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Grab Me a Gondola

Cover to Original cast recording

Music by James Gilbert; Lyrics by James Gilbert & Julien More; Book by Julien More

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith - 27 November, 1956 (673 perfs)


Set at the Venice Film Festival, Grab Me A Gondola echoed the real life antics of publicity-seeking starlets. Virginia Jones is news! The hero is Tom Wilson, a reporter, who is in Venice to come up with a really good story about Virginia Jones. To get his story he spend a great deal of his time in the company of the starlet much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Margaret. The playboy Prince Luigi enters into their lives and while Virginia is busy with Tom, he occupies himself with Margaret and champagne. But Margaret saves herself, and the situation. She replaces Tom's article about Virginia's Shakespearean acting ambitions with one of her own rumouring marriage between the tart and Prince Luigi and, after a lot of lively business, that is precisely what takes place.

Musical Numbers:

  1. Grab Me A Gondola
  2. That's My Biography
  3. Plain In Love
  4. The Motor Car Is Treacherous
  5. Cravin' For the Avon
  6. Bid Him A Fond Goodbye
  7. Star Quality
  8. Man Not A Mouse
  9. Lonely In A Crowd
  10. Jimmy's Bar
  11. Chianti
  12. What Are the Facts?
  13. Rig o' the Day
  14. When I Find That Girl
  15. Rockin' At the Cannon Ball
  16. New To Me
  17. The Worst Thing That Happened To Me