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"That was quite a performance."
Peggy Carter[src]

Captain America's USO Shows were a series of live-entertainment performances made by Steve Rogers, assuming the identity of "Captain America", as a public symbol of the United States of America during World War II.

History

"Son, do you wanna serve your country on the most important battlefield of the war?"
"Sir, that's all I want."
"Then, congratulations. You just got promoted."
―Senator Brandt and Steve Rogers[src]

Steve Rogers was chosen to embody the role of the American spirit during World War II due to his heroic victory over the HYDRA spy, Heinz Kruger. The event made the front page in many newspapers, and Senator Brandt realized he had potential as a public symbol to boost the morale of the nation by promoting the purchase of War Bonds.

Rogers joined the USO and began touring the nation in a colorful costume as "Captain America", accompanied by a chorus named the Star Spangled Singers, who dance and playfully gushed in the presence of the Captain. The shows were fully orchestrated and at one point a band of marching drummers would also join the stage. The big finale featured confetti cannons and Cap lifting a motorcycle ridden by showgirls.

USO Preformer

Captain America and the Star Spangled Singers

Rogers' shows included Rogers' speech about the role of the common citizen during the war, a dancing show by the Star Spangled Singers, feats showing Rogers' strength, a climatic moment when Captain America punched another actor portraying Adolf Hitler.

Rogers' success during these shows led to promotional movies and comics about "Captain America"'s adventures during World War II[1], and even a radio series entitled The Captain America Adventure Program.[2] When Rogers took the tour to soldiers on the front lines, he was openly mocked and the soldiers demanded the dancing girls to come back.

The tour ended when Rogers saved the lives of nearly 400 imprisoned soldiers and finally entered the war like he had always dreamed and intended.[1]

Star Spangled Man

Star Spangled Man was the main song played through Captain America's shows, sung by the Star Spangled Singers.

Trivia

  • By the time Rogers joined World War II by rescuing a group of prisoners of war in Austria, he had knocked "Adolf Hitler" over 200 times, indicating that he has done over 200 shows.
  • In his speeches, Captain Rogers would encourage the purchase of "Series E Defense Bonds". This is incorrect for the time period, as they were only called Defense Bonds until 1942. From 1942-1945, they were known as "Series E War Bonds".

Behind the Scenes

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