Music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, book by Lionel Bart and Joan Maitland
Adelphi Theatre, London 8 May, 1962 (568 perfs)
In 1940 the East End of London is taking a terrible pounding from Hitler's bombs. Life, however, goes on, centring around the matriarchal Mrs. Blitztein and her large family, especially her petty-criminal son Harry and her beautiful daughter Carol. They all fight their own particular battles with neighbours and authorities alike, through many situations, many humorous, some tragic, and eventually find their own individual peace. Providing scope for a large cast, it features many hit songs, including "The Day After Tomorrow", "Who's This Geezer Hitler?", and "Mums and Dads".
5 female, 4 male, 2 girls
Reed 1 (flute, piccolo, alto sax), Reed II (clarinet, alto sax), Reed III (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax), 2 trumpets Ost cib. flugelhorn), trombone, percussion, keyboard, 2 violins, cello, bass
Vocal Score, Vocal Book and Libretto on hire only
Original London Cast Recording - EMI CDP 7 97470 2