Evergreen 1930

Musical numbers
  • Harlemania
  • Doing a Little Clog Dance
  • Dear, Dear
  • Nobody Looks at the Man
  • Waiting for the Leaves to Fall
  • No Place but Home
  • The Lion King
  • Grand Notre Vieux Monde Etait Tout Neuf
  • La Femme a Toujours Vingt Ans!
  • The Colour of Her Eyes
  • In the Cool of the Evening
  • Dancing on the ceiling
  • Je M'en Fiche du Sex Appeal!
  • Hot Blues
  • If I Give in to You
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Produced by Charles B. Cochran.
Book by Benn W. Levy, based on an idea by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
Directed by Worthington Miner
Choreoghraphy ???
Starring: Jessie Matthews and Sonnie Hale, Joyce Barbour and Albert Burdon.
It ran for 254 performances.


Plot
Plot:    Harriet Green (Jessie Matthews), a beloved and radiant music hall star of the Edwardian era, has a guilty secret She has a baby daughter, born out of wedlock. Harriet leaves her public and flees to South Africa to raise her daughter quietly. The years pass, and now her daughter, Harriet Hawkes (Matthews again) , returns to London as a young show-biz hopeful. Tommy , a wily publicity man, knowing that young Harriet is a dead ringer for her famous mother, convinces a theater producer to star her in a new revue as none other than the original Harriet Green, miraculously untouched by old age. The ruse works too well. Now the public believes Harriet is a well-preserved 60-year-old and Tommy is her son. The deception is more than merely inconvenient, because now Harriet and Tommy have secretly fallen in love. 

Overview
 Review:    In the 30s, the English Jessie Matthews, with her big, rabbity smile, her satin pajamas, and her famous long-legged high kicks, was the closest female equivalent to Fred Astaire. Musical-comedy lovers used to dream of a pairing of the two, but, except for Rogers, he was likely to be stuck dragging girls like Joan Leslie through their paces, while Jessie Matthews stayed in England and had to carry her movies by solos, or by comic turns with Sonnie Hale. Here (with Sonnie Hale) she dances exquisitely in a classic British musical—i.e., charming but a little extended, and less snappy, noisy, and brash than American musicals of the same period. She plays a double role—mother and daughter. Victor Saville directed, from an often witty script by Emlyn Williams and Marjorie Gaffney, based on Benn W. Levy's play.
Pauline Kael

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