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MUSICAL THEATRE MELODIES - 22nd May - The Gaiety Theatre Musicals of Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton - "A Runaway Girl" - "The Orchid" & "Our Miss Gibbs"

Rob Morrison's next Musical Theatre Melodies broadcast on on Tuesday, 22nd May at 9 p.m. will feature a tribute to The Gaiety Theatre Musicals of Ivan Caryll & Lionel Monckton starting with a 120th Anniversary celebration of A Runaway Girl, (lyrics by Aubrey Hopwood & Harry Greenbank), from a 1946 episode of the Australian radio series “Musical Comedy Theatre” starring Norma Beattie, Gladys Lewis, Harry Grunden and The Big Four vocal quartet, with narration by Peter Bathurst; plus a recording by original London cast member, Connie Ediss.

This will be followed by selections from Caryll & Monckton’s 1903 musical The Orchid, (lyrics by Adrian Ross & Percy Greenbank), from a 1946 episode of “Musical Comedy Theatre” starring Molly Grouse, Norma Beattie, Harry Grunden and The Big Four, with narration by Walter Pym.

The programme will conclude with selections from Caryll & Monckton’s 1909 musical Our Miss Gibbs, (lyrics by Adrian Ross & Percy Greenbank), from a 1946 episode of “Musical Comedy Theatre” starring Queenie Ashton, Joy Hoodless, Jack Lumsdaine and The Big Four, with narration by Walter Pym; plus additional recordings by original London cast members, Gertie Millar and George Grossmith Jnr.

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