We recently have combed through several different areas of theatrical evolution. A few weeks ago we talked about the impact that the Greeks and their discovery of theater has had on the future. We then took a brief look at the life and career of arguably one of the most famous playwrights in the world, William Shakespeare. His influence stretched world-wide and still does to this very day. His works are the basis for many of today’s most renowned acting classes and elements of his work can be seen all over the modern theater world.
The time period between Shakespeare and modern theater as we know it, was a very long period of time, during which we saw an unmesurable growth in theater and theatrical style. While it is impossible to cover everything that happened between the late 1600′s and the beginning of the Vaudvillian era, what happened next truly took theater and entertainment to an entirely different level. It introduced theater goers to performances that had not been seen before, anywhere in the world and combined them into one, incredibly diverse show. This was also during the period of time when circus performing was coming into the mainstream and Vaudeville style shows were often mixed with sideshows to create even bigger performances.
What made a vaudeville show so desirable at the time, was the different acts all on one bill. For the longest time theater goers had to pick and choose the performances they wanted to see. Now here comes a new style of theater where they can go to one show and see some times as much as a dozen different short acts in one show. This was kind of like a classier version of a traveling circus. Dancers, jugglers, singers and all sorts of new and exciting performers were introduced to an entirely new audience. It skyrocketed in the early 1900′s and became the go to destination for those looking for a good time. As time went on however, things began to change again and conventional vaudeville became something else entirely.
With plenty of advancements in theater technology and what can be done on stage, current performances can recreate the style and feel that old-school vaudeville and bring people back to that exciting time in theater history. One of the best places to see shows just like that is the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. There are several shows on the Strip that take their cues from the Vaudeville shows of old and bring the audience a wide variety of acts all under one roof. One of the best is V – The Ultimate Variety Show. Constantly being voted the #1 Variety Show in all of Las Vegas it brings the best of Las Vegas and worldwide entertainment and puts it all on one stage. You won’t believe your eyes.
–V Theater Box Office Tags: Las Vegas Entertainment Las Vegas Shows Las Vegas Strip Local Travel