As is her custom, playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo, who knows more about the late, great Mae West than just about anyone I know, leads a walking tour in honor of the legendary one’s birthday.
This year is no exception, and the Clyde Fitch Report would like to encourage everyone to come out and take the tour.
Here is the 411:
“Gaudy Girls on The Gay White Way: Mae West and Texas Guinan in the Theatre District”
Sun., August 16, 2009, 4:00pm, rain or shine
Shubert Alley, 44th Street, West of Broadway, New York
$10; the walking tour lasts about 90 minutes
Why not wear a Mae West-inspired hat?
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On August 16, 2009, come up and enjoy an a-MAE-zing experience: a walking tour of historical sights in the Times Square area. This year, the annual Mae West birthday tour also commemorates speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan, the generous friend who backed all of Mae’s Broadway shows during the 1920s.
During April of 1929, the feds padlocked the Club Intime at the Hotel Harding, where Texas Guinan was the principal attraction. On August 16, attendees will visit this speakeasy, which is doing brisk business these days.
The tour will be led by playwright LindaAnn Loschiavo. Her history play, Courting Mae West, ran in the 2008 Fresh Fruit Festival. She is working on a biographical travel guide, Mae West’s New York, 1899-1959, and will show some of her unusual theatre memorabilia and vintage photos during the tour and reveal secret addresses tied to Mae West that have not been disclosed before. These rare pictures show the area as it looked during the 1920s when Mae West and Texas Guinan had their name on several marquees.
RSVP required. And if you need a little inspiration, watch these: