In this book Brooks McNamara explores the world of the concert saloon in New York from the Civil War to the early years of the twentieth century. A concert saloon is defined as an establishment offering various kinds of entertainment, including alcohol, with some also providing gambling and prostitution. All of these saloons employed 'waiter girls' to sell drinks and sit with male customers and all had bad reputations. McNamara focuses on the theatrical aspects of the concert saloon and examines the sources of saloon shows, the changes in direction during the century, the performing spaces and equipment, as well as the employees and patrons. McNamara paints a picture of a lively and theatrically fascinating environment and his work sheds light on our understanding of American popular theatre. The book contain informative illustrations and will be of interest to historians of theatre, popular culture and American social history.Read more
- Study of important part of American popular culture
- Written by major scholar of American theatre history
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- Date Published: June 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521036993
- length: 172 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.272kg
- contains: 16 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Prologue: sources of the concert saloon and its shows
1. Where the devil's work is done: New York City concert saloons during the Civil War era
2. Changes in direction: the concert saloon after the war
3. Concert-saloon acts
4. Concert saloons: spaces and equipment
5. Employees and patrons of the concert saloon
6. Related forms
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