Clipped From The Pittsburgh Courier
Johnny Hudgins Joins Leslie's "Blackbirds" NEW YORK, N. Y., Aug. 30. Johnny Hudgins, the international comedy star jwho is acclaimed the successor to the late Bert Williams as the greatest expc - ent of Negro comedy in America, will join Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds of 1928" at the Liberty Theatre on Monday evening, September 3. Hudgins returned to America only a few weeks ago after triumphant tour of the European capitals where he entertained royalty and society by his inimitable mimicry for several years. Contracts already signed were to bring him back to London for a continuance of the success he made there last year but Lew Leslie prevailed upon rum to join iiiackDirds. " irus marks his first appearance in a Broadway revue in three years. Probably the best pantomimic artist on the stage today, Hudgins, during his stay at the Ambassadeurs in Fans, became a friend of the Prince of Wales, the late King of Roumania, the King of Spain and Prince Carol of Roumania, as well as European and American notables The Prince of Wales was so struck by his mimic artistry and his funny dancing feet that he invited Hudgins to Buckingham Palace where Hudgins personally taught him the intricacies of the Charleston." Hudgins first came to the attention of the Prince of Wales when Lew Leslie co - starred him with the late Florence Mills in the original Lon don production of "Blackbirds" last year. Hudgins will offer several pantomimic specialties in the current "Bickbirds": including "A Tale o Woe," "Who's on the Telephone?", a clow motion picture conception of a man skating, and his contention of an imaginable dancing pirtner In a ballroom or originally created by the late Bert Williams. In adding Johnny Hu - lgins to Blackbirds of 1?2S" Lew Leslie is creating a Broadway precedent "Blackbirds" is conceded ly be the biggest success of any Nepro revue that has ever played on Broadway. Wise managers never touch a show when it reaches the hit proportions all tirti - !. " tnai eiacKDircs ' nas. Ana vet. Lew Leslie, always ready to defy traditions, adds a tower of strength ay putting jonnny Hudgins In a show already packed with outstanding stars in the world of the Negro theatre such as Adelaide Hall. Bill Robinson, Aida Ward and Tim Moor?. "In his line." said Lew Leslie. Johnny Hudgins is the peer. - I wanted him originally for mv nro - duction of "Blackbirds of 192S" but previous contractual arrangements precluded the possibility of his coming to New ork. Now that he is nere l cannot permit him to return a. f i . . , ... io Minaon, even tnouga it is at a tremendous expense to me. "Black Diras is a great show at tha ores ent time. With Johnny Hudgins it wiu oe tne greatest Negro show that nas ever been staged anywhere. Playing In Ottawa LLMIRA, N. Y., Aug. SO. The well known theatrical pair, Easton and HowelL are appearing the week of August 25 in Ottawa, then in Quebec and Plattsburg during the veek of September 2 and then In Buffalo for the week of September This pair are performing In Keith circuit theatres in the places above menuoneo.