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Musical (1927)


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When it opened on Broadway on November 22, 1927, as the very first show on the newly built Alvin Theatre, it starred Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire. It was in this show that Fred Astaire first danced in evening clothes and a top hat.

Jimmy Reeve is the legal guardian of three pretty sisters, Dora, June and Frankie, whose prize belongings he keeps in his safe. June's pearl necklace is locked in there, and so is Frankie's diary, after having been confiscated by Jimmy. However, the diary contains very incriminating things, so Frankie convinces the aviator Peter Thurston to steal it from the safe. But somehow he manages to steal the pearls instead, setting off a merry chase that takes the cast to the Atlantic City pier. And to make matters even more complicated, two bumbling burglars, Herbert and Dugsie, also try to break into the safe and are swept along in the chase. At one point, they have a falling out, but Herbert is unable to shoot Dugsie as he has forgotten to get a shooting license.

Originally called Smarty, it first opened in Philadelphia on October 11, 1927 to poor reviews. This led to major rewrites and caused critic-humorist Robert Benchley, who had contributed to the script, to walk out. The rewrites and changes continued as the musical moved from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. (October 31); to Atlantic City (November 7); to Wilmington (November 14); before reaching Broadway and the Alvin Theatre on November 22, now renamed Funny Face. It became a major Broadway hit, and after 244 performances, the whole company transferred it to London, where Fred and Adele Astaire had a successful run of Lady, Be Good! just before starting the rehearsals of Smarty in Philadelphia.





Act 1
"Birthday Party" - Dora, June and Guests
"Once" - Dugsie Gibbs, Dora and Ensemble
"Funny Face" - Frankie and Jimmy Reeve
"High Hat" - Jimmy Reeve and Boys
"'S Wonderful" - Frankie and Peter Thurston
"Let's Kiss and Make Up" - Frankie, Jimmy Reeve and Ensemble
"Come Along, Let's Gamble" - Entire Company

Act 2
"In the Swim" - Girls
"He Loves and She Loves" - Frankie and Peter Thurston
"Tell the Doc" - Dugsie Gibbs and Girls
"My One and Only (What I Am Gonna Do?)" - Jimmy Reeve, June, Dora and Girls
"Sing a Little Song" - Pianists, Ritz Quartette, and Boys
"My One and Only (What Am I Going to Do?)" (Reprise) - Dora, June and Chorus
"The Babbitt and the Bromide" - Frankie and Jimmy Reeve

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Version 1

Funny Face (1927-11-Alvin Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 7 mois
Nombre : 244 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 22 novembre 1927
Dernière : samedi 23 juin 1928
Mise en scène : Edgar MacGregor
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Adele Astaire (Frankie), Fred Astaire (Jimmy Reeve), Allen Kearns (Peter Thurston), William Kent (Dugsie Gibbs), Victor Moore (Herbert), Kay Annis (Lady of the Ensemble), Winifred Beck (Lady of the Ensemble), Marcia Bell (Lady of the Ensemble), Vera Berg (Lady of the Ensemble), Edwin Bidwell (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Mildred Brower (Lady of the Ensemble), Dowell Brown (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Jean Carroll (Lady of the Ensemble), Helen Clare (Lady of the Ensemble), Austin Clark (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Betty Compton (Dora), William Cooper (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Arthur Craig (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Norman Curtis (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Peggy Daubert (Lady of the Ensemble), Dorothy Dawn (Lady of the Ensemble), Eugene Day (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Ann Ecklund (Lady of the Ensemble), Adelyn Endore (Lady of the Ensemble), Jack Fraley (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Elsie Frank (Lady of the Ensemble), Sherry Gale (Lady of the Ensemble), Bob Gebhardt (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Gloria Glennon (Lady of the Ensemble), Ona Hamilton (Lady of the Ensemble), Earl Hampton (Chester), Edwin Hodge (Hotel Clerk), Thomas Hodges (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Alma Hookey (Lady of the Ensemble), Paul Jensen (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Dorothy Jordan (Bell Hop), (Lady of the Ensemble), Richard Keith (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Adrienne Lampel (Lady of the Ensemble), Helen Leslie (Lady of the Ensemble), W.L. Mack (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Ted MacLean (Sergeant of Police), Lionel Maclyn (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Frances Markey (Lady of the Ensemble), Maxine Marshall (Lady of the Ensemble), Tom Martin (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Pauline Mason (Lady of the Ensemble), Ethel Maye (Lady of the Ensemble), Gertrude McDonald (June), Estelle Mercier (Lady of the Ensemble), Gordon Merrick (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Lillian Michel (Lady of the Ensemble), Walter Munroe (Porter), (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Jo Navarro (Lady of the Ensemble), Elsie Neal (Lady of the Ensemble), Richard Neely (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Marie Otto (Lady of the Ensemble), Ruth Penery (Lady of the Ensemble), Boo Phelps (Lady of the Ensemble), Edwin Preble (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Peggy Quinn (Lady of the Ensemble), Fritz Reinhard (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Rita Romero (Lady of the Ensemble), Ruth Sato (Lady of the Ensemble), Marshall Scott (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Marjorie Seltzer (Lady of the Ensemble), Bobby Shutta (Lady of the Ensemble), Sam Simpson (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Ray Stilley (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Marion Tierney (Lady of the Ensemble), Billie Walker (Lady of the Ensemble), Walter Wandell (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Polly Williams (Lady of the Ensemble)
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Version 2

Funny Face (1928-11-Prince's Theatre-Londres)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Prince of Wales Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 7 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 263 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : jeudi 08 novembre 1928
Dernière : samedi 29 juin 1929
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Cast: Fred Astaire (Jimmie Reeve), Adele Astaire (Frankie Wynne), Leslie Henson (Dugsie Gibbs), Sydney I Ioward (Herbert), Bernard Clifton (Peter Thurston), Rita Page (Dore Wynne), Eileen Hatton (June Wynne)
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Prince's Theatre 8/11/1928 - 26/1/1929
Winter Garden Theatre 28/1/1929 - 29/6/1929
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