Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(April 11, 1908)
Hoff, J. L.
Things theatrical in Empire City, p. 17
THE SHOW WORLD N i1 1O10 , April 4. All quiet on the Rialto. Thec weelk just passed is nota- ble only front the fact that it brought out no new theatrical productions-a thing that has not happened in many moons. Bluffs failed to bluff and with Toddles toddled away to the storehouse at the close of the previous week. Several plays are hevering about, awaiting a suitable time to alight, but no dates have been set beyond that named for the new Cohan show, The Yankee Prince, which arrives with the Four Cohans, reunited at the Knickerbocker the- ater April 20. The Yankee Prince had its first production at Parson's theater, Hart- ford, Conn., April 2. Besides the Cohans there was in the cast: Jack Gardner, Tom Leowis, Sam J. Ryan, Estelle Wentworth, Slntla Hammerstein, daughter of the fa- sewer Oscar, Prank ollins, s. get Lance ad Robert Emumett Lennon, three Cohan ends fron England, France a jd Ireland, respeclively. The Yankee Prince, which is sa three acts, is laid in the Savoy Hotel London, Windsor Castle, and the home of a fanos Chicago millionaire, Mr. Cohan hoying temporarily abandoned Broadeay ani itre familiar spots in his search for rest novelty, the scenic investure being un- sually elaborate for a musical production.' Isncidental to the action of the pla, no fewer than twenty new songs are intro- duced and of course they are all Cohan songs, and the rendition of a majority of those numbers brings into service an elab- orate Wast ed chorus of out hundred per- The Theatrical Calendar. The plays for the week at the various honses were: Academy of Music, Favor- sham in The Squaw Man; Astor, Paid In Pull; Beasco, The harrens of Virginia; Broadway, A Waltz Dream; Casino, Sam Bernard in Nearly a Hero; Circle, oth and Dill in Lonesome Town; Criterion, Miss sook tf Holland; Daly's Girls Empire, W. H. Crane in Father and the Boys; Gut- e, Mara of the Lowlands; Hackett, John Mason in The B/itching Hour; Herald Square, The Girl Behind the Counter; Hud- son, Otis Skinner in The Honor ofthe Pans- ily; tring Place, repertoire; Knickerbock- er, VictorMoore in The Talk of NewYork; tinerty, tahen Taliaferro in Potty of te Circus; Lyceu, Kyrlie Bellow and Mar- gorer Illingtou in The Thief; Lyric, Mr. Sslhcrn in ccpertoire' Majestic,' Williams and alother in Bandana Land Nosew Am- stcramo, The aerry Widow; Nay, York, Adelaide Genes in The Soul Kiss; Savoy' The Servant in the House; Wober's, Bur- lesque on The Merry Widow. Bills at Combination Rouses. Athorican, The Smart Set; Blaney's, Lin- coln Square; Edna May Spooner in A Bach- elor's Honeyneoon; Dowey theater, The Nightingales; Fourteenth Street, Under Seortern Skies; Gothamn, Tie Colonial Belles; Grand Opera house, The Blute Moon; tlbe' lofuseum, T e Aprilli Family Hslr, tigV and Searmn's Music Hall, the Casino firts; lijtey Hill, ScrineV's Big Show- 2rcopoli , East Lynne; NTew Star,The Out- laws' Christmsas; Thalia theater, Deadssood Dick's Last Shot; West End, The Volunteer Organist; Yorkville, The Girl Prom the dolden MWest, Kennedy's Play Causes Comnent. Charles ann Kennedy's play, The Ser- vant in the House, now being presented at nte Savoy theater by the Henry Miller As- sociated Players, has stirred up much news- paper comment. The author managed to inject some unconventional re li gious doe- trice into it and the nowspaper writers are toiling overtime to get at the kernel of tis philosophy, It has been characterized ais scriliginus, as platitudinous and damned byse ral other stock terms, but thos w o "clne to scoff hve remained to pray," and ore nos predicting success for which they tried to spelt failure, The charm of the ploy seems to e in its JasserJ, or rate, the uncerta i nty as to anstwhat theauthorovans to convey Not- arally this creates discussion and te play tat cn get itself talked about is splen- dlid chotices for success. Vaudeville Offerings. Bills in vaudeville continue interesting. Atneng the headliners appearing this week woreo Houdinii, the handcuff king; Harry Von Tilzoc, Alice Lloyd, Law'rence D'Orsay, GIAetrudo Hoffman, and Mr. and Mrs. Sid- ney Dren'. The hills in full wore: Itonttlteorstimt's Victoria theatec-teudini, MTile. Pougore, Harry Tate's Motoring, Bosie 1mBo, Arthur Dunn and Marie Glazer, Prod Nub~l, W illard S immns & Co., Leone Thurber Rtt4 tor Blackbirds and Elsorion and Miss CGloniot theater-Harry Von Timeor, How- ard and -North, At, Shoan and Chas. -War- renl, thnrns, Francis and her Arabs, Rd. F. PRcynac4, Mieredith Sisters, Ye Colonial Sep- tetto, Mlac-no Trio and Benjanmin Chopin & Cso. Alhmblra Theter-Alice Lloyd, James Tittrnton, Ithe MoNaughtons, Ida Fuller, Callahan and St. George, Welch, Mealy and Montrose, 2-to Merritt, Great Scott, and Captain George Auger and company in Jock ith, Gianit Killer. Kfeith & P'rocter's Fifth Avenue theater- Ll.wcee D'Orsay & Co., Maurice Levi's P'aious Band, Htatry Gilfoil, Ben Alits Arabs, Mr. and Mirs. Sidney Drew', Lily Lena, Blidgely and Carlisle, and a fiumber of others. Ketith & Prctor's Fifty-eighith Street the- Oter-GCetrudle Hoffman, Korno Troupe in Loendon's Slrus, the Finneys, Clarence W/il- burc&Co., The Operator, Reiff Bros., Prank' in actd Greene, Stanley and Coggstvell. Ke'ith & Proctor's 12th Street theater.- Mnl. H-yntck, -William Courtleigh & Co., EI- fe, ay, Byrcue Brothers, Agnes Scott & Ce., J11m. .f. Morton, Mile. Agoust & Co., Friend ladTDowning. Tony Pastor's theater-Allen Boone & Cs., Cushing, Mierrill & Davis, Quigg & Macb, Sherry & Ray, Etmerson Baldwin, McInmtor & MeAsoy, Montague's Cockatoo circus, New Plays for Frohman. Word comes from London that Charles Frohman has picked up a new batch of plays for neat season. One, entitled L Route en Train, is a force by Alfred Athis, described as the roaring kind. Michael Moton, an English writer and M. Gavault, a French writer, will collaborate on a new play for Mr. Frohman. Arrangements have been completed for the Parisian presenta- tion of The B/altz Dream in which George Edwards will participate. The company will be entirely French and the costumes and scenery will be made in London. wl dison Square Roof Garden. L ncy Pincus and AlL G. arsinge a nhave secured the Madison Square Roof Garden for therenting summer season. The attrac- lion is to he namned The Passing Review, which t but another name for Jock Sing- er's burlesquo organization, the Bebman Show, which has been engaged for the sea- son. Juno 22 has been named as the open- ing date and the engagement is for hen works. Aaron Hoffman is writing a nos first part, and nse songs by Ed Morton will he a feature, Spoonersto Go to Brooklyn. Charles E. Blaney, manager of Blanly's Lincoln Square theater and several travel ig orga.niations, has secured the Majestic teatem, Brooklyn, for afourweeks' engage- nent of tte Spooner stock company and Edita Ma y Spooner, comnmencing May 1t, This arrangident enables Miss Cecil Spoon- or to play an engagement at LincolnSquare beginning May i, after a very successful road tour. At the close of these engage- ments Cecil and Edna May Spooner will appear jointly for t o weeks in June at Lincoln Square, onevent thatseill he looked forsvard to seith interest, London College 'Widow Company. The company selected by Henry W Sav- age for the production of George W h Ado's farce, The College Widow, at Adelpti the- ater, London, April 20, includes: Gertrude Quinlan, Prances Ring, Addling Dunlap, Lida McMillan, Thomas Mcighon, Albert Tavernier, E. . Backus, George S. Trim- ble, John r. Bryan, Frederick urton, Ralph Ince, Thomas ioer, Thonas Delmar, John A. Butler, Cyril Riysond, Mrude Earle Josepluinc Parks, ida Stanothpe, and tlare 'ichenor b s . ackus, for several years stage manager for Charles Frobman,' will put the play on. The players selocted ore said to be the best of those seho h1ave played in the Aterican companies. New Show For Lulu Glaser. Lu d Glasor, the justly popular musical contedy star, has left the cast of Joe Web- eor's Merry Wido Burlesque and ispre par- ing to appear in a ne musical force en- titled The Girl Who Dared, under Shubert nagentent The play was originally pro- duced in Vienna. Sidney Rosenfeld has written the Rnglish s'ersion. German Theater Plans. Dr. Maurice aumRfeld, manager of the German theater, ehich will open Oct. , in itsno toteonEast 59th street, announces that neat season will see presentations of Goethe's Faust and Egmont, Schille's iil- hein Tell, Kabale und Liee, and Die Ban- her; Orilparzor's Webl dem dec lueght, and Des Mewees atd Dec Libe aellen; Fripde- rich Hebbel's Siegfried's Ted and 'Heinrich voiT Kbist's Dec zerbrochene Kog. Mu s attention will also he devoted to contmporary drama and there will be a special Ibsen cycle, including Pillars of So- ciety, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, and John Gabriel Borkmann. Noew weorks by Hermann Suderman, Gehart Hauptiann, Lud sig Fuilda and Ernest von Wildeneruch will also he presenred. Show Wid-Hpp M4 4-2 Twventy-Two in addition to the regular dramatic sea- son of twenty weeks, eight weeks wil pro reserved for productions of German opor- ettas and opera comiques. Arrangements for this part ofthe plan hove not yet been definitely completed, A o pany will be engaged consisting exclusively of actors from the leading German theaters in Eu- rope. Death of 31. B. bcuberg. Myer n. Biaserg, widely known as 'Ritad, the Button Man," died suddenly at his home, 227 West 110th street, Maci 25, from- a cold contracted at the Whbite Rats ball, a w'eek previous. Mr. Himberg's con- nection with sthe theatrical business as a btuilder of theaters in which enterprises ho Itad hepru engaged during tho past five sears. In that time he built the Colonial, West End , Yorkstille, Astor, and Stuyvesant theateors, The funeral was held March 29, and was attended by many poisons interest- ed iii thteatricals. David Relasco and David A, rflcid were among the active pall-hear- er's. New Plan for Critics. Tue Shuherts announce a noew plan of tdeatitng witha Itoe newspapecr critics. Prior to the regular first night presentation of new ptays in Noew York a "critic's dress re- hearsal" witl he given, which alt the "high brows'' witl be astked to attend, for the put- post' of famsiliarizing themselves with the Play, thus enabling them to approach the .subject with groater intelligence on the opetning night. New York managers generally have been at a loss to knose just hose to please the dramtatic critic, and possibly the Shubects have opened a noew way to a better under- standing. Recallitng the general trend of citicisms during the past season it is plain that pro- titcing managers have not been altogether fairly treoted. What hsave passed for criti- clius hose been fault-findings and condom- itations. Plays have been damned because tlse theme seas "old" or becattse it hod sit unpleasant ending when the critic thought it should have ended pleasantly, or vice versa. In tmany instancos those plays least favored by the critics have proved the greatest successes, which would indicate hasty judgment and faiclure to discern the true tootif of the production, presumably from lack of time in which to Properly study the subject of the criticism. If the IShubert school for critics suceeds in gain- img more apphreciations anel tewer codmi- imat i os it xvill hmave accomplishsed somse- timing.- Pictures at Third Avenue. After a varied career including almost every form of popular theatricals the old Third Avenue has fallen into the manog- riot hands of Charles E. Blaney, whto rook possession April 1 on a five years' lease, with an option on five more if he wants them. The house will be devoted to moving pictures as long as the public interest in that form of entertainment lasts. Progress of Copyright Fight. There was a lively time at the last hear- ing before the Congressional committee of the copyright bills at W~ashington lastsweeks. Itt veloped that the comsittece of thitch Senatoc Smoot is chairuman are determsined to force throaugls use Cucier-Soot hill, fhich is prejudicial to e iteests ef mise music publisher and song writern; as a re- sult the delegation that w'ent dosen from this city received scant courtesy. It is pro- posed noe to carry the fight en to the floor of Congress shen the music menl belive they will he able to show sufficient strength to obtain their contentions. There is no truth in the recent report thata compromise hadbeen effected that i s satisfctory to all persons interested. Thoe fight is en in earnest and no cmproGise will be accepted. Discussing New Theater Plans. Granville Backer, the English actor and manager, swho has been named repeatedly as the Probable manager of the New theater, reached New York March 2. On the same evening he w'as entertrmed at the Players Club at a dinner given by David isphata. Among these present wero Augustus Thos- as, Bronson Howard, Daniel Frorman, Da- vid Warfiold, William e. Crane, E. H. Soth- or, Otis Skinner, Iangdon Mitchell, Louis Shipan, Brander atnhews, Walter Dam- rose, Mellile E Stone, Paul Cravat, Archer M Huntimgdon, Esert Wendell, Otto H. ahn, and David Berosco. Plans welre discussed at this gathering Song Birds Go Abroad. Practically alt the prominent members of the Manhattan Opera Co., including Oscar Hamsmerstein himself, sailed for Europe hiarch 31 on she Kaiser Wilhelm IT. Those on board were Muses. Tolcazzini, Mary Gar- don Alice Zoppii, Gervilleeache, Cam- Panini, Ness, Agesinelli, Fratceska, and Bressler-Giano i and Messrs. Campanini, Samarco, Zenatelea, Paelli, Coini, Daddi cass , Ancona, Dalmres and Gilibert. Hippodrome Happenings. The Carmen Troupe, which umade an em- phatic hit a the Hipp tdome during a long cun, closed there on March 28, and opened in Buffalo on Aptil 6. They have seventy weeks' tise booked ove the Keith & Proc- or houses and rho theaters of the Western Vadeele Association. One of the largest professional uatinets ever given in the United States took place at the Hippodroupe on Friday, hatch 2 . hMembers of every company in t he city were Presentand theseaing capaciy the Hip- podctme of 1,000 people was severely taxed. In addition to N. H. Soilecn, William 11. Crane. David Woctld, ylo Rllowh, Br tha Kalich, Otis Skinner and Haeny other preminent stars, all of the loading people of tie Metropolitan Opera compatny were present, wehile people weere present fou every branch of the vaudeville and din- usatic profession, George Ado, who had just ceturned from Europe, occupied a box. This was the first professional matinee ever givOn at the Hippodrome, and Wells Hawkes was so happy over the success of the event that hie missed the boat to Long Island that night. . I . Levis. beho has been suprintend ut ofthe Hippodrome for the past three years and who has been in the theatrical atd ciccus lousiness for over thirtyfive sears, xwill go into usorcantilo business after May . He has sested a psition as traeling ropresentatise of the Electric Renovoting comanany of Pittsburg, Pa.. and wilt msake a rout of lis country and Europe in their interests. Mr. Levis was first appren tic ed th Wilies Duarowe in the circus busine and after h t time sas connected fitom every big circus in this country. His pop- ularity syith members of the profession will help hum in Isis noew position and lio is bound to make it a success, As the time for the closing date ap- proaches, the msemsbers of lbs chorus are oil arranging for the summer season. Most of them weill get positions at Coney Island so as to ite close at hand wyhen the coall goes up for the seinter season at this house. AusOtto the towss ntmbaecs eum tite programs slatting-, Macto 20scre hMiss Trainey wviths a novel horse act, the Horas family of nine, the Olsabe Troupe ef Japanese acrobats, Marceline's baby elephants, and the Mierry Wlidow Waltz by two elephants. Golemon's dlogs and eats, the Seven Grunoihos, B3,- dini's da r ing cinders, and Ilagonbeck's trained elephants continue to amsuse and interest in the ciccus part, white the now aerial ballet is a stunning sensation. The Bcdini fansily, svho hav'e one of the ost daring and novel riding acts in the sworld, weill go siith the Hageubocle- Walloae, showe lis summner. Thoy still astoundi the peoplIe of the country xwith tiseirmiexe stunts en horses, One of the. chorus men asked Welts H-aw-,ks te hove Flip, the litle elephant made a Friar because be was always pull- ing off nosy tricks to get Isis name umen- ioned in the newspapers. With Barnum & Bailey Showv. It is nose generally accepted that Bar- nulen & Bailey's Greatest Shoxe on Earth is greater than ever. One thing is certain: the audiences are more enthusiastic. Ttsey seout to got immure lmaughs and the performs- ocs are getting more applanse. This is par- ticularly true of the clown work. Never have there been itore and funnier clowns in the big arena than this season. One stunt that is anxiously awaited is the Police Patrol. Three Tramp Clowns, Baker, De Yoe and Hanmner are arrested for fighting by Poliemmen Martin and George Dollar. In effecting the arrest the clowns and the Police get mixed tip with two women who are trying to find their seats. The ruse is perfect and the audience goes fairly wild. There wore quite a numtter of visiters in the dressing rooms last seek. Ansongthens were Kid and Ed Kennard, the well known Ic-n of vlosens'shvho hiil join the agen- heck-Wallace shose this season; Jack Co- relli, of the Three Corellis, who also joins the Itagenbeck Wallace show the Clack- onions and Al. Miaco, who will ho syithtihe Ringling Brothers' show this season; and Steve Miaco, who is with the Boston Hip- podrome. Bill Segrist, who is just recov- ering from a severe attack of typhoid, gave the boys a call. Charles Morosco, who was laid up for the first few days of the Garden engage- ment, is on the job. Out ia front of te house the arious itehbrn of fle staff ore holding receptions dwice a dn. Ant its qvitso a rocthiot comssmittee: there's Doe. Froentan, Sams Mec- Crcken, and Charles Wilson, all of the executive department; "o, ial, nater Followis, Frank O'Donnell and Tons Naab - tek, of the press depaotwent; Cot. Hugh Inarriso and his assistast, ht. Soffn ans if the sidexhow, take a hand no eand ten, ssito tho able assistance during the pmast wieck of E. Martin, the pole Ton woan, amo Bert Cole, who u il join time agon- 1eck-Waliacs show later. Show B/Id Hpp M4l 4-2 Twenty Three Max Anderson, of the Nose York ippo- droise, has been a nightly sisitor at time Garden iip to noe, and els Iawks, Press representative for the "Hip," manages to slip in sieral timoes a ek to get abit of Ltmostpere t wiquo Coyle, of the Buffalo Bill Wild -West, got back to Nesy York lost Monday night and dropped into the Garden to see rise big shows Another visitor was Dimond Snmith, the farous old privilege noon, knoxyn to se- oral generations of circus men. Under theexperienced hand of Equestrian Director Ed. Shipp, the performance wombs smoothly and witout interruption. W. S. Hutton, the bilposter of Rictmond, Va., visited the circus Monday evening, Matrch 30. GAL/MONT IS HONORED. French Cinemiatographist Be-comes Chseva- i er of the Legion of Honor. Leon Goueut, ctie groat Fich cinecsa- tography leader, recenlly was decorated with the ribbon of the Chealter of Hnt . The incident wsxo alluded to is the Fremeh journal ''srgus Phono in atgrapl,' hiach 1, as fealoes, tfo trnslatioa sic- furnished Ti- SHOW na RLD by oulc Kleino, president of the Klite Olrictl Company, Chicago and New York<: ''The French industry of cinematogracy hasjust received on thes occaon of ie re- cent exposition at Milan, a distinction which gists us great pieasgue to endorse. Mr. Loe n Gamaent, wahose firm is no ost popular in the entire world of cienatog- caphy, boo receised the red ribbon of Chsev- alter of the Legion of Honor. All those o kfor thse active and iabte Dirctor of Establishments in the Rue Saiant-Roch sv ill rejoice wsiths us in the just distinction If shich be has beent the obect. This is lime prize for long years of effort and audt dius indsustrial initiative, at the e-nd of which he has already found aaerial sue- ccss in c it is quite isttral that ia ssoild now be recompensed seith a little glory." VAU/DEVILLE ON COAST. Syndicate Forming Circuit of Twvelve Cities in Northvest. Withm a siexy to hitnmg: rte Count dI'.lne theoter in Spokane, Waoo., as the SpoM honse of the syndicate, "Dutch" .2abieGodsy is engaged xviuh Harry Boor and a mler of otootintseatral men it formbulatit plans for a vaudeville srecuit eich weill embrace t'elve Pacific coast cities and is expected to strontgly risalthue Sullixam & Considine and B aevs coilcerns. The p- lion secured by eca &s Baor, proprietors of the Coeuir di'ne, of a site at Be- usecon, near Seattle, is but part of the Cscheme. Spokone. North Yakiua. ailla Wallas, Portland, Seattle, Taeomsa, Brenoerton, Mis- sgoula, Butte, Anaonda, Salt Lake nd Og- demn are the cities now being figured pon. but the scope of the syndicate emy o ex- tIedd to numerous other cities, it being ,he intention to extend the circuit and make it one of the strongest in the west. In the cities already selected, houses are obtminale so that there tir be, no neces- sity of investing large sums in ouiltig theaters, itut the arrangemnscts outilnedI contensplate, erecting houses should ether cities be invaded. lludge Opens Vaudeville Agency. H. C. Mudge has storied a vaudeville aoggeicy svith offices in tse Knicechockr Thmeater butilditsg, Nosy York. Too Companies in Paid jim Fail. wogoulmots & Keemper wxill put out a see- otod company to play Paid In Full, It is expected to open in Chicago about Maty 4. pisbatly or the Grand Opera house. Casey Vaudeville Agency Launched. Thme Pat Casey -Vaudevitte Agency Imas iconl launchsed. The offices ore nlow intlhe .Noe Verk Thceater building, Noew York. taut xvill be moved to the St. James building hlay 1. Blaney's Yonkers 'Th~eater. Charles E_ Blaney has placed a stools company in Blaney's theater, Yonkers, N. Y. for the summser. A number of elab- orate productions wetl he msade. Riclmard Scimlossiogec is still moanager of the house. April11,1908. 17