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Joey Joey – Washington Square Street Performer film – 1989

JOEY JOEY – A film by Ilse Somers

Shot entirely in Washington Square Park during one of Joey-Joey’s performances. Ilse Somers (High Heels, Low Tide 2012) assembled a great camera crew and shot some wonderful footage of Joey performing live. This kind of performance was a regular occurrence in the park. Many other performers took this spot to entertain the ‘built-in’ audiences. Charlie Barnett was one of the other comedians that got his start in this park.

I was friends with Joseph Colon (lost contact after he moved to Europe) and I had the chance to document many of his performances as well as some shots in the studio. Here is one of them.

I really miss those days in Washington Square Park in the late 1980’s. It was a hot bed for great talent working on their material. Like a 20th Century Vaudeville circuit at home in NYC!

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The Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Gimme a Thrill” by Noah Diamond

I usually post ‘The Vaudevisuals Bookshelf’ once a week but this week is ‘Special’.

The publication of Noah Diamond’s new book “Gimme A Thrill“.

I will let you read the text on Amazon since I am a photographer mostly!

A BROADWAY LEGEND OF 1924 Includes more than eighty rare photographs, some published here for the first time. Before they made the films which are their principal legacy, the Marx Brothers were the stars of three Broadway musicals in the 1920s. Two of these, The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers, are popular classics, familiar from the Brothers’ immortal film versions, and from numerous stage revivals. But the boys’ 1924 Broadway debut, I’ll Say She Is, was never filmed or revived, and it slipped through history’s fingers. Although it was the most successful thing the Marx Brothers ever did on stage, it was unseen for ninety years after the original production closed, and has been considered a lost work. In 2009, writer, performer, lyricist, and Groucho Marxist Noah Diamond began a seven-year odyssey which led to the restoration, adaptation, and finally the historic first revival of this legendary entry in the Marx and musical theatre canons. Gimme a Thrill tells the whole story for the first time—the complete history of I’ll Say She Is from 1923 to 2014. Noah Diamond adapted the book and lyrics for I’ll Say She Is and has a long history of playing Groucho, on and off the stage. He is among the organizers of Marxfest New York City’s Marx Brother’s festival and has written and lectured widely on the Marxes and their work. With his partner Amanda Sisk, he wrote and produced the Nero Fiddled musicals, a series of political satires. His previous books are 400 Years in Manhattan and Love Marches On.

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I first met this very talented Mr. Diamond while shooting an episode of the wonderful series ‘Vaudephone‘ which I co-produced with Trav SD. Here is Noah performing for us “The United Nations Song” for that series.

So now you can see why you should buy this book! Noah is brilliant in whatever he puts his mind to. And by the way you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn’t see the show coming this year.

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Here is Noah talking about the Marx Brothers and I’ll Say She Is during a Vaudevisuals interview.

OK! Go see the show when it opens and here is the information for you to buy his new book!

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Vaudevisuals Interview: Karen Jenson interviews Jenny Lee Mitchell

Karen Jenson interviews Jenny Lee Mitchell

Vaudevisuals visits Jenny Lee Mitchell for a great interview by Karen Jenson.
Jenny talks about her work, feelings about her career and direction she is taking
in her work.

Here is a video from the Vaudephone Series of Jenny performing her ‘Diedre Pazzesco’ character.

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

(Diedre Pazzesco played by Jenny Lee Mitchell)

Recorded at Dixon Place on October 25th, 2011.

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Photographs from the ‘Theatre The’ Production of RADIO PURGATORY in Oct. 2010 at Dixon Place.

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Jenny Lee Mitchell sings up a storm during the show TRAVESTIES of 2012.
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For more information on Jenny Lee Mitchell visit her website here!
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Flashback! Introducing Vaudephone – Episode 1 – Poor Baby Bree

Originally posted on April 12, 2012.
Created using freePostcard

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

Recorded at Dixon Place on October 25th, 2011.

Travis and I both really enjoyed making these Vaudephone videos but couldn’t find a ‘sponsor’ to finance the continuation of the productions. Based on the Vitaphone series that is currently being packaged on DVD. So here is the first one and I will be posting more of them in the coming weeks! Enjoy!

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Vaudephone presents Keith Nelson performing “Bowl Spinning”.

Keith Nelson from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs “Spinning Bowls” at The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

Keith Nelson hosts and performs on the 1st Monday of EVERY MONTH at The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show at Dixon Place.

For more information go here!

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the

American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

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Adam Kuchler performs “Cigar Box Manipulations” – A Vaudephone Presentation

Adam Kuchler from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs 'Cigar Box Juggling' at Dixon Place.
Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche
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Adam Kuchler will be performing with the Grand 20th Annual
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret
March 13 – 16th, 2014
@
Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Avenue
COME OUT AND SEE A GREAT SHOW!
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Keith Nelson performs ‘The Glass Balance’ – A Vaudephone Presentation


Keith Nelson from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus performs The Glass Balance at Dixon Place.
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Keith Nelson will be performing with the Grand 20th Annual

 Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret

 March 13 – 16th, 2014

@

Brooklyn Lyceum

227 4th Avenue

COME OUT AND SEE A GREAT SHOW!

For more information go HERE!

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Bathtub Jen and The Henchman – A Vaudephone Presentation

Bringing back the Vaudephone series one more time! Here is Bathtub Jen and the Henchman.

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

Recorded at Brooklyn Lyceum on January 29th, 2014

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2013 – Highlights of the Year

Below is a list of ‘Highlights’ from the 2013 posts.

The categories are all here. Vaudevisuals Interviews, Clown UnMask, Performance documentation, Silent Movies etc.

November 2013 marked the 4th Year Anniversary of Vaudevisuals.com. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

 

Tammy Faye Starlite @ Joe’s Pub

 Circus Panel Discussion – From Egypt to Eloise @ La Maison Francaise.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Glen Heroy – Talking about Santa

Vaudevisuals Interview with Phoebe Legere

Vaudevisuals Interview with storyteller Slash Coleman

1922 Max Fleischer Animation – Koko Bubbles

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ryan Landry – The Gold Dust Orphans

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Bushwick Starr Artistic Director – Noel Allain

 ‘tinydangerousfun’ at Cloud City

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Jeff Wirth – Interactive Acting

 Scandinavian Clown group ‘Member of our Limbs’ performs at Amuse Bouche

 ‘The Sister Rosettas’ perform at IRT Theater

 Vaudevisuals interview with Celebration Barn board member Fritz Grobe

 Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain

 Vaudevisuals interview with actor Jeremy Crutchley and director Geoffrey Hyland

 Vaudevisuals interview with Josh Luxenberg – Co-founder of The Tank

Vaudevisuals Interview with Steven Samuels – ‘Magnetic Field Theater Company’

Kinematik Dance Company performs at The Fringe Festival

Vaudevisuals Interview with Lone Wolf Tribe Artistic Director Kevin Augustine

Vaudevisuals interview with Svea Schnider – Kinematik Dance Company

Vaudevisuals interview with ‘La Piara’ – Mexico City based Clown Troupe

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs DVD Curator

Alfred Hitchcock’s films BLACKMAIL and EASY VIRTUE.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Clay McCleod Chapman

Charlie Chaplin’s first silent film “Making a Living”.

“Juggle This” – Miller Theater @ Columbia University

Vaudevisuals Interview with Gregg Mozgala – Apothetae Theater Company

“Strange for Hire” at Times Scare with Todd Robbins

Kawana Trio – Foot Jugglers circa 1919.

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Tom Murrin Performance Awards @ Dixon Place

The Clown Un_Mask – Didi Sanchezco from Mexico

Vaudevisuals interview with Rob Drummond – Bullet Catch @ 59E59 Theaters

PS122 ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ at Abrons Arts Center

Pierre Etaix films @ Film Forum

Vaudephone – Michael Townsend Wright performing ‘Smith and Dale’.

Vaudevisuals interview with Kendall Cornell – Oil of Ole’.

The Clown Un_Mask – Avner the Eccentric

Vaudevisuals interview with Armitage Shanks

Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at Signature Theater

Marcel Marceau teaches at City Center – June 1999

Vaudevisuals interview with performance group ANIMALS.

Vaudevisuals interview with magician Albert Cadabra

PS 122 – COIL FESTIVAL – The Curator’s Piece -Video excerpt

Vaudevisuals interview with Nancy Giles

Peggy Shaw solo performance at Dixon Place – “RUFF”…

The Big Apple Circus _ LEGENDARIUM _ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

 

 

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Michael Townsend Wright – Smith and Dale’s “Dr. Kronkite” routine

Vaudephone is a co-production of Vaudevisuals.com and the American Vaudeville Theatre/Travalanche

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Recorded at Cornelia Street Cafe on Feb. 26th, 2013
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