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Half A Sixpence  (Musical) - Full Length Musical, Comedy

Half A Sixpence (Musical)

Beverley Cross, David Heneker, H.G. Wells

Full Length Musical, Comedy

12m, 11f

ISBN: 9780871291783

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Full Length Musical


This utterly delightful musical was a smashing success in London and then ran nearly two years before enchanted audiences at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway. The score utterly, captivates everyone who hears it and the original cast album, available from RCA, is a joy. The time is the turn of the century and the place is an attractive seaside resort in the south of England. Young Kipps and his fellow apprentices work for a businessman whose tightfistedness inspires the song, "All in the Cause of Economy." Kipps' main concern is his girl Ann, to whom he gives half a sixpence as a lover's token. At this happy moment, they sing the lilting title song. Their romance is upset when Kipps suddenly inherits a large fortune and is swept away by new friends. Asked what he'll do with his fortune, Kipps sings an exciting song entitled "Money to Burn." As he is about to marry a society girl, he encounters his first girl and she offers him back the half sixpence. Kipps comes to a maturity out of his true love and finds both happiness and himself. Multiple simple sets.


12m, 11f

Beverley Cross

Beverley Cross

Beverly Cross (1931-1998) achieved instant success in 1959 with One More River starring Sir Michael Caine and directed by Laurence Olivier. His second play, Strip the Willow, made his future wife Dame Maggie Smith a star. Among his other successes were the musical comedy Half a Sixpence (1963) based on HG Wells’ book Kipps and his screenplay of Jason and ... view full profile

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