Festival Musical(s)
July, 2015
Fr 31Whoopee!
August, 2015
Sa 01Whoopee!
Su 02Whoopee!
Fr 07Whoopee!
Sa 08Whoopee!
Su 09Whoopee!
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Jaqua Concert Hall
Sheffer Recital Hall
Cole Gallery
Warren Court
Room B09
Shedd Ticket Office
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  • Description
  • Personnel
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On October 24, 1881 Bowery theatre manager and devoted family man Tony Pastor opened at the Fourteenth Street Theater what he claimed to be the first "clean" variety show in New York City on the hunch that a vastly broader audience could be reached by banning liquor at his shows and making the lyrics respectable. He was right, as many other impresarios were discovering, and over the next decade a new form of variety, called "vaudeville" exploded across the country, from the smallest towns to the biggest cities. The key to its genius (a guiding principle it shared with Tin Pan Alley) was its commitment to reaching middle America. As Groucho Marx often quipped, "If it plays in Peoria, it will play anywhere." And that's exactly what vaudeville wanted to do!
Vaudeville shows featured a bit of everything presented in a series of unrelated acts--magic, plays, acrobatics, LOTS of comedy, and a wide range of music from classical and opera to the latest hits from Tin Pan Alley. Hugely successful until it finally succumbed to the advent of talkies at the end of the 1920s, vaudeville, at its height, supported over 250,000 artists and was the launching pad for most of the 20th century's top entertainers, ranging from Fred & Adelle Astaire and Charlie Chaplin to W. C. Fields, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Eddie Cantor, Cary Grant, the Marx Brothers and thousands more. "Everything I know," declared James Cagney, "I learned in vaudeville."
Bill Hulings, Shirley Andress and Ian Whitcomb front Jesse Cloninger and The Emerald City Jazz Kings in an afternoon of some of the best from 1920s vaudeville representing its most iconic stars--Al Jolson, Nora Bayes, Sophie Tucker, Fannie Brice and Eddie Cantor…along with more than a few nods to the non-musical elements of the form!
Event Personnel
Jesse Cloninger, director, reeds
Ian Whitcomb, vocals
 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
(1918) Sinbad Joe Young, Sam Lewis (w) Jean Schwartz (m)
(1919) Sinbad Irving Caesar (w) George Gershwin (m)
(1920) interpolated into Sinbad B. G. DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose (w/m)
 Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo'Bye)
(1922) Bombo Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman, Ted Fio Rito, Dan Russo (w/m)
 If You Want The Rainbow
(1928) Billy Rose, Mort Dixon (w) Oscar Levant (m)
 When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along
(1926) Harry Woods (w/m)
 The Darktown Strutters' Ball
(1916) Shelton Brooks (w/m)
 Some Of These Days
(1910) Shelton Brooks (w/m)
 Hungry Women
(1929) interpolated into Whoopee Jack Yellen (w) Milton Ager (m)
 If You Knew Susie
(1925) Big Boy Joseph Meyer, B. G. DeSylva (w/m)
 Second Hand Rose
(1921) Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 Grant Clarke (w) James F. Hanley (m)
 My Man
(1921) Casino de Paris 1920 Paris qui Jazz Jacques Charles (fr), Channing Pollock (en), Albert Willemetz (fr) (w) Maurice Yvain (m) [translation of Mon Homme]
 I'd Rather Be Blue Over You
(1928) My Man Billy Rose (w) Fred Fisher (m)
 Blue Skies
(1927) Betsy Irving Berlin (w/m)
 In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town
(1932) Crooner Joe Young (w) Little Jack Little, John Siras (m)
 Hello, I Must Be Going
(1930) Animal Crackers Bert Kalmar (w) Harry Ruby (m)

Ticket/Venue Info
Swanee Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
A32.00  29.00  27.25  25.75  16.00 
B28.00  25.25  24.00  22.50  14.00 
C22.00  20.00  18.75  17.75  11.00 
O18.00  16.25  15.50  14.50  9.00 
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