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Although the Keith Circuit (later called the Keith-Albee Circuit) and the Orpheum Circuit created and .

Although the Keith Circuit (later called the Keith-Albee Circuit) and the Orpheum Circuit created and offered wholesome family entertainment-a real departure from former theatre offerings-in regal, palace-like theatres, there was a constant power struggle between these two circuits and against their would-be rivals. In addition, performers' rights were adversely affected by these clashes.

Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History. Wertheim shows both the human side and the voraciousness of the moguls. How the Keith-Albee and Orpheum Circuits Controlled the Big-Time and Its Performers. This book maps the intriguing story about how the tycoons of the two most powerful circuits, Keith-Albee in the East and the Orpheum in the West, conspired to control the big time. Despite the battles between the performers and the circuit moguls, the vaudeville wars forged an electrifying entertainment that at its zenith brought joy to millions. Show all. About the authors.

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Book Description Vaudeville Wars illuminates the exciting and intriguing story about how the tycoons of the two most powerful circuits, Keith-Albee in the East and the Orpheum in the West, conspired to control the big time. To createtheir national network of hundreds of vaudeville theaters, B. F. Keith and Edward Albee and the Orpheum's Morris Meyerfeld and Martin Beck, used cutthroat tactics to suppress rival owners and to squash performers' rights and the White Rats union through strikebreaking and blacklisting.

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Varying Form of Title: How the Keith Albee and Orpheum circuits controlled the big time and its performers. Palgrave Macmillan, (c)2006. Physical Description: xvii, 332 p. : ill. Title: Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.

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This book maps the intriguing story about how the tycoons of the two most powerful circuits, Keith-Albee in the East and the Orpheum in the West, conspired to control the big time

This book maps the intriguing story about how the tycoons of the two most powerful circuits, Keith-Albee in the East and the Orpheum in the West, conspired to control the big time.

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This book maps the intriguing story about how the tycoons of the two most powerful circuits, Keith-Albee in the East and the Orpheum in the West, conspired to control the big time. Despite the battles between the performers and the circuit moguls, the vaudeville wars forged an electrifying entertainment that at its zenith brought joy to millions.

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Kea
This is a very good book about the early motion picture theater business and how it worked and progressed thru the years......its ups and downs.....very interesting individuals and how they treated their business and the people that worked for them.......high school youth, college youth and indivduals interested in the motion picture industry would be happy with this book......lb
Kamick
Bravo for a thoroughly researched and documented rendition of the show-biz era of Vaudeville that reached across the entire country and parts of Canada! Although the Keith Circuit (later called the Keith-Albee Circuit) and the Orpheum Circuit created and offered wholesome family entertainment--a real departure from former theatre offerings--in regal, palace-like theatres, there was a constant power struggle between these two circuits and against their would-be rivals. In addition, performers' rights were adversely affected by these clashes. How many people know that the "K" and "O" in the familiar acronym "RKO" stands for--and hearkens back to--the Keith and Orpheum Vaudeville Circuits and that theatres maintaining either of those two names over the years since their demise are vestiges of their venues! The book is also a boon to contemporary families looking for a glimpse of the life of a Keith or Orpheum Circuit performing ancestor.
Tebei
This is the book that puts big time vaudeville in perspective.

Too often in chronicles of the golden age of vaudeville, the stars eclipse the movers and shakers around whom they revolved. Pastor, Proctor, Keith, Albee, Meyerfeld and Beck were among the vaudeville universe's few law-givers who dictated how brightly, how often and where the stars shone.

Until Wertheim's "Vaudeville Wars: How the Keith-Albee and the Orpheum Circuits Controlled the Big-Time and Its Performers," the men who created the institution of vaudeville had remained as inscrutable as official portraits. Wertheim drags away from their ledgers, telephones and mahogany desks and places the derby-hatted, cigar-smoking barons of vaudeville downstage center under the spotlight. He invests with personality the colorless B.F. Keith, the remote E.F. Albee, the inventive Proctor, the lesser known Morris Meyerfeld and the volatile yet discerning Martin Beck. They emerge as human beings--some venomous, all ambitious and a few nearly decent.

Arthur Frank Wertheim has thoroughly researched their machinations and provided the most clear, entertaining and reliable history of the business end of vaudeville. Besides being an engrossing read, "Vaudeville Wars" makes a fine case study fit for any MBA program.
Vaudeville Wars: How the Keith-Albee and Orpheum Circuits Controlled the Big-Time and Its Performers (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History) download epub
Performing Arts
Author: A. Wertheim
ISBN: 1403968268
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts
Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2006 edition (June 30, 2006)
Pages: 332 pages