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Julie Andrews Found Truth in Camp

Monday, January 05, 2015

In this candid interview, the actress perhaps best known as the prim icon Mary Poppins discusses her early life on the "wrong side of tracks," where she got her start in vaudeville.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Conjoined Twins, Vaudeville Stars: Rejected and Celebrated, Together

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A new musical about Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins, who were legends in their time and the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Before It Was Trendy, It Was Scandalous: Burlesque Star Gypsy Rose Lee, 1957

Wednesday, November 07, 2012


Few writers begin their appearance at The Herald Tribune's prestigious Books and Authors Luncheon series by doing a striptease, but Gypsy Rose Lee feels it is expected of her. 

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Beer Talk: The Two Man Gentlemen Band

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vaudeville swing duo The Two Man Gentlemen Band returns to our studio with its latest release, Two at a Time. Tune in at 2pm for a live audio stream from the Soundcheck studio.



Bree Benton: In Studio

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Since 2005, Bree Benton has been performing as "Poor Baby Bree" - a Victorian-era character she developed after years of studying the golden age of vaudeville. Bree Benton's latest show starring her waif-like alter-ego, “I am Going to Run Away,” begins next month - she joins in the studio to give us a sneak peak.  

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Knock On Wood!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Given the number of things that can go wrong with a production, it’s no wonder that performers are a superstitious bunch. Today Soundcheck dives into the world of superstitions -- from The Apollo’s famous tree stump to why you never, ever say “Good Luck.”  Plus: Bree Benton, a.k.a. "Poor Baby Bree," gives us a performance from her one-woman show, “I Am Going to Run Away.” And: We remember banjo player and bluegrass revolutionary Earl Scruggs.