Full Length Musical
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
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
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.