By Billy Crystal
To help his relations, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, labored jobs, having just one day per week to spend together with his kin. in response to Crystal's one-man Broadway exhibit of a similar identify, "700 Sundays"--referring unfortunately to the time shared by means of an adoring father and his committed son--offers a heartfelt, hilarious memoir. images all through.
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The book is partly a narrative history, fascinating in its accounts of performance styles, scripts, costumes, music and dance, of commercial and legal arrangements, and of the furor of conflicted response in the popular and genteel press. Allen shows how burlesque developed by assimilating elements of earlier commercial theater in America and other entertainment forms that arose during the antebellum years of rapid urbanization, such as dime museums, concert saloons, minstrel shows, and circuses.
21 Meanwhile, each staging of a new burlesque seemed determined to outdo the last and its competitors in terms of scale, lavishness of costumes and production, topicality, and daring. In May, Marie Longmore starred in a production of Robinson Crusoe at Wood's, which featured, according to the New York Clipper, one of the most elaborate processions ever seen on the American stage: "First come twenty-four girls as Amazon warriors, with shields and armor, followed by six negro minstrels, who sing 'De King Am Coming,' accompanying themselves first Page 18 on the banjo, then the bones, then do a wooden shoe dance.
Of Thompson's portrayal of Ixion, he wrote: In breeches so well she played the cheat, The pretty fellow, and the rake complete, Each sex was, with different passions mov'd; The men grew envious, and the women lov'd. 13 Although the city was flooded by carte-de-visite photographs of Thompson, Markham, and Weber, it was Pauline Markham whose beauty was most celebrated. In 1871 she recalled that Alexander Henderson lodged the cast at the Spingler Hotel, where he made them virtual prisoners in an attempt to keep their New York admirers at bay.
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