Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(August 10, 1907)
Live show news gathered by Show World correspondents, pp. 12-12ii
12 THE SHOW WORLD August10,1907, I TVP SH(OW NPWS CA THERED RV ~.& V -~ ~.& .a.~ vy A. '~J~.d VY ~ ~d. .~ .~. - it 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. 0~~ 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.