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The magic that happens onstage is only half the story. Go behind the red curtain, and follow Pepper's wild vaudeville adventure...
New York City in 1907 is a wonderland of endless possibilities for anyone who dares to dream, and no one has bigger dreams than young Pepper MacClair, a struggling vaudeville chorus girl who craves the Broadway limelight.
When Pepper must choose between the love of her life and her beloved Chance Theatre, a run-down venue well past its prime and her home for as long as she can remember, she'll discover real life doesn't always go according to script.
She's left heartbroken and betrayed. But as the larger world changes around her and she is pulled into the intrigues of the city's elite, it is her last hope, not only to fulfill her dream, but to follow her heart.
THE GIRL ON THE VAUDEVILLE STAGE is a richly drawn historical tale that takes readers behind the scenes of the exuberant, exciting, and often eccentric world of early New York vaudeville and one woman's romantic journey to find the life she craves and the love she deserves -- with a little help from the legendary showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.
"Cameron beautifullyre-creates the atmosphere of turn-of-the-century New York Vaudeville, with deftprose, energetic characters and plenty of colorful images that present readerswith a lush portrait of a down-on-its-luck theater. The lights of Broadwayshine brightly as Cameron spins a realistic, engaging tale that uplifts andeducates with cameos by Mr. Ziegfeld, famous performers and the city itself." -- RT Book Reviews (4 stars) (reviewed the novel under its previous title, Dancing at the Chance)
"Old New York comes to vibrant life in this dazzling tale offollies and illusions. [The Girl on the Vaudeville Stage] serves up a racy, exuberant feast for the senses, with a lively andintrepid heroine determined to succeed in a fading world threatened byfast-paced, fickle modernity." -- C.W. Gortner, author of TheConfessions of Catherine de Medici, (reviewed the novel under its previous title, Dancing at the Chance)
"[The Girl on the Vaudeville Stage] took me back to Old New York, when vaudevillestill enchanted audiences and Ziegfeld was king. In her second novel, DeAnnaCameron brings the world of 1900's theatre to vibrant life. Part circus, partShakespeare, part Arabian nights, the Chance Theatre is a place I would love tovisit again." -- Christy English, author of To Be Queen, (reviewed the novel under its previous title, Dancing at the Chance)