The show is "The Petrified Forest" and the star is Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart is part of the cast as well. The famous play by Robert Sherwood has two acts. Who's Who in the Cast has an extensive write-up for the author and all the principle players. The Playbill also contains articles of what to wear and more than a few ads of interest. As such its not a bad gift idea for the fashion student of today interested in styles of the past.
The cover features MME. CARMOUCHE, nee Francoise Vausgien, dite Jenny Vertpre'. A nineteenth century charmer, she was a Paris music-hall favorite at the age of nine. The print is from the collection of Mr. Jack Wilbur Mayer.
The program measures 9 1/4 x 6 3/4. It is completely together with no tears. The front does show dirt/age from exposure, but not at all detracting in my opinion.
The Broadhurst was located at 235 West 44th Street. It was designed by Herbert J. Krapp, who had worked directly with the Shubert brothers. It opened September 17th, 1917. It was built back to back to the Plymouth. It was meant to resemble the style of the neighboring Shubert and Booth theatres designed by Henry Herets. Krapp's work tends to have minimal ornamentation, a single balcony, and excellent sight-lines. It was named for George Howells Broadhurst, an Anglo-American dramatist who came to America in 1886. He wrote plays and managed theaters. A list of notable productions is as long as the theatre's life. It is still going.
Thank you for visiting Orphaned Treasures. I hope you enjoyed a bit of the history of the famous Broadhurst and that this history might will enhance your enjoyment of a Broadhurst production. This playbill is choice as it includes two legends of the stage and screen.