My One And Only


Featuring timeless Gershwin tunes from FUNNY FACE and other hit shows of the 1920’s, MY ONE AND ONLY is a delightfully frothy escapade buoyed by a tuneful score and exuberant dance numbers.

In 1927 America, Capt. Billy Buck Chandler, a barnstorming aviator, falls for Edith Herbert, a former English Channel swimmer and the star of Prince Nicolai Erraclyovitch Tchatchavadze’s International Aquacade. Billy, who plans to be the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, hopes to win Edith’s hand by taking a crash course in sophistication at Mr. Magix’ Tonsorial and Sartorial Emporial. Billy’s wisecracking female mechanic, Mickey, adds a bit of sass as a series of escapades and misadventures keep the potential lovers from finding happiness.

In addition to the title tune, the score includes “‘’S Wonderful,” “Funny Face,” “I Can’t Be Bothered Now,” “He Loves and She Loves,” “Strike Up the Band,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “Kickin’ the Clouds Away.”

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  • MY ONE AND ONLY concerns an aviator, a Channel swimmer, and the America of 1927, which knew exactly what it wanted (“I Can’t Be Bothered Now”).

    Captain Billy Buck Chandler is determined to be the first man in history to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. His mission is somewhat sidetracked at a railroad station when he first lays eyes on Edith Herbert, ex-Channel swimmer and current star attraction of Prince Nicolai Erraclyovitch Tchatchavadze’s International Aquacade (“Blah, Blah, Blah”). To the chagrin of his female mechanic Mickey, Billy dreams of Edith (“Soon”) while Edith dreams of romance (“Boy Wanted”).

    Determined to meet and win her, Billy takes a crash course in sophistication at Mr. Magix’ Tonsorial and Sartorial Emporial, where the urbane, all-knowing Mr. M tells Billy what it’s all about (“Sweet ‘n’ Low Down”). Billy arranges to run into Edith “accidentally” at the movies, where she often goes to fantasize – the Russian Prince Nikki keeps a tight rein on her, having in his possession certain compromising photographs. Of course, Billy and Edith fall in love (“He Loves and She Loves”).

    Seeing Billy as her only hope of escaping Prince Nikki, Edith persuades Billy to fly her to Cuba, but Nikki sabotages the plane and the two lovebirds fall to earth on a seemingly deserted island which they quickly turn into Paradise (“It’s Wonderful”). But when Nikki finds them and forces Edith to go back to the Aquacade by threatening to reveal her past, Billy, left alone, bitterly returns to the only dream left him – his flight to Paris and the fame he will achieve (“Strike Up the Band”).

    Life at the Aquacade goes on (“In the Swim”), but Edith is despondent (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”) and decides to run away. Billy, however, is unable to forget Edith. He returns to Mr. Magix for fresh advice. What should he do now? Mr. M counsels him that only love matters (“My One and Only”).

    After a brief interlude that finds Prince Nikki and Billy’s female mechanic Mickey falling head over heels for one another (“Funny Face”), Billy takes off in his plane, the Lone Star, in search of Edith. He finds her in Morocco – it was the location of the movie they fell in love at – and persuades her to return to America with him and get married, which they do (“Kickin’ the Clouds Away”). 

    After the ceremony, happiness theirs, Edith pauses to wonder at it all (“How Long Has This Been Going On?”). To the surprise of practically no one, they will live happily ever after.

     – Peter Stone

    Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
    Book by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer
    Original Staging and Choreography by
    Thommie Walsh and Tommy Tune
    Original Broadway Production produced by Paramount Theatre
    Productions, Francine LeFrak, Kenneth John Productions,
    Jonathan Farkas, Bernard Carragher, Obie Bailey,
    Bernard Bailey and Lewis Allen

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    “The worldwide copyrights in the music of
    George and Ira Gershwin for this presentation
    are licensed by the Gershwin Family.”

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    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company

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  • Full Orchestration

    3 Violins (divisi a3, six players)
    1 Cello (divisi a2, two players)
    1 Bass (doubles Cabasa)

    1 Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Sax
    1 Reed II: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Alto Sax
    1 Reed III: Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet & Tenor Sax (or: Clarinet & Tenor Sax)
    1 Reed IV: Flute (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bassoon & Baritone Sax

    2 Horn I & II
    2 Trumpet I & II (Trumpet I doubles on Piccolo Trumpet)
    1 Trumpet III
    1 Trombone I
    1 Trombone II (Bass Trombone)

    2 Percussion I & II

    I: (Trap Set)
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    “Indian Drum”
    Small Tom Tom
    Floor Tom Tom
    Small Triangle
    Cow Bell
    Wood Block
    Crash – Thin & Normal

    II: (Mallets)
    Timpani – 2 Pedal Drums
    Small Triangle
    Field Drum
    Gran Cassa
    Suspended Cymbal
    Bell Tree
    Siren Whistle
    Bongo Drums
    Conga Drum
    Cabasa – “Rattlesnake”
    Sandpaper Blocks
    Wood Block
    Dumbek – for Belly Dance
    “Taps” – Tap Shoes & Board

    1 Piano I (Doubles on Cow Bell)
    1 Piano II (Doubles on Claves, Cabasa, Police Whistle and Piatti)

    1 Guitar-Banjo

      Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with the rehearsal material.

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • New Rhythm Boys – Singing trio, part of the 8 male chorus/dancers
    *Captain Billy Buck Chandler – An aviator. (singer/dancer)
    *Nikki – Prince Nicolai Erraclyovitch Tchatchavadze – A Russian Agent, Owner Promoter of the Aquacade (singer)

    Fish: The 6 Girl Chorus/Dancers

    *Edythe Herbert – Channel Swimmer, Star of the Aquacade (singer/dancer)
    Train Porter (doubling role – male)
    *Mickey – Agent Lucy Ann Fergusson – An airplane mechanic and an F.B.I. Agent (singer)
    Newspaper Reporter (doubling role – female)
    *Reverend J.D. Montgomery – Clergyman and Speakeasy Proprietor (singer)
    *Mr. Magix – Proprietor of the “Tonsorial & Sartorial Emporial” (principal specialty dancer/singer)
    Ritz Quartette (4 mature businessmen – singers)
    “Nuns” (New Rhythm Boys in disguise)
    Movie Patron #1 (doubling role – female)
    Movie Patron #2 (doubling role – male)
    Man’s Voice (doubling role)
    Newscaster (taped voice – male)
    Stage Doorman (doubling role – male)
    Mrs. O’Malley (played by one of the New Rhythm Boys)
    Train Conductor (doubling role)
    Achmed (played by Nikki)
    Legionnaire (doubling role – male)
    Radio (taped voice imitates Lowell Thomas)
    Deacons (the 8 male chorus/dancers)

    Chorus: Emporial Assistants, Shoeshine Boy, Manicurist, etc., Club Havana Waiters, Customers, Cops, Beauties: Miss Domino, Miss Del Monte, Miss Upman Panatella, Miss United Fruit, Miss Cuba Libra. Movie Patrons, Spectators at Train, Photographers, Umbrella Dancers, Club Oasis Legionnaires & Belly Dancers.

    Original cast of 24

    *6 Principals: Edythe, Mickey, Billy, Nikki, Montgomery & Magix

    18 Chorus:
    6 Girl singers/dancers
    8 Boy singers/dancers (including New Rhythm Boys)
    4 Men singers (Ritz Quartette)

  • MY ONE AND ONLY played for 767 performances on Broadway at the St. James Theatre starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy. Tommy Tune also co-choreographed with Thommie Walsh.

    Awards (1983)

    3 Tony Awards for Choreographer, Actor and Featured Actor
    3 Drama Desk Awards for Choreography, Orchestration and Featured Actor

  • Act I

    1. Overture – Orchestra
    2. Opening Act I, Part 1: “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – New Rhythm Boys
    2a. Opening Act I, Part 2: “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – Billy
    2b. Opening Act I, Part 3: “Blah, Blah, Blah” – Billy
    2c. Opening Act I, Part 4: “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – Edythe & Chorus
    2d. Opening Act I, Part 5: Playoff & Scene Change – Orchestra
    3. “Boy Wanted”/“Soon” – Edythe & Billy
    4. Scene Change – Orchestra
    5. “High Hat” – Billy, Mr. Magix, New Rhythm Boys, & Male Chorus
    5a. High Hat Dance – Orchestra
    6. Just Another Rumba – Orchestra
    7. Reprise: “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – Male Quartet
    8. Underscore & Reprise: “High Hat”/“Blah, Blah, Blah” – Edythe
    9. The Beauty Contest – Orchestra
    10. The Raid: “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – New Rhythm Boys
    11. Movie Underscore – Piano Solo
    12. “He Loves And She Loves” – Billy & Edythe
    12a. Dance – Orchestra
    12b. Reprise: “He Loves And She Loves” – Ritz Quartet
    13. Flying: “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” – New Rhythm Boys
    14. “’S Wonderful” – Billy & Edythe
    14a. Dance – Orchestra
    15. Underscore/Reprise: “’S Wonderful” – Ritz Quartet
    16. “Strike Up The Band” – Billy

    Act II

    17. Entr’acte – Orchestra
    18. “In The Swim” – Chorus Girls (The “Six Fish”)
    19. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Edythe
    20. “My One And Only” – Billy & Mr. Magix
    20a. Dance – Orchestra
    21. The Train Scene Change – Orchestra
    22. Big Exit – Orchestra
    23. “Funny Face” – Mickey & Nikki
    24. Morocco – Orchestra
    25. Reprise: “My One And Only” – Billy
    26. Lucky Lindy Incidental – Orchestra
    27. “Soon” / “My One And Only” – Billy
    28. “Kickin’ The Clouds Away” – Montgomery & Chorus
    29. “How Long Has This Been Going On?” – Edythe & Billy
    29a. Final Curtain: “’S Wonderful”/ “He Loves And She Loves” – Company
    30. Bows – Orchestra
    31.Exit Music – Orchestra

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    University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 04/16/2020 04/19/2020