Oh, Kay!


OH, KAY! skewers the upper class in an uproarious Prohibition musical comedy. This 1926 romp, which served as inspiration for NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, features a host of Gershwin standards, including “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Clap Yo’ Hands,” “Do, Do, Do,” “Heaven On Earth,” and “Fidgety Feet.”

Music samples provided courtesy of DRG Records, Ira Gershwin Music and Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

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  • It is 1927 and Prohibition is making America thirsty and bootleggers wealthy. When Jimmy Winters arrives at his beach house with his new bride, he finds Shorty McGee already in residence and assumes him to be the temporary butler. Shorty is actually guarding five hundred cases of booze stashed in Jimmy’s cellar, but now he has no alternative but to butle. A telegram informs Jimmy he is still legally married to his first wife. The new bride flounces off to a hotel, leaving the way clear for Lady Katherine (Kay), who met Jimmy once and has never forgotten him…

  • George and Ira Gershwin’s
    OH, KAY!
    Music and Lyrics by                                          Book by
    George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin         Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcements in type size at least one half the size of the authors’ credits:

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

    OH, KAY!
    is presented by arrangement with
    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company

    Additionally, you agree to include the above language hyperlinked to https://tamswitmark.com/ on all websites on which you promote the play.

  • Instrumentation: 14 Parts

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    1 Flute
    1 Oboe
    2 Clarinet I & II
    1 Bassoon

    2 Horn I & II
    2 Trumpet I & II
    1 Trombone

    1 Percussion


  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Molly Morse
    The Duke
    Phil Ruxton
    Dolly Ruxton
    “Shorty” McGee
    Constance Appleton
    Jimmy Winter
    Revenue Officer Jansen
    Judge Appleton
    Assistant Revenue Officer

  • OH, KAY! opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, November 8, 1926 and played for 256 performances starring Gertrude Lawrence and Victor Moore.

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