Direct from Proctor’s 23rd Street Theatre for One Night Only: January 16, 1920
On the eve of prohibition, at the dawn of the jazz, in the midst of segregation, on the brink of a historic election, and with women about to gain the right to vote, one legendary vaudeville house attempts to chase away the troubles of a troubled nation, with a mulatto entertainer, a brassy vamp, a neurotic comic, a tap dancing duo, and a female song-and-dance act. Direct from Proctor’s gives vivid life to an iconic form of American entertainment and fuses it with documented articles of the day to illuminate this turbulent time in American history that has come to feel all too familiar.
In February 1843, music, comedy, and cork collided at the Bowery Amphitheatre, paving an audacious path toward the American musical. February ‘43 is a new documentary musical uncovering the sharp and spectacular history of the Minstrel Show, and celebrating the four talented individuals who inadvertently gave birth to this dark, daring, and dangerously powerful form of American popular entertainment.
West’s past projects include Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical and 45 Minutes from Coontown at the Theatre at Saint Peter’s; Unsung Carolyn Leigh for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook; Make Mine Manhattan and The Fig Leaves Are Falling at the Connelly Theatre; At Home Abroad at Symphony Space; Gatsby: The Songs in Concert at the New York Musical Festival; and How Now, Dow Jones at the New York International Fringe Festival.