Category Archives: Vaudeville

The vaudeville career of Madonna Montran, aka Donna Montran, aka Donna Darling.


Donna & Riviera Theatre – In the News – 10 Apr 1925

In 1925, Donna Darling’s show was at the Riviera Theatre in Anderson, Indiana. Noted in the Anderson Herald for her beauty and talents, Donna’s troupe, selected from California studios, performed varied acts, including dance and comedy. The show, praised for its impressive stage design and wholesome entertainment, added to Donna’s vaudeville career history. Continue reading

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Donna & the Wild Opera House In the News

In 1925, Donna Darling’s Bathing “Girl Revue”—a classy variety show featuring music, dance, and comedy—performed at Noblesville’s Wild Opera House on April 6th and 7th adding another chronical to her career. Continue reading

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Donna in Salt Lake City, November 24th & 25th, 1919 at the Salt Lake Theater.

In 1919, the “Chin Chin” company performed a two-night show at the Salt Lake Theater, promoted with articles and ads in the Salt Lake Telegram and Herald. Featuring a large cast including Donna Montran, the musical comedy was well-received, praised for its freshness and costumes. The historic Salt Lake Theater, built in 1861 and accommodating 1,500, was torn down in 1928 and replaced by a building with a commemorative plaque. Continue reading

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Donna at the Henderson Theater, Coney Island

Henderson’s Theater, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York – Week of 6 September 1920.  Updated 29 Jan 2023 We know that Donna had finished a 5-week showing at B.S. Moss’ Broadway Theater on August 29th. We know she performed in that … Continue reading

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Donna & Griffin’s Theatre – In the News

98 years ago, my grandmother, “Donna Darling,” was in the news for being at Griffin’s Theatre in St. Catharine, Ontario, Canada.” Continue reading

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