Area’s First Vaudeville Production Since 1930!

Recreated accurate and authentic ---- period precise cast, costuming, makeup, music

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., (DATELINE) Philadelphia native and accomplished Director/Production creator, Dambra Sabato of  A Saturday’s Child, and The Broadway Theatre of Pitman, present “Vaudeville at the Broadway” on the built-for-Vaudeville stage of the local Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman, NJ.                                

    Built in 1926 by Philadelphia firm, Eberhard, Magaziner & Harris, the theatre was restored to its original splendor in 2006.  Producers are awakening a creature, dormant for nearly a century--music stands; feature signs; backdrops; and the first lighting board, all rediscovered, restored and reused with original 1926 artifacts and pieces of the theatre’s Vaudeville roots.

    Accurate and period-precise in content, cast, costuming, makeup and music, “Vaudeville at the Broadway” is a true-to-life, live Vaudeville show, with eight all-star acts, nickel peanuts and popcorn, shoeshines and newsboys -- the likes of which has not been seen since 1930.  The show invites audiences to step back in time 85 years, and experience what they would have seen on this stage in June 1926.

    An extraordinary group of headliners and showcase musicians, from Philadelphia, New York, Atlantic City and Baltimore, have immersed themselves in the culture and fabric of 1926, resurrecting the passion and spirit of Vaudeville performers of the past.  

    “If there are ghosts in the eighty-five-year-old theater, they’re smiling,” believes Director Sabato.  The acts are:

“The Give and Take Jugglers,” the song stylings of “The Baybee Sisters,”  Ray Croce as Cyrano De Bergerac, “The Chris Sooy 5” band;  the comic banter of “Clancy & Muldoon”, “The Valentino Tango,” the escape artistry of Doug Young, featuring Houdini’s suspended straight jacket escape; the big, beautiful voice of Caroline Kearney; all introduced by Chelsea DiPilla.  

    Tickets are $19.26 – as curiously authentic as the Theatre’s opening date. For more about Director/Creator, Dambra Sabato visit



Archeological Dig in Pitman New Jersey Unearths Vaudeville

Like relics from the past, music stands, hand-painted feature signs, promotional easels, scenic backdrops and even the first lighting board have been rediscovered, after eighty-five years hidden in the deep storage caverns of the Broadway Theatre of Pitman.  All are original 1926 artifacts and authentic pieces of the theater’s vaudeville roots. 

They are being restored, to be reused in a daring attempt to produce an actual vaudeville show.  Not a simulation, not an approximation, a true-to- life, live vaudeville show, the likes of which has been extinct since 1930.

The expedition is being headed by Dambra Sabato, founder and president of the arts and entertainment company, A Saturday’s Child.  Sabato is a passionate devotee and student of vaudeville and has been in pursuit of the creature for nearly thirty years.

A multi-million dollar restoration project restored the theater to it’s original splendor and led Managing Director, Pat Mangano to reopen a conversation with Sabato that had started between them four years earlier.  Timing was right, not only in the Broadway’s positioning to co-produce, but in the resurgent popularity of the vaudeville era brought on by HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire!.  The partnership was formed in September of last year and Sabato was given nine months to bring vaudeville back to life.

The project requires a team of specialists limited to using only the theatrical technology found on the site. Employing early methods and primitive tools, stage technicians and crew are adapting to 1926 mechanics, staging and lighting. 

The success of the project raises anthropological issues, as well.  Beyond the costuming, make-up and time-period content of their act, performers are immersing themselves in the culture and fabric of the times, resurrecting the vaudeville spirit and mentality.  If there are ghosts in the eighty-five-year-old theater, they are smiling.

Appearing on the same stage, under the same lighting, against the same curtains, doing the same acts, to the same music, to an audience sitting in the exact same seats, this show can only be defined by the sum of it’s is vaudeville. 

A Saturday’s Child and the Broadway Theatre of Pitman are waking a creature dormant for nearly a century.   The exhibition opens it’s doors to audiences on

June 9.

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