This Year of Grace

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This Year of Grace
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Page from sheet music (cropped)
Music Noël Coward
Lyrics Noël Coward
Book Noël Coward
Productions 1928 Broadway

This Year of Grace is a revue with a book, music, and lyrics by Noël Coward.

It opened in London on 22 March 1928 at the London Pavilion and ran for nearly 10 months, with a cast featuring Sonnie Hale, Maisie Gay, Jessie Matthews, Sheilah Graham and Tilly Losch among others. Doris Zinkeisen was one of the costume designers for the production.[1] Since the revue was still playing to capacity audiences that autumn, Noël Coward and Charles B. Cochran decided to recruit an entire new cast for the Broadway transfer to avoid breaking up the profitable London run,[2] with Coward himself replacing Sonnie Hale, Beatrice Lillie taking over Maisie Gay's role, and Florence Desmond substituting for Laurie Devine as Coward's partner in "Dance, Little Lady".

Produced by Arch Selwyn, the Broadway production opened on November 7, 1928 at the Selwyn Theatre, where it ran for 157 performances. Several new numbers for Beatrice Lillie (solo or in duet with Coward) were interpolated into the original London score for this new production,[2] while an additional Act II song "Mexico",[3] originally included in pre-London performance, had been dropped before the London opening.

The show is also referred to as Cochran's Revue or Cochran's 1928 Revue, which was its title for the pre-London run.[3] The show contains three enduring Noël Coward songs: "World Weary", "A Room With a View" and "Dance, Little Lady".

Songs[edit]

The Noël Coward Society, drawing on performing statistics from the publishers and the Performing Rights Society, ranks "A Room With a View" as among Coward's ten most popular songs.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Stanley (22 March 1980). Encyclopedia Of The Musical Theatre. Da Capo Press. p. 419. ISBN 978-0-306-80113-6. 
  2. ^ a b Coward, Noël (1986). Autobiography. Methuen London. pp. 196, 201. ISBN 0-413-60660-0. 
  3. ^ a b Noel Coward Music Index, 'Mexico'
  4. ^ a b c d These extra numbers not present in original London production
  5. ^ "Appendix 3 (The Relative Popularity of Coward's Works)", Noël Coward Music Index, accessed 9 March 2009

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