Simple Simon (musical)
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original 1930 sheet music
1931 Broadway revival
The play, a loose plot designed to show off Ed Wynn's fumbling, clowning, punning style, cast him as a newspaper vendor who spends his time in a fairy-tale land where bad news does not exist. The song "Ten Cents a Dance" was introduced by Ruth Etting in this show. "Love Me Or Leave Me" by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson was interpolated into the show about two months after it opened.
The musical numbers written for the show included:
- "Coney Island"
- "Don't Tell Your Folks"
- "Magic Music"
- "I Still Believe in You"
- "Send for Me"
- "Dull and Gay"
- "Hunting the Fox"
- "Come On, Men"
- "Ten Cents a Dance"
- "Rags and Tatters"
- "Dancing on the Ceiling" (dropped before the New York opening)
- "He Was Too Good to Me" (dropped before the New York opening)
- "Oh, So Lovely" (unused)
- "Peter Pan"
- "The Simple Simon Instep" (unused)
- "Prayers of Tears and Laughter" (dropped before the New York opening)
- "Hunting Song" (unused)
- "Come out of the Nursery" (dropped before the pre-Broadway tryout)
- "Sing Glory Hallelujah" (dropped before the pre-Broadway tryout)
The song "I Can Do Wonders with You", from a previous show, was interpolated.