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TJonelle Allen, of TV fame ("Dr Quinn" amongst others), and actor/producer Steve Josephson (as Lew Leslie) are now into the last week of their Florence Mills show at the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland . Their show has been getting excellent reviews. One of Florence Mills' very last professional engagements was in Scotland at the Glasgow Alhambra Theatre in 1927, where despite being terminally ill and in pain, she received rave reviews for her dynamic performances. Now she is back, 80 years later. After the Fringe success the show will probably go on to further presentation and development. We will keep you posted
For those who cannot get to the Edinburgh Fringe but live around New York, there will be an opportunity to see another Florence Mills tribute, when the show
Voices of the Town - A Vaudeville Salute
plays again at Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street just above Fulton (near the Seaport) on September 7 at 7 p.m. This is a tribute show to a wide range of stars of the great vaudeville era.
The Summer 2007 edition of the magazine American Legacy ( "The magazine of African American history and culture"), has a lengthy article on Florence Mills. Being a special music edition it also has many other excellent articles on, amongst others, Black Patti, Joe "King" Oliver and Sammy Davis Jr. Great reading!
The British National Portrait Gallery has a portion of its web site dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Act to abolish the Slave Trade in Britain. It includes a portrait of Florence, as a performer in England whose parents were born in slavery.
That's all for now,
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