What is the difference between burlesque and vaudeville?

What is the difference between burlesque and vaudeville?

The two styles arose in the same location and time (19th century America) by virtually the same individuals, but although Vaudeville included a wide range of performances, most of which were "clean," burlesque concentrated on attractive girls who sang, danced, and clowned (and in later years, stripped).

They are different forms of entertainment that shared many performers and audiences. Burlesque was usually a single act performed after dark in a variety of venues including brothels, nightclubs, saloons, etc. Vaudeville was an entire program consisting of several acts presented in the evening or over several evenings. Although it began as a home-grown American form of entertainment, by the late 19th century it had become so popular in Europe that even after burlesque arrived from America, it was rarely seen outside France and England.

In North America, burlesque lasted until the early 20th century when it was eclipsed by jazz and other forms of music and dance. Today it is mostly remembered for its influence on modern cinema. The word itself is derived from burlaesk, a form of French comedy used by Molière and others. But it wasn't until the 1890s that this style of comedy made its way to America.

The original American burlesque artists were men. They included such names as B. F. Keith, Lew Leslie, and W. C. Fields.

What was the purpose of vaudeville?

Vaudeville was a synthesis of centuries-old cultural traditions such as the English Music Hall, antebellum American minstrel performances, and Yiddish theater. Though not without its prejudices, vaudeville was the first form of entertainment to bridge ethnic and social divides. It was popular with all classes of society because of its variety format that included comedy, music, and dancing.

Vaudeville began in France during the 18th century when actors performed monologues or short plays written by French authors. In 1770, François-Joseph Talma introduced comic routines to vaudeville theaters. The Italian word "commedia" is derived from his name. In England, after the success of John Rich's Theatre in London (1661) which presented both drama and opera, other companies followed suit. In America, vaudeville theaters opened in New York City in 1835 and Chicago in 1872. By the end of the 19th century, there were over 1,000 performers working in vaudeville theaters across the United States.

The variety format of vaudeville attracted popular artists who wanted to stretch their wings beyond traditional dramatic roles. Vaudeville managers looked for unique talents that would appeal to an audience of both children and adults. An artist could be any age or race as long as they were able to perform successfully before an audience.

What is a vaudeville act?

Vaudeville is a musical farce. In the United States, the word refers to a type of light entertainment that was popular from the mid-1890s to the early 1930s and consisted of 10 to 15 separate acts involving magicians, acrobats, comedians, trained animals, jugglers, singers, and dancers. The individual performances were usually between 3 and 7 minutes long, and often included music.

Vaudeville performers were known as vaudevillians. Vaudeville venues were called vaudeville houses or theaters. Today, these places are referred to as variety theaters.

Variety theater was the original name for television studios. Before 1975, all new programming was shown in variety theaters, which presented a mixed bill of comedy, songs, dramas, and cartoons. After 1975, most of this business shifted to television, which now accounts for almost all first-run programming. Variety theaters are still used for special events and are popular venues for stand-up comedy and other small stage shows.

The term "vaudeville act" came from the French word "divertissement," which means "amusement."

During the late 19th century, European musicians and actors traveled across America performing vaudeville-style shows for audiences who would come to their doors to find out what kind of fun they could expect. These were some of the earliest examples of stand-up comedy.

What is vaudeville and when was it performed?

D(@)vil (/vodvil/; French: [vodvil]) is a type of theatrical variety entertainment that emerged in France around the end of the nineteenth century. From the early 1880s through the early 1930s, it was popular in the United States and Canada, although the concept of vaudeville theatre differed significantly from its French counterpart. Vaudeville performers were usually not considered artists, and often worked as emcees for small fees at outdoor concerts or carnivals.

Vaudeville began as a response to the success of Pinafores and operettas, which had become increasingly expensive to produce as they gained popularity. The form was designed to be affordable to both producer and performer, and so standard theater acts such as dances, sketches, and songs were presented in quick-change formats with variable lengths sets and costumes.

The first vaudeville theaters were simple wooden structures with sloping floors and no scenery except for perhaps a curtain or drapes. As time went on, they became larger and more elaborate, featuring parquetry floors, plush seating, and lighting technology equivalent to that used in modern theaters. By the late 1890s, vaudeville theaters were being built like real estate offices, with large windows and balconies attached to every seat. These "palaces" to amusement allowed performers to make more money while giving patrons a better experience. They also attracted major stars who would have otherwise been unable to afford regular theater tickets.

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