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screen Theatrics? Page Mnite clubs Exposition Entertainment Features Win Praises of Critics TROPICS AFTER DARK STARS i Off to flying start went “Trop ics After Dark,” an original re vue starring many night club fa vorites and Horace Hendei'son’s band which had its premiere at the Tropical Gardens of the Am erican Negro Exposition in the Chicago Coliseum on Friday night. According to the opening night’s crowd, which included several hundred cafe-goers of both races, this is one of the fastest and classiest night club productions ever to be offered in Chicago. Written by Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes and with origi nal music by Zilner Randolph and Margaret Bonds, it starts at a dizzy pace and gets swifter and more furious every moment. Virtually every performer was i ailed back for several encores'. Pork Chops Patterson, a 270 pound Lap dancer and comedian; Johnson and Grider, ballroom team with an amazing routine; Mitizi Mitchell, singer and come dienne; Sweetie Pie DeHart, W ly speciality dancer; Dick Montgomery, half pint singer and comedian, and Pops and Louie, sensational tap and acrobatic dance pair, were received en thusiastically. Ruble Blakey, popular emcee, kept the revue moving and came in for his share of plaudits. The brown beauty chorus was likewise highly prais ed. Tropics After Dark was pro duced and directed by Teddy Blackman, formerly of Connie’s Inn, New York, and the Planta tion Cafe, Detroit. Floyd Ray to Bring All-Star Band to Savoy __ -i < When Floyd Ray brings his celebrated all-star dance orches tra of Hollywood fame to the Sa voy Ballroom, Sunday' nite, July 21, dancers will have an oppor tunity to sway aiid swing to one of the most popular band sensa tions of the nation. The Floyd Ray tuncmakers come to the Savoy from Movieland where they have played for all the screen celebrities, producers and directors as well as swank Hollywood parties. An extra “treat” will also be in store for Savoy dancers with the presentation of another sur prise party—this time “Dude Ranch Nite” with the resort deck ed out in ranch style and cow girls and cowboys whooping it up. Door prizes and contests for dan ce rs will give everyone attending this nite a chance to win free horse rides and delicious chicken dinners with the compliments of Charlie and Ella Mae’s Riding Club and Chicken Shack. The 3rd edition of the Savoy's annual “Miss Bronzeville Bathing Beauty Contest” preliminaries will also be held with the appear ance of the most lovely and shap liest girls in the city competing for the chance to qualify in the finals which will be held at the Savoy Ballroom on Sunday nite, August 18, the same evening Ella Fitzgerald and her nationally famous orchestra plays for Sa voy hoofers. A first prize of $100 in cash is being offered, as well as a diamond ring and other val uable awards to the other winners. Girls can enroll now at the Sa voy ballroom. Floyd Ray, known as the sepian Fred Waring, for his bag of mu sical tricks and novelties brought his band to the front with the ‘Name’ class rapidly. He estab lished a record recently in Los Angeles and Hollywood by playing a dance at the famous Biltmore hotel one night and a sensational ^ppcarance at a dance hall at the Palomar where his orchestra shared top honors with Glen Gray and the Casa Lomans. Floyd Ray and his band were the applause hit of the year while appearing on the stage of Los Angeles’ two leading theatres— the Paramount and Orpheum— for a week’s engagement. Owing to demands for person al appearances Mnnughout the na tion of Flovd Ray’s band, it was necessary for them to leave Holly wood and their one nite appear ance in Chicago at the Savoy Ballroom will feature Eddie Byrd, sensational drummer; Ivy, Vern and Von, singing stars. Have You Heard BEE's weekly Radio Forums? Tune in Tues., 1:15 p. m, WHIP 1489 on your dial. Atlanta Actors To Give Mamba’s Daughters Soon ATLANTA, Ga., July 18—Spe cial—“Mamba’s Daughters,” a thi illing play of Negro life in South Carolina will come to Speimans Little Theatre July 17, 18 apd 19, as the closing produc tion of the Atlanta University Summer Theatre. Written by Dorothy and DuBose Heyward, the stage version of the story has lost none <»f the rich earthiness of its caik life. It is filled with laughter and sadness, deep feel ing, and sudden flares of melo drama. The leading character of Hagai' will be portrayed by Dorothy Atcca. of Kissimrr.ee, Florida. As the slow-witted, simple-hearted creature, Miss Atcca will have ample opportunity to display her dramatic ability. She will also have a chance to show off to ad vantage her rich singing voice. In the recent Broadway produc tion, Ethel Waters gave a brilliant interpretation of the role. A New York critic said of her perform ance: “A new Ethel Waters acts a demanding role magnificently. Her Hagar is brilliantly interpret ed. The first night audience re mained after the curtain’s fall to cheer and applaud.” Net unknown to Atlanta au diences, Miss Ateca will be re membered for her performance last season in the title role of Countee Cullen’s modern version of the famous Greek tragedy. “The Medea.” For her fine acting in this play she won Honorable Mention for the Spelman Col lege Jerome Award for Creative Achievement. Other important roles in the play will be filled by Hazel Wash ington, as Mamba (played on Broadway by Georgette Harvey, veteran stage star); Ardella Thompson, as Gardenia; AJbert Spurlock, as Mr. Saint; Ira De A. Reid, as the Reverend Whaley. James Butcher, as Gilly; and Eloise Usher, as Lissa. The large cast of thirty-live will be direct ed by Owen Dodscn. “Mamba’s Daughters” opened on Wednesday evening at 8:00 o’ clock. The play will be repeated on Thursday and Friday eve n:ngs, July 18 and 19. Henderson to Broadcast Nitely Horace Henderson’s band, which has one of the largest fol lowings of any Chicago orchestra, is scheduled to broadcast nightly from Tropics over Station WBBM and to have a nationwide hookup over CBS four nights weekly. Viola Jefferson handles most of the vocals. Tropical Gardens, managed by Fred Carter, has been specially decorated in keeping with the name and has enough tables to accommodate nearly 1,000 persons at one time. The production be gins nightly at seven o’clock but the spot is open daily from the time the Exposition opens at noon and furnishes food and bev erages at all hours. Reported — That Rene Moran, Negro anti-fascist writer and au thor of the prize-winning book, “Batonala" is in danger in Eu rope. WILL SWING AT SAVOY The ALL STAR ORCHESTRA of Floyd Ray which will play fe ra grata dance at the beau tiful Savoy Ballroom Sunday, | July 21- The band comes to | the Savoy direct from Holly whuk »1 wood wh ere (hey were ronsid ered “Tops/’ Also on July 21, the Savoy will hold a “Dude Ranch Party/* THEY SCORE AT EXPOSITION ' When “Chimes of Normandy” jazzed up version of the old Planquette opera, got under way at the Auditorium of the American Negro Exposition in the Chicago Coliseum last Thursday night it was instant ly acclaimed by every daily newspaper critic in Chicago as one of the greatest spectacles presented in recent years, more than living up to predictions that it was hotter than the famous ‘.‘Swing Mikado” put on by the same group. The photo graphs show part of the cast cf 85 singers and dancers in two typical scenes. Top shows great cannibal island number, one of (!' 3 most taiked-of scci* s in the production, and bottom shows seme of the jitterbugs a»-l “mammy” on their way to ‘tie great festival. Harry Min ium is director and Sammy Dy er staged the dances. (Top cut). When Earl “Father” Hines visited the Tropical Gardens of the American Negro Exposition I at the Chicago Coliseum last *1 >*:*""■ week where Ihe seruational new revue, “Tropics After Dark”, is being presented, he sat down at tl^e piano and played his recent record Lit, "Boogie VVoogie on the St. Louis Blues,” while the entire cast of prin cipals lcokcd on. Included in the picture are Pork Chops Patterson, Dick Montgomery, Pops and Lourie, Evelyn Lan dry. Jeannette Grider, “Sweetie Pie” DeHart, Foster Johnson, Walter Fuller of the Hines bind, Mitzi Mitchell and Ruble Blakey. Pointing toward, the ivory tickler is Teddy Black mail, producer of the show, wl iic seated on the bench with Hines is Kathleen Day. (Lower cut). RADIO RAVES By IlAItOLD JOVIEN The following listing is in e.Tert i for the week of July 21 only! All time shown Is Central Standard. Add 1 ' ur for Central time; 2 hours for Mountain time; and 3| hours for West Coast time. As is the unavoidable case in rrdio scheduling, all programs aie sub ject the last minute changes and cancellations. HOT INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL Louis Armstrong — Sunday, Monday, 11 p. m. Cotton Club, New York City. Basin Street Chamber Music Society—NBC Blue, Sunday, 3.40 p. m. Guests. Boa Boa—Vocalist and Jan Sa-l THE A 7 RES C'T' A *T,|7 Q so. stat» J 1 / % 1 LitJ STREET Fri. and Sat., July 19-29— “IT S A DATE” with Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis and Walter Pidgeon; “THE COWBOY FROM SUNDOWN" with Tex Ritter and his horse “White Flash.” Si n., and Mon., July 21-22— “DR. CYCLOPS", with Alberi Dekker; “FLIGHT ANGELS” with Virginia Bruce, Dennis Mor gan, Wayne Morris and Ralph Bellamy. Tues, Wed., and Thurs., July 23 2*. 23— “BUCK BFNNV RIDES A GAIN,’ with Jack Benny, Roches ter. Andy Devine. FH^n Pr"w end Phil Harris; “BABIES FOR SAIE,” with Rochelle Hudson. Glenn Ford, Miles Manaer. C^irg Sunday and Monday, and 29th. “DARK COM MAND’ w 'H .TrUn ciaire Trevor and Walter Fidgeon. OWl »n ,.l SOUTH STATE Sun., Mon.. and Tues, Jr’y 2*-22 2°— Giant Double Feature “BUCK BENNY RIDES AGAIN” with Jack Benny and Rochester alsc “DR. CYCLOPS” with Albert Dekker and Janice Loean. Add ed latest episode of “DRUMS OF FU MANCHU" and cartoon. Wed., and Thur-, July 24-25— Big Dftuhle Feature “ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS” with Raymond Massey, also “BA BIES FOR SALE” with Rochelle Hudson. Fri., and Sat.. Juyl 26-27— 3—Big Features—3 “STAR DUST” with Linda Dar nell; “FLIGHT ANGELS” with Virginia Bruce; also “CURTAIN CALL” with Barbara Read. Coming Sun., Mon., and Tues., July 28-29-50— “TIIE DARK COMMAND” with Tohn Wayne; also “IT ALL CAME TRUE” with Humphrey Bogart. vitt’s ork, NBC Blue, Sunday 9:10 m.; Tues., 11:30 p. m.; Wed. 11 p. m.; Thurs., 1:30 p. m. Lin coln Hotel, NYC. Erskine Butterfield—MBS, Sat. >:30 p. m ; pianist- vocalist. Cab Calloway—NBC Blue, Tues. 7:30 a. m.; Sat.., 9:30 a. m.; WOR flOk. Sunday, 12:30 o. m. Virginia Union University Cho ral Club—WRTQ, Richmond, Va.: Sun., 3:45 p. m. Under direction if Mrs. Aldena Windham Davis Emanates from Coburn Hall. Charles Christian, guitar, and kionel Ham peon, vibes, with Ben ly Goodman’s ork—NBC Red: Fri. 11 p. m., West Coast only; Tues., Thurs., 12 midnite; Wed. and Sat., 13:30 a. m. Ambassador Hotel, L. A. Chi istophere Columbus—WNEW 1250k: Mon. and Fri., H):30 p. m Eiks Rendezvous, NYC. Ella Fitzgerald—NBC Blue: Tues., Wed., Fri., 11:30 p. m. Fa nous Door. NYC. Roy Collins—song, WAAT 940k: fersey City, N. J., Sunday, 1:1! o. m. Erskine Hawkins—NBC Blue: Vlon., Wed., 11:30 p. m. Savoy New York. Bob Howard—WEAF, 660k:, New York: Wed., 6:45 p. m. Pi ! mist and vocalist. Roy Johnson’s “Happy Pals”— WRVA, 1110k Mon., 10-15 p. m loseland Ballroom. John Kirby—CBS: Sunday, 4:30 p. m. Also Maxine Sullivan, songs. ONE NITE ONLY! Sun,, July 21 FLOYD RAY AND HIS FAMOUS HOLLYWOOD DANCE ORCHESTRA IN PERSON SAVOY BALLROOM SOUTH TARKWAY AT 47TH Summer Fiesta Prices 30c to 8:3G-40c after 8:30 — Also — Dude Ranch Cowgirls - Cowboys - Win Free Horse Rides anrl Chicken Dinners —and— Preliminaries “MISS BRONZEVILLE” BATHING BEAUTY CONTEST $100.00 CASH PRIZE »Uncle Sam’s singers and dan cers have done it again—and on i Greater scale than ever before! Having startled the theatrical smrld with the “Swir>« Mikado,” be rhicago unit of the federal music project has come back with an even more amazing spec bm’e. “Chimes of Ncrmandy,” which had its debut as a modern :a/z production at thm American ! Wgro Exposition in the Chicago , Coliseum Thursday night for j wkieh it w”s snerially prepared. The Windy City’s leading daily lewspaper critics immediately went overboard in lavish praise ! of the show which has a large ast of 85 singers and dancers, was ce^tidentlv predicted, they have classed it as greater ven than the famous Swing Mi rado. Originally written by Plan • nette as a light opera and first 'resented in 1887 with a French setting, it has been so thoroughly trramlined for the Exposition that if the author were alive today he would recognize only the bare fiamework of his plot. Instead of being slow and pon derous in keeping with 19th cen iury traditions. Chimes has been pepped up to the speed of a sen sational Grade A musical show, MAESTRO miiHfiiM i FLOYD RAY, notcu maestro, who with 1 is all star orchestra, will play at the Savoy ballroom, Sunday, July 21. I,.. ' with flashy, modern dances stag ed by Sammy Dyer. The music has been arranged wherever pos sible into up-to-date swing by Zilner Randolph and Kenneth Anderson and is played by a 30 piece orchestra. Harry Minturn. director, has changed the locale to Louisiana and calls the pro duction “A Negro version o£ Chimes of Normandy.” To show how modern the old opera now is, they even have a shake dance by Phoebe Ford in a cannibal island scene; a crew of jitterbugs and lindy hoppers: tap dancing teams and otse specialty dancers. The result is according to Eugene Stnson crit 'c for the Chicago Daily News, “one of the fastest and greatest shows to hit the Chicago stage in many seasons.” And of course there is singing —plenty of it. There are solos, trios, and big choruses. Of the perfectly trained chorus, first nighters opined that grand opera groups could not equal the vocal izing of this unit. Leading roles are taken by singers who made Swing Mikado a hit. Maurice Cooper has the role of Grenicheux, Gladys Bou cree is Germane, William Frank lin is the Marquis, and Frankye Fambro is Serpolette. Shelby Nichols as Gaspard is getting a lion’s share of applause. Others featured are William Carr and Jimmy Parker as the big and little comedians; Elvira Johnson as Mamrrly, Eddie Good bar as the notary; Emmet Rich ardson recorder; Irvin Richard son, assessor; Lewis White, Bail liff; Clara Brown, Suzanne; Mar garet Cross, Gertrude: Mable Carter, Joanne; John Hughes cannibal chief, and Percy Woods, skeleton dancer. Among those who do specialty dances are Charles Johnson, Magga Worthington, John L Bean, Leroy Edgerton, Walter Jones, Eddie Me Nance, Alfred Bean, Jack Wright, Jimmie Smith, Paul Bradney, Beatrice Yancy, Clara Strickland and Willeta Brown. They, of course, are ex clusive of the big chorus. Among the performers is enough talent to stock several high class musical comedies, critics say. Chimes of Normandy is being pre sented nightly except-Sunday at 8:15 in the Exposition auditorium. EVERYBODY Swing Swing Swing ) .*. WITH America’s too. 1 SWING PROGRAM 1480 K. C. 5000 Watts RADIO STATION W-H-I-P .a» Rockin’ In Rhythm TUES, THURS, AND SAT. 1:30 p. m. to 2 p. m. Eddie Honesty Jr. D. S. D. Beliiney ■ tii ii I. .i—n»«i.iiiii i .. 'iMrBnmr.ir*^i1'