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Conceived, directed and choreographed by Joe Layton

with book by Ned Sherrin and Alistair Beaton. Score devised by Michael Reed
with music and lyrics by IrvingBerlin, Noël Coward, George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Leslie Stuart et al. Additional lyrics by Ned Sherrin and Alistair Beaton

London Palladium - 26 April - 1 October (Revised 2 August)


This is not so much a biography musical as a musical using all the hallmarks of a Ziegfeld revue - colourful costumes, beautiful girls, spectacular scenery and a melodious score from musical numbers by masters of the genre.

Universally panned by the critics from such comments as:



Florenz Ziegfeld Jnr.
The Dolly Sisters
Anna Heald
Lillian Lorraine
Billie Burke
Marilyn Miller 

Maitre d', Clergyman, Gangster's Moll etc.

Musical Numbers:

  1. Overture - Orchestra
  2. A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody - Ziegfeld and male chorus
  3. I Wonder What's the Matter With My Eyes - Anna Heald
  4. Who? / It Had To Be You - Anna Heald and Ziegfeld
  5. How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? - Ziegfeld and Company
  6. Nobody - Narrator
  7. Shine On Harvest Moon - Lillian
  8. My Man - Anna Heald
  9. Half Caste Woman - Lillian Lorraine
  10. Finale Act I - Billie, Ziegfeld, Clergyman, Marilyn & Company
  11. Entr'acte - Orchestra
  12. A Girl For Each Month of the Year - Ziegfeld, Goldie & Struggling Writer
  13. Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean - Writer & Goldie
  14. More Than You Know - Billie
  15. Delightful To Be Married - Anna Heald
  16. When You Want 'Em - Ziegfeld and Girls
  17. He Didn't Wanna - Ziegfeld and Chorus
  18. Hot and Bothered - Orchestra
  19. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - Ziegfeld
  20. Make Believe - Ziegfeld and Girls
  21. (I'll Build) A Stariway to Paradise - The Company


Original London Cast - First Night CAST14