No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous
“My favorite guilty pleasure is show biz books. This one is the best.”
----- Bette Midler, People Magazine
“A book that sharpens the mind and stirs the heart…The writing is as snappy as these troupers and headliners deserve. And the scholarship is high-class.
“Describes with infectious relish such acts as a banjo-playing Shakespeare reciter, a one-legged tap dancer, a man who wrote backward, a comic lecturer on human anatomy, a drag trapeze artist, and The Vagges—World Famous Bag Punchers.”
“Exuberant…Trav S.D. makes grand claims for vaudeville…His well-researched excursions into vaudeville’s prehistory, and his arguments for its influential role in American culture, make his book something more than a fast-moving tour of popular entertainment and long-forgotten stars…By turns shrewd and amusing.”
“Full of droll anecdotes, old-time showmanship and an intense love for a 100-year-old movement that the author claims never completely died…[Trav S.D.’s] admiration for these performers is infectious, and he follows through with compelling analyses of how vaudeville continues to influence contemporary pop culture.”
“Almost a vaudeville show unto itself…Open a single chapter of No Applause and you’ll get a great snapshot of the industry at that time…An ode to the tenacity, the freaks, the slapstick, and yes, the art form that was responsible for entertainment today as we know it.”
“Never dull, Trav S.D. includes enlightening tidbits that put vaudeville’s history into context for a 21st century audience…an entertaining read.”
“Traces vaudeville’s roots back to Dionysian rites, dropping fascinating bits along the way…[A] spirited tribute.”
“Much has been written about the American institution of vaudeville, but readers would be hard-pressed to find an account as humorous and sharp as writer and performer
“Thorough and thoroughly entertaining…One of the year’s best historical performing arts texts; a wonderful story wonderfully told.”
“Both performer and theatre historian, [Trav S.D.] knows of what he speaks. His rich, well-researched history of American vaudeville from its roots in the 1880s onward is a rare enough feat made all the more startling by the wit, zest and fresh eyes [he] brings to the subject.”
“An astonishing work of vaudeville itself”
“Trav S.D. is a man of many talents”
“No Applause, like many an old headliner, is a bit over the top. But its spirit is admirably defensive and quite possibly accurate: ‘Vaudeville is the life spirit itself, our very humanity. The day vaudeville flatlines is the day you can also write the epitaph of the human race.”
“Worthy of both the applause and the money,”
“An affectionate, clear-eyed and comprehensive history of vaudeville…Brings style, sass and scholarship to bear on the boisterous world of variety.
“A tastily eccentric psychedelicatessen”!
“Wonderfully bizarre. Cartoonish camp, high- and low-brow collisions, and anarchic flights of fancy…takes a potentially tasteless premise and makes it sing and dance”!
“…[the creators] transposed the reality with real cleverness and I loved the Willy Nilly anthem. Kind of brilliant.”
“Enough gyrating skin to satisfy any theatrical voyeur.”
“I had a blast! Helluva way to stumble home at the end of a 13 hour theatre binge; exhausted, sweaty and very, very happy. The laughs and inventiveness were very much appreciated.”
“Taking a chance on one of the five million new shows performed during the Fringe Festival is like Russian Roulette with five bullets. And yet, when that chamber’s empty, the experience can be immensely rewarding. What to do? We’re going to go with Piper Mckenzie’s Willy Nilly.”
“Merry Prankster-ish fun. With its enthusiastic castsporting over-the-top hippie-wear,colorful set that makes the most of minimalism, rockin’ musical numbers [and] exuberantly executed chorography, Willy Nilly moves as fast as itspscho guru lead does in assembling his Manson-like Tribe”
“We suspect it’ll be this year’s breakout hit.”
“Trav S.D.’s hilarious musical send-up of Charles Manson and the events leading up to the gruesome murders that shocked 1960’s America is given an outstanding production, directed by Jeff Lewonczyk.”
“The manic rants, stoned slapstick, prehistoric hipsterism and period-pastiche score make this the most hilarious show about brainwashing and ritual slaughter you may see all month.”
“I think this show has hit potential in the cult/late night Off Broadway scene and I hope it gets the chance. It is wild, free wheeling and a little “off” in a good way.”
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