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  • historicalzg - 1Reply
    ziegfeldgrrl wrote on Jun 9
    Wonderful and what gorgeous photos and costumes! Oh to own some of these. Thanks for another super album, David.

    I probably should have known this but just recently found out that Russel Wright designed sets and costumes for the Grand Street Follies. I have located only a few images though.

    Very much appreciated, David.

Greenwich Village Follies
by David for group historicalziegfeld Jun 8, 2012

A creation of dancer, producer, and song writer extraordinaire John Murray Anderson, and his support group of Bohemians, the Greenwich Village Follies was a more witty, politically adventurous, experimental, and eccentric venture than the Ziegfeld Follies. Self-consciously arty, yet never snooty, the GVFollies immediate won the admiration of New York's critical establishment who found its excellencies comparable to those found at the other Follies at the New Amsterdam theater. The music benefited from the playing of Ted Lewis's crackerjack ensemble. Anderson's friendships among the tunesmiths insured that every edition of the Follies would have new wares by accomplished masters. Though each edition began housed in a Village theater, it would move to a major house and become a 'regular Broadway Revue' shortly after the run began. One of the hallmarks of the GVFollies was its curtain--a cartoon map of the Village (shown below) adorned with some of its zaniest citizens and noteworthy landmarks. Among the regular performers was the premier drag queen of the 1920s, Bert Savoy (on the left in the image of the team of Savoy & Breman below). The images of Polly Platt below date from the 2nd edition of the Follies, and are numerous because photographer James Abbe was becoming romantically fixated upon her. He would eventually abandon his wife and children to live with Platt, when he departed for Italy to shoot stills for Lillian Gish's film "The White Sister." Tornello Studio's work photographing the Follies perhaps arises from its intimate connection with the fashion industry. The preferred photographer of furriers, Tornello chose certain performing art projects that had interesting costume dimensions, but concentrated on fashion imagery. Since Erte and other major names designed for the GVFollies, Tornello was tempted from atelier at 10 W. 37th Street, into the Village to shoot. All of the images below date from the first three editions of the Follies. Profdash

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