Update April 2014
Integrative Ink is now formatting for publication:
The Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III
Coney Island Including Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach
The book will be available in June 2014, just in time for the summer at Coney Island.
Excerpts from the New York Sun, October 31, 1931:
“In the old days the music halls of the Bowery ran early and late. The girls on a stage at the rear could be seen from the street, but only their legs were visible. A curtain drop shielded the rest of the body. If you wanted to see more you went inside at the earnest solicitation of a barker who would not permit a crowd to block the entrance.”
“If you wanted to see more of the Bowery girls and witness their performance you entered and took a seat to be waited on at a table by a waiter who wore an apron and whose arms were bare. He was a busy fellow working on commission, and if you did not buy his beer fast enough to suit him, he did not hesitate to tell you some persons were waiting to take your seat.
“The show in these places would not satisfy today, but it was the real thing then. There were other places of entertainment outside these girl shows. Motion pictures then a little crude were shown, and Stauch’s dance hall had one of the largest floors in the country, where music was supplied by two bands.”
He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014, historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.