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"Majority of One"
Written by Leonard Spigelgass
Opening: Feb 16, 1959, Closing: Jun 25, 1960, Total Performances: 556
Mrs. Jacoby, is a Jewish widow living in Brooklyn whose only son was killed in World War II by the Japanese. Her daughter, Alice, is married to businessman Jerome, and the couple convinces the reluctant widow to join them on a trip to Japan. On the boat trip Mrs. Jacoby meets Koichi Asano, a Japanese businessman who like herself has lost family members in the war. In spite of these grave personal losses, Asano and Jacoby develop a romantic attachment to each other. But Asano is one of the men who with whom Jerome is conducting business, and Jerome believes Asano is feigning interest in his mother to achieve business aims. This popular Broadway play weaves both comedic and dramatic elements to question whether individuals can overcome the mutual suspenses and prejudices that war wounds have left upon their souls.
"The Most Happy Fella"
Composer: Frank Loesser
Libretto: Frank Loesser; based on Sidney Howard's "They Knew What They Wanted"
Description: Three acts, 11 scenes; set in a vineyard in Napa Valley, CA and a restaurant in San Francisco in the 1950s
Premiere: Imperial Theatre, New York, May 3, 1956 Ran for 676 performances.
Tony, an elderly vintner, falls in love with a young waitress who waited on him during a visit to San Francisco. Tony decides to propose to Rosabella in a letter. Insecure about his age, Tony encloses a photo of Joe, the foreman of his ranch. Upon receipt of the letter and picture, Rosabella agrees to marry the man she believes is Tony. When she arrives at the ranch, she runs into the arms of Joe, who explains that he is not Tony. When Tony is brought in on a stretcher, after a car accident on the way to meet Rosabella at the station, Tony wins her sympathy and she agrees to marry him. In her confusion, Rosabella turns to Joe's arms for one night. But, as she nurses Tony back to health, Rosabella grows to love him. Rosabella discovers that she is pregnant with Joe's child. She tells Tony, assuring him of her love. Tony is extremely angry. Rosabella decides to leave and boards the bus back to San Francisco. Tony rushes to the bus station and convinces her to stay, saying he will claim the baby as his own.
"The Music Man"
Book,Music & Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Directed by Morton Da Costa
Produced by Kermit Bloomgarden
Choreograpphy by Onna White
Opened December 19, 1957 at the Majestic Theatre (N.Y) and ran for 1375 performances.
Professor Harold Hill has developed a reputation among travelling salesmen and none of it good. In order to sell his band instruments and uniforms he promises, along with his sidekick, Marcellus, to form a local student band. After he gets paid it's away - and - no band. He is concentrating this time on River City, Iowa. To focus attention on the need for a boys' band he attacks the town's new pool hall as a sign of depravity creeping into the community. His argument is convincing, but it turns out the pool hall is owned by Mayor Shinn who orders the school board to check out Harold's credentials.
When they approach him he turns them into a barber-shop quartet and disappears. An old friend has warned him about Marian, the town librarian and music teacher. To Harold this is an old problem, but his advances are met with a brick wall. Later at the Fourth of July celebration Harold takes advantage of a disrupting prank to move in and sell his band idea. The Mayor continues to push for proper credentials, but Harold is slippery. Marian's research pays off, but she withholds the evidence when she discovers Harold is helping her brother, Winthrop, to cure his speech impediment,. With the exception of the Mayor, the town is now under Harold's spell. Even Marian is coming around. The band instruments have arrived, but it takes a little longer for the uniforms and instruction books.
Future band members have been busily working on Harold's "Think System" of musicianship, and Harold has just met Marian at the footbridge. She confesses that she has known he was a fake since the third day he was in town. Now it's Harold who is off balance. The uniforms arrive but so does Charlie Cowell, the anvil salesman, Harold's arch enemy. Marian tries to prevent Charlie from getting to the Mayor, but is unsuccessful. She wants to warn Harold, but Charlie reaches him first. He still has time to run, but can't. He's hooked on Marian.
The angry town, hearing that he's a fake, drags Harold to the ice cream social where everyone has gathered. The talk is ugly, but Marian speaks out in his defence. She's a good salesman herself, but there's a pay-off. The band arrives in assorted, unaltered, uniforms. Harold is handed a baton. "Think, men, think" is his command. At the drop of his arm comes the "Minuet in G" as it has never been "played" before. But each struggling note is music to each parent's ears. Harold has his band at last - and a truly loving librarian besides.
"The New Moon"
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab
Imperial Theatre, Broadway - September 19, 1928 (519 performances)
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - 4 April, 1929
1792 in New Orleans and the Caribbean
Robert is a young French aristocrat whose revolutionary inclinations force him to flee his country. He sells himself as a bond-servant to planter and ship owner Monsieur Beaunoir and his family in New Orleans. As the police of Paris are looking everywhere for him, Robert cannot tell Beaunoir or his beautiful daughter Marianne whom he has fallen in love with, that he is of noble blood. Eventually he is tracked down by Vicomte Ribaud, the detective villain, and put aboard The New Moon so that he can be deported back to France. Robert thinks he has been betrayed by Marianne, who has gained her father's consent to travel on the same ship, pretending she is in love with Captain Duval. There is a mutiny but Robert takes charge and the bond-servants come into power. Everyone goes ashore on the Isle of Pines and a new republic is founded which flourishes under Robert's guidance. But Marianne, her pride hurt, at first refuses to marry Robert. Then Vicomte Ribaud makes a final attempt to conquer the island for the King of France. He is surprised to hear from the French Commander that there has been a revolution in France, and that all aristocrats like himself must die unless they renounce their titles. While he, ever the Royalist, goes to his inevitable doom, there follows a happy reunion for Citizen Robert and Citizeness Marianne.
"No, No Nanette"
Book by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach
Globe Theatre, Broadway, 16 September, 1925 (321 performances)
New York revival, Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, 1971 (861 performances)
This is the story of Jimmy Smith, and all the trouble he gets into and out of, on a summer weekend in New York and Atlantic City. Jimmy is a hard working and successful Bible publisher who travels around the country. During these business trips he meets three single girls whom he befriends. Of course his relationships with them are strictly platonic. Jimmy's wife, Sue, is a very economical woman, and, although the Smiths are well-to-do, she refuses to spend money the way Jimmy would like her to.
Spending money makes Jimmy happy, and his three friends around the country are more than willing to spend Jimmy's money for him...and make him happy. Jimmy becomes nervous that Sue will find out about the three girls and misunderstand his relationships with them, so he asks his friend and lawyer, Billy Early, for his help. Jimmy offers Billy ten thousand dollars if Billy will end his relationships with the three girls for him. Billy agrees to this, because as it happens, his wife Lucille is on a permanent spending spree. Billy plans to take Tom, Lucille's nephew and his law clerk, with him to meet with each of the three girls in San Francisco, Boston and Washington.
The Smiths have an adopted daughter, Nanette, who is in love with Tom. But before Nanette settles down, she wants to have some fun. That weekend all her flapper friends are motoring down to Atlantic City, but Sue refuses to allow Nanette to go unchaperoned. Jimmy volunteers to take Nanette for the weekend, and they stay at Chickadee Cottage, a weekend place the Smiths own but rarely use. Without knowing Jimmy and Nanette's plans, Billy and Tom decide, instead of traveling all over the country, to meet the three girls in Atlantic City. And, with unexpected free time, Sue and Lucille decide to go off on their own for the weekend, to Atlantic City. At the end of the first act, we anticipate all of them meeting unexpectedly at Chickadee Cottage.
The second act begins with Nanette having the time of her life at the beach. The three girls arrive to meet Billy, only to find Jimmy there. It is no surprise that each girl wants Jimmy for herself. When Billy and Tom arrive they try to take over the situation, but the girls are not that easily bought off. Nanette runs into Tom, and both are disturbed that the other is in Atlantic City. Sue and Lucille arrive for their quiet weekend, to discover all the others. Of course there is a series of complications and misunderstandings. The stage is filled with amazed and bewildered people, and unexpected comings and goings. By the end of the act, everyone seems to be in an unsolvable situation.
In the third act things get even more complicated. There are marriages about to be broken, love affairs ended, the threat of scandal, blackmail and more. By the curtain's fall everything is cleared up and everyone is happy.
Music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers
Book by Samuel Taylor
54th Street Theatre, Broadway - 15 March, 1962 (580 performances)
Her Majesty's Theatre, London - 30 December, 1963
No Strings is the bitter-sweet tale of Barbara, an American black model living in Paris. She meets and fails in love with a white American, David, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who has had a bad case of writer's block ever since he came to live in France. She tries to restore his confidence in his writing ability, but the easy living he earns in Paris proves too much of a distraction. Realising that he can only work if he returns home to Maine, he asks her to go with him, but they discover that it would never work out . . . and they part with no strings attached. Songs include "The Sweetest Sounds", "No Strings" and "Nobody Told Me".
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"
Music by Burton Lane
Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Opened October 17, 1965 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and ran for 280 performances.
Daisy Gamble, an unusual woman who hears phones before they ring, and does wonders with her flowers, wants to quit smoking, to please her finacee, Warren. She goes to a doctor of hypnosis to do it. But once she's under, her doctor finds out that she can regress into past lives and different personalities, and he finds himself falling in love with one of them.
"On the Town"
Music By Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics By Betty Comden, Adolph Green
Book by: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
Produced by: Oliver Smith & Paul Feigay
Choreography by: Jerome Robbins
Directed by: George Abbott
Opened: December 28, 1944
Theatre: Adelphi Theatre, (New York)
# of Performances: 463
ON THE TOWN is the story of a 24-hour adventure involving three sailors on leave from their ship. Meet Chip, Ozzie and Gabey, our all-American buddies ready to have as much fun as they can squeeze into a limited amount of time. Chip plans to see as much of the city as possible, and relies on an out-dated guide book his father lends him. Ozzie plans to meet a lot of girls, and kick up his heels. Gabey is the most serious of the three, and hopes to meet one special girl -New York, New York.
The tone of the show is set when the boys enter a subway station and Gabey spots "Miss Turnstyle" of the month. He becomes infatuated by her pretty smile and glamorous description, and gives the three men a mission: in a city of 2.5 million women, find this billboard girl: Ivy Smith. As a policeman chases them because Gabey takes the billboard off the wall, the three split up and the fun begins. Gabey heads for Carnegie Hall where Ivy takes singing lessons, Ozzie heads toward the Museum of Modern Art where she studies painting, and Chip tries to find her through the marketing division of the subway that made her "Miss Turnstyle."
It's no surprise that Chip becomes distracted from his search by a cab driver named Hildy Esterhazy, and Ozzie-who ends up in the wrong museum-is distracted by an engaged anthropology graduate student named Claire de Loon. In fact Ozzie is distracted enough to knock down a reconstructed dinosaur -Carried Away. As luck would have it, Gabey finally ends up at Carnegie Hall and actually finds Ivy -Lonely Town. She is standing on her head during a singing lesson, waiting for Madam Dilly, her instructor, to come back from a quick trip to buy some Scotch. Gabey makes plans to meet Ivy that night in Times Square, and meets Madam Dilly who doesn't approve of Ivy spending her time with him.
Ozzie ends up at Claire's beautiful apartment, where they are unexpectedly interrupted by her naive fiance. Chip joins Hildy at her modest apartment, where he meets her roommate, Lucy. -Come Up to My Place and -I Can Cook Too. Gabey goes to Times Square to meet Ivy at the agreed upon time, but she never shows up -Lucky to Be Me. It seems on her way to meet Gaby, Ivy runs into Madam Dilly, who insists she go to work at Coney Island that night rather than waste her time with Gabey. Ready for their big night on the town, the three sailors are short one girl. So Hildy calls her roommate Lucy to join them.
The first stop is Diamond Eddie's where the five plan to meet up with Lucy. Unfortunately, she misunderstands where they are, and never makes it. The group does, however, run into Claire's fiance, Judge Pitkin W. Bridgework, who gets stuck with the bill, as the five rush off to the Congacabana where they hope to find a livelier time. But the second club is also not upbeat enough, so the five rush off to a third club, the Slam-Bang, just as Pitkin arrives to meet them at the Congacabana -Ya Got Me. Again, Pitkin gets stuck with their bill, as well as stuck waiting for Lucy to show up. Slam-Bang ends up being a fun spot, but the group doesn't stay to enjoy it. It turns out that Madam Dilly is there, and Gabey recognizes her. The music teacher tells Gabey where Ivy is working, so Gaby dashes out of the club to find her. His four friends race after him, this time leaving Pitkin with Lucy at Slam-Bang.
Once on Coney Island Gabey finally finds Ivy. He is joined by his four friends, but before the group of six have a chance to relax, they are cornered by everyone they encountered during the past 20 hours; they are arrested. Pitkin finally wisens up, and doesn't use his influence to keep the group out of jail. The next morning the three sailors are escorted by policeman back to their ship, and a new ship docks. A new crew of sailors prepares for their own 24 hour leave, and we all know their adventure will be enjoyable.
"Paint Your Wagon"
Music by Frederick Loewe
Libretto & Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Shubert Theatre, Broadway - 12 November, 1951 (289 performances)
Her Majesty's Theatre, London - 11 February, 1953
It is a fine story about prospectors in the Californian Hills of 1853 and the finding of gold which turned the desert wastes into towns and the losing or it turning towns into desert wastes; a miners' uneducated daughter left alone to cope with the tough crews; and the importation of a wagon-load of Fandangos and the loves and jealousies which follow.
Music and lyrics are fashioned in pattern with the story. There are no odd or interpolated songs out of character - all have great impact value. The songs include "I Talk To the Trees", "Carino Mia" and "Another Autumn" sung by Julio, a youngish baritone in love with the teenage Jennifer, who sings "How Can I Wait For Tomorrow?" and "All For Him" in a deep, modern singing voice.
Her father, Ben, is a wonderful role needing a good actor singer and comedian all in one. He has the sentimental song "I Still See Elisa", the comedy song "In Between" and the rip-roaring and amusing "Whoop-ti-ay". A lot of men are required to play the rough and rugged gold miner and are led by Steve (baritone) in the famous "They Call The Wind Maria". There is one highly amusing trio, "The Prayer", which, at first glance, might appear sacrilegious but, in fact, is not so.
Apart from chorus singers, good male and female dancers are needed to perform numbers originally created by Agnes de Mille, and which include solo dances. There are many scenes, mostly of the Californian Hills, but none difficult. Men are dressed like those one sees in a typical television "Western" and the girls, though in period, wear many flamboyant costumes.
(1853 during the Californian Goldrush)
The story begins with Jennifer, Ben Rumson's uneducated sixteen year old daughter, discovering gold whilst running her hands through the dirt. News travels fast and prospectors from all around rush to Rumson Creek to make their fortune. Being the only female around Jennifer has to deal with many 'frustrated' gold miners, but eventually strikes up a close friendship with a Mexican called Julio. Ben realises that Jennifer is not such a "little girl" anymore and decides it is time for her to leave on the next Eastbound coach to be educated. Jacob, a middle aged Mormon, arrives at Rumson and is only allowed to stay on the condition that he auctions one of his two wives. After some deliberation he agrees and Elizabeth is sold to Ben, much to Jennifer's disgust who packs her bags and runs to Julio's cabin in the mountains. After some discussion she decides to go East to school, and return when Julio has made his fortune. Jake, a miner in his thirties, makes his money, builds a Music Hall and consequently sends for his wife, Cherry. With her she brings a wagon load of fandangos - much to the men's delight! As with all good things, the gold begins to run out and slowly the men pack up and leave. Jennifer returns, unexpectedly, intending to marry Julio whom she later learns has left for the mountains in search of gold. (She is now very noticeably a "young lady"!) News that gold has been struck forty miles away heralds a new gold rush, although Ben decides he cannot leave Rumson, his home town. The story ends when Julio returns, by chance, and Jennifer runs into his arms!
"The Pajama Game"
Book by: George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Lyrics by: Jerry Ross and Richard Adler
Music by: Jerry Ross and Richard Adler
Based on "7½ Cents" by Richard Bissell
A strike is imminent at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. The Union is seeking a wage rise of seven and a half cents an hour. Sid and Babe are in opposite camps yet a romance is born between them. At first Babe rejects him and Sid is forced to confide his feelings to a Dictaphone.
During the picnic for the factory workers he makes better progress but their estrangement is reinforced when they return to the factory. A go-slow is staged by the Union, strongly supported by Babe. Sid, as factory superintendent, demands an 'honest day's work' and threatens to fire slackers. Babe is enraged by his attitude and kicks her foot into the machinery, causes a general breakdown and is immediately fired by Sid.
Hines, the popular efficiency expert, is in love with Gladys the President's secretary. Periodically, he brings a more optimistic outlook to the life of the factory. Becoming convinced that Babe's championship of the Union is justified, Sid simulates an interest in Gladys by taking her out for the evening to the night club, Hernando's Hideaway.
Through her help he is eventually able to gain access to the firm's books and discovers that the boss has been adding to his price the pay increase demanded by the workers. Sid then brings about his boss, Hasler's, consent to a pay rise and is able to bring peace to the factory and to his love life. Everyone goes out to celebrate - at Hernando's Hideaway.
"The Red Mill"
Music by Victor Herbert
Book & Lyrics by Henry Blossom
Knickerbocker Theatre, Broadway - September 24, 1906
Empire Theatre, London - December 26, 1919
Ziegfeld Theatre, Broadway - October 16, 1945
Palace Theatre, London - May 1, 1947 (revision by Harold Purcell)
Set in the Netherlands village of Katwyck-aan-Zee, two Americans are stranded penniless in the little inn, "The Sign of the Red Mill". Trying to sneak out of the inn without paying their bill, they are caught and thrown into jail. The Innkeeper, however, pities their plight and arranges for their release to work at the inn until the amount owed is paid off.
The Innkeeper, Willem, and Burgomaster have daughter trouble. Neither girl is willing to accept as husband the men their fathers have selected for them. Gretchen loves Captain Doris van Damm while her father prefers the governor of Zeeland. Our two Americans, Con and Kid become Gretchen's allies in her efforts to marry the Captain and assist in Gretchen and van Damm eloping. Willem overhears the lovers' plot and tells the Burgomaster. He locks Gretchen in the mill where she pines away for the man she loves. Kid and Con try to rescue her by taking her through the window and to safety on the arms of the windmill. However, the Burgomaster has made all arrangements for the marriage of his daughter to the governor. The wedding festivities are enlivened by the intermittent appearance of our two Americans in various disguises in an attempt to delay the wedding. When it is discovered that Captain Van Damm is heir to a large fortune, all resistance to him collapses: the lovers are united and the Americans return home to New York.
Music by Harry Tierney
Book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Ziegfeld Theatre - February 2, 1927 (494 performances)
Prince Edward Theatre, London - April 3, 1930
The Texas Rangers are hunting a notorious bandit known only as the Kinkajou. The Rangers are lead by a handsome macho-man, Jim. Jim loves Rio Rita but General Esteban, who also loves her, persuades Rita that Jim courts her because he believes that the man they are looking is her brother. Only when Jim arrests Esteban as the real villain can he and Rita hope for happiness.