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no. 372

Saturday, 30 October 2004

Hullo America!
The Palace Theatre, London, 25 September 1918
starring Elsie Janis

Hullo America!

a flyer for Hullo America!

(printed by John Waddington Ltd, London, 1918)

Hullo America!, a revue by J. Hastings Turner, with music composed and arranged by Herman Fink and lyrics by Clifford Grey, was produced by Alfred Butt at The Palace Theatre, London, on 25 September 1918. Additional songs were by Elsie Janis, Jean Schwartz, Albert von Tilzer and Joe Young. Colour schemes and costumes were by Comelli and the whole was staged by Gus Sohlke. Starring the popular American actress Elsie Janis, Hullo America! also featured Stanley Lupino, Owen Nares, Will West, Robert Reilly, Irene Magley, Madeline Seymour, Marjorie Essex and The Palace Girls. During the show's 358 performances Billy Merson was also sometime a member of the cast and in February 1919 Owen Nares was replaced by Maurice Chevalier. The songs recorded from Hullo America! included Apres la Guerre by Janis, Lupino and West and The Picture I Want to See by Janis, both made for the HMV label at Hayes, Middlesex, on 22 November 1918.

Elsie Janis

Elsie Janis (1889-1956), American actress, singer, songwriter and screenwriter,
in Hullo America!, Palace Theatre, London, 1918/1919

(photo: Malcolm Arbuthnot, London, 1918)

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