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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(May 22, 1909)

$600,000 play money expended each week,   p. 11

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()iiaha, May 1:;.
lay Natoiin wh clasi-lateIN l  1
greatsilcesin ThGirs of (otteii-
lwrg vill. in June, marry   C.   H.
eGcr'c of Nx  York, aI nlephew  of
cx'G(oconrlir I'low-er of that state.
I    \t ilain has inade a rapid rise
incofic opera, her first triumph be-
ing ilit I-lappened in Nordlanld, fol-
loweld by important roles    in  The
BableS ill Toyland  ail The    Little
Clierub. liiss Natidain is an Omaha
girl ald her host of friends  ish her
long life of happiness. Society folks
iv her miarriage will introduce her
laothe tal t vexclui C 01 Nex Ynork
.oci'I'. i a Ir Gerige is aI proit'nent
chihilill  aid  society  mail.  11e is
caliier of the Day and Night bank of
the Flower Bankinig Company.
Mis Naudail had just beenl east for
aiiportaint  role  in  The    Dollar
rinlccss, which Mr. Frohman is to
produce Ioon.  The tirst intimation
of her engagement was     when    she
asked fori her release from  her con-
tract. The engagement to Mr.George
of long standing. the acquaintance
bginnilg four years ago. The wed-
iig lvill take place at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Lewis, this city,
iniitiatc friends of Miss Naudain. A
great many New York frietds will at-
tend the happy v  ent  in   June.-
Berry Signs with Cutter.
. CBery Sins wfe (1 Ktte Steli)
have signed contracts with the Cut-
ter stock company until Aay, 1910.
They have been with the organization
ince Mar. 1. This is one of the few
repertoire  companies  which   never
closes,i<ter or sttmcer. t toarris
forteepeople inltae cast1and1 plays
good titie, It islit pire s cttat Piquta,
0..for tive weeks.  It it-isjutst con-
>leted four weeks good business at
IMarion, 0.  The company is theti
hooked at Benton Harbor, Mich.. for
four weeks.
it iay be recalled that Mr. Berry
played leads for Lincoln J. Carter for
several seasons, while his wife, who
is ta nsician of no mean ability, has
made a reputation as a musical direc-
tor. Both have many friends in the
Julius Meyer Dead.
Omaha, Neb., May 11.
Musical circles in Omaia mourn the
'ad death of Juulis leyer, who com-n
mitted suicide in Hanscom Park ott
the loth. Despondency was tte catise,
Mr.MAeyer being in hait hiealth anad
fearinginsanity. Ar. Meyers den at
Tenth and Farnam was the scene of
many brilliant assembies of notable
people of the profession. Melba and
Patti have nany times dined in his
curiotisly arranged rooms, which are
adorned with curios and trophies from
all parts of the world.  Mr. Meyer
knew may of the bright lights of the
operatic  and  theatrical  profession,
who counted a visit to Omalha not
comriplete without calling on him at
his den.-SMYTT.
Might's Right's Failure.
Sait Francisco, Cal., Alay 17.
JackGleason, prize fight promoter,
Fankealinagilate  and   plaiyxright
F'raik AIeGi)-titi lietmn-iialn. itilAA'il-
liam A. Hogin atleJ.T. Clark. aingels,
Ill of San Francisco. are co-defeld-
anItts inai lawsuit. The American The-
ater  anageIcit  wvants   $317,   )
which amoit the gross receipts Of
"Might's Right," Gleason's play. fell
short of $1,70, which the theater was
to receive as aI week's rent.
New Theater at Sioux City.
Webster City, Iowa. May 17.
The Orpheuin people will erect a
n'w theater in Sioux City this slim-
tier. It will be on Fourth street and
it is planned to open it by January 1.
A tenant for the old Orphetum, who
villtnotIse it as a theater. will be
found, however, before work oi the
$600,000 PLAY MONEY
That Is What Lee Shubert Claims New York Pays Its Theaters Nine
Months In the Year.
iLce Shubert is credited with malaluy
rc'markailile 'dItIeicts itn al inte-view
sent out by the Shudbert press depart-
talc-t, aiong other facts and figures,
he is quoted Its saying that in the city
of New York alone. the tlcatc-rs take
in in ixTrage of $600,000 a week for
the I-gllar foity-wxeCC-k thcatrical sca-
soil; g-igures, which, wici comupuited,
bring the reiarkaile total of $21,000,-
000 expenditure by the Gotham public
for its show house aiuiscnent in nine
miioniths of cach year
"Instead of this sum being dliill-
ishcd in the future," hae says.    the
prospects are that it will be iicreased,
as the taste for thcatrical entertain-
nilit is constantly being bex-cloped
and aitigixnc-ted. The demand is be-
coming   greater, and   the theatrical
business is not overdeone in the city
of New    York.   Unless I vcre coln-
vinced of this I should certainly not
laiv'e fifteeni theaters in New   York
next sealson.
lI tc-  l ore  no  more  successful
good) plays.  The successful plays
are all 'greit.' It is not enough for
a play to be mirely good artistically
.a11t techamcaillx-  it must haixe some
ticlque  idea or some new     incilent
xxiuichi has          i e- x-r b-en  prcs-nted  oil
the stig-laefomreto aciiexesuiccess for
lilty lengutx of tittle iii a New York
-The taste of the pubilic is getting
to bet much better and much mxoreex-
acting.  The 'popular priced shows'
hiaxve itilost been eliminated and 'pic-
ture shoNs' haVe taken theair places.
The great    'popiular  priced' public.
which formerly paittronizeI blood-and-
tILundr mldru   nueiotiratiaa and mediocre per-
formanmces of miusical comedy, has no\\,
divided its attention between the ecli-
caittiollil aunl IuiaiIsinlg exhibits to be
sc-i in the 'pictire shoxxs' and the
higher clas, of cntertatinmuaxenat in the
Ilrst-class theaters.  Many of   those
ieoplie x\h  formicl  pai 75 cents or
$1 tim sit ill all torchiestra chamir oIf a
'popular priced' house nowld  prefer a
baalcoInx se-ttii in aHroadI-- plihluuouse.
lThet thit1  ms tt legte   Ii txury
htt tl ece--,itx  itld q-i edciilitiill
force. It is i niecessity- itasnImiclt Its
it is coisidered i essential part of at
person's edulcation to be familiar withi
the current theatrical productions off
.tle d1y; and its educational xalute lies
in the numier of topicsx which are pre-
sented in draiatic formla. Thuoausaids
upon thousands of people no\\- use the
theater instead of books as sources
froma which to derixc their learning,
because the stlujects    dealt with are
presented and acted out. thusiaenabling
the public to see them inl their proper
fraie, instead of maerely reading t about
thenm. The printed pIage must of Ie-
ccssity cnlist the aid of the indiviidual
illag inatiol to see how thlinigs would
be worked out from the aiudiitors or
ICaders'1.  pOinits of View.
Salary of Actors.
"The test of success is 100 ner cent
harder than it vas fifteen years ago,
thus compelling    managers, atithors
itid aictors to do 10 per cent better
xork than they did fifteei -ears ago.
lhe good actor is the highest priced
coiiidllllcity' in tile humian market, aid
liiglh-sailaried  ictors are  the highest
priced salaried people of ally profes-
sion in the wv\orld. I have actors to
xxiwhom  I piy $3,000a xxweek. A  uliri-
ber of opera singers get $2,000 a per-
foriance. Aany actors are paid more
salary for forty veeks' work than the
president of the United States is paid
for fifty-two vecks' wvork. I there-
fore pav a higher rate of emiuntieration
for some of ily stars than the nation
paixs to its chief executive. All the
other emiployes in the tieateri are bet-
ter paid in proportion than eiiiployes
in other walks of life who laIbor the
same hours utinder similar coIldititis.
"This same high standard of mIone-
tary-v return applies to the auithors and
colpos r., whoslle vwks the m ang  s
!i rOti cle. titiurs  rc-ccix'e in '0)'llt)'
oil I suicce'ssfiul pliv ill one seasOi
fromin $3.0,000 to $10,000. These arc
mieni like A\tgistis Thoiais, Iuigeie
Walter. 0 vdc Fitch, P'auil 1rilmstroi1 l
and others.   Musical plays    like A
Chinese   IlIoncvmloon and  Ilavallna,
which are performed not only for a
scison, but continuously for a whole
'c-ar, including the sununCiler months,
\ill Carn as much s $100,000 in royal-
tics for the  authors of   vords and
American Stage Leads.
'Aierica is the greatest theatrical
couintry in the vorld, and New York
(ity pay., more lor its amusement
thlita ally other city in the workl.
''ere smore dopportunity for t1e
volilg author tocday thanil there ex-er
xvas before.  Sitice the  euand for
liicx  andac great pilays5 is so large, tnexx
ulithors find it m]iuch easier to obtain
I hearing than they did soie years
ago. I have probably had a liundred
plays tibmitted to methis year by tin-
known authors. 1very one of them
has ieet read.      i number of te
Cciittaiiicei nexx ideas, Bitt lackedi per-
fectiistaii conitstrulctiont 111n( tecltliote.
'I'his fatilt cata only be remedied
through the first production of a1n au-
thors plai, bringing  him ii actual
contact with stage managers, stage
carpenters, proprcit)' mn111 and actors.
So [ aihise yoig atitorsto 'tryhout'
thecirlilaxs in 'tock companlieisxxwhenl-
cxer  ad   wherever  possible. The
ytoung American actor hais the best
piromaise of any, because of his temper-
ainlital qualities, based oil the blend
of the different nations which iitke
III) this country, the increased ediica-
ti~oial advxanitigcs open to all classes
andithl la mortiuuities, foii tihe geneiral
piuilic to se- and ti study so maay
tifferent kinds of plays presented " l
the best possible manner in the best
1111) hioitses.
11is is a con)tr- 11 lere 11 censor
Isinectded, or c'erxx'iili eeediei. Tiac
averaig  judgment of   the Anerican
public is invariably right. No otticial
act of any auithority is required to tell
Amnericans what is good or decent in
draiaitic  entertainment.  This  is
somaethitim which the first-niglt audi-
ence tinds   out xery    quickly, and
which the newspapers state the next
morning in no uncertain terms. The
public is its own censor. It resents
indecency oil the stage and is the best
protector of its family fireside morals.
"Theatergoing is a good thingg and
a potent   commercial factor. for it
gives employment     to hundreds   of
thousands of people not associated
vith the theater at all, but whose serx-
ices are required in preparing the peo-
ple xwhoci go to the theater With the
proper attire. Thousands upon thou-
sands of extra dressmakers, costirners,
iilliners, hairdressers, nanicures, etc.,
are used every season by people who
do not move in socicty, but who dress
themnselves as richly to go to the
theater as others do for their social
"Theatergoing is also a great bene-
Fit to people employed in cafes, hotels
and restaurants, and   to those who
furnish supplies to these places, as it
increases the demand for extra serv-
ice, extra meals and extra refresh-
ment, thus providing extra trade for
the butchers, bakers, grocers and mar-
ket men. Tile whirlpool of theatrical
actiVity turns traiie into many ain out-
side chianinel."
\ashingtoni. Iiid., May  I5.
Itliecataic knioilahe'eSiti'irdata
AlerIe Steaataa, the  diugliter  ofa
promuinenit and wealthy physicianl of
Nmn'tii  'eiui iti 1111 F'ex  \'ilsiin.  iif
Detroit. Afica.. I  i 1 ilier  of it  so wo
company playing this city. were mar-
ried in Vincennes. Alrs. Wilson now
is in North Vernon begging parental
'heciouple trst met lIst week and
"xhea she left homie  -c'tcrday it w\'as
uniderstood that she wals going  to
GrcCiicistlIe to  visit. I listead  she  callic
heic and milet Wilson.
Louisiana, Mo.-AMlnager Marulis
\\I11 open] ;I neCW  aLlrderneI  thleater  here.
Beatrice, Neb.-The iirdomeili ( ed
Ala' 10 aid is doingaii nice blsiniess.
Ardmore, Okla.-The Readick stock
coimipatiy is having a fair veek at the
Airdone theater.
Chrisman, Ill.--T. W. Koitz is cotn-
temtplating tih erection of an airdome
Winfield, Kan.-Aanaager Gray   is
making arrangements to ien the new
Airdone here.
Warrensburg, Mo.-F. C. l[ritt has
been girainted aI permit to crect at air-
domnc ion Smith Holden street.
Guthrie, Okla.-Bill Brooks has
piurcaisel the interest of Chandler
iciKanou iii the Airdonic.
Birmingham, Ala.-The Air Dome
Opened oi Alay 17 with 10 cent vaude-
xille and is havitng fair crovds.-AUS-
Wheeling, W. Va.-The Airdone
Aiu'lletlet comapany). ofXWashington,
I'll.:tais comimei-tceditie erectiontaof a
Ie\  theate  here.
San Bernardino, Cal.-Work has
commenced on the Airdoni, which is
to be remodeled before it is opened
oin June 1. J. W. Leonard, manager
of the Unique theater, will manage it
ant close the Unique, whie the latter
isbein.g retodeled. Amog the pro-
posed improvements is a new gallery,
which xxill increase the seating ca-
pacityti'mn  1.200 to 1.500.-E. L. W.
Middletown, O.-larry Gordon, of
the Broadway theater. has his leW
airdomae near completion. It is lo-
cated on top of the present IBroadway
playhouse. Itncontains  Iit tinitre
lake. itathec-nter sfxvhich afoutaina
is located. The lake will be stocked
with gold fish. The airdoie w\ill hold
l.0t) seats. Th stage hvi be tirt)-
ixe feetxx'ide antdforty-feet deep. The
aiirdoiae isipatternedafter the Germani
sti- of architecture.
Mansfield, O.-A company has been
orgainized to open an Airdonie here
otn June 1. The company is known as
the Air-Doime Theater Company and
the incorporators are H. Walter Ala-
teer, Louis D. Barr, C. J. Volliner,
Lida D. Ileffelman and  Walter S.
Bradford. Vaudeville and repertoire
attractions will be hoked for the en-
tire summer with ia performance each
evening. C. L. ieffelnan, manager of
the Alemorial theater, will have the
tanuiagement of the new theater.
Webster City, Ia.-A new outdoor
theater is to be added to Des Moines'
list of amniusement houses. It will be
known as the Airdotn and will be lo-
cated at Tenth and  Aalntit streets.
Clarence U. Philley, the St. Joseph
alisement mnagnate, will be manager.
The North Brothers stock organiza-
tion has been secured for the summer
and will present a new play weekly-
Genevicxc Russell and "Sport" North
lave the leading parts with this organ-
tzation. Thetheater will open at pop-
utlar prices May 29.-TUCKER.
Church Alliance Reception.
The Chicago Chapter of the Actors'
Church Alliance gave a reception to
Dorothy Donnelly and Vincent Ser-
rano anti the company playing The
Sins of Society, in the parlors of the
Auditorium Hotel, on Friday after-
noon, Alay '21, at 3:30 p. In.
May 22, 1909-
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