Texas Takes to the Fifth
The year was 1909. In May, Texas Guinan was appearing in her own act, engaged as a "Lone Star Novelty" at Keith and Proctor's Fifth Avenue Theatre [27-31 West 28th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Broadway].
Nightly, the 25-year-old performer floated above the audience, inside an airship. Her songs included "To the End of the World with You," "Pansies Mean Thoughts," and "Shine on, Harvest Moon." Jack Mason did the staging for Guinan's first attempt as a soloist.
Variety applauded her "good soprano voice."
An anonymous theatre critic advised his readers to "keep your eyes on that girl. She has zip and fizz, and that's what the public wants. . . ."
Illustration: Fifth Avenue Theatre: 27-31 West 28th Street [1891-1939]