Harry Lauder in Chicago, 28 December 1908

February 1, 2013

Harry Lauder (1870-1950),
Scottish comedian and comic vocalist
(photo: unknown, circa 1916)

Harry Lauder in Chicago, 28 December 1908
‘Harry Lauder marched up Michigan Boulevard one fine day last week, with a procession of bands and Scotchmen ahead of him. He was on his way from the station to Orchestra Hall, where he began a short engagement Wednesday. He was the first theatrical attraction to appear in Orchestra Hall, the home of the famous Thomas organization of musicians, and represented, as Sara [sic] Bernhardt in her tent tour did, an independent determination to entertain the American public in spite of the theatrical syndicates. If Mr. Lauder is an example of gifted people who cannot get on with the vaudeville syndicate, the public is missing a great deal, for Mr. Lauder proved himself fully as good as his reputation led us to expect. His characterizations were complete and true, and they were recognized with great applause. He did the foolish boy, besides his other famous song, and it was conceded that this achievement alone entitled him to his prominence. On the bill with Mr. Lauder are Willy Zimmerman, whose imitation of famous composers-directors were of similar excellence to Mr. Lauder’s characters, and fully appreciated; Vasco, the “mad musician,” who got some of the most emphatic applause of the evening; Virginia Vervell, singing Scottish songs; the Three Constantine Sisters; Admini and Taylor, whose good vocal and instrumental music was applauded, and the Japanese balancing act of Yamamoto and Koyoshi. Mr. Lauder and company will return to Orchestra Hall for two performances New Year’s Day.’
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 2 January 1909, p.4a)


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