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P. G. Wodehouse

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Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber  

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(b London, 1948).Eng. composer. With Tim Rice (b 1944) as librettist, comp. highly successful musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), and Evita ...
Anything Goes

Anything Goes  

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Regarded as the show that confirmed Ethel Merman as a Broadway star, Anything Goes was originally the brainchild of P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, but their book, which set the ...
Anything Goes (film musical)

Anything Goes (film musical)  

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In 1936, two years after the original show opened on Broadway, Paramount released this reasonably faithful screen version. Ethel Merman recreated her stage role as nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, ...
Bamboula

Bamboula  

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A comparatively undistinguished piece, considering the quality of the creative collaborators; the book was by H.M. Vernon and Guy Bolton (of the Bolton- Jerome Kern - P.G. Wodehouse team), and ...
Beatrice Lillie

Beatrice Lillie  

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(1894–1989)Canadian comedienne. Born in Toronto, Bea Lillie made her English stage debut in 1914 and her American debut in 1924, dividing a career of some 50 shows between the ...
Beauty Prize

Beauty Prize  

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With a book and lyrics by George Grossmith Snr. and P.G. Wodehouse, and music by Jerome Kern, this show was a follow-up to the three collaborators’ successful 1922 London musical ...
Billy Rose

Billy Rose  

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[né(1899–1966), producer and lyricist.The feisty, bantam, theatrical jack‐of‐many‐trades was born in New York and began his theatrical career as a lyricist writing the words for such hits as ...
Cabaret Girl

Cabaret Girl  

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With the cabaret style of entertainment just catching on in England in the early 20s, this show, which opened at London’s Winter Garden Theatre on 19 September 1922, could hardly ...
Clifford Grey

Clifford Grey  

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B. Percival Davis, 5 January 1887, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, d. 25 September 1941, Ipswich, Suffolk, England. A prolific lyricist and librettist for the London and New York stage, Grey ...
College Widow

College Widow  

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(1904),a comedy by George Ade. [Garden Theatre, 278 perf.] Jane Witherspoon (Dorothy Tennant), the daughter of the president of Atwater College, is admired for her quick, resourceful mind. Her ...
Damsel in Distress

Damsel in Distress  

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Following Ginger Rogers ’ reported desire to take a rest from musicals, the British-born actress Joan Fontaine became Fred Astaire’s new partner in this 1937 RKO release - and proved ...
Dearest Enemy

Dearest Enemy  

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Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart had interpolated songs into two Broadway shows, Poor Little Ritz Girl and The Garrick Gaieties, before writing the complete score for this, their first book ...
Desmond Coke

Desmond Coke  

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(1879–1931).His father was a major-general in the army; his mother, Charlotte Coke (1843–1922), was a journalist on women's magazines who also published advice books as ‘Mrs Talbot Coke’. He ...
Earthly Powers,

Earthly Powers,  

A novel by Anthony Burgess, published in 1980. Narrated by Kenneth Toomey, an ageing homosexual and celebrated novelist, the story covers six decades and a vast geographical area. It is ...
Edgar Wallace

Edgar Wallace  

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(1875–1932),a prolific writer of thrillers, which include The Four Just Men (1905), The Crimson Circle (1922), and The Green Archer (1923).
Evita

Evita  

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Based upon the stage production by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, this 1996 film retells the remarkable rags-to-riches tale of Eva Maria Duarte. Rising from desperate poverty in rural ...
Ferenc Molnár

Ferenc Molnár  

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(1878–1952)Hungarian playwright, whose ingeniously constructed boulevard dramas effectively combine romantic feeling with lightly cynical realism.Born at Budapest, Molnár studied law but in 1896 ...
Follow the Girls

Follow the Girls  

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(1944),a musical comedy by Guy Bolton, Eddie Davis, Fred Thompson (book), Dan Shapiro, Milton Pascal, Phil Charig (music, lyrics). [Century Theatre, 882 perf.] When burlesque queen Bubbles La Marr ...
Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson  

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B. 24 January 1884, London, England, d. 10 April 1949, London, England. Unusually for a librettist of the period, Thompson enjoyed considerable success both in London’s West End and on ...
George Ade

George Ade  

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(b. Kentland, Ind., 9 Feb. 1866; d. Brook, Ind., 16 May 1944)Humorist and playwright. Ade triumphed in the theatre with his comic operetta librettos, The Sultan of Sulu (1902) ...

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