for the remainder of the run, but some remain: to get them go here. 

“I’ll Say She Is” in WSJ & Jewish Week: Opens Tomorrow!

Posted in Comedy Teams, Indie Theatre, Marx Brothers, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , on May 27, 2016 by travsd

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Preview performances for I’ll Say She Is, our revival of the lost 1924 Marx Brothers Broadway musical begin tomorrow! If you didn’t get your ticket yet, the more fool you! But there’s still a chance, just go here. 

The hoopla has already begun with two major preview features, one in the Wall Street Journal and one in Jewish Week.  I’m very excited that the production got this coverage; much less thrilled with my own representation in the pieces. Despite my daily protestations to the contrary, people will persist in identifying me as a “vaudeville historian.” Look at the masthead of this blog, created three years AFTER No Applause was written. Is “historian” among that long list of job titles? It lists everything BUT that. For me, personally, it’s getting dire, and know that I will be taking major steps over the next several months to disabuse people once and for all that I want anything to do with such a role. I have a handful of “Stars of Vaudeville” posts to get out (I do them to publicize my book; for no other reason), and then, my dears, I am stepping the fuck away from that role I never wanted, never asked for, and detest.

Above this, the Jewish Week guy used only my most irrelevant remarks, misrepresented what I said, and then shoe-horned them into some pre-existing point he wanted to make. But I guess the press have always been monsters, and I’m sure there are plenty of you that would include me under that umbrella. At any rate, feel free skip over the parts that have to with me in both pieces. They are rubbish. But I’ll Say She Is is great! Tickets and way more info are here. 

Jim Moore’s Pix of the Recent Slipper Room Show!

Posted in Contemporary Variety, Indie Theatre, ME, My Shows, SOCIAL EVENTS, Vaudeville etc. with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2016 by travsd

The great and ubiquitous Jim R. Moore of Vaudevisuals.com came to our recent Slipper Room Show celebrating 20 years of the American Vaudeville Theatre, 1000 vaudevillians on Travalanche, and raising money for, and awareness of, the new version of I’ll Say She Is, opening at the Connelly Theatre on May 28!

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Your host Trav S.D., who appears to sending a secret signal to a confederate in the balcony

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CARLA RHODES & CECIL SINCLAIRE

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RICHARD FERIDUN & TAMMY FAYE STARLITE

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MOLLY POPE

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MATT ROPER AS CHICO IN A SCENE FROM “I’LL SAY SHE IS”

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NOAH DIAMOND AS GROUCHO

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SETH SHELDEN IS HARPO

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MELODY JANE

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Also in the show were: WILL HALL , JO “BOOBS” WELDONZERO BOYJONNY PORKPIE and NELSON LUGO.  We raised around a grand for the show and every little bit helps. Thanks to all involved. Another way to support I’ll Say She Is is to buy your tickets NOW! Do that here. 

Gimme a Thrill: The Story of “I’ll Say She Is”

Posted in BOOKS & AUTHORS, Broadway, Comedy Teams, Indie Theatre, Marx Brothers, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2016 by travsd

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I’ve been impatient for this day to come! Noah Diamond’s excellent new book about the Odyssey of realizing his dream of getting I’ll Say She Is on the boards is now available. I’ve read it (you might say I’m one of the characters in the book) and it wont surprise you if I report that Noah writes prose as well as he does everything else. Triple threats are passe — a thing of the past. Noah is at the very least a quintuple threat — just like those five kids up in Canada! Buy the book here. 

A Night of 1,000 Vaudevillians! (A Benefit Show for “I’ll Say She Is”)

Posted in Contemporary Variety, ME, My Shows, PLUGS with tags , , , , on March 23, 2016 by travsd

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Much afoot! We’re nearing three milestones: 1) the 20th year of Trav S.D.’s American Vaudeville Theatre; 2) the 1,000th vaudevillian to be profiled on Travalanche; and 3) the brand spankin’ new production of our hit 2014 production, the Marx Bros.’ “I’ll Say She Is” coming your way to the Connelly Theatre, May 28.

To celebrate, we’ve looped it all into one event, with an all-star roster of talent not to be believed!

Save this Date for The Night of 1,000 Vaudevillians: April 20, 7:30pm

At the One and Only Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street, NYC

On the bill we have none other than the following STARS:

TAMMY FAYE STARLITE!
MOLLY POPE! (with WILL HALL at the piano!)
JO “BOOBS” WELDON!
ZERO BOY!
JONNY PORKPIE
CARLA RHODES & CECIL SINCLAIRE!
NELSON LUGO!
THE CAST OF “I’LL SAY SHE IS”! (including MELODY JANE, NOAH DIAMOND AS GROUCHO, & et al TBA)

Hosted by the one and only TRAV S.D. (abetted and assisted by his diabolical yet unindicted co-conspirator Mr. PINNOCK. )

Magic! Comedy! Ventriloquism! Song! Dance! Burlesque! and Celebrity Impersonation! If we ain’t got it, it ain’t vaudeville!

Not to mention which WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE. So much star power, so much talent, I am afraid the stage will collapse beneath the weight of the supernova.

Tix are $10 general admission/ $25 for preferred seating. Get ’em here:http://www.slipperroom.com/event/1134553-guest-event-night-1-000-new-york/

“I’ll Say She Is” Returns!

Posted in Broadway, Comedy, Comedy Teams, EXHIBITIONS & LECTURES, Indie Theatre, Marx Brothers, PLUGS with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2015 by travsd

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In case you missed our big social media push yesterday, our revival of the Marx Brother’s 1924 show I’ll Say She Is will be returning in spring of 2016, to the Connelly Theatre, bigger and better than ever. Here’s deets:

Here’s where and how to donate to help bring the show before the public again: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=10812

Photo: Don Spiro

Photo: Don Spiro

And lastly but not leastly, the show’s star, script adapter and chief bottle washer Noah Diamond will be appearing in his role as Groucho tonight at the Jewish Museum at 6:30pm. Make your reservations now so you won’t lose out! Details here: http://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/events/2015/06/11/wish-you-were-here-groucho-marx-061115

Part of “I’ll Say She Is” You DIDN’T See

Posted in Dance, Indie Theatre, ME, My Shows with tags , , , , on September 3, 2014 by travsd

We’re about ten days out from the closing of the NYC Fringe edition of I’ll Say She Is. As any theatre person will tell you, it takes days and days to mop up in the aftermath of such a thing, to neatly organize the mountain of paperwork that accrues (I have about a third of a filing cabinet drawer devoted to this show), to sort out who has what (we’re stilling holding a vault full of costumes and props from the production), etc. Anyway, when you do clean up and take stock, you inevitably make many happy (and sometimes bittersweet) discoveries.

Here’s one I came across when going through the photos on my iphone. It’s an element of the show that had to be cut for administrative reasons. Sadly, in my view it was one of the most superlative parts of the show, a re-creation of the Apache Dance originally performed by the team of Walters and D’Andrea in the 1924 production.

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I describe the Apache Dance as a “rough trade sex dance”, a very peculiar fad that was big in night clubs and vaudeville for some reason in the 1910s and 20s. It’s kind of like a mating dance, with elements of domestic violence thrown in to spice things up. Usually the dancers were dressed as Parisian low-lifes: a tough guy in what I think of as a burglar costume, and a streetwalker. In I’ll Say She Is it took place in the opium den, so the dancers wore Chinese costumes.

Our version was cooked by choreographer Helen Pontani, dance captain and chorus member Amber Bloom, and her male partner, whose name I don’t even know if I’m allowed to divulge due to “repercussions”, though he is an amazing dancer, and a cool, thorough professional. Anyway, I found these photos I took of their rehearsal. There’s video, too, but I better check before I share it, lest anyone get in trouble. Anyway, their dance was flippin’ amazing —

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