Let's Face It

London Production


A New Musical Comedy
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
[Additional song by Sylvia Fine and Max Liebman, uncredited in the program]
Book by Dorothy & Herbert Fields

Tryouts began June 23, 1942 at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, UK
Presented by Jack Waller & Tom Arnold for J. W. Productions Ltd.
Produced by Richard Bird
Stage Director: Fred Grey
Dances and Ensembles by Joan Davis
Stage Decor by Clifford Pember
Choral Arrangments by Gaby Rogers
Musical Direction by George Windeatt

Opened November 19, 1942 at the Hippodrome Theatre, London
Ran for 348 performances
Produced by George Black by arrangement with Jack Waller and Tom Arnold
Directed by Bobby Howell
Choreographed by Joan Davis
Sets Designed by George Ramon
Musical Direction by Debroy Somers


Manchester Cast

Bobby Howes (Jerry Walker)
Joyce Barbour (Maggie Watson)
Keith Devon (Frankie Burns)
Pat Kirkwood (Winnie Potter)
Doris Rogers (Cornelia Abigail Pigeon)
Maidie Andrews (Nancy Collister)
Leigh Stafford (Eddie Hilliard)
Phyllis Thackeray (Muriel McGillicuddy)
Charmian Innes (Jean Blanchard)
John Clifford (Julian Watson)
Hubert Ennor (George Collister)
Lawrence Barclay (Judge Henry Clay Pigeon)

Mary Oliver (Dorothy Crowthers), Peggy Hughes (Polly Lee), Cynthia Stevens (Madge Hall), Benita Lydal (Mrs. Fink / Mrs. Wiggins), Muriel White (Mrs. Wigglesworth), Billy Holland (Lieutenant Wiggins), John Denis (Private Walsh), Dewey Gibson (Master of Ceremonies), Audrey Wayne (Anna, a maid), Charles Gilbert (Phillip, a selectee), Frank Grant (Jules, another selectee), with The Four Pagodas and Harry Roy's Three Royalists

Ensemble: Bobbie Taylor, Pamela Jenkins, Dorothy Jacobs, Jeanette Glynn, Peggie Hughes, Joan Clarkson, Betty Colman, Diana Glover, Cynthia Stevens, Joan Mollison, Daphne Kiernander, Monica Mallory, Lynda Caroll, Elsie Hunter, Judy Cook, Peggy Dodgson, Alfred Blandford, J. H. Jones, Frank Grant, Dewey Gibson, Maurice Bannister

London Cast

Bobby Howes (Jerry Walker)
Joyce Barbour (Maggie Watson)
Jack Stanford (Frankie Burns)
Pat Kirkwood (Winnie Potter)
Babette O'Deal (Cornelia Abigail Pigeon)
Beryl De Querton (Nancy Collister)
Leigh Stafford (Eddie Hilliard)
Betty Bevan (Muriel McGillicuddy)
Charmian Innes (Jean Blanchard)
John Clifford (Julian Watson)
Hubert Ennor (George Collister)
Lawrence Barclay (Judge Henry Clay Pigeon)

Benita Lydal (Mrs. Fink / Mrs. Wiggins), William T. Holland (Lieutenant Wiggins), Marjorie Carline (Mrs. Wigglesworth), Eddie Powell (Phillip, a selectee), Rona Riccardo (Anna, a maid)


Scenes

    Act One

    Scene 1: The Alicia Milk Farm
    Scene 2: The Service Club at Camp Roosevelt
    Scene 3: A Part of the Parade Ground
    Scene 4: Mrs. Watson's Summer Home at Greenport

    Act Two

    Scene 1: Mrs. Watson's Summer Home at Greenport
    Scene 2: The Boathouse of Horsebox Inn
    Scene 3: The Horsebox Inn
    Scene 4: The Service Club at Camp Roosevelt

Musical Numbers

    Act One

  • Overture - Orchestra
  • "Milk, Milk, Milk" - Guests at the Milk Farm
  • "A Lady Needs a Rest" - Maggie, Nancy, Cornelia
  • "Jerry, My Soldier Boy" - Winnie and Chorus
  • "Let's Face It" - Eddie and the Boys
  • "Farming" - Jerry, Frankie, Eddie, Muriel, Jean, and Ensemble
  • "Ev'rything I Love" - Jerry and Winnie
  • "Ace in the Hole" - Winnie, Muriel, Jean, and Ensemble
  • "You Irritate Me So" - Jean and Eddie
  • "Baby Games" - Jerry, Frankie, Eddie, Maggie, Cornelia, Nancy
  • "Rub Your Lamp" - Ensemble
  • Act Two

  • Entr'acte - Orchestra
  • "I've Got Some Unfinished Business With You" - Winnie, Jean, Muriel, Julian, George, Henry
  • "Let's Not Talk About Love" - Jerry and Maggie [may have been sung with "Let's Talk About Love"]
  • "I'm Taking My Steppes to Russia" [sic] [from Leave It to Me] - Eddie and Ensemble
  • Specialty Dance - The Four Pagodas
  • "I Hate You, Darling" - Winnie, Jerry, Nancy, George, Maggie, Julian, Cornelia
  • Specialty Dance - Frankie
  • "Melody in Four F" - Jerry [written by Sylvia Fine and Max Liebman]
  • Finale - Entire Company

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