Vaudeville Returns!: Film and Live Acts Featuring Ian Whitcomb, Laurel & Hardy and More
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The last date listed for Vaudeville Returns! was Sunday September 19, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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The most anticipated family event held annually at the grand theatre, the show is a “hurricane of fun and frolic” paying tribute to the Alex’s vaudeville roots. The one-matinee-only event is an eclectic mix of the sort of variety acts that made vaudeville so beloved by a generation of fans. Opening the show will be the legendary Ian Whitcomb and his Bungalow Boys playing nostalgic music from the vaudeville era. Our show continues with: multi award-winning comedy juggling from Jeffrey Daymont; and the world’s greatest hula hoop champion Mat Plendl. Closing the live show will be the absolutely stunning The Bornstein Experiment — she reads men’s minds!
True to the vaudeville genre, the matinee concludes on the big screen with a sing-a-long cartoon, _When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba _(1933) featuring The Mills Brothers performing, and Laurel and Hardy’s 1930 comedy classic Hog Wild. Rounding out the program will be a Little Rascals short.
From the late 1800’s through the early 20th Century, vaudeville was the common people’s theatrical experience. Across America and around the world, the wildly popular genre featured variety acts of countless descriptions and later included film programs. Alex Film Society’s annual recreation of the nostalgic genre is the only vaudeville show produced regularly in Los Angeles.