Gaiety Theatre Dublin
D ire cto rs: E s m o n n A n d rew s, L orc an P o u rk e . F red O 'D o n o v a n , D e r m o d C afferky
RATHMINES AND RATHGAR MUSICAL SOCIETY
MY FAIR LADY Opening 11 March, 1969
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OPENING TUESDAY, 11th MARCH, 1969 THE RATHMINES AND RATHGAR MUSICAL SOCIETY presents
MY FAIR LADY Adapted from Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” Book and Lyrics by
ALAN JAY LERNER
by arrangement with N.O.D.A. Ltd. and S tage Musicals Ltd., New York Musical Director TERRY O’CONNOR, L.R.A.M. Choreographer ALICE DALGARNO Settings designed & executed by ROBERT HEADE Costumes created by BABS DE MONTE of STUDIO ROYALE Production by
For Ralhmlnes and Rathgar Musical Society
Stage Director ............................................... SEAMUS O'NEILL Assistant Stage Directors ANN KING, URSULA MURPHY, NORA O’ROURKE, MARY O'MALLEY Chorus Master ................................................... ROBERT DALY Honorary Secretary ........................................... CLEM P. RYAN Honorary T reasurer.................................... THOMAS MURTAGH Wardrobe M aste r.....................................................PAT LAWLOR Wardrobe Mistress ........................................... MARY McCANN
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MY FAIR LADY When G eorge Bernard Shaw wrote PYGMALION away back in 1912 he probably did not forsee, astute gentleman though he was, that his rom antic story would some day be m agically transform ed into a stage and film presentation which, in its musical form, would create an all-time high rating in audience appeal. It appears that it was fifteen years earlier that Shaw got the first germ of an idea for the play. He wrote to Ellen T e rry : “ Caesar and Cleopatra has been driven clean out of my head by a play I want to write for them (Forbes-Robertson and Mrs. Patrick C am pbell), in w hich he shall be a west-end gentleman and she an east-end dona in an apron and three orange and red feathers” . The first production of PYGMALION was in Vienna— in German— in 1913, and London audiences saw it for the first tim e in His M ajesty's Theatre on April 11, 1914. Mrs. Pat was Eliza and S ir Herbert Tree played Higgins. When the play was revived in 1947, Shaw chose Alec Clunes to play the Professor. Ann Rogers, Stanley Holloway, Zena Dare and Robert Cooke were in the other main parts. The appealing story of the pretty flow er girl with the out rageous accent was first presented to the New York stage in March 1956 under its new title of MY FAIR LADY. W ith its light-hearted, immensely clever lyrics and wonderful musical score by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe it became a star show overnight. It ran for six and a half years (2,717 perform ances) achieving a record before it closed in Septem ber 1962. The W arner Brothers’ film has since become a classic. The genius of Lerner and Loewe is always evident in the twenty-odd songs which have become so fam iliar in the last thirteen years, and the eighteen scenes of the com bined two acts give m agnificent scope for the transform ation from Covent Garden vegetable market to the comfortable bachelor quarters of Professor Higgins, the exciting Ascot scene and the Embassy Ball. G.B.S. in his epilogue to the play holds that the history of Eliza Doolittle, though called a romance because the transfiguration it records seems exceedingly improbable, is common enough. However his audiences may take leave to differ with him, and find themselves firm ly held by the unusual story of the flow er girl who turns into a lady and the Professor who becomes ‘an ordinary m an’. MY FAIR LADY opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on 30th A pril, 1958, and closed on 19th October, 1963, the occasion of its 2,281st perform ance, having been seen by 4,325,000 people. It was the longest run on record at this famous playhouse which recently celebrated its tercentenary. The London run of MY FAIR LADY has been exceeded by only one other musical, ‘‘Salad Days” , which played fo r 3 more performances, but at a theatre— the Vaudeville— which has a capacity of only 669 compared with Drury Lane’s 2,341. The RATHMINES AND RATHGAR MUSICAL SOCIETY is proud that it is giving the first presentation of the show in the Republic. Lighting Equipment by STRAND ELECTRIC LTD. For the Gaiety Theatre J. POTTER Director P. JONES Stage Manager S. BURKE . C hief Electrician The public may leave at the end o f the performance by all Exit doors. Persons shall not be perm itted to stand or sit in any of the gangways intersecting the seating, or to sit in any of the other gangways. (Copy of bye-laws). The taking of photographs in the auditorium is strictly prohibited.
IVIY F A I R
CAST (in order of appearance)
MAURA BOURKE D E R M O T DALY F E R G U S O ’NEILL
M rs. Eynsford-Hill
D O D O O ’HAGAN
F r e d d y Eynsford-Hill
C o lo n e l P ic k e rin g
MAURICE O ’SULLIVAN
A D ru n k Lady
A B ystander
ALAN CRA W FO RD
H e n ry H iggins
S e f s e y Man
RO N EVANS
H o x to n Man
J O E BEVAN
A n o t h e r B y s ta n d e r
TOMMY O ’DWYER
Iris h m a n
J O H N O ’CONNELL
First C o c k n e y
JO H N DILLON
S e c o n d Cockney
JO H N DOLAN
T h ird C o c k n e y
B a r te n d e r
RO N EVANS
PADRAIG O ’ROURKE
Ja m ie
TO N Y SW EENY
A lfred P. D o o little
R. J . TIERNEY
Mrs. P e a r c e
HEATHER H EW SO N
Mrs. H o p k in s
KATHLEEN O ’BRIEN
F o o tm e n
DONAL KENNY J O H N DILLON
Lord B o x in g to n
L a d y B o x in g to n
M erry W idow
GRAINNE M cM ANUS
C o n s ta b le
F lo w e r Girl
Z o lta n K a rp a th y
JO H N CONROY
M ajor D o m o
Q u e e n of T ra n s y lv a n ia
A m bassador
PA SCAL WALSHE
B a r te n d e r
Mrs. H ig g in s ’ M aid
B u tle r
FR E D TAYLOR
NOEL M cG E E
S erv an ts
CATHERINE McAULIFFE EITHNE MAGUIRE CARM EL SHAW SHIRLEY SW EENEY MARY DONNELLY
Mrs. H ig g in s
C h a u ffe u r
S T E P H E N BYRNE
BRONAH CRAW FORD
SIN G IN G ENSEMBLE Misses A. Crossan, E. Boylan, M. Creed, D. Cummins, B. Crawford, M. Doyle, N. Kealy, A. McBrien, M. McCann, D. Egar, M. Neville, D. Sheridan, E. Staveley, I. Tobin, M. Walsh, A. W alsh, K. O’Brien. Messrs. N. Byrne, S. Byrne, J. Bevan, M. Cronin, A. Crawford, N. Dungan, J. Dillon, J. Dolan, R. Evans, S. Hogan, D. Kenny, P. Lawlor, J. O'Connell, T . O ’Dwyer, P. Walsh. DA N C IN G ENSEM BLE Misses G. M cM anus, P. Dowling, P. McGrath, C. Pallor, M. Bourke. Messrs. A. Cullen, F. O’Neill, G. Brady, D. Daly, P. O ’Donovan.
C re d its : Mr. M cS hane’s w ardrobe by LOUIS COPELAND , Dam e Street. Cardigan worn by M r. McShane by GLEN ABBEY. Hairstyles for Misses Studley, Hewson, Hickey and O ’Hagan by M ILO RDS AND M ILADIES HAIR SALON, Central Hotel Cham bers. Cigars by PLAYER-WILLS. Pipes by KAPP & PETERSON LTD. Recording M achine by FRANK RAFTER, 96 Lr. G ardiner St. Silverware, Decanters and Lamps by T. M UR TA G H (Dawson B outique). Recordings by G ERRY FITZGERALD, Rathfarnham. G lobe by ED U C A TIO N A L CO O F IRELAND, Talbot St. Artificial flowers by FLORENTAL, 10 Mountjoy Square.
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SYNOPSIS OF SCENES AND MUSICAL NUMBERS The place is London.
Scene 3 Scene 4
The tim e, 1912.
ACT I Outside the Opera House, Covent Garden — A cold March night S tre e t E n te rta in e rs T he T hree Buskers “ W h y Can’ t th e E n g lis h ? ” Higgins “ W o u ld n ’t i t Be L o v e rly ? Eliza an d C ockneys A tenement section, Tottenham Court Road — Immediately following “ W it h a L i t t le B i t o f L u c k ’’ Doolittle, H arry and Jamie Higgins' Study— The (oliowing morning “ I ’m an O r d in a r y M a n ” Higgins A tenement sectfon, Tottenham Court Road — Three days later R eprise : “ W ith a L i t t l e B it o f L u c k ”
D oolittle an d Ensem ble Higgins’ Study— Later that day “ Ju st Y o u W a it” Eliza “ T h e R a in i n S pain” H iggins, Eliza and Pickering “ I C o u ld H a v e D a n c e d A l l N ig h t ”
Scene 6 Scene 7 Scene 8 Scene 9 Scene 10 Scene 11
Eliza, M rs. Pearce an d Maids Near the Race Meeting, Ascot— A July afternoon Inside a Club Tent, Ascot— Immediately following “ A s c o t G a vo tte ” F u ll Ensem ble Outside Higgins’ House, Wimpole Street — Later that afternoon “ O n T h e S tre e t W h e re Y o u L iv e ” Freddy Higgins’ Study— Six weeks later The promenade of the Embassy— Later that night The ballroom of the Embassy — Immediately following “ T h e Em bassy W a ltz ”
Higgins, Eliza, Karpathy an d Full Ensem ble ACT II Scene 1
Higgins’ Study—three o’clock the following morning “ Y o u D id I t ” Higgins, Pickering, M rs. Pearce an d Servants R e p ris e : “ Just Y o u W a it” Eliza Outside Higgins’ House, Wimpole Street — immediately following R e p rise : “ O n th e S tre e t W h e re Y o u L iv e F red dy “ Show M e ” Eliza an d Freddy Flower Garden at Covent Garden — 5 o’clock that morning R e p rise : “ W o u ld n ’t I t Be L o v e r ly ? "
Eliza an d C ockneys “ G e t M e T o T he C h u rc h O n T im e ”
Scene 4 Scene 5 Scene 6 Scene 7
D oolittle, H arry, Jamie and Ensemble Upstairs Hail of Higgins’ House — 11 o’clock that morning “A H y m n t o H i m ” Higgins The conservatory of Mrs. Higgins’ House — Later that day “ W it h o u t Y o u ” Eliza a n d Higgins Outside Higgins’ House, Wimpole Street — Immediately following “ I ’ve g ro w n a ccustom ed to h e r face” Higgins Higgins’ Study— Immediately following
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