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 Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 2nd September 1911

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 27th August 1910

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Daily Mirror – Monday 27th September 1909

“THE MERRY WIDOW’S” SUCCESSOR.

£20,000 Worth of Seats Booked for “The Dollar Princess.”

 £10,000 PLAY.

 

“The Dollar Princess” promises to rival even “The Merry Widow,” its famous predecessor, in popularity.

It cost £lO,OOO to mount, but £20,000 worth of seats were booked before the curtain went up on Saturday night at Daly’s, and its first performance was a triumphant success.

Nor is this very wonderful. The music was pretty, and of a high class, too; the acting was a long, long way above the ordinary run of musical comedy; the comic element was there, and not forced; the dresses were charming, and the scenery beautiful.

Mr. Edwardes has produced a piece which ought to rim comfortably into its second year.

The plot of the play is simple and hangs on the “almighty” dollar. All the servants at the establishment of Harry Conder, the multi-millionaire, are ruined members of the English aristocracy.

 

FASCINATING COUNTESS

Conder – Mr. Joseph Coyne – engages as housekeeper the Countess Olga (Miss Emmy Wehlen), formerly a lion-tamer. He falls in love with her, and, in spite of all his friends and family can, say and do, insists on marrying her.

Miss Wehlen scored a hit the first moment she appeared, and she never lost her grip on the audience. Her fascination is something quite out of the ordinary, and Miss Wehlen, besides having a fine voice, is a clever and extremely natural actress. Daisy (Miss Gabrielle Ray), Conder’s cousin, picks out John Earl of Quorn for a husband and marries him on the understanding that there is to be no silly love-making.

When he leaves her, however, she naturally follows him and all is well. Miss Gabrielle Ray and Basil Foster make a fine pair, and play to each other splendidly. Alice – Miss Lily Elsie – Conder’s sister, falls in love with Freddie Fairfax, the only untitled Englishman of the lot. Alice proposes quite calmly to marry Fairfax, but the latter has some pride left and declines. In the last act we find him a millionaire, having literally struck oil. Alice pretends to have lost all her money, and applies to Fairfax for the post of secretary at ten dollars a month, which was what Fairfax had as her secretary.

Then, of course, all is merry and bright, and the curtain comes down with the pair in each other’s arms.

Miss Lily Elsie scored the greatest success of her life on Saturday night. Her voice, always good, has improved immensely, and her acting is very dainty and polished. Mr. Robert Michaelis also had a great success.

Mr. Joseph Coyne played Harry Conder to the life. Mr. Evelyn Beerbohm was a perfect sketch of an absent-minded dandy; and W. H. Berry was really funny, and, without trying to force the part, kept the house laughing all the time he was on.

 

The Daily Mirror – Monday 27th September 1909

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – The Referee – Sunday 21st August 1910

Miss Gabrielle Ray returned to Daly’s Theatre last Monday evening,

after a holiday aboard, resuming her original part of Daisy in “The Dollar Princess.”

 

The Referee – Sunday 21st August 1910

Mabel Russell – The Dollar Princess – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 27th August 1910

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess (Rotary 11594 E)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Dollar Princess – John Bull – Saturday 16th October 1909

THE DRAMA OF TO-DAY

By M. Clement Scott.

“THE DOLLAR PRINCESS,”

So far as comic opera is concerned, the home-made material seems to have all been used up and, just as years ago England travelled to France and bought up most of the Ville Lumiere’s opera-bouffes, so Austria is now the hunting ground for these “musical melanges.”

But I have no hesitation in declaring “The Dollar Princess” – the latest importation from Austria – to be vastly superior, both in style and form, to her defunct sister, “The Merry Widow,” and when “The Dollar Princess” was produced in German, it must have been a wonderful and altogether charming entertainment.

Unfortunately, over here we are from a complaint suffering a complaint I should call “non-singitis,” and the vocalists required to make this kind of operetta of the highest class are not in evidence for the moment.

In the days of “Dorothy,” when there was such a combined wealth of talent as Marie Tempest, Hayden Coffin, Ben Davies, etc., London was able to compete favourably with any foreign operetta troupe, but, alas! the “Dorothy” days are no more, and no star singers have been found to step into the empty shoes that either Marie Tempest or the other artistes left behind them.

Lily Elsie, sweet as she is to look upon, and constituting a “draw” as she perhaps may do, is not a Marie Tempest. She has not the magnetism, the brilliantly clever acting abilities, nor the exquisite voice with which Miss Tempest drew us all to her prettly little feet, neither has Mr. Robert Michaelis the popularity enjoyed by Mr. Hayden Coffin.

I cannot help saying, too, that “The Dollar Princess” has been poorly translated, that the book leaves much to be desired, and that George Edwardes has not selected a particularly good cast.

Miss Gabrielle Ray, for instance, should never be allowed to sing, for the excellent reason that she has little or no voice; the same thing applies also to Joseph Coyne. However, the management evidently thinks differently, and although both Gabrielle Ray and Joseph Coyne are excellent dancers, they “two-step” it too little and “wibble warble” too much, and when they take part in some of the most important numbers of Leo Fall’s melodious work, I sit amazed and apprehensive as to the result of their feeble vocal efforts.

Miss Lily Elsie, as “The Dollar Princess,” is just Miss Lily Elsie, as she was in “The Merry Widow.” I cannot speak too highly in praise of Miss Emmy Wehlen – she is an artiste to her finger-tips. Her singing and acting in the first act relieves it from the dulness which threatens it the moment before she makes her entrance.

The music is of that tuneful and haunting kind that will probably be whistled all over the town in less than no time.

As for the general mise-en-scene, the frocks, the colouring and the gorgeous surroundings, George Edwardes has surpassed himself, and everyone knows what that means.

If “The Merry Widow” waltzed along as gaily as she did in Leicester Square for over two years, then surely “The Dollar Princess” will remain at Daly’s Theatre indefinitely, for she is infinitely the more attractive of the two ladies.

John Bull –  Saturday 16th October 1909

 

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess (Rotary 11555 A)

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess (Rotary 11594 F)

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Lily Elsie The Dollar Princess (Rotary 11556 E)

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess (Rotary 11555 C)

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