Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(July 17, 1909)
Meredith, E. E.
The Chicago theatrical colony, p. 8
8 July 17, 1n0o. THE CHICAGO THEATRICAL COLONY 9 , I0 J. Raymond Barrett, who managed "The Cowboy's Girl" for Perce R. Benton last season. has been in Chi- cago for three tweeks past. He has signed with Martin & Emerv's "Parsi- fal" for thecoing season. Little Items Concerning People or Attrac- tions Now in this City or Out of it. BY E. E. MEREDITH. When George Nicolai was in Chi- cagor ecently he is reported to have mua de;in effort to see -\,ax Webher with an idea o )f patching up the differences which led t> \Veber with- drawing his houses from the Stair & IHavlin circuit. Weber scorned the peace over- tures and when discussing the future of the Alhambra the other day, inti- mated that lie considered it unprofitable for theater or producer to be associated with melodrama as it has been handled. Weber sug- gested a line of thought which is worth following up. The number of producing managers who have been associated with melodrama and are now down and out is quite large and men with a desire to be a blood at thunder king and the where- withal to put out the shows can- not be found on every corner. There are few new shows going out which are intended for the Stair & Havlintime. It looks like theBijou and the International would be the Chicago houses devoted to this class of amusement the coming season. The Academy and probably the Al- hambra will have stock companies presenting a similar class of plays. Weber wrote a letter to Martin Beck lastweek asking whatahe thought of vauideville for the Alhambra but it is unlikely that such a change of policy will be made. * * * William Morris will book the Air- dome theater at Danville, Ill., next season and Oliver Labadie Gets Labadie, who will Danville manage the house, House. is down there this week arranging for improvements in the theater. A Dan- ville newspaper says: "The Airdome, whichehas been closed for fiveweeks has been leased by the WilliamnMor- ris Musical Company, of New York, and as soon as the necessary pre- liminaries can be arranged will be opened with some good performances. G. G. Mabin, who represented Mrs. J. L. Lawrence in the deal, says the lease was signed a fewdays ago,and that it will expire inl 1914. Two months' rent has been paid. It is the intention of the Morris company to make extensive improvements on the house, including a steam heating plant and a new and handsome ceil- in1g. It is said that these improve- ments will cost between $3,000 and $4,000. * * "The Lady Buccaneers," Hary M. Strouse's bnrlcsque show, will open the season at the Harry Strouse Empire in Chicago Opens at on Saturday night Empire. August 7, and after eight days on the West side goes to St. Joe and then Kansas City. Strouse thinks lie has the best comedian in burlesque and is certain that lie has the prettiest girls and the best singing show which will be found on either wheel. The show will be advertised as a "'girl- esqie burlesque" and has a tine line of paper. The plot hinges onl -%vManis rights and "The Lady Buc- cancers" are females who attempt a lifeaspiratesonthehighseas, con- tendilng that the sexes sld have equal rights. The camera man for a motion pic- ture house must be brave as well as ingenious to stic- Camera Man ceed. Harry Kelly, Must Be a who is employed by Hero. the Phoenix Film Company, went over to Toledo recently to take the maneu- vers of the Military Tournament held from July 4 to 10 and while he got some splendid pictures it was at the risk of life and limb. He stood with- in forty foot of a calnon when it was fired and lie confesses that standing in front of a big gun is an undesir- able experience even if assured that there is no real danger. He was in greater danger when he took the cavalry charge for lie stood so close that they struck the leg of the tripod on his camera and he had to climb out under the tripod to make his getaway. Tl pictures takenn i July 4 and 5were shown atthe Valeltine theater in Toledo last Sunday aile Kelly says the people raved over thtem. ** * "Gus" Schlesinger, until recently treasurer of the Colonial teater, ad 'who has presided in Is to Manage box-offices for a de- Cohan's Own cade, will be travel- Company. ing manager of George AL Cohlan's company ill "The Yankee Prince" the coming season. The letter which closed up the negotiations arrived last week-and Schlesinger will assume his new dutie shoIrtly before Labor Day, wxhichl is tlle date set for the open- ing of the company. "Gus" Schles- inlger is a brother of Morris S. Schles- inger, traveling representative for Charles E. Blaney and another brother, Leon Schlesinger, succeeds 'Gus as treasurer of the Colotial. Richard Carle is himself again. Withtile revival of"The Tenderfoot" lie once more en- Richard Carle tered the ranks of Is Himself those who contrib- Again. ute to tie amnse- al f mentof the public aiforsook tilat great body of "attempters" which bores the theater patrons under the impression that they are providing entertainment. It is said that "The Tenderfoot" ias been so well received here this sun- ier that ie will cling to the play uttil Christmas time at least. Carle will go west again this fall and will take about the same company lie now has at the Colonial. Carle was 38 years of age one day last -week and the occasion was ain excuse for many floral tributes and assurances of well wisies. The employes of the American shov print at Tilwaukee had their annual otuting I ast Great Time at Saturday and from Show Print the reports made by Picnic. those w110 partici- pated in the enjoy- ients it was one great time. There wvas baseball. athletic contests, and everything which goes with a picnic. Among the well known people of the Chicago theatrical colony who at- tended were: The Lvmlan Twins who camne from their summer hone in Michigan. Will Kdilrov who came from his summer place ill the same state, "Doc." Gardner who was re- lieved from duty at Canmp Palace at Muskegon for the day. E. H. Jones- Fred G. Conriad's right hand mail, Charles Rigos, Ralph Riggs. Carl Mc- Vitt and Frank and Adolph Win- lineer. The part-tyweut out from Miliwxaukee in two hig tallyhos. The National Opera Company ar- rived in the city last Saturday morn- ing and it is learned Opera Companythat the organiza- Closed at tion closed its sea- Saginaw. soil at Saginaw, Mich., very sud- denly July 7. It was not the fault of the company that the eight weeks was not played. There was some differ- ences between V. A. Rusco, mana- ger of the park, and the street rail- way company. The disagreement re- stilted in a split up and this termin- ated the engagement of the opera company. Mart Sheely says that the organization will be appearing at another park near Chicago ln a short time and will remain in the summer amusement places until the opening of the regular season. * * * F. Mo Shlctridge, best know l for hlis list oftle 50 "best agents" wicih xvas compiled a few F. M. Shortridgeyears ago, brought Has Closed the tour of the His Show. Shortridge Greater shows to anend ot July 5 with a fizz boonaan bang. He concluded that the best way for lim to evidence his patriotism was to end tile season of a tent show whiic haa been unprofitablefromthe start. 1ea show got $80 on July 5 aind tllis satisfied Silortridge tilat toere vas no money in the proposi- tionl. Harry Hopping, another xwell knoxvn agent, was in advance of the attraction. James Lackaye will head the com- pany which will present "A Gentle- man from Missis- Jim Lackaye sippi" in the west Comes Into t he coming season His Own. and this part will gi'e him te oppor- tttiitv 110 lhas lonlg deserved. James Lackaye is one of the good actors of America and one night stand people found it out in the days of "York State Folks." The Chicago public came to realize during the engage- ment of "Cameo Kirby" that James Lackaye cas an exceptionally clever mailtI atld tile metamorphlosis xvhichl transformed him from a recognized one-night stand star to a recognized actor at any point was evidenced when tile dramatic critics ceased to speak of him- as a brother to another well known Lackaye. Toillmx- Smith and Bonnie Arado. acomllpanied by Miss Thelmla Bernice Smith, aged four Why Smith months, were in Chi- Found a cago the first of the Home. week en route for Muskegon iwh'ere Slith has bougllt four lots with the Chicago theatrical coloiy. He has been working alone for the last few months but out in two weeks recently on the Sullivan and Considine time doing the old act. It went so well that lie was given 26 weeks' booking for next season. Smith will see his real estate for the first time this wek and will know- how it feels to ownr a piece of mother earth. * * * \tr. and Mrs. Rat Rax-mond are back in town and "The Candx Kid" is said to be well uleased with his part in "Dare Devil Dan," in which lie will be featured the coming sea- sonl. * * * Tlhin s are a little quiet at W. F. Mann's office. Hlarry Mack loafed for two minutes last Monday after- noon. Klint & Gazzolo will open their stock conmpany at the Academy on Suday, July25, and forAthe opening week of the season will present Ben- lah Poynter's "Lena Klimt Players Rivers." The house is Will Open beingredecorated.car- July 25. peted and painted and will be a cosy place when Klimt's Players take possession. The company will be about the same as that seen at the Bijou and will in- clude Anne Bronatigh, Margaret Ne- ville, Nellie Holland, Edna Hibbard, John Lane Connors, Lew 0 Hart, Guy Coombs, George Fox and Charles Payton. The company was well re- ceived at the Bijou and the Academy engagement is expected to be still more successful. Irving Lee and Hampton Durand have written two songs for "The Fan- tastic World" which they think will prove big successes. They are "Girl 0' Mine," published by Numbers forThe House of Laemmle, Fantastic and "Grand Baby and World. the Baby Grand," pub- lished by Will Rossiter. Both songs will be used as numbers in The Great Star and Garter show, which goes into rehearsal on Satur- (lay of this -week-probably at thed Bush Temple theater. The first pro- duction of "The Fantastic World" is being looked forward to, because it is a departure from the average attrac- tion ofthe kind. Some gosofar as to say ittx-ill be as meritorious as a "Folly" show although, of course, the production will not be by any means so expensive. "Bill" Rice, who handles hypnotic attractions. put one of his sleepers on exhibition at Kewanee, Ill., last Sat- urday night. Reportihas it that Rice accomplished the feat by "Bill" Rice phone from Chicago. At and his any event, Dave Ander- Subject. son, wvho is nowil the city, began a 52-hour sleep and expected to beawvakened on the stage inxthe tent ofbteGreatn ri- fith show. Instead Anderson woke tip Mlonday night at a Red men's picnic a a more surprised hypnotic subject has not been seen inl a decade. Dr. Horace Grant, agent of the show. had taken the sleeper to the park when it twas learned that the Burlington re- fused to atila ca*nvas showaaathe idea of playing the town wvas abaix- dotled. Grant concluded to profit by the fact that Andersonwas asleepua d hlad him remloved to the park. Andl~er- sonis kicking. He says hewants to know hohe is sleepingfor. H. E. Rice is no longer manager of the musical stock company at Sais Souci park and other changes are likely. Ravmond Hitchcock - this week's star, is seen in Changes at"The Yankee Consul" Sans Souciand while business has Theater. not been wonderful Hitchcock is drawing better than alv one previously fea- tured at that theater. When this is written there has been no announce- inent made of the bill for next week, although it is rumored that "The Mikado" is in rehearsal. It is barely possible that the Sans Souici compaY will be made a permanent one nd rutn on the satie style as Savage did the Castle Square Opera company. 'Mary M\Tontrose is expectitnc her iother to come to Chicago this week and pay her a visit. Joseline Rogers left last week for New York and would not c-v ott "This is so sudden" if some m1analger offers her a fine stock engagtlielt. .* * * Jack Williams' Stock Coipany opened at the La Crosse theater at (Continued otn p::- `a. THE SHOW WORLD - I q I