Vaudeville & Burlesque: The History of Twin Cities Variety Theater
Produced by Michelle Alimoradi & Judith McKenzie
In the early 20th century, Vaudeville and Burlesque shows reigned supreme for live entertainment. As a major stop along the rail lines, the Twin Cities hosted some of the biggest touring productions to cross the country. Over the years, Minneapolis and St. Paul have built rich theatrical communities based on these traditions.
Today many Twin Cities artists honor tradition by incorporating elements of variety theater in contemporary productions. In this documentary, producers Michelle Alimoradi and Judith McKenzie follow the history of variety theater in the Twin Cities. Meet 93-year-old vaudeville performer and Minneapolis resident Bob Boucher, local historians, and modern Twin Cities variety artists, including Patrick Scully (Patrick’s Cabaret) and Nadine DuBois (Lili’s Burlesque Revue).
Tonight The Echo Chamber commemorated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. — featuring much of the “I Have A Dream” speech; the “Xterminator presents MLK Dub” album; and many tracks fitting the theme. One new track debuted tonight was “Dis Ya Time” from Jazz’min Tutum, with her dub poetry layered on top of Madtone’s “Calling Live On Channel” tune. Another debut tonight for Kaysha Lee & Ras Takura with “Take Me from Disgrace”. Also tonight, new material from Dr. King Cobra, Macumbadub, Mikus, Savage Aural Hotbed, Oxodo, and Purdy.