Wednesday, August 25, 2010

howling and dancing on Fifth Avenue

I found this while looking for something else.

{BOYS RAID A "PROPERTY" DEPOT. Appropriate Theatrical Costumes and Parade Until Arrested. New York Times, May 21, 1900, Wednesday, Page 7}

Here's a plabill for the production of Quo Vadis from which the costumes were filched.

{Playbill courtesy:}

A web site devoted to the acting career of the star of the production gives photos of the costumes here. The web site says: "Joseph Haworth played The New York Theatre in 1900, in the leading male role of 'Vinicius' in Quo Vadis. The spectacular production achieved a long run, and cemented Joe’s reputation as a bankable star of the Broadway theatre."
Here's a publicity photo showing many of the costumes.

The NYPL Digital Library has some stills from the production, including this:

{Quo Vadis, by Stanislavis Stange; Billy Rose Theatre Collection photograph file / Productions / Quo Vadis, by Stanislavis Stange}

I couldn't find any photos of the car stable, but here is a photo of the old 17th Precinct Station House on 51st Street followed by some photos of horse cars and one of the "New York Theatre."

{Horse car, N.Y., 1908, Conductor watering horses, New York City; source: Library of Congress}

{The car-driver's Thanksgiving. From Harper's, 1877; source: NYPL Digital Library}

{Broadway from Union Square to Madison Square, New York, stereograph by Strohmeyer & Wyman., c1892; source: Library of Congress}

{Dry goods district, Broadway, New York, c1892; source: Library of Congress}

{Broadway from Union Square to Madison Square, New York, stereograph by Strohmeyer & Wyman, c1892; source: Library of Congress}

{The New York Theatre, built 1895, located on Broadway between 44th & 45th Streets; source:}

The author of the Haworth web pages says that the theater "opened as part of an entertainment complex called the Olympia, and marked the birth of a new theatre district in the Long Acre (Times) Square area. Hammerstein’s original idea was a palace of entertainment containing three theatres, a roof garden, billiard rooms, a bowling alley, a Turkish bath, cafes and restaurants. It was a project beset with difficulties, but ultimately two theatres opened in the building: The Lyric and The Music Hall. When Hammerstein sold the Olympia in 1899, The Lyric became the Criterion and The Music Hall became The New York Theatre."

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