Irving Plaza: A Crack Staff Helps Keep This Venerable Tour Stop Running

Gypsy Rose Lee reputedly stripped here. Cus D'Mato, the trainer who discovered Mike Tyson, used to hold boxing matches within its walls. And, in 1947, Woody Guthrie and Muddy Waters performed on the stage--there's even a poster of that bill in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

In 1911, four brownstones on the corner of East 15th Street and Irving Place were converted into a performing arts space. Today, New York City's Irving Plaza is a three-story music club with a capacit

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