- Royal Theatre -
|The following two reviews
were sent to me by a most generous person from Ireland who requested that
he not be given credit on the site.
He said in his letter:
"When you analyze Judy Garland's appearance in Dublin it was every bit
as big as the Palladium show, in that she appeared in 14 shows (2 a day
for a week) with the total audience being 50,000 - this was unprecedented
in Ireland at the time and with her crowds being the largest second only
to John Kennedy's visit in the early 60's (of course the Pope beat them
both in the 80's)."
My benefactor also informed
me that during this concert tour, she actually sang out of a theatre window
to fans and crowds who couldn't get tickets - this image is pure magic
and demonstrates that Judy was a gracious and loving person and that she
appreciated her fans - dare I say kind of like Evita singing from the balcony
He then pointed out to me
that: "People often forget that "It's A Great Day for the Irish"
which is now a standard St. Patrick's Day Anthem world wide was written
especially for Judy and that it was a bigger hit than some of her better
known songs. Decca had the song in constant distribution for 40 years
without a break.
To the person that sent
thank you so very much
Around the Theatres
Audience Picked the Songs for Judy
Irish Press - Monday
It was the audience (some
four thousand) who chose Judy Garland's songs for her at the Theatre Royal
last night and the dynamic film star obliged with the old film favorites
many of the ditties having an Irish tinge.
Simply dressed and taking
part in good humoured repartee with the people who had flocked to see her,
Miss Garland got down to business, flung off her shoes because her feet
hurt and got her fans to sing with her "Nellie Kelly," "Over the Rainbow,"
"Great Day for the Irish" and "Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow."
To about a dozen encores
she sang songs from the radio and films, gay, sentimental and witty, accompanied
by an excellent pianist named Buddy Pepper.
Her stage presence is easy
and friendly and her come-backs to merry comments won quick and long applause.
She will sing at two more
performances each night this week at the Royal.
A good supporting programme
was led by Vic and Joe Crastoritan who combined a song-music-and-slapstick
variety act in quick tempo. An unusual act was that of Harris and
Jarius who played championship badminton on the stage.
Irish support for the Garland
show was given by the Royalettes, comedian Harry Bailey, and the orchestra
conducted by Jimmy Campbell.
Around the Theatres
Irish Press - Monday
Miss Judy Garland will be
the principal attraction for the thousands who will go to the ROYAL this
Miss Garland has an easy,
courteous and friendly manner. At a press interview during the week
she was able to talk to about twenty journalists and twice the number of
film trade people for two hours without being bored.
She is friendly and courteous
and never refuse to answer a question.
During the Press interviews
the girls who work at the Metropole waved to her through the glass swing
doors. Judy dropped the Press and film people to "have a chat with
the girls." They say it is a typical gesture.
I have read in the magazine
press of Hollywood some intense and rather spiteful spates of gossip about
many young actresses, including Judy.
I believe the efforts of
the "journalists" there to provide "romantic sensations" from the lives
of film people often result in a lot of unhappiness for the subjects of
Miss Garland told us that
this type of journal thrives on this unhappiness. You may note that
Dublin is at present flooded with such magazines, and that they form for
some young Irish people about 80 percent of their conversation material.
They are being paid for, indirectly or otherwise with dollars.
Judy Garland, by the way
is one of the many American visitors with an Irish grandmother. Judy's
mother's name was Milne, daughter of an emigrant from Dublin named Mary
Remember the song she sang
in "Nellie Kelly" - "The Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow." Judy
is providing herself with the Irish version - "Cailin Deas Cruidte na mBo"
while in Ireland.