"Sally" opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City on December 21, 1920, and, by the time it closed in 1924, it had become the longest running Broadway musical up to that time. By the end of the decade, "Sally" would prove to be among the top five moneymakers of the 1920s. The show was designed as the musical comedy debut of the 22-year old "Ziegfeld Follies" headliner Marilyn Miller (pictured at far left with Leon Errol in the original production). A talented protege of Ziegfeld, Miss Miller's debut with the "Follies" took place two years before in 1918. Although her rise to leading lady status appears meteoric, Marilyn Miller had been a part of the Broadway theater scene since her arrival in New York City in 1914. Primarily a dancer, Marilyn was also a gifted singer and actress. She would continue to reign on Broadway until her untimely death in 1936. Her three film appearances (including a 1929 full Technicolor and sound version of "Sally") were far less successful.
The plot hinges on a mistaken-identity: Sally, a waif, is a dishwasher at the Alley Inn. She poses as a famous foreign ballerina and rises to fame (and finds love) through joining the Ziegfeld Follies. There is a rags to riches story, a ballet as a centrepiece, and a wedding as a finale.
Based on an unproduced musical The Little Thing by PG Wodehouse.
The story of the creation of "Sally" begins with the team of Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton, and P.G. Wodehouse, three collaborators whose early musical comedies at the Princess Theatre were intended to scale down the opulence of the age of operetta. Having been asked by Broadway's most extravagant producer, Florenz Ziegfeld, to write a show for his star Marilyn Miller, the three men concocted a story which combined the innocence of their earlier musicals with the lavishness of the "Follies" formula. Eventually, Wodehouse would bow out and Guy Bolton would become ultimately responsible for the libretto. For his part, Kern seemed uninterested in the prospect of a Ziegfeld-produced musical comedy. Much of his score recycles material from previous shows, including "Look for the Silver Lining" and "Whip-poor-will" (with lyrics by Buddy De Sylva, from the flop "Zip Goes a Million"); "The Lorelei" (lyrics by Anne Caldwell); and "You Can't Keep a Good Girl Down" and "The Church 'Round the Comer" (lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse). Clifford Grey supplied the lyrics for the few new songs in the score. At the request of Ziegfeld, who believed Kern to be an inexperienced symphonic composer, Victor Herbert was engaged to write the music to "The Butterfly Ballet" in Act Three. Herbert also conducted the ballet on opening night.
The Little Thing
The Night Time - Jimmie Spelvin and Ensemble (lyrics by Grey)
Way Down East - Rosalind Rafferty and Ensemble
On with the Dance - Otis Hooper, Rosalind, Betty and Harry Burton (lyrics by Grey)
This Little Girl - Mrs. Ten Broek, "Pops" and Foundlings
Joan of Arc ("You Can't Keep a Good Girl Down") - Sally of the Alley and Foundlings (lyrics by Grey & Wodehouse)
Look for the Silver Lining - Sally and Blair Farquar (lyrics by De Sylva)
Sally - Blair and Ensemble (lyrics by Grey)
The Social Game - Jimmie and Ensemble
Wild Rose - Sally and Diplomats (lyrics by Grey)
(On the Banks of) The Schnitza Komisski - Duke of Czechogovinio and Ensemble (lyrics by Grey)
Pzcherkatrotsky - Duke of Czechogovinio
Whip-poor-will - Sally and Blair (lyrics by De Sylva)
The Lorelei - Otis Hooper, Rosalind and Jimmie (lyrics by Anne Caldwell)
The Church Around the Corner - Rosalind and Otis (lyrics by Grey & Wodehouse)
Land of Butterflies (ballet) (music By Victor Herbert)
Finale - Dear Little Church 'Round the Corner
"Pops", proprietor of the Alley Inn, New York – Alfred P. James
Rosalind Rafferty, a manicurist – Mary Hay
Madame Nookerova's maid – Mary Hay
Sascha, Violinist at the Alley Inn – Jacques Rebiroff
Otis Hooper, a theatrical agent – Walter Catlett
Mrs. Ten Broek, a settlement worker – Dolores
Sally of the Alley, a foundling – Marilyn Miller
Madame Nookerova, a Wild Rose – Marilyn Miller
Premier Star of the Follies – Marilyn Miller
Connie, a waiter at the Alley Inn – Leon Errol
Duke of Czechogovinia – Leon Errol
Miss New York, a niece – Agatha Dehussey
Admiral Travers, a gay one – Phil Ryley
Blair Farquar, an only son – Irving Fisher
Jimmie Spelvin – Stanley Ridges
Billy Porter – Wade Boothe
Harry Burton – Jack Barker
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Sally (1920-12-New Amsterdam Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: New Amsterdam Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 4 mois Nombre : 463 représentationsPremière Preview : mardi 21 décembre 1920Première : mardi 21 décembre 1920Dernière : samedi 22 avril 1922Mise en scène : ???? ???? • Chorégraphie : ???? ???? • Producteur :
Sally (1921-09-Winter Garden Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Winter Garden Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : Nombre : 387 représentationsPremière Preview : samedi 10 septembre 1921Première : samedi 10 septembre 1921Dernière : InconnuMise en scène : ???? ???? • Chorégraphie : ???? ???? • Producteur : Avec : George Grossmith Jr. And Leslie Henson
Wild Rose (1942-08-Princes Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 5 mois 3 semaines Nombre : 205 représentationsPremière Preview : jeudi 06 août 1942Première : jeudi 06 août 1942Dernière : samedi 30 janvier 1943Mise en scène : Robert Nesbitt • Chorégraphie : Robert Helpmann • Ann Coventry • Producteur : Avec : Jessie Matthews (Sally), Richard Hearne (Maxie), André Randall (Gaston de Frey), Frank Leighton (Tom Blair), Elsie Percival (Rosie Roxie), Jack Morrison (Diamond Jim Brady), Linda Grey (Lillian Russell)Commentaires : A few weeks after opening, faced with more bombing activity and darker nights, the show was performed at 5.30 each evening, with no performance on Friday evenings.Commentaires longs: This was a revised version of “Sally” which had opened on Broadway on December 21st 1920, running for 570 performances, and then had played the Winter Garden in London from September 10th 1921, for a run of 387 performances. The original London production starred George Grossmith, Dorothy Dickson and Leslie Henson.
This revised version had moved the period back to Edwardian days, and was eagerly anticipated because of the return of the ever-popular Jessie Matthews to the West End. A few weeks after opening, faced with more bombing activity and darker nights, the show was performed at 5.30 each evening, with no performance on Friday evenings.
The show closed on January 30th 1943 and moved to Northern Ireland as part of a Theatre War Service Council tour.
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