Variety (December 1912)

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\2 VARIETY SHOWS IN AND OUT OF B'WAY CLOSING A FTER TH ANKSGIVING "What Ails You?" Qoing to Storehouse. "Louisiana Lou" Coming Off. "Elijah" Finally Winds Up. "Girl Who Dared" and "Fatal Wedding" Also. "What Ails You?" Rupert Hughes new "calisthenic farce" which Henry W. Savage produced at the Criterion goes into the storehouse Saturday night. "The Argyle Case," with Robert Milliard as the star, is slated as the next attraction at the Criterion, open- ing there Christmas week. Dec. 16 a special matinee will be given by Charles Frohman of a new play in four acts, "Chains:" The show will be put on permanently if it makes any impression. "LOUISIANA LOU** COMING OFF. Baltimore,. Dec. 4. "Louisiana Lou," playing here this week, closes its tour at the end of its engagement in Washington next week. "ELIJAH" FINALLY STOPS. Rochester, N. Y., Dec. 4. The Majestic Opera Co. in "Elijah," which had a series of financial mishaps along the line of the New York Cen- tral, and nearly expired at Syracuse, recovered sufficiently to reach Geneva, near here, Thanksgiving, when the show finally passed away. "GIRL WHO DARED** CHASES. Chicago, Dec. 4. "The Girl Who Dared." a musical comedy that has been playing smaller time in the middle west ceased Satur- day. The players returned to Chicago ear- ly this week. "FATAL WEDDING** STOPS. St. Louis, Dec. 4. "The Fatal Wedding" is over. It is the show put out by Dave Marion for Sam Dessauer to manage, starting off on the Weber pop circuit. The com- pany closed here Saturday, marking the ending also of the pop circuit for the present. WHITNEY SHOW ENDS. The Fred C. Whitney vaudeville road show, starting on the one-nighters two weeks ago, closed Thanksgiving night at Glover^ville, N. Y. GAVE LONG NOTICE. "The Angel of the Trail," which has been playing the one nighters, closes in Boston Jan. 1. The members re- reived notice of the closing four weeks ahead. GAIETY GOING DARK. "Our Wives" deserts the Gaiety the- atre tomorrow night, going to Grand Rapids to play next week and then opening at the Cort theatre, Chicago, for what is hoped will be a long run. The company, now at the Gaiety, will remain intact for the Windy City en- gagement, with the exception of Bera Findlay. Just what show will follow tbe Gaites' attraction into the Gaiety has not been announced. Cohan & Harris have been working on a revi- sion of "Stop Thief," expected to be the "Our Wives" successor. BICKEL LEAVES GARDEN. Last Saturday night George Bickel left the Gertrude Hoffmann show at the Winter Garden. Monday Barney Bernard stepped into the part. ■ Other changes in the cast at the Garden have been rumored. Doyle and Dixon, the dancing team, will rejoin the production in another week. They appeared for the first performance only, by permission of Leffler & Bratton. KELLERMANN DATE CHANGED. Chicago, Dec. 4. The date for the Annette Kellerman Road Show at the American Music Hall has been changed from Dec. 9 to Xmas week. The William Morris vau- deville aggregation will remain two weeks. The American is to close after James T. Powers leaves Saturday, remaining shut until Dec. 22. Annette Kellermann and James R. Sullivan, her manager for some years, were married last week in Danbury, Conn. The wedding was a surprise to the company. SHUBERTS* SUMMER SHOW. J. J. Shubert is even thus early lay- ing pipes for the summer show at the Winter Garden. It will be "The Passing Show of 1913," opening in June. "DAUGHTER** GOING WEST. Chicago, Dec. 4. It is rumored the Lieblers' "Daugh- ter of Heaven" production may be seen at the Auditorium, commencing about Feb. 10. It is now at the Century, New York. The next production scheduled for the Century theatre will be a mammoth Egyptian spectacle. It will be styled "Joseph and His Brethren," being a Biblical play by Louis N. Parker. It opens in January. HACKETT "LOANED.** James K. Hackett has been "loaned" to Daniel Frohman for the next two weeks when he will pose before the picture camera in "The Prisoner of Zenda." Hackett has a long season ahead. After a trip south and southwest, he will play to the Pacific Coast, alter- nating with "The Grain of Dust" and "Taking Things Easy." During his coast engagement he will produce some new plays. It will be another year before Hackett will again be seen in the east in a new play. CHICAGO CHANGES. Chicago, Dec. 4. It has now been decided that "The Rose Maid" will come to the Colonial Sunday night, remaining until the ad- vent of "The Pink Lady," Dec. 29. Monday night the Hull House Players will give their interpretation of John Galsworthy's "Justice," in the Fine Arts Theatre, and Sunday night Chaun- cey Olcott will come to McVickar's for one performance of "The Isle o' Dreams." Kitty Gordon will bring "The En- chantress" to the Illinois, Dec. 15, and Thomas W. Ross will be seen at Mc- Vicker's in "The Only Son" for one performance, Dec. 22. "The Attack" will be offered at Power's theater, beginning Dec. 22. On the same date "Our Wives" will come to the Cort; Joseph E. Howard will of- fer "Frivolous Geraldine" at the Olym- pic; Louis Mann will come to the Chi- cago Opera House in "Elevating a Hus- band," and "The Pretty Little Widow" will be offered at the Grand. "The Roundup" will come to Mc- Vicker's for a holiday engagement. The Irish Players are also due at the Fine Arts theater Dec. 30. The Annette Kellermann show opens at the Ameri- can Dec. 22. John Mason will come to Powers' in "The Attack" at the close of "Years of Discretion" now current. The latter play will close Dec. 21. Efforts have been made to bring "The Balkan Princess" for a short stay at the American Music Hall after "Two Little Brides" departs. Previous bookings for the former show may be cancelled in order to bring it to Chicago. $40,000 LOAN OR DONATION. In the United States District Court calendar for Dec. 9 is set down the action of E. T. Stotesbury against Oscar Hammerstein to recover the amount of $40,000 alleged by the plain- tiff to have been loaned to the de- fendant. Mr. Hammerstein's denial incorporates a claim the money was a donation toward his Philadelphia Opera House season of grand opera. Mr. Stotesbury is of the J. P. Mor- gan banking firm. In 1911 the banker turned over to Mr. Hammerstein $40,- 000. One evening shortly after, while Stotesbury occupied a box in the opera house, Mr. Hammerstein in a speech before the footlights thanked him for the gift. A few days later the lawsuit to recover was started. It is said Mr. Hammerstein contends that if it were not a gift, but a loan, as Mr. Stotes- bury maintains, the latter should have made a contradictory statement at the moment of his public acknowledgment. The testimony of Leon T. Carpenter will have an important bearing on the issue. Mr. Carpenter represented Mr. Hammerstein and approached Mr. Stotesbury for the amount. Carpenter is now manager of the De Kalb the- atre, Brooklyn. When the $40,000 was turned over, he ran the Hammerstein playhouse in Philadelphia. James M. Beck is attorney for the plaintiff; House, Vorhaus & Grossman represent Hammerstein. SHOWS IN PHELLY. Philadelphia, Dec. 4. "Eva," the music drama in three acts by Glen Macdonough, music by Franz Lahar, opened at the Garrick and made an excellent impression. The music, which rather overbalances the rest of the composition, was received with warm approval. Sallie Fisher was praised for her work in the name part. Walter Percival, T. J. McGrane, John Daly Murphy, Tom Waters and Alma Francis lent capable assistance. The piece is splendidly mounted. "The Pretty Little Widow," formerly "The Woman Hater's Club," was a hit Monday night at the Chestnut Street Opera House. The operetta by Leo Stein, music by Edmund Eysler, with an American book by George V. Ho- bart, was generously received. The cast is an excellent one. Dolly Castles and Sophye Barnard equally divided the chief honors, the tatter's vocal ability fitting her role splendidly. Jos- eph Santley came in for a liberal share of the honors, and Lou Anger made as much as possible of a light role. "The Pretty Little Widow" is a welcome visitor. The press comment was very favorable. "Ransomed," a melodrama of the "thriller" type, a rarity in the first class houses, went over well at the Walnut. The play is presented by a capable company and was enjoyed. "The Pink Lady" at the Forrest; "The Whirl of Society," at the Lyric; "Bunty," at the Adelphi, and John Drew in "The Perplexed Husband" are in their final week of their stay. The "Pink Lady" and "Bunty" have had successful runs. WEEK IN FRISCO. San Francisco, Dec. 4. "The Quaker Girl' at the Columbia is very well liked. The newspaper re- viewers are emphatic in praise. Alcazar business in a healthy condi- tion with drarratic 3tock as the altra:- tion. At the National and American the patronage \a light. The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Co. promises to repeat its record breaking engagement in Los Angeles. 900,000 ADVANCE SALE. By Wednesday the advance sale for "The Whip" at the Manhattan Opera House was reported to have totaled $60,000, with the management expect- ing the $100,000 mark to be reached very soon. Tickets dated February have been bought for the English melodrama. Claude Golden and Juliet Gieger are engaged to be married. "WIDOW'S" HONEYMOON. Chicago, Dec. 4. Mort H. Singer's next pioduction, to be called "The Widow's Honey- moon," will likely be first heard in Chi- cago. The particular theatre to hold the new show has not been mentioned in the reports. "The Widow's Honeymoon" will be along musical comedy lines. William Rock and Maude Fuoton have been engaged for it. They will start re- hearsals, it is said, following their tour of the Orpheum Circuit, to commence in a week or so. Addison Burkhardt is now working on the book for the show.