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Birthplace Of Vaudeville?

199-201 Bowery

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
1. Birthplace Of Vaudeville? Marker
Inscription.  You are standing on the former site of Tony Pastorís Opera House, one of the legendary birthplaces of vaudeville. Known as the “Bowery Autocrat,” Antonio Pastor (1832-1908), was born in NYC, sang as a child performer in P.T. Barnumís Museum, and worked for a time as a circus ringmaster and blackface minstrel. After the Civil War, he launched his Opera House (1865-1875) where he sang, reigned as master of ceremonies and booked the acts, including Harrigan and Hart, the fathers of American musical comedy.

Unlike the raucous variety shows in saloons, Pastorís shows opened with the “Star Spangled Banner,” and were intentionally made clean and suitable for women and children. Drinking, smoking and rude language were banned, and this is one of the ways Pastor can be said to have invented vaudeville, although he never used the word himself.
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 43.266′ N, 73° 59.611′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on
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By Larry Gertner, July 20, 2016
2. Birthplace Of Vaudeville? Marker site
199-201 Bowery, 2016
Bowery near Spring Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199-201 Bowery, New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Yiddish Theatreís 1st American Home (here, next to this marker); “Big Tim” Sullivanís Clubhouse (a few steps from this marker); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (within shouting distance of this marker); Christians, Cops, Elks & Anarchism (within shouting distance of this marker); From Making Money To Making Art (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Of Photographer Robert Frank (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years & Counting (within shouting distance of this marker); Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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East Bowery and Tony Pastor's, circa 1860
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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“Suitable for women and children”
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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Harrigan and Hart
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By Larry Gertner, July 19, 2016
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One night's program
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 8, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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