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.