1. "The most difficult task she had to perform last night, perhaps, was to stand for ten minutes before the curtain, hand in hand with Mark Twain, who was making a speech. Let the reader imagine himself standing hand in hand with Mark Twain in front of a big houseful of folks and with the glare of the footlights in his eyes, without a word to say, or any prearranged plan of behavior, and he will appreciate Elsie’s predicament. The little girl was not a bit embarrassed, though. She smiled at the spectators and glanced from time to time inquiringly up at Mark Twain’s lips as if wondering when he would stop talking.”
-from a NYT review of an 1890 production of Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper starring Elsie Leslie. 

    "The most difficult task she had to perform last night, perhaps, was to stand for ten minutes before the curtain, hand in hand with Mark Twain, who was making a speech. Let the reader imagine himself standing hand in hand with Mark Twain in front of a big houseful of folks and with the glare of the footlights in his eyes, without a word to say, or any prearranged plan of behavior, and he will appreciate Elsie’s predicament. The little girl was not a bit embarrassed, though. She smiled at the spectators and glanced from time to time inquiringly up at Mark Twain’s lips as if wondering when he would stop talking.”

    -from a NYT review of an 1890 production of Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper starring Elsie Leslie. 

  2. A real highlight from our Elsie Leslie scrapbook is this collection of music written in honor of the little lady. 

    Visit the LOC here for more music published by John F. Ellis & Company.

  3. In the days before Google, scrap booking was how one collected pictures and stories about the celebs they loved. We’re lucky at EAG to have a couple great examples of this forgotten past time.

    One of my favorites is a book of clippings and pictures dedicated to the early career of 19th-century child star Elsie Leslie

    Initially pushed into the spotlight by Joseph Jefferson, Leslie quickly became a major star of the American stage.

    The person who made this book was clearly a dedicated fan, taking great care in documenting Leslie’s career and early fame. In my book, that type of effort deserves to be shared.

    So stayed tuned. There’s more Elsie Leslie to come…

  4. Fear not, animal lovers. It’s all part of the show. 

    Humphrey Clinker to be exact, with actor W.H. Williams in the title role. Probably 1830s, and based on a farcical book of the same name. 

    Anyone read this who can share what he’s doing w/ that poor dog? 

    *original print, color added in post

  5. This sketch was a gift from actress Diana Barrymore, son of John and aunt to Drew. It’s a funny mash-up reference of Hamlet and a production of Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky that featured the actress. 
She died young, from an overdose at the age of 38. 

    This sketch was a gift from actress Diana Barrymore, son of John and aunt to Drew. It’s a funny mash-up reference of Hamlet and a production of Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky that featured the actress. 

    She died young, from an overdose at the age of 38. 

  6. For EAG’s ‘maiden GIF’, here’s Derrick Davis of The Lion King singing at this year’s Broadway Blessing. (pics by Barbara Primosch!) 

    For EAG’s ‘maiden GIF’, here’s Derrick Davis of The Lion King singing at this year’s Broadway Blessing. (pics by Barbara Primosch!) 

  7. Today, Sunday matinees on Broadway are part of the job. But as this op-ed shows, the effort to close theatres on the Sabbath was at one time pretty strong. 

    According to The Ram’s Horn, Sabbath shows created “a low state of morality, both on and off the stage,” and were a threat to Christians whether they bought a ticket or not. 

    The most aggressive idea offered - “legislation” and criminal charges - was from the Actors’ Society of America, a union whose dissolution helped make way for the founding of Actors Equity in 1913.