Posts Tagged ‘” Ziegfeld Follies’

Christmas with a Ziegfeld Girl

December 23, 2009

The Ziegfeld Follies—the popular part-vaudeville, part-burlesque revue staged on Broadway every year between 1907 and 1931—was never known as a Christmas show.

But the 1915 Follies did feature one holiday-themed number, entitled “I’ll Be a Santa Claus to You.”

The lyrics go like this:

“I’ll be a Santa Claus to you
If you’ll but say you will be true
I’ll bring you toys
Millions of joys
Presents that money can’t buy
Yuletide will be our honeymoon
You’ll ride beside me and we’ll spoon
Christmas it comes only once ev’ry year
I’ll make it come ev’ry day for you dear
I’ll be a Santa Claus to you.”

Sweet and kind of suggestive for a song written almost a century ago.

“The most beautiful girl in New York City”

May 4, 2009

In 1914, 20-year-old Pennsylvania native Olive Thomas was working in a Harlem department store when she entered a beauty contest run by a popular photographer.

olivethomasShe won the contest, was crowned the most beautiful girl in New York City, and went on to become a model, magazine cover girl, and socialite.

Her next move: joining the Ziegfeld Follies. Thomas performed as part of the racy Midnight Frolic, an after-hours show on the roof of 42nd Street’s New Amsterdam Theatre. 

Thomas hit the silent-film circuit, married the brother of actress Mary Pickford, and then died on vacation in France in 1920 after accidentally ingesting medicine containing mercury.

She’s buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Supposedly her ghost haunts the New Amsterdam Theater.

1921’s hit musical review at the Winter Garden

January 5, 2009

“Passing Show of 1921” was kind of the Shubert version of the popular Ziegfeld Follies, a big-budget musical review with lots of pretty girls, gaudy costumes, and novelty numbers at Broadway’s relatively new Winter Garden theatre.












I have no idea what “In Little Old New York” sounds like, but judging from the lyrics supplied by the sheet music here, it’s probably appropriately sappy and sentimental: