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In OH, LADY! LADY!!, Mollie and Bill are engaged to be married, but preparations are interrupted when Bill’s ex-fiancée arrives unexpectedly on their wedding day. Bill works to convince his old flame that he was not worthy to marry her, but his clumsy efforts do not make him look good to his new fiancée, whose mother already dislikes Bill. A couple of crooks cause further complications.
Debonair but penniless Willoughby “Bill” Finch is set to marry Long Island society gal Molly Farringdon, although he has not charmed his formidable future mother-in-law. Bill’s sassy former fiancée, May, has met and piqued the interest of his affable friend and best man, Hale. Hale recognizes Bill’s valet, Spike, as an ex-convict; Spike is guarding the pearls that Bill has bought for Molly as her wedding gift. Spike’s sticky-fingered girlfriend, Fanny, tries to persuade him to pocket the wedding gifts, but he wishes that they could put their old prison days behind them.
May calls unexpectedly on Bill’s wedding day, to say that she will soon arrive, and she points out that they are still engaged. Bill and Hale scheme to convince her that he is a ladies’ man, and not worthy to marry her. Hale catches Fanny trying to pocket the pearls and forces her to agree to help with Bill’s charade. May arrives; it turns out that she has been hired as a dressmaker for the wedding by Molly’s mother. May admits that she is no longer interested in Bill and wishes him well, and she returns Hale’s interest. But when Molly returns, she is confronted by Fanny, who is pretending to be Bill’s girlfriend – and the pearls are missing.
That night, Hale hosts a party on the roof of Bill’s Greenwich Village apartment. Molly’s mother has called of the wedding. May is flirting with various men, making Hale jealous. Spike and Fanny arrive to announce that they are now married. Fanny tells Spike that she does not have the pearls, but she is very nervous when a British private detective shows up.
Molly comes to talk with Bill, and they have a romantic moment before her mother shows up. Bill awkwardly tries to explain to Mrs. Farrington what happened, and Hale asks May to marry him. But Molly and her mother find May at Bill’s bedroom door and conclude that Bill had been entertaining her in his apartment. Finally, the real thief confesses, Molly finds out that May and Hale are engaged, and a happy ending ensues with a double wedding.
OH LADY! LADY!!
Book and Lyrics by
GUY BOLTON and P. G. WODEHOUSE
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1 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Flute (doubling Piccolo)
2 Clarinet I & II (both in Bb and A)
2 Trumpet I & II (both in Bb and A)
Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)
2 Piano/Conductor Scores
20 Libretto/Vocal Books
(In order of appearance)
Spike Hudgins (Willoughby Finch’s valet)
Miss Lettice Romayne
Miss Lotta Pommery
Miss Della Catessen
Miss Hallie Butt
Miss Sal Munn
Miss Marie Schino
Miss Mollie Gatawney
Miss Marion Etta Herring
Miss C. Ella Rhy
Miss Barbara O’Rhum
Miss Clarette Cup
Miss May Anne Ayes
Miss Cassie Roll
Miss Virginia Hamm
Mr. Artie C. Hoke
Mr. B. Russell Sprout
Mr. C. Ollie Flower
Mr. H. Ash-Brown
Mr. Stewart Prune
Mr. Con Kearny
OH, LADY! LADY!! opened on Broadway at the Princess Theatre, February 1, 1918 and played there, and later at the Casino Theatre, for 219 performances, starring Vivienne Segal and Carl Randall as Mollie and Bill.
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