Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 22 November 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Rose Stella in the pantomime
Humpty Dumpty,
Royal Theatre, Sydney, Australia,
Christmas 1877

Rose Stella

Rose Stella

(photo: Houseworth, San Francisco, probably late 1870s)

Sydney, 4 January 1878
'There is plenty of attraction at the theatres. At the Royal we have a fine pantomime - Humpty Dumpty, with lots of fun in it, lots of nonsense, and abundance of good scenery and music. The transformation scene is in Wilson's best style, and there is a double harlequinade - a senior and a junior clown, pantaloon, harlequin, and columbine, and the youngsters are remarkably sprightly and clever. Miss Rose Stella, who was one of the principals of the Soldene Opera Company - and a charming, vivacious little warbler she is, with a slight foreign accent in her speech - is the leading vocalist. Being the only pantomime in Sydney this year, Humpty Dumpty is in for a long run. It draws crowded houses every night.'
(The Brisbane Courier, Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, 8 January 1878, p. 3e)

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John Ford and Mayme Gehrue
at Keith & Proctor's Union Square, New York,
week beginning, Monday, 5 November 1906

Mayme Gehrue

Mayme Gehrue (fl. early 20th century),
American actress and vaudeville comedienne and dancer

(photo: White, New York, circa 1909)

'John ford and Mayme Gehrue, lately returned from a season in London, were given a cordial welcome. Miss Gehrue opened the act with a new song called ''Percy,'' while Mr. Ford walked up and down the aisles. They then sang as a duet a topical song called ''If the World Were Ruled by Girls'' [written and composed by George Arthurs and C.W. Murphy], which has no end of verses. After this they settled down to real work and did some of the dancing for which both are famous, winning several recalls.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 17 November 1906, p. 18b)

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George M. Cohan, Willie Collier,
Louise Dresser, Rozsika Dolly, Tom Dingle,
Lawrence Wheat, Belle Blanche and others
in the revue Hello Broadway,
Astor Theatre, New York, 25 December 1914

Louise Dresser

Louise Dresser (1878-1965),
American stage and screen actress and singer

(photo: White, New York, 1914/15)

'New York, Jan. 9 [1915]. - Speed seems to be the newest ingredient in all musical comedy of today. There was a time when a show could make good with tuneful music or with clever lines. And many a hit managed to get across by having pretty and shapely girls in the chorus and even then some of them did not need to be pretty. But this season it is different. In addition to all the foregoing, mind you, there must be speed. The acts must move with celerity, the principals must grab their cues on the wing or from the wings, if you like, and the whole performance must end at eleven o'clock. A show that lasts longer than that each night will not last longer than a fortnight on Broadway.
'The latest of the musical comedies is Hello Broadway, characterized as a ''musical crazy quilt, patched and threaded together with words and music by Mr. George [M.] Cohan.'' Like Chin Chin, Dancing Around and Watch Your Step the action is never halted for an instant from beginning to end. Cohen, despite the predictions of the critics that he would never again appear on the stage in a musical comedy, is the same old George Yankee Doodle days. Playing opposite him is another old favorite, Willie Collier. The team is an excellent one. Collier summed it up pretty well when he said: ''With your nerve and my ability we out to get this thing over.''
'for those who like to know about those things as a matter of historical record, Hello Broadway is a revue intended to burlesque the leading Broadway ''hits.'' The piece gets its name from a duet sung by Cohan and Collier. Outside these two facts, not much more can be said. A thousand bright lights, a medley of syncopated music with such alluring titles as ''The Carriage Starters' Glide,'' ''Broadway Tipperary,'' ''Hippodrome Folks'' and ''Down On the Erie,'' countless wonderfully handsome girls and the hundreds of quips and cranks from the clever C's cannot be set down in mere black and white.
'Louise Dresser, Rozsika Dolly, Tom Dingle, Lawrence Wheat and Belle Blanche helped out in the general effect but the two big starts, Cohan and Collier, make the show go - with speed.'
(The Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, Indiana, Monday, 11 January 1915, p. 6b)

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