After a postponement of six months, Penguin Repertory will premiere the new musical, Mae West at the Club El Fey, April 22-May 30 with Jim Bailey in the West role.
The show, which at one time starred Sally Mayes, was originally scheduled to run Nov. 22-Dec. 13, 1998. Mayes, Tony nominated for She Loves Me, left in early November because of "artistic differences." She was replaced by Nora Mae Lyng, a veteran of Forbidden Broadway. Now the role has changed not only hands, but genders.
Mae West, with songs by Ellen May Schwartz and Bonnie Lee Sanders and a book by Joe Brancato, is set in a New York nightclub the eve of West's departure for Hollywood, where she would become an internationally-acclaimed star and sex symbol.
Co-starring with Bailey are Steven Ted Beckler and Terry Waldo, who also serves as the piece's musical director.
The design team includes Matthew Maraffi (sets), Jeffrey Nellis (lighting), Johnna Doty (sound), Anne Guay and William Pesce (costumes). Brooke Fulton is the stage manager. Tickets are $20. For reservations to Mae West at the Club El Fey, call (914) 786-2873. Penguin Repertory is located on Crickettown Road in Stony Point.
--By Christine Ehren