Union Vodvil 1920. [Vaudeville]
Vaudeville show program, with minstrel show blackface cover art, raising funds to build the Union Memorial Building at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
1920 program for a “Vodvil” or vaudeville show produced at the University of Wisconsin–Madison to raise funds to build the campus’ Union Memorial Building.
The cover art by Fred Sperry (Class of 1921) depicts an actor in minstrel-show blackface slouching uneasily in a theatrical spotlight. Numerous ads for Madison business are seen throughout the program.
The 12-act vaudeville show included musical numbers, comedy, and short plays or skits. The musical finale, “Melody Garden,” was directed and costumed by women and was performed by an all-female cast of singers and dancers. One of their numbers, “Dark Town Syncopation,” appears to have been a minstrel show act. It was followed by a “Danse Bizarre” featuring slaves, though, perhaps, of a Middle Eastern variety.
Description: Union Vodvil 1920. [Vaudeville]
[Madison, Wisconsin: Likely Bied Printing Co., 1920]. pp. Program. 6½ x 4 inches. Illustrated wrappers; stapled. Ownership inscription on upper cover. Fine.
Ref. The Badger, Assembled and Published by the Class of 1922 of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (Madison,1921).