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 Hippodrome, Leeds – The Leeds Mercury – Friday 22nd April 1921

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Gabrielle Ray – The Stage 28th April 1921

LIVERPOOL.

 

Hippodrome (M. E. W. James; A. M. J. Daniels). Gabrielle Ray’s act comes with grace and refinement. Attended by a retinue of happy-looking youngsters, and effectively supported by Leslie Barker, her act is a clever, pretty, and compelling one. Jimmy Jewel and company in a sketch, “Idditis,” cause a full measure of laughter. Hope Charteris is a soprano of distinct merit. Wieland juggles with great deftness. The Emilion Brothers are clever gymnasts, and Alex Kendall is entertaining.

The Stage – Thursday 28th April 1921

 

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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 – Leslie Barker – The Skyrack Courier – Friday 15th April 1921

AMUSEMENTS

THE LEEDS HIPPODROME.

 The famous and beautiful Gabrielle Ray, of London Gaiety fame, is the Hippodrome’s star attraction next week. Miss Ray has the able assistance of Mr. Leslie Barker, in the dainty and artistic song scenes submitted, and as a captivating tit-bit, will again hank cute kiddies essaying their little dances. Our old friend of “Let’s all go down the Strand” fame, Charles Whittle, will also be in evidence with some particularly humorous ditties. Just returned from South Africa is Dorothy Lena, that smart revue girl in new songs and frocks, while other good turns will be given by Rale and Rosie Walters in up to the minute songs, the Richardinis, daring gymnasts, Fulgora, the clever quick-change character impressionist, etc.

The Skyrack Courier – Friday 15th April 1921

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Gabrielle Ray – Leslie Barker – The Skyrack Courier – Friday 7th May 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Leslie Barker – Liverpool Daily Post Tuesday 13th April 1920

ROYAL HIPPODROME

 

It is very pleasing that music hall audiences take obvious delight in watching dancing, that is something more than mere heel tapping, that means something more than unspoken banalities of comic song, and one felt grateful to Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Leslie Barker for singing little, and dancing more. Their ballet scene is slight enough, but it is artistry, a happy setting. Some things may be criticised, others need not. Mr. Oswald Williams, for instance, is graduate a magician. There is sack; a woman in it; it suspended in mid-air; drops quickly: no woman. What is to say? Mr. Williams has done it. Mr. G. S. Melvin, a comedian, is clever; he the cleverest artist at the Hippodrome this week. His caricatures are audacious, almost cruel, but they are talented. His songs are not particularly remarkable; his make-up and his mannerisms are everything. If he is very careful not to exaggerate exaggeration, he ought to very well. Also there are Laurie de Vine, Willie, Rouse, Barton and Ashley, and Gus Harris, with the sentiment of whose song about Jews, all will agree.

 

Liverpool Daily Post – Tuesday 13th April 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Leslie Barker – The Stage – Thursday 29th April 1920

 

MANCHESTER.

 

Palace (M.D., Alan Young; S. and A.M., Jesse Hewitt; A. A.M., W. Maclaren). The winning charm and dainty artistry of Gabrielle Ray are pleasingly featured here. She has a clever partner in Leslie Barker. Billy Merson requires no comment; he is just himself, and patrons enjoy the fun thoroughly. Vasco, the mad musician in is popular, and St. Juste and Higgins provide harmony and humour. Among others are the Ahree Daring Reos and Graham and Cullen.

The Stage – Thursday 29th April 1920

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Gabrielle Ray – Leslie Barker – The Swanage Times & Directory – Saturday 5th June 1920

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