Slumming it with the 1898 Bowery Burlesquers

If only we could go back in time and buy tickets for this musical theater number, which poked fun at the new pastime of slumming—upper class New York curiosity seekers checking out the Bowery and other down-and-out city neighborhoods.

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The Bowery Burlesquers performed way off-Broadway theater in the 1890s, and audiences couldn’t get enough of it.

[Poster: LOC]

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4 Responses to “Slumming it with the 1898 Bowery Burlesquers”

  1. Bob_in_MA Says:

    The most interesting burlesque reviews of the era were those by Weber & Fields. Some sound quite elaborate. Most of the shows were parodies of some contemporary drama, book, etc.

    For instance, when the sappy melodrama “Barbara Frietchie” was playing on Broadway, they redid it as “Barbara Fidgety”. Another was “Around New York in Eighty Minutes.”

    Unfortunately, I don’t think there are any surviving scripts. Though maybe someone else knows of a source?

    What’s notable is that before WWI, burlesque really meant burlesque, and not simply a tawdry strip show with some crass jokes thrown in.

    Thanks for all the work!

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  3. Tom B Says:

    It seems like those kind of Shows are still being done now, i.e. SPAMALOT, SPAMILTON and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. What’s old is new again.

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