Adele Ritchie

February 13, 2013

Adele Ritchie (1874?-1930),
American actress and singer.
(photo: unknown, New York, probably 1907)

Adele Richie in The Wizard of the Nile, on tour during 1897 in the United States and then, unsuccessfully, at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London
‘The quaint idea of representing Cleopatra of history as a young maiden who as yet has known nothing of love, and seemingly cannot comprehend it, is the central motive Harry B. Smith has used in his opera, The Wizard of the Nile, which is being exploited by the Frank Daniels Opera Company. Mr. Daniels’s character is that of a Persian magician, who is rewarded with Cleopatra’s hand in return for causing the Nile to rise, and his fruitless efforts to teach her the meaning of love cause his amusing perplexities. While it has been seen here before there is always a desire to see and hear it again. Frank Daniels is still the Wizard, and Adele Richie and ”Billy” Corliss are also in the cast. The opera will be given again in the Hall next Thursday evening.’
(The Albany Evening Journal, Albany, New York, Saturday, 3 April 1897)

Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 6 September 1897, for 27 performances, with Adele Richie, J.J. Dallas, Amy Augarde, et al
‘Adele Richie’s starring attempt in the Wizard of the Nile has ended disastrously and the theatre, the Shaftesbury, has been closed. The management admits that The Wizard of the Nile was not a paying venture, ascribing its failure to the American quality of the humor which the English were unable to fathom.’
(The Auburn Bulletin, Auburn, New York, Saturday, 9 October 1897, p. 1e)


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