BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- The historic Lyric Theater played host to some of the most famous Vaudeville acts on the 20th century. After years of sitting idle, a recent effort to renovate the building is underway. “Light Up The Lyric” uses donations to restore the exterior and interior, and Friday night they got a boost from an unusual source. The Birmingham Vaudeville Company sponsored a “freak show” at Black Market Southside. “This is very much like a Vaudeville show,” said one of the performers, Cutthroat. ”We are definitely a variety show.”
The entertainers perform stunts ranging from fire-eating to a strong woman act using…unconventional….methods. “Usually talents like this are found out by sheer curiosity or by a bet,” said the shows emcee, Xander Lovecraft, with a laugh.
While the performances are very different, the passion that drives these artists is the same one that kept The Lyric open for decades. “There’s a lot more that goes into than just doing stupid things to ourselves,” said another performer, Candy Pants. ”It’s definitely an art form.”
For more information on how to donate to The Lyric Theater’s renovation, visit www.lightupthelyric.com .