Yiddish Theatre and Vadeville #YiddishTheatre Re: SAMUELS #yiddish

Hilary Henkin <hilary@...>

Dear Robin,
No, not a lot of people had vaudeville houses as their
destination. A vaudeville house would've been a theatre with live
performances - comedians, singers, dancers.. Individual acts combines
into a live variety show. Vaudeville was a very popular form of
entertainment for a long time; Bob Hope started out in vaudeville,
as did a very young Sammy Davis Jr, and a lot of others. The
beginning of the musical "Gypsy" depicts a vaudeville theatre/house.

Theatres have been called "houses" for quite a long time; even today,
the "house" refers to the audience area. The lights over the
audience area are called the "house lights", and "How's the house?"
means "How much of an audience do we have tonight?" With this in
mind, vaudeville houses weren't places where someone could
reside. (Those places would be "flophouses". <g>)

Hilary Henkin
Atlanta, Georgia

At 09:46 PM 3/1/2006, Robin ESP wrote:
My G-Grandfather came >from Romania through Ellis Island. On the
passenger record it says he was going to a Vaudeville House in
Portland, Maine. He lived in Chicago, had a family and ended up in
Los Angeles, CA.
Did alot of people travel >from Europe and head directly to
Vaudeville Houses? Did they live at the houses?
Thanks for any info,
Robin Samuels

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