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Oh, Kay!

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  7f, 4m

Music and Lyrics by  George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin / Book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse

This 1926 romp, which served as inspiration for Nice Work If You Can Get It, skewers the upper class in an uproarious Prohibition story of bootleggers, society matrons, and new love.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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Oh, Kay!

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Summary

Oh, Kay! skewers the upper class in an uproarious Prohibition musical comedy. This 1926 romp, which served as inspiration for Nice Work If You Can Get It, features a host of Gershwin standards, including "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Clap Yo' Hands," "Do, Do, Do," "Heaven On Earth," and "Fidgety Feet."

History
Oh, Kay! opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on November 8, 1926, and played for 256 performances starring Gertrude Lawrence and Victor Moore.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras
Keywords
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Large Stage
It is 1926 and Prohibition is making America thirsty and bootleggers wealthy. When Jimmy Winters arrives at his beach house with his new bride, he finds Shorty McGee already in residence and assumes him to be the temporary butler. Shorty is actually guarding five hundred cases of booze stashed in Jimmy's cellar, but now he has no alternative but to butle. A telegram informs Jimmy he is still legally married to his first wife. The new bride flounces off to a hotel, leaving the way clear for Lady Katherine (Kay), who met Jimmy once and has never forgotten him…
Principals

Kay
Constance Appleton
Molly Morse
Mae
Peggy
Dolly Ruxton
Phyllis Ruxton

Jimmy Winter
“Shorty" McGee
Judge Appleton
The Duke

Supporting

Revenue Officer Jansen
Daisy
Chauffeur
Assistant Revenue Officer

  • Time Period 1920s
  • Setting In and around Jimmy Winter's house, Beachampton, Long Island. 1926.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol

Music

Music Samples

Full Orchestration

Violin 1
Violin 2
Viola
Cello
Bass

Flute
Oboe
Clarinet 1 & 2
Bassoon

Horn 1 & 2
Trumpet 1 & 2
Trombone

Percussion

  • Musical StyleClassic Broadway
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsDifficult
  • Orchestra SizeMedium
  • Chorus SizeLarge

Materials

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39 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Flute
1 Oboe
2 Clarinet 1&2
1 Bassoon
2 Horn 1&2
2 Trumpet 1&2
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
1 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
39 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor

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Authors

George Gershwin

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn on September 26, 1898, and began his musical training when he was 13. At 16, he quit high school to work as a "song plugger" for a music publisher, and soon he was writing songs himself. "Swanee," as introduced by Al Jolson, brought George ...

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Ira Gershwin

Ira Gershwin, the first songwriter to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, was born in New York City on December 6, 1896. In 1917 The Evening Sun published his first song (“You May Throw All The Rice You Desire But Please, Friends, Throw No Shoes”). Four years later, Ira enjoyed hi ...

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Guy Bolton

Guy Bolton (1884-1979) 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; ...

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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 ...

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