Three Cheers

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Three Cheers

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Music Raymond Hubbell
Lyrics Anne Caldwell
Book Anne Caldwell and R. H. Burnside

Three Cheers is a “new musical entertainment” (musical comedy) in two acts, with book by Anne Caldwell and R. H. Burnside, lyrics by Anne Caldwell, and music by Raymond Hubbell with additional lyrics by Lew Brown and B. G. DeSylva and additional music by Ray Henderson. The show was presented by Charles Dillingham and produced by R. H. Burnside at the Globe Theatre (Broadway), and opened October 15, 1928. [1]

Anne Caldwell American lyricist, composer and playwright

Anne Caldwell(néeAnne Payson Caldwell; 30 August 1868 – 22 October 1936), also known as Anne Caldwell O'Dea, was an American playwright and lyricist. She wrote both pop songs and Broadway shows, sometimes working with composer Jerome Kern.

Robert Hubberthorne Burnside was an American actor, director, producer, composer, and playwright. He was artistic director of the 5,200-seat New York Hippodrome from 1908 to 1923. He wrote and staged hundreds of dramas, musicals and theatrical spectacles.

Lew Brown Russian-American Tin Pan Alley lyricist

Lew Brown was a lyricist for popular songs in the United States. During World War I and the Roaring Twenties, he wrote lyrics for several of the top Tin Pan Alley composers, especially Albert Von Tilzer. Brown was one third of a successful songwriting and music publishing team with Buddy DeSylva and Ray Henderson from 1925 until 1931. Brown also wrote or co-wrote many Broadway shows and Hollywood films. Among his most-popular songs are "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree", "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "That Old Feeling", and "The Birth of the Blues".

The show was staged by R. H. Burnside with dances by David Bennett. The musical director was George Hirst. The scenic designers were Sheldon K. Viele and Raymond Sovey, and costume design by Charles LeMaire. It ran for 210 performances, closing on April 13, 1929. [2]

George Hirst Cricket player of England.

George Herbert Hirst was a professional English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 1891 and 1921, with a further appearance in 1929. He played in 24 Test matches for England between 1897 and 1909, touring Australia twice. One of the best all-rounders of his time, Hirst was a left arm medium-fast bowler and right-handed batsman. He completed the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in an English cricket season 14 times, the second most of any cricketer after his contemporary and team-mate Wilfred Rhodes. One of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 1901, Hirst scored 36,356 runs and took 2,742 wickets in first-class cricket. In Tests, he made 790 runs and captured 59 wickets.

Charles LeMaire American costume designer

Charles LeMaire was an American costume designer. He was born in Chicago.

The cast headlined Dorothy Stone as Princess Sylvia and Will Rogers (substituting for Fred Stone who was injured in an airplane crash), as King Pompanola. Fred joined the cast later in the run. Other members of the cast included Edward Allan as Spike, Thea Dore as Floria Farleigh, Maude Eburne as Queen Ysobel, Alan Edwards as Harry Vance, Cynthia Foley as Ermyntrude, Kathryn Hereford as Mike, Patsy Kelly as Bobbie Bird, John Lambert as Malotte, James Murray as Captain Meurice, Florine Phelps and Irene Phelps as Letty and Betty, Phyllis Rae as Zaia, Oscar Ragland as The Duke, and Evangeline Raleigh as Audrey Nugent. [2]

Dorothy Stone (actress) American actress

Dorothy Stone was an actress, dancer, and singer in theater and motion pictures, born in Brooklyn, New York.

Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer

William Penn Adair Rogers was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.

Fred Stone American actor

Fred Andrew Stone was an American actor. Stone began his career as a performer in circuses and minstrel shows, went on to act on vaudeville, and became a star on Broadway and in feature films, which earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Act I is set in and around the Palace of Itza and Act II in Hollywood. The plot concerns a motion picture company that invades the territory of Itza hoping to get some photos of castles, Kings, and the like. Princess Sylvia falls in love with Harry Vance (Alan Edwards), the director, which slows matters up a little but not much. [3]


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  2. 1 2 The Broadway League. "The Little Teacher | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Retrieved 2015-12-27.
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