Scanlan, W. J.

Scanlan, W. J.
   Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Scanlan became the leading Irish actor and singer of his day. Critic Austin Latchaw remembered him as a performer with "real charm, with romantic fervor, and a beautiful voice to express it" (Kansas City Star, 30 April 1935). He made his New York debut in The White Slave (1882). In 1885, he produced Shane-Na-Lawn, which he wrote as a vehicle for himself. His greatest hit, Myles Aroon (1888), remained in his repertoire until his 1891 retirement, which opened the way for Chauncey Olcott.

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