PARDON MY ENGLISH is a farce satirizing the Prohibition era, set in prewar Dresden. To promote consumption of beer and wine, the German government bans the sale of all non-alcoholic beverages. In protest, the thuggish Golo Schmidt opens a speakeasy where he serves forbidden drinks like cream soda and ginger ale. The Police Commissioner is determined to shut down the illegal operation. After Golo is knocked unconscious in a car accident, he awakens only to believe that he is Michael Bramleigh, a wealthy Englishman — the opposite of Golo. As he is recognized by friends variously as himself or his English alter ego, many comedic misadventures follow.
- Rehearsal Materials
- Brief History
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Book by Herbert Fields and Morrie Ryskind
1 Piano Conductor’s Score (Two Volume Set)
1 Prompt Book
12 Prompt Books for the Actors
15 Chorus Parts
7 Piano Conductor Scores as Vocal Materials (Two Volume Set Each)
PARDON MY ENGLISH opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre, January 20, 1933 and played for 43 performances starring English music-hall star Jack Buchanan in the dual role of Golo and Michael. The show was considered lost for decades, but when performance materials were found in a New Jersey warehouse in 1982, it was reconstructed and a studio recording was made in 1993.