Hooray for What! is an anti-war musical with music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E. Y. Harburg and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It introduced the song "Down With Love".
In Sprinkle, Indiana, Chuckles, a chemist, accidentally discovers a poisonous gas that could dominate the world. Breezy Cunningham is a weapons manufacturer, and tries to get the formula; when Chuckles refuses, Breezy hires the famous and alluring spy Stephanie Stephanovich to tempt it from Chuckles. Chuckles does not give in to Stephanie's wiles but goes to the League of Nations Peace Conference in Geneva to try to sell his discovery, which has somehow turned into a "love" potion. Meanwhile, Breezy, Stephanie, and their cohorts try to obtain the formula for the poisonous gas.
The original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on December 1, 1937, and ran for 200 performances. Directors were Vincente Minnelli and Howard Lindsay, and choreographers were Robert Alton and Agnes de Mille (her first Broadway choreography). The cast featured Ed Wynn as Chuckles, Jack Whiting as Breezy Cunningham, Paul Haakon (Principal Dancer), June Clyde as Annabel Lewis (replacing Hannah Williams), Vivian Vance as Stephanie Stephanovich (replacing Kay Thompson), Hugh Martin (Singing Ensemble), Ralph Blane as A Spy, and Meg Mundy (Singing Ensemble). Martin also did the vocal arrangements. Life Magazine called it "the funniest show of the year."
42nd Street Moon Theatre Company, San Francisco, California, presented the musical in a staged concert, in November 2004.
It was presented by "The Medicine Show", New York City, in 2008.
Hooray For What! – Ensemble
God's Country – Breezy Cunningham, Specialty Act, Singing Ensemble and Dancing Ensemble - later featured in Babes in Arms (film) 1939
I've Gone Romantic on You – Breezy Cunningham and Annabel Lewis
Moanin' in the Mornin' – Stephanie Stephanovich and Singing Spies
Viva for Geneva – Ensemble
Life's a Dance – Benjamin Benedict
Napoleon's a Pastry – Breezy Cunningham and Annabel Lewis
Down With Love – Breezy Cunningham, Annabel Lewis, Stephanie Stephanovich and Ensemble
A Fashion Girl – A Spy and Singers
The Night of the Embassy Ball – Stephanie Stephanovich
In the Shade of the New Apple Tree – Breezy Cunningham, Annabel Lewis, A Spy and Singers
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Hooray for What! (1937-05-Winter Garden Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 200 représentationsPremière Preview : mercredi 01 décembre 1937Première : mercredi 01 décembre 1937Dernière : samedi 21 mai 1938Mise en scène : Howard Lindsay • Vincente Minnelli • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Leo Chalzel (The Mayor, Herr Zingaroff), Gracie Reilly (Gracie), Carol Wanderman (Little Girl), Franklyn Fox (First Tough, Admiral Sir Basil Entwhistle), Al Baron (Second Tough), Will Ferry (Mr. Harriman), June Clyde (Annabel Lewis), Roy Roberts (who performed the role of Breezy Cunningham on opening night because Jack Whiting was indisposed; see below), Ed Wynn (Chuckles), Charles Senna (Daniel, Generalissimo Di Gregorio), Sidney Salzer (Department Head, Footman), Mickey Moore (Department Head), Anthony Albert (Department Head), Robert Shafer (Benjamin Benedict aka Benjy), Vivian Vance (Stephanie Stephanovich), Marcel Rousseau (Marechal DuVal), Castle Williams (Manager), Ralph Blane (A Spy), Leon Polinsky (A Spy), Arthur Kay (Marshal Dinkelspiel, The Voice of Conscience), Don Popikoff (Comrade Popikoff); Lead Dancers: Paul Haakon, Ruthanna Boris; The Five Reillys (dancers), The Briants, Al Gordon’s Dogs, Sue Hastings’ Marionettes; Singers: Peggy Badey, Bidda Blakely, Constance Carr, Carrol Clarke, Beverly Hosier, Meg Mundy, Dagmar Nilsson, Wynelle Patterson, Barbara Towne, Virginia Vonne, Armonce Wilkins, Ralph Blane, William Chandler, Harold Cook, Ford Crane, Frank Howard, Hugh Martin, John Smedberg, Castle Williams; Dancers: Joanna Allen, Marjorie Baglin, Dorothy Bird, Florine Callahan, Maxine Darrell, Louisa DeForrest, Helene Ecklund, Peggy Gallimore, Helen Hannan, Rita Morgan, Evelyn Laurie, Mary Joan Martin, Mary Meyer, Evelyn Moser, Mary Ann Parker, Jo Raskin, Ruth Shaw, Virginia Smith, Marie Vanneman, Anthony Albert, Joel Friend, Philip Gordon, William Hawley, Mickey Moore, Edward Murray, William Pillick, Sidney Salzer
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