Sixteen Beautiful Girls — and each one actually playing the ukelele

The Truth newspaper, New Zealand, carried a bit of propaganda on 7 January 1922 from Harry B. Burcher, producer of shows:

 If there is anyone on this side of the world who knows all that’s worth knowing about modern musical comedies, revues, etc., it’s surly Mr. Harry Burcher. Trained up at the Lyric in London and with experience under Geo. Grossmith and further as a producer of the above mentioned “stuff” in America, he was brought to Australia by Hugh J. Ward in 1914. This side of the world he has had the producing of of score of works of the aforesaid class. This introduction is mainly to impress “Truth’s” readers with the fact that this gentleman has had a wide experience and knows his business, and that his opinion of the stage girl of the Southern Hemisphere is worth quoting. He stated recently: “In ‘Oh, Lady, Lady,” I had sixteen girls on the stage, all beautiful, all beautifully dressed, all perfect in their teamwork, and each one actually playing the ukelele, not merely strumming under the corner of an orchestra clash. I maintain that in any other country that number would have made a sensation. Americans have said to me if that could be done at the Ziegfeld Follies, it would be the sensation of New York. I only know that I could never have got the London girl at the Gaiety or Adelpi to do anything approaching it.”

Whatever would Flo have said about that — all he had were Cliff Edwards and Ruth Etting!

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