Adeline Genee (1878-1970)
"The Milliner Duchess"
By Mr. C. Wilhelm
Produced at the Empire Theatre, London, 14th January, 1903.
An atmosphere of modernism pervades the new divertissement "The Milliner Duchess," presented for the first time at the Empire Theatre last evening to a crowded and enthusiastic house. Allegory makes way for an "up-to-date" story, and Mr. Wilhelm has devoted his attention to the invention of a simple tale which goes to prove that love laughs at milliners as well as locksmiths.
Inspired by the examples of some recent drama and musical comedy, the author introduces an aristocratic lady who assists her income by running a frock and bonnet shop in Bond-street, where the entire action of the ballet takes place. Into this giddy and expensive show-room comes a simple country maiden - represented by Mlle. Adeline Genee. The young lady from the shires quickly manifests an astonishing aptitude for every kind and description of Terpsichorean accomplishment, and finally captivates the Marquis of Maltravers by the magic of her twinkling feet. Thereupon an American heiress is set free to marry an impecunious but deserving architect - a new departure on the part of female visitors from the United States, which will be cordially welcomed by the professional classes.
The grand climacteric of "The Milliner Duchess" is reached in the "review" of the modes of a century. This extends from 1750 until close upon the crinoline period, and is a highly elaborate and tasteful parade, into whose liberal material harpy and tasteful fancies are cleverly woven. The coup d'ceil here given is worthy of the Empire's best traditions. For the music M. Wenzel has been content to rely upon an arrangement of airs selected from the light pieces now current in London, a scheme furnishing less variety in the character of the themes than could be desired. But Mlle Genee adds considerably to her former laurels, and proves that her abilities are in no wise hampered or prejudiced by appearance in modern costumes and long frocks.
The Daily Mail, London, 15th January, 1903.
"The Silver Star"
By Harry B. Smith.
Produced at New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, 1st November, 1909.
Nancy Sykes says: Adeline Genee, the famous dancer, came to the New Amsterdam Theater Monday night in Klaw & Erinnger's production of "The Silver Star." a musical play written for her by Harry B. Smith and others.
Mlle. Genee does not speak a word until just before the final curtain, but her pantomime and dancing are remarkable for grace and beauty. The piece is a clever mixture of musical comedy, as New York knows it, and the pantomime so popular in London. The production is gorgeous to the limit with spectacular effects. There is a carload of massive scenery, and many beautiful and novel costumes. Notable scenes show the interior of the Grand Opera House In Paris and a picturesque spot on the river Thames. Mlle. Genee makes her first appearance as one of the decorations of a huge and brilliantly lighted Christmas tree, and represents a doll, a soldier and other toys, changing her costume with each impersonation. In the second act she introduces dances showing the spirit of revelry. The ballet accompanying these dances is magnificent in costuming color. Mlle. Genee captured the audience and during the evening was called to the footlights again and again. The comedy of the piece is furnished by Harry Watson and George Bickel. "The Silver Star" is a wonderful spectacle, and Genee an exquisite dancer and pantomimist.
Galveston Daily News, 7th November, 1909.