New York City Vaudeville provides a unique pictorial record of America’s preeminent entertainment medium in the late 1800s through the early 1930s. New York’s Palace Theatre served as the flagship for vaudeville, on which stage every vaudevillian aspired to perform. New York City Vaudeville features photographs of some of the greatest names from the Palace Theatre, including Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen and the Marx Brothers, as well as legendary African- American performers such as Bill Robinson, Ethel Waters, and Bert Williams.
Anthony Slide is the author of 70 books on the history of popular entertainment, including the award-winning Encyclopedia of Vaudeville. Through photographs from his personal collection and capsule biographies, the reader is transported back to a time when vaudeville was the people’s entertainment, with a new bill of fare each week and an ever-changing number of performers with ever-changing styles of presentation.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.