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Gay's the Word

Ivor Novello, Alan Melville

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  24f, 17m

GAY'S THE WORD
Book and music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Alan Melville

Gay Daventry, a producer and stage star, goes bankrupt when her new London operetta, similar to a Ruritanian Ivor Novello musical, is a disappointing failure. She agrees with the show's ingénue, Linda, to open a drama school with Linda's money at Gay's country house in Folkestone. Meanwhile, two smugglers hope to use the school as a front for their illegal activities. When she finally presents her show at Town Hall, Gay unexpectedly finds herself onstage with her cast members, and ultimately attempts to auction off her valuables in an attempt to save her school. Little does she know that insodoing she will foil the smugglers and maybe even turn out a hit new show!
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    24f, 17m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period, Parody / Spoof, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description
Gay Daventry, a producer and stage star, goes bankrupt when her new London operetta, similar to a Ruritanian Ivor Novello musical, is a disappointing failure. She agrees with the show's ingénue, Linda, to open a drama school with Linda's money at Gay's country house in Folkestone. Meanwhile, two smugglers hope to use the school as a front for their illegal activities. When she finally presents her show at Town Hall, Gay unexpectedly finds herself onstage with her cast members, and ultimately attempts to auction off her valuables in an attempt to save her school. Little does she know that insodoing she will foil the smugglers and maybe even turn out a hit new show!
History
Gay's the Word premiered at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, England, on October 17, 1950.
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Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Licence details

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Specifics

Details

  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various: a provincial theatre, the Deventry School of Acting,  the town of Folkestone, etc.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

24f, 17m
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
GAY DAVENTRY
LINDA
PETER LYNTON
PRINCE
GIRL
STAGE-DOOR KEEPER
BY-STANDER
LUCY
MANAGER
MADAME NICOLINI
BIRDIE
MONICA
MARGARET
CHEADLE
DOREEN
AUDREY
JUNE
SILVANO
NESPOULOS
JULIET
ROSALIND
DESDEMONA
NELL GWYNN
ROMEO
OTHELLO
ORLANDO
BODY
SILVIA
DIANA
HENRY
WYNNA
LAURIE
JOHN
CHRISTINE
MRS. PARKES
SIR CLAUD
DUNSTAN
LARRY
BIDDER 1
BIDDER 2
BIDDER 3

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Operetta
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: Large

Press

"Written shortly before his death in 1951, Ivor Novello's last musical earns a footnote in the history books." - The Guardian

"Gay’s the Word, being a musical comedy about putting on an amateur musical comedy, is an ideal production for a small company" - The Telegraph 

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