Readings from Queen of Vaudeville:The Story of Eva Tanguay
at Wistariahurst Museum
Sponsored by MIFA Victory Theatre
Please join us for an unforgettable evening of a unique musical experience. Cyclonic is a dramatized stage rendering of four scenes from the book The Queen of Vaudeville: the Story of Eva Tanguay, told with music and pictures. Reservations required! Click the ticket button above or call Wistariahurst Museum at 413-322-5660.
Author Andrew Erdman came up with the idea of turning an ordinary book signing into a something livelier: a musical show. Acclaimed songwriter and musician Mary Lorson has a family connection to Eva Tanguay’s entourage and has written songs inspired by Eva, as well as interpreted a number of the tunes that helped Tanguay to become the “cyclonic comedienne” of the vaudeville stage. Cyclonic not only gives a taste of the book The Queen of Vaudeville and a sample of Mary Lorson’s performing talents, but also revives the spirit of Eva Tanguay, the mighty queen of vaudeville—if only for an evening.
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, she entered vaudeville as a feature 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 through her hair-trigger temper, iconoclasm, and perfectionism often earned her the rancor of managers, censors, and peers. www.queenofvaudeville.com
MIFA Victory Theatre has been a great enthusiast of Eva Tanguay and in April of 2013, collaborated with PorterHouse Media and Zach MacDonald (Milltown Productions) on the original film Holyoke Stars of the Silent Screen: