Gershwins' Obscure Primrose Blooms in NYC Concert by Musicals Tonight!, Dec. 2-21

News   Gershwins' Obscure Primrose Blooms in NYC Concert by Musicals Tonight!, Dec. 2-21
 
Primrose, the George and Ira Gershwin musical that played London but never Broadway, makes what's billed as its North American premiere Dec. 2-21 in a concert by the Manhattan troupe, Musicals Tonight!

The musical played 225 performances in London starting in 1924 and featured such songs as "Naughty Baby" and "Boy Wanted."

Lyrics were credited to Ira Gershwin and Desmond Carter. The libretto — about tangled love in Little Ferry-on Thames — is by George Grossmith and Guy Bolton. The song "Boy Wanted" was written for A Dangerous Maid in 1921 and rewritten for Primrose.

The piano-and-voice New York concert cast, directed by Thomas Mills and musical-directed by Barbara Anselmi, includes Michael Shawn Lewis, Ron Lee Savin, Cristin Mortenson, Jeremy Leiner, Carey Anderson, Gavin Esham, Brynn O'Malley, Chris Hartl, Verna Pierce, and Jacqueline Carnahan, Jeffrey Correia, Morgan James, Gavin Lodge, Annie Ramsey, Dee Roscioli, Kevin David Thomas and Nathan Zubal.

Shows presented by Musicals Tonight! are seen on the mainstage of the Sol Goldman 14th Street YMHA, 344 E. 14th Street between First and Second Avenue. Tickets are $19. Matinees are 2:30 PM, evenings are 7:30 PM. For information, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.

Mel Miller is founder and producer of Musicals Tonight!

The Gershwin's at work on a film score
The Gershwin's at work on a film score Photo by Robert Kimball and Alfred Simon
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