Thursday, March 27, 2014

Capitalizing on 'the worst' to make some bucks...

By Steve Crum

The Cherry Sisters had an act in the early 1900's that toured in vaudeville for 10 years before hitting Broadway at Hammerstein's Victoria. While billed at Hammerstein's as "America's Worst Act," a net was spread in front of the stage to catch the vegetables and hen fruit tossed from the audience. It's a show biz tradition to this day to term a nadir act "a road company of the Cherry Sisters." (from Show Biz from Vaude to Video...1951)
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No known footage of The Cherry Sisters exists, but here is vaudeville singer Trixie Fraganza, doing her thing in 1929: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svf4ToesTvI

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