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LANE:
Since I went into ‘Gypsy’
so fast,I was constantly trying to catch up. Ethel Merman, 
on the other hand, had her performance all mapped out.
It never changed. She would 
never look me in the eyes.
She would only look at my
forehead. Here I was learning all theseincredible things at 
The Actors Studio, but 
Ethel Merman wouldn’t even
look me in the eyes?

I found this fascinating,  because
she could always tear up during
“Rose’s Turn.” I used to stand in
the wings every night and watch her,
wondering how this
performer, who wouldn’t connect with me at all on stage,
could be so emotionally available during her song?

It didn’t make sense.
But then nothing made sense
to me at the time.

Everything was confusing.

In 1959, a young Southern Debutante was cast in what was to become one of the greatest musicals of all time. How Lane Bradbury went from Atlanta High Society to creating the role of Dainty June in the original production of Gypsy (directed by Jerome Robbins and starring Ethel Merman) is told in this musical memoir, which Lane has performed to wildly enthusiastic audiences from the Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles to the intimate 54 Below in New York.

Here's a few minutes from the May 8, 2015 performance at 54 Below:
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU AGAIN

"The show is written for her by Doug DeVita, who creates just the right pace and tone. ...Though the stories themselves are Lane’s own, DeVita deftly shapes the evening by giving them a sophisticated framework from which to sing out, baby, between songs by Jule Styne, Steven Schwartz, and Harold Karr."
Dorian Palumbo | Drama Queens Reviews

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"Bradbury’s remembrances have been arranged
in an appealingly structured script by Doug DeVita
that weaves in a string of smartly chosen songs —standards as well as special material."

– Mark Dundas Wood | BistroAwards.com
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"Her stories are fun, especially when she talks about her time in the original Broadway production of Gypsy... Doug did an excellent job of weaving Lane's life into Let Me Entertain You, Again."
– Adam Rothenberg | Call Me Adam
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"Returning finally to the city she once had so much enthusiasm for (she celebrates her arrival with a breathless, joyous version of “Another Hundred People”), she enchants the audience with her stories and songs."

– Bart Greenberg | Night Life Exchange
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"Don't Tell Mama set the stage for Lane Bradbury, Broadway’s original “Dainty June” to entertain audiences. ...enhanced by Joe Goodrich’s accompaniment and Doug DeVita’s writing, expertly weaving Bradbury’s past to complement the score."
– Amy Carothers | NYC Travels
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"Between solid performances of touchstone career highlights, she teases with coy but juicy reminiscences of backstage drama and tough life choices worthy of their own musical. In the words of Sondheim, 'You'll have a real good time, yes sir!'"
Bob Ost | Theater Resources Unlimited


"You should let Lane Bradbury entertain you again because she continues to light up the stage with an energy & enthusiasm like no other!"
– Adam Rothenberg | Call Me Adam


"Gorgeous – the way she sings, speaks and captivates an audience... Bradbury invites us into her life, so that we feel the impulses of her imagination, the joy, the heartbreak and the triumph. And we learn to accept the reality that life isn't all roses – but we need that part, too, in order for the roses to grow into their fullness and strength."
– Cynthia Bond Perry, Author / Dance Reviewer | Arts Atlanta

 

To information about booking this show, contact Stephen Hanks at Cabaret Life Productions

RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes

And check out Lane's website:
LANEBRADBURY.WIX.COM

 

CABARET / ONE WOMAN SHOW

Photos © 2013 Angelique Antoniou

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