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The Hanlon Brothers: From Daredevil Acrobatics to Spectacle Pantomime, 1833-1931 (Theater in the Americas)


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The Hanlonsand#8212;a family of six brothers from Manchester, Englandand#8212;were one of the worldand#8217;s premiere performing troupes in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, yet their legacy has been mostly forgotten. In The Hanlon Brothers: From Daredevil Acrobatics to Spectacle Pantomime, 1833and#8211;1931, Mark Cosdon carefully documents the careers of this talented family and enumerates their many contributions to modern popular entertainment.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; As young men, the Hanlons stunned audiences all over the world with their daring acrobatic feats. After a tragic accident severely injured one brother (and indirectly led to his suicide in a manner achievable only by someone with considerable acrobatic talents), they moved into the safer arena of spectacle pantomime, where they became the rage of Parisian popular theatre. They achieved fame with their uproariously funny and technically astonishing production of Le Voyage en Suisse. After settling permanently in the northeastern United States, they developed two more full-length pantomimes, Fantasma and Superba. The three shows toured for more than thirty years, a testament to their popularity and to the Hanlonsand#8217; impressive business acumen.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The bookand#8217;s illustrationsand#8212;including sketches of their performances, studio photographs of the Hanlons, and posters for all three of their major pantomimesand#8212;are essential to the understanding of their work. The Hanlon Brothers is painstakingly researched yet accessible and engaging.and#160; Cosdon has managed to provide a thorough and engrossing account of the Hanlonsand#8217; lives and careers, which will no doubt help to reestablish their legacy in the world of popular entertainment.

About the Author

Mark Cosdon is associate professor of theatre and performance studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.and#160; His articles on theatre history and popular performance have appeared in a number of journals, including Theatre History Studies, Journal of American Drama and Theatre,and Asian Theatre Journal.and#160;

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sjborofsky, August 14, 2012 (view all comments by sjborofsky)
I was very please to see this. Edward Hanlon is my great-great grandfather on my mother's side. His daughter Florence was my great-grandmother who lived with our family at one time in Manchester, Ct. She passed away in 1976.
I wasn't aware that another book was written about them.
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Cosdon, Mark
Southern Illinois University Press
Theater - General
Hanlon-Lees (Theatrical troupe)
Theater - History & Criticism
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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1st Edition
Theater in the Americas
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Professional and scholarly
9 x 6 in

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