Transatlantic Success: Madeleine Lucette Ryley (1858–1934)

  • Sherry D. Engle


Madeleine Lucette Ryley spent all of her working life in the theatre, performing initially as a teenager on the London stage and then touring with light opera companies throughout England and the United States. She became experienced enough to carry significant roles for a time, and when her singing career waned, she tried acting straight roles in New York productions with only marginal success. By the time she began writing light operas and comedies in the late 1880s, she was well grounded in theatre. The trajectory of Ryley’s professional playwriting career was relatively short, but spectacular, from 1893 with a musical, The Basoche, produced in New York, to 1907 and The Sugar Bowl’s London opening. During those fourteen years, Ryley achieved a renown and respect in both the United States and Great Britain that for a time surpassed the commercial success of most men and women dramatists of that era.


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