Jan 30, 2009
Great fun was had writing this preview piece on Minksy's, a new musical about the vintage burlesque house from Bob Martin and Casey Nicholaw (Drowsy Chaperone), with a score by Charles Strouse and Susan Birkenhead. The show is in an out-of-town tryout at the Ahmanson in L.A., at the same theater and the same season slot as Drowsy was a few years back, though I never got anyone to confirm or deny Minsky's' Broadway future. It's rumored for the St. James, where The Producers bowed--a fitting spot for a show that might be described as Mel Brooks' 42 Street.
Speaking of that famous boulevard: The rehearsals and run-throughs I sat in on were held at the New 42nd Street Studios, just a few floors above the New Victory Theatre--the very site where Billy Minsky ran a burlesque theater (not his original LES base, the National Winter Garden) to compete with Ziegfield's Follies across the street. The ghosts must have been smiling, or leering, or both.
Posted by Rob Weinert-Kendt at 2:32 PM