Ivor Novello & Jerome Kern's Theodore & Co. Makes Its U.S. Debut in Musicals Tonight! Series

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Musicals Tonight! presents the American premiere of a little-known British musical from 1916, Theodore & Co., by British songwriter Ivor Novello and American composer Jerome Kern, March 15-27 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre in Manhattan.

Ivor Novello
Ivor Novello

The musical, which features five songs by Jerome Kern, was the first written by the prolific British performer-songwriter Novello, who is best known for composing "Keep the Home Fires Burning," the patriotic tune written during World War I.

Thomas Sabella-Mills directs a cast including Amy Arbizani, Sarah Ambrose, James Beaman, Jackson Ross Best, Jr., Elyse Beyer, Anne Bobby, Melissa Bohon, Michael Fitzpatrick, Kevin Greene, Keith Herron, Ben Liebert, Topher Nuccio, Annemarie Rosano and David Sattler, with Jeff Horst, Brent Heuser, David Brent Howard, Rene Madden and Sara Sawyer. Paul L. Johnson is music director of the piano-and-voice staging.

Read Playbill.com recent feature about the shoestring-budget Musicals Tonight! company.

In Theodore & Co., according to press notes, "Lord Theodore, being 'the second son,' has no money. For a fee, he offers 'personal services' to his social set. The 24th Duke of Shetland needs guests for a fancy party and asks his nephew Theo to provide them. Theo and his 'company' sell expensive tickets to the affair and we see the high and low of 1916 London society. The gigolo, Cosmo, has designs on Lady Pansy. Mrs. Blisset is looking to find an employer for her husband. Lord Wye is seeking to get away from his wife. Pony, Theo's right hand man, is instructing his girlfriend, Fudge, on how to avoid the amorous advances of Dukes. Lady Diana is bewildered by the odd servants and guests..."

The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway, 3rd floor. For tickets ($25), call (212) 579-4230 or visit iseats.net.

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