The January 18 1924 edition of the Toronto Globe listed a number of entertainment options for people interested in an evening out. Here’s the first group:
The Rosenthal mentioned here was almost certainly Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946), a Polish pianist and composer. There are a number of recordings of him on YouTube, including this 1937 live recording.
Cecelia Hansen (1897-1989) appears to have a Wikipedia page in German only. She was a Russian-born violin virtuoso. Some of her recordings are on YouTube as well, including this one, which I found quite haunting.
Amelita Galli-Curci (1882-1963) was a self-trained coloratura soprano from Italy who was hugely popular in her prime. A recording of her singing a piece from Act I of La Traviata can be found here.
Sir John Martin-Harvey (1863-1944) was an English actor, known as John Martin Harvey before being knighted in 1921. He was part of Sir Henry Irving’s company of players. Pathé Films has footage of him unveiling a memorial tablet of Irving.
Walter Scanlan was the stage name of Walter Van Brunt (1892-1971). The original Walter Scanlan had been a famous 19th century Irish tenor who passed away without making any recordings. Van Brunt, as Scanlan, had 40 hits on the pop charts. He was notorious for having a bigamous affair, which caused his wife Lillian to divorce him in 1925.
Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865-1932), often billed simply as Mrs. Fiske, was widely considered to be the most important female actor in America in the first quarter of the 20th century. She was an animal rights advocate, and fought against the Theatrical Syndicate‘s control of theatre bookings.
The Fool was a play written by Channing Pollock. A Fox film production of this play in 1925 was lost in the Fox vault fire of 1937. I have no idea who the 87 leading Torontonians were – did the Grand Theatre keep a list?
Enter Madame was a three-act comedy written in 1920 that ran for a total of 350 performances on Broadway from 1920 to 1922.
Man and Superman was, of course, a celebrated play by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), originally written in 1903.
After that, the record gets murkier. I could find no record of The Other Wife. The Internet Broadway Database has a record for The Mad Honeymoon, which ran for 16 performances on Broadway in August 1923, but I don’t know anything else about it.
Ella Shields (1879-1952) was a music-hall singer and male impersonator who toured as “Burlington Bertie”. For a while, during the Depression, she was forced to work at a Macy’s jewelry counter in New York, but her career revived in the late 1940s. She worked with a very young Julie Andrews during that time, and may have been the inspiration for Andrews’ character in Victor/Victoria.