Lyrics by Lorenz
Music by Richard Rodgers
Produced by Players club Of Columbia
Universityas the "Varsity Show of 1920"
Book by Milton R. Kroopf and Phillip
Directed by Ralph Bunker
Choreoghraphy Erbert Fields
Starring: Clarence O’Connor and Carlos Contreras
It ran for 4 Performances
FILY WITH ME takes place on an island "ruled by the Soviets" off the coast
of North America fifty years in the future (1970).
We open in the Love Laborarory of Bolsheviki U. The Professor, a comic authority
figure, is joined by students in GONE ARE THE DAYS, and we learn where we
Soon the young lovers, Emmy and Jimmy appear, and the plot starts: Emmy
has discovered her mother is Mrs, Houghton, Professor of Love, and Jimmy
has found out his father is Mr. Larrimore, a meek type. (Under "Soviet"
law, parents are divorced as soon as a child is born, and their identities
kept secret from their offspring.)
Mr. L. is Mrs. H's boyfriend. After these plot devices are laid out, Emmy
and Jimmy sing A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS. Time for comedy! We meet Ming
Boy and Tsu Tsan a young Chinese couple in the early musical tradition of
dialect hunmor. Mrs. Houghron and students sing ANOTHER MELODY IN F, celebrating
Spring and love.
Andre, a very French young Frenchman, and Harvey, a very "dese-dem-dose''
New York street kid join the Professor and Ming Boy in WORKING FOR THE GOVERNMENT.
INSPIRATION (THE FUTURIST LOVE SONG)
Love class. Then, Mrs. Houghton and Mr. Larrimore join in DON'T LOVE ME
LIKE OTHELLO, a clever forecast oflatet brilliant and cynical Hart lyrics
("Don't love me like Othello,/ l'm much to young to die..."). Jimmy, thwarted
in his efforts to marry Emmy, curses the government and is slated for deporration.
Tearfully, the young lovets sing DREAMING TRUE, Ming Boy and Tsu Tsan plot
to help them, and also reveal, in PEEK IN PEKIN, their plan to escape China.
Jimmy dreams about attending the school his father told him about, which
leads to the rousing A COLLEGE ON BROADWAY A traditional sung FINALE clos-
es the First Act.
Act Two opens in Mr. Larrimore's garden, with Jimmy singing MOONLIGHT AND
YOU Through a misunderstanding, Jimmy thinks Emmy has fallen for Andre,
so he plans to play the field in ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE. (This song is
the first known collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein.) But Jimmy
still loves Emmy, and when they meet again we hear the sentimental IF YOU
WERE YOU, fol-lowed, in true early musical style, by a comic love song,
KID, I LOVE YOU, sung by Harvey and his girlfriend Ethel, Mr. Larrimore
and Girls add another facet to the tender emotion in THE THIRD DEGREE OF
Next, Andre and ensemble sing and dance GUNGA DHIN. As the happy ending
approaches - through the strong force of romantic love the entire Soviet
system is overturned by a student-led revolution - Tsu Tsan sings TWINKLING
This innocent, sentimental ditty, writtcn (words and music) by Richard Rodgers
when he was fifteen, is an appropriate ending to the score of FLY WITH ME.
The curtain comes down with the ensemble FINALE.
Fly with me