Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done

Professors Charlotte Canning and Andrew Carlson present “Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done,” an examination of the vaudeville stage as a site for the development of American cultural and social norms through performances both by and about the country’s immigrant populations.

The program looks closely at a few of the genre’s popular stars and routines in order to explain how, when it came to early twentieth-century vaudeville, immigrants were working hard to “get the job done”—both onstage and off.

The evening brings the archive to life through live performance of iconic vaudevillian sketches and routines to supplement an engaging discussion led by Dr. Canning. This program complements our exhibition “Vaudeville!”