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Author Rodger, Gillian M

Title Champagne Charlie and pretty Jemima : variety theater in the nineteenth century / Gillian M. Rodger

Publ Info Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  PN1968.U5 R63 2010    AVAILABLE
 Salve Main Collection  PN1968.U5 R63 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xiii, 261 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Music in American life
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
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
LC subject Vaudeville -- United States -- History -- 19th century
ISBN 9780252035395 (cloth : alk. paper)
0252035399 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780252077340 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0252077342 (pbk. : alk. paper)