Chicago. La Salle Opera-House Co. (Inc.), 1911.
Theatre program, 7 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches, for "Louisiana Lou" by Addison Burkhardt and Frederick Donaghey with music by Ben M. Jerome; 16 pp plus paper covers. Small abrasion to back cover. Considerable vintage advertising including a delightful color lithographic sheet promoting Edelweiss Beer, manufactured by the P. Schoenhofen Brewing Company of Chicago. Miss Sophie Tucker was featured as Jennie Wimp "a native daughter"; she appeared in blackface and had two specialty numbers: "Now Am de Time" in Act I and "The Puritan Prance," a show-stopper in Act II. The program noted: "Miss Tucker's hats by Chicago Feather Co." "Louisiana Lou" had an extensive run in Chicago and then went on tour. The show brought Tucker wide public attention and was instrumental in her becoming a star attraction. A great trove of materials relating to this musical is to be found in the J. W. Williamson collection of performance materials at the National Library of Australia. Sheet music from the show is to be found in the Arizona State University Sheet Music Collection ("My Rose of the Ghetto" and "The Puritan Prance"). A detailed discussion of the show is to be found in "Sophie Tucker: First Lady of Show Business" by Armond Fields (McFarland). Item #53488