From Vaudeville to Today: The Ever-Evolving World of Variety Acts

Variety acts have gone through many different iterations over the years, ranging from the early days of Vaudeville to modern entertainment. Don Casino Entertainment Agency, a talent booking agency specializing in providing a wide variety of top-notch performers, has seen the evolution of variety acts firsthand.

Vaudeville acts appeared in Europe to great fanfare and became popular throughout North America in the late 19th century. Generally, Vaudeville performances were a mix of comedy skits, musical interludes, and novelty acts like acrobats and animals. 

In the early 20th century, variety acts became more organized with the advent of the burlesque revue, which was a full-scale, multi-act variety show. This version of burlesque performance took on many forms, from recitations of dramatic poems to imitations of plays, and featured musical performances by singers, dancers, and brass bands.

In the 1940s, variety acts transitioned into the age of television. Shows like “The Ed Sullivan Show” showcased singers, comedians, magicians, and other performers in a new medium. This ushered in an era of variety perform­ance that continues today.

In the 1950s and 1960s, variety shows like “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” and “Hollywood Palace” featured regular guest performers like singers, acrobats, and stand-up comedians. These variety shows came to be regarded as not just entertainment, but more specifically family-friendly entertainment, and so became increasingly popular. 

Today, variety acts continue to thrive and evolve in the entertainment world. Live variety shows take place in clubs and theatres around the world, often featuring up-and-coming talent from the area.

At Don Casino, we specialize in the evolution of variety acts from Vaudeville to modern entertain­ment. Our talent ranges from comedians and guitar comics to impressionists and ventriloquists. You’ll find the finest comedy jugglers, comedy magicians, hypnotists, illusionists, mentalists and novelty acts in business today. Our music acts range from female vocalists and instrumentalists to male Vocalists, tribute acts, vocal duos, vocal groups, and vocal Impressionists. We also have world-class party bands, DJ’s, and the ever-popular ballroom and cirque variety specialty acts. 

If you’re searching for a way to add some excitement to a live show or event, Don Casino is the perfect solution! Our expansive selection of variety acts and performances encompasses all eras, making us your one-stop shop for spectacular entertainment. Our high-standard performers are available to deliver extraordinary experiences to you and your guests. From amazing performers to a remarkable array of variety acts, your gathering will be overflowing with fun and fond memories. Don’t hesitate to reach out – contact us today to discuss how one of our amazing variety acts can help you create an event that will be the envy of the town.

Don Casino Entertainment Agency, your partner in creating unique event experiences that profoundly connect with audiences. For entertainment booking to seamless execution, count on Don Casino as your #1 talent booking agency. For more information on booking artists for events, visit our site or call us at 786-882-2137.