BWW Previews: RAUNCHY LITTLE MUSICAL at PGA ARTS CENTER
Raunchy Little Musical - Belle Barth is Back! to Heat Up The PGA Arts Centre opening October 6th. Before Amy Schumer or Sarah Silverman...before Joan Rivers or Roseanne, Belle Barth was the original, irreverent female comic deflating anyone who dared take sex too seriously. 2 J Productions in association with E&M Theatricals will present Raunchy Little Musical - Belle Barth is Back, an evening with this pioneer of edgy comedy, at The PGA Arts Center, opening October 6, 2017.
Belle Barth burst onto the 1950s Miami Beach scene as the "female" Lenny Bruce. In Belle's words: "I talk dirty in a cute way!" The self-proclaimed founder of "Ball Breakers Anonymous," this purveyor of dirty jokes who topped the charts of the Adults Only record section, had an attitude that made her off-limits for Ed Sullivan. Her records were the forbidden fruit of the Fifties-with 3 million of her "party records" serving as sex education for today's baby boomers; her nightclub act was SRO from Miami to Chicago, New York to Vegas to LA.
Born Annabelle Salzman, Belle started performing at Borscht Belt hotels and small nightclubs at age 16. She initially billed herself as a singer-pianist who also did impersonations; but when Barth mixed her talents for music and comedy with a splash of 'red hot mama' spice, her career began to flourish. She travelled throughout the United States with her nightclub act as she strove to please her mother by appearing at Carnegie Hall...which she did...almost.
Fun Facts: In 1953, Belle Barth was arrested and fined 25 dollars for her act; several other cases against her were thrown out of court, including one lawsuit for 1.6 million dollars, brought by two schoolteachers who claimed that Barth's act had corrupted them morally and harmed their health.
Raunchy Little Musical is an evening with this pioneer of comedy, peppered with plenty of Belle Barth's original jokes, and interspersed with poignant moments from her private life and loves, as well as high and low comedy. With signature Belle Barth songs plus original numbers by Grammy-nominated composer Ilya Levinson with lyrics by Owen Kalt, the script of Raunchy Little Musical was penned by Joanne Koch, author of the Off-Broadway show Sophie, Totie & Belle.
Backed by a three-piece on-stage band, award winning actor/singer/comedienne, Sara DelBeato belts the "ditties of the titties" and grabs Belle's character by...well, you know! For more information about Raunchy Little Musical - Belle Barth is Back! visit https://www.raunchylittlemusical.com.
Tickets for Raunchy Little Musical are on sale now, and can be purchased on line at www.pgaartscenter.com or by calling 1-855-448-7469. For group sales (10+), call 407-688-1951. Ticket prices range from $49-$54. Save $7 per ticket Wednesday and Thursday Nights! Groups 10+ - Save 50% - October 6 - 8 Only!
Raunchy Little Musical - Belle Barth is Back!
Opening: October 6
By Joanne Koch
Music by Ilya Levinson, Lyrics by Owen Kalt
Tickets: $49 - $54
Tickets: 1-855-448-7469 / www.pgaartscenter.com
Group Sales: 407-688-1951
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 pm,
Photo of Sara DelBeato as Belle Barth (Photo credit: Jimmy Ferraro)