minstrel show


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minstrel show

n.
A comic variety show of the 1800s and early 1900s, usually featuring white actors in blackface.

minstrel show

n
(Theatre) a theatrical entertainment consisting of songs, dances, comic turns, etc, performed by a troupe of actors wearing black face make-up

min′strel show`


n.
a theatrical entertainment of the 19th and early 20th centuries, usu. performed by whites in blackface.

minstrel show

A nineteenth-century farcical US show consisting of impersonations of blacks by white musicians using blackface make-up.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minstrel show - a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokesminstrel show - a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokes
troupe, company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"
corner man, end man - a man at one end of line of performers in a minstrel show; carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor
interlocutor, middleman - the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk
minstrel - a performer in a minstrel show
2.minstrel show - a variety show in which the performers are made up in blackface
variety show, variety - a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
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The first of all the negro minstrel shows came to town, and made a sensation.
She said: "I might be old, but in the days of The Black and White Minstrel Show we were doing two shows a day, would have 16 costume changes on the side of the stage, and all that I had on was a G-string and a pair of fishnet tights
MAINSTREAM Leslie Crowther and George Chisholm were the stars of TV's Black and White Minstrel Show.
From 1866 to 1873, Lavallee returned to the minstrel show circuit, travelling widely throughout North America with the New Orleans Minstrels, the San Francisco Minstrels, and the Morris Brothers' Minstrels (chapter 3).
1969: The Black And White Minstrel Show, at London's Victoria Palace, closed after 4,354 performances in seven years.
His response was the Nigel Farage show, a piece of seaside vaudeville which should have gone out of fashion with the Black and White Minstrel show.
I sometimes think that I'd like to sit my own kids down in front of the telly for an evening of 1970s episodes of The Black and White Minstrel Show and Love Thy Neighbour.
He has no interest in joining a minstrel show where a white audience expects him to "coon it up.
When minstrel show performer and entrepreneur James Douglass encounters Henry Sims, playing his banjo for appreciative listeners on a Philadelphia street, he's more concerned with the boost the talented young escaped slave will give his foundering show and the legal and practical obstacles to presenting him on stage than he is with the irony of inviting a black man to participate in a performance that holds those of his race up to ridicule.
1969: The Black And White Minstrel Show, |at London's Victoria Palace, closed after 4,354 performances in seven years.
Henry, who was born and grew up in the West Midlands, started out working on the controversial Black And White Minstrel Show before getting his big break doing impressions on the talent show New Faces.
To write prose like Pam Ayres The funny tale of Ethel Preedy or the Dolly on the Dustcart And capture that twinkle and humour of hers To pin down my words with a change of heart Opportunity knocked for her on ITV A sense of timing a natural gift Reciting poetry on the minstrel show on BBC Pam's poetry gives people's moods a lift Maybe my pinned down words will be set free To release the laughter And the sparkle in me.