Donna Darling Revue
“Donna in the News” is my reporting of newly found newspaper articles and advertising regarding my grandmother, Madonna Montran (aka Donna Montran and aka Donna Darling). I am always excited when I find a new venue of my grandmother’s exciting show business career of the 1910s and 1920s.
This week article and advertising are from the Tulsa Tribune (Tulsa, OK) newspaper dated December 14, 1923 (Page 14)
Theater: Broadway Orpheum. Vaudeville and Photoplay
… Donna Darling, the headliner, with a pair of snappy young dancers, presented a delightful musical comedy medley. The Darling’s voice was sweet and the setting and costuming of the act rich and beautiful. The soft show dancing of her partners and Darling’s singing were quite pleasing….
Advertising on the same page showed that Donna’s show included Murry Earle, “Her Dancing Fool” and Tod Watson, “Her Beau Brummel[i].” Also on the bill with her were:
- Burns & Lynn – Tunes, Tickles and Taps
- Four Bellhops – Comedy Novelty
- Williams & Clarke – “Happiness”
- The Luster Bros. – In a Unique and Extraordinary Novelty
There were three vaudeville shows each day – 3, 7, and 9 p.m.
The article and advertising are available via Newspapers.com.
Because of those newly available online articles, I was able to add another venue for Donna’s show business career.
December 13-14, 1923 – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Broadway Orpheum – Donna Darling and Revue.
[i] A “Beau Brummel” is a dandy and a “dandy” is a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance. Source: “Beau Brummell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Beau%20Brummell. Accessed 22 December 2019.