Transatlantic Stage Stars in Vaudeville and Variety: Celebrity Turns

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It was a strange notion in 1900, that leading lights of the legitimate stage would ever join a bill of "turbans" or short acts, everything from, and in between, song-and-dance, trained animals, blackface, aerialists, criminals regaling crowds with their exploits, eating fire. Transatlantic Stage Stars in Vaudeville and Variety shows renowned actors showing rough fare in rough times. Celebrity will be seen changing, always, even to twisting its foremost exemplars in the wind.

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Overview

It was a strange notion in 1900, that leading lights of the legitimate stage would ever join a bill of "turbans" or short acts, everything from, and in between, song-and-dance, trained animals, blackface, aerialists, criminals regaling crowds with their exploits, eating fire. Transatlantic Stage Stars in Vaudeville and Variety shows renowned actors showing rough fare in rough times. Celebrity will be seen changing, always, even to twisting its foremost exemplars in the wind.

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"Woods shows how international performers in American vaudeville and British music hall wrought new understandings of celebrity, gender, patriotism and empire. This lively story illuminates an era in global culture that bears important lessons for our own time."—Robert W. Snyder, Rutgers-Newark; Author of The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture
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Leigh Woods teaches theatre at the University of Michigan and writes about acting. He's performed more than 100 roles around the US, and published a number of articles relating to performance. His most recent book was a co-edition called Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft. Also his are Garrick Claims the Stage, treating the most notable English actor of the eighteenth century, On Playing Shakespeare, which features antique views of acting in Shakespeare, and with Ágústa Gunnarsdóttir, Public Selves, Political Stages, with interviews of Icelandic women in government and theatre.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• Patronizing, 1890-1901
• Precious Brits, 1904-1912
• Growing Pains, 1910-1913
• Suffer the Women, 1910-1914
• War and Peace, 1914-1918
• Parting, 1921-1934
• Afterthoughts
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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