Vaudeville & Burlesque: The History of Variety Theater in the Twin Cities

MinneCulture presents Vaudeville & Burlesque: The History of Variety Theater in the Twin Cities Produced by Michelle Alimoradi & Judith McKenzie Wed, Jan 19, 7:30-8pm.

In the early 20th century, Vaudeville and Burlesque shows were the main form of entertainment across the country, and the Twin Cities were a major stop on the rail line for many of the biggest touring productions. During these years, Minneapolis and St. Paul built a rich theatrical tradition of both popular variety forms and independent movements that has endured in Twin Cities theater culture.

Vaudeville and Burlesque artists were some of the most revered talents of their time, and today many Twin Cities artists honor those traditions by exploring elements of variety theater in contemporary productions. In this documentary, you’ll hear from former Vaudeville performers, including 93-year-old Minneapolis resident Bob Boucher, local historians, and modern Twin Cities variety artists, Patrick Scully (Patrick's Cabaret) and Nadine DuBois (Lili's Burlesque Revue).