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Queen of VaudevilleThe Story of Eva Tanguay$
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Andrew L. Erdman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449703

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449703.001.0001

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Follies and Fortunes

Follies and Fortunes

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Queen of Vaudeville

Andrew L. Erdman

Cornell University Press

This chapter recounts Eva Tanguay's casting in Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.'s Follies. Florenz made sure that in addition to a sumptuous salary, the play would reflect Eva's personality, from its song numbers to its publicity. As such, Eva made her first appearance in the show singing several rousing numbers. The audience particularly enjoyed “Play Ball with Me” by Gus Edwards at the close of act 1, whereby theatergoers were furnished with actual baseballs, and urged to engage in a game of catch. After intermission, the second half of the Follies featured airplanes, bathing beauties, and Eva riding an elephant, in which the new star, “dressed in the most vivid red imaginable,” belted out an assortment of her own vaudeville.

Keywords:   Eva Tanguay, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr, Follies, Play Ball with Me, vaudeville

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