ME AND MY GIRL - FEATURING EMMA THOMPSON
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Me and My Girl is a musical with music by Noel Gay and its original book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose. The musical is set in the late 1930s and tells the story of an unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill Snibson, who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford - with action set in Hampshire, Mayfair, and Lambeth.
The musical had a successful original run in the West End in 1937, and was turned into a film in 1939, titled The Lambeth Walk, named after one of the show's songs. "The Lambeth Walk" was also the subject of a news story in The Times of October 1938: "While dictators rage and statesmen talk, all Europe dances — to The Lambeth Walk." The show also included the song "The Sun Has Got His Hat On".
After returning to the West End briefly in 1952, the musical's book received a revision by Stephen Fry with Mike Ockrent in the 1980s. This revised version of Me and My Girl also included the song "Leaning on a Lamp-post" and opened in the West End in 1985 and received 2 Laurence Olivier Awards before transferring to Broadway in 1986 and winning 3 of its 11 Tony Award nominations.
Me and My Girl originally opened on the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre on December 16, 1937, and starred Lupino Lane. Lane had previously played Bill Snibson in a horseracing comedy play, Twenty to One, that opened in 1935. Me and My Girl was conceived as a fresh vehicle for the character.] At first attracting little notice, the production gained immediate success after a matinee performance was broadcast live on BBC radio, following the cancellation of a sporting event. On May 1, 1939, a performance was televised from the theatre, one of the first times such was done. The original West End production ran for 1,646 performances.
THIS PRODUCTION is a revival staged in 1984 opened at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre with a revised script by Stephen Fry and contributions by director Mike Ockrent. It transferred to the Adelphi Theatre on February 12, 1985 and closed on January 16, 1993 after an eight-year run and 3,303 performances. It starred Robert Lindsay as Bill Snibson, Emma Thompson, and Frank Thornton. The production won two Olivier Awards: Musical of the Year and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical (Robert Lindsay). Cast changes included : Enn Reitel (as Bill Snibson) and Su Pollard (as Sally Smith) in 1986; Gary Wilmot (as Bill Snibson) and Jessica Martin (as Sally Smith) in 1989. Thornton was succeeded by Nicholas Smith. The production subsequently toured throughout Britain. (AMG)
Various – Me And My Girl
Label: Manhattan Records – PV 53030
Format: Vinyl, Album, LP
Country: US Released: 1985
A2 A Weekend At Hareford
A3 Thinking Of No One But Me Vocals – Robert Longden, Susannah Fellows
A4 The Family Solicitor Vocals – Bruce Graham, Denise Hirst, Frank Thornton, Geoffrey Andrews, Robert Longden, Roy Macready, Susannah Fellows, Ursula Smith (3)
A5 Me And My Girl Vocals – Emma Thompson, Robert Lindsay
A6 An English Gentleman
A7 You Would If You Could Vocals – Robert Lindsay, Susannah Fellows
A8 The Lambeth Walk Vocals – Emma Thompson, Robert Lindsay
B1 The Sun Has Got His Hat On Vocals – Robert Longden
B2 Once You Lose Your Heart Vocals – Emma Thompson
B3 Take It On The Chin Vocals – Emma Thompson
B4 Song Of Hareford Vocals – Ursula Smith (3)
B5 Love Makes The World Go Round Vocals – Frank Thornton, Robert Lindsay
B6 Leaning On A Lamp PostVocals – Robert Lindsay
B7 If Only You Had Cared For Me Vocals – Frank Thornton, Ursula Smith (3)
Engineer – John Kurlander
Engineer [Assistant] – Nigel Brooke-Hart
Music By – Noel Gay
Performer – Bruce Graham, Denise Hirst, Emma Thompson, Frank Thornton, Geoffrey Andrews, Myra Sands, Richard Caldicott, Robert Lindsay, Robert Longden, Roy Macready, Susannah Fellows, Ursula Smith (3)
Performer [Chorus] – Anita Pashley, Antony Simons, Ben Heaf, Caroline O'Connor, Chris Melville (2), Cynthia Morey, David Alder, David O'Brien (2), Frances Richardson, Graeme Metcalfe, Greg Shand, Howard Raynor, Jenny Scott-Malden, Julie Fell, Kenny Linden, Kevin A.J. Ranson, Marisa Campbell, Mark Hutchinson (4), Michael Kirk, Paul Grunert, Peter Martindale, Peter Sugden, Robert Cotton (2), Rosemarie Ford, Susie Lee-Hayward, Teresa Wellard
Producer – Norman Newell
Producer [Associate] – Gil King
Words By – Douglas Furber (tracks: A1 to A8, B3), Noel Gay (tracks: B2, B4 to B7), Ralph Butler (2) (tracks: B1)
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