Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(September 28, 1907)
Cavanagh, Charles T.
The Bondman wins in St. Louis, p. 8
THE SHOW WORLD SeptembIe c8. 1907, THE BONDMAN WINS IN ST. LOUIS St. Louis Bureau of The Show World, Century Theater, Charles T. Cavanagh, Representative. S- 1'. I115I, Sept. 21.- The Bdoncdmian ccc: d its first pcrouction in America Ia st Monday evening at the Olympic theater before the largest audience that has assembled in St. Louis this season. The Ilay is a magnificent melodrama typical of the Drury Lane class, with a variety of lige stage pictures, a dec-ply stirring story and a novel thriller for the apex of a series of climaxes. It is a vastly better play than The Great Ruby and other Drury Laie products which have beeni successfully imported. The literary merit of the lines lifts the production far out of the melodramatic class il which it belongs by virtue of the character of the story and the man- ner of dramatic treatment. There is a turgidity in the dialogue and a tedious- ness in the unfolding of the plot. which no doubt will ice eliminated in short or- dr to mee tihe tastes of aix Aimi-riin aitl ge.t i t is is doice, k iit is 1itt111-uestionc thact Messrs. Lackey,- andc Brady will luave a piece of propert v which should have a long life of finacial fl-ueiesIing role of "Jasoll, a Sicilian who comes to the peaceful Islc of Man On IIn errianed of velgeance to be inflicted upon his oxn ialf-brother, lits the ipow% - -rfil personality of Wilton Lackay *i well axs any "straight'' part ie hIs ,r- had. Supporting Company is Strong. The supporting Culcpiany is unuxlsciIINy strong. Elsic Ferguson, as Grecei, is one of the best leading women this toit has seen in a long time. Endow d witli stiiking beauty, a stately figuie, witii girlish grace and a melodious voice, seli has cultivated her art with care and cniiimated her role with endaring uali- ties. A slight icrvousness during the opening performance interfered witll her work occasionally without seiiously icar- ring the effect. Others in the large iast who were exceptionally prominxnt ccere Ethelbert Hales and Ial de Forest, When the country gets to know Lacic in this part of "Jason" lie is lik-ly Ino Ie styled the leading mlodramatic pl i r of the country; and mclmory does 1nt furnish any names from England wIdh h Would rise cuperior to his. Hot weath I throughout the week did not prevent Thi- Bondman fronm having prosperous Iuc-- ni-cs. New "Widow" is Clever. iThe College Widow ls been ithe vc-cs offering alt tlcc Ce-itury. '1'ic illiiI, featuires of tice eixgageimenxt ccele lice hli illecliccii thcis city of Gertrudei Quin lan in the part of "Flora Viggins,- ad the introduction of a new "wxidow lite person of Marguerita Snow. Miss Quinlan has always been a favorite here axd tercl ccs ixoucn t riosity to se cc r in er best kiois cork roc .iiiorci ondclusion is that tad Florat" isc lite .seeix in otherI seasonis hcave ib-ec pic-I faithfl iitators of Miss Qunl.a T s the is lil m ioveltl in ther p prduetind Miss Sao ceas last ere xvit JLacias O VNeill. She is probably the aest look- Ing "cwidocw- cc- hiave seeic cc-ichl is ;i broaid stcateimxent, whein lice 'fetelciu'-ss' of Tiloroty Tennat in tie ttlirt is membIed. There is t c ro m klo natingi ilce patof eJae fViterspoic. b t Miss Sdow is second to ene of the predecessors i c her ixpcrsonation0 of le pcopular young womfan. Arizona has been the attraction at the Graxd Opera ouse. and it is in til ' iands of an excellent company. Tosl Mho sin most brilliantly ix the produlc- iox ae Jlsepi Green. Irving J. Lencts- ter, Almxa Bradley, X. J. Htylan~d , Edccard J. Farrell mnt W. H. Gerald. Vaudeville PacksTheater. c illy Zimnesi, i is inipersoxna- tilons. is lice tbrighctest featurce of lice Gacrick li this week. Frcderick V. Bowers and his group of Collge Days bner a eglloped into lce regard f aheir aldiences. Ray L. Royce di sal nidly fine gork ix tis c paractyrizations of small-toen types, his crox being one of the most paiselorthy thet tp e present season exs icrougt to ets. Canfield aid Cacrletonx, Hacry C. Stainley, Mills and Morris, aicd Mule. 1-erixcatn are othcer ecsprominenct in teprograxmne. Thxe Garrick cointinues to turn acway several hunildred people cvcry ixighct. Te Coumbialis its best featulres thIs week in the Four Golden Graces aixd Me- Mahonx's Pulilman Porter -Maids. Tue former novelty is rarely beautifull aixd tice latter act icesanuabundance ofichumxor ais well as singing aixddancing talenct ix its arrangemxent. Bert Leslie ices ai 1(ew editionc of togxns' Visit, T om Nawlx cc- tulrned cvithc Pat aind Geii, and Gen. Edward La Vinecwas pominentcwitix cis comnedy. Bucsiness icas bceen excellent tlhroughcout lice week. Al. Merlin's U~ncle Tom's Cabin has been at lice Imperial all wceek. A care- fil and efficient management Ices taken su~ch good care of this property tixat an atmcosphiere of novelty siirrouinds and pxermleates lice cintire produr'tion. Sacvc the fundlamcental story, t1cplay is aixew one and exceedlingly entertaiining. Play Is Given Cordial Reception-A. E. Aarons Predicts Downfall of Musical Comedy-Notes. BY CHARLES T. CAVANAGH. The Mysteriouis Burglar at Ilalil's provides tlhe imelodraia course for the we-k's bill of fare. It is a very good scenic priduction and the characters in the liands of a group of players well able to carry their burdens with skill and grace. Burt King. Adele Lane and Flor- rne Falkin are especially profcient. 'le Boston Belles at the Gayety have furnished the best burlesque entertain- menct of tic_ season so far. Edgar Bixley led i i tie applause ccinning. Sumptuous Burlesque. ,Tie Champagne Girls are at the Stan- lard and doing a big business. The production is a sumptuous on and th- 1ompany a hard workin -clw of -oo singers aid danccrs. John Lyonl>, the xvauide\lil, louxs, s. Ile is in anc unpre- judicel attitude wvith plenty of box of- fice information in his hands. .'There caln be no question about the public inclination toward vaudeville," ie said. "Our houses are doing all they canl with their present capacities, and our opposition are doing equally well. There is roon for more and larger vau- deville houses. Their augmented pat- ronage is coiming from the ranks of those whose theatrical diet was the musical comedy. The das of that form of fare are inibered. Vaudeville has usurped its domain. The wise manager will turn to vaideville or to strietic lIgitimate op- era and drama. Th, Red Mills, the Me. Modistes and tlh lRbin Iloods wcill al- vay thrive. lis wcll IIh ----clis. dram- DANS. FISHELL MANAGEROFTHE GARRICK THEATERST.LOUIS,MO. comedy juggler, and Revere and Yuiraie the best features of a bright olio section. Manager H. E. Rice has had a week of prosperity at the Globe with a bill which included Dan Rice and his scholarly pigs; Prendergast and Powell, in songs and dances; Will Griikee. operatic tenor; iHarry Kippy, the German comedian. and Ltin Besselliman with illustrated songs. There was also a good new set of moving pictures. iueJoseph F. Sheehan Opera Company begain a four weks' engagement at wle Gdloic last Monday nighct, lice first w~eek being devoted to 11 Trovatore. Large adiences 1welcomed plIe organization. Mr . Shceehaix cvas spleixdid as Matilrico. Others co scored in che cast Cwer: Alani Turicer. Aninie Richcter aixd Ccctle- rin, Iicgauoff. TheCO udrlied attractios are: Lotls Maicoin Txe White Heixatlice 01lyicilPic; Thcoicas Jeffersoc In RipxVa 'Winkle at lice Century: Thce Wizard of Oz at lice Grand Opera hcouise; Murray & -Mac-k at the Imperial; The End of the Trail at the TIaylin's; Sheehan Opera Comxpany in Faust at the Odeon; vaudeville and burlesque at the other houses. Aarons Discusses Vaudeville. The advance of vaudeville means the retreat of musical comedy. That is the opinion of Alfred E. Aarons, whto was here this week. No one would seem to be ix a better position for ite formation of an intelligent opinion on the subject than Mr. Aarons. He is a producer of musical comedies which have been suc- cessful above the average, and lie is general manager of the Klaw 1, Erlanger is and sonc of th- straiglct fcrces. But the nondecscipts, the 'dog fights set to music' will have to go as road attrac- tions. They cannot stray very far from Broadway. Talent to Find its Level. "The tendency of the best managerial judgment is towards straight productions and high grade operas. A proper equil- ibrium will be established. Theatrical talent will find its proper level. Art will cave its residence in tixe legitimate oises d moere entertainrnent will be .supxplied icy fice- vaudev'ille theaters. I have traveled through the country, visit- illg the vodeville houses i my charge ild ic e coinditions hav-e hxeld a rec'ela- tion for ne. Personally, I ae goig to cofthe t y protciir g hereafter to the est oeratic material available; and I tave no hesitacy in caking the propi- ecy thact tile pcrofitable ventures of the futtire ic lice first-class field wyill all be of ltat chaeracter. There cciil nec'er be ainy seriotis scarcity of good vaudeville acts,' for ltce increasing patronage will indtce increasing efforts in the originat- iigof novelties, aitd tie talent tlat has hceretofore found its expression in theS fileld of musical comedy will in the future have its outlet in the region of vaude- ville." The St. Louis county fair opened at Creve Coeur Lake Sept. 19. All the amusement features are in charge of Manager H. E. Rice, and that highly efficient director has furnished a daily program of ain unusually strong charac- ter. One of the most interesting fea- tures of the fair was a mile race on I~-cbu-Icc---I T~i" s' -i- Rie I Miss Enm Crocai a hetR b- tw...n the fathers cf ti cont stants hiIh was not publiely announcd, cre ;,ting a spirit of rivalry that could not b, surpassed in an internation l sweep. st"kes. The fair closed Sept. l aii M l rs . Rice, withI thecir I leghter. camiped onl the grounds thccccci>-ct th- period and made their tr nt the cliter of hospitality. Write New Comic Opera. John N. Edwards, night editor of fle Republic, and William V. Bruncby, ct, editor of the same paper, hav- completedI the libretto of Coronado, a i-cc comi opera of our Mexican frontier. The music is by Victor Novi, a well-known young musician of this city. The entir manuscript is now in the hands of well-known producer. The engagement of James ONeill in Virginius, which was arrange,, for th- week of Sept. 22 at the Olymcli, has been postponed. The time will he filled by Louis Mann in The White nonwhich was originally booked for a lmilwinter visit. Harry Holthaus, stage man-cr of th Olympic. returned to his desk last Mon- day. He seems to be fully relcovered frolin te stroke of paralysis hw suffered ill Jul. George Oliver Lake who hs been treasurer of Delmar garden tiringhout ,liemsunnu e, Ices teenapi oilc-i ch!1-: I sicr of f1ce Cenctury tlItll-. Reinold Succeeds Hall. I. A. Reinold has been anpointd mail- ger of TheI Man of thle Hour compan Ininig its tour. He takes the place o, lhe late Josph F. Hfall, who died ic 'iiicago xlile the compancy was playin it 1the Illinois theater. Mr. Reilcald was imanager of thc Wright Loriher com- Ialy last season. Will R. Antisdel is here as amnbassador of Louis Mann in Thxe 'White Hn. As it is tile gsntleman's first visit for tiw seasolls. there cave been proper obserN- cixes of the event. Villiam L. Malley. under whose man- .gemcnt Thom s Jeff rson is no touiring .hals lien here for severlI days overflowc- ilg wxith enthusiasm over the ,asonl ProsPects for the Rip Van Winkle or- i-nniz ition. The TWllston Str at Fair opened churs-dovn - with a parade that covered e- -cy district of St. Loiws. Th( Show Will -lose Sunday. Miss 'fflc HIt\ h.Ias been iln do queen of the fcair. 'l'hco ( c11nc-ssion were directed by T. IT. Stocci.- and tlc Pike was the most pretentious that has heon seen iereabout since tii days o the big WIorld's Fail-. illis F. Glickman. of Chieingo support- ai by Illm tiddish cnxapiy. Ic-ll cIppci it Itco matinee pecfornlxxai, s cit tk- Ilitilc tlcectcr ixext Molnday andcc Toes- ,ct \-iBokenc Hearts and Qcueeii Salb~ xiil Ice presented. DAN S. FISHELL. Manager of the Garrick Theater, St. Louis, Who Has Made a Record. Iin S. Fis ell, ltem pohlae Ilila gern lri Garrick eate i St. Lnis, was hon in Lo isiern Mo.a Jne 176. H iaoved to St. Louis text vokin-g and cs made that city is oe ostoc-. ioughmogt is boooc aie of th i sas tfominently identified wo-im acniar ti icals in lce pa otand City. At tt- ccgx- of 23 he took out a minstrel shill if tis own. whic. played a season Si lone performance, lost $17 and closed. After a period in carge of irus shw print department of the Grecit Western Printing Company ie was --geth ged i ianagerofElerys aicd, wil wtichh served for toree seasons. Durig thi nsame period lie did tre booking and di- reted fity e publicity for e t estock- Ferari Cartival Company. His c xlaedagement of sonic of their street fair engagemenits won yi Geol- tional reptation and caugit oee atteit- tion of Janes A. Bailey aid Luis E Cooke, who got i for the ttess sear of the Barnum & Bailey circus. In thc capacity AMr. Fis ll becace ce of 11c best known press ageints iw ie usiness si'hen tie joined te Subet forces i 1106 ie left an arny of fricoln cithth tig tent sow. He marged llGarset all last season most successfully andI nowv haicdling the Kiacy & Eclaxger Ad- vainced Vaudeville interests ilc SI. Lotus His ability and energy execitecd ix theit behlcaf Ices made lice GaccicCk c,-of the bxiggest money makers oic tic,- I & E- circuit, his publicity nmethcocds lcccicg pil the house on a capacity ibasis continuO- ously since ltce opencing ncight. Two youthful Chicagoans hcave latelY comxpleed acomic opera entitled Nangay Dhu. Tce book and lyrics areby Georg, Vautx Bacon. and Williamc Woebor Sitih Is responsile for the mxusic. It is said to be different from lice ordinary comic opera, and judging from licetitle we ae inclined to agree withc the statemcent. Scott and Raynor's farce comedy, Ma' New Husband, has beein so well received since tlxe opening, four cveekq ago, that ticey are sending out a seconcd companlt to play western territories. Reicearsai] commenced last week. g IR3~ 3 a