Sarah Siddons was born in Wales in 1755. She became one of the most prominent actresses of the 18th century, famous in particular for playing Lady Macbeth. She remains notable and memorable even today. The Sarah Siddons Society in Chicago presents theatre scholarships in her name annually.
Siddons made her first appearance in Dublin in 1784. An Irish newspaper, apparently, felt that the hype surrounding her over in London was out of control.
What follows is their writeup, as documented a century later in English As She Is Wrote, which was itself published well over a hundred years ago, in 1883.
Abie’s Irish Rose was a Broadway comedy by Anne Nichols. It enjoyed a special combination of fame and notoriety that few shows manage to reach. The show was about an Irish Catholic girl and a young Jewish man. They get married over the objections of both of their families, with a lot of drama.
It opened on May 23, 1922, and ran for 2327 performances, closing over five years later. At the time, that was the longest run in Broadway history.
It was January of 1962. The Broadway production of Subways are for Sleeping at the St. James Theatre was getting weak reviews. Ticket revenues were low, and in need of some magic.
Producer David Merrick had a trick up his sleeve that he had been saving for several years. He spent some time making some interesting arrangements, and then prepared the following advertisement for every major New York newspaper.