Leave It To Jane



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Book and Lyrics by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse
Music by Jerome Kern
Based on the play "The College Widow" by George Ade


LEAVE IT TO JANE is a charming, intimate satire on college life in a Mid-Western town early in the 20th century. Jane, the daughter of the president of Atwater College uses the tricks of a siren to keep the college star half-back Billy Bolton from transferring to a rival college. Janeís seductive ways are sufficiently alluring, not only to keep Billy at Atwater but also to win him for herself.


LEAVE IT TO JANE played for 167 performances on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on August 28, 1917, and starred Edith Hallor and Robert G. Pitkin.


The pleasantly sentimental story of LEAVE IT TO JANE tells of "good old" Atwater College in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game with Bingham College. Prospects for victory for Atwater are poor, even though a muscle-bound center by the name of Murphy has been recruited to play. Murphy has great difficulty convincing President Witherspoon that he is taking a special course in art. Then Billy Bolton, son of a patron of Bingham College appears on the Atwater campus with his father Hiram. Word gets around that he is an all-American footballer who has failed out of several schools. Jane Witherspoon, the frolicsome, come-hither daughter of President Witherspoon plots that perhaps she can get Billy to enroll at Atwater and play on the football team. Handsome, manly, rich Billy falls for Jane at first sight. Together they have him impersonate and enroll as Elmer Staples, a botanist who was supposed to attend Atwater but could not register.

We see the football season progress through the eyes of Ruby Talmadge, a busy undergraduate, Bessie, an athletic girl and Flora Wiggins, a prominent waitress. Jane, it is said, will "bury" Billy at commencement if not as soon as the Bingham game is over. The energetic action continues as Bub Hicks, the painfully awkward freshman develops into a cool and hip student.

The girls in long shirts and boys in blazers give way to antique football togs without shoulder pads; and it is the day of the Bingham game. Hiram Bolton wagers on the game and even tries to fix it before being stopped by Stub. The game is close and tense. At last, thanks to Billyís great playing, Atwater wins, and in spite of Hiram Boltonís warning to his son, Jane crumples into Billyís arms. The Jerome Kern score includes the graceful and charming "A Peach of Life", "Leave It To Jane", "Sirenís Song", "Sir Galahad" and "Cleopatterer."


Full Orchestration:

2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Flute
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet I & II
1 Bassoon
1 Horn I & II
1 Trumpet I & II
1 Trombone
1 Percussion:
  • Timpani (2 Drums)
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum with Cymbals
  • Indian Drums
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Glockenspiel
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone
  • Tambourine
  Piano (Piano-Conductorís Score sent with rehearsal material.)


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