"It's a blessing they are boys," said Walter Nip, when interviewed yesterday about the Hasty Pudding chorus which he is coaching. "No girls would cooperate as those boys do. The girls want the end position and a good-sized raise every time they learn a new step."
Mr. Nip, formerly of the dancing team of Nip and Tuck, is now playing in "The Grab Bag". He is coaching the chorus of the Hasty Pudding show between his Boston performances. In an interview at his dressing room last night he declared, "There's no reason why I ought to be proud of those boys, but I am, for they're good.
Expected To See Awkwardness
"Louis Silvers, when he asked me to come out and help him, warned me that they might seem awkward. All men choruses, even in good shows, don't have the graces of the girls. But these boys have. They learn in a minute, too. And above all, they work. Most girls would want $150 for the work those boys do. The boys are tickled to death to be able to make the chorus.
"They rehearse twice a day, for hours. Silvers tells me that no Hasty Pudding chorus ever worked so hard before. But that's what makes them good. They're doing all the latest steps, 'the Charleston' and others.
"It's their sense of rhythm that enables them to get those difficult steps. And they get their rhythm from ballroom dancing. Every man must know how to dance now. That makes them more graceful than boys used to be.
Principals Also Dance Well
"Don't forget the dancing of the principals, for it's as good as most of that in our show. Wilson, for instance, who is playing the stenographer, is doing 'the Charleston' as well as anyone I've ever seen.
"I can't say whether the show will be a hit or not. You can't be sure about shows. Those boys may prove to lack stage presence. But only that lack can keep 'Laugh it Off' from being a success."
Mr. Nip slopped theatrical cream on his face with an air of finality and said, "I'd almost think I exaggerated if I hadn't seen them."