This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ...its boardwalks, and its pretty rustic benches. And each valley has its theater. Any night you could go down five flights of rustic steps, ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ...its boardwalks, and its pretty rustic benches. And each valley has its theater. Any night you could go down five flights of rustic steps, turn to the right, and follow the laughter. There, in the heart of the forest, the show was on, though the floor was still stained with blood, where the Germans had hastily transformed their theater into a hospital, and though, in the occasional dramatic pauses of the melodrama, you could hear the distant booming of the guns. As the Seventy-seventh Division was drawn, in large part, from New York City itself, Broadway is well represented in all its battalions, and it was no hard task to find musicians and singers, comedians, librettists, costumers, everything needed in the show business. A company was organized with a personnel of thirty, and when the training period was done, it settled down to the business of amusing the rest. Shows have been given on trucks, in theaters, in chateaux, given in the open air, and given underground. The infantry, moving across country by train, would find, when they got out to change cars anywhere, that the players were there first, ready to do a turn on the station platform. While the troops were in the line the players camped on the edge of the forest, giving shows to the replacements coming in and the wounded coming out. When the troops came out of the line, there was the theatrical unit waiting for them. Of course the show is good. It ought to be, for all the players are old-timers at their job. The orchestra is wonderful. It ought to be. Did n't the leader once lead the orchestra at Reisenweber's back in New York? Did n't the first violin play at Rector's? Wasn't the cornetist raped from the Russian Symphony? The songs, dashed off in odd moments by Privates Rath and Dubin, are up to t...Read Less
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