This is the 12th in a theatrical series from the century-old Burr McIntosh-Monthly magazines. Text in this issue was written by Paul Thompson. A variety of photographers contributed to this issue, and their work is credited here.
This post focuses on Vol. 17 • No. 67 • October 1908

LILLIAN BLAUVELT (Photo by Aime Dupont, N.Y.)
Miss Blauvelt, featured on our covers this month, is one of the most famous prima donnas on the American stage. She has sung in many of the most notable casts at the Metropolitan Opera House and has also been a very prominent singer in concert. Like most grand opera singers she achieved her reputation abroad where she became very famous and then came to this country for the further conquest of money and fame.

MAY McKENZIE (Photo by Otto Sarony Co., N.Y.)
Miss McKenzie was long a prominent member of Weber and Fields’ chorus at the diminutive music hall. After the partners separated she remained with Weber for several seasons. This past summer she was in The Follies of 1908 on top of the New York Roof accompanying that piece when it moved into the theatre proper in September.

IRENE BENTLEY (Photo by Hall, N.Y.)
Miss Bentley, wife of Harry B. Smith, author of probably more successful light operas and musical comedies than any other man in this country, decided she wanted to leave the stage after her marriage a year or two ago. She did so, but she had to listen to the call of the footlights, and now she is back again, this time in The Mimic World at the Casino, where she is one of the featured players.

MARY MANNERING (Photo by Gilbert & Bacon)
Miss Mannering will continue playing Glorious Betsy, the play by Rida Johnson Young, dealing with the historical love affair of young Jerome Bonaparte and a Baltimore belle. Miss Mannering has been using this play on the road for two seasons and may justly be expected to appear in the part in New York some time this winter.

LOTTA FAUST (Photo by Hall, N.Y.)
In her private life, Miss Faust is Mrs. Ritchie Ling, wife of a well-known light opera singer, and for a long time was in The Girl Behind the Counter with Lew Fields. Then she went into The Mimic World in which production she introduced a Salomé dance which was a veritable sensation.

IRENE MOORE (Photo by Hall, N.Y.)
Miss Moore has been playing in a stock company this past summer at the Majestic Theatre, Boston. Before that, readers of the Burr McIntosh-Monthly may remember her in James K. Hackett’s company of John Glayde’s Honour, and after that in his other pieces.

LILLIAN LEE (Photo by Otto Sarony Co., N.Y.)
Miss Lee is another musical comedy favorite in Broadway productions at Weber’s, the Casino and other like amusement houses. She is in The Follies this year, part of her work or play being to display the latest Parisian fashions, the sheath skirt.

GABRIELLE RAY (Photo by Bassano, London)
As one of several sisters who have for years been conspicuous on the musical comedy stage of London, Miss Ray has almost always been identified with pieces produced by George Edwardes at the Gaiety Theatre or his other light opera house, Daly’s on Leicester Square. One sister visited this country in The Dairy Maids a season or two ago.

HATTIE WILLIAMS (Photo by Frank C. Bangs, N.Y.)
Miss Williams, who starred so successfully for two years in The Little Cherub, is to star in Fluffy Ruffles this year, the same being a musical comedy version of the New York Herald’s famous character.

Miss Prentice is one of the supporting members in The Call of the North, the piece in which Robert Edeson is starring this year. It is a dramatization of one of Stewart Edward White’s most popular books with the scene laid in the Canadian wilds.

MADEMOISELLE DAZIE (Photo by Otto Sarony Co., N.Y.)
She came into fame as The Girl with the Red Domino in vaudeville, then showed her gratitude to one of the men whose management made her such a success by marrying him. This was Mark Luescher, a New York theatrical manager. Last season she was the premier dancer at the Manhattan Opera House, but this past summer she has been a featured player in The Follies of 1908.

GERTRUDE HOFFMAN (Photo by Frank C. Bangs, N.Y.)
Mrs. Hoffman was the first of the many dancers to produce the famous Salomé dance in this country. She made use of the Maud Allan ideas which had set London astir. Then she followed the Salomé dances with a very different thing, Mendelssohn’s Spring Song dance, also done in London by Miss Allan. In private life, Mrs. Hoffman is the wife of the well-known composer, Max Hoffman. One of his latest pieces was The Rogers Brothers in Panama score used by the German comedians all last summer.


The Traveling Salesman by James Forbes, at the Liberty Theater.

The Man From Home by Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson,
at the Astor Theater.

The Follies of 1908, playing to packed houses on the New York Roof.

Postscript: Maud Adams appeared — shall we say "off Broadway?" — at Harvard University in a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The BurrMac included a picture of that, as well:

Just "Click the Pix" to enlarge.

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