Posts Tagged ‘Eva Kelly’

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Julia Sanderson

July 23, 2013

Julia Sanderson (1887-1975), American actress and vocalist at about the time of her appearance in the musical comedy The Hon’ble Phil, Hicks Theatre, London, October to December 1908. G.P. Huntley, Herbert Clayton, Horace Mills, Denise Orme, Eva Kelly and Elsie Spain were the other principals.
(photo: The Dover Street Studios, London, 1908/09)

‘Two English Musical Plays At Rival Theaters This Week.
‘Two of George Edwardes’ London musical comedy successes will be the leading novelties of the week at the theaters, both The Quaker Girl and The Sunshine Girl being seen in Washington for the first time, the former after noteworthy engagements in London, New York, and Boston, and the latter coming to the Capital for its American debut after a continuous run of more than a year in the English metropolis, where it is till on view nightly at the Gaiety.
‘Washington will be particularly interested in the premiere of The Sunshine Girl at the Columbia tomorrow night, for upon this occasion a new Charles Frohman star will be evolved from the will be evolved from the nebulosity of chorus girl, soubrette, and leading lady. The honor is to be bestowed upon the talented and piquant Miss Julia Sanderson, who has been a Washington musical comedy favorite since the days of the ill-fated Dairymaids, whose cast she deserted during an engagement five years ago in the theater where she is now to become start.
‘Miss Sanderson’s career is not marked by many of those hardships which are usually related as warnings to the stage-struck girl. Her father, Albert Sackett, is an actor, and through his influence she secured an engagement with the Forepaugh stock company in her home city, Philadelphia. Here she divided her time between playing maid and pursuing her grammar school studies, for she made her debut in the theatre when she was 15.
‘As a member of the chorus with Paula Edwardes’ company in Winsome Winnie. Miss Sanderson entered the musical comedy field. She had an opportunity to play the title role when Miss Edwardes retired from the cast on account of illness. The understudy was at that time advertised as the youngest prima donna in the world.
‘But the sudden elevation did not result in any permanent advancement for Miss Sanderson. She went back to the ranks in A Chinese Honeymoon and in Fantana, but was given a hit when De Wolf Hopper revived Wang, after which she joined The Tourists.
‘Miss Sanderson has appeared in London in two successes, first with G.P. Huntley in The Honorable Phil and later with Ellaline Terriss in The Dashing Little Duke. ‘While not so recognized in the size of billboard and program type, Miss Sanderson has been a star in popular appreciation for two years, her graceful dancing, harm of manner, and small, but dulcet voice having won generous approbation in both The Arcadians and The Siren.
‘Mr. Frohman has engaged a capable musical comedy cast to support his new satellite. Joseph Cawthorn has for several seasons been a comedy mainstay for Elsie Janis, and Alan Mudie will be recalled as the agile dancer in The Arcadians.’
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 26 January 1913, Magazine Section, p.2a)

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G.P. Huntley and Eva Kelly

February 16, 2013

G.P. Huntley (1868-1927), English actor
and Eva Kelly (Mrs G.P. Huntley, 1880-1948), American actress and singer
(photo: unknown, probably England, circa 1905)

G.P. Huntley and Eva Kelly on tour in the United States with Charles Angelo in Kitty Grey, Illinois Theatre, Chicago, December 1910 ‘Chicago, Jan. 2 [1910] – Kitty Grey, an English musical comedy production at the Illinois, proved a graceful entertainment. G.P. Huntley, the star of the company, delighted the audience Monday night. His vapid talk of a brainless English lord contained many a witty and humorous point, which he delivered in a masterly manner. There was much praise of him in the reviews and many compliments for the production. Charles Angelo’s King of Illyria was exceedingly clever. Mr. Angelo has a pleasing voice and makes the most of several good songs which fall to his part. James E. Elhern introduced a good deal of low comedy, which seemed entirely acceptable. Gladys Claire was sincere, sweet-voiced and pretty in the title-rôle, and Eva Kelly made Lady Binfield bright and popular. Nellie Daly was a brisk maid with some acrobatic contributions. The scenery was sumptuous.’
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 8 January 1910, p.12a)

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February 16, 2013

G.P. Huntley (1868-1927), English actor
and Eva Kelly (Mrs G.P. Huntley, 1880-1948), American actress and singer
(photo: unknown, probably England, circa 1905)

G.P. Huntley and Eva Kelly on tour in the United States with Charles Angelo in Kitty Grey, Illinois Theatre, Chicago, December 1910 ‘Chicago, Jan. 2 [1910] – Kitty Grey, an English musical comedy production at the Illinois, proved a graceful entertainment. G.P. Huntley, the star of the company, delighted the audience Monday night. His vapid talk of a brainless English lord contained many a witty and humorous point, which he delivered in a masterly manner. There was much praise of him in the reviews and many compliments for the production. Charles Angelo’s King of Illyria was exceedingly clever. Mr. Angelo has a pleasing voice and makes the most of several good songs which fall to his part. James E. Elhern introduced a good deal of low comedy, which seemed entirely acceptable. Gladys Claire was sincere, sweet-voiced and pretty in the title-rôle, and Eva Kelly made Lady Binfield bright and popular. Nellie Daly was a brisk maid with some acrobatic contributions. The scenery was sumptuous.’
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 8 January 1910, p.12a)