Pardon My English


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.

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  • 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.

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