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Musical (1928)


Musique: Jack Waller
Paroles: Douglas Furber • Herbert Clayton
Livret: Douglas Furber • Herbert Clayton

The unfortunate Virginia Hook is forced by her father, the social-climbing Silas J. Hock, to accompany him to her name-state of Virginia where he wants her to marry the impecunious Earl of Hampton. Unknown to Silas, not only is Lord Hampton already married to an ex-actress, but Virginia herself has been secretly married to Nicholas Ninnijohn, Silas’s private secretary. Other characters involved include negro servants Sambo and Lizzie, Uncle New, and the accident-prone chauffeur, Caesar. The usual farcical shenanigans ensue, with the actions moving from grand hotels to cotton plantations, and eventually, of course, all is happily resolved.

The pre-West End tour played two weeks each at Cardiff and Southsea, and then moved straight into the Palace. During its month on the road there had been considerable re-writing and cast-changes, but it opened to good notices in spite of a number of suggestions that it was an obvious attempt to cash in on the success of “Showboat”. “Virginia” offered a similar mix of cotton field scenery, humming negroes, and the hit song “Roll Away Clouds” was sung by Walter Richardson (“another negro baritone to reach these shores” –Stage)





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Virginia (1928-10-Palace Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Palace Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 6 mois 2 semaines
Nombre : 227 représentations
Première Preview : mercredi 24 octobre 1928
Première : mercredi 24 octobre 1928
Dernière : samedi 11 mai 1929
Mise en scène : William Mollison
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Avec: Emma Haig (Virginia), John Kirby (Silas J. Hock), Harold French (Lord Hampton), Marjorie Gordon (Lady Hampton), George Gee (Nicholas Ninnijohn), Ernest Trimingham (Sambo), Cora La Redd (Lizzie), Jimmie Fergusson (Caesar), Walter Richardson (Uncle New)
Commentaires :
The pre-West End tour played two weeks each at Cardiff and Southsea, and then moved straight into the Palace. During its month on the road there had been considerable re-writing and cast-changes, but it opened to good notices in spite of a number of suggestions that it was an obvious attempt to cash in on the success of “Showboat”. “Virginia” offered a similar mix of cotton field scenery, humming negroes, and the hit song “Roll Away Clouds” was sung by Walter Richardson (“another negro baritone to reach these shores” –Stage)
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