Cwmbran Woodland Players
(Founded 1970)

Past Productions --Me And My Girl

Performed at The Congress Theatre, Cwmbran
on the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th of September 2004

The Show

Book & Lyrics by: L. Arthur Rose & Douglas Furber

Music by Noel Gay

Opened December 16, 1937 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, (London)


Steven Clark as Bill and Angela Casa as Sally

Synopsis

Tells the tale of Bill Snibson, a Cockney bloke who suddenly becomes heir to an earldom.

The Hareford clan, a group of insufferable aristocrats, are clinging to their blue-blooded ways by the tips of their well-manicured fingers. The family’s precarious financial situation can only be remedied by locating a legitimate heir to the earldom of Hareford. In due course an heir is found, but, unfortunately for the haughty Harefords, he turns out to be the decidedly non-noble Bill Snibson, a swaggering Cockney from Lambeth. (It seems the late 13th Earl of Hareford had enjoyed at least one brief period of amorous slumming, secretly wedding a woman beneath his station.) The Earl’s will specifically states that the heir must be deemed a fit and proper person by the two very fit and proper executors, Maria, Duchess of Dene, and Sir John Tremayne. A good-hearted woman beneath all her jewelry, the duchess is determined to make the best of the situation by transforming Snibson into a proper gentleman. To complicate matters further, Snibson is madly in love with a girl he refuses to leave behind, fellow Cockney Sally Smith. Go Back


John Cantello as Sir John and Andrea Miskelly as The Duchess

There were excellent press reviews


Charlotte Vater as Lady Jacqueline

Well Done everybody!

 

Song List

Overture
A Weekend at Hareford
Thinking of No One But Me
Me and My Girl
The Family Solicitor
An English Gentleman
An English Gentleman (Reprise)
You Would, If You Could
Hold My Hand
The Family Solicitor (1st Reprise)
Once You Lose Your Heart
The Preparation Fugue
The Lambeth Walk
Entr'acte
The Sun Has Got His Hat On
Take it on the Chin
The Family Solicitor (2nd Reprise)
The Song of Hareford
Once You Lose Your Heart (Reprise)
Love Makes the World Go 'Round
Leaning on a Lamp-post
Lambeth Ballet
Finale: Love Makes the World Go 'Round / Me and My Girl (Reprises)
Curtain Call: The Lambeth Walk (Reprise)

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Info

The 1985 British musical revival took five Drama Desk awards. Me and My Girl was a revival of an almost 50 year old English comedy, once thought to be "too British" for Broadway audiences. In 1986 Me and My Girl went on to earn eleven Tony Award nominations, and win three, including Actor (Musical), Actress (Musical), and Choreography.

Me and My Girl was an immense hit in its original incarnation on the London stage in 1937. It ran for two years and almost 1,700 performances. It spawned toys, an international dance craze, and a movie. Then the show fell into near-total obscurity -- until its successful resuscitation in the mid-1980s. In fact, it took producer Richard Armitage -- the son of the show’s composer, the pseudonymous Noel Gay -- years to track down the original score and script.

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© Cwmbran Woodland Players 2004