Contents and Arrangement

13. BLESS THE BRIDE. A Musical Show by A. P. Herbert and Vivian Ellis, 1947

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Vocal score.


Arranged alphabetically by title.


The first stage to describe itself as a musical comedy was In Town (1892), and in less than a century the musical comedy has claimed a very secure place in the English-speaking theatrical tradition. With the development of the integrated American musical of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the singspiel of Brecht, the musical play has evolved considerably since the days of romantic operetta and Gay Nineties' shows. In spite of the occasional revival born of nostalgia, today's theatre scholars and performers are separated from the earliest musical comedies by an ever-widening gap of time and style. Even the most renowned hit shows of Gershwin, Porter and Coward are remembered today for their ever-popular songs, not for their total impact as productions. With few exceptions, the Edwardian musical comedies are forgotten although their stars, production numbers, sets, costumes and posters remain forever associated with the society and the theatres which produced them. Everyone remotely interested in the theatre knows about the Gaiety Theatre and the legendary shows produced there. Few, however, could say with authority what IA Gaiety Girl is about and whether or not it is a good or amusing show. Even the best intended nostalgic revival of an old musical may be a failure because the director and cast are too far removed from the requisite production style of such a piece, and their only solution is to "send up" the material.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paul Sherenof Motley Books Limited in 1976. Finding aid written by Paul Sheren in 1976.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

13. BLESS THE BRIDE. A Musical Show by A. P. Herbert and Vivian Ellis; L. Ashton Sly Collection of Musical Scores, TC068, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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