Posts Tagged ‘Frances Demarest’

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The Music Maids from The Man from Now

June 8, 2013

The Music Maids from The Man from Now, which opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, on 3 September 1906 following a tour of the United States.
(photo: unknown, probably New York, 1906)

”’THE MAN FROM NOW,” a musical fantasy, opening last night in the New Amsterdam Theatre, and was received by an appreciative if small audience that encored every number with real enthusiasm. The Man from Now, Harry Bulger, made a decided hit and was generously applauded for his songs, dancing and repartee, but he did not get all the honors, for Gilbert Gregory, as Eli Beasley, a rural sleuth; Matricula, president of Gassar College, 2906: Hattie Arnold; Samsonia, captain Gassar College tug of war team: Helen Hale and Dora, a Gassar student – Sallie Fisher – had their share of first nighters’ approval.
‘Of the many light, catchy songs, ”My Gasolene Maid,” sung by Gasolina and the Automatic Girls, and ”The Dainty Music Maid,” done by Dora and Music Maids, will probably become popular favorites because of their tuneful rhythm.
”’The Man from Now” is a college fantasy of the year 2906, presented by Henry W. Savage, book and lyrics by John Kendrick Bangs and Vincent Bryan.’
(The Evening Telegram, New York, Tuesday, 4 September 1906, p. 6b)

The Man from Now closed at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 29 September 1906. For its pre-Broadway run, the parts of Eli Beasley and Dora had been played by John Keefe and Frances Demarest respectively.

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John Charles Thomas and chorus

April 13, 2013

John Charles Thomas, the new Broadway matinee idol, and a group of beauties in The Passing Show of 1915, at the Winter Garden.’
(photo: White, New York, 1915; New York Star, Wednesday, 16 June 1915, p.4)

‘John Charles Thomas, a baritone who also made a bit of a hit with a very good voice in The Peasant Girl, has also been moved over to the Winter Garden, where he is “Youth.” Frances Demarest and Juliette Lippe, both in the last Passing Show, again appear, the former as “Everywoman” and the latter as “Gay Life.” Miss Demarest, who ws the first to sing that excessively popular “Every Little Movement Has a Meaning All Its Own” from Mme. Sherry, sings the Hawaiian song, “My Hula Maid,” one of the pleasing hits of the score. Daphne Pollard, well known on the Pacific Coast as one of the juvenile Pollards, is another member of the cast, making a little success of her own as “Ruby, a modern working girl.”
‘As for the chorus – well, it is a typical Winter Garden chorus, whose figures are its fortune. In one scene its members are called upon to wear gowns which appear to be sufficiently conventional, though decollete, when sheen from the front. But when a right-about-fact is effected, the spectator finds himself looking at a skirt, a belt, and nothing more. Gone is even the suggestion of a waist. Of course, the popularity of The Passing Show is assured.’
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, Sunday, 4 July 1915, p.3fc)

‘The first moving stairway in use in any theater has been installed in the New York Winter Garden, and is now in operation from the stage floor to the highest tier of dressing rooms. Transgressing all accepted bounds of discipline and regulations which have always called for a quick dash to the dressing rooms after every musical number, the chorus girls of The Passing Show of 1915 now nonchalantly depend on the moving stairway to transport them from the stage their quarters with little delay and no exertion on their part, particularly appreciated during the hot weather.’
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 8 August 1915, Magazine Section, p.3d)