The Bishop of Broadway: the Life & Work of David Belasco

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CHAPTER 14
TWO PLAYS FOR PATRIOTS

CHARLES FROHMAN had arrived at that happy estate as a producer when he could command and service a theater of his own. Accordingly one was built for him by his friend Al Hayman in association with William Harris and Frank Sanger. Show business was moving uptown, and in keeping with the trend the Empire was erected at Broadway and Fortieth Street, where it stood until demolished in 1953. For the opening production in this handsomest of new playhouses, Frohman turned to his old friend and associate of ten years' standing. Once again Belasco laid aside his play for Mrs. Carter and, together with Franklyn Fyles, drama critic of the New York Sun, he wrote the melodrama, The Girl I Left Behind Me. Insurgent Indians and punitive military expeditions were timely subject matter for the theater of 1893. The exploits of the late Sitting Bull and General Miles' campaign against the Sioux were vivid memories that

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