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The Bon Soir Reopens

News/June 2012

 
Owners of the recently opened Pink Elephant night club in Greenwich Village were quick to honor the history of their new venue.
 

 

Familiar Sounds Across the Pond

July 21, 2012  

Carla Del Villaggio (New York)

Carla Del Villaggio is a marvelous tribute artist who recently re-opened the Bon Soir in New York. Her vocals and fantastic costumes help create a spot on illusion as Barbra. Carla will be appearing at the West Bank Cafe on July 25 with her show, Barbra, Back to Broadway.

For more information about Carla, visit her web site at  simplystreisand.net.

Lisa Faye (London)

Lisa Faye recently ended a successful run in the West End with her show, "Streisand - The Main Event." Lisa tells us her show "is a musical celebration, not a tribute act." She will reprise her London show (for one night only) at Upstairs At The Gatehouse in Highgate Village on Aug. 11.

To learn more about Lisa, and for ticket information, visit
lisa-faye.com.



Inside the (new) Bon Soir

June 27, 2012
On June 4, Streisand impersonator Carla del Villaggio headlined a tribute to the real Barbra Streisand at New York's newest nightclub, Bon Soir at the Pink Elephant. It's the same location that was the original Bon Soir back in the 1960s and the place where Barbra Streisand got her start as a professional singer.


At the (new) Bon Soir: Carla del Villaggio as Barbra

Carla has posted a video from her performance of June 4th - our first updated glimpse inside the hallowed (but renovated) showroom.

Go to Carla's
Facebook page and see what the inside of Bon Soir looks like today.

 

 

 

Bon Soir Reopens ... with Barbra Tribute

June 7, 2012
The Pink Elephant nightclub opened last week in the space once occupied by legendary Bon Soir. Barbra Streisand, of course, achieved monumental notoriety at the Bon Soir during the early days of her career.

And this past Monday, the new owners were quick to pay homage to both Barbra and the Bon Soir with a special tribute evening. The exclusive invitation to the event reads as follows:

In 1960, an unknown singer named Barbra Streisand was discovered in a little Greenwich Village nightclub called the Bon Soir.

Things worked out well for Barbra, but the Bon Soir closed in the 60's. A brand new club, Pink Elephant, has just opened in the legendary space.

Tonight, the Bon Soir is back. And so is Barbra, for one night only. Please join us for cocktails as Carla delVillaggio stars in an extraordinary recreation of Streisand's most iconic moments.

 


Bon Soir to Reopen

April 12, 2012
Did you ever wish you could visit the old Bon Soir nightclub in New York? Well, soon you'll be able to do just that. The famed Greenwich nightclub where Barbra Streisand achieved early success as a nightclub performer is set to reopen under another name on May 31.

The 4,000 square-foot space once occupied by The Bon Soir will open as a trendy Village nightclub called Pink Elephant. The new club will offer "intimate, elegant, cabaret-style entertainment ... paying homage to the Village and nostalgic history when people dressed up for a night out on the town." Pink Elephant is a favorite destination for jetsetters with clubs in Brazil, Mexico, and soon Las Vegas and Dubai.

The old Bon Soir location has been boarded up and dormant for decades. The opening of a new nightclub in the same space - 50 years after she last appeared there - will give people another opportunity to explore and rediscover Barbra Streisand's Greenwich Village roots. In 2010, The Lion, where Barbra first sang as a paid performer reopened around the corner.

David Sarner, who heads Pink Elephant, spoke about the opening with Steve Lewis of
blackbookmag.com:

"We wanted a venue that was easily accessible to get to and, just as importantly, leave, so we didnít want to be too close to anyone else. The 8th street location is perfect because itís directly between the Meatpacking District and the Lower East Side, and itís very accessible from both 5th and 6th Avenues. Additionally, the whole block is going upscale with the team from The Bowery Hotel opening a boutique hotel on the block, the team from Masa opening an amazing new Japanese restaurant, Stumptown Coffee Roasters is opening adjacent to Pink Elephant, as well as several other places which are in various stages of development. The space itself is unique because it has a tremendous history in the annals of New York nightlife for being the home of a number of famous venues for over a hundred years. I loved the idea of paying tribute and rediscovering the history of this great venue.

In the 1920s, it was Rominy Marieís, a club for all the great political thinkers, artists, poets, designers and bon vivants of the day, including Eugene OíNeil, Picasso, Calder, Brancusi, Duchamp, E.E. Cummings, Noguchi, Stieglitz, de Kooning, and tons of other major talents that are still remembered today by a single name.

Then, in the 1950s and Ď60s it was the Bon Soir, a cabaret that had some of the hottest talents of the day. Barbra Streisand actually got her start in this very room. Pink Elephant will also feature weekly cabaret performances that are directly reflective of entertainment from the jazz era through the 1960s, from torch song singers, songstresses, and other styles of entertainment, more Cafť Carlyle than The Box. In fact, in June, our first cabaret event is with Carla DelVillaggio whose Streisand-channeled performances are amazing and uncanny."

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