The Star of Happiness Theme Song

Michelle-Leona Godin in The Star of Happiness: Helen Keller on Vaudeville?!

The Star of Happiness Theme song was written for Helen’s vaudeville act in 1920 and was recorded for us by the lovely voiced Christina B of the Starlight Girls.

The Star of Happiness: Helen Keller on Vaudeville?!

Historical fact and schoolyard humor collide in dr. michelle-leona godin’s autobiographical treatment of Helen Keller’s time on vaudeville. This one woman, two voice, three act play gropes toward an understanding of what it’s like to be the blind spectacle. Irreverent humor rubs up against reverential admiration in the patchwork of jokes, philosophy, biography and the sound and vision scapes that call attention to both the joys and superficialities of the sensory experience.

written & performed by
michelle-leona godin

Tech Designer
Luckydave

Image Curator & Designer
David Lowe

Lovely Assistant
Igor GuideDog

music by
Christina B & michelle-leona godin

directed by
Randi Rivera

The Star of Happiness is proud to be part of Horse Trade Theater’s APAP Showcase and Encore Series

Saturday, January 7 @ 7pm
Friday, January 13 @ 8pm

The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, NYC

For tickets: www.smarttix.com

For more info on Horse Trade & The Kraine Theater: www.horsetrade.info

Announcements: The Star of Happiness is Near!

The Star of Happiness: Helen Keller on Vaudeville?! is an autobiographical treatment of Helen Keller’s time on Vaudeville wherein historical fact and schoolyard humor collide.  Yes, contrary to what you might think is the normal state of the universe, Helen Keller really did perform on vaudeville stages for four years (1920-1924).  Truth is at least as strange as fiction!

So please come see this one-woman, two voice show that I’ve been working on for two years.  You will probably laugh, you may even cry, chances are you will be highly entertained, learn something in the process, and will in all likelihood be left disconcerted, intrigued  and a huge fan of Helen Keller!

The Star of Happiness is a proud participant in this year’s miniFridge taking place at Under St. Mark’s Theater June 29-July 4.

St*r Show Dates:

Friday, July 1 9pm

Saturday, July 2 7pm

Sunday, July 3 5pm

For tickets, and info on the other miniFridge participants please visit Horse Trade:

http://frigidnewyork.info/

& please help save Under St Mark’s Theater!:

http://www.indiegogo.com/SAVE-under-St-Marks

here’s our Save Under St Marks pitch courtesy of NY1:

http://manhattan.ny1.com/content/top_stories/137007/east-village-theater-looks-to-preserve–underground–space?ap=1&MP4

>>> 

Other great shows I’m in this month:

  • Awkwardly, acting as the musical guest at Tell Your Friends

Tuesday June 7, 8pm @ Lolita Bar, 266 Broome Street nyc

  • drunkenly, rocking faces off with my Accordion in the madness that is the BTK Band

Monday, June 13, 9pm @ Under St Marks, 94 St Marks, nyc

  • Humbly, sidekicking with my accordion @ KGB Presents Sideshow Goshko

Friday, June 17 @ KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, nyc

  • Appropriately, Helen Kellering it up @ Alter Ego Vaudeville Surreal

Sunday, June 19 @ Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge St nyc, 8pm

  • Enthusiastically, special guesting as The Star of Happiness @ Penny’s Open Mic

Tuesday, June 21 @ Under St Marks, 94 St Marks Street, nyc 9pm

  • Promotingly, titillating with a tidbit of The Star of Happiness @ Killy Vs. Kanada

Wednesday, June 29 @ Under St Marks, 94 St marks, nyc

Announcements: Happy Good Lovin Day!

This month you can find me at the following fantastic shows!

  • Me and my accordion back up the insanity that is:

THE BTK BAND
Monday, February 14th, 9pm
Under St. Marks Theater, $5
The BTK Band is NYC’s hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band. Raconteurs regale the audience with true stories from their lives while music and lyrics are improvised to turn their stories into songs. As if Tom Waits and The Moth delivered a baby from the gaping maw of Chaos. Stories from: Greg Leitman, Margot Leitman, Cyndi Freeman, Brad Lawrence, & Jenna Brister.

 

  • Me and my accordion play sidekick at:

KGB Bar presents SIDESHOW GOSHKO STORYTELLING SERIES
Friday, February 18th, 7pm
KGB Bar, FREE!
Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, NY Fringe Excellence Award, Sirius XM), invites some of NY’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s live accordion music, a challenging trivia game, and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce!

Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from: Steve Burns, Jim O’Grady, Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez, and Leslie Goshko

Time Out New York “Critic’s Pick”

New York Daily News “Editor’s Pick”

  • I’ll be the musical entertainment at:

1001 Nights

Saturday, Feb 26 @ 7 pm

in the upstairs theater at The Creek & The Cave in Long Island City, Queens.

Featured in LIC Magazine and the Queens Courier, 1001 Nights has been bringing quality storytelling to Queens since 2009. Hosts Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez and Ted McAdams have brought a new musical twist to the show starting in 2011, featuring musicians, musical improvisers, and other talented performers. Join us every third Saturday of the month in the fabled Creek Theater for the finest stories in sound.

Announcements Jan 2011: Happy New Year!

This month I’ll be appearing in the following shows, so come on out and say hi!

  • Thursday Jan 6, 10:30: the variety show to beat all: God Taste Like Chicken

Camp Chicken, God Tastes Like Kool Aid, with Paulina Princess of Power, Liam McEneaney, Killy Dwyer, Harry Terjanian, Noah Levin, Bill Chambers, Joe Yoga, Chanell Futrell, Ramtim Taheri, Jacob Jampel, Blair Frowner, Jen Perney, Michele Leona, Eve Blackwater, Rob Asaro, The Bitter Poet, and John Savoy  

@ Under St. Mark’s Theater, 94 ST. Mark’s Place – FREE!

  • Monday, January 10, 9pm – my accordion and I will be backing up the madness that is the BTK Band!

The BTK Band is NYC’s hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band. Raconteurs regale the audience with true stories from their lives while music and lyrics are improvised to turn their stories into songs. As if Tom Waits and The Moth delivered a baby from the gaping maw of Chaos.

@ Under St. Mark’s Theater, 94 St. Mark’s Place – $5

  • Tuesday, January 11 8pm: I’m the musical guest at the super funny Tell Your Friends!

It’s The Tom Shillue Story Hour, with Christian Finnegan, Liam McEneaney, Michele Carlo, Kambri Crews

at Lolita Bar – 266 Broome St @ Allen – $5

  • Friday, January 14, 7pm: resuming my duties as sidekick to the inimitable Leslie Goshko!

Come celebrate the 2 year anniversary of Sideshow Goshko

@ The KGB Bar 85 East 4th Street, 2nd floor – FREE!

And for a glimpse of my other life here’s a clip of the Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble’s guest appearance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral:

The Star of Happiness @ The December Event!

On Wed Dec 22, I’ll be unveiling the first few minutes of my upcoming one-woman, two-voice show about Helen Keller’s time on Vaudeville. 

The night is actually a competition which is why I hope you will come and vote for me.  I’m competing against some really wonderful performers, so YOU can’t lose!

We are competing for three coveted slots to put on a full-length show as a part of Horse Trade’s miniFRIDGE, which takes place in the summer.

The December Event:

Wed Dec 22, 7:30pm

@ The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street, nyc

This event will sell out, so please purchase tickets in advance at SmartTix, either by following the link:

http://frigidnewyork.info/

Or by calling:

212 868 4444

(Tickets are $15 which includes a free drink and a whole lotta show!)

Yours,

ml

The St*r of Happiness: Helen Keller on Vaudeville?!

“At first it seemed odd to find ourselves on the same bill with acrobats, monkeys, horses, dogs, and parrots; but our little act was dignified and people seemed to like it.” – Helen Keller from Midstream  

Was it dignified or degrading to deaf/blind people everywhere?

Was she a holdover from the freak show or legitimate entertainment?

Was she being exploited or using the opportunity to express her pinko politics?

Was she selling out or merely trying to earn a living?

Dr. michelle-leona godin does not presume to answer these questions but rather, through a series of performative readings of disparate texts, makes bold suggestions that force us to confront our deeply held, if often unconscious, attitudes towards the disabled body.

I thought this was supposed to be funny!?

There will be jokes.

Oh thank goodness I was getting worried.

But, in laughing at these jokes, you will experience a kind of joyful shame that is not so different from that of the freak who, for financial as well as egotistical reasons, feels a kind of painful gratitude towards the gaze of the gawkers who, fancying themselves normal cannot fail to identi—

Do you want an audience?

Yes please!

Then shut up!

Ok, but let me just say…

Written and performed by michelle-leona godin, The Star of Happiness is a one-woman, two-voice show inspired by Helen Keller’s time on vaudeville.

Video projections by David Lowe