Vaudeville: Drama and Opera in Tabloid Form


Vaudeville: Drama and Opera in Tabloid Form


This article is a contemporary reflection on vaudeville; if it were published in a paper today it would probably be categorized as an editorial. The writer celebrates vaudeville as a form of family entertainment, and it fit into my discussion of the content of vaudeville. The article is particularly helpful because it gives a man's perspective on the lack of sexuality on the variety stage.


Campbell MacCullouch


The St. Louis Republic


June 4, 1905


MacCullouch, Campbell. "Vaudeville: Drama and Opera in Tabloid Form."




Drama aind Opera ixn Tabloid Form
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ONE month ago at a dinner of the Theater Man-
" agcrs' As-n-iation at a
Xew-York hotel. Daniel Fmh
lii.m. in the course of a sjn-cih
toiithing jHn the amu-ement
enterprises of the country and their relation
to public life, paid his respects to a htlle
undcrstood anil much-derided amu-cment
industry by the following remark-
"Yaudeville is creative anil progress, ve
in its tharattcr. In In-half of the n.en
who conduct that class of entertainment.
1 cm say emjihalioally that there are no
oilier dates of atnii-cmcnt whose stages
:ire more generally free fnun suirgc-tive
or ties' ional le m-ms or itRidcnts than
the house maintained ly the managers
of tins tlass of jfrformaiHc.
Inileeil. in vaudeville the relations of the
f.tmilv tircle ami of good t.c-te are always
re-petted. Each year see- a further im
provement in the cla- of material " 'crcd,
ami the win le tone is one of healthy energy
ami pro-jn-rity."
I'hi mav lo regarded as the first rcig-
nition of vaudeville as a real anil potent
fat tor in the amusement supply of the
nation. Yet vaudeville is no new tiling,
for the present-day form of it was con
ceived twenty-four years ago in a little oblong
room on the first lloor of a ram-haikle building on
Wa-liingtoii-st., Ho-ton. Sime that time it has
ad'.anred. until to-lay it means something more
than thoV- whose interest in it i- confined to the
announcement in the il.iily jiajn-r would ln-licvc.
T't begin with, there i- invtMeil in the vaudeville
on'erjirw-s of this eountry a little more than twenty
m million dollars. htrilitttel amonu three hundred
the iters. More than twelve thousand jiersons find
their hvmn in vaudeville, in one way or another,
and the i nil die is Miflit-iently interetol to exj-end
nearlv a million a week in ailini-ion fees.
Y.iudexille o'lers an easy and tlea-int means of
litlih'l to Mime eventy-:ive hundred players of
all tl.ies. The vaudeville artist in vinit rejtvts
i litrer oT than his fellow in the "legitimate"
l'r.mih of the profeMon. for hi- salary almo-t
alw iv- i- ji.iid regularly, and seldom if ever is there
lu.irl a tale -ui-h as many returninj: attors tell of
har-l-htj - on the road.

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Campbell MacCullouch, “Vaudeville: Drama and Opera in Tabloid Form,” Inbetween Peoples, accessed September 24, 2020,