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  1. The Wedding Cake Act

  2. The Wedding Cake Act - Revised

  3. Musicale

  4. A Rainy Saturday

  5. New Songs And Smart Dances

The Wedding Cake Act

Performed November 1905 - December 1907

Premier: Pavilion Beach, Keyport, New Jersey, November 1905

Other performances: 

Synopsis: A 12 minute act consisting of Adele and Fred and a bride and groom, with two large wedding cake set pieces. The cakes had playable musical bells and electric lights that flashed on and off at appropriate times. Adele was in a white satin dress  and Fred was in top hat, white tie and tails. After dancing with bells on their hands and feet to "The Dreamland Waltz," Fred exited to reappear in a lobster costume and Adele changed into a champagne glass costume for their big finish: an eccentric dance duet with the set-piece bells and flashing lights.

 

Written by: Professor Claude Alvienne

Music: 

 

 

 
  • Young's Pier Theatre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, January 1906
 
  • Keith's Theatre, Bijou Theatre, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, March 1906
 
  • Family Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 1906
 
  • Shamokin, Pennsylvania, March 1907
 
  • St. Paul, Minnesota, April 19-24 1907
 
  • Grand Opera House, Philadelphia, April 26- May 1 1907
 
  • Paterson, Pennsylvania, May 1907
 
  • Opera House, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, May 1907
 
  • Proctor's Theatre, Newark, New Jersey, July 23-28 1907
 
  • Hudson Theatre, Union Hill, New Jersey, December 1907
 
  • Tony Pastor's Christmas Ever Benefit for the Gerry Fund, Broadway Theatre, New York, December 31 1907 

The Wedding Cake Act (Revised)

 

Performed: Spring 1908 - December 1909

Performances:

 

 

 
  • The Dreamland Waltz
 
  • My Broth' Sylves 
    Sung by Fred Astaire
 
  • Majestic Theatre, Des Moines, Iowa, July 1908
 
  • Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City, Iowa, August 1908
 
  • Garrick Theatre, Wilmington, Delaware, October 1908
 
  • Hudson Theatre, Union Hill, New Jersey, October 16-21 1908
 
  • Grand Opera House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 1908
 
  • Lyric Theatre, Dayton, Ohio, November 1908
 
  • Orpheum Theatre, Omaha, Nebraska, December 6-11 1908
 
  • Hudson Theatre, Union Hill, New Jersey, December 17-21 1908
 
  • Orpheum Theatre, Omaha, Nebraska, December 1908
 
  • 20 Week Orpheum Theatre Circuit Tour including

    Sypnosis: A revised version of the Alvienne act, which eliminated the heavy wedding cake props but kept the songs and dances. The heavy props were eliminated because it was easier to fit the act into more spots if they did not require the full stage and time to set up all the equipment.

     

    Revised by: Frederic Austerlitz "and a friend of his" and Fred Astaire

    Music: 

     

     
    • Butte, Montana, January 3-8 1909
     
    • Benefit for Italian Earthquake victims, Spokane, Washington, January 10 1909
     
    • Spokane, Washington, January 14-18 1909
     
    • Seattle, Washington, January 21-26 1909
     
    • Oakland, California, February 7-11 1909
     
    • San Francisco, California, February 12-14, 1909
     
    • Los Angeles, California, February 16-21 1909
     
    • Salt Lake City, Utah, March 1909
     
    • Denver, Colorado, March 20-25 1909
     
    • St. Paul, Minnesota, April 19-24 1909

    Musicale

     

    A local music production held in Weehawken, New Jersey, December 17, 1909 while Fred and Adele were attending Grammar School during their layoff from show business. Fred and Adele are listed as being in the orchestra, playing triangles.

    A Rainy Saturday

    Performed: February 1912- December 1913

    Premier: Benefit, Broadway Theatre, New York, February 1912

    Other performances:

     

     
    • The Dreamland Waltz
     
    • My Broth' Sylves
      Sung by Fred Astaire

     

     
    • Proctor's 5th Avenue Theatre, New York, New York, February 19, 1912
     
    • William Penn Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 1912
     
    • Brighton Beach Music Hall, July 15-20 1912
     
    • Monticello Theatre, New Jersey
     
    • Hudson Theatre, Union Hill, New Jersey
     
    • Orpheum Theatre Tour including:

     
    • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, September 30- October 4 1912
     
    • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 11-16 1912
     
    • Portland, Oregon, October 1912
     
    • Spokane, Washington, October 1912
     
    • Seattle, Washington, November 4-9 1912
     
    • Sacramento, California, November 11-16 1912
     
    • Oakland, November 18-23 1912
     
    • Salt Lake City, December 1-6 1912
     
    • Lincoln, Nebraska, December 17-22 1912
     
    • Omaha, Nebraska, December 25-30 1912
     
    • Sioux City, Iowa, January 4-9 1913
     
    • Poli's Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut, March 18-22, 1913
     
    • Poli's Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, April 8-13 1912
     
    • Poli's Theatre, Scranton, Pennsylvania, April 23-28 1913
     
    • B.F. Keith's Union Square Theatre, San Francisco, August 10-15 1913


    Synopsis: A 12 minute act consisting of dialogue and music. A baseball fan (Fred), dressed in a grey baseball uniform, is frustrated and has to stay indoors due to bad weather. Adele is dressed in a dainty little summer frock with her hair in a single braid, and is practicing her music lessons. She coaxes him into playing "house" with her, and he acts out her first beau will propose to her. This leads in the first number. After that, Fred, acting as the "Father", wearing a silk hat large enough to come down over his ears and an old prop dress coat, comes home inebriated from the club.

    Written by: Ned Wayburn

    Music:

    When Uncle Joe Plays A Rag On His Old Banjo
    Sung, performed and played on the piano by Fred Astaire

    New Songs And Smart Dances

    Performed: January 1914- November 1917

    Premier unknown

    Performances:

    Synopsis: The act opened in a blackout, with Fred offstage yelling, "Stop! Stop! Don't you dare to move! You're under arrest!" Adele, also offstage, sang in reply, "What have I done to you?" Fred answered, "Stop! Stop! I've got you covered! See that badge on my chest?" Fred pulled Adele onstage as the lights came up and the pair went into "Love Made Me A Wonderful Detective." They continued with tap dances, a song sung by Adele, "I Love To Quarrel With You" and an adagio number.

     

    Written by: Aurelia Coccia

    Music:

     

     
    • Shubert Theatre, Utica, New York, January 20-25 1914
     
    • Trenton, New Jersey, February 1914
     
    • Keith's Theatre, Portland, Maine, March 9-14 1914
     
    • Boston, Spring 1914
     
    • Opera House, Davenport, Iowa, Summer 1914
     
    • New Brighton Theatre, New Brighton, New York, August 30- September 4 1914
     
    • Poli's Theatre, Springfield, Massachusetts, September 1914
     
    • Poli's Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut, September 1914
     
    • Poli's Theatre, Trenton, Pennsylvania, October 1914
     
    • Keith's Palace, Chicago, November 7-12, 1914
     
    • Keith's Grand Theatre, Syracuse, New York, November 14-19 1914
     
    • Majestic Theatre, Milwaukee, November 21-26 1914
     
    • Orpheum Theatre, New Orleans, December 16-21 1914
     
    • Poli's Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, January 1915
     
    • Flatbush Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island, February 1915
     
    • Keith's Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island, February 1915
     
    • Able Able Opera House, Easton, Pennsylvania, March 8 - 13 1915
     
    • Grand Theatre, Pittsburgh March 1915
     
    • Great Northern Hippodrome, Chicago, April 1915 
     
    • London, Ontario, Canada, May 1915
     
    • New Brighton Theatre, Brighton, August 1915 
     
    • London, Ontario, Canada, August 30- September 5 1915
     
    • Keith's Theatre, Lowell, Massachusetts, September 27- October 2 1915 
     
    • Poli's Theatre, Scranton, Pennsylvania. October 12- 17 1915
     
    • Poli's Elm Street Theatre, Worchester, Massachusetts, November 1915
     
    • Poli's Palace Theatre, Springfield, Illinois, November 1915
     
    • Poli's Theatre, Waterbury, Connecticut, December 6 - 12 1915
     
    • Columbia, New York, December 13 - 18 1915
     
    • Colonial Theatre, New York, December 20 - 25, 1915
     
    • Keith's Theatre, Washington, D.C., December 28 - January 1 1916
     
    • Orpheum Theatre, Brooklyn, January 3 - 8 1916
     
    • Keith's Royal Theatre, the Bronx, New York January 10 - 12 1916
     
    • New Flatbush Theatre, Brooklyn, January 13 - 15 1916
     
    • Alhambra Theatre, Harlem January 17 - 22, 1916
     
    • Bushwick Theatre, Brooklyn, January25 - 29 1916
     
    • Keith's Theatre, Johnstown, Pennsylvania February 1916
     
    • Poli's Theatre, Scranton, February 28 - March 4 1916
     
    • Colonial Theatre, Haverhill, Massachusetts, March 1916
     
    • Palace Theatre, Manchester, New York March 1916
     
    • Keith's Theatre, Boston, March 20 - 25 1916
     
    • Fontaine Ferry Park Theatre, Louisville May 16 - 21 1916
     
    • Shea's Theatre, Buffalo, June 18 - 23, 1916
     
    • Temple Theatre, Detroit, June 28 - July 3 1916
     
    • Orpheum Theatres in Allentown, Pennsylvania,  July 1916
     
    • Harrisburg, Virginia, July 1916
     
    • Reading, Pennsylvania, July 1916
     
    • Keith's Theatre, Boston, August 1916
     
    • Orpheum Theatre, New Orleans, November 14-19 1916
     
    • Columbia Theatre, St. Louis, November 30 - December 5 1916
     
    • Maryland Theatre, Baltimore, December 6 - 11 1916
     
    • Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, December 13-18 1916
     
    • Empress Theatre, Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 18-23 1916
     
    • Shea's Theatre, Detroit, December 26-31, 1916
     
    • Garrick Theatre, city unknown, April 9-15, 1917
     
    • Love Made Me A Wonderful Detective
      by Tom Snyder
      Performed by Fred and Adele Astaire
     
    • I Love To Quarrel With You
      by Irving Berlin
      Performed by Adele Astaire

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 06:42