A legkorabbi hiresztelesek 1950 majus 12-en roppentek fel a New York Herald-Tribune-ben, ahol bejelentettek, hogy a hires producer-paros H. Clay Blaney es C. Peter Jaegar teto ala hozzak elso szinpadi darabjukat. Blaney tagja volt Amerika egyik legnagyobb szinpadi tortenelmevel rendelkezo csaladjanak, mig Jaegar TV-s producer volt. Majus kozepere mar az is tisztazodott, hogy Francis L. Sullivan jatssza Quill szerepet es Angela Lansbury neve vetodott fel, mint a noi foszerepet alakito szinesze. Rendezokent Reginald Denham-ot neveztek meg, aki eppen akkor epult fel egy automobilos gazolasbol. Majus 22-en a New York Times emliti eloszor, hogy a producer paros Lugosi Belat kereste meg, hogy felajanlja neki Petofy szerepet. Lugosi egyebkent ekkor New York-ban elt. Junius 3-an a The Billboard egy cikkben (melynek eredeti cime Blaney, Jaeger Skeds “Devil Dreams” First for Silos) julius 1-et emliti a probak kezdetenek datumakent. Ezt a datumot kesobb julius 6-ra toltak at. Szinten a The Billboard informal julius 15-en arrol, hogy 10-en (hetfon) meg mindig probaljak a darabot es hogy a szereplok kozott a kovetkezo nevek tunnek fel: Claire Luce, Francis L. Sullivan, Bela Lugosi, Richard Waring es Oswald Marshall.
Julius 24 es 29-e kozott a massachusetts-i Sommerset-ben talalhato Somerset Summer Theater tuzi musorara a darabot. Kicsit elterve a blog iratlan szabalyaitol, most kozolok nehany infot errol kis szinhazrol, hogy a tisztelt Olvasonak pontosabb kepe alakuljon ki a kor szellemerol. Nos, a maga idejeben a Somerset Playhouse-t ugy jellemeztek, mint Amerika legcsodalatosabb nyari szinhaza. Az 1950 es 1952 kozotti evadok olyan darabokat tuztek musorra, melyekben igen komoly nevek is feltuntek: Kay Francis (Goodbye My Fancy), Edward Arnold (Apple of His Eye), Zasu Pitts (Post Road, kesobb pedig Ramshackle Inn), Franchot Tone, Barbara Payton es Margaret Lindsay (The Second Man), Melvyn Douglas es Signe Hasso (Sacred and Profane), John Garfield (Golden Boy), Constance Bennett (Skylark), Eve Arden (Here Today), Burgess Meredith (The Silver Whistle), Miriam Hopkins (Told to the Children), Bert Lahr (Burlesque), Veronica Lake es Jackie Cooper (Remains to be Seen), Joan Blondell (Come Back, Little Sheba … ennek egy kesobbi filmvaltozataban egyebkent Carrie Fisher szerepelt), June Havoc (Rain), Mae West (Come On Up, Ring Twice) A szinhaz nagyjabol a 40-es evek kozepe vagy vege fele epult es megannyi konstrukcios hibat tatralmazott, melyek kesobb igen nagy problemat jelentettek. A szinhaz futo helyisege peldaul kozvetlenul a szinpad alatt volt es amikor a gepek beindultak egy igen hangos zajt adtak ki, amit a szineszek is jol hallottak. A mellekhelyisegek majdhogynem a szinpadra kerultek es a szineszeket figyelmeztetni kellett, hogy ne hasznaljak a WC-ket a darab kozben, mert az oblites zajat meg a nezoteren is hallani lehetett. A legkondicionalo berendezeseket szinten a szinpad alatti futohelyisegben helyeztek el, de olyan hangosak voltak, hogy programok alatt nem lehetett oket hasznalni, ugyanis akkor a szineszek nem hallottak egymas szavat.
Julius 31 es augusztus 5 kozott a New York allamban talalhato East Rochester-i Famous Artists Country Playhouse jatssza:
Augusztus 7 es 12 kozott a szinten New York allamban talalhato Fayette-i Counrty Playhouse-ban lathato a darab. A kovetkezo iras jelent meg 1950 augusztus 7-en a The Herald Journal-ban (Syracuse, New York) Az irasbol kiderul, hogy Lugosi a syracuse-i Fayetteville Inn-ben szalltak meg. Az epuletet eredetileg Seymour Pratt epitette 1830-ban es a Grand Hotel nevet kapta. Egy harmadik szintet epitettek ra 1870-ben. Horace S. Grove megvasarolta az epuletet es atkeresztelte Grove Hotel nevre 1874-ben. Az 1960-as evek elejen meg a tinik tancoltak benne es a helyi tuzoltosag tartotta itt eves gyuleseit (egyebkent ezt az eloadast is a tuzoltosag szponzoralta.) Jatszott itt egyszer Diana Ross es a Supremes! Olyan sztarok is megszalltak itt, mint Jackie Cooper, Bela Lugosi es Betty Grable, mig az oreg Fayetteville High School nyari szinhazaban jatszottak. Az epuletet 2000-ben lebontottak. (forras)
Four Stars in Fayetteville for The Devil Also Dreams
It was rather pleasant to meet a couple or three actors who looked like actors. The summer theatre tradition, especially among the younger thespians, runs to blue jeans and sweat shirts. So when Claire Luce appeared, complete with long blonde hair, black dress, floating scarf, arranged a là turban, and smoked her cigarette in a long red holder, it was a change at any rate. Then there was Richard Waring, a matinee girl’s dream, and Bela Lugosi—the old charmer—and Francis L. Sullivan, the epitome of dignity and simple friendliness.Bela Lugosi was very busy making a fuss over the host at the Fayetteville Inn, where he said he had the time of his eventful life last summer…along with his pal, Paul Lukas. The visiting stars will stay there this summer. Bela kisses your hand and begs you to come backstage to see him…and you know he wouldn’t recognize you if he fell over you within the next 10 minutes. A very nice guy.
A cikk megemliti, hogy Lugosi egy evvel korabban is megszalt ebben a fogadoban. 1949 juliusaban az Arsenic and Old Lace-el turnezott Fayetteville-ben, nagy valoszinuseg szerint errol van szo.
Augusztus 14 es 19 kozott a The Royal Alexandria Theatre-ban tekintheto meg a darab (Toronto, Canada)
Augusztus 16-an a Toronto Globe & Mail cikkezik Lugosi-rol:
Dracula Role Is Frankenstein To Bela Lugosi (by Alex Harris)
Bela Lugosi, the screen horror-man who became famous for his portrayal of Dracula, has had just as much trouble getting away from that fiendish character as have millions of movie goers whose dreams he has haunted.
In fact, Lugosi says that the part has become to him something of a Frankenstein, a man-made monster turning on its maker. It has taken Lugosi 23 years to get away from his monster.
Lugosi, who turns out to be a soft-spoken charming chap with old-European manners, was born in Hungary and trained as an actor. Training there was quite a bit different. If one wanted to be an actor he had to attend the Academy of Theatrical Arts in Budapest and get a degree just as a doctor, lawyer or engineer has to do here.
It was a tough grind, but if one succeeded in pulling through, as Lugosi did, one was a professional man, an artist whose social standing was way up there. Work, too, was pretty well guaranteed because each city of 50,000 or more had a municipally financed theatre. Budapest talent scouts would tour such theatres and if an actor looked good to them he was invited to the capital for a guest performance. And if that succeeded, the actor was set for life—with a full-time job, three months vacation and so on.
The political unrest in postwar Hungary interfered, however, and Lugosi went to the United States in 1919. Unable to speak English, he formed a Hungarian language theatrical group which lasted for three years, by which time Lugosi had mastered enough English to play romantic leads on Broadway.
“That was a long time ago, so I was justified,” he recalls.
It was in 1927 that a Broadway producer was looking for a man to play Dracula. American actors, says Lugosi, were unable to tackle the part because most of them had been trained to develop their own personalities, while in Hungary actors were trained to subdue their own personalities and thus be able to play any part.
In any case Lugosi got the part, was fired after five days of rehearsal, was rehired and played the role so well that he has done little else since but horror parts.
After making the movie version, Lugosi was signed to play the monster part in Frankenstein, but he didn’t like it. “All I did was grunt and wear a lot of padding,” he says.
Lugosi tried to quit the part, but had to agree to find a substitute. He found Boris Karloff, then a bit player, and recommended him for the part.
“So, you see, I created another monster for myself. Until then I was the only horror man in the movies,” the Hungarian actor smiles.
Augusztus 21-en a kanadai Ottawa-ban talalhato The Capitol Theatre-ben megy a darab. Az Ottawa Globe & Mail-ben igy irnak Lugosi-rol:
Bela Lugosi Balks at Blood, Lives for Laughs
It was “20° colder inside” at the Chateau Laurier last night—not because of any air-conditioning system, but solely due to the presence of some of the entertainment world’s most chilling personalities.
Responsible for at least 15° was Bela Lugosi, main name in the cast of The Devil Also Dreams, a new play by Fritz Rotter and Elissa Rohn trying out with considerable success in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa prior to opening on Broadway next month.
Others in the cast of the play—which is slated for a one-night stand at the Capitol tonight are Claire Luce, Francis L. Sullivan, Richard Waring and Oswald Marshall.
Mr. Lugosi, wearing a most unsinister bow tie, welcomed reporters to his room last night without so much as a snarl. He looked remarkably happy for a vampire who hadn’t had a blood highball all evening.
But far from yearning for a little hemoglobin, he was hoping he’d never have to look a red corpuscle in the face again.
“Having threatened people for the last 23 years,” he said in a voice still heavy with the accent of his native Hungary, “I’m having the best time of my life making people laugh.”
He likes it, but he’s not quite used to it. Mrs. Lugosi, who travels with him, says the first time he played the new comedy-drama, her husband was almost pushed off base when the laughs started. He just wasn’t expecting it. Now, when the laughter doesn’t come, annoyance molds his face into the scary expression that made him tops among the nastiness boys.
In Europe and Hollywood prior to the smash success of Dracula, Lugosi played a variety of stage and screen roles, but Dracula typed him and he has been a raiser of hair ever since.`
In The Devil Also Dreams, he plays the part of a broken down old actor employed as a butler by a successful writer who has run out of ideas. The writer stumbles on a young playwright with a new play which he palms off as his own.
Augusztus 14 – 19 a darabot a kanadai Torontoban jatsszak a Royal Alexandria Theatre-ben.
Augusztus 21 – Capitol Theatre, Ottawa.
August 22 es 26 kozott a montreal-i His Majesty’s Theatre tuzi programra. Az augusztus 5-en megjeleno The Montreal Gazette egy irast kozol:
BEWARE, MISS LUCE: Bela Lugosi, the old Dracula man, casts a glittering eye on attractive Claire Luce. Both are starred with Francis L. Sullivan, the celebrated British actor, in The Devil Also Dreams, the comedy-melodrama coming to the stage at His Majesty’s Theatre on Tuesday, Aug 22, as the first visiting play of the 1950-1951 season.
‘Devil Also Dreams’ Here Prior to New York Run
Playing a pre-Broadway engagement of five days, starting Tuesday, Aug. 22, The Devil Also Dreams, will serve to inaugurate the legitimate theatre’s 1950-51 season in Montreal.
Presented by H. Clay Blaney and C. Peter Jaeger, this new comedy-melodrama offers a four-star group of some of the stage and screen’s most outstanding personalities. Heading the cast is Claire Luce. Miss Luce was a sensation in London and New York in such successes as The Gay divorcee and Of Mice and Men.
Co-starring with Miss Luce is Francis L. Sullivan, celebrated British star of stage and screen, Bela Lugosi, the Dracula horror man, and handsome Richard Waring, Ethel Barrymore’s co-star in The Corn is Green.
The Devil Also Dreams is directed by Reginald Denham, perhaps the best mystery play director in the theatre today. He has to his credit, either as author or director, Ladies in Retirement, Wall Flower, Portrait in Black, The Two Mrs. Carrolls and nearly a score of others.
The Devil Also Dreams was written by Elissa Rohn and Fritz Rotter. Mr. Rotter’s best previous play, Letters to Lucerne was voted one of the ten best plays in 1941.
The Devil Also Dreams is a mystery comedy which takes place in the mauve London of the 1890’s. The plot revolves around an aging playwrite (Francis Sullivan) who has finally come to realize that his fast failing writing can no longer hold the dubious affection of the girl (Miss Luce) whom he has brought up from obscurity to London’s most toasted leading lady.
In a desperate effort to prevent the beautiful but designing lady from leaving him he resorts to attempted plagiarism of the literary talents of a brilliant but unknown young playwrite (Mr. Waring). Eventually murder becomes necessary for concealment.
Aided and abetted by a half-maniac butler (Mr. Lugosi), the homicide attempts and their results provide the thrills and laughs of the play.
Before appearing here, The Devil Also Dreams has had three weeks of rehearsal in New York and three weeks of tune-up performance in Providence, Syracuse and Rochester. After playing Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa, the new comedy melodrama goes directly to the Booth Theatre in New York City.
A turne ezzel zarult le. A kezdetekkor meg ugyan tervben volt Boston vagy Philadelphia, de meg a Broadway is. Ezekbol a tervekbol vegul semmi nem lett. A turnet bukaskent konyveltek el, bar Lugosi szamara anyagilag jovedelmezo volt es buszke is volt ra.