Vaudeville: An American Masters Special



"'Vaudeville' is a warm two-hour remembrance of several decades of talented, antic, self-made and well loved purveyors of popular entertainment. On show… are precious clips of the dancers, singers, magicians, comedians, animal handlers, acrobats, contortionists and the many ukulele strummers who filled theaters around the land before the coming of radio and movies, not to mention television…

Anecdotes are generously supplied by veteran performers, fans and observers, including June Havoc, Bobby Short, Bill Irwin, Al Hirschfeld, John Lahr and Studs Terkel. Although they are delivering obsequies, the evening's spirit is happy. As Mr. Lahr says, 'We're still living off the energy of vaudeville.' There's no doubt that the inventive, energetic, and quite peculiar fun givers celebrated here belong among PBS's American masters."