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 Casino Girl – The Bristol Times and Mirror – Tuesday 22nd April 1902

“THE CASINO GIRL” AT THE PRINCES THEATRE.

 (First played in Bristol on April 21st, 1902)

 

“The Casino Girl” was played at the Prince’s Theatre for the first time last night by Mr Ben Greet’s company, and it was accorded a flattering reception. Upon its original production in London, during the summer of 1900, it was candidly described as the twin sister of “The Belle of New York.” That invited a comparison which was scarcely fair. “The Belle of New York” broke new ground, and was a remarkable success. A second play constructed on similar lines consequently ran the risk, under these circumstances, of being judged not so much on its own merits as by the degree in which it approached the standard created by its predecessor. There is, however, no real comparison between the two works. The piece in which Miss Edna May made her name was by no means strong in story, but it was endowed with some captivating music. It was also rich in amusing incidents, and full of original characters – things which not only rendered it tolerable, but gave it attractions all its own. “The Casino Girl,” on the other hand, cannot be said to possess these charms. It would be impossible in the space we have at our disposal to describe the plot. So far as we could make out, there were four sets of characters. First there was Gaggs, a grand opera tenor, who has come to grief with his company in Cairo, and who adopts all sorts of devices to raise money. Then there was a wealthy American lady on the look out for titled husbands for her two daughters. In the third place we come across a casino girl from New York, who has started a business as a milliner in Cairo, where she is found by Percy Stuyvesant, her old lover; while lastly Pilsener Pasha with his hundred wives made his appearance, and has some curious dealings with two amusing ruffians. How all these people were brought together it is impossible to say, but they got delightfully mixed up, and the further the play advanced the more mixed they became. Frequently we seemed to be on the verge of an interesting situation and the development of a humours story, though it all comes to nothing. This is somewhat irritating, because a good thing was spoilt by the want of coherence. As for the music, it was occasionally catchy, often weird, but generally lacking in force. There was one remarkable song, “Nothing new,” a topical duet, “It’s a habit they have got”; and a descriptive piece, “Susie’s Sousa Mad,” which caught the public fancy, and were repeated over and over again with a readiness which tended to emphasise the poorness of the other numbers. To put it briefly, “The Casino Girl,” instead of being a twin sister to “The Belle of New York,” is only a distant relation suffering from unfortunate physical defects which prevent her following in the footsteps of her predecessor, although she occasionally appears likely to do so, and even to cut her out. Mr. Ben Greet’s company is rather like the play – unequal. Chief honours must certainly be given to Mr. Eardley Turner who was intensely funny as Offenbach Gaggs. It was possible to get many a genuine laugh out of his performance, and he never grew tedious. Mr. Max Copland also made a capital Pilsener Pasha, and it was not his fault if his Anglicised German became a little monotonous. Mr. Stanley White and Mr. O. E. Lennon were an amusing pair of ruffians. Their acrobatic antics were distinctly clever, and they saved more than one situation. The later, like Mr. H. Sparks, is a wonderful dancer. Several of the ladies were also more expert in this direction than as vocalists. Miss Isa Bowman, Miss Gabrielle Ray, Miss Maggie Bowman, Miss Louie Danby, and Miss Alice Gordon all did well at one time and another. Indeed in spite of the peculiarities of its construction, “The Casino Girl” contains many smart items, which are distinctly worth seeing. The piece is beautifully staged, and the dresses are really beautiful.

The Bristol Times and Mirror – Tuesday 22nd April 1902

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The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 Q)

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The Casino Girl – Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser – Saturday 4th April 1903

PLEASURE GARDENS THEATRE.

 “THE CASINO GIRL.”

 

This bright musical comedy made its re-appearance at the Theatre on Monday evening, and was enthusiastically received. It seemed almost like “the season” to see a well-filled house and such an excellent company in one of the great musical successes. Mr. Norman Page, formerly the “polite lunatic” of “The Belle of New York” plays the similar part of the “Pasha.” Mr. Stanley White brings out all the humours of “Signor Hasbeern,” and Mr. Frank Saker and Mr. Walter Freear cause much amusement as the two robbers. Of the ladies, Miss Daisy Semon as “Laura Lee” and Miss Gabrielle Ray as “Dolly Twinkle,” are full of vivacity, and are well supported by the lengthy cast. The chorus works well, and the whole production goes with a “bang.” The last performances are on Wednesday at 2.30 and 8.

 

Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser – Saturday 4th April 1903

 

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The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 O)

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 O)

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The Casino Girl – Huddersfield Daily Examiner – Tuesday 21st October 1902

 

“THE CASINO GIRL”

AT THE THEATRE ROYAL.

 

Under the direction of Mr. J. Bannister Howard, Mr. Ben Greet’s company on tour performing “The Casino Girl” commenced a week’s engagement at the Theatre Royal last night. The piece is described as a musical farce in two acts, written by Harry B. Smith, music by Ludwig Englander. As a fact the piece is nearly as much a pantomime as a farce, it is built up on the flimsiest pretence of a story, and the music, though bright, tuneful, and spirited, and containing two or three expressive songs, and one or two choruses of some distinctive character, is mainly of the music hall song and dance tape, leaving no impression on the memory.

The piece contains plenty of opportunity for making fan, mostly of the frivolous order, and the company take the utmost advantage of this, as that, with songs, choruses, and dances, and plenty of “go,” attention is secured, the ear tickled, and the risible faculty kept on the alert from beginning to end of the performance. But beyond this there is mach to gratify the sight. With the scenes of the two acts representing respectively “A Street in Cairo” and “The Pasha’s Palace,” splendidly painted and set, with a very large company of ladies personating American tourists, members of a stranded English opera company, wives of the pash, dancing girls, odalisques, slaves etc in charming costumes of many types and a variety of colours more brilliant and beautiful than we have men in Huddersfield for a very long time, and with men in the uniform of Turkish soldiers, spectacle follows spectacle with almost dazzling effect in their kaleidoscopic picturesqueness. Thus an entertainment is provided which, although light and frivolous, is very mirthful, bright, and satisfying while it lasts. Laura Lee, formerly of the New York Casino Company, known as Mille. Estelle, a French milliner, whom we suppose is the Casino Girl, has a delightful exponent in Miss Maud Darling, who has a soprano voice of beautiful quality, sings artistically, dances with sprightliness, and plays her part with remarkable piquancy and finish. Pilsener  Pasha, who obtained his title by introducing beer into Egypt, has in Mr, J. E. Sullivan an extremely comical representative, who excites frequent peals of laughter by the volubility of his broken German-English and carious modes of expression, and by his very funny acting, singing, and dancing. Mr. Eardley Turner shows himself to he a clever actor as J. Offenbach Gaggs known as Signor Hasbeeni, an operatic tenor, whose company has got into financial difficulties in Cairo. His burlesque is exceedingly good, not being too extravagant, and having the merits of truth and finish about it, especially in his clever caricature of Sousa conducting his hand, in which he poses with one leg bent and plays tricky variations with the baton very true to the style of the celebrated conductor. Mr. Turner was good in the delivery of his lines, and his recital rather than singing of the doleful song, “Nothing New,” to band accompaniment, was most amusing. Percy Harold Ethelbert Van Stuyvesant, a New York doctor in love with the Casino Girl, who gets arrested in mistake for Ben Muley, chief of a gang of thieves, but is ultimately released by the help of the Casino Girl, to whom he becomes united, is remounted admirably by Mr. Laurence Wensley, who plays his part with naturalness and finish, dances gracefully, and sings with excellent voice and taste, especially the song, “”I love my love in the springtime.” Miss Connie Leon is very smart as Miss Roxana Rocks, an heiress from Chicago, and she sings with good voice and artistic method. Miss Gabrielle Ray is a charming figure as Dolly Twinkle, leading dancer of the opera company, and she is sufficiently pert, dances admirably, and sings nicely considering the smallness of her voice. Miss Madge Cleaver makes the best of her part of Mrs. H. Malaprop Rocks, the better half of a Chicago pork packer, though many of the wrong words put into the mouth of this Yankee version of our own Mrs. Malaprop are by no means mistakes which an uneducated woman would naturally fall into. Ben Maley, the real chief of the gang of thieves, and Postage, his lieutenant, are most cleverly represented by Mr. Stanley White and Mr. Walter Freear, two panto mimic knockabouts of the very best “long and short of it” type, whose antics, especially those of Mr. Freear, the cheeky little bandit, are extremely comical and provocative of laughter. Misses Annie Johnson, Bessie Middleton, and Rosie Clare are exceedingly sprightly, elastic, and graceful principal dancers. The chorus singing is remarkable for the fullness and freshness of the voices and for unity, tunefulness, and taste; and the band parts, which have no particularly distinguishing features, are well played. The nearest approach to mode of operatic character is reached in the Egyptian choruses, in which there is some local colour, and in the finale to the first act, a very well-written number, which was worked up effectively, alike from musical, dramatic, and spectacular points of view.

 

Huddersfield Daily Examiner – Tuesday 21st October 1902

 

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Gabrielle Ray as “Dolly Twinkle” in “The Casino Girl”

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 R)

 

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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – The Bournemouth Guardian – Saturday 26th October 1901

MUSIC AND THE DRAMA.

 

THEATRE ROYAL, BOURNEMOUTH.

 

The “Casino Girl” at the Theatre Royal this week is a brilliant and dashing musical farce, and goes with a great swing. There was a crowded house on Monday, and, no doubt, the attendances will be equally satisfactory every evening. The play is supposed to be a scene in Cairo. The first set is in a street in that city, and the second a scene in the Pasha’s Palace. Mr Max Copland, as Pilsener Pasha, whose introduction of beer into Egypt won for him this title, sustains his role in a manner which causes great merriment, and when he acts in the capacity of judge at the trial of Percy Harold Ethelbert Van Stuvyesant (Mr Cecil Curtis), an American doctor, who is arrested as the robber of the Palace Ben Maley, the laughter is unrestrainable. J. Offenbach Gaggs (Mr Joseph Wilson), a grand opera tenor, who takes a company to Cairo and meets with nothing but reverses, is heard to good effect in his song, “Nothing new.” Mr Stanley White, as the real Ben Muley, and his lieutenant, Postage (Mr Little Ganty) gave a splendid knock-about performance. Miss Isa Bowman (Laura Lee), formerly of the New York Casino Co, known in Cairo as Mille Estella, a French milliner, is an able dancer, and thoroughly deserved the encore which was accorded her for the singing of “Ma Blushin’ Rosie.”  Dollie Twinkle, Miss Gabrielle Ray, is another charming dancer, and twists the Pasha round her thumb in a most amusing manner. Odaliska (Miss Millie Sylvestre) is seen to good advantage as the Pasha’s favourite. All the other parts are in capable hands, and receive the best possible portrayal. The dresses are charming, and all the songs have a good chorus, which were done full justice to. The dancing is captivating, and the play throughout goes splendidly together, and make up an entertaining whole. The performance is to be repeated to-night (Saturday), and at a matinee this afternoon.

The Bournemouth Guardian – Saturday 26th October 1901

 

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Bessie Ray – Casino Girl – Music Hall and Theatre Review – Friday 26th July 1901

MR. BEN GREET’S “Casino Girl” Company is meeting with a hearty welcome on tour. Four of the principal performers, Miss Isa Bowman, who plays the title role, Mr. Joseph Wilson, Mr. Max Copland, and Little Ganty, have recently been appearing with success on the London music halls, and they, in conjunction with a sweetly pretty little lady who used to be known as Miss Bessie Ray, but who has now adopted the Christian name of Gabrielle, form the nucleus of a very strong company. The production is beautifully dressed by Messrs. Rayne.

Music Hall and Theatre Review – Friday 26th July 1901

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The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 S)

The Casino Girl (Rotary 1677 S) uses the same Rotary number but the cropping is slightly different

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Gabrielle Ray – The Casino Girl – Dublin Evening Telegraph – Saturday 14th September 1901

The musical farce, in two acts, from the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, entitled “The Casino Girl, will be presented at the Theatre Royal on Monday evening for the first time in Dublin by Mr Ben Greet’s company. A strong cast has been engaged. Mr. Joseph Wilson, who will be remembered here as having played in the Theatre Royal pantomime “Cinderella,” scores as “J. Offenbach Gaggs.” The title role will be played by Miss Isa Bowman, who is well and favourably known in Dublin. Miss Gabrielle Ray, late the “Mamie Clancy,” of “The Belle of New York” Company, a sprightly dancer and a most charming actress, has everywhere scored with success as “Dolly Twinkle.” We are informed that it is a very bright and mirthful piece, full of good songs and pretty dances. The magnificent scenery and dresses are an exact replica of the original London production at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Dublin Evening Telegraph – Saturday 14th September 1901

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