Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 28 November 2009

A random selection of cuttings
from newspapers and magazines

Rose Newham, former dancer,
a sister of Mlle. Colonna,
dies in New York, 8 April 1905

'Rose Newham [née Rose Newman], at one time known as one of the most graceful and popular of stage dancers, died in New York city on April 8 after a lingering illness. She was known in private life as Mrs. A.M. Stuart, her husband being in the mercantile business. Miss Newman was born in London, England [about 1862], of a theatrical family. She came to this country [USA] with the Lydia Thompson Burlesque Troupe, and made her American debut with them as Hamox in Penelope, at the Star Theatre on Oct. 15, 1888. She appeared with Hermann's Transatlantic Vaudeville company at the Bijou Theatre on Aug. 20, 1889, and at the Union Square Theatre in October, 1889. She appeared as Fritz von Twinkle in Hendrik Hudson with Fay Templeton at the fourteenth Street Theatre in August 1890. She also appeared in Hanlon's Fantasma and in some of Charles Frohman's productions. On Feb. 2, 1891, she appeared in After Dark at the People's Theatre as a special dancer, and in Fleurette at the Standard Theatre in the same year. She was dancing in the production of Cinderella at the Academy of Music in September and December, 1891. She appeared with Rice's Evangeline company in Robinson Crusoe at Niblo's Garden in 1892, and in a revival of The Black Crook at the Academy of Music in September 1892.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 22 April 1905, p.17d)

Maria Newham

Maria Newman, professionally known as Mrs William Hill Newham (fl. 1840s-1870s),
English actress, of the Britannia Theatre, Hoxton, London,
two of whose daughters were the dancers Mlle. Colonna and Rose Newham.

(photo: unknown, probably London, circa 1870)

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Harry Houdini writes from Paris with
news of The Seldoms, April 1905

two members of The Seldoms

Two members of The Seldoms in the tableau, 'The Wrestlers'
as seen at the Palace Theatre of Varieties, London, 1906

(photo: unknown, circa 1906)

'The Three Seldoms are going to America with their unique statue act. In this turn they are stripped almost naked and do some wonderful posing. They are the best marble imitators I have ever seen. Two of them are veritable Samsons, and the way they hold each other in complicated positions in midair is remarkable. They work on some of the lines that the Gloss Brothers made use of years ago.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, 29 April 1905, p.20a)

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John Ford and Mayme Gehrue,
In vaudeville, Orpheum, Brooklyn, May 1905,
to star in the musical comedy,
Lovers and Lunatics

Mayme Gehrue

Mayme Gehrue

(photo: White, New York, circa 1909)

'John Ford and Mayme Gehrue, who are at present appearing in vaudeville with their own company of ten girls, will star next seasons under the management of Mittenthal Brothers, in a new musical comedy, called Lovers and Lunatics. It was written by Coleman Parker, and special care has been taken to fit Mr. Ford and Miss Gehrue with congenial parts. A large company will be engaged, and the piece will be given an elaborate production.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 13 May 1905, p.16c)

In Vaudeville at the Oprpheum, Brooklyn.
'John Ford and Mayme Gehrue, supported by the Ten Daisy Girls, scored a most pleasing hit. Ford's dancing and that of Miss Gehrue brought down the house at the finish, and gained them repeated encores.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 20 May 1905, p.9a)

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The Metropolitan Opera Quartette,
Ella Shields, Radie Furman, Marriot Edgar,
R.H. Douglas, and others at the Empire,
Johannesburg, South Africa, April 1905

Ella Shields

Ella Shields (1879-1952),
American born coon singer, later male impersonator

(photo: unknown, circa 1905)

'Several American and European feature acts are at the Empire. Heading the list is the Metropolitan Opera Quartette. They are so well and favourably known in the States that laudatory comment is needless. They have been delighting us for nearly five weeks with gems from famous operatic works, and the general opinion is that they rank with the Pasqualis as the best vocalists ever imported by Mr. Hyman. The "Happy Dutch Girl," Radie Furman, is one of the big favorites and receives numerous encores nightly for her fine clog dancing. Ella Shields opened here a fortnight ago and scored an instantaneous success as a Southern dialect comedienne. Miss Shields sings coon melodies in a somewhat different manner to any one else America has yet sent here, and goes big. Burke and McAvoy are also among recent arrivals. They are smart tumblers and comedy acrobats. The foregoing are the American acts in the bill. Then we have the European juggler, Bellonini, who presents a number of cleverly performed tricks; Fred and Pauly, the Continental equilibrists; Mary Thorne, a sprightly English comedienne; Marriot Edgar, popular London comedian; Austin and Cowen, vocal duettists; moving pictures, and last, but by no means least, the famous English monologue comedian and society entertainer, R.H. Douglas, who was welcomed as an old Johannesburg favorite. In his character sketches, A Breach of Promise Case and A Comic Opera Rehearsal. Douglas is a host in himself, completely convulsing his audience and meeting with an ovation at every performance.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 3 June 1905, p.3d)

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Death of Annie Adams,
'Queen of the Serio-Comics',
former music hall star, 1905

Annie Adams

Annie Adams (1843-1905), English music hall serio-comic vocalist

(from a photo by: A.R. MacWilliams, Glasgow, circa 1875)

'Annie Adams, who thirty-five years ago was known as "Queen of the Serio-Comics," died in England in May. She had retired from the stage several years ago and had lived quietly with her husband, Harry Wall [music hall agent]. One of the songs made popular by her in the old days was "Who's That Tapping at the Garden Gate?" She was sixty-one years old at the time of her death.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 17 June 1905, p.18b)

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