Celebrity for the week ending
Saturday, 15 March 2008

Patti Rosa (fl. 1880s/1890s),
American actress, dancer and singer,
'The Talented Little Soubrette'

Patti Rosa

Patti Rosa

(photo: Anderson, New York, late 1880s)

Patti Rosa, who appears to have spent much of her career on tour in the United States of America, visited London during the winter of 1888/1889.

'Patti Rosa is to be the next novelty at the Jodrell. This young lady is an artist after the fashion of Minnie Palmer and Lotta [Crabtree], and it is hoped superior to both these much-advertised serio-comics. She is said to excel in dancing, and has no equal at the banjo � Ella Chapman and the Bohees are likely to dispute the latter assertion. Patti Rosa makes her first appearance at the Jodrell on Boxing Night, and her melange will be preceded by a one-act farcical comedy by Sir Randall Roberts, entitled Apollo M.D. It is to be hoped that the lessee and her Colonel will have better luck with the Yankee soubrette than they have hitherto experienced.'
(Licensed Victuallers' Mirror, London, Friday, 21 December 1888, p.3c)

'Miss Patti Rosa, the subject of our sketch, is the clever little lady who is now appearing in Bob at the Jodrell Theatre. So far, we are afraid, she has not met with the success she deserves, although those who have seen her performance once will certainly repeat their visit. For this result she must blame two causes: one is that the theatre in Great Queen Street, call it what you will, is not popular; and, secondly, the British public do not understand having a variety show at a regular theatre. Had Miss Rosa elected to appear alone, like Mlle. Vanoni, at the Alhambra or the Empire [Leicester Square, London], she would have been an enormous success. She plays the banjo extremely well, dances charmingly, and her singing and acting of her little son, "Hannah, ain't you coming out to-night?" the best thing we have seen in this line for many a day. Miss Rosa is supported by a good company of Americans who are worthy of a better medium for the display of their talents than the rubbish entitled Bob. Mr. [William ?] Friend's dancing and Mr. [James ?] Erskine's acting are both particularly good.'
(Licensed Victuallers' Mirror, London, Friday, 11 January 1889, p.6c)

'Miss Patti Rosa, who is also in negotiation for the Shaftesbury, will probably take the Strand Theatre for a season, and so give a larger number of playgoers an opportunity of seeing her clever dancing and hearing her quaint songs.'
(Licensed Victuallers' Mirror, London, Friday, 25 January 1889, p.3c)

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'Patti Rosa is heralded as "the brightest gem in Momus' crown," as "the best money-drawing soubrette now on the American stage." She is indeed a most clever actress, and her combined ability, beauty and magnetism have made her popular everywhere. Miss Rosa is managed by John W. Dunne, with Will O. Wheeler as business manager, and she has been surrounded by an excellent company that includes John D. Gilbert, Joe Cawthorn, Maurice Darcy, Louis M. Carpenter, Ogden Stevens, Joseph Newman, D.M. Gregory, Rachel Deane, Olive Gates, Fannie E. Jacobs, and Herman F. Grundler, musical director. Miss Rosa's plays are well suited to her, and the organization as a whole stands as one of the most successful in the country.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, Christmas Number, New York, Saturday, 23 December 1893, p.79c)

Patti Rosa

Patti Rosa, 'The Representative American Comedienne',
featured on an eight-sheet advertising poster printed and published by
The H.C. Miner Litho Co, New York, circa 1900

(photo: unknown, circa 1900)

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