Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Duke Franz Josef likes the chorus girls

August 17, 1910

Duke Franz Josef in Bavaria, who arrived in New York on Tuesday, went to the theatre tonight for a "sample of American musical comedy," when he attended a performance of "Up and Down Broadway at the Casino Theatre. The New York Times reports that the Duke and his party of "men friends," occupied one of the lower stage boxes. He "understands English well enough to appreciate much of the dialogue." Jokes "that were made up of American slang were translated by one of his comrades."
After the first act, the Duke and members of his party went backstage and were introduces to several members of the company. Franz Josef said the "American chorus girls surpassed his expectation for beauty and intelligence."
The Duke is on a tour of the United States.

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