Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Bryan’


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.


Mabel Hite

February 27, 2013

a photograph of Mabel Hite (1883-1912),
American vaudeville comedienne and musical comedy actress
(photo: Moffett, Chicago, circa 1908)

‘Oakland Orpheum Has Mabel Hite and Mike Donlin at Head of Bill
‘OAKLAND, June 12 [1909]. – Mabel Hite and Mike Donlin open at the Oakland Orpheum tomorrow afternoon at the head of an unusually strong vaudeville show. Probably Mabel Hite and Mike Donlin would be sufficient in themselves to crowd the theater, but the management has associated with these brilliant players a galaxy of artists, including some of the highest prices vaudeville acts in the world. There will be five new acts in the show.
‘Mabel Hite is know as one of the cleverest comediennes in the land. Mike Donlin, her husband, the idol of New York ball players, for years one of the Giants and now an actor, has become under Mabel Hite’s tuition an interesting stage figure. They will appear in a musical sketch entitled ”Stealing Home.”
‘An extraordinary attraction is promised in the contribution of Gillingwater and his players. He was once one of Charles Frohman’s stars and made a hit in vaudeville. His play, a ”Strenuous Rehearsal,” is one of the vaudeville classics.
‘Mazuz and Mazotte will provide snappy acrobatic comedy. The Vindebonas from Europe have a musical novelty. Billy Van, an old minstrel star, will entertain. The sunny south act of 10 colored dancers and singers, the Baader-La Velle trio of cyclists and Peter Donald and Meta Carson in ”Alex McLean’s Dream” make up the bill.’
(The San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, Sunday, 13 June 1909, p. 24e)

‘New York, Oct. 23 [1912]. – Mabel Hite is dead. After a brave fight against conditions which were hopeless from the first, the little vaudeville actress and musical comedy star passed away at her apartment, 526 West One Hundred and Eleventh street, at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. She was conscious up to within a few minutes of the end and then fell into a sleep which merged into painless death.
‘Mrs. Elsie Hite, her mother, was with the actress when she died, but her husband, Mike Donlin, well known as a ball player, was not. Mr. Donlin was in Youngstown, O. where he had just opened in a vaudeville act, with Tom Lewis as his partner. He was notified by wire and replied that he would start for New York immediately. Until he arrives plans for the funeral will be held in abeyance.
‘Mabel Hite had been a Broadway favorite ever since her metropolitan debut as Nerissa in A Venetian Romance. She always displayed a distinct personality in grotesque parts and an unusual versatility in character roles. She had the facility of making her audience laugh or cry with her as she saw fit.
‘Miss Hite was born at Ashland, Ky., on May, 30, 1883. she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hite. Most of her girlhood was spent in Kansas City. Her first professional appearance on the regular stage was with Dunn & Ryly’s Company in [Charles Hoyt’s] A Milk White Flag.
‘Her first real hit was made as Estrelle in The Telephone Girl, which part was created by Clara Lipman.
‘Later Miss Hite appeared in vaudeville in partnership with Walter Jones. She married Michael J. Donlin early in 1906, when he was with the New York Giants. Vincent Bryan wrote them a baseball sketch and it was with his wife that Donlin made his first stage appearance. (The Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, Wednesday, 23 October 1912, p. 10b/c)