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Tips onTables- by Robert W. Dana- January 30, 1954

Horace Heidt's 30th Year in Showbiz

With a company of 35 gifted musicians and entertainers, Horace Heidt returned to New York last night after a 14-year hiatus and celebrated his 30th year in show business by presenting an hour-long program heidtcalled "The American Way" in the spacious Cafe Rouge of the Statler.

Precision paced, skillfully staged and stacked with the greatest abundance of talent seen in these parts at one time in years, the production is eloquent testimony to, the fact that the handsome, suave maestro and discoverer of talent in the country's hamlets has lost none of his magic of the halcyon Biltmore days.

American Beauties.

For those used to bending an ear to name bands in the Cafe Rouge, this is quite a departure, particularly when confronted with a line of girls. There are eight of them, mostly blond, fresh, curvaceous and costumed for the precise purpose of illustrating "The American Way."

This they do, once in red-white-and-blue shorts, with one expecting John Phillip Sousa to be announced any minute; then again in miniature top hats, with black, rhinestone-studded costumes, carrying canes and tapping like mad; dancing country style in a flavorful, audience-participating square dance number, and joining a choral background for "The Lost Chord."

Mr. Heidt said it took him five years to corral this bunch of talent. First he shows how to build a band, starting with rhythm , then the foundation of the saxes, then the tone coloring of the trumpets and trombones and finally the real good beat of the drums.

Boy Drummer.

The drums? Behind them is a 12-year-old lad named Allen Brenneman, who brings down the house with his virtuosity and returns at the end of the show to lead the company. in a blazing finale.

From Danville, Ill., Horace presents Willis Knight, who sings "Some of These Days" with a robust, buzz saw grind. Russ Budd, from Grand Rapids, Mich., is a facile tap artist, with slick impersonations of 'Pat Rooney, Gene Kelly and Ray Bolger.

Ralph Sigwald, from Charleston, S. C., is the Nelson Eddy of the company, singing "The Song Is You," "The Lost Chord" and a Viennese medley for the girls and boys to waltz to.

Soft-Shoe Routine.

Lyzabeth Lynch, 18-year-old blonde from Akron, Ohio, sings and dances as the maestro joins her in an eloquent soft shoe to "Side by Side." Johnny Standley provides the evening's comedy highlight with a preacher's interpretation of "Little Bo Peep" and then comes Richard (Dick) Kerr. And what a man Kerr is, easily the star of a great, inspiring show. With high-voice introductions to impressions, blaming doctors' experiments for the results, he gives immense vocal and pictorial portraits of Billy Eckstine, Rose Murphy, Louis Armstrong, Frankie Laine and Johnny Ray. If Horace did nothing more he brought us Richard Kerr. But he brought us "The American Way" and this I think all of you should see.

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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