The annual Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods occurs Sundays to Columbus Day from 11am to 4pm. Located approximately 90 minutes from New York City at the site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, the Festival is the perfect day trip or weekend getaway. Parking lots open at 10:30 a.m.
More details at: http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/
The first time Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) performed Abbott & Costello's "Who's on First?" was in 1975 at a high school play audition. He was a 16 year old kid with braces and a peach fuzz mustache trying to be Bud to his 17 year old friend's Lou.
In 1976, after winning a contest at the first Nostalgia Convention at The Statler-Hilton Hotel in New York City, Bev and friend performed Abbott & Costello all around the New York-New Jersey area and even did "Who's on First?" on WOR-TV's "The Joe Franklin Show".
"I had my braces removed the day before," admits Bev, who went to successful show business career.
Bev stopped performing Abbott & Costello after a falling out with his partner in 1980. The breakup was detailed in a story for National Public Radio.
This year, when Bev was cast as the MC of a Borscht Belt comedy show in his home of the Catskills, he was asked to pick a character to play.
"I chose to host the evening as Bud Abbott. Now I needed a Costello. My old partner was out of the question," explains Bev.
"Luckily, I found Bob Greenberg, an enormously talented comedian who has been doing Lou Costello his whole life with other Abbotts. Like me, Bob is a trained professional actor with major credits including Saturday Night Live."
Greenberg also was on "The Joe Franklin TV Show" in 1993 and he did impressions of Lou Costello and Curly Howard on the show.
For three nights, Bob & Joe performed not only "Who's on First?" together but wrote and improvised an entire night of hilarious audience pleasing comedy surrounding the music acts, dancers and magician.
They had never met before and only spoke on the phone twice. Yet they BECAME Abbott & Costello on stage!
They looked like them, sounded like them, listened to each other and improvised many great moments, and worked the audience as if we had been together forever.
"Our chemistry together was electric! We clicked!" beams Bev.
The pair even created a new Abbott & Costello bit we call "Luzon Station" and gave the two-hour show a subplot and a title: "Abbott & Costello in the Catskills".
All three performances were sold out and people turned away. The success has led to more! "Abbott & Costello in the Catskills" will soon be heard on NPR stations and released as an audiobook!
They also won the Coney Island Talent show a few weeks back with "Who's On First?" and are currently booked for six engagements beginning February 2012. TBA.
Now, Bob and Joe are ready and willing to become Abbott & Costello anywhere, anytime, for anyone!
They can custom tailor a show to any need and write new material to fit any occasion, plus deliver authentic and exciting performances of Bud & Lou's classic routines, including Who's On First, Susquahanna Hat Company, Niagra Falls, Job as a Loafer, Loan me $50, Cow's Utter, Lou Hates Mustard, and Jonah and the Whale.
Want to meet Abbott & Costello in person? Just give them a call at 845-647-9475, and shout, "Heeeey, Aaaaaaabbott!!!"
Waterlogg Produced has released it's 24th audio title: "Abbott & Costello in the Catskills," an authentic recreation of a 1930s Borscht Belt variety show, recorded before a live audience in the Catskills.
The musical comedy hour is available online at Amazon, iTunes, and Audible for Kindle, Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPod or iPad download, or CD purchase or rental.
"Abbott & Costello in the Catskills" can be purchased at: http://www.audible.com/
Video of Joe Bev and Bob Greenberg doing "Who's on First?"