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Good News

Cover to cast recording

Book by Lawrence Schwab, BG DeSylva & Frank Mandel : Music & lyrics by De Sylva, Brown and Henderson : New adaptation by Mark Madama & Wayne Bryan : Additional lyrics by Wayne Bryan. Additional musical arrangements by Craig Barna

Originally produced by Music Theatre of Wichita, Inc.
Chanin's 46th St Theatre, Broadway - 6 September, 1927 (551 perfs)


An update of a very popular '20s musical, Good News is the epitome of the "new version" turning a hackneyed, old-style show into a jazzy, full-of-pep, razzamatazz that has the audience in its grip fromo the moment the curtain goes up. And the songs? Well, the fact that they include, "You're the Cream in My Coffee", "The Varsity Drag", "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries", "Button Up Your Overcoat" and "Keep Your Sunny Side Up" should give you an inkling of just how much there is in this gem of a show.

The Story:

Tait college is having a parade. There is acrobatic dancing while the students sing the school song. They are all determined that Tait will win the forthcoming football match against rivals from Colton College- football being more important to the college than academia. The annual award from the Bingham foundation will depend on the outcome of this game. Tom Marlow, captain of the football team, can only play on the season's big game because Constance Lane ha coached him in astronomy well enough for him to pass his exams. The all important game is won by Tait and Tom, now a hero, can pursue the more important business of winning Constance, whom he has loved for a long time.

Principal Cast:

Male - 5: Female - 4

Constance Lane, Tom Marlowe, Babe O'Day, Bobby Randell, Flo, Patricia Bingham, plus dancers and chorus

Musical Numbers:

Baby, What?
The Best Things In Life Are Free
Flaming Youth
A Girl of Pi Beta Phi
Good News
Happy Days
He's A Ladies Man
In the Meantime
Just Imagine
Knothole Scene
Lucky In Love
On the Campus
Tait Song
Today's the Day
The Varsity Drag


Reed 1, 2 ,3 & 4; Trumpet 1, 2 & 3; Trombone 1 & 2; Percussion 1 & 2; Violin; Cello; Bass; Guitar/Banjo; Keyboard 1 & 2