During the gloomy days of World War I, audiences, including servicemen on leave, wanted light and uplifting entertainment, and they flocked to theatres to see lighthearted musical comedies, a number of which broke box-office records. It opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 14 September 1917, and ran for 801 performances – one of the longest runs of any musical theatre piece up to that time.

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During the gloomy days of World War I, audiences, including servicemen on leave, wanted light and uplifting entertainment, and they flocked to theatres to see lighthearted musical comedies, a number of which broke box-office records. These included The Bing Boys Are Here (1916), Chu Chin Chow (1916), and The Maid of the Mountains (1917). Almost as popular were The Boy, The Happy Day (1916) and Yes, Uncle! (1917). Greenbank had worked on a dozen shows with each of Monckton and Ross from 1900 to the time of The Boy, and Talbot and Thompson were also frequent collaborators of theirs in the first two decades of the 20th century.

The plot of The Boy closely follows that of The Magistrate, although character names have been changed, and some of the original dialogue is retained. In the Play Pictorial feature, B.W. Findon's review of the musical praised the singing of Nellie Taylor and Peter Gawthhorne, and the comedy of W. H. Berry, as well as the production in general.

It opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London on 14 September 1917, directed by Robert Courtneidge, under the management of Alfred Butt, and ran for 801 performances – one of the longest runs of any musical theatre piece up to that time.

The musical was later produced in Australia, starring Gladys Moncrieff. It was also adapted for Broadway as Good Morning, Judge in 1919, by the same creative team, at the Shubert Theatre, running for 140 performances and then touring successfully. Two songs by George Gershwin were added to the score, including "I am so Young," published as "I was so Young (You were so Young)." It starred George Hassell (as Mr. Meebles), Charles King (as Hughie), Mollie King (as Joy Chatterton) and Edward Martindel (as Col. Bagot).

Although the piece was revived several times by amateur British groups in the 1930s, it has not been seen since then.

 

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Liste des chansons

ACT I – Mr. Meebles' House at West Hampstead
No. 1 – Introduction & Chorus – "We will finish the rub and we've only to pay"
No. 2 – Joy & Chorus – "There are lots of games with childish names, and I know ev'ry one of them"
No. 3 – Katie, Joy & Hughie – "When you see a lady talking to a friend, why d'you want to interfere?"
No. 4 – Diana & Pope – "I'm kept busy all day in a general way"
No. 5 – Millicent, Diana, Hughie, Burridge & Meebles – "This is the day of young folks"
No. 6 – Millicent & Chorus – "When I used to go to school some time ago, no one thought I was a fool"
No. 7 – Millicent & Meebles – "All my life through I have yearn'd for Romance"
No. 8 – Diana & Chorus – "I've some news to tell – you will never guess!"
No. 9 – Meebles – "When first I practised at the Bar, and earned my reputation"
No. 10 – Chorus – "Oh, we now must say goodbye, for we really must be going"
No. 11 – End of Act I


Millicent Meebles and her sister under arrest
ACT II – Scene 1 – The Cosmos Hotel, Verrey Street, London W.C.
No. 12 – Introduction and Dance – "Cheer O! Keep your toes a-wagging"
No. 13 – Joy & Chorus – "It's hard to make my mind up when I am at a ball"
No. 14 – Pope – "I'm absolutely fed up with all the female sex!"
No. 15 – Meebles & Hughie, with Chorus – "When two young fellows like us go out upon the spree"
No. 16 – Diana & Chorus – "There lived a little maid, and oh, her heart was light" ("Little Miss Melody")
No. 17 – Dance
No. 18 – Diana & Pope – "I fear I've been a bit of a fool, though as a rule I'm pretty cool" ("Have a Heart")
No. 19 – Joy, Hughie & Meebles, with Chorus – "The girls all listen and their bright eyes glisten"
No. 20 – Finale – Scene 1 – "We're stiff and stolid, large and solid representatives of the law"

ACT II – Scene 2 – The Magistrate's Room, Bromley Street
No. 21 – Meebles – "Ah, can it be? A few short hours ago my heart was light" ("When the Heart Is Young")

ACT II – Scene 3 – The Garden of Meebles' House
No. 22 – Chorus – "Pansy Day! Pansy Day! Here are some flow'rs for you"
No. 23 – Meebles & Chorus – "I've not had so much as a wink all the night – it's distressing!"
No. 24 – Millicent & Diana – "I am feeling quite a wreck ... Well, you are a trifle torn!"
No. 25 – Finale Act II – "They'll be sporty boys! Rollicking rorty-torty boys!"

Supplementary items:
No. 26 – Diana & Pope – "Why do you seem cold, uncaring, oh! you beautiful maid?"
No. 27 – Meebles – "The years roll back; once more I seem to be a rosy-cheek'd and pudding-faced young urchin"
No. 28 – Diana – "When a girl comes out and goes about to lots of dinners, and dances"
No. 29 – Millicent & Meebles – "Horatio, do you remember? ... My dearest, how could I forget?"
No. 30 – Joy & Hughie, with Chorus – "Little Dicky was a wonder at any sort of dance"

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Version 1

Boy (The) (1917-09-Adelphi Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée :
Nombre : 801 représentations
Première Preview : vendredi 14 septembre 1917
Première : vendredi 14 septembre 1917
Dernière : Inconnu
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Chorégraphie :
Avec : W.H. Berry (Horatio Meebles), Maisie Gay (Millicent Meebles), Donald Calthrop (Hughie Cavanagh), Nellie Taylor (Diana Fairlie), C.M. Lowne (Colonel Bagot), Peter Gawthorne (Albany Pope), Heather Thatcher (Katie Muirhead), W.H. Rawlins (Mr. Burridge), André Randall (Juniori Fratti), T. Del Lungo (Napoleon), George Elton (Mr. Honeyball), F. Russell (Inspector Eason), W. Matthews (Sergeant Dix), George Wilson (Constable Styles), Eddie Garr (Cash), Dorothy Munroe (Turner), R.G. Sydney (Cuthbert Sutton), H.B. Lane (Lyall Hewson-Galway), Marie Clavering (P. Madgewick), Gwen Hughes (Doris Cuddley), Dora Fraser (Winnie Sweet), Betty Blake (Principal Dancers)
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