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Jasf jStee What's Thrilling Stolid,
Denmark Bare Knees and Pink
Lady That Comes
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of All the
members of the
eign colony are chuck
ling up their sleeves
at the good people of
Denmark, Norway and
Sweden over the "big thrill"
these placid Scandinavians ara
getting out of the very Frenchy
Follies which recently opened
at a leading Copenhagen
The show has shattered the usual Norse
calm with all the effect of a hula dancer
prancing into a prayer meeting.
Society and bohemia hall it as a daring
departure from the humdrum. Ministers
aTe calling on their flocks to stay away
from the "disgraceful spectacle." Stock
holm and Christianla are howling for a
tour. Seats are sold out weeks aheadN
Everywhere one goes he Is asked, in a
whisper, "Have you seen the Follies?"
Visitors from the Continent or America
buy front-row seats, expecting something
daringly extraordinary Instead, they are
mildly amused, somewhat bored shocked
not at all. And they go out grinning at
their gasping neighbors and wondering
where on earth these. Danea and Swedes
have been for the past ten yearsf
For the show that is startling .Scandi
navia is what the Americana term "old
stuff." Copenhagen's "sensation" is noth
ing more than the Follies father used to
like back in the days when bead breast
plates were the nadir of naughtiness and
the comedian got a roar every Ume he
mentioned pajamas. , i.
This is the answer
the Follies, a type of
Stage entertainment in
troduced to the rest o?
the world long ago, has
just reached Scandi
navia. And its people
are thrilled by costumed
that would now
passe in Paris or
h'ew York; they
are cracking their
ribs at gray-bearded
went out of fash
ion with the ex
The first Follies
are said to have
teen given tha
world b y Buda
Teat. That was
ions time be
fore the war.
when the Hun-
. parian capital
yielded nothing in
spice or gayety
to any European
city. It was the
first city to start
the "revue" as
opposed t o the
, 1 comedy or
operetta; and the
spread to other
Paris gave the
tional fame with
the Folies Ber-r-rts.
the institution to
the States, The
Idea then traveled
back -across the
water to London,
Berlin and Vi
enna.' But there was
t v '
A Phologfaph of Mary Leigh i
(Below), Illustrating the Kilts Eng
lish Theatregoers Prefer to Tights, i
When MUs KU
Appeared in This
Gasped and the
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one part of the world to which Fol
lies failed to penetrate. Scandinavia,
cool and serene, takes its entertain
ment leisurely. Even Copenhagen,
which claims to be - the capital f
Scandinavian art life and culture
prettiest girls he could find.
: 3' sing them with due re-
-rd to curves and dimples.
And he called on his cos
! There was the first hitch.
The producer, as best be could, described
what he wanted. The costumer blinked.
A yard of chiffon and a few dozen beads!
It sounded Interesting, but impossible.
Muffs instead of skirts! V-backs to the
waist! This was something, entirely new
creased his or dozen beautiful Scandivanian blondes who
c h e s t r a. He couldn't see themselves trotting out be
lassoed all the fore a Copenhagen audience in white
tights. The producer, undaunted, filled
. particularly "snappy in Ae
ostrich feather headdress of
Miss KiS Anderson.
' "But wouldn't such a thing be
prohibited in New York?" untraveled
Copenhagen folic demand, innocently
and sincerely. '
"It wasn't when I. saw it back in
1909," reply their American friends.
"That sort of thing Is a little bit out
of date on Broadway. They've gone
back to clothes, you see. The two
best musical shows of the present
season don't share a single pair ol
their places and got another leading lady
willing to risk a cold. He was eambllne . tights between them
heavily on the show. He was betting that l anyway!" conn,
Scandinavians, under the skin, are no dif- To which the French reply thai
ferent from New Yorkers and Parisians. Paris, like New York, has bad a re
And he won. vulsion against the undraped. ThA
The morting after the "first night" of mst, ;Ta?sl '
. . . , aY 1b Mile. Lysette Chambrai. Hei
Copenhagen's first Follies the newspapers fame reatg on tne cogt gne weari
bristled with reviews. Some of the ad jec- in ' the season's biggest ; revue, is
lives cheered loudly for the new show; which she takes the role of Joan ol
Arc and appears in chain armor cov
LO me ijanisn mma. other, rnarul nn thalr tfu inH ahnntal
The costumer told the producer he was tkT . ering her from head to heel!;
perfectly willing to do What he could, but eiur0 wt ETen gobeMlded Londonerg Vefnsf
he frankly admitted he never had made was 0Ter tn6 house was sold out far in. to. indulge in. exclamations over th
such costumes and he verr much doubted advance, all CoDenhasen was talkinie about Follies when they come to Concn-
1" he could make them. It was necessary, the Follies, and the news was speeding to Sn. England, they say, no longer
the producer found, to send to Paris to v a o j .- .i rets excited; about . tights. Th
have the job done.
patrons or the music halls prefer
r11Tfri1tv nnmhor twn re mo win fr thing Spicy In Denmark. SWaeeer kilts , iand 1nat a nn at
was content to jog along with mus, first costumes arrived and a dress re- Most of the comment centered abbut dimpled knees; for example, the cos-
cai comeaies, aero Data ana in sen hearsal was ordered. The Swedish ac- 'M agues unesmuui, wao since sne ap- tume. oi May Leigh, one i of the cur
tress who was to be starred in the new
show rushed out of - her dressing room,
s hakingyn the manager's face a handful
C silk and surer spangles.
plays for the highbrow s.
That is, tt was so content until
recently, when one of Copenhagen's
producers woke up to the fact that ct
barrels of bullion had been 'comea'H---,-vlo exnect me to wear this?' she
by the backers of a different kmd ; "demanded. Just this?
of girly-glrly show. -'TCertainly.'. replied the manager..-' "It'a
"111 start the Danish Follies! he modeled after the costume Yvorihe Daunt
decided. : X, wore in her last success in Paris." V
peared In the Follies, at any rate has be- rent favorites along Piccadilly.
come lamous as "the most shapely gin in So the French and the Americans
Denmark." In the first act Miss Brien- and the British -chuckle up thPir
tnann trips out in short silver-toned tights, sleeves when the' Swedes and h
with a breast-shield of the same hue. Her . Danes and the Norwegians tali
only other ornament Is a diamond-studded about the "naughty-Frencay
nWet. Fonies. But the Scandl-
This Is the costume which Copenhagen - navians. even if they don't
theatregoers describe either as "terrible" see the joke, are good-
His librettist he set to work "I wonder she didn't freeze to death, or daring," accordinsr to their lights. But natured about it.
translating all the wise cracks that thei!" exploded the leading lady. "GiTe several Americans say they recognize i
mile. Chamhra Vi saw service on Broadway, and the me something to wear or give me my-re- as a "dead ringer" for a costume worn In ten years late,' tuey say..
f. A. r.h A!l boulevards back in history. He lease-" one of Mr. Ziegfelds Follies of pre-war "We're getting thrilled and p.
fr i i iT iiT ordered extra spotlight and in- She got ler release, along with half a date. Likewise, they fall to anjthji Uk 1U"
Costume a Swedish Star Refined
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