The 7 PM evening will center around the new tome "American Rose, A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee," by journalist Karen Abbott. Lee's own memoir turned into the source material for the Tony Award-winning musical Gypsy. Live from the NYPL director Paul Holdengraber will interview Abbott as part of an evening that will explore Gypsy's early years on the vaudeville circuit as Louise Hovick to her life as the nation's most celebrated ecdysiast.
The event will also feature performances by Jo "Boobs" Weldon, the headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque and author of "The Burlesque Handbook," who will offer a burlesque tribute to Gypsy; three-time "Burlesque Hall of Fame" trophy winner Miss Tickle (who will pop out of a cake); burlesque performer Bambi Jones; The Rhinestone Follies; burlesque musician and historian Albert Garzon; "King of Boylesque" Tigger!; and "Burlesque Mayor of NYC" Jonny Porkpie.
For tickets, priced $25, click here. The event will take place in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.