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Me & My Girl
an old-fashioned musical comedy
Music by Noel Gay
Book and lyrics by Douglas Furber, L. Arthur Rose, and Stephen Fry
Department of Musical Theatre
Directed by Mark Madama
Music Direction by Catherine A. Walker
Reserved Seating $34/$28 • Students $12 w/ID
The story is set in 1930 England. Thrilled to have found its long-lost heir to the Earldom of Hareford, the residents are equally horrified to discover that the heir is an unapologetically unrefined cockney bloke from the wrong side of London, Bill Snibson. According to the will, Bill’s uncouth ways must change if he has any hope to earn the approval of the executors and gain the title. His Lambeth sweetheart, Sally, is immediately declared an ‘inappropriate’ match. Bill’s efforts at refinement don’t always go as planned to hilarious and chaotic effect. As Bill strains to get up to snuff, Sally’s own efforts on his behalf may ultimately provide his acceptance into the nobility.
Me and My Girl, by Noel Gay, L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber, premiered in 1937 on London’s West End. The successful musical comedy was one of the first to be broadcast live on the BBC and was faithfully adapted into the 1939 movie The Lambeth Walk. In 1984, a production with a revised script by British comedian and writer Stephen Fry opened to renewed critical acclaim in London. The musical earned two Olivier Awards before transferring to Broadway in 1986 and winning three Tony Awards. The show features a number of inescapably hummable tunes including “The Sun Has Got His Hat On,” “The Lambeth Walk,” and “Leaning on a Lampost.” The New York Post declared, “It has humor, music, dancing, charm, wit and a deft expertise that takes your heart away.” Filled with non-stop tomfoolery and unaffected sweetness, Me and My Girl is a frothy, escapist, old-fashioned musical comedy that is sure to delight.