Michigan vaudeville troupe puts modern twist on bygone genre

Mar 13, 2015



Lil Darlins Vaudeville members Katie Corr (Kitty Darlin) on the left, Jo Serrapere (Jo Darlin), and Laura Bates (Lulu Darlin).
Credit Credit: Tasha Oltman

   Fred Astaire. Buster Keaton. Fats Waller. Mae West. 

 Before they--and countless others--hit it big with movies or recording contracts, they were regulars on the vaudeville circuit.  Vaudeville--a kind of live variety show--was once the most widespread form of entertainment in America.  But by the mid-1930s, its popularity began to wane, eventually giving way to movies, radio, and television.    Now, one group of Michiganders is trying to bring vaudeville back with a few modern twists.  Current State's April Van Buren tells us more about the Lil Darlins Vaudeville troupe.