Vaudeville-Style Revue Janet Klein's Borscht Belt Babies
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Travel back in time and experience an amazing night of obscure, naughty and lovely tunes from the 1920s and '30s. Stylish flapper Janet Klein is a true ukelele lady, and along with her band members, The Parlor Boys, will treat you to spirited and inspired renditions of Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, vaudeville, Yiddish novelty numbers, ragtime and other lovable, rare and rustic tunes. Film historian Jerry Beck opens the show with rare vintage 16mm film clips. Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys' latest CD release -- their seventh -- is titled Whoopee Hey Hey! Tunes to Cheer in Tumultuous Times, and reflects current-day concerns with rare and upbeat songs from the Depression era. Learn More
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We attend many of Janet Klein's events, and I have to say, the best part of this evening was Buster Keaton's great granddaughter. He would've been bursting with pride, and hard pressed to maintain a stone face, if he could've seen her up there. Without uttering a single word, she just stole the show. Every move she made was in perfect choreography with the music. We'd now travel anywhere to see her.......we hope you can keep us apprised of her progress goldstar...and thanks again!!
Janet Klein's Borscht Belt Babies is a weekly Vaudeville-style revue seen as it would have been performed in the early Twentieth Century. The significant thing is that many of the cast members are actual descendents of Vaudeville legends-- Buster Keaton's great-granddaughter, actress Zasu Pitts' grandson, "eccentric dancer" Rubberlegs Lou's son, musician Nino Demagio's nephew, and world-class prestidigitator Marty Klein's granddaughter.
Hosted by acclaimed band leader Janet Klein, who brings with her a charming Yiddish sex symbol personality reminiscent of the great Vaudeville legend Fanny Brice. The show features Janet's comedy numbers, Yiddish novelty tunes, and Tin Pan Alley songs. Guest Vaudeville acts amount to the majority of the evening's entertainment.
The Parlor Boys have enjoyed the reputation of the greatest pre-WW2 style musicians in Los Angeles, and they join us as the house band, accompanying Janet and the guest's numbers.
The history of American theater is so rich, it has left us with half a century's worth of scripts and sheet music of classic Vaudeville material. Janet Klein and her Borscht Belt Babies is the new vaudeville, bringing together contemporary comedians and revivalist performers.