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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.
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
Music and Lyrics by Book by
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse
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“The worldwide copyrights in the music of
George and Ira Gershwin for this presentation
are licensed by the Gershwin Family.”
is presented by arrangement with
Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company
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Instrumentation: 14 Parts
2 Violin I
1 Violin II
2 Clarinet I & II
2 Horn I & II
2 Trumpet I & II
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
Revenue Officer Jansen
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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