Very Good Eddie

Full-Length Musical, Comedy  /  4w, 4m

Guy Bolton, Philip Bartholomae, Jerome Kern, Schuyler Green, Herbert Reynolds, Elsie Janis, Harry B. Smith, John E. Hazzard, Henry Kailimai

Book by Guy Bolton and Philip Bartholomae / Music by Jerome Kern / Lyrics by Schuyler Green and Herbert Reynolds / Additional lyrics by Elsie Janis, Harry B. Smith and John E. Hazzard / Additional music by Henry Kailimai

This vaudeville-era musical comedy features
a charming Jerome Kern score and a wacky plot about two mismatched couples
honeymooning on the Hudson River Day Line.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 4m
  • Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Period, Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Very Good Eddie


The title character of Very Good Eddie is a very short man, newly married to the extremely tall Georgina. As they honeymoon aboard a Hudson River day liner to the Catskills, they encounter a very tall athlete named Percy and his new wife, the diminutive Elsie. When the couples accidentally trade partners, chaos ensues.
Very Good Eddie opened on Broadway at the Princess Theatre on December 23, 1915, starring Ernest Truex as the title character, Helen Raymond as his wife, and with John Willard and Alice Dovey as Percy and Elsie. The show later transferred to a variety of other theaters and played for a total of 341 performances. In 1975, the show was revived at the Goodspeed Opera and later transferred to the Booth Theatre on Broadway, where it played for 304 performances starring Charles Repole, Virginia Seidel, James Harder and Travis Hudson.

Eddie Kettle is a very short young man. He is newly married to Georgina, who is spectacularly tall. They honeymoon aboard a Hudson River Day Line. Also on board: Percy Darling, an athlete, who is spectacularly tall, and his new wife, Elsie (very, very short). Chaos ensues when two honeymooning couples cross paths and trade partners... accidentally. The vaudeville adventure continues while the mismatched couples find their way to each other and somehow, true love prevails.

Elsie Lilly — A voice student and former sweetheart of Eddie

Madame Matroppo — Voice Teacher

Dick Rivers — College chum of Eddie and Percy

Georgina Kettle — Newlywed
Eddie Kettle — Newlywed

Elsie Darling — Newlywed
Percy Darling — Newlywed

Frenchman — L.C. de Rougemont

Lily Pond — Voice student; one of the Girls
Crystal Poole — Voice student; one of the Girls
Carrie Closewell — Voice student; one of the Girls
Alwys Innit — Voice student; one of the Girls

Ship Steward & Hotel Clerk — (Played by the same actor)
Ship Passenger

  • Time Period 1910s / WWI
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


Music Samples

Act I

1. Overture – Orchestra
2. “We’re On Our Way” – Elsie Lilly, Lily Pond & Chorus
3. “Some Sort Of Somebody” – Elsie Lilly & Dick Rivers
4. “Thirteen Collar” – Eddie Kettle
5. “Bungalow In Quogue” – Percy & Elsie Darling
6. “Isn’t It Great To Be Married” – Percy & Elise Darling and Eddie & Georgina Kettle
7. “Good Night Boat” – Chorus
8. “Left All Alone Again Blues” – Elsie Darling & Boys
9. “Hot Dog!” – Chorus
10. “If You’re A Friend Of Mine” – Elsie Darling & Eddie Kettle
11. Finale Act One: “Wedding Bells Are Calling Me” – Chorus

Act II

12. Entr’acte: Dance Trio – Orchestra
13. “Honeymoon Inn” – Elsie Lilly & Chorus
14. “I’ve Got To Dance” – Frenchman & Girls
14a. I’ve Got To Dance" (Dance) – Frenchman & Girls
15. “Moon Of Love” – Mme. Matroppo & Boys
16. “Old Boy Neutral” – Elsie Lilly & Dick Rivers
17. “Babes In The Woods” – Eddie Kettle & Elsie Darling
18. Intermezzo – Orchestra
19. “Katy-Did” – Mme. Matroppo
20. “Nodding Roses” – Elsie Lilly & Dick Rivers
21. Finale Act Two – Full Company
22. Singing Bows – Chorus
23. Exit Music – Orchestra

Full Orchestration

Violin I
Violin II

Snare Drum
Bass Drum & Cymbal
Suspended Cymbal
Wood Block
Bells & Timpani (2 Pedal Drums)

  • Musical Style Classic Broadway
  • Dance Requirements Moderate
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra Size Medium
  • Chorus Size No Chorus

Licensing & Materials

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Music Rentals

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16 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor
1 Flute
1 Clarinet
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Percussion
2 Violin 1
1 Violin 2
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
16 Libretto-Vocal Book
1 Piano-Conductor


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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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Philip Bartholomae

PHILIP BARTHOLOMAE was a writer, lyricist, producer and director. Between 1911 and 1926, Bartholomae contributed to fifteen productions that reached Broadway, including his play Over Night, which ran for 160 performances and served as the basis for the wildly successful Very ...

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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 ...

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Schuyler Green

Herbert Reynolds

HERBERT REYNOLDS was the pen name of Irish-American lyricist Michael Elder Rourke (1867-1933). Reynolds began his career as a press agent before moving on to lyric writing. Reynolds’ first successful collaboration with Jerome Kern was the song “They Didn’t Believe Me,” which ...

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Elsie Janis

ELSIE JANIS was born in Marion County, Ohio and first appeared on stage at the age of two. By 11, she was an established headliner on the vaudeville circuit. Janis appeared in several Broadway and West End productions, including The Vanderbilt Cup (1906), The Hoyden (1907), T ...

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Harry B. Smith

HARRY B. SMITH was a prolific stage writer, having contributed to more than 300 librettos and lyrics for more than 6,000 tunes. His early career was as a music and drama critic for Chicago newspapers. Some of his best known works were created with Victor Herbert, Reginald deK ...

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John E. Hazzard


Henry Kailimai

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