Barbara Bogart was born in New York City on March 22, 1908. During her childhood, her family returned to her father Andrew's native San Francisco where he was principal tenor with the Tivoli Opera Company. Barbara was sent to Paris after graduation to study voice, piano, and language for several years. Upon leaving Europe, she traveled extensively on freighters throughout the south and central Pacific, as well as Asia. In addition to her musical talents, Bogart was a prolific writer. During her life she authored many plays, poems, two unpublished novels, short stories, and a weekly series of travel articles for the
Russian River News. Sometime in 1940, she joined the cast of
The Drunkard at the Green Street Music Hall in San Francisco, where she met Anthony LoCicero.
Anthony LoCicero was born in Italy on March 10, 1911. His family immigrated to New York and Anthony began his career in theatre as a magician's assistant at age 15, and went on to appear in vaudeville and burlesque productions. During the late 1930's or early 1940's, he came to San Francisco and became part of the cast of
The Drunkard. Anthony LoCicero and Barbara Bogart were married in San Francisco in 1942, and continued their work in
The Drunkard was a comical adaptation of the Victorian temperance melodrama,
Ten Nights in a Barroom. Barbara wrote the music for this production, and also included various additions and revisions to the script. Her principal role was that of Mary Wilson, the play's heroine, while Anthony generally played the villain of the piece and also became the show's producer. The show ran in San Francisco throughout the war years and then was taken on the road throughout California and the West. It was an unqualified success breaking records in many cities for the number of weeks that it ran. Advertisers billed it as a "3 Hour Laff Riot", and the performers played up the melodrama, actively encouraging audience participation. Even the advertisements urged viewers to "Hiss the Villain!" In addition, sandwiches, snacks, and beer were often served at performances. An olio of various vaudeville and burlesque skits accompanied the main production.
The Drunkard's popularity had dimmed by the 1960's, but Anthony remained in show business and performed frequent stints as the straight man in comedy acts. Barbara would occasionally sell tickets at whichever theatre Tony was performing, but had primarily returned to her writing. The couple officially retired in the 1970's and moved to a small cottage in rural Cazadero, California where they lived until their deaths. Anthony LoCicero died May 9, 1987 and Barbara Bogart on Oct 21 of the same year.