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Acts from Vaudeville

Rene Paul Chambellan

American. 1893 - 1955

Under marquee and above 1260 Avenue of the Americas entrance

These six playful plaques under the marquee on the granite wall are both architectural decorations and introductions to the stage events ahead. Each one represents a different scene typical of international ethnic performances of the early twentieth century. Characteristic accessories and carefully depicted native costume make each easily recognizable, from five American dancers (the Rockettes) precision-kicking to a French cellist and German accordianist. Chambellan was also commissioned to model nearly all the architectural details, including grilles, handrails and moldings, in the Center.

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