Blog Posts: Commentary and Images for Every Episode

Above, Illustration of Edwin Booth as Richard, in an engraving published in Booth's own acting edition of the play in 1872. Edwin Booth first played the Academy of Music in the role of Richard III on August 24th 1863 . The productio…

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March 4, 2022

A Man of Mark

Since I refer to it so often in the episode, and because I call the veracity of its details into question during this episode, I thought it was only fair that I reproduce the entire chapter about John A. Arneaux in William Simmons' book Men of Mark:…

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Above, Below, a drawing made by Major John Andre, depicting a knight of the Mischianza. According to one source: "André sketched this knight of the Mischianza with his squire for the souvenir book he assembled for Peggy Chew. The picture is a…

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As I promised in Episode #24, "The Everlasting Minstrel Show", here is the complete item about the from the New York Clipper on June 13th, 1863 about the "Ira Aldridge Troupe". It was part of a longer article entitled "The Theatrical Record", and ha…

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Philadelphia artist Frank Taylor's rendering of Dumont's Minstrel's (also known as the Eleventh Street Opera House).By the time Taylor made this drawing in the 1920s, the theater had been demolished, and the current version of Dumont's former troupe…

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A copy of the bust of Charlotte Cushman by Emma Stebbins, which was a longtime feature of the collection of the Cushman Club in Philadelphia. It was given to the club in 1957 by Stuart Louchheim, then the president of the Academy of Music. It now re…

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Well, yes he did! Faithful followers of the podcast will remember that we speculated on this topic in Episode #2, but there is proof! In the famous diary of the London resident and Royal Navy administrator Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), we find the foll…

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Above: The cover of Christian DuComb's book Haunted City.  Below: Christian Ducomb has himself been a Mummer. He performed as a slice of pizza with the Vaudevillains Comic Club in the 2010 Mummers Parade. (Photo from an 2017 article i…

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Print of the Academy of Music, 1857. In a very early article about the Academy of Music from the late 1850s, a writer remarked that there was a general effort in Philadelphia to call it "The Broad Street Opera House." This would have followed t…

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A British cartoon showing the O.P. riots in London in 1809. The point of view of the artist is decidedly opposed to the protests, as the cartoon shows working class roughnecks assaulting and robbing well-dressed toffs in the pit of the Grand Nationa…

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