Vaudeville Returns!: Film and Live Acts Featuring Ian Whitcomb, Laurel & Hardy and More
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The last date listed for Vaudeville Returns! was Sunday September 19, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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Experience the life of a Hollywood icon as the historic Alex Theatre hosts Loretta Young's 100th birthday gala. A paragon of grace and beauty, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress stole Clark Gable's heart and advanced women's status in entertainment by becoming the longest-running female host of a prime-time television show with The Loretta Young Show. Leading lady of such films as The Farmer's Daughter, The Bishop's Wife and The Stranger, Young shared the screen with such greats as Cary Grant, Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton. Young's son and daughter will be on hand, along with celebrity friends, to take the audience on a journey through the star's life. Movie clips, conversations, testimonies, dramatizations and an exclusive exhibit of Young's famous dresses and cherished possessions will bring this Hollywood legend to life. Learn More
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I enjoyed the afternoon of Vaudeville acts - they were very clever. The only one that I could do without was Ian Whitcomb. He doesn't do much to add to the show & he comes across as being quite odd.
The films made the rest of the show with the classic Laurel & Hardy. The newsreels were great to see again. The afternoon was well planned out & the "sign-changing" girl was cute, which added the perfect touch.
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Lots of fun, my Grandmother loved it and so did we. There were some particualar great preformers this time. However we left at intermission becuase we had all already seen the movies of the 2nd act.....but we'd totally go again for the first act...
The most anticipated family event held annually at the grand theatre, the show is a “hurricane of fun and frolic” paying tribute to the Alex’s vaudeville roots. The one-matinee-only event is an eclectic mix of the sort of variety acts that made vaudeville so beloved by a generation of fans. Opening the show will be the legendary Ian Whitcomb and his Bungalow Boys playing nostalgic music from the vaudeville era. Our show continues with: multi award-winning comedy juggling from Jeffrey Daymont; and the world's greatest hula hoop champion Mat Plendl. Closing the live show will be the absolutely stunning The Bornstein Experiment -- she reads men's minds!
True to the vaudeville genre, the matinee concludes on the big screen with a sing-a-long cartoon, When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba (1933) featuring The Mills Brothers performing, and Laurel and Hardy’s 1930 comedy classic Hog Wild. Rounding out the program will be a Little Rascals short.
From the late 1800’s through the early 20th Century, vaudeville was the common people’s theatrical experience. Across America and around the world, the wildly popular genre featured variety acts of countless descriptions and later included film programs. Alex Film Society’s annual recreation of the nostalgic genre is the only vaudeville show produced regularly in Los Angeles.