Klea Blackhurst
 

MERMAN in the 30s

 
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Girl Crazy 

Alvin Theatre  |  272 Performances
Opening Night October 14, 1930

 

Produced by

Vinton Freedley &  Alex A. Aarons

 
 

 

Lyrics BY

Ira Gershwin 

Book by

Guy Bolton & John McGowan 

Music BY

George Gershwin 

Directed by

Alexander Leftwich 

Dances by

George Hale 

Settings by

Donald Oenslager 

Costumes by

Kiviette 

 

 
 

The cast includes

Willie Howard, Allen Kearns, William Kent, The Foursome and Ginger Rogers. Roger Edens (onstage pianist) and the Red Nichols Orchestra (including Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller and Jack Teagarden.) 

 
 

Merman Introduces

“Sam and Delilah”  •  “I Got Rhythm”  •  “Boy! What Love Has Done To Me!” 

 
 
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George White's Scandals (11th Edition) 

Apollo Theatre  |  202 Performances
Opening Night September 14, 1931

 
 

sketches by

George White, Lew Brown, Irving Caesar and Harry Conn 

 
 

Lyrics BY

Lew Brown  

Music BY

Ray Henderson  

 

Directed by

George White 

Settings by

Joseph Urban

Costumes by

Charles LeMaire 

 

 
 

The cast includes

Willie & Eugene Howard, Everett Marshall, Ray Bolger, Rudy Vallee, Ethel Barrymore Colt and Alice Faye’s in the chorus! There is also a tribute to the newly opened Empire State Building. 

 
 

Merman Introduces

“Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries”  •  “Ladies and Gentlemen, That’s Love”  •  “My Song”  •  “The Good Old Days”  

 
 
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Take A Chance 

Apollo Theatre  |  243 Performances
Opening Night November 26, 1932

 

Produced by

Laurence Schwab &  B.G. DeSylva 

 
 

 

Lyrics BY

B.G. DeSylva  

Book by

B.G. DeSylva  &  Laurence Schwab (additional dialogue by Sid Silvers)  

Music BY

Richard A. Whiting  & Herb Brown Nacio

Additional music

Vincent Youmans

Directed by

Edgar MacGregor  

Dances by

Bobby Connolly 

Settings by

Cleon Throckmorton 

Costumes by

Kiviette & Charles Le Maire 

 

 
 

The cast includes

Jack Haley, Jack Whiting, Sid Silvers, June Knight and Mitzi Mayfair 

 
 

Merman Introduces

“I Got Religon”  •  “Rise ‘n Shine”  •  “You’re an Old Smoothie”  •  “Eadie Was a Lady”

FUN FACT ABOUT THE SHOW

Take A Chance originally tried out (and failed) under the title Humpty Dumpty

 
 
 
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Anything Goes

Alvin Theatre  |  420 Performances
Opening Night November 21, 1934

 

Produced by

Vinton Freedley 

 
 

Book by

Guy Bolton & P.G. Wodehouse

completely revised by

Howard Lindsay &  Russel Crouse

 
 

Lyrics and music BY

Cole Porter  

 

Directed by

Howard Lindsay

DANCES by

Robert Alton

settings by

Donald Oenslager

Costumes by

Jenkins

 

 
 

The cast includes

Willian Gaxton, Victor Moore, Bettina Hall, The Foursome and Vivian Vance

 
 

 

Merman Introduces

“I Get a Kick Out of You”  •  “You’re the Top”  •  “Anything Goes”  •  “Blow, Gabriel Blow”  •  “Buddy Beware” 

 
 
 
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Red, Hot, and Blue

Alvin Theatre  |  183 Performances
Opening Night October 29, 1936

 

Produced by

Vinton Freedley 

 
 
 

 

MUSIC & Lyrics BY

Cole Porter

Book by

Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse

 

Directed by

Howard Lindsay 

Dances by

George Hale

Settings by

Donald Oenslager 

Costumes by

Constance Ripley 

 

 
 

The cast includes

Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Polly Walters and Vivian Vance

 
 

Merman Introduces

“Down in the Depths (On the Ninetieth Floor)” •
“You’ve Got Something” • “It’s DeLovely” “Ridin’ High” • “ The Ozarks are Calling Me Home” • “Red, Hot and Blue” • “You’re a Bad Influence On Me” 

 
 
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Stars in Your Eyes

Majestic Theatre  |  127 Performances
Opening Night February 9, 1939

 

Produced by

Dwight Deere Wiman

 
 
 

 

MUSIC & Lyrics BY

Dorothy Fields

music BY

Arthur Schwartz 

Book by

J.P. McEvoy 

 

Directed by

Josh Logan

Dances by

Carl Randall

Settings by

Jo Mielziner

Costumes by

John Hambleton

 

 
 

The cast includes

Jimmy Durante, Tamara Toumanova, Richard Carlson, Mildred Natwick, Dan Dailey, Jr., Mary Wickes. Nora Kaye, Maria Karniloff and Jerome Robbins were in the chorus.

 
 

Merman Introduces

 

“This Is It” • “A Lady Needs a Change” • “Just a Little Bit More” •
“I’ll Pay the Check” • “It’s All Yours”

 
 
 
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DuBarry Was A Lady

46th Street Theatre  |  408 Performances
Opening Night December 6, 1939

 

Produced by

B.G. DeSylva

 
 
 

 

MUSIC & Lyrics BY

Cole Porter

Book by

Herbert Fields & B.G. DeSylva

 

Directed by

Degar MacGregor

Dances by

Robert Alton 

Settings & COSTUMES by

Raoul Pene du Bois

 

 
 

The cast includes

Bert Lahr,  Betty Grable, Benny Baker, Ronald Graham, Charles Walters

 
 

Merman Introduces

“When Love Beckoned(on Fifty Second Street)” • “But in the Morning, No” •
“Do I Love You” • “Give Him the Oo-La-La” • “Katie Went to Haiti” • “Friendship”