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Examples of vaudeville in a Sentence
She became a big star in vaudeville.
Recent Examples of vaudeville from the Web
The event raised at least $10,000 for ongoing rehabilitation of the former vaudeville house that originally opened in 1900 as the Standard Theatre.
The brothers became vaudeville stars in the early 1900s, and starred in several celebrated Broadway revues, which eventually earned them enough clout to move on to film.
Also part of the fun: treat stations, a vaudeville-like sideshow featuring sword swallowers and fire breathers, warm apple cider and doughnuts, and craft beer for the grown-ups.
There was a time when nearly 30 Indianapolis vaudeville or silent movie theaters used organs to add drama to Chaplin, comedy to Keaton or romance to Garbo.
Dad came from a family where vaudeville was in the picture.
He was born into a family of vaudeville dancers in Harlem in 1925 and soon became the main attraction of The Will Mastin Trio along with his father and godfather.
The 36,000-square-foot historic theater was once a thriving vaudeville theater and silent movie palace that hosted acts such as Bob Hope, Katherine Hepburn and Elvis Presley.
The comically broad style of acting, James Schuette’s playful costumes, Robert Wierzel’s theatrical lighting and Steven W. Bryant’s exaggerated stage makeup add to the show’s vaudeville style.
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Did You Know?
In the 15th century, several amusing songs became popular across France. These songs were said to have been written by a man named Olivier Basselin who lived in the valley of the river Vire in northwest France. The songs eventually became known as chansons de vau-de-Vire, meaning "songs of the valley of Vire." Other people began writing and performing similar songs, and as this form of entertainment became more widespread, the link to vau-de-Vire was forgotten. The nickname was shortened to one word, vaudevire. As the phenomenon spread beyond France, further changes in pronunciation and spelling shifted vaudevire into vaudeville. The meaning also broadened to include humorous performances and variety shows.
Origin and Etymology of vaudeville
First Known Use: 1827See Words from the same year
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