Jubilee is a musical comedy with a book by Moss Hart and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It premiered on Broadway in 1935 to rapturous reviews. Inspired by the recent silver jubilee of King George V of Great Britain, the story is of the royal family of a fictional European country. Several of its songs, especially "Begin the Beguine" and "Just One of Those Things", became independently popular and have become part of the American Songbook.
The Royal Family of a fictional European country use the threat posed by an impending revolution as an excuse to abandon the throne and pursue their private dreams. The King meets up with party-giver extraordinaire Eva Standing; the Queen chases after swimmer-turned-actor Charles Rausmiller (a.k.a. Mowgli); the Prince woos songstress Karen O'Kane; and the Princess wins the admiration and attention of playwright/composer/actor Eric Dare. When the revolutionary threat is revealed to be a hoax, the family members are forced to return to power, but they manage to incorporate their newfound friends into their royal lives.
The musical opened at the Shubert Theatre in Boston on September 21, 1935 for a three-week pre-Broadway tryout period. The Broadway premiere opened at the Imperial Theatre on October 12, 1935 and closed on May 7, 1936, after 169 performances. Changes in the lead lessened its appeal. Produced by Sam H. Harris and Max Gordon, the production was staged by Hassard Short, who also was the lighting designer, with dialog directed by Monty Woolley, choreographed by Albertina Rasch and Tony De Marco, and with set design by Jo Mielziner.
Despite its popular success, the musical was not signed by a theatrical leasing company for stock or amateur performances after its initial run. Performances between 1936 and 1948 were negotiated by the producers Max Gordon and Sam Harris. In 1948, the St. Louis Municipal Opera used the original orchestrations, but they were lost in transit to the Music Box Theatre. Jubilee became a lost show. It was not produced for 40 years afterward.
In 1985, The New Amsterdam Theatre Company hired Larry Moore to reconstruct the show. It was performed in 1986 as part of their series of classic musicals presented in concert at The Town Hall in New York. Alyson Reed played Karen, Carole Shelley was Eva, Patrick Quinn was Eric, and Roderick Cook was the Prime Minister. Rebecca Luker was in the cast.
Indiana University Opera staged the musical in 1992. 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco presented concert versions of Jubilee in 1993 and 1997 and a staged production in 2009.
In 1998, a concert version was staged at Carnegie Hall, New York City, for the benefit of the Gay Men's Health Crisis. Directed by Herbert Ross, with choreography by Danny Daniels, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Pierre Dulaine, the cast included Bea Arthur as The Queen, Tyne Daly as Eva Standing, Sandy Duncan as Karen O'Kane, Michael Jeter as The King, Alice Ripley as The Princess, Stephen Spinella as Eric Dare, Bob Paris as Mowgli, and Philip Bosco as Prime Minister. New York's "Musicals Tonight!" theatre troupe presented a staged concert in October 2004.
The show has been produced twice by Ian Marshall Fisher's "Lost Musicals In Concert" series in London. The second production, using the BBC Concert Orchestra, was performed in 1999 at Her Majesty's Theatre and broadcast by the BBC.
The musical played for five weeks in 2012 at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick, London.
We're Off to Feathermore
Why Shouldn't I
Entrance of Eric
The Kling-Kling Bird on the Divi-Divi Tree
When Love Comes Your Way
What a Nice Municipal Park
When Me, Mowgli, Love
Gather Ye Autographs While Ye May
Begin the Beguine
Good Morning, Miss Standing
My Most Intimate Friend
A Picture of Me Without You
Ev'rybod-ee Who's Anybod-ee
The Judgement of Paris
Swing That Swing
Sunday Morning Breakfast Time
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Gay Little Wives
To Get Away
Me and Marie
Just One of Those Things
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Jubilee (1935-10-Imperial Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Imperial Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 4 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 169 représentationsPremière Preview : samedi 12 octobre 1935Première : samedi 12 octobre 1935Dernière : samedi 07 mars 1936Mise en scène : Monty Woolley • Hassard Short • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Melville Cooper (King Henry, aka Hank), Mary Boland (Queen Katherine, aka Katie), Charles Walters (Prince James), Margaret Adams (Princess Diana), Montgomery Clift (Prince Peter), Jackie Kelk (Prince Rudolph), Richie Ling (Lord Wyndham), Derek Williams (Eric Dare), June Knight (Karen O’Kane), May Boley (Eva Standing), Leo Chalzel (Newsboy, Cabinet Minister, Keeper of Zoo), Mark Plant (Charles Rausmiller, aka Mowgli), Jane Evans (Mrs. Watkins), Olive Reeves-Smith (Laura Fitzgerald), Charles Brokaw (A Sandwich Man, Cabinet Minister), Ralph Sumpter (Professor Rexford), Dorothy Fox (formerly known as Dorothy Kennedy Fox) (The Beach Widow), Don Douglas (Lifeguard), Albert Amato (Announcer), Jack Edwards (The Drunk), Ted Fetter (The Usher); The Satellites—Girls: Betty Allen, Wyn Cahoon, Jacqueline Franc, Janice Joyce, Grenna Sloan, Katherine Howard, Erika Zaranov; Boys: Albert Amato, Tom Curley, Vernon Hammer, Harold Murray, Sid Salzer, Castle Williams; The Pages: Evelyn Eaton, Warren Eaton, Patricia Roe, Alice Fitzsimmons, Raymond Roe, John Roemele, Leonard Cursio; The Girls: Virginia Allen, Dorothy Atkins, Jeannette Bradley, Kay Cameron, Helen Cole, Miriam Curtis, Denise Denning, Rose Gale, Dorothy Graves, Marion Heemsath, Joyce Johnson, Adele Jurgens, Helene Louise, Patricia Martin, Austra Neiman, Wilma Roelof, Tanya Sanina, Peggy Seel, Rose Tyrrell, Elsa Walbridge, Finette Walker, Janice Winter; The Boys: Bruce Barclay, Robert Burns, Jack Donaldson, George Herndon, Buddy Hertelle, Jay Hunter, James Keogan, Leslie Kingdon, Robert Lewis, Jules Mann, Philip Mann, Jack Millard, John Moore, Mickey Moore, Fred Nay, Michael James, David Preston, Victor Pullman, Jerry Bruce, Bob Schultz, Vernon Tanner, Norman Van Emburgh, Gil White, Gilbert Wilson, Jack Whitney; The Martinique Orchestra: Reuben Cohen, James Flood, Wilbur Kutz, Seymour Mann, Joseph Pergola, Jack Rosenmerkel
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