Fred Van Olker
Ballet Director / Choreographer:
Variety / Vaudeville
6 December 2013
"Gentle reader, be not rash nor hasty, if something nice and something tasty, you would like to see. ‘Come with me, kind friends,’ awhile, and stop, at 444 Broadway, Bob Butler’s mint drop. Ah! what a galaxy of beauty adorns the stage, formed after Venus de Medici’s im-age. Here you can enjoy the flowing bowl, and quaff it to the dregs, or draw unto your inmost soul those lovely forms and legs. Here, listen to the joke, or to the plaintive song, of ‘Mother, I’ll Come Back to Thee,’ or ‘Lucy, Lucy Long.’ An unsurpass-ed bill of fare, is nightly there set forth – to charm its patrons from the South, the East, the West, the North. Bob Butler leads the forces front, La Thorne brings up the rear; Charley White he leads the contrabands, and Brilliant the ballet dear. There’s stacks of soap made at this house, it’s a mint drop, sure enough; and long we hope to see friends Bob rake in the ‘filthy lucre.’ No doubt, ninety out of every hundred thought we’d say stuff, and imagine we blundered, but we’re not so put to it for a rhyme, every time."