Chorus girls on tour of the United States in The Isle of Spice, 1906

January 20, 2013

chorus girls in The Isle of Spice,
on tour in the United States, 1906
(photo: unknown, USA, 1906)

‘Spick and Span Specilaties from THE ISLE OF SPICE
‘There are two Isle of Spice companies, both touring on the road, and these twenty-eight legs belong to the ”No. 1” lot. The attention of the reader is drawn to the extreme youth of the girls, all of whom are of the ”broiler” class. There are no passe ladies here; all are lively, gay and debonair. The student of anatomy needs no instruction on this head, the information being divulged by the picture, but readers not so gifted may take it from The Standard &Vanity Fair that the figures shape out in the very latest mode.’
(The Standard & Vanity Fair, New York, Friday, 6 April 1906, pp. 10-11)

The Isle of Spice, Grand Opera House, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1906
‘Full of tuneful music, pretty costumes, sensational electrical effects and the lavish environment of costly scenery, and presented by a large company of well-known comedians, and almost seventy young and pretty women, the Isle of Spice will be seen at the Grand opera house November 16 and 17 and matinee Saturday. The story of the piece is interesting and abounds with comic situations and brilliant dialogue and lyrics.
‘On the occasion of its premier performance at the Majestic theater, New York city, where it has but recently closed a successful five months’ engagement. The New York Press has this to say: ”The Isle of Spice aroused a large audience to genuine enthusiasm last night. Seldom indeed has a musical play been received as favorably in this city. It is rollicking good fun. The music is of the lilting kind; comedy forces hilarity, and the chorus is smarter, prettier and more full of ginger than any yet seen in New York. The person who believes he has an esthetic temperament committed to his tender care may not go into raptures over the Isle of Spice. It is not a production for the rare individual, but for the great, big, good-natured public. There is that mystic something that gives one a sense of elation before the first act is under way. Perhaps it is the music, perhaps it is the stage setting; again it may be the bewitching attractiveness and delightful abandon of the chorus in full regimentals, but whatever it is, a lifting feeling comes to the spirits, and before long the grumpiest person in the audience is joining in the applause.”
‘The story is laid on an island in the China sea, and is the joint work of Allen Lowe and George E. Stoddard. On this island reigns King Bompopka, and to his oriental realm comes two Yankee sailors in a balloon. They are hailed as messengers from the sun and great is the honor that is at first their portion, but evil befalls them; their real identity is revealed, and when the future looks black with a Boxer ready for a beheading matinee, in march the comrades of the two unfortunates from the American warship, and their lives are saved.’
(The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, 11 November 1906, p. C5c)


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