A Vintage LA Act's Rootin' Tootin' Milestone

Janet Klein celebrates 100 shows at the Steve Allen Theatre.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013  |  Updated 5:14 PM PDT
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A Vintage LA Act's Rootin' Tootin' Milestone

Janet Klein

Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys play their 100th show at the Steve Allen Theatre on Thursday, April 4.

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Pity the live entertainment business. To hear backstage folks tell it, you'd think it was a hardship out there, a place where a band or a singer or a comedian couldn't stir up enough interest to keep a week of shows running.

Yes, that's sometimes the case, but then you have the outliers, those LA locals who not only keep on truckin', they practically only the fleet of trucks.

You're thinking first of Marty and Elayne, yes? As you should. The Dresden-based twosome, known far and wider for their appearance in "Swingers" (and their one-of-a-kind version of Captain and Tennille's "Muskrat Love"), just crossed into major marker on Tuesday, April 2.

Their lounge act turned 32, making it the "longest running live performance act in the history of Hollywood."

Cheers, Marty and Elayne! We're making celebratory muskrat sounds in your direction.
And at the walking-distance-close Steve Allen Theatre, which is just a pip around the corner from The Dresden? Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys mark their 100th performance at the venue on Thursday, April 4.

Takes a lot of love to sing the songs of the '20s, '30s, and '40s, and sing 'em right, and it takes a lot of work to get to a hundred of anything. Much less a hundred live performances in a city where the turnover of such things can be devastatingly brisk.

Cheers, Janet Klein! And our Parlor Boys, too.

Who is next to nab the long-running crown of Hollywood live performance? Clearly persistence does win out over random luck and caprice in Tinseltown from time to time.

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