Oh, Boy!


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The joyful, bubbly story of OH, BOY! concerns the befuddled George, who elopes with Lou Ellen, a judge’s daughter, against the wishes of both her parents and his relatives. George’s dapper polo-playing friend Jim is in love with madcap actress Jackie, whom newly-wed George foolishly allows to hide in his house in order to avoid arrest for having assaulted a policeman.

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  • Oh, Boy! is a musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse. The story concerns befuddled George, who elopes with Lou Ellen, the daughter of Judge Carter. He must win over her parents and his Quaker aunt. His dapper polo champion friend Jim is in love with madcap actress Jackie, but George must hide her while she extricates herself from a scrape with a bumbling constable whom she punched at a party raid.

  • Book and Lyrics by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse
    Music by Jerome Kern

  • Instrumentation: 10 Parts

    1 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass
    1 Flute
    1 Clarinet in B-flat and A
    1 Cornet in B-flat and A
    1 Trombone
    1 Percussion

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    18     Prompt Books for Cast
    25     Chorus Parts
    5       Piano Conductor’s Scores for Principal Characters

  • (In the Order of Their Appearance)
    Jane Packard
    Polly Andrus
    Jim Marvin
    George Budd
    Lou Ellen Carter
    Jackie Sampson
    Constable Simms
    Judge Daniel Carter
    Mrs. Carter
    Miss Penelope Budd
    A Club Waiter
    Miss Lottie Limmut )
    Miss Iona Saxon )
    Miss Rhoda Byke )
    Miss Shiela Ryve )
    Miss Lucy Stringhim )
    Miss Inna Ford )
    Miss George Spelvin ) The Girls
    Miss Wanda Farr )
    Miss Anna Thrope )
    Miss Billie Dew )
    Miss Lotta Noyes )
    Miss Annie Olde-Knight )
    Miss B. Ava Little )

    Mr. Olaf Lauder )
    Mr. Ivan L. Ovanervo )
    Mr. Will Hooper Rupp )
    Mr. Phil Ossify ) The Boys
    Mr. Phelan Fyne )
    Mr. Hugo Chaseit )

  • OH,BOY is the most successful of the famous Princess Theatre musicals. It opened there on February 20, 1917, later transferred to the Casino Theatre, and played for a total of 463 performances starring Tom Powers, Marie Carroll, Hal Forde and Anna Wheaton. After its Broadway run it was mounted in London at the Kingsway Theatre in January, 1919 under the title, Oh, Joy! and played there for 167 performances.

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