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Maui Stage sizzles

'One Hot Winter's Night III' and 'Broadway Pops' turn up the heat

January 16, 2014
By MICHAEL PULLIAM ( , For The Maui News

While working as a volunteer usher twenty-some years ago in San Francisco, I met a woman named Millie Weitz. She was 89 at the time and had starred in the 1937 Broadway production of Harold Rome's "Pins and Needles." She shared many stories from the era and showed me a photo of her sitting on FDR's lap. Millie's youngest sister was recruited by the real-life Mama Rose of "Gypsy" fame (Rose Hovick) for "Rose Louise and her Hollywood Blondes," (bottles of peroxide were involved). A few years later, the Broadway tour of "Showboat," starring Kirby Ward, came to San Francisco's historical Orpheum Theater. When you factor Mama's dream "in Mr. Orpheum's office," the bright lights of 1930s Broadway, the decline of vaudeville and the phoenix-rise from the ashes by Gypsy Rose Lee, I can't help but connect these memories with the upcoming weekend of entertainment on Maui.



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