The Garrick Gaieties, was a revue which opened on Broadway on May 17, 1925, at the Garrick Theatre was first of a long line of musicals with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart. It ran for 211 performances. It was also the first of series of Garrick Gaiety revues. The critics, including Alexander Woolcott raved about it. The cast included Sterling Holloway, Romney Brent, June Cochrane, Betty Starbuck, Philip Loeb, Edith Meiser, and Hildegarde Halliday.
The show parodied current subjects, such as the N.Y. police or the current plays.
The opening number, "Soliciting Subscriptions" was a spoof of the Theatre Guild's "serious pretensions", along with the following song, "Gilding the Guild". Ryskind wrote skits including a satire of President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, and a parody of the Scopes Trial, which was dropped from the show after William Jennings Bryan died on July 25, 1925. Libby Holman's solo, "Black and White" was later dropped. Sterling Holloway and June Cochrane introduced the song "Manhattan", as its "easygoing strolling melody and ingeniously rhymed lyric related all of the everyday pleasures to be found in New York". The "wittily unsentimental" "Sentimental Me" was praised by the critics and was a hit money-maker as well.
The revue first opened on Broadway at the Garrick Theatre on May 17, 1925, as a 2-performance benefit for the Theatre Guild. The reviews were favorable, and Rodgers and others persuaded the Theatre Guild to continue the production, which re-opened on June 8, 1925 and ran until November 28, for 211 performances. Several writers contributed the material for the sketches, including Edith Meiser, Sam Jaffe, Benjamin Kaye, Morrie Ryskind and Howard J. Green.
Directed by Philip Loeb with musical staging by Herbert Fields, the cast included Romney Brent, June Cochrane, Sterling Holloway, Libby Holman, Philip Loeb, Edith Meiser, Sanford Meisner, Betty Starbuck and Lee Strasberg.
There were two sequels, also titled Garrick Gaieties. They were produced on Broadway by the Theatre Guild with direction by Philip Loeb at the Guild Theatre, and opened, respectively, on May 10, 1926, June 4, 1930, and, in a return engagement for 10 performances, October 16, 1930. Sterling Holloway appeared in all of the sequels, and Edith Meiser appeared in all but the final one. Notable performers included Imogene Coca and Rosalind Russell. Ruth Tester sang, "Sing Something Simple".
The music and lyrics for the 1926 Gaieties was written by Rodgers and Hart and introduced their famous song "Mountain Greenery". The music and lyrics for the 1930 version were written by many, including Marc Blitzstein, Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin, and Johnny Mercer.
Gilding the Guild
Butcher, Baker, Candle-Stick Maker (Lyrics by Benjamin M. Kaye, Music by Mana Zucca)
An Old-Fashioned Girl (Lyrics by Edith Meiser)
Stage Managers' Chorus (Lyrics by Hart and Dudley Digges)
The Joy Spreader
Rancho Mexicano (Music by Tatanacho)
Ladies of the Box Office
Mr. and Mrs.
The Three Musketeers
Do You Love Me (I Wonder)?
Black and White
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Garrick Gaieties (The) (1926-05-Guild Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: August Wilson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 5 mois Nombre : 174 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : lundi 10 mai 1926Dernière : vendredi 09 octobre 1925Mise en scène : Chorégraphie : Producteur :
Garrick Gaieties (The) (1926-06-Garrick Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Garrick Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 5 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 211 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : lundi 08 juin 1925Dernière : dimanche 28 novembre 1926Mise en scène : Chorégraphie : Producteur :
Garrick Gaieties (The) (1930-06-Guild Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: August Wilson Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 4 mois Nombre : 158 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : mercredi 04 juin 1930Dernière : mercredi 08 octobre 1930Mise en scène : Chorégraphie : Producteur :
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