A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 24, 2004
Variety
The show business newspaper Variety began in New York City in 1905. However, the word "variety" (show business meaning) also comes from New York City.

I've been trying to verify the following with more information, but it seems accurate.


21 April 1937, New York Herald Tribune, pg. 20, col. 1:

Gus Hill Dead;
A Half-Century
In the Theater
(...)
Minstrelsy was in its heyday then and the combination entertainment known as "variety" was yet to be born in this country. "Variety," according to Mr. Hill, first appeared at Broadway and Grand Street when an English actor refused to do his work in blackface as a part of a minstrel show, and insisted that his act be added instead as a specialty.

Posted by Barry Popik
Names/Phrases • (0) Comments • Saturday, July 24, 2004 • Permalink