Among the bands we saw, which have played at Wit’s End parties in the past, were the Grand Street Stompers, Glenn Crytzer and the Pegu Club All-Stars, and Myriam Phiro. Some of the fantastic musicians that made the scene that have been part of many Wit’s End nights were Gordon Au, Mike Davis, and Nick Russo. A tip of the cap to the organizers and band-wrangler, Amy Winn.
Photos by Don Spiro.
West Chelsea is the location for the final Wit’s End party of 2015, a special event we’re calling the Manhattan Harvest and featuring two hot bands led by a Jesse or Jessy: Jesse Gelber and The Astor Boys! Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess!
Presented by Jesse Gelber, Lee Chappell, and Wit’s End™ the night of hot jazz, live burlesque, dancing and cocktails will be at The Fillmore Room on Friday, November 20, 2015. Enjoy vintage cocktails, a huge dance floor, and hot jazz all night long.
The Fillmore Room occupies the old Moran’s building near the Highline, at the intersection of 19th Street and 10th Avenue.
Tickets: $15 each, available at the door and online.
Date: Nov 20, 2015
Place: The Fillmore Room
Address: 146 10th Avenue (at 19th Street), New York, NY 10001
Hey, everyone! Performer, playwright and author (No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous) Trav S. D. is in a new film that needs extras with period attire for a 1920s party scene the second weekend in April.
For men: a 1920s black tie look for well to do gangsters. Tuxedos (non-tails)with vests, high waisted pants, etc…
For ladies, a late 1920s elegant flapper look. Drop waist, non-corset, flapper look with exposed arms.
***It’s a period scene so no tattoos, piercings, dyed hair or anything anachronistic!***
If you’re available, contact Karen Flood at email@example.com and send info and a photo.
54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Kimberly Faye Greenberg in “Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories of Fanny Brice.” In this intimate “Fanny Brice” solo show, Kimberly shares her extensive research not as another tribute, but to personally reveal Fanny’s heart and humor, soul and song. Look into the life and relationships of the legendary Fanny Brice, greatest Jewish singing comedienne of her time and inspiration for the musical Funny Girl.
Fabulous Fanny: The Songs And Stories Of Fanny Brice
Experience the closest you’ll ever get to the legendary Fanny Brice on stage!
February 12, 2015
54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club
254 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tickets and information are available here. (There is a $5 discount by typing greenberg5 at checkout). There is a $25-$35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Premium tickets are currently available for $60. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00pm are available by calling (646) 476-3551.
“Kimberly is the first and only actress ever to star in two legitimate Off-Broadway musicals at the same time with leading roles in Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical (as Sylvia Fine, a role she played for over three years), and the solo show One Night with Fanny Brice (receiving a Patrick Lee IBTA Best Solo Performance Award nomination amongst fellow nominees, John Leguizamo, Michael Shannon and Michael Birbiglia). Like her own personal muse, Kimberly will once again portray Fanny Brice in the Broadway-bound musical Ghostlight by Matthew Martin and Wunderkind’s Tim Realbuto. She has been involved in the workshop and reading stages of Ghostlight for several years, and originated the role in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) production at The Signature Theatre in 2011.”
Wit’s End™ is proud to help promote the return of live Jazz Age music on Broadway!
Grammy® Award winner Fantasia (The Color Purple) makes her highly anticipated return to the stage alongside Emmy® Award nominee Dulé Hill (“The West Wing”) in AFTER MIDNIGHT, the Broadway production of Encores! critically acclaimed Cotton Club Parade. With 25 sensational singers and dancers and an exciting roster of Special Guest Star headliners, this heart-pounding new musical brings the sexy, smoky glamour of Harlem’s Golden Age to a whole new generation.
At the heart of AFTER MIDNIGHT is The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, an orchestra of 17 world-class musicians hand-picked by nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis. The timeless songs of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Cab Calloway and their contemporaries––woven together by the prose of Langston Hughes––come to life in an evening of cutting-edge song and dance. This thrilling experience puts you at the center of one of Harlem’s legendary nightclubs, in a hotbed of Jazz––its intoxicating rhythms, its innovative style, its unpredictable danger and fun.
Award-winning fashion designer Isabel Toledo reinvents the distinctive looks of the era with dazzling, one-of-a-kind costumes. And, as directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, AFTER MIDNIGHT blurs the line between past and present to prove that Jazz is more than music… it’s a state of mind.
THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 18
@ THE BELL HOUSE
Nasty Canasta, Wasabassco, & Wit’s End™ present WASABASSCO’s KONG: a full theatrical burlesque tribute to 1933’s King Kong at The Bell House, in celebration of the film’s 80th anniversary.
Written & Directed by Nasty Canasta and starring Hazel Honeysuckle, Handsome Jim Greene, Nasty Canasta, Evelyn Vinyl, Penny Wren, Sapphire Jones, Go-Go Harder, Kita St. Cyr, Mala Morrigan, Marlo Marquise, Medianoche, Mr. Gorgeous, Great Dane, Creamed Stu, and more!
Plus KONG: The Eighth Wonder of The World!
With a VIP pre-show party including a talk by world renowned Kong expert Ray Morton.
VIP pre party 8-9pm. Doors for show at 9pm
$25 GA / $50 VIP
Tickets available here: http://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/380111-wasabasscos-kong-brooklyn/
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
This month at Wit’s End…The Seersucker Soiree!
Live1920s jazz. Vintage cocktails. Period attire and dancing. Don’t miss the monthly Wit’s End party, Saturday, June 29th with live hot jazz from Gordon Au and the Grand Street Stompers (with Tamar Korn)!
Celebrate the social life of the Jazz Age with Wit’s End. Come in your finest vintage or vintage-inspired evening attire and celebrate in style! Dance to music from the era and sip classic cocktails. Dress Code: Vintage/Vintage-inspired (gentlemen coat & tie; ladies eveningwear) and, of course, seersucker!
Our hostess is the sassiest showgirl in town, Kita St Cyr! She sets the tone for a fun night of Prohibition Era revelry. Bring your friends to experience New York’s best vintage night.
Doors open at 7
free dance lessons at 8:30!
Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St, New York, New York 10019
Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.
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and for the Fourth of July, Wit’s End is proud to co-sponsor “The Liberty Belle Extravaganza!”
The Salon, Wit’s End and The Champagne Riot present
THE LIBERTY BELLE EXTRAVAGANZA
A Vintage Fourth of July Rooftop Spectacular This year, we’ll be lighting up not one, but TWO of NYC’s hottest rooftops with the finest in hot music, vintage entertainment and raucous patriotic revelry!
We’ve also partnered with Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, for even more dancing, & live big band music!
Info is available at http://libertybelleextravaganza.com/index2.html
Announcing a special addition to the Wit’s End: Vintage Nouveau party on the 27th – THE GREAT GATSBY! A representative will be on hand from the new film adaptation to give away t-shirts, posters, drink shakers and more!
From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker created his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before. Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio (“Django Unchained,” “Aviator”) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; and Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan. In theaters May 10. www.thegreatgatsbymovie.com
Looking for a fun, vintage Fat Tuesday party? Wit’s End is putting the word out that author Jamie Brenner is having a book release party for her debut novel The Gin Lovers (St. Martin’s Press) on Tuesday at Madame X. Reviewers are hailing the book as Downton Abbey meets 50 Shades set in 1920s Manhattan.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6-9 p.m.
Address: 94 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012
The party will be a speakeasy type affair with period music, drink specials, and prizes for best vintage attire.
From the publisher about The Gin Lovers:
It’s 1925, and the Victorian era with its confining morals is all but dead. Unfortunately, for New York socialite Charlotte Delacorte, the scandalous flapper revolution is little more than a headline in the tabloids. Living with her rigid and controlling husband William, her Fifth Avenue townhouse is a gilded cage. But when William’s rebellious younger sister, the beautiful and brash Mae, comes to live with them after the death of their mother, Charlotte finds entrée to a world beyond her wildest dreams – and a handsome and mysterious stranger whom she imagines is as confident in the bedroom as he is behind the bar of his forbidden speakeasy.
Jamie Brenner, under the pen name Logan Belle, wrote the erotic trilogy Blue Angel (Kensington), followed by the erotic romance Bettie Page Presents: The Librarian (Simon & Schuster/PocketStar).