The Second Little Show

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The Second Little Show
The Second Little Show.jpg
Sheet music cover (cropped)
Music Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics Howard Dietz
Book Dwight Deere Wiman
Productions 1930 Broadway

The Second Little Show is a musical revue with lyrics by Howard Dietz and music mostly by Arthur Schwartz.

Produced by William A. Brady, Jr. and Dwight Deere Wiman, in association with Tom Weatherly, the Broadway production opened at the Royale Theatre on September 2, 1930 and closed in October 1930, after 63 performances. Directed by Wiman and Monty Woolley and choreographed by Dave Gould, with scenic design by Jo Mielziner, the cast included Jay C. Flippen, Gloria Grafton, and Al Trahan.

This is the second of the Little Shows. The only claim to fame is the song "Sing Something Simple" with words and music by Herman Hupfield, introduced by Ruth tester.[1] Other songs include "I Like Your Face" (originally "Foolish Face"), "Lucky Seven", "What a Case I've Got On You", and "You're the Sunrise".

The producers of The Little Show, in doing the follow-up, decided to do the show without stars, but the show did poorly. (And the stars of the first Little Show went on to success.)[2]

There was a Third Little Show, which opened at the Music Box Theatre on June 1, 1931 and ran for 136 performances. The music was by various composers (including Hupfield) and the sketches were by Noël Coward, S. J. Perelman, Marc Connelly, among others. It was directed by Alexander Leftwich and starred Beatrice Lillie, Ernest Truex, and Constance Carpenter. Lillie introduced the Coward song "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" to the American audience in this revue.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jasen David A., Tin Pan Alley (2003), Taylor & Francis, ISBN 0-415-93877-5 , p. 215
  2. ^ Suskin, Steven, Show tunes (2000), Oxford University Press US, ISBN 0-19-512599-1, p. 38
  3. ^ Suskin, p. 69
  4. ^ Third Little Show ibdb.com, accessed August 5, 2009

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