Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  6f, 5m

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

An effervescent musical comedy from Kern/Bolton/Wodehouse's famous Princess Theatre era, Oh, Boy! bubbles over with joy and laughter.
Oh, Boy!
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 5m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
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.
The most successful of the famous Princess Theatre musicals, Oh, Boy! opened at the Princess Theatre on February 20, 1917, starring Tom Powers, Marie Carroll, Hal Forde and Anna Wheaton. It later transferred to the Casino Theatre and played for a total of 463 performances. After its Broadway run, the show was mounted in London at the Kingsway Theatre in January, 1919 under the title, Oh, Joy!. That production played for 167 performances.
Befuddled bachelor George elopes with Lou Ellen, the daughter of Judge Carter, but George must win over her parents and his Quaker aunt. George's 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.


Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs

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  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Meadowsides, Long Island. 1917.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


6f, 5m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting


Jane Packard
Polly Andrus
Jim Marvin
George Budd
Lou Ellen Carter
Jackie Sampson
Constable Simms
Judge Daniel Carter
Mrs. Carter
Miss Penelope Budd

The Girls

Miss Lottie Limmut
Miss Iona Saxon
Miss Rhoda Byke
Miss Shiela Ryve
Miss Lucy Stringhim
Miss Inna Ford
Miss George Spelvin
Miss Wanda Farr
Miss Anna Thrope
Miss Billie Dew
Miss Lotta Noyes
Miss Annie Olde-Knight
Miss B. Ava Little

The Boys

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


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements: Moderate
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Large

Full Orchestration

Violin 1
Violin 2
Clarinet in B-flat and A
Cornet in B-flat and A



Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package:
1 Piano/Conductor Score
33 Libretto/Vocal Books
1 Flute
1 Clarinet
1 Cornet
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
1 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass

Piano Only:
1 Piano/Conductor
33 Libretto/Vocal book



Guy Bolton

Guy Bolton was born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England, on November 23, 1884. Bolton famously collaborated with Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse on a series of buoyant musicals for the 299-seat Princess Theatre, including Have A Heart; Oh, Boy!; Leave It To Jane; Oh, Lady! Lady!; Sitting Pretty, Oh, Kay! a ...

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P.G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) and Guy Bolton (1884-1979) were both born in England. They were introduced by Jerome Kern, and he suggested they all work together. They did, tirelessly, and in the beginning of their collaboration wrote nearly one show per month: the famed Princess Theatre musicals. Bolton and Wodehouse w ...

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Jerome Kern

Jerome Kern (1885-1945) composed his first complete show, The Red Petticoat, in 1912. Between 1915 and 1919, he composed a series of intimate chamber musicals, mostly in collaboration with Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, known as the Princess Theatre shows. These works — Very Good Eddie; Oh, Boy!; Oh, Lady! Lady! ...

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