Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Original Production Performance Schedule


This partially reconstructed list of the performance schedule of The Tik-Tok Man of Oz during its original ten-month production in 1913-14 is expanded from research begun by Patrick Maund. The following list incorporates additions and corrections to the list of touring dates for the show included as a sidebar to my article "Guaranteed for a Thousand Years" in The Winkie Con 50 Program Book. Further additions and corrections are welcome. I'll add them as I receive them.

UPDATE: The following information has been supplemented according to  research by Scott Cummings.
Citation: Cummings, S. "The Tik-Tok Man of Oz 1913-14 Tour Dates" in The Baum Bugle, vol. 58, no. 3 (Winter 2014). San Francisco: The International Wizard of Oz Club, Inc., p. 40.

March 31-April 19, 1913 – Los Angeles, California – Majestic Theater
April 21-May 10 – San Francisco, California – Cort Theater
May 25-August 23 – Chicago, Illinois – George M. Cohan’s Grand Opera House
August 24-30 – St. Paul, Minnesota – Metropolitan
August 31-September 6, 1913 – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Shubert
September 8-13 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Murat Theatre
September 14-20 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Lyric Theater
September 21-27 – St. Louis, Missouri – Shubert
September 27(?) – Cleveland, Ohio – Colonial Theater
September 28-October 4 – Kansas City, Missouri – Shubert Theater
October 5-6 – St. Joseph, Missouri – Tootle
October 7 – Lawrence, Kansas – Bowersock Theatre
October 8 – Topeka, Kansas – Grand Theater
October 9 – Beatrice, Nebraska – New Paddock
October 10-11 – Lincoln, Nebraska – Oliver Theatre
October 12-15 – Omaha, Nebraska – Brandeis Theater
October 16 – Sioux City, Iowa
October 17-18 – Des Moines, Iowa – Berchel
October 19 – Burlington, Iowa – Grand Opera House
October 20 – Davenport, Iowa
October 21 – Moline, Illinois – Moline
October 22 – Rock Island, Illinois – Illinois theater
October 23 – Joliet, Illinois – Joliet Theatre
October 24 – Rockford, Illinois – Grand Theater
October 25 – Janesville, Wisconsin – Myers Opera House
October 26-November 1 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Davidson
November 2 – Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Opera House
November 4 – Madison, Wisconsin – Opera House
November 5 – La Crosse, Wisconsin – La Crosse Theater
November 6 – Winona, Minnesota – Opera House
November 7 – Austin, Minnesota
November 8 – Mason City, Iowa
November 9 – Fort Dodge, Iowa – Princess Theatre
November 10 – Waterloo, Iowa
November 11 – Marshalltown, Iowa – Odeon Theater
November 12 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Greene's Opera House
November 13 – Dubuque, Iowa
November 14 – Clinton, Iowa – Clinton
November 15(?) – Quincy, Illinois
November 16 – Racine, Wisconsin – Racine Theatre
November 18 – Wausua, Wisconsin – Grand Opera House
November 19 – Eau Claire, Wisconsin – Grand Theater
November 21-22 – Duluth, Minnesota – Lyceum Theater
November 24-29 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Walker Theatre
December 2 – Billings, Montana – Babcock Theater
December 3 – Butte, Montana – Broadway Theatre
December 4 – Anaconda, Montana – Margaret Theatre
December 8 – Missoula, Montana – Missoula Theater
December 9-10 - Spokane, Washington – Spokane
December 13 – Tacoma, Washington – Tacoma Theater
December 25-27 – Oakland, California – Macdonough Theater
December 28-29 – San Jose, California – Victory Theater
January 3-4, 1914 – Reno, Nevada – Majestic Theater
January 6-7* – Oakland, California – Macdonough Theater
January 9 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Opera House
January (8 or 10?) – Riverside, California – Loring Theater
January 11 – San Luis Obispo, California – Elmo Theater
January 14 – San Bernardino, California – Opera House
January 16-17 – San Diego, California – Spreckels Theatre
January 18-24 – Los Angeles, California – Majestic Theatre

The following information is incorrect according to Cummings's list, but I include it here apart from the main list, pending further investigation. These dates and theaters may have been originally scheduled, then later cancelled:
September 27(?) – Cleveland, Ohio – Colonial Theater
(date unknown) – Kalamazoo, Michigan – Fuller Theater
November 17 – Galesburg, Illinois
November 20 – Bloomington, Illinois

*  In my possession is an original newspaper ad for the second Oakland run, which lists the dates as January 8-10. Cummings lists the second Oakland run as January 6-7, which actually makes sense of the previously confusing dates for the Bakersfield performance and the possible Riverside performance. Performance dates for Oakland could easily have been changed after the newspaper ad was published, so I'm offering Cummings's Oakland schedule as the preferred one. The now un-preferred info is:
January 8-10 – Oakland, California – Macdonough Theater (newspaper ad)
January 9(?) – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Opera House (This date from a Bakersfield Morning Echo announcement, January 8, 1913, conflicts with the substantiated dates of January 8-10 when the show played in Oakland. Was the Bakersfield performance cancelled?)
January (?) – Riverside, California – Loring Theater (It’s uncertain that the show played Riverside. Perhaps it was scheduled, possibly on January 8 or 10, then cancelled, similar to the possible Bakersfield cancellation.)

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