PE0290. VANITY FAIR (A Revue by Arthur Wimperis. Music: Herman Finck, Max Darewski, Shelton Brooks and Jerome Kern. Lyrics: Arthur Wimperis, Percy Greenbank, et al.), recorded 1917, w.Henry Finck Cond. Palace Theatre Ensemble; Teddie Gerard, Regine Flory, Nelson Keys, Arthur Playfair, Stanley Logan, Gwendoline Brogden, etc. [Produced by Alfred Butt at the Palace Theatre, London, 6 November, 1916 (265 perfs)] (England) Palaeophonics 145, w.Elaborate 'The Play' 16pp. Brochure replete with numerous photos of the Palace Theatre 1916 production & biographies. Excellently transferred from the legendary Acoustic 78rpm English HMV rarities. Dominic Combe’s most recent intoxicating delight, produced via his enhanced equipment! For this production he had access to fabulous archival material and superb original 78s with which to work!
"Teddie Gerard, an Argentine film actress, first performed at the Casino Theatre on Broadway in New York City, in February 1909. She appeared in the chorus of HAVANA. Later she followed Gaby Deslys as the dancing partner of Harry Pilcer. Gerard was in a Flo Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic production on the New Amsterdam Roof in New York City, in August 1920. She was a singer and dancer in revues in London, England, and Paris during the 1910s and 1920s. She performed in THE WEDDING GLIDE and ECLIPSE, written by E. Phillips Oppenheim. In 1921 Gerard was cast in the motion picture THE CAVE GIRL. She acted in THE RAT, a theatrical production taken from a work penned by David L'Estrange. The presentation was staged at the Colonial Theatre in London in 1925.”
“If you are interested in what original audiences of early 20th century English operetta and musical comedy heard, there is a great source for such recordings – the record label Paleophonics. Dominic Combe prepares CDs for them from his huge collection of shellacs and a few cylinders.
I came across these somewhat hard-to-find CDs on the website of the mail-order company NORBECK, PETERS AND FORD, (norpete.com) which is specialized in historical performances from the beginning of recorded sound all the way through to the 1960s.
There are now over fifty Paleophonics CDs, and more are being prepared or scheduled for future release. Each CD comes with a lavishly illustrated program booklet with reviews, information about the shows and fantastic publicity photographs, and artwork from the original London productions, in the form of reproductions of the magazine PLAY PICTORIAL.”
- Thomas Krebs, OPERETTA RESEARCH CENTER - PALEOPHONICS - A JOURNEY TO THE DAWN OF RECORDED SOUND IN MUSICAL COMEDY, 1 July, 2020