“Royal Invitation For Danny Kaye”

Hollywood Comedian to Appear on Palladium Stage

The Montreal Gazette – Oct. 20, 1948

Danny Kaye has received a cable from London extending the greatest honor ever paid an American performer by both the British Royal Family and the British variety stage.

The cable invites Kaye to appear as the star of the Royal Command Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in London on November 1 for the benefit of the Variety Artists Benevolent Fund> This is the first time in English history that an American star has been invited from the United States to appear at this traditional performance of the English stage.

The schedule of Kaye’s current film, Happy Times (i.e. “The Inspector General” – J. N. Webmistress), has been ordered to be revised and stopped by Jack L. Warner to permit Kaye to accept the honor. This marks the second time in a year that the Royal Family will have witnessed a Kaye performance, having paid him the honor of appearing at one of this performances unannounced earlier this year in London.

Kaye, accompanied by his wife, Sylvia Fine, will make the 12,000-mile round trip by air for the special starring performance. While in England, Kaye is scheduled for other honors including membership in the Water Rats, exclusive theatrical organization. In addition Kaye will be guest of honor at the world famous Mme. Taussaud’s Wax Works the day following the Royal Command performance. He will accept in ceremonies there the unveiling of a wax figure which will show him exactly as he appeared on the stage of the London Palladium.

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