There was a saying in Boston: “You can’t graduate from Harvard ‘til you’ve seen Ann Corio” at the Old Howard, said Mike Iannucci. Doctors would come to the matinees. It was an “elite audience.” Corio was so popular with women audiences that management had to install a ladies’ room at the theatre. “She played to 60 to 80 percent women,” Mike estimated.

When they rung down the curtain for the last time at the Old Howard, all the stock brokers on Milk Street wore black arm bands for a week,” remembers Dixie Evans. “It as an institution; anyone who had gone to Harvard, they would have gone to the Old Howard.” Out in the California desert at a burlesque museum called Exotic World, Dixie Evans managed burlesque memorabilia. She said, “Old elderly guys would come and say, ‘I remember the Old Howard.’”

Behind the Burly Q The Story of Burlesque in America by Leslie Zemeckis

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