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The Music Hall Portsmouth

Author : Zhana Morris
ISBN : 0738512494
Genre : History
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On Christmas Eve 1876, Portsmouth citizens watched flames reduce their largest meetinghouse and entertainment hall to ashes. During the following year, local families, businessmen, and craftsmen combined their resources to build a new auditorium with state-of-the-art lighting, rigging, staging, and seating-a comfortable venue for public addresses, charity functions, and international entertainment. The Music Hall, Portsmouth, was born. Twain spoke from her stage, Sousa's brass echoed from her walls, and Edison's films brought her silver screen to life. Enduring war, depression, and multiple threats of destruction, this grand hall today stands as New Hampshire's oldest operating theater. Showcasing the world's finest stage and screen talent, offering artistic education to young and old, and hosting fundraisers and private events, the Music Hall is a testament to the necessity of arts in local culture and the strength of a community's resolve.
Category: History

Music Hall How A City Built A Theater And A Theater Shaped A City

Author : J. Dennis Robinson
ISBN : 1938394348
Genre : History
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Portsmouth's historic Music Hall has welcomed the best from Victorian superstars Buffalo Bill, Tom Thumb, and Mark Twain to today's top musicians, comics, authors, and performers. Built in 1878, expanded by Frank Jones in 1901, the theater's spacious stage and phenomenal acoustics have made it one of the finest venues in New England. Within these brick walls generations have seen America evolve from minstrel shows and silent films to jaw-dropping musicals and Hollywood blockbusters, from animal acts to symphony orchestras, and from vaudeville slapstick to provocative Ted talks. Behind the scenes, the Music Hall story is a wild ride from thriving to barely surviving and back. Fully researched, artfully written, and richly illustrated, this volume is a must-read for anyone who cherishes the performing arts.Shuttered and decaying during World War II, New Hampshire's vintage venue went on the auction block in 1945. Recast as the Civic, it served as a movie house for the next four decades. Following two failed revivals in the 1980s, the century-old structure came close to being turned into condominiums. Saved from demolition by a grassroots team of volunteers, the nonprofit Friends of the Music Hall launched an unprecedented $13.5 million capital campaign. Signature programs like the "Telluride by the Sea" film festival and "Writers on a New England Stage" have put New Hampshire's historic theater on the national map. Today the restored Music Hall delivers hundreds of diverse cultural events annually, both in the historic 900-seat hall and in its modern new Loft stage nearby. Digging even deeper, this book traces the development of the performing arts in Portsmouth from the arrival of its first settlers. We glimpse the city's colonial gentry partying at the Assembly House, hear the shrill sounds of early church singers, and wander the "lewd amusements" of a post-Revolutionary seaport. We watch as an acre of forest land is transformed from an almshouse and prison to a church, a temperance hall, a public lyceum and a theater. And we discover how that beloved theater--called "the beating heart of cultural Portsmouth"-has shaped the city that built and preserved it.
Category: History

British Music Hall

Author : Richard Anthony Baker
ISBN : 9781783831180
Genre : History
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The music hall ...had no place for reticence; it was downright, it shouted, it made noise, it enjoyed itself and made the people enjoy themselves as well.' W.J. MACQUEEN POPE??Music Hall lies at the root of all modern popular entertainment. With stars such as Marie Lloyd, Harry Lauder and Dan Leno, it reached its glorious, brassy height between 1890 and the First World War. In the first book on this subject for many years, Richard Anthony Baker whisks us off on a colourful and nostalgic tour of the rise and fall of British music hall.??At the beginning of the nineteenth century people sang traditional songs in taverns for entertainment. This was so popular that rooms started to be added to inns for shows to be staged, and, before long, songs were being specially composed and purpose-built theatres were springing up everywhere. ??Britain's working class had, for the first time, its own form of public entertainment and its own breed of stars. The colour and vitality attracted serious writers and artists, as well as the future Edward VII, and music hall became simultaneously the haunt of the working classes and the avant-garde.??Including stories of a clergyman who wrote music-hall sketches, a hall in Glasgow where luckless entertainers were pulled off stage by a long hooked pole, and Cockney dictionaries that helped Americans understand touring British performers, this book is a hugely engaging slice of social history, rich in humour, tragedy and bathos.??As featured on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and in the Sunderland Echo.
Category: History

Chaplin S Music Hall

Author : Barry Anthony
ISBN : 9781786733856
Genre : History
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Charlie Chaplin grew up in and around the music hall. His parents, aunt and their friends all earned their precarious livings on the stage and Chaplin himself started out his career touring music halls with a dance troupe. His experiences of the culture of the music hall were a major influence, shaping his style of acting and the films he made, most famously Limelight, which tells the story of a failing variety performer and which evoked painful memories of his own past. Chaplin was horrified to see how performers' lives were ruined when their audience turned against them and he was relieved to exchange the stresses of live performance for screen comedy. Barry Anthony here tells the story of the lives and careers of Chaplin's family and their music-hall circle - from 'dashing' Eva Lester to the great Fred Karno and from Chaplin's parents Hannah Hill and Charles Chaplin to 'The Great Calvero' himself. He reveals the difficult and often-tragic lives of London's variety community in the late-Victorian and Edwardian years, a time of great change in the music hall and entertainment scene, and in doing so sheds important new light on the inspiration behind Chaplin's genius, providing a fascinatingly fresh perspective on this popular cultural icon of the twentieth century.
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The Victorian Music Hall

Author : Dagmar Kift
ISBN : 0521474728
Genre : Drama
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With the exception of the occasional local case study, music-hall history has until now been presented as the history of the London halls. This book attempts to redress the balance by setting music-hall history within a national perspective. Kift also sheds a new light on the roles of managements, performers and audiences. For example, the author confutes the commonly held assumption that most women in the halls were prostitutes and shows them to have been working women accompanied by workmates of both sexes or by their families. She argues that before the 1890s the halls catered predominantly to working-class and lower middle-class audiences of men and women of all ages and were instrumental in giving them a strong and self-confident identity. The hall's ability to sustain a distinct class-awareness was one of their greatest strengths - but this factor was also at the root of many of the controversies which surrounded them. These controversies are at the centre of the book and Kift treats them as test cases for social relations which provide fresh insights into nineteenth-century British society and politics.
Category: Drama

British Music Hall

Author : Roy Busby
ISBN : UOM:39015032859343
Genre : Entertainers
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The Palgrave Dictionary Of Anglo Jewish History

Author : W. Rubinstein
ISBN : 9780230304666
Genre : History
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This authoritative and comprehensive guide to key people and events in Anglo-Jewish history stretches from Cromwell's re-admittance of the Jews in 1656 to the present day and contains nearly 3000 entries, the vast majority of which are not featured in any other sources.
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Author : Marc Napolitano
ISBN : 9780190207304
Genre : Performing Arts
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When the show was first produced in 1960, at a time when transatlantic musical theatre was dominated by American productions, Oliver! already stood out for its overt Englishness. But in writing Oliver!, librettist and composer Lionel Bart had to reconcile the Englishness of his Dickensian source with the American qualities of the integrated book musical. To do so, he turned to the musical traditions that had defined his upbringing: English music hall, Cockney street singing, and East End Yiddish theatre. This book reconstructs the complicated biography of Bart's play, from its early inception as a pop musical inspired by a marketable image, through its evolution into a sincere Dickensian adaptation that would push English musical theatre to new dramatic heights. The book also addresses Oliver!'s phenomenal reception in its homeland, where audiences responded to the musical's Englishness with a nationalistic fervor. The musical, which has more than fulfilled its promise as one of the most popular English musicals of all time, remains one of the country's most significant shows. Author Marc Napolitano shows how Oliver!'s popularity has ultimately exerted a significant influence on two separate cultural trends. Firstly, Bart's adaptation forever impacted the culture text of Dickens's Oliver Twist; to this day, the general perception of the story and the innumerable allusions to the novel in popular media are colored heavily by the sights, scenes, sounds, and songs from the musical, and virtually every major adaptation of from the 1970s on has responded to Bart's work in some way. Secondly, Oliver! helped to move the English musical forward by establishing a post-war English musical tradition that would eventually pave the way for the global dominance of the West End musical in the 1980s. As such, Napolitano's book promises to be an important book for students and scholars in musical theatre studies as well as to general readers interested in the megamusical.
Category: Performing Arts

Hall Of Fame Museums

Author : Victor J. Danilov
ISBN : 0313300003
Genre : Art
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The first comprehensive overview of hall of fame museums and exhibits, this work contains valuable information on 274 halls of fame in over 100 fields in the United States and 10 other countries.
Category: Art

Masks And Faces

Author : Janet Muir
ISBN : 9781909183551
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Everyone on deck! All hands on deck! Fire! Fire! Bring the hose quick! As the steamship lurched in the heavy seas, Harry Braham grabbed what clothes he could and struggled with the other terrified passengers to climb the ladders. On deck, with the rain lashing down and the wind howling, he gripped the rails of the ship tightly, trying to stay upright. With horror he saw the flames leaping high in the hold and he thought his time had come. It was June 1891. A music-hall star famous for his comic songs and his ability to ‘pull mugs’, Harry - a seasoned traveler - was on his way from New York to his home in London, after a busy season appearing in a play by W H Crane. As the crew prepared the lifeboats, Harry looked back at his life - his apprenticeship with the Royal Christy Minstrels, his acclaimed tours of Australia and the USA, and his marriage to the vivacious but temperamental singer Lizzie Watson. Was this to be the end? In this well-researched and lively biography, full of fascinating social background, Janet Muir (Harry Braham’s great-great-niece) brings to life the world of the Victorian music-hall and traces Harry’s career from minstrelsy through to ‘legitimate’ theatre and finally to moving pictures, where he landed a part in D W Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Rhythm Music Magazine

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ISBN : UCSD:31822024780777
Genre : Popular music
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Corporate And Foundation Grants

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ISBN : UOM:39015016318654
Genre : Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations
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New Hampshire Profiles

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ISBN : WISC:89067939629
Genre : New Hampshire
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Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin

Author : Jon Bream
ISBN : 9780760339558
Genre : Music
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Now available in paperback, this all-star tribute to one of the biggest rock 'n' roll bands ever features glorious concert and behind-the-scenes photography from their first 1968 show as Led Zeppelin through the 2007 reunion.
Category: Music

Brighton S Music Halls

Author : David Adland
ISBN : IND:30000045767708
Genre : Music-halls
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The Ashgate Research Companion To Minimalist And Postminimalist Music

Author : Dr Keith Potter
ISBN : 9781472402783
Genre : Music
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In recent years the music of minimalist composers such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass has, increasingly, become the subject of important musicological reflection, research and debate. Scholars have also been turning their attention to the work of lesser-known contemporaries such as Phill Niblock and Eliane Radigue, or to second and third generation minimalists such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Michael Nyman and William Duckworth, whose range of styles may undermine any sense of shared aesthetic approach but whose output is still to a large extent informed by the innovative work of their minimalist predecessors. Attempts have also been made by a number of academics to contextualise the work of composers who have moved in parallel with these developments while remaining resolutely outside its immediate environment, including such diverse figures as Karel Goeyvaerts, Robert Ashley, Arvo Pärt and Brian Eno. Theory has reflected practice in many respects, with the multimedia works of Reich and Glass encouraging interdisciplinary approaches, associations and interconnections. Minimalism’s role in culture and society has also become the subject of recent interest and debate, complementing existing scholarship, which addressed the subject from the perspective of historiography, analysis, aesthetics and philosophy. The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music provides an authoritative overview of established research in this area, while also offering new and innovative approaches to the subject.
Category: Music