Very Good Eddie


The title character of VERY GOOD EDDIE is a very short man newly married to the really tall Georgina. They honeymoon aboard a Hudson River day liner going to the Catskills. Also onboard is Percy, a very tall athlete and his new wife Elsie, who is quite short. When the couples accidentally trade partners, chaos ensues. Music samples provided courtesy of DRG Records.

Photos courtesy of Goodspeed Musicals


Eddie Kettle is a very short young man. He is newly married to Georgina, who is spectacularly tall. They honeymoon aboard a Hudson River Day Line. Also on board: Percy Darling, an athlete, who is spectacularly tall, and his new wife, Elsie (very, very short). Chaos ensues when two honeymooning couples cross paths and trade partners…. accidentally. The vaudeville adventure continues while the mismatched couples find their way to each other and somehow, true love prevails.


Book by Guy Bolton and Philip Bartholomae
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Schuyler Green and Herbert Reynolds
Additional lyrics by Elsie Janis, Harry B. Smith and John E. Hazzard
Additional music by Henry Kailimai

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Full Orchestration

2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Flute
1 Clarinet
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Percussion:
Snare Drum
Bass Drum & Cymbal
Suspended Cymbal
Wood Block
Bells & Timpani (2 Pedal Drums)
Pit orchestra Piano, Celeste
Stage Piano
Cue for Stage Banjo
(Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material).

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
15     Dialogue Parts
8       Vocal Parts
25     Chorus Parts

Cast List

Elsie Lilly — A voice student and former sweetheart of Eddie

Lily Pond — Voice student; one of the Girls
Crystal Poole — Voice student; one of the Girls
Carrie Closewell — Voice student; one of the Girls
Alwys Innit — Voice student; one of the Girls

Madame Matroppo — Voice teacher

Dick Rivers — College chum of Eddie and Percy

Georgina Kettle — Newlywed
Eddie Kettle — Newlywed

Elsie Darling — Newlywed
Percy Darling — Newlywed

Frenchman — L.C. de Rougemont

Ship Steward & Hotel Clerk — (Played by the same actor)

Ship Passenger

Brief History

VERY GOOD EDDIE opened on Broadway at the Princess Theatre, December 23, 1915 and was later transferred to a variety of other theaters. It played for a total of 341 performances starring Ernest Truex as the title character, Helen Raymond as his wife, and with John Willard and Alice Dovey as Percy and Elsie. In 1975, the show was revived at the Goodspeed Opera and later transferred to the Booth Theatre on Broadway, where it played for 304 performances starring Charles Repole, Virginia Seidel, James Harder and Travis Hudson.