The Stars Always Shine in Oh, Kay! The Smartest of Musical Comedies [opening lines of handbill].
Jazz Age Theatrical handbill for the George and Ira Gershwin musical comedy Oh, Kay!, featuring the hit song, “Someone to Watch Over Me”
Handbill for the Jazz Age musical comedy Oh, Kay! starring Gertrude Lawrence in the title role. With music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, the show featured the enduring Broadway standard, “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
The show played on Broadway over 250 times in 1926 and 1927 before moving to a London’s West End. Set on Long Island during Prohibition, the two-act musical tells a love story against the background of rum runners and bootleggers, including the lovely Brit, Lady Kay who pretends to be married to escape the law.
The handbill depicts Kay as a leggy flapper girl, bobbed hair, cloche hat, and wind-blown dress. On the verso are newspaper reviews of the show and half tone portraits of cast members including Gertrude Lawrence, Oscar Shaw, Victor Moore and the “Fairbanks Twins,” Madeline and Marion.
Oh, Kay! was based on a book co-written by Guy Bolton and his frequent Broadway collaborator, the comic novelist P. G. Wodehouse. Their story was based on the play La Presidente by Maurice Hanniquin and Pierre Veber.
Description: The Stars Always Shine in Oh, Kay! The Smartest of Musical Comedies [opening lines of handbill].
[New York, c.1926–1927]. pp. Small broadsheet or handbill. 8½ x 5¼ inches. Full-page offset lithographic illustration, plus half tone portraits. Some creasing along top edge; very good.
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