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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 489

updated
Saturday, 3 February 2007

John Charles Thomas
and sixteen beauties in the revue,
The Passing Show of 1915,
Winter Garden Theatre, New York, 29 May 1915

Don Juan Junior

'John Charles Thomas, the new Broadway matinee idol, and a
group of beauties in The Passing Show of 1915, at the Winter Garden.'

(photo: White, New York, 1915;
New York Star, Wednesday, 16 June 1915, p.4)

'John Charles Thomas, a baritone who also made a bit of a hit with a very good voice in The Peasant Girl, has also been moved over to the Winter Garden, where he is "Youth." Frances Demarest and Juliette Lippe, both in the last Passing Show, again appear, the former as "Everywoman" and the latter as "Gay Life." Miss Demarest, who was the first to sing that excessively popular "Every Little Movement Has a Meaning All Its Own" from Mme. Sherry, sings the Hawaiian song, "My Hula Maid," one of the pleasing hits of the score. Daphne Pollard, well known on the Pacific Coast as one of the juvenile Pollards, is another member of the cast, making a little success of her own as "Ruby, a modern working girl."
'As for the chorus - well, it is a typical Winter Garden chorus, whose figures are its fortune. In one scene its members are called upon to wear gowns which appear to be sufficiently conventional, though decollete, when sheen from the front. But when a right-about-fact is effected, the spectator finds himself looking at a skirt, a belt, and nothing more. Gone is even the suggestion of a waist. Of course, the popularity of The Passing Show is assured.'
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, Sunday, 4 July 1915, p.3fc)

'The first moving stairway in use in any theater has been installed in the New York Winter Garden, and is now in operation from the stage floor to the highest tier of dressing rooms. Transgressing all accepted bounds of discipline and regulations which have always called for a quick dash to the dressing rooms after every musical number, the chorus girls of The Passing Show of 1915 now nonchalantly depend on the moving stairway to transport them from the stage their quarters with little delay and no exertion on their part, particularly appreciated during the hot weather.'
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 8 August 1915, Magazine Section, p.3d)

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