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Ivor Novello "Gay's the Word" by Applause! Musicals

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APPLAUSE! Musicals In Concert brings this incredibly rare 1950 musical gem to life. Gay's The Word
Music and Book by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Alan Melville
Book Revised by Richard Stirling

The musical is a backstage comedy that parodies Novello's own swashbuckling musical plots. The story centres around Gay Daventry, a bankrupt operetta producer who opens a drama school at her country house. This also turns out to be unsuccessful, but it leads to a theatrical comeback for Gay. The musical premiered at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, England, on 17 October 1950. It transferred to the Saville Theatre in London, opening there on 16 February 1951, where it ran for 504 performances and starred Cicely Courtneidge as Gay, Lizbeth Webb as Linda, and Thorley Walters. This was Ivor Novello's last musical, and Novello died a month after it opened at age 58. While it embraced the new style of musical theatre from America, it also contained traditional British humour for Courtneidge and glamorous soprano solos for Webb.

Tickets are $20. You can buy at the door but they are $25 or you can buy them in advance for $20 at
We enjoyed the last one Noel Coward's "Sail Away".
Whoever is there first, grab seats for all of us.

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