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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(August 10, 1907)

Live show news gathered by Show World correspondents,   pp. 12-12ii


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CLEVELAND
BY ED    VARD FRYE.
(August 3, 1907.)
Til best accordion player ever heard
inl Cleveland is Frozini, who was
at the Euclid Avenue Garden thea-
ter we Iof July 21. Frozini is a product
of tle Royal Conservatory at Milan. It
is hard for one to believe that there is
as much music in ain accordion as Frozini
brings foith. Frozini plays his numbers
without orchestral accompaniment; he
holds his audiences with him all through
his solos and is always greeted with an
-nthusiastic and generous outburst of
applause at the finale.
acnagie Salishiry of Lunia Park is
cec-taicnly giving the Clevelancd public the
opporrtunity of hearing the best musical
organizations in the country. Liberati
and his tand, who have been at the beau-
tiful Iark for aelongstay. leave this week
to fill other engagements.  The  publlic
regiets to 1ear that this band is going
to leave, as it is one of the best musical
organizations ever heard here. Liberati
is a great band master and a thorough
artist.
The moving picture shows are all pros-
perimg and they continue to drav hun-
dreds of pleasure-seeking crowds. It is
a pleasant form of entertainment and is
as attractive to the old as well as the
young. The pictures shown here are the
best obtainable and the public readily
takes to them. In the larger shows a
person can spend an entertaining even-
ing for a small recompense.
The Cleveland public is promised a
rare treat at .una Park when Phillipini,
[he great Spanish band master, brings
his hand here for a two weeks' stay.
This band has made a great reputation
all over the country as a wonderful musi-
cal organization and we are promised
something unusual in music.
The first theater in the city to open
for the winter season is the Cleveland.
It opened its doors with Kate Barton's
Temopttion, a new    melodrama by Lil-
lian Mortimer, week of July 29.
Commencing with Saturday evening,
Aug. 23, the Star will open its doors with
Williams' Ideals as [lie attraction.
Vaughan   Glaser, the popular Cleve-
land matinee idol, will return to the
Euclid Avenue Garden theater, Aug. 3,
for a stay of several weeks. Mr. Glaser
will play Lea Kleschna for his opening
bill.  The following prominent players
return with him: James Hester, Frank
Camp. Frederick Kerby, Jay Quigley,
Joseph TWilson. Fay Courtney, Maude
Cleveland, Mark Kent, Inez Plummer,
Wayne Campbell, Belle D'Arcy and Eliza
WTarren. Oscar Apfel will be the stage
director.
Cleveland's now playhouse oc the West
Side, "The Majestic", will open its doors
August 26 with a permanent stock or-
ganization. Carleton Macey will be the
manager of the new playhouse.      The
opening bill will be Mistress Nell.
A. F. Hartz, of the Opera House, Is In
New York this week booking attractions
for the season. Mr. Hartz promises us
thoe most interesting list of attractions
in the history of his house.
Carmen was presented by the Joseph
Shoehan Opera Co. at the Coliseum Gar-
den theater week of July 29. The com-
pleteness and smoothness of the produc-
tion was a surprise. It is no light task
to sing the Bizet Opera, but the Sheehan
company gave it a finished production.
Ethel Du Fre Houston sang      Carmen.
Sloe has sung this part for several years
with the Savage productions, and she
gave the part all the fiery nature of the
seductive gypsy girl. Mr. Sheehan as
Don Hose was in good voice and he sang
lois part with a lot of good acting for
hich hoe should receive special mention.
Harry Truax sang the part of Escamilla,
the Toreador. His voice was rather light
but his good acting made up for this
defect.
Kate Barton's Temptation     was the
opening bill at the Cleveland theater
week of July 29. The house was packed
to its utmost capacity. The melodrama
is a good one and was presented by a
large, capable company, headed by Miss
Ida Russell.
or the weekoof July 29. Keith's theater
presented a good bill. Ben Welsh as a
Hebrew comedian is the best thing on
the bill. His Italian impersonation is
very cleverly done, andhe well deserves
he gecderous applause he gets. A Wild
iloso. piresented by Mr. and Mrs. Forbes
and Co.. tells hlow a woman cured an
uicntppc-eciativ'e husband, and was good.
Mrs. Forbcs was excellent. Miss Mayme
ilehrue should dance more and act less.
lohin F. Ward does the best acting in
tlhe sketch.
For the week of July 29 the Euclid
Avenue tarden theater presented a well
halanced bill. The Rappo Sisters made
a. hit with their Russian dances. Brin-
daiour is a handcuff wizard. He escapes
fioi handcouffs and leg chains at will
nand disappears from a steel cage. The
Six Musical Cuttys are the best musical
faoily in vaudeville. Their act Is good.
CINCINNATI
BY MAX ROSENBERG.
(August 3, 1907.)
SECOND -Robin Hood"' The       ap-
plause at Chester Monday weould
justify almost placing -*The Sere-
nade" a trifle ahead of the famous Smith
and De Koven operas which, but a few
weeks ago, created such a furore at
Manager Martin's park.    This  Victor
Herbert and Harry B. Smith romance of
Spain, with its melodious score and fas-
cinating story of love and intrigue, is a
masterpiece of its kind, and laden with
rich comedy, as well as the most fascin-
ating of lyrics, it fairly transported Mon-
day's auditors to the sunny Andalusian
country, so perfectly realized was its
atmosphere of lazy alluring life among
tlie vine-clad hills and mountains.
Chester's artists and all the other
workers of the stage labored earnestly
to give the entrancing story with its
charming   musical  accompaniment,  a
suitable framing and aided by the art of
the costumer, a splendid orchestra and
all the other necessary helpers in their
commendable endeavors, the result ob-
tained was of so high and satisfying a
character that a success of real impor-
tance was recorded.
The vaudeville bill at the pavilion in-
cluded the Fukino Japs, the Newsboys'
Quartette. Stewart, and Kelly Trumpet,
the legless wonder.  Chester's bathing
beach still attracts the immense Sunday
crowds of men and women.
Across the river at the Lagoon the
summer park habit seems to be at Its
height as the Kentucky resort enter-
tained as many people in the course of
the day as it has on any previous Sun-
day this year. The residents across the
river seem to appreciate what a good
thing they have in this attractive place,
and from all the cities and villages on
the Kentucky side of the river they
poured forth to take part in the events
of the day.
Clever Vaudeville Show.
In the vaudeville theater aclever little
show is being given, not one of the acts
commonplace, although several are fa-
nmiliar in character, and the bill as a
whole made an emphatic hit with the
two g3,od-sized audiences which were
present. No one particular act was fea-
tured and the people present were just
as impartial, giving liberal applause to
each in turn.
The Evans Trio opened in a happy lit-
tle sketch which was distinguished by
clever handling. 'The Merediths dis-
played some accurate balancing feats
and closed with an exciting knife throw-
ing specialty  which  caught on   im-
mensely.
Major O'Laughlin made several kinds
of guns glisten in the air and kept the
stage filled with revolving weapons dur-
ing the busy fifteen minutes of his spe-
cialty. The Mack Sisters were captivat-
ing in a singing and dancing turn with
several changes of costume. Weaverand
Lambert closed in an impersonating turn
that was close to the limit of laughter
for pure and uadulterated fun.
Coney Island recorded another Sun-
day of fine attendance. The steam-
ers Queen and Princess carried large
crowds all day.   The   ten-mile river
stretch to the park was alive with craft
of all description, so that hundreds of
out of town strangers who were seen on
the decks were enabled to carry away
an excellent picture of this picturesque
part of the Queen City's Sunday.
Comedy Sketch Is Good.
There is a vaudeville bill this week at
tle park which is well fitted to the pic-
nice trade, which is now adominant fac-
tor of every day Coney. Morris and
Hemingway were put on lie bill late, as
Rosaire Speagh & Company could not
reach the park this week. They do an
unctious blackface act with a dash of
"Carmen" by the younger team, who have
an excellent voice for that class of work.
Holmes and Waldon, who have been
coming to Coney for several years, al-
ways with popular offerings, this time
have a musical act with a comedy phase.
Jack Howard, the singer, remains an-
other week, and Wilson and Demonville
do a laughable dialect turn.
Mention of Marlowe Plunkett & Com-
pany is reserved for last because their
travesty on Shakespeare developed into
an act that should take well with Co-
neyites. The woman member      of the
combination sings wvell and handles her-
self gracefully as Juliet, while a hired
assassin with a black face is trying to
demolish Romeo. who refused to be
chased. The idea is cleverly worked out
and got a big hand from the audience.
The Walnut theater opens August 25,
with "Just Out of College."
The Columbia opens August 25 with
vaudeville.
At the People's theater a considerable
sum has been spent in redecorating the
auditorium and in numerous alterations.
New dressing rooms for the players have
been provided. The theater opens for
the season August 11. The Lyceum the-
ater opens August 18th,
ST. PAUL
]IY JiACK BRiIRETT.
(August 3, 1907.)
RUMOR is afloat that Miss Sarah
Truax, the late leading woman
with the Players' Stock Company
at the Metropolitan Opera House of this
city, will become the bride of Charles S.
Albert, a Minneapolis attorney.   It is
understood  that the   pretty  romance
which began several months ago will
culminate in their marriage during the
waning months of summer. Miss Truax,
Mrs. C. T. Truax, her mother, and Mr.
Albert are now sojourning at one of the
summer resorts on the shores of Lake
Minnetonka, Minn. After a stay of a
few weeks enjoying the beauties of na-
ture around the lake, Miss Truax will
leave for the east to begin rehearsals in
"The Spider's Web,' the new    play in
which she will star this season under the
management of John Cort.
Frederick Fischer, representative and
assistant conductor of Innes' band, has
been in the city the last few days, le-
gotiating with various committees rela-
tive to bringing his band here during
State Fair week to play in connection
with the monstrous chorus he is organ-
izing among local music lovers and sing-
ing societies. It is proposed to sing the
"Americana" for six nights and three
matinee performances during the week
at the Auditorium. The object being to
raise funds with which to complete the
recently erected Auditorium with an
immense pipe organ, as well as give the
local music lovers the first and only pre-
sentation of the "Americana" ever given
in this city.
A New Theater to Open.
The   Majestic theater, now   in  the
course of construction, will be opened to
the public Monday, August 14. With the
advent of this playhouse, local playgo-
crs have at last been granted a long-felt
want in the way of polite and refined
vaudeville at nominal prices. The Ma-
jestic, when completed, will be the cosi-
est and prettiest in thed est. D. Jack
Bondy, its owner and manager, has al-
ready expended over 115,0  on it and
declares it to be his "pet" investment.
'Te decorations are original on the part
of Mr. Bondy. Where frescoing, stucco-
work and color-schemes were   otf avail-
able, hie has resorted to the electric bulb
to bring out the desired effect, nearly
5,000 electric bulbs of various hunes have
been already placed throughout the the-
ater; 2,200 flash from the front of the
theater, but should this many fail to
give the desired effect as many more
will be added, according to Jack's taste.
It would be impossible to make the in-
terior any more comfortable for its pat-
rons. Upholstered seats will be used
throughout from the "top shelf to the
pit" seating 1,000 with ample room for
comfort. A full orchestra in tuxedo at-
tire, will be used, ushers and all em-
ployees will also appear in neat regalia
and costumes designed by Mr. Bondy.
The Majestic will be affiliated with the
International circuit, a circuit formed by
merging the Middle West and the Sulli-
van-Considine circuits.  The new    ar-
rangement will furnish patrons of these
houses the cream of vaudeville talent as
well as giving its performers from forty
to fifty-two weeks' time. Mr. Bondy was
instrumental in effecting the consumma-
tion of the merger which is the corner-
stone of what will eventually be one of
the biggest and best circuits in the the-
atrical field.  For his opening bill of
eight acts, Mr. Bondy has selected an
unusually strong and stellar bill, among
which is the De Lane Troupe, which is
one of the strongest children acts in
va udeville today. It is safe to prophesy
withtheenvironmentioffered by thenew
Majestic, linked with the genial person-
ality of Jack, that his venture will be a
winner.
Stock Company to Close.
The Players' Stock Company is pre-
senting "The Girl with the Green Eyes"
as its ninth week's attraction. "Zaza"
follows next week and "Thelma" will
close the Players eleven weeks' summer
season two weeks hence. Adelaide No-
wak is succeeding Miss Sarah Truax in
the leading roles.
The Lyric, Unique, and Crystal Fam-
ily theaters are playing to capacity.
''warmi weather seems to have had
little if any effectonthe moving picture
shows in these    parts.  The  Windsor
Novolty continues to pleasela rge crowds
w"ith moving pictures and continuous
vaudeville.
Wonderland is drawing well these cool
nights. Lotto, in his high dive from the
(ighty-foot electric tower, and the Cur-
zon Sisters are features this week.
Danz's Concert Band at Como Park,
and the First Regimental Band at Pha-
len Park are pleasing large audiences.
The former is purely a local organiza-
tion and has already distinguished Itself
in controlling more patronage thus far
than  some of the former. and higher
priced organizations that have held the
boards in former years.
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NEW ORLEANS
BY D. C. SILVE.
(August 3, 1907.)
T  was rumored    Thursday that the
Klaw-Erlanger and Shubert theatrical
combination would play vaudeville at,
tractions at the Tulane theater this sea.
son and other high class attractions at
the Shubert. Col. Tom    Campbell, who
has returned from the east, will probably
become manager for the three theaters,
It is reported he will have two assist.
ants, one at the Crescent and one at
the Shuhert.
When Gus Lehmann, Jr., was asked
about the report, he said:
"While I was in New York I paid very
little attention to theatrical matters. All
I know is that the Lyric is under the
control of Charles E. Blaney for five
years, and that the former managers
will have nothing to do with it until tie
expiration of the lease. Mr. Blaney has
sent no one here yet to be his nanager,
and I do not expect anyone until som
time next month."
At the White City    Casino the past
week the main attraction has been the
well known   New   Orleans Opera Com-
pany in an     excellent presentation of
The Mikado. which is another of the
operatic selections that has met with
favor throughout the country. The usual
amount of care has been taken in prop-
erly staging this big production, while
the costumes were particularly attrac-
tive. All the members of the company
were happily cast and all appeared well
in their parts.
Aside from the performances in the
theater, all of the outdoor attractions.
such as the Japanese Ball Game, the
Figure Eight. Carousel, Manhattan Pool
Game, the Katzenjammer Castle, each
did an excellent business. An unusually
attractive program  was rendered Sun-
day evening by the White City Band,
tinder the leadership of Prof. Albert
Kirst.
Circus Clown, Offenbach's musical br-
lesque in three acts, is the selectiontfot
the coming week, beginning with the
Sunday evening performance. Thiswill
be [lie first preseintation ofthe piece be-
fore a local audience in a great many
years. Elaborate arrangements are be-
ing made for it. All the favorites in the
company will be in the cast next week.
Greenwall Theater Plans.
As previously announced, the Green-
wall theater will open its regular season
with a matinee Sunday, September L
when the Boston Belles, one of the new
acquisitions to the wheel last season.
will be the opening attraction. Managei
Greenwall has been in New York super-
intending the booking of these attrac-
tions during the simmer, and promise
the patrons of his playhouse an unusual-
ly strong list of extravaganza companies
whose shows will be strictly of the e
fined order this season.
The Dauphine theater, formerly the
Baldwin, will be one of the first theaters
to open the coming season, whichwil-
be a Sunday matinee, August 25, with
the Barry-Burke Stock Company, who
while being new to the New Orleant-
theater-goers, are old people of stock
experience, operating stock houses at
New Bedford and Fall River, Mass., and
-everal other towns. Miss Lillian Bayer
remembered as leading lady of last sea
son, will in all likelihood be re-engage6
for that position during the coming sea-
son, being an actress of exceptional abil-
ity.
Robert G. Pitkin, the clever comedian
vith thewell known opera company that
is now playingThe Mikado inthe White -
City theater, was initiated into theBe-
nevolent and Protective Order of Elkz
Thursday night after the performance a
the resort. Ned Rightor, exalted rule
of Lodge No. 30, Wm. Schearer, Co'
John P. Sullivan, Judge Gus Moulin, an
many of the other leading members 0
the lodge, having been trying to per
suade Mr. Pitkin to become a member:
the order ever since he came here t
entertain the patrons of the WhiteCity
but the comedian has put off the "Or-
deal" from time to time.
Stock Company Draws Well.
The Brennon Stock Company at ii
Anderson Park Casino, Pascagoula-on
Beach, continues to draw   good hose.
and is likelyto do so until the close :
the season in the middle of August. A
pleasant variety was introduced in11il
shape of two nights' vaudev'ille Rho,
veekly during the last two weeks,
which all the members of the compaot
took part. Sketches, monologues, sonP
galore, witty and sentimental. houmoro
absurdities and light pleasantries wet
closely combined to form a couple of '
lightful evenings'  amusement,    whi
were   enjoyed  by   the  Pascagoulian
Sherlock Holmes was the bill for Mo
day and Tuesday evenings, when ITl
bert Brennon played the title role Wi-
suppression of force and the delibert v
intention which mark the immortal chin'
acter of the famous detective.


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