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Brighton Beach Music Hall Collection
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Mss 694 1908-1914
Box 1

Brighton Beach Music Hall was a vaudeville theatre in Brooklyn, New York, in the early 1900s. Programs and contracts of a vaudeville theatre in Brooklyn, New York, from 1908 to 1914 document women singers, dancers, and other vaudeville and music hall performers.

Graphics in the programs portray popular feminine ideals, as do acts such as "The Perfect Woman" and the one act comedy, "A Business Proposal," with one leading character, Miss Jane Hoops, portraying "Mr. Rugg's private stenographer."

Virginia Harned, a playwright and actress, heeded the admonition in bold, black lettering to "Read Carefully Before Signing" at the top of her 1909 contract. She crossed out the provisions that would have allowed her to be fired without cause and which required her to give additional performances as requested. In her own handwriting, she added "Virginia Harned to be sole star feature. Her name alone on [sic] all electric lights and at the top of all billing matter."

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