Seattle Rep’s ‘The Vaudevillians’ and Seattle’s vaudevillian history

TVBy Karen K.

songs of willow frost
“Songs of Willow Frost,” a historical novel featuring the Moore Theatre in the silver screen era, on our Beyond the Theatre list for Seattle Rep’s season opener of “The Vaudevillians.”

In Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of The Vaudevillians, Seattle natives Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx Monsoon, RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Richard Andriessen (Major Scales) star as “The Vaudevillians,” a fictional 1920s duo who were literally frozen in time while touring in Antarctica. Thawing out nearly a century later, they discover their original music has been co-opted throughout the years—and they’re not going to stand for it. (The production previews next Friday, October 3.) We put together a list of books, music and DVDs — The Vaudevillians: Beyond the Theatre — to complement the show at The Rep. Working on this list lead me to the Seattle Room collection (at the Central Library) and down a fascinating journey looking at the tradition of vaudeville and its history in Seattle. Continue reading “Seattle Rep’s ‘The Vaudevillians’ and Seattle’s vaudevillian history”