The Lady in Red

A very special show is on its way to the Granada. It’s called PAZZAZZ and it was written by longtime Montecito resident Milt Larsen and two-time Academy Award winning songwriter Richard M. Sherman.

PAZZAZZ is something the two men have worked on and off with for nearly fifty years. It’s the story of Joe Weber and Lou Fields of Weber & Fields, one of the biggest acts in the country from the late 1890s to the early part of the twentieth century. They owned and operated the Weber & Fields Music Hall on 14th Street, near Broadway, which featured “burlesques” of the shows made popular in the more traditional Broadway theaters uptown. Some of the biggest names in show business – Lillian Russell, George M. Cohan, and many others – performed there. That they agreed to appear in the Weber & Fields productions was a source of friction that PAZZAZZ is centered upon.

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