The University of Arizona Vaudeville Collections take center stage as the University Libraries host "Curtain Call," an exhibition of the world's largest collection of vaudeville treasures from Special Collections. The exhibit, documenting one of the nation's most influential entertainment genres, presents information on vaudeville theater circuits and individual performers, as well as Showbill and promotional items that document U.S. social history spanning the Progressive Era, World War I, the Jazz Age and the Great Depression.
The exhibit also reflects how aspects of this part of early American popular culture still influence comedy, dance and stage performances today through the examples of shows such as the Ziegfeld Follies and performers such as Fanny Brice, Buster Keaton, Al Jolson, and Burns and Allen.
The exhibit will be in the lobby of Special Collections, which will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Encore! a UA musical theater majors group, will offer a free performance of music from the golden years of vaudeville on April 7 at 7 p.m. in the east lobby of the Main Library.