Oh, Kay!


Once Wodehouse put those characters together the plot must have written itself. It is 1927 and Prohibition is making America thirsty and bootleggers wealthy. When Jimmy Winters arrives at his beach house with his new bride, he finds Shorty McGee already in residence and assumes him to be the temporary butler. Shorty is actually guarding five hundred cases of booze stashed in Jimmy’s cellar, but now he has no alternative but to buttle. A telegram informs Jimmy he is still legally married to his first wife. The new bride flounces off to a hotel, leaving the way clear for Lady Katherine (Kay), who met Jimmy once and has never forgotten him…

George and Ira Gershwin’s
Music and Lyrics by Book by
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse

The title page of the program shall contain the following announcements in type size at least one half the size of the authors’ credits:

“The worldwide copyrights in the music of
George and Ira Gershwin for this presentation
are licensed by the Gershwin Family.”

OH, KAY! is presented by arrangement with
MusicScope & Stage Musicals Ltd. of New York

Instrumentation: 14 Parts

2 Violin I
1 Violin II
1 Viola
1 Cello
1 Bass
1 Flute
1 Oboe
1 Clarinets I & II
1 Bassoon
1 Horns I & II
1 Trumpets I & II
1 Trombone
1 Percussion

Molly Morse
The Duke
Phil Ruxton
Dolly Ruxton
“Shorty” McGee
Constance Appleton
Jimmy Winter
Revenue Officer Jansen
Judge Appleton
Assistant Revenue Officer

OH, KAY! opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre, November 8, 1926 and played for 256 performances starring Gertrude Lawrence and Victor Moore.