Sunday, April 19, 2009

a theatrical princess: bonus features

Before reading this post, check out this week's Historicist piece on the Princess Theatre.

Vintage Ad #797: Have a Heart at the Princess Theatre

From the week the Princess reopened in October 1917, an early musical from Jerome Kern (Show Boat) and P.G. Wodehouse (the "Jeeves and Wooster" novels) while both were involved in creating small-scale shows for the Princess Theatre in New York. Eighty-seven years passed before Have a Heart saw its next New York production. After that came a return to the Princess by Henry Miller (the actor, not the controversial author), who had starred in the production that ran when fire destroyed the original building in 1915, Daddy Long-Legs.

Vintage Ad #798: Mysteries and Pantomimes

A random ad pulled from 1929, just over a year before the Princess closed for good, featuring two productions from England. The Jade God ran just under 100 performances on Broadway that year, while this version of Humpty Dumpty premiered a year earlier in the UK.

Sources: The Toronto Daily Star, October 6, 1917 and August 31, 1929 

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