Wake Up and Dream

Original London Production


A Musical Revue
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by John Hastings Turner

Tryouts began March 5, 1929 at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, England
[as "Charles B. Cochran's 1929 Revue"]

Opened March 27, 1929 at the London Pavilion, London, England
Ran for 263 performances
Produced by Charles B. Cochran
Staged by Frank Collins under the personal direction of Charles B. Cochran
Choreography by Jack Buchanan, Tilly Losch, Max Rivers
Costumes and Set Design by Paul Colin, Oliver Messel, Ada Peacock, Marc-Henri


Cast

Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Tillie Losch, George Metaxa, Toni Birkmeyer, Douglas Byng, William Stephens, Moya Nugent, Tina Meller, Elsie Carlisle, Polly Ward, Antonio Rodriguez, and Chester Fredericks


What is This Thing Called Love?  [sheet music]

Musical Numbers

  • "Wake Up and Dream" - George Metaxa
  • "I've Got a Crush on You" - Margie Finley, Chester Fredericks and Ensemble
  • "I Loved Him, But He Didn't Love Me" - Jessie Matthews
  • "Looking at You" - Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale and Ensemble
  • "The Banjo That Man Joe Plays" - William Stephens
  • "Dance of the Crinoline Ladies" [instrumental]
  • "Dance of the Ragamuffins" [instrumental]
  • "Entrance of Emigrants" - Ensemble
  • "Aqua Sincopada Tango" [instrumental]
  • "What is This Thing Called Love?" - Elsie Carlisle
  • "Wait Until It's Bedtime" - Jessie Matthews
  • "Operatic Pills" [aka "If You Take One Pill"] - Sonnie Hale and Ensemble
  • "After All, I'm Only a Schoolgirl" - Jessie Matthews and Ensemble
  • "I Dream of a Girl in a Shawl"
    • "China" - William Stephens and Tilly Losch
    • "Chicago"- Sonnie Hale and Polly Ward
    • "Spain" - George Metaxa, TIna Meller and Antonio Rodriguez
  • "Night Club Opening" - Sonnie Hale, George Metaxa, William Stephens and Chester Fredericks
  • "I'm a Gigolo" [added during the London run] - William Stephens
  • "I Want to Be Raided by You" [added during the London run] - Sonnie Hale
  • "Which is the Right Life?" [revision of "Which", written for but unused in Paris] - Jessie Matthews
  • "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" [from Paris] - Jessie Matthews and Sonnie Hale


Cut Songs

  • "I Dream of a Girl in a Shawl" ["Venice" section dropped before the London opening, sung by George Metaxa and Alanova]
  • "The Extra Man" [unused]
  • "The Lady I Love" [unused]
  • "My Louisa" [unused; later considered for The New Yorkers and Nymph Errant, not used in either]


Original Cast Recordings

"Wake Up and Dream" / "What is This Thing Called Love?" - George Metaxa with orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1929 [HMV (UK) B-3016]

"Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" / "Looking At You" - Leslie Hutchinson

  • 78 RPM, 1929 [Parlophone (UK) R-342, F-242]

"I'm a Gigolo" / "What is This Thing Called Love?" - Leslie Hutchinson

  • 78 RPM, 1929 [Parlophone (UK) R-343, F-243]

Selections from "Wake Up and Dream" - Orchestra conducted by Leslie Hutchinson

  • 78 RPM (12"), 1929 [Parlophone (UK) E-10869]


Contemporaneous Recordings

"The Banjo That Man Joe Plays" - Jack Hylton and His Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 192? [HMV B-5622]

"Looking At You" - Jack Hylton and His Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 192? [HMV B-5621]

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - Philip Lewis and His Dance Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1929 [Decca F-1512]

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - Ben Bernie and His Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Brunswick 4708] Charted on February 22, 1903; peaked at #10

"What is This Thing Called Love?" / "You Do Something to Me" - Carl Fenton and His Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Gennett 7104]

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - Libby Holman

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Brunswick 4700]

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - James P. Johnson

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Brunswick 4712]

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - Sam Lanin and His Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Romeo 1244]

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - Leo Reisman and His Orchestra [vocals: Lew Conrad]

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Victor 22282] Charted February 15, 1930; peaked at #5

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - Fred Rich and His Orchestra [featuring Tommy Dorsey and Bunny Berigan]

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Columbia 2099-D] Charted March 8, 1930; peaked at #19

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - Arthur Roseberry and His Dance Band

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Parlophone R-344]

"What is This Thing Called Love?" - Julie Wintz and His Mayflower Orchestra

  • 78 RPM, 1930 [Harmony 1099-H]


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