The Earl and the Girl
"The Earl and the Girl" is a musical comedy in two acts by
Seymour Hicks, with lyrics by Percy Greenbankand music by Ivan Caryll. It was produced by William Greetand opened at the Adelphi Theatrein London on 10 December 1903and transferred to the Lyric Theatre on 12 September 1904, running for a total of 371 performances. It also ran at the Casino Theatrein New York beginning on 4 November 1905for 148 performances (with some added music and lyrics by Jerome Kernand others), starring Eddie Foyand W. H. Denny. There was a revival in London in 1914 that ran for a total of 107 performances, and other revivals and tours.
The original London cast included a number of performers who had recently appeared in productions of the
D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which was no longer performing at the Savoy Theatreat the time of the premiere of "The Earl and the Girl", including Walter Passmore, Henry Lytton, Robert Evett, M. R. Morand, Reginald Crompton, Powis Pinder, Charles Childerstone, Alec Fraser, Ernest Torrence, Rudolph Lewis, Agnes Fraser, and Louie Pounds. Lytton later used the song "My Cosy Corner" from the show in his music hall acts with much success. Kern's song interpolated into the New York production, "How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?" also became a hit.
Roles and original cast
*Jim Cheese ("A Dog Trainer") - Mr.
*Dick Wargrave ("The Real Heir") - Mr.
Henry A. Lytton.
*Hon. Crewe Boodle ("The Supposed Heir") - Mr.
*A. Bunker Bliss ("Elphin Hayes Uncle") - Mr. John C. Dixon.
*Downham ("An American Solicitor") - Mr. M. R. Morand.
*Mr. Talk ("An English Solicitor") - Mr. Frank Elliston.
*Mr. Hazell ("Host Of "Fallowfield Arms") - Mr. Reginald Crompton.
*Dudley Cranbourne - Mr. Powis Pinder.
*George Bellamy ("Friends of Crewe Boodle") - Mr. Chas. Childerstone.
*Hugh Wallander - Mr. Alec Fraser.
*Rossiter - Mr. Ernest Torrence.
*George ("Footmen at Stole Hall") - Mr. Rudolph Lewis.
*Charles - Mr. J. Gordon.
*Elphin Haye ("An American Heiress") - Miss Agnes Fraser.
*Liza Shoddam ("Yim Cheese's Sweetheart") - Miss Florence Lloyd.
*Mrs. Shimmering Black ("A Strong Lady") - Miss Helen Kinnaird.
*Daisy Fallowfield ("Elphin Haye's Friend") - Miss
*Miss Virginia Bliss ("Elphin Haye's Aunt") - Miss Phyllis Broughton.
"(Ladies Of Crewe Boodle's Party):"
*Lady Gussie - Miss L. Leibrandt.
*Lady Violet - Miss Olive Rae.
*Lady Gwendoline - Miss G. Thornton.
*Lady Ethel - Miss Standen.
*Lady Muriel - Miss Winifred Hart-Dyke.
"(Guests At The Hall):"
*The Hon. Birdie Harold - Miss Florrie Sutherland.
*The Hon. I. O. Ewe - Miss Hammerton.
*Miss Astorbilt - Miss Taylor.
*Miss D. Licht - Miss Glenn.
*The Hon. Mrs. De Brett - Miss Williams.
*Miss T. Gordon - Miss Rosie Edwards.
*Miss Bertha Late - Miss Ricards.
*Miss R. Rollo - Miss Francis.
*Miss P. R. Brighton -Miss Ohmead.
*Miss L. Montez - Miss Lily Mcintyre.
*Violet Rose - Miss Beresford.
*Miss Ventnor - Miss Harris.
*1. Opening Chorus - (After A Capital Day)
*2. Song (Daisy) and Chorus - "The Sporting Girl" (Some Girls I Know Like Living In A Town)
*3. Duet (Jim and Liza) "Celebrities" (Oh, The Public Don't Appreciate Them Dogs)
*4. Concerted Number "Little Ladies In Distress" (Oh, Dear Me, What On Earth Are We To Do?)
*5. Song (Daisy) and Chorus "Shopping" (When My Ship Comes In)
*6. Song (Crewe Boodle) "Thou Art My Rose" (In The Hush Of Silver Morning)
*7. Song (Downham) "I Haven't A Moment To Spare" (I'm Sure I Shall Always Remember)
*8. Quartet (Talk, Bunker Bliss, Mrs. Black, and Downham) "When We Get Hold Of Him" (I Know Somebody I Want To Meet)
*9. Duet (Elphin and Dick) "We Were So Happy, You And I" (The First Time That We Met)
*10. Song (Elphin) and Chorus "When A Maiden Leaves School " (When A Maiden Leaves School)
*11. Song (Dick) and Chorus "By The Shore Of The Mediterranean" (Away, Come Away From The Gray Land)
*12. Quartet (Dick, Elphin, Jim, and Liza) "For One Night Only" (To-Night You'll Be A Bloomin' Swell)
*13. Finale (Fancy His Getting The Earldom!)
*14. Opening Chorus (Madly and Merrily Here We Go)
*15. Song (Daisy) "The Prettiest Girl In Town" (There's A Girl Who Is Always So Busy)
*16. Song (Elphin) "Careless Kate" (Simple Little Maiden Once I Used To Know)
*17. Chorus "Hail! Your Lordship" (Hail! The Heir So Long Expected)
*18. Song (Jim) And Chorus "I'm A Lord, What Ho!" (Behold In Me A Belted Earl)
*19. Vocal Gavotte "To And Fro" (To And Fro, Dignified And Slow)
*20. Song (Dick) "My Cosy Corner Girl" (Beside The Murmuring Sad Sea Waves)
*21. Song (Daisy) "Sammy" (Did You Ever Meet The Fellow Fine And Dandy)
*22. Song (Crewe Boodle) and Chorus "The Grenadiers" (There's A Far-Off Hum)
*23. Song (Crewe Boodle) "The Queen Of June" (Out In The Garden Closes)
*24. Finale (By The Shore Of The Mediterranean)
* [http://www.nodanw.com/shows_e/earlgirl.htm List of roles and musical numbers from the NODA website]
* [http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/whowaswho/index.htm Includes biographies of many of the members of this cast]
* [http://www.halhkmusic.com/earlandgirl.html Midi files, lyrics and other information]
* [http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4886 Information about the New York production at the IBDB database]
* [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9500E6DE1438EF32A25756C0A9679D946497D6CF&oref=slogin Opening night review of the New York production]
* [http://www.nodanw.com/london_shows_chronology/1903.htm List of London shows opening in 1903]
* [http://www.rainfall.com/theatrical_posters/tp_0053.htm A poster for a production starring
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