Transatlantic Stage Stars in Vaudeville and Variety: Celebrity Turns
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Transatlantic Stage Stars in Vaudeville and Variety: Celebrity Turns

by L. Woods
     
 
This book shows eminent actors performing under stringent conditions in vaudeville. It was a strange notion in 1900 that leading lights of the legitimate stage would ever join a bill of 'turns', with everything from song-and-dance to criminals regaling crowds with their exploits. It chronicles renowned actors showing rough fare in rough times.

Overview

This book shows eminent actors performing under stringent conditions in vaudeville. It was a strange notion in 1900 that leading lights of the legitimate stage would ever join a bill of 'turns', with everything from song-and-dance to criminals regaling crowds with their exploits. It chronicles renowned actors showing rough fare in rough times.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'Woods shows how international performers in American vaudeville and British music hall wrought new understandings of celebrity, gender, patriotism and empire. This lively storyilluminates 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403975362
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
12/16/2008
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History Series
Edition description:
2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

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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