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Bruce Vilanch, Thelma Houston Headline Farewell to The Factory’s Backlot



WEST HOLLYWOOD (Broadway World) — Back to the Backlot, a live musical comedy variety show, will bring back many of West Hollywood’s famed Backlot Theatre’s original showcase stars to commemorate the end of an era of one of the country’s most famous venues for live entertainment.

The event will mark the beginning of the preservation project known as Robertson Lane, which will re-build the venue formally known as The Factory and the famous Studio One Nightclub.

The historic building opened in 1929 as the home of Mitchell Cameras, an early and important movie camera maker for the large movie studios. It was then the Studio One nightclub/Backlot Theatre from the late 1970s through the 1990s.

Hosted by six-time Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch, the evening will feature appearances by some of the Backlot’s most memorable entertainers, including the one and only Madame (made famous by the late Wayland Flowers) and special guest Grammy Award-winning Motown legend Thelma Houston, along with (in alphabetical order) Clifford Bell, Angela Carole Brown, Ricky Comeaux, Charlo Crossley, Lori Donato, Paul Jacek, Jay Joseph, Beth Lapides, Irina Maleeva, Billy Masters, Steve Masterson, Gary Mortimer, The Original […]

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