By Karen K.
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”