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Gay's the Word - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Gay's the Word

Ivor Novello, Alan Melville

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

17m, 24f

GAY'S THE WORD
Book and music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Alan Melville

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Description

Full Length Musical

Comedy

Period, Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - Various: a provincial theatre, the Deventry School of Acting,  the town of Folkestone, etc. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is from the Samuel French Vault and is made from a scan of an archived manuscript. We hope you’ll treasure this glimpse into theatre history.
Gay Daventry, a producer and stage star, goes bankrupt when her new London operetta, similar to a Ruritanian Ivor Novello musical, is a disappointing failure. She agrees with the show's ingénue, Linda, to open a drama school with Linda's money at Gay's country house in Folkestone. Meanwhile, two smugglers hope to use the school as a front for their illegal activities. When she finally presents her show at Town Hall, Gay unexpectedly finds herself onstage with her cast members, and ultimately attempts to auction off her valuables in an attempt to save her school. Little does she know that insodoing she will foil the smugglers and maybe even turn out a hit new show!
"Written shortly before his death in 1951, Ivor Novello's last musical earns a footnote in the history books." - The Guardian

"Gay’s the Word, being a musical comedy about putting on an amateur musical comedy, is an ideal production for a small company" - The Telegraph 
Gay's the Word premiered at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, England, on October 17, 1950.
Characters

CASTING

17m, 24f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

Large

GAY DAVENTRY
LINDA
PETER LYNTON
PRINCE
GIRL
STAGE-DOOR KEEPER
BY-STANDER
LUCY
MANAGER
MADAME NICOLINI
BIRDIE
MONICA
MARGARET
CHEADLE
DOREEN
AUDREY
JUNE
SILVANO
NESPOULOS
JULIET
ROSALIND
DESDEMONA
NELL GWYNN
ROMEO
OTHELLO
ORLANDO
BODY
SILVIA
DIANA
HENRY
WYNNA
LAURIE
JOHN
CHRISTINE
MRS. PARKES
SIR CLAUD
DUNSTAN
LARRY
BIDDER 1
BIDDER 2
BIDDER 3

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway, Operetta

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

30 Piano/Vocal Scores
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