Jimmy Ferraro, in association with Hendersonville Theatre, Presents
Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back!
Book by Joanne Koch
Music by Ilya Levinson
Lyrics by Owen Kalt
Directed by: Jimmy Ferraro
“I talk dirty in a cute way!” Belle Barth
Breaking the glass ceiling for Amy Schumer, Joan Rivers and The Marvelous Mrs. Masel, Belle Barth was the original irreverent female comic, Queen of the Borscht Belt, deflating anyone who dared take sex too seriously. Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back! is an hilarious and heartfelt show that chronicles the launch of the 50s Queen of Crass. It is an evening with this pioneer of edgy comedy anchored by an original score by Grammy-nominated composer Ilya Levinson, with plenty of Belle’s jokes and songs that topped the charts of the “adults only” record section… the “party records” your parents played when you were sent to bed. Inspired by her Jewish comedian father, Belle, a classically trained pianist, defined the odds (and her mother’s wishes for a career at Carnegie Hall). She rose to the top of a very limited genre of performers playing to packed clubs worldwide in an era when “women ain’t comics” culminating in a sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall..her greatest success and yet her demise.
Approximate Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Rating: Mature due to adult situations, humor, and language