Lady, Be Good

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LADY, BE GOOD was the very first Broadway collaboration of the Gershwin brothers. The show tells the story of a brother and sister who are out of money but will do anything to help one another.

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  • Brief History
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  • Act I
    The brother/sister dance team of Dick and Susie Trevor are so broke that they can’t pay the rent and have been evicted from their childhood home. They crash the garden party of wealthy Jo Vanderwater for a free meal. Dick loves Shirley Vernon but is ashamed to pursue her because of his financial situation. Jo is interested in Dick, and it turns out that she was behind the eviction, as a ploy to get his attention. Meanwhile Susie tries to talk herself into liking the affluent Jeff White, but she finds herself falling for Jack, a charming “hobo”; Jack leaves town.

    Jack’s uncle dies, and he is apparently a millionaire. Lawyer Watty Watkins is looking for Jack Robinson on behalf of his client, the flamboyant Manuel Estrada, who says that his sister married Mr. Robinson in Mexico. Watty offers Susie $50,000 to help him, by pretending to be Robinson’s widow, to get the money from the Robinson estate. Meanwhile Dick proposes to Jo, since he thinks he can never afford to court his true love Shirley.

    Act 2
    Dick finally tells Shirley that he loves her, while Watty and Susie (in disguise) execute their plan. Jack finally hears that he has inherited the fortune and returns, still dressed as a hobo. He is amazed to find Susie claiming the money as his “widow”. Susie does not know that her Jack is the now-wealthy Mr. Robinson, nor that she is being used by Estrada, whose sister never really married Jack.

    In the end, Dick and Shirley are reunited, Jack saves Susie from disgrace by declaring his love, and Jo and Watty pair off happily. All wed happily ever after.

  • George and Ira Gershwin®’s
    LADY, BE GOOD!
    Music and Lyrics by                                         Book by
    George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin              Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson

    Such credits to the authors for all purposes shall be in type size equal to or greater than that of any other credits except for that of the star(s) above the title. In the programs, the credits shall appear on the title page thereof.

    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcements in type size at least one half the size of the
    authors’ credits:

    “The worldwide copyrights in the music of
    George and Ira Gershwin® for this presentation
    are licensed by the Gershwin Family.”

    “Gershwin is a registered trademark and service mark
    of Gershwin Enterprises.”

    “LADY, BE GOOD! is presented by arrangement with
    Tams Witmark Music Library, Inc., 560 Lexington Avenue,
    New York, New York 10022.”

  • INSTRUMENTATION: 14 PARTS

    1 Leader Violin
    1 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Flute & Piccolo
    1 Oboe
    1 Clarinet (in Bb and A)
    1 Alto Saxophone
    1 Bassoon
    1 Trumpet I & II (in Bb and A)
    1 Trombone
    1 Drums:
    Timpani (2 Pedal Drums)
    Bells
    Brass Drum (w/attached Cymbal)
    Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
    Tom Tom
    Tambourine
    Castanets
    Wood Block
    Sand Paper Blocks
    Clog Box
    Triangle
    Suspended (loose) Cymbal
    Piano

    Note: Stage Ukulele music is played Ad Libitum. There is no written-out part available.

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    15     Prompt Books for Cast
    1       Vocal Part (“Little Jazz Bird”)
    30     Chorus-Vocal Books

  • Dick Trevor
    Susie Trevor
    Jack Robinson
    Josephine Vanderwater
    Daisy Parke
    Bertie Bassett
    Watty Watkins
    Shirley Vernon
    Jeff White
    Manuel Estrada
    Rufus Parke
    Three Moving Men
    A Policeman
    A Flunkey
    A Delivery Boy
    A Butler
    A Waiter

  • LADY, BE GOOD opened on Broadway at the Liberty Theatre, December 1, 1924 and played for 330 performances starring Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele Astaire.

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    Organization City, State First Performance Last Performance
    Madison Central School MADISON, NY 03/31/2016 04/01/2016