Class Lectures 13-15 - Lecture 13:American Vaudeville A....

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Lecture 13:American Vaudeville A. The Roots of Vaudeville 1. Origin of the term- early 19th century? 2. Riverboat shows- 19th century Showboats 3. Saloon singing- John Koster and Adam Bial 4. Tony Pastor- born in 1837, Bowery Theater owner popularizes vaudeville, discovers early stars 5. B.F. Keith- makes vaudeville a big monopoly business 6. The Minstrel Show- begins 1820s 7. Specialty Acts- Julian Eltinge , the famous cross-dresser of the 1920s! a. MADAME BEHAVE 1925- Transvestite Comedy b. Ann Pennington 8. Problems of Black Entertainers- Humor insulting "Negroes"- disparaging caricatures and characteristics 9. Al Jolson (1886-1950)- Jewish entertainer who performed in blackface, pretended to be from south and loving his "mammy"
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10. Problems of Political Correctness- THE DUNCAN SISTERS (Topsy and Eva) a. Pioneer women entertainers- break traditional mold of what women can do b. Outrageous behavior- can do anything on stage c. Influence Lucille Ball and I Love Lucy but memory erased because they performed in blackface frequently and made few films d. First great female comedy team-- only great female comedy team? 11. The Importance of the Musical Showboat 1927- sympathetic portrayal of the Negro, dealt with miscegenation or mixing race relations B. Florenz Ziegfeld and the Ziegfeld Follies- 1907-1932 1. Glorifying the American Girl- genius of stage pageantry but also sexual predator who used casting couch 2. Nudity permitted! The Living Tableaux 3. Bert Williams- black monologist in blackface, first major star to cross color line to white stage C. Eva Tanguay - main period of popularity ca. 1910-1925 1. Couldn't dance or sing very well but will say or do anything wild
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2. The I-Don't-Care-Girl-- unrestricted freedom on stage, liberator of American
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course CLAS 300 taught by Professor Soren during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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