Friday, October 31, 2008

Random Coincidences

Random coincidences will occur, especially in the incestuous world of theater. There are going to be many surrounding a show as big as Florodora, but here are two that strike me as particularly fun factoids :
  • In the original N.Y. production of Florodora Lady Holyrood was played by the actress/singer Edna Wallace Hopper (right). Edna was the estranged wife of actor William DeWolf Hopper - who played Ravenne in Erminie. Edna was a San Francisco native and from all accounts led a rather colorful life.
  • The original London production of Florodora premiered at the Lyric Theatre which some of you might recall was built from the proceeds from Dorothy, a previous Discovery production. Just as Dorothy far outran The Mikado, Florodora far outran The Rose of Persia.

I like to find out about the people who starred in and created the shows as it gives me a better feeling of connection to the material.

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