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?'

Gabrielle Ray – The Lancashire Daily Post – Tuesday 27th July 1920




EMPIRE THEATRE,– Theatregoers everywhere were delighted when, some time ago, Miss Gabrielle Ray, one the most photographed actresses of her day, decided to return to the footlights. Prestonians readily recall this musical comedy queen’s past successes, but this week they have an opportunity of seeing her in a new role. Miss Ray has bridged the gulf between play and vaudeville – if it can be said to have been crossed – in an unusual manner, as her dancing and vocal scenes, in which she is assisted by Mr. Leslie Barker, himself a delightful exponent of the terpsichore, could easily be made to “fit in” almost any modem musical comedy or light opera. Beautifully put on, each contribution provides Miss Ray with excellent opportunities of revealing the stately grace and winsomeness of manner as well as the vocal merit which made her famous on the other stage. Also figuring prominently in the bill is Vasco, whose right to the description as the world’s greatest instrumentalist seems to be justified in a numerical sense least. His eccentricities as a musician are given full play in the literal sense, though, as he employs over a score instruments – and plays all of them well. Jay Whidden, the well-known violinist, plays all manner of entertaining tunes, and sings well. Kiddy Kennedy, one of the cleverest girl juvenile songsters ever seen in Preston, possesses a distinctiveness of style that many a grown-up could not equal, and her enunciation is uncommonly good. Bert Terrell’s well-known Dutch humour in song and story, the clever comedy speciality of Iizuka and partner, and Ray Wallace’s well-varied songs the piano make up pleasing show.

The Lancashire Daily Post – Tuesday 27th July 1920



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