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Based on the Original Play by James Montgomery
From an Adaptation by HARRY RIGBY
Additional Lyrics and Music by CHARLES GAYNOR and OTIS CLEMENTS

New York run: Vanderbilt Theatre, November 18, 1919 


Plot Synopsis

Irene O'Dare is the daughter of the widowed Geraldine O'Dare. They have opened the AAAAAA piano store on lowly 9th Avenue and their very first request for a piano tuning comes from Donald S. Marshall III of Long Island. Responding to the call, Irene rushes to the Marshall Estate where she meets Donald. It is obvious that this piano-tuner has struck the right chord with Donald and that they will make beautiful music together. Irene confesses that she has lofty ambitions. Having read four chapters of a business text, she aspires to reach the very pinnacle of the financial world. She gets her chance when Ozzie, Donald's cousin, admits that he is deep in debt to Madame Lucy, a famous French couturier. Actually, Madame Lucy is a fraud and Irene is hired by Donald to get the business back on its feet. At the same time, Irene and two of her friends, Helen and Jane, are pressed into service as models.

In order to impress Mrs. Marshall, Donald's mother, it is necessary that Irene, Helen and Jane appear as exotic foreign models at a soir´┐Że sponsored by Mrs. Marshall. This they do. However, even though everyone else seems to be getting their wishes fulfilled, Irene and Donald end up having a terrific row because Donald can't see Irene as anything but a fellow businessman. Irene runs off in tears and Donald is left waiting for Act II.

As Act II opens, Madam Lucy, Helen, Jane and Ozzie are overjoyed at having won the day. Madame Lucy's creations are now world-famous. having had time to think things over during intermission, Donald has come to realize how much he cares for Irene. He immediately leaves the estate and goes to the piano store. On the way, he is waylaid by some young toughs but manages to stagger, beaten as he is, into the piano store where he collapses. A tender scene ensues, but as usual it degenerates into an arguement. This time, Donald rushes out leaving Irene to wait for the next scene. 

Just as everything seems hopeless, Helen and Jane arrive to save the day. They inform Donald that he is a stuffed shirt and the 1927 version of a wimp. This they fix up with a few bars of music and Donald is sent on his way to find Irene. When he does, he sweeps her into his arms, kisses her passionately, and as a result, gets flattened by a left hook. Undaunted, he sings of his love, she sings of her love, and Donald carries Irene off into the sunset.

Everything falls together at the grand ball at the Marshall Estate. Mrs. O'Dare arrives bedecked in her finest to find and console Irene. She does this despite her broken heart - a heart broken because she has lost the second great lover of her life, Liam O'Dougherty. When she makes her entrance, she bumps into Madame Lucy. This is one of the great dramatic moments in theatre. To the surprise of everyone, Madame Lucy turns out to be Liam O'Dougherty. They sing of their undying love and exit to await the Finale where Donald tells everyone that he loves Irene O'Dare from 9th Avenue. Absolutely everybody is pleased with this turn of events and paris off with somebody, thus guaranteeing a Happy Ending.

Cast of Characters

Irene O'Dare Edith Day
Donald Marshall Walter Regan
Madame Lucy Bobbie Watson

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture Chorus
What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For Chorus
Irene's Entrance Jimmy, Helen, Jane, Chorus
The World Must Be Bigger Than An Avenue Irene
The Family Tree Mrs. Marshall, Ladies
Alice Blue Gown Irene
They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me Mme Lucy
An Irish Girl Irene, Chorus
Jig Orchestra
Mrs. O'Dare's Jig Orchestra
Stepping On Butterflies Orchestra
Mother, Angel, Darling Irene, Mrs. O'Dare
Palais Royale Crossover Orchestra
Madame Lucy's Launch Orchestra
The Riviera Rage Orchestra
Irene's Rag Lesson Orchestra
Finale Act I Orchestra 

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Entr'acte Orchestra
The Last Part of Ev'ry Party Chorus
We're Getting Away With It Mme Lucy, Ozzie, Helen, Jane
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows Irene
Before Fight Crossover Orchestra
Fight Ending Orchestra
Irene Donald, Chorus
Great Lover Tango Donald, Helen, Jane
You Made Me Love You Donald, Irene
Reprise: You Made Me Love You Mrs. O'Dare, Mme Lucy
Style Show Orchestra
Finale Act II Irene, Donald, Chorus
Bows Orchestra
Exit Music Orchestra


1987-1988 Production

Presented March 11-19, 1988 at the High School of Commerce Auditorium, Ottawa, Ontario 

Production Team

Director Richard Elichuk
Musical Director Drummond Hudson
Choreographer Chris Amott
Production Coordinators Jim Robertson, Malvary J. Cole
Assistant to Director Faye Lavell
Assistant Choreographer Nancy Egan
Set Designer/Scenic Artist Leslie Hutchins
Costumer Designer Norma Coll
Lighting Designer Neil Spicer
Sound Bill Butterworth, Jack Wallace
Master Carpenter Tom Mordasewicz
Workshop Chairman Gerry Reynolds
Stage Manager Malvary J. Cole
Assistant Stage Manager Wendy Rockburn
Pinrail Marylin Day
Properties Mistress Patti Mordasewicz
Hair Stylist Mary Lemieux
Makeup Artists Melva Scott
Production Photographer Sam Smith
Accompanist Lorna Rice


Irene Jackilyn Campeau
Donald Trevor John
Mrs. O'Dare Sheila Shields
Madame Lucy Jim Robertson
Mrs. Marshall Cher Daley
Ozzie Paul D'Andrea
Jane Carole Billingham
Helen Cindy Harrison
Jimmy Wayne McNamara
Arabella Michelle Tardif
Clarkson Don Palmer


Stephanie Coward, Sylvie Desjardins, Melanie Hudson, Nancy Kerr-Wilson, Robin Monaghan, Mary Sandulo, Tony Starratt, Phoebe Webber 


Walt Conrad, Charles Gregory, Arthur King, Gary King, Eugene David, Alan Mainguy, Eugene Oscapella, Moe Romanow, Jeems von Platen-Hallermund  


Under the direction of Drummond Hudson

Reeds Graziano Brescacin, Michael Mullin, Michael Scorah
Trumpet Sid Holmes, Chris Lane
Trombone Marlene Field
Keyboards Robin Pitre, Lorna Rice
Bass Jamie Gatti
Percussion/Drums Art Beers, Glenn Robb