Pacific 1860: A Musical Romance

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Samuel French, Inc., 2007 - Courtship - 93 pages
Life carries on serenely in Samolo, a South Sea island jewel in Queen Victoria's crown, until Madame Salvador, the celebrated diva, arrives to disturb the safe routine of the Stirling family and particularly that of Kerry, their youngest son. The two fall in love but middle class Victorian morality parts them until... PACIFIC 1860 features one of Coward's most attractive scores, written for the show that starred Mary Martin and re-opened Drury Lane after World War II, but never heard in the U.S.
 

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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In 1964, when Hay Fever (1925) was placed in the repertory of the newly organized National Theatre, Noel Coward professed to be grateful: "Bless you for admitting that I'm a classic." A week-long series of Coward played on BBC television in 1969; there have been major revivals in London and New York; plays long out of print have been republished in popular collections. At the start of the 1960s, though, Coward's reputation had been at an ebb, as he skirmished with the angry new drama. Coward had enjoyed no big success since Blithe Spirit of 1941. There have been attempts to assimilate the rehabilitated Coward to contemporary drama. Coward himself profited from the new freedom when, in 1965, his Song at Twilight discussed homosexuality, a subject that he had evaded throughout his career. A juvenile prodigy, Coward was by turns actor, director, composer, lyricist, autobiographer, and author of nearly 60 theater pieces. He even wrote screenplays, notably for In Which We Serve (1942) and Brief Encounter (1946). Although he specialized in light comedy, the so-called comedy of manners, he worked in many forms including patriotic spectacle, revue, musical, farce, even the problem play. Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, and Private Lives (1930) have proved to be the most durable of his comedies, along with nine short plays presented as Tonight at 8:30. In each, characters demonstrate the combination of perpetual role playing, cool hedonism, and energizing self-absorption.

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