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?'

The Belle Of New York – The Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser – Saturday 4th April 1931



 Students’ Day and Opera Week


We hear, this week, of two further contributions to the effort which the Town Council is making to increase the local donations to the Glasgow Infirmaries.




The other contribution is to be made by our local operettists, who are making an excursion into the realms of popular musical comedy, when they revive “The Belle of New York” in the Town Hall from the 22nd to the 25th of this month. There is already every evidence that this will be by far the most popular show the Crusaders lave ever presented; the “box office” at Messrs Alex Pettigrew’s in Main Street testifies to a record first week of booking.

It is particularly interesting that the local revival should follow so closely on the revival at, Daly Theatre, “The Belle,” which had its first night there on Thursday of this week is the first of a series of musical comedies of the nineties which are being revived by Mr Bannister Howard. Miss Edna May, who leapt to fame overnight in the leading part, was in London this week at the first performance. “I don’t look upon this experiment of bringing back the old favourites,” says, Mr Howard in the “Sunday Post,” “the light of a gamble. I feel certain jazz-tired theatregoers will enjoy the quiet charm of the big hits of 30 years ago. They (the modern songs) have no glorious lilt like the songs Edna May and Gabriel Ray in “The Belle.” You remember the big chorus:-

“Teach me how to kiss, dear teach me how to squeeze;

Teach me how to sit upon your sympathetic knee.”

The Words of the best-known choruses are being printed in the programme for the local production. It is confidently expected that the show which ran for seven hundred performances on its fist appearance, will easily fill the local Town Hall for four nights, both with people to whom “The Belle” is a happy memory, and with those to whom it is only a name.


The Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser – Saturday 4th April 1931



October 8, 2018 - Posted by | Actress, Gabrielle Ray, Social History, The Belle of New York, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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