The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on July 4, 1937 · Page 50
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2 C BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE, NEW, YORK, SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1937 Levkowitz Into Howard WILLIE AND EUGENE, bright spots in Vincente Minnelli's hit revue, "The Show Is Cm," at the Winter Garden, have not always been the Howard Brothers. Once many, many, years ago, they were the little Levkowitz boys !ho sang in their father's choir be cause, as Willie explains, "real ingers cost money." Papa Levkowitz was a cantor in ft synagogue and that was in the days when a cantor had to have a line voice, because there wasn't enough money in the church treas ury to hire a paid singer. The large Levkowitz family were all taught by their father to sing, so that their voices would sound like a big, im pressive, expensive choir. Eugene was the first to discover thpt a good tenor voice is like money in the bank. He started out fcy the amateur night route (the same traveled by Fannie Brice, Joe Cook and other now famous and hih-priced stars) billed himself modestly as "Harry Lee, Phenomenal Boy Tenor." Willie, then jnly a boy of 17, fol lowed his brother's lead and soon they found a third singing youth to make up an act they called "The Messenger Boy Trio." Cantor Levkowitz was dismayed nd disappointed with this "acting business" and pleaded with the boys to give It up. He wanted Eugene to be a doctor, and be was worried about Willie because, as Eugene points out, Willie was always a bad k5 In school. : "But when we made the big time and started to make real money, Itaher changed bis mind about the how business," Eugene told me. I "Yes," grinned Willie, removing the last of the matinee make-up, rthen he wanted to go on the stage himself, and asked us how to go about It." , Early in their Joint career Eugene rot a chance to go Into a show called "A Million Dollars." He told the manager his right name, and the manager said: "Well just call you Eugene How- arc." 1 "That's Levkowitx spelled back wards," Willie explained helpfullj. I 80, way back in 1904 the Howard Brothers toured the Kohl & Castle pircuit, playing the Haymarket and Olympic Theaters In Chicago. This vent on until 1912, when they landed in the Winter Garden shows By this time the third member in their trk, Thomas Potter Dunne, bad dropped out and entered the brokerage business In New York. Bu; a third Levkowitz brother, taking the name of Sam Howard, had etarted a trio Independently which be called the "Bellboy Trio." ' Willie and Eugene stayed with the Winter Garden revues until 1926, When they went into the Scandals. Afer that Eugene had an idea he'd like to try to be a manager, end jhile he was trying it out Willie as single played in "Girl Crazy" and "Sky High." 1 In 1934 they were together again n the Shuberfs "Ziegfeld Follies." The Howard Brothers claim to teal an unexciting and exemplary life. Both have the wives they started with, and Eugene Just celebrated his silver wedding anniversary. Eugene wants to retire some day nd be a farmer. i "But he can't," said Willie sadly. ?ie hasn't even got a daughter." Newcomer at Camp Kare-Free Jnk J ;V3l ill r-v iSa' wJy "lit Vv A netc portrait of Sidney Fox uho assumes the leading role in Arthur Kober's summer camp comedy, 'Having Wonderful Time,' at the Lyceum tomorrow. !A Prince Who Clips No Words Tl TOST English actors are sup- I yj posed to be afflicted with what Is called an "Oxford" accent, though few of them indeed wee ever students at Oxford University. Paul Cavanagh, with whom Broadway playgoers are now to become acquainted as he steps this week into the leading role of Prince Mikail In "Tovarich" at the Plymouth Theater, Is one British player who owes his start In his acting career to the fact that he did not have such an accent. To be sure, Cavanagh happened tc be educated at Oxford's great rival, Cambridge, but that is not the only reason why he speaks in a les; clipped manner than most of his countrymen. The chief reason !s that after graduating from Cam bridge he went out to western Canada for a year of sightseeing and wandering, joined the Mounted Police and decided to settle in Edmonton, Alberta, to practice law. Hence his native British accent became modified with a Canadian twang. At least it seemed so to English ears when he returned t o London, though to New Yorkers who will see him in "Tovarich" he will seem to have a barely noticeable English way of speaking. How this matter of an accent served to transfer Cavanagh from being a "barrister" In remote Edmonton to the London stage Is an involved story, tied up with a weariness with the law and an episode of losing all his money at roulette at Vonte Carlo. After the wheels of Monaco had cleaned him out thor oughly, he decided to try the stage and he easily got his first part In a London production of the old American comedy, "It Pays to Advertise" and got it because the producer who was casting the play needed tomeone who talked like an American. That was Cavanagh's start, and since that time, 13 years ago, he has been acting steadily in plays on the London stage and in films made In Hollywood and In England. Moviegoers will remember seeing him In many pictures here, including "The Storm," "A Bill of Divorcement" with Katherine Hepburn, "Splendour" with Miriam Hopkins, etc. Now for the second time he Is to be seen on the New York stage. The first time was in 1929 when he appeared in a play called "Scotland Yard." When John Halliday's doctor told that well-known actor, who has been portraying the Russian prince in "Tovarich" ever since that pla opened at the Plymouth Theater last October, that he must take a two months' vacation, Gilbert Miller, at present in London, asked Cavanagh to go to America to take over the role. Cavanagh was then taking a vacation of his own on the Ifle of Wight, but within two days he was aboard the Normandie, with a copy of "Tovarich" from which to study the part In which playgoers will now see him in person beginning this week. AMUSEMENTS MANHATTAN BEACH LEGITIMATE THEATERS MANHATTAN m Si"1 Sw' sPVEIt THE WATER UNDER THE STARS TONIGHT EXTRA! ONE MIGHT ONLY FOKINE HAL, LET Im SCHCMlMAZAOt mm LIS StlrHIDtl BEG. TOMORROW EVG. VZZZJZZZ tmm CmHm Ohk Cm.. FOOTUNE CA1XO, Managing Director pntmmu S H J BERT fKODUDTIONS rJmmVxmw PRICES s 25c, 50c, 75c and $1 (piutax SCATS ON 5Alf at aVaarfhanl Ttootra, Wmtt 44t Stmt, Homm't. Bnokhrm Lf. AC. SfariOfti: Pen Ttrmimml (Li. iiVJ ffotaiM Avenue mmm Jamaica Frpmrt Maffc Star Frmnklim Snopi, Hempstead Gmrtt't, Jmmmicm; Arthur ffcnficn'f. Great Nee Jowl 8oeh Adminhtrmlim Building and Stadium Bom Office. Week Beg. Mon.. July 12 "A WONDERFUL NIGHT' ON TH 6 OCEAN FRONT EVERY NIGHT AT 9 STARTS TONIGHT Mutlc fcy AmM RCfcl Redmie 1 a-a-rva ilk. i i JkJ IN PtWON mm "AH me loai" Italy t a lot 3v Bead Cask DANCE tm lb kotteil mmmm tmm (MkMl (pat at the lawert price CONCERTS MANHATTAN f-LEWISOHN STADIUM. A mil. Am. e IM St.- STADIUM CONCERTS fllll.HAK.MOSII - SYMPHONY OKCH. TONIGHT at .10 Choral and Orchestral 4th of July Program PEOPLES CHORUS OF Milt YORK. U CAMILIERI. Cadaetor L-TEIUtS: i.i,, soe, tl. AUaahea S-M44. SIMMER THEATRES MASS. Hall. Wei. mmm Frl. wees . Mm.. I IncimaU MuMcal oodimIt with Julj 5 I Imt,rne Cec. Catharine Dooccl "CALLING ALL MEN' PLAYS BRIGHTON BEACH BRIGHTON J.""T" BRIGHTON BEACH U 1. n XIICC EVC att.. w to. nt wcg. IVLJ. JL. V m4 SAT. Direct rtim $5 Weks on Broattit avf AMERICA'S MOST EXCITING DRAMATIC! BIT! About Mr. Xravers AFTER three years' absence from the New York stage, during which time he has added to his stature as a character actor by appearing in numerous motion pictures on the West Coast, Henry Travers recently returned to the stage in the Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman comedy, "You Cant Take It With You," which is stand ing 'em up at the Booth Theater these nights. Up to the time of his departure for Hollywood, Mr. Travers had beea a member of the Theater Guild's permanent acting company for about 15 years, during which time he cre ated an amazing variety of charac terizations in some 30 productions. One of tiie last things he appeared in for the Guild was "Reunion la Vienna" in which he played the memorable role of the psychiatrist's father, a role he repeated on the screen. His value to the movies as a xharacter actor was immediately apparent after his appearance in that picture and he was asked to remain. Among the the pictures he has been seen in are "Seven Keys to Baldpate," "Too Many Parents," The Invisible Man," "Pursuit." In "You Can't Take It With You," Mr. Travers plays one of the most unusual and, at the same time, one of the most human and lovable of all the characters he has ever portrayed. He is Martin Vanderhof, grandfather of the Sycamores, a family of lovable zanies, who decided, 30 years prior to the opening of the play, that he was tired of making money and would devote his life to doing as he pleased hence- lorth. LEGITIMATE THEATERS MANHATTAN MAT. TOM'W "l- 1 u 2 RFDl'C PD SVMMFR PRICES tO (in F ft K' ) UlRT'ft Miaa 11 rVemutdv H It Babes in arms SHU BERT THEA.. W. 44 St. C- 1:40. ft t 13 (Air-Cld. Good Seats All PritM at Boa Office Br John Monks, Jr., A Fred F. Kinkrfhoffe IBILTMORE Tba..W.47. Eva.t:45.Oc-S ! tax (Alr-CanditiMicd). Alt Matt. TH U no. mini f AT. liyiECDpUD ORIGINAL N. T. I ( CAST OF It (IimI. Sun.). 50c 1 $1.00: Matt. 25c ! 50fl PAl'I.INK rREDERICK In Her Maleilr. the VfUmw" TONIGHT! AMUSEMENTS CONEY ISLAND EPLECUASE iSSJo the funny PLACE B MATINEE TOM'W ts 50c to $2 A Gerg Abbtt FrodnHloa R0THER RAT MATINEE TOMORROW, $1 to 1 AIR-CONDITIONED Excursion VANDERBILT. 49 St.. E. af B'way. BRy. D tiM u. rnnall nrnU Arthur KtWc'i Having wonderful time HOLIDAY MAT. TOM W. Sic to $2 J AIK-COOI.ED. Eveaines. 5Ae W M.SO LYCEUM. 45 .. t. f B . BB. -Mt MATINEE TOM'W 50c to A r.FCinC.K ABBOTT PRODUCTION ROOM SERYICE k. iriHN HURRAY and ALL'S BOKtTZ IcORT TMe..W.40 t. E. :45. 5i 13 mtm In iAlr-Catiice). AIh Mete. WEO. to I HOLIDAY MATINEE TOM'W. I (VI. : Bale. II U 52.30: Bct Orca. 13, mm ninW I II I IP Willie HIIWAKU Beatrice - E.n. . la VINCEMTE M I N N ELLI S Bay aeaicai The show is on Conditioned MITZI .HAHi.r.o MAYFAIR WALTERS WINTKR GARDEN. B'wmv 5 St. Ew-tO MATS. TOM'W, WED. and SAT. 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