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?'

Lily Elsie – The Bystander – 1907

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Music for all – Memories of Daly’s Theatre – Lily Elsie – July 1924

 

Lily Elsie (J. Beagles 139 N)

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Gabrielle Ray – The Merry Widow – Daily Record Monday 7th December 1908

The Merry Widow’s Popularity.

 

At Daly’s Theatre last night three members at the original company—Messrs. J. Coyne, W. H Berry and F. Kay – rejoined the cast of “The Merry Widow,” which seems to increase in popularity daily. Mr. Berry takes part in on Apache dance with Miss Gabrielle Ray (that threatens to become as popular as the famous so waltz so gracefully and seductively danced by Miss Lily Elsie as the Widow) and Mr. Coyne. A further attraction will he added to the piece early in January by M. Georgie Mahrer a wonderful waltz dancer, whose performances have become the talk of Paris. He will be given a free rein is the scene at Maxim’s in the third act.

Daily Record – Monday 7th December 1908

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Lily Elsie – The Dollar Princess – The Aberdeen Press and Journal, Aberdeen – Monday 22nd November 1909

The Dollar Princess

Lily Elsie appeared in “The Dollar Princess,” produced by George Edwardes at Daly’s Theatre, London on 25th September 1909.

Flyer, designed by R. Trent, announcing the souvenir included in The Sketch, London, Wednesday, 10th November 1909.
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1909)

‘It is seldom that the story of a musical play makes a good groundwork for a novel, but ”The Dollar Princess” really does. Messrs Mills and Boon, London, have published in a shilling volume a novel of this play, at present being produced at Daly’s Theatre, written by Harold Simpson, and a most entertaining bit of reading it makes. The brother of the Dollar Princess is a multi-millionaire, and fills his New York mansion with servants drawn from the English aristocracy. The Earl of Quorn is head groom, Sir James M’Gregor is footman, the Duke of Stonehenge is butler, Vicomte de Bresac is chef; and several titled ladies are thrown in to make up a highly amusing combination. It is a good entertainment in itself to read the novel of the play, and it does not lack in sound moral either.’

The Aberdeen Press and Journal, Aberdeen –  Monday 22nd November 1909,

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Gabrielle Ray – The Lady Dandies – The Weekly Journal (Hartlepool) – Friday 19th April 1907

Stage & the Drama

 

It is interesting to learn that Mr George Graves, who has returned from America, is to find a in the cast of “The Gay Widow” when that piece succeeds “The Lady Dandies” at Daly’s Theatre. Mr Graves, who had his first chance in London in “The School Girl” four or five years ago, has since won for himself a considerable popularity, first by his humorous reading of the part of Coquenard in “Veronique,” and later as a most diverting General Des Ifs in “The Little Michus.” Plans are being made for sending “The Lady Dandies” on tour, with many of the original company, including Miss Evie Greene, Miss Demise Orme, and Miss Gabrielle Ray. The piece, however, is still proving attractive at Daly’s Theatre.

 

The Weekly Journal (Hartlepool) – Friday 19th April 1907

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Gabrielle Ray – Betty – The London Daily News – Saturday 30th October 1915

MISS GABRIELLE RAY.

 

Those who have not yet seen “Betty,” or intend to see it again, may rest assured that the alterations in the east, made by the musical play to be produced the Adelphi Theatre, have not detracted from the sprightliness and humour of the piece.

Mr. Lauri de Frece, whose methods are in direct contrast with Mr. W H. Berry’s, is a most entertaining Achille Jotte. That Court dressmaker’s head model is now played by Miss Gabrielle Ray, who dances as gracefully as ever. The audience at Daly’s Theatre last night gave her a great welcome on her return to the stage. There are some other alterations in the cast, the most noticeable being Mr. Tom Wallis in Mr. G. P. Huntley’s old part.

It is very easy to imitate Mr. Huntley but difficult to follow him; but Mr. Wallis was successful. Several additions to piece have been made to its advantage. Miss Winifred Barnes is still the Betty, and is more charming than ever. An animated Greuze, she sings as prettily as she dances.

 

The London Daily News – Saturday 30th October 1915

 

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Emmy Wehlen – The Merry Widow – The Sketch – Wednesday 31st March 1909

MADE A MERRY WIDOW BY THE “FLU.”: MISS EMMY WEHLEN, WHO IS PLAYING SONIA AT DALY’S.

When last we published some portraits of Miss Wehlen it was uncertain when Londoners would see her. The uncertainty no longer exists, for the young actress is playing Sonia, Miss Lily Elsie’s part, in “The Merry Widow,” at Daly’s. Miss Elsie is out of the cast for a fortnight, that she may have opportunity to recover from a sharp attack of “flu,” and Miss Wehlen is appearing in her stead for that time. On Miss Elsie’s return Miss Wehlen will understudy her. The new Merry Widow was born at Mannheim, has acted with much success in musical plays at Munich and other places on the Continent, and made her greatest “hit” as a comedienne in “Mitternachtsmadchen.” In five months she has learned to speak English well.

 

The Sketch – Wednesday 31st March 1909

 

 

 

Emmy Wehlen – c1910

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The Dollar Princess – 1909

 

 

The Dollar Princess is a musical in three acts by A.M. Willner and Fritz Grünbaum , adapted into English by Basil Hood (from the 1907 Die Dollarprinzessin),

with music by Leo Fall and lyrics by Adrian Ross. It opened in London at Daly’s Theatre on 25 September 1909, running for 428 performances.

 British Musical Theatre

I wouldn’t normally buy a musical score but the cover looked amazing and Miss Ray is shown in the cast as Daisy

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Daisy Irving – The Merry Widow – The Tatler – Wednesday 10th July 1907

The Talk of the Town

 

PRINCE DANILO (MR. JOSEPH COYNE) AND SONIA (MISS LILY ELSIE) DANCING THE MUCH-TALKED-OF WALTZ

This scene, the most important of the second act, sees the delightful waltz which from the first performance has evoked scenes of extraordinary enthusiasm on the part of the audience

 

BARON POPOFF (MR. GEORGE GRAVES) TELLS A FUNNY STORY

 

Mr. Graves’s sayings throughout the piece are irresistible and evoke roars of laughter.

Seated on his right are: Frou-Frou (Miss Daisie Irving), Margot (Miss Margot Erskine),

To-To (Miss Mabel Munroe), and on his left Jou-Jou (Miss Dolly Dombey)

 

In “The Merry Widow” Mr. George Edwardes has found a comic opera which will fill Daly’s Theatre for many months to come. In every way in music, in lyrics, in acting a genuine success has been found, and it is hard to say to whom should he awarded the honours of the occasion. Never have the famous band of drolls Mr. Joseph Coyne, Mr. George Graves, Mr. W. H. Berry, and Mr. Fred Kaye acted better, and if only for the introduction of Miss Lily Elsie is Mr. Edwardes to be cordially thanked for “The Merry Widow.”

The whole town is now ringing with the haunting strains of the beautiful dance in the second act of “The Merry Widow,” charmingly interpreted by Mr. Coyne and Miss Elsie, and the music which has delighted a continent is giving equal delight here. In M. Franz Lehar is the true successor to Offenbach, and it is to be hoped that London will soon see further examples of his true musical talent. A word is due to our contributor, Mr. Adrian Ross, for his very pleasing lyrics for this most successful piece.

 

SCENE FROM ACT III. – SONIA TO THE PRINCE: “I LOVE YOU I I LOVE YOU!  I’VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU!”

 

The names of the characters, reading from left to right, are: Nisch, messenger to the legation (Mr. W. H. Berry); Sylvaine (Miss Irene Desmond);

M. de St. Brioche Mr. Gordon Cleather); Natalie, wife of Baron Popoff (Miss Elizabeth Firth); Baron Popoff (Mr. George Graves); Prince Danilo (Mr. Joseph Coyne);

Sonia (Miss Lily Elsie); General Novikovich (Mr. Fred Kaye); Olga, wife of Novikovich (Miss Nina Sevening)

M. Khadja (Mr.V. 0’Conncor and the Marquis de Cascada (Mr. Lennox Pawle)

 

The Tatler – Wednesday 10th July 1907

 

Daisy Irving – The Tatler – Wednesday 24th July 1907

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Daisy Irving – The Tatler – Wednesday 24th July 1907

In June 1907 Daisy Irving created the role of Frou Frou in The Merry Widow at Daly’s when Gabrielle Ray, for whom the role of Frou Frou was intended, was taken ill. She reverted to a slightly smaller role of Lo-Lo when Gabrielle Ray had recovered, then briefly played the title role in 1909

Frost, C. (2016) “The Female Stars of Musical Theatre in Edwardian England,” The
Lavenham Press, Lavenham, Suffolk. (p 161)

 

Daisy Irving – 1910

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