Direct from CHICAGO!!!
All Tickets: $45
Starring Millicent Hunnicutt
Jimmy Ferraro, in association with Hendersonville Theatre, Presents
Book by Joanne Koch
Music by Ilya Levinson
Lyrics by Owen Kalt
March 8-9, 2024
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm
Directed and Staged by: Jimmy Ferraro
Approximate Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Rating: Mature due to adult situations, humor, and language
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 a 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.
Jimmy Ferraro (Producer/Director) Jimmy is a theatrical stage director with over 100 productions to his credit, most recently My Big Fat Italian Wedding Murder which ran for 2 years in Florida and most recently in Chicago. He also produced and directed the hit New York premiere of Raunchy Little Musical…Belle Barth is Back!, which opened in Chicago in the Fall of 2023.
His credits as a producer and director are an outgrowth of decades as a professional performer throughout the U.S. and overseas, including Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre. He made his Broadway debut in Fiddler On The Roof, directed by Jerome Robbins. Jimmy appeared in two Broadway national tours of Fiddler, with over 3000 performances to his credit. He starred as Tevye, (his signature role), in Fiddler in the 2012 National Tour, (winning Broadway World’s Best Actor in a Musical Award). He is also known throughout the country for his roles as Sancho Panza in Man Of La Mancha, Nicely-Nicely in Guys And Dolls, each of which he has played more than 1000 performances and as Edna in . Jimmy and his wife, Broadway actress Dee Etta Rowe, now make their home in Hendersonville.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Phil Potempa:
”Congratulations to…director Jimmy Ferraro! What an opening weekend! Belle Barth is smiling right now somewhere in the universe!”
FLORIDA THEATRE REVIEW – Jerry Cowling
“Jimmy Ferraro’s new production is one you will talk about for years. You will tell friends and relatives you were there the night Raunchy Little Musical Belle Barth Is Back! debuted. Don’t miss it. This is theatre history in the making.”
NEW YORK- BROADWAY WORLD – Anthony Hazzard
“Comedienne Belle Barth is back in “Raunchy Little Musical,” a lighthearted hysterical show celebrating her extraordinary life. Jimmy Ferraro‘s direction is fast and fun full of quick changes, classic storytelling and pure comedy. At the end of show, I’m sure the audience’s cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling just as much as ours. In fact, it was hard to keep a straight face during the ninety minutes and we never got a chance to breathe in between jokes. Belle’s legacy will live forever and the authors of “Raunchy Little Musical” made sure that Belle’s audience gets the last laugh!”
THEATRE REVIEW – TAMPA – Joseph Parra
“Please go see “Raunchy Little Musical”. You will never enjoy dirty words and raunchy humor so much again in your bleepin’ lives!!!”
Alex Koffman, music director of Maxwell Street Klezmer band –CHICAGO
It’s a marvelous show from every aspect: the mood, the class, the atmosphere and the time reflection, the acting, singing, playwright, staging and of course the music and delivery. It’s got everything for everyone. It immerses you into the world of beautiful America of 50’s and 60’s, giving you the real slice of culture, history and most importantly pure heartfelt good laughs and humor. Bravo to the whole talented crew! A great show!