A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 29, 2015
Curtain Call

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Curtain call
A curtain call (often known as a walkdown or a final bow) occurs at the end of a performance when individuals return to the stage to be recognized by the audience for their performance. In musical theatre, the performers typically recognize the orchestra and its conductor at the end of the curtain call. Luciano Pavarotti holds the record for receiving 165 curtain calls, more than any other artist.
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Sports curtain calls
Athletes who also perform well may return to the field of play after a big play or at the conclusion of the game for recognition. Professional baseball players usually take their cap or helmet by the brim and hold it in the air.[4] According to baseball historian Peter Morris, in May 1881 Detroit fans cheered a home run by Charlie Bennett until he bowed to them.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
curtain-call n. a call by an audience for an actor or actors to take a bow after the fall of the curtain (see 2).
1884 ‘F. Leslie’ Let. 15 July in W. T. Vincent Recoll. F.L. (1893) I. x. 176 You will find a room specially adapted for rehearsing curtain calls.
a1909 ‘O. Henry’ Roads of Destiny xxi. 353 Uncle Sam has nine curtain-calls holding Miss Panama by the hand.
1909 Westm. Gaz. 17 Apr. 1/3 Thirty ‘curtain calls’ rewarding play and players.

Google Books
21 May 1840, The Musical World, pg. 317:
The new opera was perfectly successful. The names of the author and composer were given out with enthusiasm, especially that of Auber, and the leading performers had the honours of the curtain call.

Google Books
The Old Vic
By Cicely Mary Hamilton and Lilian Mary Baylis
New York, NY: George H. Doran Company
1926
Pg. 120:
On the contrary, it wished to express its hearty disapproval - and disapproval, not compliment, was the origin of the actor’s curtain call. A roar of disapproval which would hold up a play until the wretched delinquent came out to face the music—the hoots and the hisses of the disappointed, and it might be their missiles as well.  In brief, an experience the actor desired to avoid.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Curtain call : a one-act play.
Author: Gordon Grant
Publisher: New York : Longmans, Green and Co., 1930.
Series: Longmans’ play series
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Taking the curtain call; the life and letters of Henry Arthur Jones,
Author: Doris Arthur Jones
Publisher: New York, Macmillan Co., 1930.
Edition/Format: Print book : Biography : English

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