[Mafia, Drag] The Club 82 Revue

[Mafia, Drag] The Club 82 Revue

New York: Club 82, [early 1960s]. Offset with black and white photos throughout. 8 7/8 x 11 5/8 in. Saddle-stapled. 15 pp. Very good. Item #5826

Club 82 was a celebrated drag club in New York City, opened in 1953 and active throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The club was operated
by the mafia to skirt the laws which prohibited gay clubs and female impersonation. Kitt Russell, who Walter Winchell named “America’s top femme mimic” in 1951, directed, staged and produced the ‘Club 82 Revue,’ which quickly built a reputation as a desired hangout for celebrities who wanted a walk on the wild side, including Errol Flynn, Liz Taylor and Montgomery Clift. This program includes full page photography and insights of the Revue’s cast

A well preserved artifact of NYC’s legendary early drag scene.

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