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A Lawyer on the Aisle: “Windy City”
A Lawyer on the Aisle: “Windy City”
TitleA Lawyer on the Aisle: "Windy City"
CreatorDavis, Philip R.
DescriptionThe reviewer describes "Windy City" as spectacularly well-received by the opening night audience. Dunham is credited as choreographer of the dances and co-head of staging. He describes the storyline of the play-- a boy meets girl story set on South State Street Chicago in the gambling district. He singles out several of the singing performances, and then praises Dunham's choreography in the "Reefer boys" and the Cigar man's wife scenes as being particularly memorable.
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceChicago Daily Law Bulletin
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Date(s)1946-05-17
Subjects -titlesWindy City
Subjects -peopleYordan, Philip ; Jurman, Walter ; Webster, Paul Francis ; Bogdanoff, Rose ; Reveaux, Edward ; Kollmar, Richard ; Dunham, Katherine
Other topicsGreat Northern Theater
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F14_03
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TranscriptA Lawyer on the Aisle
JEy PHILIP R. DAVIS
One of the most enthusiastic audi¬ ences in many. seasons lapt night applauded "Windy City" at the Great Northern into a cheering start on the hit parade. And not without cause
For here Is a new play, with bright lines, good players, some new some old, and some songs you'll not have heard before from every juke box, band and record, though these mediums could benefit from the music and the lyrics.
Danny O'Brien, a south State street gambling son of a gambling I father and grandfather cames ^ I torch for Lola, a sweet-singintg dice girl in a cheap State street dive, where all of thet habiues weave in I and out of the plot. Lola wants Danny to give up the dice and pon- settle doun and bieai^ his familj tradition by getting a job.
SUSAN MILI, EE'S Lola is fresh and eager, while John Conte, as: Danny, is superb, both in acting and singing, for this is a play with music, where the special chorus does its' chores in the pit and leaves the
, stage free for the numerous and i tricky scene changes.
Loring Smith up-builds his father- , of-Danny part into some first rate
' character-etching and good old Al i Shean, as the gambling grand-dad, '. I gives his usual nostalgic perform-
Robert Berry as Louie gets pro¬ longed and deserved applause for his portrayal in song and histrionics, ¦, while rPrances Williams in a couple, | of honky-tonk' numbers, stops the; ¦ show. " I;
THE DANCING of the "reefer" '
¦ boys and the Katherine Dunham- I directed ballets, fit into the story:
: even as do the songs—and unfor- I
gettably well. I Joey Paye and Jack Diamond do I
a burlesque routine and help in the i I comedy. There are some -dancing, 1 girls, especially the one that plays
¦ the cigar man's wife, who really :make their feet talk.
j This is a sure-fire hit and take it ! from me, will give you more for your ' money than anything with music 1 you can sse this season in the Windy j City. _
Original Formatreview
Original dimensions (cm.)30 x 7
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
LanguageEnglish
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