Guide to the Barbara Bogart and Anthony LoCicero Papers, 1946-1970 CTC.1993.01

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Barbara Bogart and Anthony LoCicero Papers
Creator
Bogart, Barbara, 1908-1987
Creator
LoCicero, Anthony
Collection Number
CTC.1993.01
Date [inclusive]
1946-1970
Extent
2.0 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract
Barbara Bogart and her husband, Anthony LoCicero, were burlesque theatre performers from 1940 through their retirement in 1970. This collection contains photos, skits, newspaper clippings, programs, and correspondence related to both of the careers of Bogart and LoCierco and burlesque theatre in general.

Preferred Citation

Barbara Bogart and Anthony LoCicero Papers, 1946-1970, CTC.1993.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

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 During her life she authored many plays, poems, two unpublished novels, short stories, and a weekly series of travel articles for the Russian River News.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.

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.

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Scope and Content Notes

These papers consist primarily of photos, burlesque skits, clippings, programs, drawings, and correspondence. The material ranges in date from LoCicero and Bogart's early days with "The Drunkard" in 1946 to their retirement in the 1970's. Items in the collection include both material generated from their years starring in "The Drunkard" (clippings, programs, etc.) and material collected by Anthony LoCicero pertaining to burlesque in general (skits, photos, articles.) Although small, the collection offers a rare look into the world of burlesque theatre, during its heyday and through its' declining years.

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Arrangement

Series I. Photographs

Series II. Burlesque Skits

Series III. Correspondence

Series IV. General Burlesque Theatre Materials

Series V. The Drunkard Materials

Series VI. Oversized Materials

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, Spring 2006

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Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

These records were gift of Sewall Bogart in 1993.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by David Sleasman.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Andy Newman in November 2004 and by Charles Stanford on March 31, 2006. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 4637583.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Bogart, Barbara, 1908-1987
  • LoCicero, Anthony

Subject(s)

  • Actors and actresses
  • Burlesque (Theater) -- United States
  • Burlesques
  • Dramatists
  • Theater
  • Theater -- California -- San Francisco
  • Vaudeville -- United States

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Previous Citation

Barbara Bogart and Anthony LoCicero Papers, 1946-1970, CTC.1993.01, Curtis Theatre Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

Barbara Bogart and Anthony LoCicero Papers, 1946-1970, CTC.28, Curtis Theatre Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Photographs 

Scope and Contents note

Series I contains three categories of photographs. The first category contains autographed photographs of burlesque performers. The second group contains theatre marquee photos. The final grouping contains unautographed and unidentified photos. Each group of photos are in alphabetical order.

  BoxFolder
Angel, Cindy 11
  Folder
Bell, Virginia 2
  Folder
Bits of Nonsense 3
  Folder
Briston, Ginger 4
  Folder
Darnell, Sherry 5
  Folder
Dawn, Gay 6
  Folder
DeeAnn 7
  Folder
DelRey, Dolores 8
  Folder
Domay 9
  Folder
DuBois, Lotus 10
  Folder
Knight, Sharon 11
  Folder
Kolb, Ray R. 12
  Folder
LaFemme, Lori 13
  Folder
Long, Brandy 14
  Folder
Martin, Maxine 15
  Folder
Manville, Anita 16
  Folder
Marvou 17
  Folder
Milo, Anita 18
  Folder
Powell, Pepper 19
  Folder
Ravell, Rita 20
  Folder
Red, T.N.T. 21
  Folder
Rose, Hermie 22
  Folder
Satana, Tura 23
  Folder
Simone 24
  Folder
St. Cyr, Lili 25
  Folder
Storm, Tempest 26
  Folder
Waggin, Patti (2) 27
  Folder
Winds, Gail 28
  Folder
Yvette, Yvonne 29
  Folder
Unidentified (6) 30
  Folder
Babcock Theatre, Helena MT 31
  Folder
Century Theatre, Oakland CA (2) 32
  Folder
Metropolitan Theatre, Seattle WA 33
  Folder
Montana Theatre, Butte MT 34
  Folder
Orpheum Theatre, Pocatella ID (2) 35
  Folder
Paramount Theatre, Billings MT 36
  Folder
Strand Theatre, location unknown 37
  Folder
Temple Theatre, Tacoma WA 38
  Folder
Wilma Theatre, Missoula MT 39
  Folder
Bird, Billie 40
  Folder
Bogart, Barbara LoCicero, Anthony (26) 41
  Folder
Dowton, Bill 42
  Folder
Fritcher,Charlie 43
  Folder
Gordon, Phyllis 44
  Folder
King, Higgy 45
  Folder
Little, Jack Falls 46
  Folder
Unidentified (10) 47

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Series  II. Burlesque Skits 

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of short burlesque skits. These are typescripts of short comedic scenes that may or may not have been performed in burlesque productions. All skits are preservation photocopies. To use the original materials please contact the Curator of the Curtis Theatre Collection.

  BoxFolder
"Audience Bit" 21
  Folder
"Audience Bit" version 2" 2
  Folder
"Bartender Address" 3
  Folder
"Carrie Potts, The Chamber Maid" 4
  Folder
"Carrie Potts.." version 2 5
  Folder
"Haunted House" 6
  Folder
"Lady Barber" 7
  Folder
"Lady Barber" version 2 8
  Folder
"Park the Car" 9
  Folder
"Prickly Heat" 10
  Folder
"Pullman Train" 11
  Folder
"Ten Times Smarter" 12
  Folder
"Three Wishes (Potato Masher)" 13
  Folder
"Traffic Cop" 14
  Folder
"Trolley Car, The" 15
  Folder
"Undertaker Parlor" 16
  Folder
Bound Volume of 119 skits 17

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Series  III. Correspondence 

Scope and Contents note

The Correspondence file is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. These letters and telegrams are from the friends and business associates of Barbara Bogart and Anthony LoCicero. The subject matter of the letters includes information about booking and planning of productions to reminiscing with old friends who were also involved with burlesque theatre.

  Folder
16th St. Follies, contract 18
  Folder
American Guild of Variety Artists 19-20
  Folder
Berge, James MD 21
  Folder
Bryan Engel Circuit, contract 22
  Folder
Davenport, Del 23
  Folder
Film Art Corporation, contract 24
  Folder
Jess Mack Agency 25
  Folder
Kolb, Ray R. 26
  Folder
Manlove, Dudley 27
  Folder
Martin, Gerry 28

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Series  IV. General Burlesque Theatre Materials 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains several burlesque theatre magazines, programs, and other ephemeral material.

  Folder
Pay Receipts 29
  Folder
Burlesque show scene lists, 1967-1968 30
  Folder
The Night They Raided Minsky's, 1960 31
  Folder
Calvalcade of Burlesque, v.1, no.2., 1951 32
  Folder
A Pictorial History of Burlesque From A to Z, 1964 33
  Folder
Program: "Marla Wyman in Person" 34
  Folder
Theatrical Variety Showcase v.1, no.3. April, 1968 35
  Folder
Seattle vol.3, no.32. Nov., 1968 36
  Folder
Love and Peace. Lysistrata adaptation by A. LoCicero 37
  Folder
American Guild of Variety Artists convention program, 1965 38

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Series  V.  The Drunkard Materials 

Scope and Contents note

The materials in this series document the production of The Drunkard that Barbara Bogart and Anthony LoCicero performed in for many years all over the country. All scrapbooks and clippings are preservation photocopies. To use the original materials please contact the Curator of the Curtis Theatre Collection.

  BoxFolder
Scrapbook 1 31
  Folder
Scrapbook 2 2
  Folder
Misc. newspaper clippings 3
  Folder
Programs 4
  Folder
Music score 5

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Series  VI. Oversize Materials 

Scope and Contents note

Series VI is made up of oversized illustrations and photographs.

  Folder
Pastel caricature of A. LoCicero 6
  Folder
Pen and ink drawing of A. LoCicero, 1941 7
  Folder
Photo of Bogart and LoCicero from The Drunkard 8
  Folder
Photo of B. Bogart 9

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