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Cyclonic, Readings from Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay

Date: April 18, 2015

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA

Tickets: $20.00 General Admission

Author Andrew Erdman

Cyclonic turns an ordinary book signing into something livelier: a musical show!

Join MIFA Victory Theatre and Wistariahurst Museum for an unforgettable evening of a unique musical experience titled Cyclonic. A dramatized stage rendering of four scenes from the book The Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay, told with music by acclaimed songwriter and musician Mary Lorson.

Holyoke’s own Eva Tanguay (1878-1947) was the biggest star of the vaudeville stage, a variety-format entertainment that was hugely popular in the years 1880-1920. Of French-Canadian heritage, her family moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts. Here, amid thousands of immigrants, Eva became a child performer. By 1900 she gained notice for her quick timing and boisterous energy, and she entered vaudeville as a featured star, partly on the success of her hit song “I Don’t Care.” Eva took vaudeville by storm and was soon the highest-paid performer in vaudeville. Eva continued to break box office records and draw legions of adoring fans, even though her hair-trigger temper, iconoclasm, and perfectionism often earned her the rancor of managers, censors, and peers.

A Collaboration between MIFA Victory Theatre and Wistariahurst.


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