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The New York Concert Saloon The Devil's Own Nights by Brooks (New York University) McNamara


The New York Concert Saloon The Devil's Own Nights by Brooks (New York University) McNamara

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.


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About the Author

Brooks McNamara is Professor of Performance Studies, Emeritus, in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and Director, Emeritus of the Shubert Archive. He is a specialist in the history of popular entertainment and has published widely in the area including The American Playhouse in the Eighteenth Century and in, among others, American Popular Entertainments, as editor.

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Publication date

28th May 2007


Brooks (New York University) McNamara

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Cambridge University Press


172 pages


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