|To-Night's the Night
|A Musical Play
| Paul Rubens
|The farce Les Dominos roses
To-Night's the Night is a musical comedy composed by Paul Rubens, with lyrics by Percy Greenbank and Rubens, and a book adapted by Fred Thompson. Two songs were composed by Jerome Kern. The story is based on the farce Les Dominos roses by Alfred Hennequin and Alfred Delacour.
The musical was produced by George Grossmith, Jr. and Edward Laurillard and directed by Austen Hurgon. It opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York on December 24, 1914. It then was produced at the Gaiety Theatre in London, opening on April 18, 1915 and running for a very successful 460 performances. Grossmith starred in the piece with Leslie Henson. Grossmith told The New York Times that the musical was the first Gaiety Theatre Company production presented in New York before opening in London.
Act I – The Carraway's House at Maidenhead
Act II – Scene 1 – Foyer of the Boxes, Royal Opera House
Act I – Scene 2 – Covent Garden Market
Act II – Scene 3 – Daisy's Flat in Mount Street
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