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Henry Montague: First Shepherd of the Lambs

Just a quick shout out to honor the natal day of actor Henry James Montague (Henry John Mann, 1843-1878). Montagu came to our attention through that eerie, ghostly portrait above, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

She was absolutely beautiful, the most beautiful woman I had ever seen… | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

Myrna Loy grew up in Los Angeles and when she was a teenager she posed for this statue outside the old Venice High School. Around the same age, she was … Continue reading

08/30/2017 · 6 Comments

On the Pivotal Thomas Mitchell: From Classics to “Columbo” | Travalanche

The great Thomas Mitchell (1892-1962) came into the world on this day (11th July). Mitchell remains well-known today as a character actor with parts in an unnaturally long list of … Continue reading

07/12/2017 · 4 Comments

Joseph Cotten: Courtliness Personified | Travalanche

Joseph Cotten (1905-1994) was born on May 15. The late year of his death surprised me. Cotten’s last film had been in 1981 and I couldn’t imagine him ever not … Continue reading

05/19/2017 · 1 Comment

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments


Photo post by @toobeguiling. “Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not a star.” Bette Davis Source: “Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not … Continue reading

03/13/2017 · 6 Comments

Roman Theatre of Cartagena – Cartagena, Spain | Atlas Obscura

The fascinating remains of this Roman theatre are quickly becoming one of the historic buildings that symbolise the ancient city of Cartegena. The theater was built between 5 and 1 BCE, and for … Continue reading

12/18/2016 · Leave a comment

The play within a play’s the thing! | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

“The play’s the thing…” William Shakespeare’s Hamlet famously says at the end of Act II, “…wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” For … Source: The play within a … Continue reading

08/17/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up my white tie. Dancin’ in my tails…

I just put my feet in the air and move them around. Fred Astaire Source: Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up … Continue reading

05/10/2016 · 2 Comments

From the Bowery to Broadway: Women of the Yiddish Stage | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Last week, the Museum opened “New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway,” a fabulous new exhibition that explores the history and influence of Yiddish theater in New York … Continue reading

03/16/2016 · Leave a comment

The short, sad story of actress Clara Bloodgood | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

On the evening of December 5, 1907, respected actress and society woman Clara Bloodgood fatally shot herself in a Baltimore hotel room. She was in town to star as the … Continue reading

03/10/2016 · 2 Comments

A Woman Brought Her Autistic Son To The Theater. How One Actor Responded Is Going Viral

“I am angry and sad. Just got off stage from today’s matinee and yes, something happened. Someone brought their autistic child to the theater. That being said – this post … Continue reading

02/12/2016 · 6 Comments

First Night Design | The Criterion Theatre #Vintage Programme

This is an adaptation of an original 1890s Criterion Theatre programme in my collection. I confess to being potty about it. The original image is the central strip which I copied, … Continue reading

01/16/2016 · 4 Comments

“Either the camera will dance, or I will.” Fred Astaire | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

“Either the camera will dance, or I will.” Fred Astaire | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD.

12/12/2015 · Leave a comment

Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria de Neubourg, Queen of Spain in Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo (1878)

Ruy Blas is a tragic drama by Victor Hugo. The scene is Madrid; the time 1699, during the reign of Charles II. Ruy Blas, an indentured commoner (and a poet), dares … Continue reading

12/09/2015 · Leave a comment

Ethel Barrymore for “Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines” (1901)

Ethel Barrymore (1879 – 1959) was a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Regarded as the First “First Lady of the American Theater” she and her brothers, John and Lionel, … Continue reading

11/15/2015 · 2 Comments

Martin Scorsese to Direct Macbeth Movie | Seroword

Originally posted on Seroword. Something wicked this way comes — Shakespeare fans can look forward to seeing the director behind GoodFellas and The Wolf on Wall Street bring another blockbuster hit … Continue reading

08/26/2015 · 1 Comment

Cymbeline; what’s a love story without some scandal? | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories. It was January 25, 1897, the opening night of William Shakespeare’s romance Cymbeline, based on the legend of an early Celtic British king, … Continue reading

08/02/2015 · 3 Comments

Actress Miss Dorothea Baird (1875-1933)

This an original book-plate of the actress Dorothea Baird [1875-1933] from 1899, which I bought from collectors Vintage Views. Miss Baird first appeared on stage  in 1894 for the Oxford University Dramatic … Continue reading

07/31/2015 · 4 Comments

Artistic Interpretations of The Tempest: #3-‘Ferdinand and Miranda’ by Edward Reginald Frampton

Originally posted on A Small Press Life: Books. Art. Writing. Life. Tea.:
The Tempest is my favourite William Shakespeare play. I thought that it would be fun to share, in…

07/01/2015 · 1 Comment

The mystery of Mabel E. Johnston, who drew beautiful costumes | MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories. In 1978, the Museum received a collection of costume design renderings that featured the work of well-known theatrical designers such as Boris Aronson, … Continue reading

06/12/2015 · Leave a comment

The Tempest: storms, schemes, and a happy end

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories:
On May 27th The Tempest opens the Public Theatre’s annual Shakespeare in the Park season at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre. Refresh your memory of…

05/27/2015 · Leave a comment

Napoleon Sarony: Celebrity Photographer

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories:
Sarony, Walt Whitman, ca. 1878, Museum of the City of New York, 39.477.10   Before paparazzi and the celebrity media we all…

04/28/2015 · Leave a comment

Vandamm Studio

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories:
27 years. Over 2,000 Broadway productions. Countless negatives of every conceivable actor who graced the New York stage. Saying that the Vandamm…

04/08/2015 · Leave a comment

Chantecler, a Barnyard Fantasy

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories:
“Chantecler” theater still, 1911. From the Theater Collection. Museum of the City of New York, 48.367.65. While digitizing the vast collection of…

07/30/2014 · 1 Comment

Elaine Stritch, Grande Dame of the Stage

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories:
Last Saturday night the crowd gathered around the piano at Marie’s Crisis to sing “The Ladies Who Lunch” from Broadway’s 1970 hit…

07/22/2014 · Leave a comment

The Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic

Originally posted on MCNY Blog: New York Stories:
It’s a sweltering July evening in 1915 and the lights have just come up after the finale of a Ziegfeld Follies show…

07/01/2014 · Leave a comment

Loew’s Valencia Theatre

Originally posted on After the Final Curtain:
This theater is not abandoned, but I had the chance to shoot it late last year, and I wanted to share the images…

05/27/2014 · 1 Comment