My One and Only
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin: Book by Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer
St James Theatre, Broadway 1 May, 1983 (767 perfs)
Captain Billy Buck Chandler is determined to be the first man in history to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. His mission is somewhat side-tracked when at a railroad station, he first sees Edith Herbert. She is ex-channel swimmer and current star attraction of Prince Nicolai Erraclyovitch Tchatchavadze's International Aquacade. Billy's female mechanic, who is in secretly in love with him, is upset to find that Billy dreams of Edith. Edith, meanwhile, dreams of romance.
Billy is determined to meet Edith and win her and to this end he takes a crash course in sophistication at Mr Magix's Tonsorial and Sartorial Emporial where the urbane, and all-knowing, Mr. Magix tells Billy what the business of sophistication is all about.
The owner of the Aquacade, Prince Nikki is determined that he shall not loose his star attraction. He keeps a tight reign on her. He has in his possession certain compromising photographs with which he blackmails Edith into staying with the show.
Arranging to run into Edith "accidentally" at the cinema where she often goes to fantasise Billy and Edith fall in love.
Seeing Billy as her only hope of escaping the clutches of Prince Nikki, Edith persuades Billy to fly her to Cuba. Nikki finds out about her plan and sabotages the 'plane which comes down on a seemingly deserted island which they quickly turn into a paradise. But Nikki is determined not to lose his star and comes and finds them. He forces Edith to go back to the Aquacade by threatening to reveal her past. Billy, left alone, bitterly returns to the only dream left him - his flight to Paris - and the fame he will achieve.
Life at the Aquacade goes on but Edith is despondent and again decides to run away.
Billy, however, is unable to forget Edith. He returns to Mr Magix for fresh advice - what should he do now? Mr Magix tells him that only love matters and this should give him the strength with which to achieve his dreams.
Prince Nikki and Billy's female mechanic, Mickey, fall head-over-heels in love with one another but Billy takes off in his plane, the Lone Star, to search for his beloved Edith. He finds her in Morocco - it was the location of the movie at which they first fell in love - and persuades her to return with him to America and to get married. This they do. After the ceremony, happiness is their's. Edith pauses to wonder at it all. To the surprise of practically no one they will live happily ever after.
Male - 5 : Female 1 (Plus dancers and chorus - including 18 minor roles)
Captain Billy Buck Chandler
Prince Nicolai Erraclyovitch Tchatchavadze
Rt. Rev J.D. Montgomery
Plus dancers and chorus
Reed 1, 2, 3 & 4; Horn 1 & 2; Trumpet 1, 2 & 3; Trombone 1 & 2; Percussion 1 & 2; Violin; Cello; Bass; Guitar/Banjo; Piano 1 & 2
- Blah, Blah, Blah
- Boy Wanted
- Funny Face
- He Loves and She Loves
- High Hat
- How Long Has This Been Going On?
- I Can't Be Bothered Now
- In the Swim
- Just Another Rumba
- Kickin' the Clouds Away
- My One and Only
- Nice Work If You Can Get It
- 'S Wonderful
- Strike Up the Band
- Sweet and Low-Down
- What Are We Here For?