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HARMONY CLOSE a musical in two acts by Charles Ross. Music by Ronald Cass and Charles Ross Lyric, Hammersmith - Opened 17 April, 1957, Closed 8 June, 1957 (62 performances) SYNOPSIS The population of Harmony Close shelter a variety of passions and a portion of guilty secrets, too. Various love affairs are mixed with blackmail when one of the less likeable characters triers to extort money from the others as the price of his silence. Virtue triumphs in the end when everyone gets together and admits their foibles and weaknesses thus disarming the blackmailer. The characters of Harmony Close present a variety of conventional types: the modern young people on the one hand , the upper middle-class folk on the other hand, and an ex-Madame thrown in for good measure. Story Harmony Close is a series of mews that have been improved for human occupation, and tenanted by the old-time retired Colonel Carruthers, Dolly Gander, a retired “Madam”, a business executive, Jim Sinclair, a young writer, and Jill Grant, a would-be young actress. The community is a mix of the old, the middle-aged and the young. The various love affairs and secrets are mixed with blackmail when Robin Webster tries to extort money as the price of his silence, but virtue triumphs in the final scene when everyone admits their indiscretions and harmony reigns. MUSICAL NUMBERS Opening / Good morning Getting nowhere fast Undesirable elements Great big city London is a village Don’t knock Goodbye to all that I go round in a whirl Nothing to do in London Goodnight until today Lovely weather for ducks Why should I care? Exercising the dog Life should be a lively thing CAST Sam Milkman Daisy Paper Boy Tony Mrs Carruthers Jim Paula Colonel Carruthers Mr Brown Mrs Brown Dolly Gander Carl Jill Grant Joe Willie Police Sergeant Neighbour P. C. Connelly