Musical (1933)


Musique: George Gershwin
Paroles: Ira Gershwin
Livret: Herbert Fields • Morrie Ryskind
Production à la création:

In order to promote the sale of beer and wine, the German government bans the sale of all non-alcoholic beverages. In retaliation, Golo Schmidt opens Club 21, a speakeasy where patrons can imbibe such forbidden drinks as cream soda and ginger ale. Police Commissioner Bauer makes it his mission to shut down the illegal operation.

Golo decides to disrupt a birthday celebration for Bauer, but while en route to the party he is struck by a car and knocked unconscious. When he awakens in Bauer's home, he believes he is Michael Bramleigh, a wealthy, sophisticated member of British society. He eventually falls in love with Bauer's daughter Ilse and proposes marriage.

A birdhouse falls on Bramleigh, and his memory returns. Golo once again, he has no memory of his relationship with Ilse and returns to Club 21 and his sweetheart Gita Gobel. Hearing Bauer's daughter is about to marry, he plans to kidnap the bride and hold her for ransom. At the wedding, Golo locates Ilse, who naturally thinks he's her fiancé Michael, and the two escape to an inn in Schandau.

Golo, inexplicably thinking he's Michael once again, returns to Bauer's house and apologizes for missing the wedding. The two plot to find Ilse and save her from her kidnapper. Recognized as Golo by some and Michael by others, the hero becomes involved in a series of comic misadventures.


Producers Alex A. Aarons and Vinton Freedley approached the Gershwins to create a showcase for the talents of English music hall star Jack Buchanan, and linked them with Fields and Ryskind, whose book required the actor to appear in dual roles, lower-class German thug Golo Schmidt and upper-crust British nobleman Michael Bramleigh. The sophisticated Buchanan had no problem portraying Bramleigh but was unable to capture the essence of Schmidt. The show opened in Philadelphia to critical pans.

Rather than proceed to Broadway, the creative team added characters and expanded the role of police commissioner Bauer, played by radio's "Baron Munchausen", Jack Pearl. The revised production opened in Newark on January 2, 1933, but it was obvious that Buchanan was still a major problem. He bought out his contract and the producers replaced him with dialect comedian George Givot.

The production opened on Broadway on January 20, 1933, at the Majestic Theatre and ran for 43 performances. The book was directed by John McGowan, the production was staged by producer Vinton Freedley, and the musical numbers were staged by George Hale. In addition to Givot and Pearl, the cast included Josephine Huston as Bauer's daughter Ilse and musical-comedy star Lyda Roberti (her speciality was a "polyglot of Polish, German, and near-Hungarian") as Gita Gobel. According to Ben Brantley, "By the time it hit Broadway it was a desperately stitched patchwork that ran for 33 performances before exiting into oblivion. It was, Ira Gershwin later wrote, 'a headache from start to finish'." The critics unanimously condemned it.

In 1982, a producer discovered a number of the musical's manuscripts in the Warner Brothers warehouse in Secaucus, New Jersey. The score was pieced together and performed at the Library of Congress in concert in 1987. Elektra Records released a studio cast album featuring John Cullum and William Katt in 1993.

New York City Center's Encores! presented a staged concert in 2004, with a revised book by David Ives. Directed by Gary Griffin and choreographed by Rob Ashford, it featured Brian d'Arcy James as Golo/Michael, Emily Skinner as Gita, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Frieda (originally Ilse), and Rob Bartlett as Bauer. 42nd Street Moon, San Francisco, California, presented a staged concert in November 2006.

The European premiere took place on November 29, 2009, at the Dresden State Operetta in Dresden, translated by Wolfgang Adenberg, directed by Holger Hauer and conducted by Ernst Theis.


Act I
Overture
In Three Quarter Time
The Lorelei
Pardon My English
Dancing in the Streets
So What?
Isn't It a Pity?
My Cousin in Milwaukee
Hail the Happy Couple
The Dresden Northwest Mounted
Luckiest Man in the World
What Sort of Wedding Is This?

Act II
Tonight
Where You Go, I Go
I've Got to Be There
The Dresden Northwest Mounted (Reprise)
He's Not Himself

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Pardon My English (1933-01-Majestic Theatre-Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Majestic Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre : 43 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 20 janvier 1933
Première : vendredi 20 janvier 1933
Dernière : samedi 25 février 1933
Mise en scène : Vinton Freedley
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Albert Amato (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Eugene Ashley (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Alex Atzenbeck (Schuhpladlers), Peggy Bancroft (Lady of the Ensemble), Jack BarrettRosil Benda (Lady of the Ensemble), Tony Blair (Mr. Preston), Gene Brady (Lady of the Ensemble), Lauretta Bruns (Lady of the Ensemble), Thomas Burke (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Clare Carter (Lady of the Ensemble), Jack Carver (Heinrich), Marie Clyde (Lady of the Ensemble), Don Cortez (Gentleman of the Ensemble), John Cortez (Karl), Gordon Cross (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Norman Curtis (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Maxine Darrell (Lady of the Ensemble), Jack Davis (Robin), Vance Elliott (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Eva Farrell (Lady of the Ensemble), Mildred Fenton (Lady of the Ensemble), Dorothea Frank (Lady of the Ensemble), Mack Gassl (Schuhpladlers), Joe Gerhei (Schuhpladlers), George Givot (Michael Bramleigh), Irving Green (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Harry Griffin (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Cliff Hall (Schultz), Betty Hamilton (Girl), Helen Hannan (Lady of the Ensemble), Kal Hansen (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Marion Harcke (Lady of the Ensemble), Raymond Hitchkock (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Meredith Howard (Lady of the Ensemble), Virginia Howard (Lady of the Ensemble), Josephine Huston (Ilse Bauer), Joe Kaye (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Irene Kelly (Lady of the Ensemble), Hans Kiendl (Schuhpladlers), Irene Kimmel (Lady of the Ensemble), Meta Korbett (Lady of the Ensemble), Tom Lannon (Gentleman of the Ensemble), William Lilling (Another College Student), Ruth Marshal (Lady of the Ensemble), Elsie Neal (Lady of the Ensemble), Edith Nelson (Lady of the Ensemble), Marion Nevins (Lady of the Ensemble), Barbara Newberry (Gerry Martin), Marion Newberry (Lady of the Ensemble), Jacqueline Paige (Lady of the Ensemble), Myrtle Patterson (Lady of the Ensemble), Jack Pearl (Commissioner Bauer), John Perkins (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Gloria Pierre (Lady of the Ensemble), Carl Randall (Johnny Stewart), Lyda Roberti (Gita), Wilma Roeloff (Anna), Kenneth Rogers (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Eddie Ryan (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Max Seidl (Schuhpladlers), Billie Seward (Lady of the Ensemble), Eleanor Shaler (Mrs. Preston), Harry T. Shannon (McCarthy), George Shields (Inn-Keeper), Barbara Smith (Lady of the Ensemble), Gerald Oliver Smith (Dr. Richard Carter), Robert Spencer (College Student), Harold Sternberg (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Cynthia Thompson (Lady of the Ensemble), Jimmy Thompson (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Beau Tilden (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Ruth Urban (Magda), Efin Vitis (Gentleman of the Ensemble), Joe Wagner (Schuhpladlers)

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