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 Palladium – The Stage – Thursday 15th September 1921

THE PALLADIUM.

 

Madeleine Collins, whose fine work in “Pagliacci” and “La Boheme” in last year’s season at Covent Garden will be recalled by opera lovers, made a first appearance in variety at the Palladium on Monday. One of the best songs from her varied repertory, the “Jesuis Titania” item from “Mignon,” was brilliantly done in her clear-ringing soprano, especially in the bravura passages, but it appeared to be beyond the artistic range of some people in the audience. Her success was striking, for all that, and the singing of “Good Night, Ladies and Gentlemen,” rounded off a perfectly artistic performance. Tom Edwards with his admirable crying baby item, Fred Barnes with his popular songs; and Talbot OFarrell, with his ballads and stories carry over their success of last week. Gabrielle Ray, assisted by clever Leslie Barker, again presents her pretty miscellaneous act which, with the introduction of a number of kiddies, is of the very essence of the best musical comedy. The dainty “Jack o’ Jingles” and the crinoline numbers are retained, and Miss Ray gets all her effects by not striving after them. The Flemings contribute their wonderful living statuary and acrobatic act, which has no equal in variety, and Maidie Scott has a prominent place for her song-cycle “Eve’s Progress.” Others are Radford and Russell, Esta Stella, the Four Kemptons and Les Ruby, Miss Stella giving her lively and prettily costumed songs at evening performances only.

 

 

The Stage – Thursday 15th September 1921

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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – The Stage – Thursday 22nd September 1921

THE VARIETY STAGE

 LONDON HALLS.

 

THE PALLADIUM.

Little Tich, as full of vim and apt by-play as ever, returns to the Palladium this week. On Monday afternoon he was so popular as the bold, romancing cricketer and the Society debutante who gets mixed up in “her” train, that Maidie Scott, who followed him, was considerably delayed. Miss Scott is still singing “Eve’s Progress” to general acceptance. Lee White and Clay Smith are great favourites here for a series of songs, duets, and patter, mostly from the recent Vaudeville revue “Puss! Puss!” Each item is delivered with all the neatness and point one expects form these finished artists, Miss White adding just that hint of quiet sentiment here and there that is always so charming a feature of her work. It was at the Palladium, by the way, that Miss White, with her former partner, played her first London engagement, on which occasion we predicted a great future for her in revue. That prediction, of course, has been fully realised. George Bass is very droll, first as a seeker for information about the income- tax, and afterwards as a musical conductor; while the Arnaut Brothers repeat their fine musical clown act. Other newcomers are Mimi, a very versatile young lady; Jay Laurier, with his funny song about cats, and “Let’s All Have a Jolly Good Cry” and Dippy Diers, assisted by Flo Bennett, in an amusing turn. Gabrielle Ray, assisted by Leslie Barker, and Madeleine Collins, remain over from last week. Mr. Horace Sheldon’s special orchestral selection is Horatio Nicholls’s “Blue Bird.” Mr. C. Foster-Marner is the manager. There were packed audiences on Monday.

 

The Stage – Thursday 22nd September 1921

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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – South Western Star – Friday 13th August 1920

THE PALLADIUM. – Miss Gabrielle Ray heads the bill that Mr. Charles Gulliver is presenting at the Palladium on Monday. Some months ago Miss Gabrielle Ray appeared at that theatre for two weeks, but was unable to extend her visit owing to her engagements. She is making a welcome return with her very clever and pretty act. Patmann with his remarkable organ remains for a further week. The remainder of the all-star programme includes Percy Honri, Johnson Clark, May Henderson, Mr. Hymack, Bert Levy, Terry Twins, Maggie Clifton, The Mandos, Lois Barker and Percy Tarling.

South Western Star – Friday 13th August 1920

 

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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – The Westminster Gazette – Tuesday 14th September 1920

 

THE PALLADIUM.

 

The bill of fare provided at the Palladium this week contains that judicious blend of broad comedy, catchy music, and clever feats which goes a long way towards satisfying the varied tastes of music-hall-goers. However, broad comedy is the dominating element, as can be expected when such high priests of humour as Harry Weldon, Jack Pleasants, Ernie Lotinga, Jay Laurier, and Johnson Clark are gathered together on one bill. Each of these comedians has a distinct difference of style, and this prevents mirth from degenerating to monotony. Ernie Lotinga is seen in “Wanted, a Wife,” a burlesque which gives him ample scope for the style of humour he has made his own. He is an artist of the ludicrous. He makes absurd situations ring true in a comical way. Probably he accomplishes this by his matter-of-fact inflexion of voice. We like Togan and Geneva, who make jazzing on a wire look quite a simple business. They are above the average of this type of turn. Gabrielle Ray, whom we have seen in another sphere, has quite a charming little singing and dancing scena, in which she is assisted by Mr. Leslie Baker and a quartette of little girls. Mr. Barker scores an immense success in this act with some coon numbers. Other turns who go well include Hilda Glyder, with several typical songs; De Alma and his banjo; and La Maze Trio.

The Westminster Gazette – Tuesday 14th September 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – The West London Observer – Friday 13th August 1920

Miss Gabrielle Ray is making a welcome return to the Palladium on Monday next with her very clever and pretty act.

Pattman and his remarkable organ remains for a further week. Also in the programme are Perry Honri, Johnson Clark, May Henderson,

Mr. Hymack, Bert Levy, Terry Twins. Maggie Clifton, the Mandos, Louis Barker and Percy Tarling.

 

The West London Observer – Friday 13th August 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – St. Pancras Gazette – Friday 13th August 1920

Miss Gabrielle Ray heads the bill at the Palladium on Monday: Pattman with his remarkable organ remains for a further week;

and includes; Percy Honri, Johnson Clark, May Henderson, Mr. Hymack, Bert Levy, Terry Twins,

Maggie Clifton, The Mandos, Louis Barker and Percy Tarling

 

St. Pancras Gazette – Friday 13th August 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – Pall Mall Gazette – Tuesday 20th September 1921

THE PALLADIUM.

 

There may have been as good shows at the Palladium as that presented this week, but there has certainly never been a better, and loosely used phrase, “a galaxy of stars,” is in this case justified.

There remain in the bill from last week Miss Gabrielle Ray, in her charming act: Miss, Madeline Collins, whose beautiful voice and fine singing are a sheer delight; and Miss Maidie Scott in her amusing song-cycle

The new comers include Little Titch, as cricketer and debutante, two of his cleverest  impersonations; the Arnauk Brothers, the musical clowns; George Bass, in a conducting scene that is full of humour; Jay Laurier, in bucolis fun; and Mimi, a clever trapeze performer.

Last we have Lee White and Clay Smith, fresh from their success in “Puss, Puss,” at the Vaudeville.

These artists met with an enthusiastic reception, and at the end of their performance were called before the curtain again and again.

There will be crowded houses this week at the Palladium.

 

The Pall Mall Gazette – Tuesday 20th September 1921

 

 

Gabrielle Ray – St. Pancras Gazette – Friday 16th September 1921

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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – Woolwich Herald – Friday 20th May 1921

 

THE LONDON PALLADIUM.

 

At the Palladium next Monday, Mr. Charles Gulliver has been fortunate in the re-engagement of Gabrielle Ray and her troupe of sweet kiddies. In describing Miss Ray’s act, a well known scribe recently wrote, “It was the prettiest thing seen on the vaudeville stage,” and by the reception she always receives, certainly is one of the most popular at the Palladium.

 

Woolwich Herald – Friday 20th May 1921

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Gabrielle Ray – The Palladium – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – April 3rd 1920

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Gabriel Ray – The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920

HERE, THERE, & EVERYWHERE

By BERT LEVY

 

London, Monday, Sept. 6

Fate took me this evening to the first show at the Woolwich Hippodrome, where I enjoyed the ability of Tom Stuart. Tom is the Captain Bairnsfather of the variety halls, for some of his concert types are just as true to life and as likeable as Bairnsfather’s “Old Bill,” “Alf” and “Bert” are on the printed page. Stuart would do well in America, for there is hardly a city in the U.S.A. whose audiences would not scream at his cock-eyed semi pickled tenor or his pompous baritone, while the Italian study he does would alone put him (Stuart) over. While waiting for Tom to appear I had a pleasant surprise in Mollie Butler on second, but worthy of a star spot. Dear Miss Butler, I am on old music-hall reporter, and I have flattered myself that I was immune to the “dying child” stuff that is about done to death. But you “got me” with that little French recitation so quietly and so simply done, and you have a real tear in your voice as well as in your eye. To sum it up, you speak like a cultured girl. I enjoyed your work, and hope to see you again.

Back to town in time to see part of the show at the Palladium. Laughed heartily at Jack Pleasants and thoroughly enjoyed Gabriel Ray, whose dainty act goes to prove that cleanliness and sweetness is a marketable vaudeville commodity. I chatted for some time with Gabriel in her dressing-room, and found her just as nice “off” as “on.” The one thing I particularly admired about Miss Ray is her humane treatment of the children in her act. All the little tots love their leading lady, and they look forward to their nightly summons to her room to have the finishing touches put to their make-up by Miss Ray herself. From the dressing-room I heard the big applause finish of the Pounds Sister’ act, but missed the opportunity see Lorna and Toots work.

The Stage – Thursday 9th September 1920

 

 

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