Music Halls, Variety, Vaudeville and Burlesque
by John Kenrick
comedienne Fay Templeton, in the tights often worn by ingénues
in early variety.
The modern musical received its format from operetta, but
got its comic soul from the variety stages of Britain, France and America. These essays are the
same ones found in our History of Musicals, plus several special features created in
response to user requests for more on variety, vaudeville and burlesque.