Donna In the News – Evansville, IN – 27 September 1922

Donna In the News – Evansville, IN – 27 September 1922

Donna in the News
by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertisements regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and Donna Darling). I am always excited to find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.


This week from the Evansville Journal (Evansville, IN), dated 27 September 1922, on Page 12, I learned that Donna was coming to the Victory Theater and opening on Thursday (28 September). 

VICTORY VAUDEVILLE BILL CHANGES THURSDAY

Ad showing Dona Darling & Co. playing at the Victory Theatre – The Evansville Courier, 28 September 1922, via Newspapers.Com

— A new bill opening Thursday consists of “The Runaways”; Twyman and Vincent, “Pancakes and Flapjacks”; Casson and Clem, “Mirth Melody and Song”; Dona Darling Co., “As You Like it”; Cantwell and Walker, “Vou vez vous”; and Carl Emmy’s “Mad Wags.” Trained pets.

The following day, September 28th, the advertisement for the show included Dona Darling & Co.

Because of those newly available online articles available through Newspapers.com, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s exciting vaudeville career.

New information added to her career list:

September 28-30, 1922 – Evansville, Indiana – Victory Theatre “As You Like It.”

Donna & Earl at Pantages, Memphis, TN

Donna in the News
by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertisements regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and Donna Darling). I am always excited when I find a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s. 

This week from The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) newspaper dated 27 July 1924, I learned that Donna Darling and Earl played in Memphis at the Pantages Theatre from July 28 to August 2.

Article

Triple Stars Appear In “Love’s Whirlpool” Heading Pan’s Show

A vaudeville bill of half dozen feature acts, all of big time caliber, will be preceded at Pantages the coming week by a vivid photodrama boasting in its cast….
From the ranks of musical comedy come Donna Darling and Earle in a song and dance romance. Miss Darling has won several beauty prizes and was the prima donna and star of Dillingham’s musical comedy “Chin Chin.” She is a bathing beauty of note. Murray Earle her partner, late of George White’s Scandals, is known as the “Dancing Fool.” Replete with beautiful costumes and surrounded by special settings, this miniature production is acclaimed as one of the artistic hints of the season.

Emil Casper and Dolly Morrissey….

Because of those newly available online articles, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s exciting vaudeville career.

Jul 28-Aug 2, 1924 – Memphis, TN – Pantages Theater – Donna Darling & Earle – Song and Dance Romance.

Endnotes

(Thanks to Newspapers.com.)

 

 

 

 

Chin-Chin in the News – 27 March 1920

The Wheeling Intelligencer (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Court Theatre
Vaudeville/Chin-Chin
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.My grandmother was a vaudeville star. I am following her career and learning about her many performances. In October 1919, she joined the cast of the Charles Dillingham production of “Chin-Chin” “Chin-Chin” played in the US and Canada until June 1920. I monitor several newspaper services watching for new venues that the show played at while she was a cast member.

This week’s entry is from  The Wheeling Intelligencer, dated 24 March 1920 via Newspapers.Com.

The Wheeling Intelligencer – Mar 24, 1920, Page 11 via Newspapers.com

This ad and several others ran in the Wheeling Intelligencer advertising that “Chin Chin” was coming to the Court Theatre on Saturday, 27 March, for two shows, a Matinee and a Night show. I didn’t see any write-ups describing the show.

 

New Venue Added:

Thanks to these newspapers, I was able to add a new venue to Donna’s career.

Mar27, 1920 – Wheeling, West Virginia – Court Theatre – “Chin Chin.” – In the News

Chin-Chin in the News – 1 February 1920

Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Metropolitan Theatre
Vaudeville/Chin-Chin
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.My grandmother was a vaudeville star, and I am following her career, trying to learn about her many performances. In October 1919, she joined the cast of the Charles Dillingham production of “Chin-Chin” “Chin-Chin” played in the US and Canada until June 1920. I monitor several newspaper services watching for new venues that the show played at while she was a cast member.

This week’s entry is from the Minneapolis Journal dated 1 February 1920 via Newspapers.Com

The Minneapolis Journal – Feb 1, 1920 via Newspapers.com

An article on page 3 of the Amusement Section, in a column titled “The Lobby Club,” was an article that read: 

“Charles Dillingham’s name still heads the bills as producer of “Chin Chin,” which comes to the Metropolitan this week. Walter Wills and Roy Binder will be seen in the roles created by Montgomery and Stone. This is the only company offering “Chin Chin.” Carrie Dale and Irene McKay are prominent in the cast. The music, as will be remembered, is by Ivan Caryll, while Anne Caldwell wrote the book for the piece.”

New Cast Members Added:

I previously knew about the “Chin Chin” show at the Metropolitan Theatre from 1 to 7 February 1920. This article adds to other individuals who starred in the show, Carrie Dale and Irene McKay. I’ll like to investigate those individuals later.


Feb 1-7, 1920 – Minneapolis, MN – Metropolitan Opera House – Callout! – “In the News

Donna in the News – California Bathing Girls – Cosmos – 14 March 1921.

Donna In the News
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspapers articles and advertisements regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and Donna Darling). I am always excited when I learn of a new venue for my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s. 

This week, from the Sunday Star (Washington, D.C.) newspaper dated March 6, 1921, I learned that “California Bathing Girls” was a coming attraction to come to the Cosmos Theatre “next week.”

The article reads:

“California Bathing Girls”
A return engagement of the California Bathing Girls, with Donna Montran, featured in a beach parage, interspersed with exclusive songs by Donna Montran and dances by Anna La Toy, is announced for the Cosmos Theater for next week. It is a sensational production and presents an elaborate review of the latest in bathing costumes. Other attractions will include “Past, Present and Future” a comedy….

An article in the Washington Times (Washington, D.C.) dated March 15, 1921, confirmed this showing and venue with an article that reads:

AS

COSMOS—
California Bathing Girls.
Tom Rooney’s Broadway sensation, “The California Bathing Girls,” in a daring revue of bathing costumes, past, present and future, interpolated with songs by Donna Montran and effective dance poses by Anna La Toy, making an effective headliner to a very good vaudeville bill at the Cosmos theater this week. The Girls are pretty graceful and not too warmly clad, but as a whole the act is a novel drawing card. Manager Brylawski this week has completed his bill with six team acts….

Because of those articles recently discovered on NewspaperArchives, I was able to add another date and venue for Donna’s vaudeville.

New information added to her career list:
March 14-16, 1921 – Cosmos Theatre, Washington, D.C. – “California Bathing Girls” – News.