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Champagne Charlie and pretty Jemima : variety theater in the nineteenth century

Author: Gillian M Rodger
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2010.
Series: Music in American life
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offers an exploration of a pivotal nineteenth-century theater form.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian M Rodger
ISBN: 9780252035395 0252035399 9780252077340 0252077342
OCLC Number: 779677592
Description: xiii, 261 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction ; The first decade. The singing saloonkeeper ; Girls! girls! girls! the entrepreneurial manager ; Performers take charge ; Novelty acts in concert saloons: equestrians, trapeze artists, and acrobats ; Tripping the light fantastic: dancers ; Entertainment comes to the fore. Legal intervention: the anti-concert saloon bill and its aftermath ; Variety in times of national conflict and economic turmoil ; Just to please the boys: seriocomic singers ; Dutch, Irish, minstrels, and other characters: male comic singers ; Just ordinary workingmen: seriocomic songs for men ; Champagne Charlie: the fantasy of leisure for the workingman ; Sustaining business in difficult times. What's in a name? Vaudeville vs. variety in New York and in regional theater ; Sex rears its ugly head --
again: female minstrelsy ; Moral reform in regional variety: the fight to preserve community standards ; Frontier revelry vs. respectable variety: industry, audiences, and sustainable leisure in economically difficult times ; Conclusion: entertainment as industry.
Series Title: Music in American life
Responsibility: Gillian M. Rodger.
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