The Jewel Box Revue: America's Longest-Running, Touring Drag Show Journal Article uri icon

Overview

abstract

  • Chronicles the history of The Jewel Box Revue, which performed from the 1940s to the early 1970s and was the longest running touring drag show in America. Provides a brief general history of gender impersonation in performance. Describes the evolution of The Jewel Box Revue under the leadership of Doc Benner and Danny Brown. Briefly profiles various stars, including male and female impersonators. Discusses the show's production numbers, its theatrical venues, and the kinds of audiences it drew over the years. Describes the demise of the production, influenced by the decline of nightclubs and prejudice against gender illusionists in the 1960s.

publication date

  • January 1, 1997

Full Author List

  • Coleman B

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 79

end page

  • 91

volume

  • 17