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Lydia Thompson: Queen of Burlesque (Forgotten Stars of the Musical Theatre)

Lydia Thompson: Queen of Burlesque (Forgotten Stars of the Musical Theatre) [Kindle Edition]

Kurt Ganzl
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"This is a thorough biography, chronicling the life of an important though somewhat neglected figure and rich in data. It introduces valuable information about Thompson as well as a wealth of primary source material."-Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, "Theatre Journal "The strength of this book is its detailed performance history, a history that makes clear that Thompson--far less "blonde" then [sic] she appears in legend--was no minor actress either before she crossed the Atlantic or after her American success."-Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, "Theatre Journal "Thompson's story is told most completely here and might certainly compel the undergraduate student and theatre aficionado."-Elizabeth Reitz Mullenix, "Theatre Journal "An atmosphere of empathy and admiration penetrates Ganzl's depiction of this actress's career, from her boomtown days in a touring burlesque company ("British Blondes") to her last performance as Duchess of Albuquerque in Ruy Blas's "A Queen's Romance."-American Theater, July/August

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3452 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J4JH2TA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Factual Review 26 Feb 2007
By Dr. R. Brandon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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An excellent and well presented book if rather expensive. This book tells of the career of Lydia Thompson, a theatre star of international repute in the 1860s and 1870s, and also covers her vexed relationship with the theatre owner and manager Alexander Henderson. The book is strictly factual and avoids psychobabble and conjecture and must, therefore, be of great interest to all those interested in the mid Victorian theatre. Very readable and moves along at a good pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but worth it 14 Mar 2003
By Aunt Charlotte - Published on
Despite the ludicrous price the publisher is charging for this book, I would recommend everyone sell some plasma and stagger out to buy it. One of the best show-biz bios I have ever read. Chatty, informative, stunningly well-researched; often funny. The author takes us not only into the life and career of a very successful (but now forgotten) star, but takes us on some fascinating side-trips as well.
A superb job--many pats on the back to Mr. Gänzl.
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