Jerome Kern "SHOW BOAT" Rare '27 "Parson's Bride" Flyer

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  • Sold Date: Feb 09, 2011
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This is a rare promotional broadside advertising the play featured in Act One of the classic JEROME KERN and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II musical comedy "SHOW BOAT" which played the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (The production opened December 27th, 1927 and ran for 575 performances.) ..... This masterwork by JEROME KERN and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II remains one of the greatest of all musicals and possibly the greatest musical theatre score to date. The story starts in the 1880's on one of the many American riverboats that featured traveling shows. This broadside which was inserted into the oversized programs for "SHOW BOAT" promotes the play within the play, "THE PARSON'S BRIDE" starring Miss Julia La Verne (played by HELEN MORGAN) and Mr. Steven Baker (played by CHARLES ELLIS). "Show Boat" follows the lives and loves of the troupe that work aboard the Cotton Blossom under the command of Cap'n Andy (played by CHARLES WINNINGER) and his wife Parthy Ann (played by EDNA MAY OLIVER). In Natchez they come up against racial prejudice when the sheriff discovers that the leading lady, Julie, is a half-caste. He does not allow mixed shows in his town. The Captain's daughter, Magnolia (played by NORMA TERRIS), steps in to save the show together with her love, the handsome gambler Gaylord Ravenal (played by HOWARD MARSH). Gaylord also has problems with the sheriff over a little matter of gambling debts. Magnolia and Gaylord leave the relative security of the Cotton Blossom to go and live in Chicago where, for a few years they are happy. Gaylord's luck in winning at gambling eventually makes way for losing and soon his gambling losses cause him to leave his wife and their daughter, Kim. Two of the old showboat song-and-dance pair, Frank (SAMMY WHITE) and Ellie (EVA PUCK), have become successful on the vaudeville circuit and they meet up with Magnolia. Realizing her desperate situation they get her a job as a singer at the Trocadero to replace the, by now alcoholic, Julie La Verne, the same Julia La Verne who used to be the Show Boat star. Years later, both Magnolia and Kim are radio stars and Cap'n Andy organizes a reunion of the old team aboard the Cotton Blossom and invites them. It is the ideal opportunity for them to be reunited with the now reformed Gaylord. Frank and Ellie stop off to greet their old colleagues en route to Hollywood ..... CREDITS: Music by JEROME KERN ("Roberta", "Very Good Eddie", "Leave It To Jane", "Sally"); Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN 2nd ("Oklahoma!", "Carousel", "The King and I", "Flower Drum Song", "South Pacific", "The Sound of Music") adapted from the novel by EDNA FERBER; Sets designed by JOSEPH URBAN; Costumes designed by JOHN HARKRIDER; Choreographed by SAMMY LEE; Directed by ZEKE COLVAN; Produced by FLORENZ ZIEGFELD ..... The single page, one-sided broadside is printed on a thick newsprint stock, measures 6 1/4" X 14" inches and includes the credits for "The Parson's Bride", not for "Show Boat" ..... CONDITION: With the exception of a tiny nick in the top right corner and a fold across the middle, this rare broadside is in excellent condition and will make a wonderful addition to the collection of any musical theatre aficionado or historian ..... Check my "Other Auctions" for additional Broadway playbills and flyers, Original Cast CD's and other rare theatre related memorabilia. Multiple purchases are always combined to save on shipping costs ..... NO RESERVE! ..... This item will be carefully packaged in a protective, carded sleeve and backed by stiff cardboard ..... U.S. SHIPPING: Buyer pays choice of $3.25 USPS first class/ media rate shipping with delivery confirmation (50 cents for each additional program or playbill purchased when combined into a single payment - U.S. addresses only) or $5.95 USPS Priority with delivery confirmation. PayPal preferred. Personal checks accepted (U.S. only) but delay shipping by 10 days ..... INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: (Please Note!) I can now ship by USPS International First Class Airmail ($4.00 to Canada / $6.50 to all other international destinations) or ...