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Jack Donahue

Donahue was born in 1892 in Charlestown, Massachusetts and made his first appearance with Doctor Zurego’s Medicine Show at the age of 17, tap dancing on the tail of a wagon, to attract customers to the Doctors dubious wares. At 19 he went into small time Vaudeville and over the next nine years he worked his way up through the Vaudeville ranks, eventually establishing a regular following at the mecca of Vaudeville, the famed Palace Theatre in NYC.


After touring engagements in the musicals The Woman Haters and Hitchy Koo Of 1918, Jack made his Broadway debut in Angel Face, a musical with score by the great Victor Herbert, book by Harry B. Smith and lyrics by Robert B. Smith.

When he died in 1930, he was working on the book of the operetta Princess Charming with music by Hungarian composer Albert Sirmay and lyrics by Arthur Swanstrom. He had also just completed “Letters Of A Hoofer To His Ma,” which was published posthumously. Jack never appeared on film although his younger brother--and understudy--Joseph Donahue, played his part with Marilyn Miller in the first film version of Sunny.


Jack Donahue

b. 1892 Charlestown, MA, USA
d. Oct 1, 1930 New York, USA

Performer, Writer, Producer



(Jack Donahue & Lily Demita in Sons O'Guns)


(From the June 15, 1929 New Yorker)


(Sheet Music for Sons O'Guns)

Princess Charming [Original, Musical, Operetta, Romance]
Book by Jack Donahue
Oct 13, 1930 - Nov 29, 1930
Lost Sheep [Original, Play, Comedy]
Produced by Jack Donahue
May 5, 1930 - Jul 1930
Sons O'Guns [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Jack Donahue [Jimmy Canfield];
Book by Jack Donahue
Nov 26, 1929 - Aug 9, 1930
Rosalie [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Jack Donahue [Bill Delroy]
Jan 10, 1928 - Oct 27, 1928
Sunny [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Jack Donahue [Jim Deering]
Sep 22, 1925 - Dec 11, 1926
Be Yourself [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Jack Donahue [Matt McLean]
Sep 3, 1924 - Nov 22, 1924
Molly Darling [Original, Musical, Comedy]
Performer: Jack Donahue ["Chic" Jiggs]
Sep 1, 1922 - Nov 25, 1922
Angel Face [Original, Musical, Farce]
Performer: Jack Donahue [Slooch]
Dec 29, 1919 - Feb 14, 1920

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