1987 - 1988
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. Donald's ne'er-do-well cousin Ozzie wants help to jump-start a fashion business to be run by his friend, "Madame Lucy", a flamboyant male artiste, who pretends to be a famous French couturier. Irene is hired by Donald to get this 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 Donald's mother, Irene, Helen, and Jane appear as exotic foreign models at a soirée sponsored by Mrs. Marshall. 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 business associate. 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 into the piano store where he collapses. A tender scene ensues, but as usual it degenerates into an argument. 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 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 comes together at the grand ball at the Marshall Estate. Mrs. O'Dare arrives bedecked in her finest to find and console Irene despite her own broken heart - broken by the loss of the second great love 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 the long-lost 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 pairs off with somebody, thus guaranteeing a Happy Ending.
Director: Richard Elichuk
Musical Director: Drummond Hudson
Choreographer: Chris Amott