Stars of the New Jersey Shore


Stars of the New Jersey Shore: A Theatrical History by Karen L. Schnitzspahn.

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In pre-Hollywood era, theatrical stars flocked to the New Jersey coast to escape from the sweltering heat in eastern cities. After performing from September to May, they relished its tranquil beauty and cool breezes in the summer. This unique book spotlights dozens of the stars from the 1860s to the 1930s, including Maggie Mitchell, Lillie Langtry, Nate Salsbury, Lillian Nordica, and Robert B. Mantell, to name just a few. Count Basie, and Arthur Pryor were among musicians, celebrities, and vaudvillians in these seashore communities. Overviews of the Jersey shore theaters, Broadway tryouts, and technologies that changed entertainment were discussed at length.