The Ohio Light Opera
Professional Theatre

Music by George Gershwin
Book by Guy Bolton and George Grossmith Jr.
Lyrics by Desmond Carter and Ira Gershwin

Show Description:
If ever there were a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this is it – the first fully-staged production in almost a century of George Gershwin’s 1924 musical Primrose. Written for the London stage (255 performances), but never brought to Broadway, the show reveals the composer fully crossing the threshold into the jazz-inspired stylings that would take Broadway by storm just a few months later in Lady, Be Good! Although Britisher Desmond Carter wrote the bulk of the lyrics, most of the show’s hit songs were actually adapted by George from tunes he had written earlier to brother Ira’s lyrics. Offering a tip of the hat to Gilbert and Sullivan, Edwardian musical comedy, and British music hall, the show centers on dapper Toby Mopham, who finds himself engaged to vulgar beautician Pinkie Peach. To help him out of the situation, he calls on his friend, houseboat-dwelling author Hilary Vane, who himself has fallen in love with ingenue Joan, who reminds him of the character Primrose in his latest story. After many (and we do mean many) complications, characters, and disguises, everyone winds up with his or her ideal mate. Song hits include “Wait a Bit, Susie,” “Boy Wanted,” “Some Far Away Someone,” and “Naughty Baby.”

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July 6 - August 11

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$10-$53 Reserved Seating

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The Ohio Light Opera
1189 Beall Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691

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