Vaudeville, Old and New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, 2 volumes

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9780415938532: Vaudeville, Old and New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, 2 volumes

This is a one-of-a-kind reference work to the history of vaudeville, performance art, burlesque, revue, and comic opera. Most of these artists are not profiled in other reference books and the author has done deep research, including archival work and personal interviews, to uncover the rich history of this American artform. This will be a must-have for students of theater history and performance art, but it is also essential for anyone insterested in the cultural history of America.

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Â"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 shambling into plaster dust. Vaudeville was a peopleÂ’s culture. What has remained of vaudeville is the act—a distillation of a performerÂ’s best material into a near-perfect performance piece: the product of personality, talent and skill—the vaudevillianÂ’s reason for living.Â" - Frank Cullen

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Frank Cullen, a former actor and director for the stage, co-founded the American Vaudeville Museum and is the prinmary researcher and writer for Vaudeville Times.
Florence Hackman, Chartered Financial Analyst (retired) and writer, has taught economics and political history at the university level and edits Vaudeville Times.
Donald C. McNeilly, AVM manager and co-founder and former designer and director for the stage, designs and publishes Vaudeville Times.

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