The Hon. Crewe Boodel believes himself to be the heir to the earldom of Hole. He and a party of his friends are on their way to a fancy dress ball at Hole Hall, but their vehicle breaks down, and they take refuge in a country inn, the Fallowfield Arms. Jim Cheese, the owner of a troupe of performing dogs, and his coster sweetheart, Liza Shoddam, have walked from London to attend the local fair. They are at first mistaken by Boodel's party for two more guests for the fancy dress party. Jim and Liza are in debt to the landlord of the inn, who threatens to turn them out or have them arrested.
The real heir to the Hole property is Dick Wargrave, a friend of Boodel's. He has eloped from Paris with a schoolgirl, Elphin Haye, who is an American heiress masquerading as a penniless orphan. They arrive at the inn, preceded by four people who are in pursuit of them. A. Bunker Bliss is after Dick for eloping with his niece, and, being a good republican, Bliss is not impressed by Dick's earldom. Mrs. Shimmering Black is after Dick because the Earl of Hole has jilted her daughter (in fact it is Boodel who has done so). Mr. Talk and Mr. Downham are both lawyers; the first is English and the second American. They are both in search of the missing heir and after the reward for finding him. Dick is unaware that these two are bearing him good news, and when he learns from the landlord that some strangers have been asking about him, he concludes that there is trouble brewing.
Dick persuades Jim Cheese to exchange identity with him, taking his name and even his girfriend, and entrusting Elphin to Jim's care. The American lawyer finds Jim and tells him that he is an earl, and advances him money on the strength of his title. Elphir runs across a friend, Daisy Fallowfield, at the inn, and the whole party go off to the ball, where Elphir has to introduce Jim to her aunt, Miss Virginia Bliss, as her fiancé.
All the characters turn up at the ball at Hole Hall. Boodel brings Dick and passes him off as another guest. Liza slips in after Jim, who is announced as the Earl of Hole. The four pursuers gatecrash the party. Jim has a rough time with Bunker Bliss and Mrs. Black when they find him – the former is intent on shooting him, and the latter, a circus strongwoman, is a terrifying prospect – but when he tells them the truth about who is who, everyone is satisfied. Mrs Black's wrath subsides when she realises that the man who jilted her daughter is not, in fact, an earl, Bunker Bliss is appeased, and all ends happily.
The Earl and the Girl is a musical comedy in two acts produced by William Greet and opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 10 December 1903. It transferred to the Lyric Theatre on 12 September 1904, running for a total of 371 performances. It also ran at the Casino Theatre in New York beginning on 4 November 1905 for 148 performances (with some added music and lyrics by Jerome Kern and others), starring Eddie Foy and W. H. Denny. A production toured Australia in 1906 and 1907. A revival in London in 1914 ran for a total of 107 performances, and there were later revivals and tours.
The original London cast included a number of performers who had recently appeared in productions of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which was no longer performing at the Savoy Theatre at the time of the premiere of The Earl and the Girl, including Walter Passmore, Henry Lytton, Robert Evett, M. R. Morand, Reginald Crompton, Powis Pinder, Charles Childerstone, Alec Fraser, Ernest Torrence, Rudolph Lewis, Agnes Fraser, and Louie Pounds. Lytton later used the song "My Cosy Corner" from the show in his music hall acts with much success, and made a recording of it. Kern's song interpolated into the New York production, "How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?" also became a hit.
1. Opening Chorus - (After A Capital Day)
2. Song (Daisy) and Chorus - "The Sporting Girl" (Some Girls I Know Like Living In A Town)
3. Duet (Jim and Liza) "Celebrities" (Oh, The Public Don't Appreciate Them Dogs)
4. Concerted Number "Little Ladies In Distress" (Oh, Dear Me, What On Earth Are We To Do?)
5. Song (Daisy) and Chorus "Shopping" (When My Ship Comes In)
6. Song (Crewe Boodle) "Thou Art My Rose" (In The Hush Of Silver Morning)
7. Song (Downham) "I Haven't A Moment To Spare" (I'm Sure I Shall Always Remember)
8. Quartet (Talk, Bunker Bliss, Mrs. Black, and Downham) "When We Get Hold Of Him" (I Know Somebody I Want To Meet)
9. Duet (Elphin and Dick) "We Were So Happy, You And I" (The First Time That We Met)
10. Song (Elphin) and Chorus "When A Maiden Leaves School " (When A Maiden Leaves School)
11. Song (Dick) and Chorus "By The Shore Of The Mediterranean" (Away, Come Away From The Gray Land)
12. Quartet (Dick, Elphin, Jim, and Liza) "For One Night Only" (To-Night You'll Be A Bloomin' Swell)
13. Finale (Fancy His Getting The Earldom!)
14. Opening Chorus (Madly and Merrily Here We Go)
15. Song (Daisy) "The Prettiest Girl In Town" (There's A Girl Who Is Always So Busy)
16. Song (Elphin) "Careless Kate" (Simple Little Maiden Once I Used To Know)
17. Chorus "Hail! Your Lordship" (Hail! The Heir So Long Expected)
18. Song (Jim) And Chorus "I'm A Lord, What Ho!" (Behold In Me A Belted Earl)
19. Vocal Gavotte "To And Fro" (To And Fro, Dignified And Slow)
20. Song (Dick) "My Cosy Corner Girl" (Beside The Murmuring Sad Sea Waves)
21. Song (Daisy) "Sammy" (Did You Ever Meet The Fellow Fine And Dandy)
22. Song (Crewe Boodle) and Chorus "The Grenadiers" (There's A Far-Off Hum)
23. Song (Crewe Boodle) "The Queen Of June" (Out In The Garden Closes)
24. Finale (By The Shore Of The Mediterranean)
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The Times prefaced its review with a lament for the bygone days of Savoy opera, and for the defection of Savoy stars to the new genre of Edwardian musical comedy. As to the show, the paper thought "the merits of the piece are neither great nor new … pointless, often tasteless." The music was pronounced "cheap in form and old-fashioned in its kind." The journal Judy thought the production overdone: "the stage is too crowded, and the restlessness of the chorus becomes irritating." The reviewer praised the principal performers and singled out Louie Pounds in particular: "a voice which is worthy of better things."
Of the Broadway production, The New York Times wrote, "a veritable frolic from start to finish, light, tuneful, and full of color, and engaging a company of exceptionally clever people. Reviewing the Australian production, The Morning Bulletin, wrote, "Mr. J. F. Sheridan has surely produced few comedies in which the fun was so fast and furious."
Earl and the Girl (The) (1903-12-Adelphi Theatre-London)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Adelphi Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : 10 December 1903
Première: 10 December 1903
Dernière: InconnuMise en scène : Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Walter Passmore, Henry Lytton, Robert Evett, M. R. Morand, Reginald Crompton, Powis Pinder, Charles Childerstone, Alec Fraser, Ernest Torrence, Rudolph Lewis, Agnes Fraser, and Louie Pounds.
The original London cast included a number of performers who had recently appeared in productions of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which was no longer performing at the Savoy Theatre at the time of the premiere of The Earl and the Girl.Commentaires : It opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 10 December 1903. It transferred to the Lyric Theatre on 12 September 1904, running for a total of 371 performances.
Earl and the Girl (The) (1905-11-Casino Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Casino Theatre (Bway) (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 4 mois Nombre : 148 représentationsPremière Preview : 04 November 1905
Première: 04 November 1905
Dernière: 10 March 1906Mise en scène : R.H. Burnside • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Eddie Foy (Jim Cheese), Victor Morley (Dick Wargrave), Templar Saxe (The Honorable Crewe Boodle), J. Bernard Dyllyn (A. Bunker Bliss), W. H. Armstrong (Mr. Downham), W. H. Denny (Hazell), John Peachey (Dudley Cranbourne), Dudley E. Oatman (Bellam), Allan Campbell (George), Georgia Caine (Elphin Haye), Zelma Rawlston (Eliza Shodham), Amelia Summerville (Mrs. Shimmering Black), Nellie McCoy (Daisy Fallowfield), Violet Holls (Virginia Bliss), Louise DeRigney (Lady Gussie), Edna Jeans (Lady Muriel), Jane Hall (Lady Gwendoline), Ruth Langdon (Lady Violet), Katherine Hyland (Lady Maud), Beatrice Adams (Lady Geraldine), Enid Forde (Lady Millicent), May Lewis (Lady Gladys), Violet Adams (Lady Ethel), Grace Walton (Lady Marguerite); The Famous English Champagne Dancers: Lillian Lawton, Maude Crossland, Jennie Boylan, and Madeline Anderson; Chorus
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