LEAVE IT TO JANE is a charming, intimate satire on college life in a Mid-Western town early in the 20th century. Jane, the daughter of the president of Atwater College uses the tricks of a siren to keep the college star half-back Billy Bolton from transferring to a rival college. Jane’s seductive ways are sufficiently alluring, not only to keep Billy at Atwater but also to win him for herself.
The pleasantly sentimental story of LEAVE IT TO JANE tells of “good old” Atwater College in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game with Bingham College. Prospects for victory for Atwater are poor, even though a muscle-bound center by the name of Murphy has been recruited to play. Murphy has great difficulty convincing President Witherspoon that he is taking a special course in art. Then Billy Bolton, son of a patron of Bingham College appears on the Atwater campus with his father Hiram. Word gets around that he is an all-American footballer who has failed out of several schools. Jane Witherspoon, the frolicsome, come-hither daughter of President Witherspoon plots that perhaps she can get Billy to enroll at Atwater and play on the football team. Handsome, manly, rich Billy falls for Jane at first sight. Together they have him impersonate and enroll as Elmer Staples, a botanist who was supposed to attend Atwater but could not register.
We see the football season progress through the eyes of Ruby Talmadge, a busy undergraduate, Bessie, an athletic girl and Flora Wiggins, a prominent waitress. Jane, it is said, will “bury” Billy at commencement if not as soon as the Bingham game is over. The energetic action continues as Bub Hicks, the painfully awkward freshman develops into a cool and hip student.
The girls in long shirts and boys in blazers give way to antique football togs without shoulder pads; and it is the day of the Bingham game. Hiram Bolton wagers on the game and even tries to fix it before being stopped by Stub. The game is close and tense. At last, thanks to Billy’s great playing, Atwater wins, and in spite of Hiram Bolton’s warning to his son, Jane crumples into Billy’s arms. The Jerome Kern score includes the graceful and charming “A Peach of Life”, “Leave It To Jane”, “Siren’s Song”, “Sir Galahad” and “Cleopatterer.”
LEAVE IT TO JANE
Book and Lyrics by
Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse
Music by Jerome Kern
Based on the Play “College Widow”
by George Ade
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LEAVE IT TO JANE
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2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Clarinet I & II
1 Horn I & II
1 Trumpet I & II
Timpani (2 Drums)
Bass Drum with Cymbals
Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.)
(In the order of their appearance)
Ollie Mitchell – a Sophomore
Matty McGowan – a trainer
Jimmy Hopper – a student
Dick McAllister – another student
“Happy” Jones – another student
“Stub” Talmadge – a busy undergraduate
“Silent” Murphy – a Center Rush
Peter Witherspoon – President of Atwater
Bessie Tanners – an athletic girl
Flora Wiggins – a prominent waitress
Howard Talbot – a tutor
Jane Witherspoon – a daughter of Peter Witherspoon
Hiram Bolton, D.D. LL.D.
Sally Cameron – a co-ed
Bertha Tyson – town girl
Cora Jenks – town girl
Billy Bolton – a Half Back
Hon. Elan Hicks – of Squantumville
Harold (Bub) Hicks – a Freshman
College Students, Co-Eds, Town Girls, etc.
LEAVE IT TO JANE opened on Broadway, August 28, 1917 at the Longacre Theatre and played for 167 performances starring Edith Hallor and Robert G. Pitkin.