William B. Gill: From the Goldfields to Broadway
Canadian by birth, Australian by upbringing, William B. Gill trod the boards in the Australian goldfields and the hill-stations of India before going on to try his luck in America. After unpromising beginnings in the backwoods of Utah and Nevada, he scrambled chancily up the tree, to earn leading roles on Broadway as a comedian. He also produced a bundle of shows of his own writing, and before long his extravaganzas, comedies, and dramas were being seen all around America. Among these hits was the show that was to turn out to be the longest running American-made Broadway musical of the century: Adonis. As a straight parody of the Pygmalion legend - but with the sex roles switched, so that a beautiful, male statue comes to life - the play both parodied the excesses of melodrama and comic opera and celebrated them, and Adonis went on to a long life, countless revivals, and a place as a landmark in the history of American theater. Other hugely popular Gill plays and musicals followed Adonis until, with the new century, his style of rip-roaring writing went out of fashion, and Gill faded away into a century of forgottenness.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
FR0M THE GOLD FIELDS TO MELB 0 UR
0N THE ROAD TO CALCUTTA
PLAYS MADE T0 0RDER
Other editions - View all
actor Adonis Aimée American Annie announced appeared artist audience Australia Bain Ballarat Barry Bijou bill Billee Taylor Boston Broadway Broadway's burlesque Calcutta career cast character Charles Chicago Chorus City Clipper comedian comedy comic opera Corinne Dance daughter Deering Duet Edward England English entertainment extravaganza fact farce Fay Templeton Florence George Fawcett Gill's Goblins goldfields Grand Harry Dixey Haymarket Henry Henry E Hoskins Iolanthe James Janet Jed Prouty Jennie Jessop and Gill John Lady later Lewis London Lydia Thompson manager Melbourne Messrs Miss Musical Theatre night Old Jed Prouty Opera House pantomime performance piece play plot Princess's produced repertoire reported Rice Rice's role Roseau Scene season seems Shinton Song stage star success Sweetheart Theatre Royal theatrical Tilly Earl Tony Tony Hart tour troupe vehicle Victoria W. B. Gill week wife William Gill Willie and Waddy Willie Edouin Willie's York Dramatic Mirror young