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  American Masters . Vaudeville | PBS
Vaudeville was made of comedians, singers, plate-spinners, ventriloquists, dancers, musicians, acrobats, animal trainers, and anyone who could keep an audience’s interest for more than three minutes.
Vaudeville was a fusion of centuries-old cultural traditions, including the English Music Hall, minstrel shows of antebellum America, and Yiddish theater.
Though certainly not free from the prejudice of the times, vaudeville was the earliest entertainment form to cross racial and class boundaries.
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 Vaudeville: Bob Hope and American Variety (Library of Congress)
Vaudeville performers were often from the same working-class and immigrant backgrounds as their audiences.
By the end of vaudeville's heyday, the early 1930s, most ethnic acts had been eliminated from the bill or toned down to be less offensive.
Unlike a vaudeville show, however, a revue runs for a significant period of time and may have a conceptual continuity to its acts.
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“Vaudeville was more than an assembly of ragtime pantaloons, topical monologists, eccentric dancers, barrel-house songbirds, magicians, tumblers and jugglers, more than a coast-to-coast network of once-gilded theatres now shambling into plaster dust.
the most comprehensive chronicle yet published about vaudeville, its history, its performers, the industry and the social and economic forces of the era, is available in two hardbound library volumes comprising 1300 pages in an A-Z format with 500 photos, an index and bibliography.
A survey of vaudeville precedes the 1500 entries including more than 1000 biographies of old and new performers from 1850 to 2000, and a glossary of hundreds of terms.
www.vaudeville.org   (172 words)

Vaudeville also tried to bridge a social gap that had divided American audiences ever since the upper and lower classes clashed in a deadly 1849 riot.
After the Astor Place Riot of 1849 entertainment in New York City was divided along class lines: opera was chiefly for the upper middle and upper classes, minstrel shows and melodramas for the middle class, variety shows in concert saloons for men of the working class and the slumming middle class.
Vaudeville was developed by entrepreneurs seeking higher profits from a wider audience.
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 Ragtime Vaudeville Show
The vaudeville actor roamed the country with a smile and a suitcase.
The focal point of vaudeville - its home base was the Palace theater in the heart of New York's theater district, at Broadway and 47 th Street.
The Palace opened in 1913 and with the advent of radio and talking pictures in 1927 was forced to close its doors, as a vaudeville house, in 1932.
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 Virtual Vaudeville - A Live Performance Simulation System
Watch a 3D simulation of a complete act by legendary vaudeville comedian Frank Bush and observe the reactions of the historical spectators.
Take an interactive 3D tour of an extravagant Victorian theater.
Improved lighting throughout and beard and cloth in Part II (Jewish section).
www.virtualvaudeville.com   (130 words)

 Club Vaudeville Lindau e.V. (Konzerte, Disco, Kleinkunst und mehr...)
Club Vaudeville Lindau e.V. (Konzerte, Disco, Kleinkunst und mehr...)
Du kannst den Club Vaudeville ohne Frames besuchen, oder Dir den Microsoft Internet Explorer oder den Netscape Navigator besorgen.
Ich hoffe du hast viel Zeit zum Runterladen...
www.vaudeville.de   (95 words)

  Vaudeville shows and other theatrical performances - The Marx Brothers
Vaudeville shows and other theatrical performances - The Marx Brothers
Before they made their first movies, the Marx Brothers had already been big stars in Vaudeville theater.
During their movie career they took some material on the road to test it before a live audience.
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  Vaudeville - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vaudeville is a style of multi-act theatre which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s.
The continued growth of the lower-priced cinema in the early 1910s dealt the most striking blow to the vaudeville, just as the advent of free broadcast television was to later shrink the cultural and economic strength of the cinema.
The shift of New York City's Palace Theatre, vaudeville's epicenter, to an exclusively cinema presentation in 1932 is often noted as vaudeville's moment of death, but like the attempts to tie its birth to Pastor's first clean bill, no single event may be accurately considered as anything more than reflective of its gradual withering.
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Vaudeville was introduced into this country before 1820, but it did not become a common form of entertainment until shortly before the Civil War when the word 'variety' was at once adopted and became familiar as something peculiarly applicable to the troubled times.
In fact, the modern vaudeville stage is honeycombed with trapdoors and overhung with arching light-bridges, through which and from which all manner of lights can be thrown upon the stage, either to illuminate the faces of the actors with striking effect, or to cast strange and beautiful effects upon the scenery.
On the burlesque and vaudeville stages devices of a somewhat lower intellectual plane have established a permanent standing An authority on this phase of the subject is Mr.
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 VAUDEVILLE - LoveToKnow Article on VAUDEVILLE   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In English usage " vaudeville " is practically synonymous with what is more generally known as " musical comedy," but in America it is applied also to a music-hall variety entertainment.
This modern sense is developed from the French vaudeville of the i8th century, a popular form of light dramatic composition, consisting of pantomime, dances, songs and dialogue, written in couplets.
It is generally accepted.that the word is^to be identified with vau-de-vire, the name given to the convivial songs of the i sth century.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /V/VA/VAUDEVILLE.htm   (498 words)

 Young Students Learning Library: VAUDEVILLE@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Vaudeville is an entertainment consisting of a variety of individual acts.
The word vaudeville comes from the French words vau- de-vire, a name applied to comic drinking songs written in the valley (vau) of Vire, France, in the 1400s.
Vaudeville, as a program of variety acts, began in the United States in the 1800s.
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 The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition: vaudeville @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: )
VAUDEVILLE [vaudeville], originally a light song, derived from the drinking and love songs formerly attributed to Olivier Basselin and called Vau, or Vaux, de Vire.
Similar to the English music hall, American vaudeville was a stage entertainment consisting of unrelated songs, dances, acrobatic and magic acts, and humorous skits and sketches.
From humble origin in barrooms and "museums," vaudeville came to be the attraction in hundreds of theaters throughout the United States from 1881, when Tony Pastor gave the first "big time" vaudeville show in New York City, until 1932, when its greatest center, the Palace Theatre, became a movie theater.
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 Minstrel and Vaudeville Ephemera at Pat Sweeney Ephemera
Vaudeville was the general name for live, variety stage entertainment that had it’s best days in America from 1890 to1920.
Vaudeville covered comedy, dance, music, acrobatics, juggling, animal acts, whistling, bird calls, hand shadows and just about everything else you could think of arranged in bills of eight to twelve acts per show.
Vaudeville ephemera includes programs, posters, photos and the illustrated letterheads the acts used to arrange bookings a few weeks to a few months ahead.
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 Info and facts on 'Vaudeville'   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The first beginnings of a vaudeville type theater was opened by impresario Tony Pastor (additional info and facts about Tony Pastor) in Manhattan (One of the five boroughs of New York City) in 1865.
Vaudeville theaters featured performers of various types: music, comedy, magic (Any art that invokes supernatural powers), animal acts, novelty, acrobatics and gymnastics (A sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility), and celebrity lecture tours.
The advent of radio and the cinema in the late 1920s (The decade from 1920 to 1929) started the decline, furthered in the early 1930s (The decade from 1930 to 1939) by the Great Depression (The economic crisis beginning with the stock market crash in 1929 and continuing through the 1930s).
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/v/va/vaudeville.htm   (1031 words)

 The Mavens' Word of the Day
The town of Vire, capital of Calvados in Normandy, was an important settlement in the Middle Ages, and the composing and singing of songs that satirized the events and personalities of the region was a popular entertainment.
The Théâtre de Vaudeville opened in Paris in 1792, and the word vaudeville gradually came to refer to the shows themselves rather than to the songs in the shows.
Vaudeville thrived in the U.S. until the 1930s, but it was eventually displaced by the movies and disappeared completely by the end of World War II.
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Vaudeville -- Encarta Encyclopedia Article, Vaudeville, theatrical form, most typically, a kind of variety how popular in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Vaudeville History Ohio, Homepage of vaudeville research on performers and acts in Ohio town from 1903-1911.
Vaudeville People, The, were people who were entertainers who came to Fair Haven from New York.
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 Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Ideas / virtually_vaudeville
Variety was the essence of vaudeville, the wildly popular entertainment that rampaged across American stages from the 1880s through about 1930, regaling all corners of the country with its motley acts – high art and low comedy, slapstick and opera, and even the odd performing mule.
In fact, vaudeville – the name derives from the French term voix de ville, or “voice of the city” –; was largely responsible for the rise of a mass audience.
Playing to this audience are cyber-incarnations of several historical vaudeville performers, beginning with ethnic comedian Frank Bush and, starting in January 2005, Eugene Sandow, a strongman who paraded on stage in the scantiest of briefs and, for a fee, allowed ladies to feel his muscles backstage afterwards.
www.boston.com /news/globe/ideas/articles/2004/06/20/virtually_vaudeville   (636 words)

The term vaudeville dates back to the 1730’s and was originally coined after light-hearted songs that were composed in the valley of Vire, a town in northwest France.
Essentially, vaudeville was a variety show of popular entertainment beginning in the 1890’s and consisting of pantomime, dialogue, animals, magic acts, comedians, singing, dancing, acrobatics and juggling.
American Vaudeville Museum Excellent website with biographies and photographs of dozens of vaudeville performers from W.C. Fields to Sarah Bernhardt and Sophie Tucker.
www.theatrelinks.com /vaudeville.htm   (432 words)

 Vaudeville Lingo
The vaudeville show usually opened with a "dumb act," one that was exciting but did not depend on words, since the audience was still noisily entering.
In 1896 motion pictures were introduced into vaudeville shows, first as curiosities, and when their novelty had worn off, as "added attractions." Managers soon found that movies held audience attention as well as the live acts did.
Vaudeville had lost its audience, but people still wanted to be entertained, and burlesque was (and would remain) too coarse for family audiences.
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 Amazon.com: Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915: Books: Andrew L. Erdman   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Many leading female stars of vaudeville were large, homely women, whose long-time appeal was rooted in stage personality, talent and showmanship, and they were as apt to be stars as the young shapely women whose careers were largely dependent on a display of physical charms.
The author compares nickelodeons to vaudeville palaces and concludes that their storefront modesty and darkness contrasted poorly with the splendor and safety of vaudeville houses.
Vaudeville was a mature and sanitized version of saloon bred variety, and the success of nickelodeons led to movie palaces as ornate and safe as vaudeville best.
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 Vaudeville Movies!
The film features Ella Lola, a popular performer on the vaudeville stage, performing her rendition of a "belly dance." This type of performance was not uncommon and points to vaudeville's roots in earlier forms of burlesque.
However, in the infancy of the moving pictures, vaudeville was still king and early film makers used vaudeville performers and routines as the subjects of countless short films.
Foxy Grandpa is one example of the often surprisingly clever rube characters that were a staple of vaudeville comedy.
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 Vaudeville, A History
The development of vaudeville marked the beginning of popular entertainment as big business, dependent on the organizational efforts of a growing number of white-collar workers and the increased leisure time, spending power, and changing tastes of an urban middle class audience.
Subscribing to a business acumen that mirrored the policies of captains of industry, Keith and Albee consolidated their control of vaudeville, first through the United Booking Artists and later through the establishment of the Vaudeville Manager's Association, establishing a virtual monopoly that lasted well past Keith's death in 1914.
Vaudeville palaces offered entertainment, rather than strictly consumer goods per se, but they also hoped to encourage customers to purchase concessions and relied heavily on the advertisement of goods in their theatre programs.
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 About The Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Vaudeville grew out of the popular minstrel shows of the mid-nineteenth century.
Early vaudeville shows ran continuously, but soon a two shows a day pattern was established.
Touring acts were booked by powerful managers, and the vaudeville circuit soon extended across the country.
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