Kern and Wodehouse Rarity The Beauty Prize Gets NYC Concert Run April 26-May 8

News   Kern and Wodehouse Rarity The Beauty Prize Gets NYC Concert Run April 26-May 8
 
The Manhattan concert-series troupe Musicals Tonight! presents the New York premiere of The Beauty Prize, a 1923 London hit by composer Jerome Kern and lyricist-librettist P.G. Wodehouse, April 26-May 8.

The musical played 213 performances in London but never came to Broadway. Its score includes "You Can't Make Love By Wireless," "You'll Find Me Playing Mah-Jong," "Honeymoon Isle," "I'm a Prize," "Joy Bells" and "Cottage in Kent."

Musicals Tonight! presents works at the intimate 45th Street Theatre in the midtown theatre district.

According to notes by Mel Miler, artistic director of Musicals Tonight!, "A rich American girl, Carol Stuart (Kelly Jeanne Grant) comes to London to find a man who will love her for herself. She meets the equally rich John Brooke (Sean Hayden) who seeks the same qualities in a woman. Both pretend to be poor. Both have secretaries who aid and abet (Adrienne Pisoni and Justin Sayre, respectively). As a good-natured prank, Carol's friend Lovey Toots (Annie Ramsey) enters Carol's photo in a beauty contest run by a London tabloid. The first prize is the hand in marriage of the very eccentric Odo Philpott (Michael Masters). The 'prize' arrives on the day of the wedding between the quarrelling Carol and John. They all decamp to America on a luxury liner and everything gets sorted out (as things did on luxury liners in musical comedies of the 1920s)."

The company also includes Lindsay Packard, Roger Rifkin, Mary Jo Mecca, Derrick Colby, David Perlman, Jason Robinson, Jason Strong, Sarah Darling, Jaimie Kelton, Jenna Coker and Margaret Kelly.

Thomas Mills directs the concert performance. Music director is Rick Hip-Flores. Tickets are $19. The 45th Street Theatre is at 354 West 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For information, call Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more information, visit www.musicalstonight.org.

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