October 24, 1881
playing to both men and women, in New York. The Bill:
Ferguson & Mack
Rough Irish act; song, dance, slapstick
The Leland Sisters
Song and Dance duo
Lester & Allen
Eccentric Blackface comedy
The French Twin Sisters
Class act; singers with costume changes.
Musician; concertina, banjo and xylophone.
Male Impersonator; Headliner.
Character Comedian and Singer.
Benjamin Franklin Keith and Edward Franklin Albee introduce the first continuous variety show, open from 10 AM to 11 PM, in Boston.
Keith opens the first true Vaudeville house in Boston.
Keith and Albee set up the Vaudeville Managers Association and the United Booking Office, thus consolidating their monopoly on the big-time with the Keith/Albee Circuit in the east and the Orpheum Circuit, represented by Martin Beck, in Chicago and points west.
George Fuller Golden organizes the male only White Rats (star spelled backwards) as an actors union to counter Keith/Albee.
Theatrical producers Marc Klaw and Abe Erlanger join forces with the Shubert Brothers to form the National Vaudeville Artists Association to compete with Keith/Albee. (They are bought out three months later.)
Formation of the Associated Actresses of America.
March 25, 1913
The Palace Theatre opens in New York City, playing two shows a day,
with reserved seating. The Bill:
Eight Palace Girls
The Eternal Waltz
30-person flash act
Milton Pollock & Co.
The Four Vannis
Pantomimist and Dancer
United Booking Office is sued by booking agent H.B. Marinelli under the Sherman Antitrust Act. The suit is eventually dismissed in 1924.
B.F. Keith dies, E.F. Albee maintains control of monopoly.
Albee forms the National Vaudeville Artists Association as an alternative to the White Rats.
White Rats and Associated Actresses of America merge with Actors Equity, strike against producers. The strike is not successful.
Albee goes to four or five shows a day in most of his theatres.
Introduction of talking motion pictures.
Albee sells 200,000 shares of his stock to Joseph P. Kennedy, who eventually begins to convert vaudeville theatres into RKO movie houses. (Ultimately Kennedy will sell out to RCA.)
Edward Albee dies.
May 7, 1932
Allan Mann & Dorothy Dell with Helen OShea
Song and Dance
Henry Santry & Band
(including a performing parrott)
William Demarest & Estelle Collette
War Correspondent; talked about the Sino-Japanese War
Frank Mitchell & Jack Durant
Charlie Jordan & Johnny Woods
A Burlesque of Radio Features
Dave Apollon with his Filipino Orchestra
Albertina Rasch Girls
November 16, 1932
The Palace Theatre stages its last strictlyVaudeville show.
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