Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gladys Ray – Florodora – The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Tuesday 7th November 1905




Spanish Dancers, Maudie Brock, Lilian Coe and Gladys Ray

The manufacture of that popular species of theatrical entertainment known as “musical plays” has the course of years become at last so entirely matter of rule of thumb that one has long ago given up the idea of looking for any sort of originality, either of musical or dramatic invention, in this particular class of entertainment. Thanks, however, to its composer, Mr. Leslie Stuart, the “Florodora” of Mr. Owen Hall proved a happy exception to the general run of “musical plays,” and thus merited its enormous popularity more than most things of its kind. The mere fact of the tunefulness of the “Florodora” music would, of course, in itself not differentiate it from a host other such pieces. The distinctive merit of Mr. Leslie Stuart’s melodies is the piquancy and often unexpected character of their rhythms and harmonisation, which lends quite an air of freshness and originality to music which is itself of the lightest and brightest nature. The most felicitous example of Mr. Stuart’s peculiar skill is undoubtedly the famous number, “Oh, tell me pretty maiden,” which proved as popular as ever last night, but there are other numbers in “Florodora” which also happily reveal the composer’s knack as melodist. It is some time now since this entertaining little play was last seen here, but judging reception it received last night Mr. J. Bannister Howard was wisely prompted in getting together a new company for a revival of the piece the provinces. The performance last night was enjoyable and attractive, principals and chorus alike working with a will for the success of the whole, while the mounting of the play left little to be desired.


The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Tuesday 7th November 1905

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