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Cover to Original London Cast RecordingBLITZ!

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".

Principals:

5 female, 4 male, 2 girls

Mrs. Blitztein
Carol Blitztein
Harry Blitztein
Siddy Blitztein
Rachel Blitztein
Cissy Blitztein
Alfred Locke
George Locke
Frances Locke
Ernie Nearmiss
Joyce Matthews
Elsie
Tommy Blackwell
Buddyboy
Mr. Josephs

Mrs. Josephs
Mr. Murphy
Mrs. Murphy
Peg Murphy
Mr. Sen
Mrs. Sen
Rajah Sen
Ping-Hi
Billy Ping-Hi
Mr. Finkelstein
Mr. O'Hara
Mary O'Hara
Mrs. Smith
Busker
Portress

Bird
City Gentleman
Student
School Teacher
Piper
ATS
WRNS
WAAF
Housewife
Sergeant Major
Mobile Canteen
Escapologist
Flight Lieutenant
Military Policemen

Evacuees, Firemen , Policeman, Civil Defence Officials Civil Defence Workers, Crowd in Petticoat Lane, Soldiers and Wedding Guests

Instrumentation:

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


Musical Numbers

Another Morning
As Long As This Is England
Bake A Cake
Be What You Wanna Be
The Day After Tomorrow
Down The Lane
Duty Calls
Far Away
I Want To Whisper Something
Is This Going To Be a Wedding?
Leave It To the Ladies
Mums and Dads
Opposites
Our Hotel
Petticoat Lane
So tell Me
Tell Him - Tell Her
We're Going To the Country
Who Wants To Settle Down?
Who's This Geezer Hitler?

Discography

Original London Cast Recording - EMI CDP 7 97470 2