Posts Tagged ‘Majestic Theatre (Chicago)’


Ada Reeve in Durban, 1909, and Chicago, 1911

August 8, 2013

Ada Reeve (1874-1966), English actress and singer, with a Zulu rickshaw boy in Durban on her visit to South Africa in 1909
(photo: unknown, Durban, South Africa, 1909)

‘Chicago, Ill., Nov. 1 [1911] (Special to The Billboard). – It is not characteristic of we Americans to acknowledge inferiority, but we must this week make an exception to the rule. Two European artists appeared as the feature attractions at the Majestic, and both proved themselves worthy of such positions. Ada Reeve delightfully charming, winsome, magnetic, beautiful and, well, we could apply flattering adjectives by the score and not do full justice to this clever artist. When one thinks of the great nervous strain under which Miss Reeve made her initial American appearance, she is to be doubly congratulated. She came as a sort of a lightning flash to the Majestic. Her billing did not reach the house management until last Thursday, and her photos arrived late Saturday night. There was no opportunity for the justified publicity in featuring such a star as Miss Reeve, still she managed to set a new record in Hitdom by her clever work. Miss Reeve has never before appeared in an American theatre, through in dear old Lun’on she is the pet of the aristocracy. She landed in New York on Thursday morning; made a flying trip half way across the States and opened to a capacity house on Monday afternoon. We greeted her cordially and extended a welcome to her which seemed to be received with much gratitude. After a wee minute of nervousness she accepted us as friends and proceeded to impel a real ”glad-to-meet-you” feeling. Her songs are light and of the cheer-up variety, and are rendered in a sweet voice emitted through constant smiles. We applauded her roundly after her first effort, and though she had been one of us less than a week, she ”came back” in a true American spirit. Ada Reeve has established herself in the hearts of Chicago’s theatregoing public through her appearance at the Majestic this week, and doubtless a very short space of time will make her name known as well, if not better than that of Vesta Victoria.
‘Simone De Beryl, a product of sunny France, and late of the Folies Bergere [was the other attraction at the Majestic.]’
(The Billboard, Chicago, 11 November 1911, p. 9a)


Selma Braatz

June 5, 2013

Selma Braatz (1885-1973), German-born international juggler
(photo: White, Bradford, England, 1907)

‘Trent’s Bill as Good as the Rest.
‘Better vaudeville than that offered at the Trent Theatre yesterday would be difficult to secure as the bill is strong from the opening to the closing act.
‘Hermann, the Great, puzzled two large audiences with his most mystifying tricks. Selma Braatz, a sixteen year old [sic] girl, performed marvelous juggling feats with east and daring. Milton and Dolly Nobles offered the sterling playlet, Why Walker Reformed. Zena Diefe, a charming little girl, made a hit with her all-round vaudeville work. Dixon and Anger, Morton Temple and Morton and Mellnotts, Lanole and Mellnotte also added to the excellence of the program.’
(Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, New Jersey, Tuesday, 25 September 1906, p.2e)

Empire Palace Theatre, Edinburgh, week beginning Monday, 5 November 1906
‘In assuming the title of ”The Lady Cinquevalli,” Selma Braatz takes a good deal upon herself, but the dexterity, skill, and grace with which she juggles with umbrellas, silk hats, and billiard cues render her performance little short of marvellous.’ (The Scotsman, Edinburgh, Tuesday, 6 November 1906, p. 7b)

‘The Keith vaudeville show for next week at the Grand [Syracuse] will have two headline features, Emmett Devoy and company in their own dramatic fantasy, In Dreamland, and Harry Katzer and V. Phelen, who will present The Angolus, a symphony in four scenes, and the appropriate music will be rendered by Glover Ware’s “Village Choir”. The music is by N. Harris Ware. Another feature act will be Selma Braatz, said to be Europe’s greatest female juggler. She is said to surpass any male performer in the business.’
(The Syracuse Herald, Syracuse, New York, Friday, 16 October 1908, p.7g)

‘Majestic, Chicago (Reviewed Monday Matinee, December 15 [1919])
‘No. 1 – Selma Braatz, lady juggler, presented a clever line of first-glass juggling that was well received. She has pep and personality and does her work with grace and ease. She is a nifty dresser and her stage is well arranged and pleasing. Twelve minutes; two bows.’
(The Billboard, Cincinnati, New York, Chicago, Saturday, 20 December 1919, p. 49c)