vaudeville show
Variety show Variety show A stage entertainment, live or televised, of successive separate performances, usually songs, dances, acrobatic feats, dramatic sketches, exhibitions of trained animals, or any specialties. When performed live in a theater, it was often called a {vaudeville show}, but when television became a dominant form of entertainment live vaudeville performances almost completely ceased. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

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  • vaudeville — [vôd′vil, väd′vil; vô′dəvil, vä′dəväl] n. [Fr, earlier vau de vire, after Vau de Vire, the valley of the Vire (in Normandy), famous for light, convivial songs ] ☆ 1. a) a stage show consisting of mixed specialty acts, including songs, dances,… …   English World dictionary

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  • vaudeville — /vawd vil, vohd , vaw deuh /, n. 1. theatrical entertainment consisting of a number of individual performances, acts, or mixed numbers, as by comedians, singers, dancers, acrobats, and magicians. Cf. variety (def. 9). 2. a theatrical piece of… …   Universalium

  • Vaudeville —    American vaudeville has little to do with the original French usage of the word, but borrowed it only to give a classy aura to bills of short variety acts, thus distinguishing them from the risqué variety acts presented in concert saloons and… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

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  • show — Synonyms and related words: Grand Guignol, Passion play, Prospero, Tom show, accompany, accord, account for, acting, advertise, affect, affectation, affectedness, afford, afford proof of, air, airiness, airs, airs and graces, alibi, allege,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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