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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(April 11, 1908)

Hoff, J. L.
Things theatrical in Empire City,   p. 17

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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 &
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
Tony Pastor's theater-Allen Boone &
Cs., Cushing, Mierrill & Davis, Quigg &
Macb, Sherry & Ray, Etmerson    Baldwin,
McInmtor  & MeAsoy, Montague's Cockatoo
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-
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-
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-
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-
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.
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."
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
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.

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